I tell stories. I’ve done a lot of tech. I’m seeking a position where I can combine my talent for telling stories with my experience in software, cybersecurity, and networking.
★ Wrote proposals resulting in $40 million worth of Federal contract awards
★ Secured and documented (certification + accreditation) the UN's nuclear test-ban sensor network
★ Completed first draft of a techno-thriller novel about two astronauts who find humanity's fate in their hands
Creator, Storyteller: The Genesis Project - Alexandria, VA - August, 2017 – Present
Completed the first draft of my magnum opus—Skeleton Crew—under pen name "HT Aaron." Skeleton Crew is an epic techno-thriller about two astronauts who, upon returning to Earth after a botched science experiment, discover the fate of humanity in their hands.
Tech Lead: Alqimi - Arlington, VA - March, 2016 – July, 2017
Led an eight-person team responsible for delivering a distributed, open-source intelligence application using the Agile Scrum framework.
Leadership responsibilities included setting and communicating priorities, leading technical discussions, managing task queues, adapting to ever-changing Scrum product owner priorities, managing source code, interviewing candidates, recommending hires, personnel reviews, setting expectations, tracking progress, and motivating the team to operate at maximum potential.
Technical responsibilities included data-collection-system architecture, application security, code review, evaluating new technologies (e.g. automation servers, search-cluster hardware), version control, sprint planning, sprint review, managing builds, and last-line-of-defense troubleshooting.
Sr. Software Engineer: Alqimi - Arlington, VA - March, 2015 – March, 2016
Software Developer: IAEI - Alexandria, VA - January, 2013 – March, 2015
Strategic Advisor, Lead Proposal Writer: Independent - Alexandria, VA - May, 2009 – December, 2012
Advised U.S. contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan on capture strategies. Wrote proposals. Won $40 million worth of business for my clients, mostly in Iraq. Used best practices from Shipley Proposal Guide, Third Edition. Traveled to Iraq, Jordan, and Turkey for client engagement.
Associate: Booz Allen Hamilton - Herndon, Virginia - October, 2007 – May, 2009
Advised U.S. Department of Defense clients on networking technologies. Clients included U.S. Air Force satellite and distributed training programs, the Defense Information Systems Agency's (DISA) Transformational Communications Engineering program, and U.S. Army Directorates of Information Management (DOIMs).
Key accomplishments included:
★ Led commercial router analysis for transformational military satellite communication (TSAT)
★ Wrote a policy-based network management proposal that led to DISA tech demo funding
★ Proposed Air Force training technology optimization worth $100,000 in annual savings
Network Architect, Information Security Officer: Psi Systems - Germantown, Maryland - 2007
Designed and implemented the core network and information security infrastructure for the United Nations Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization's (CTBTO) next-generation Global Communications Infrastructure (GCI). The GCI connects 337 facilities (321 monitoring stations, 16 laboratories) in 89 countries to the UN's international data center in Vienna, Austria via very-small-aperture-satellite (VSAT) links and terrestrial label switching.
Key network features included deployment automation, class of service via differentiated services and priority queuing, policy-based routing, remote object and route tracking, distance vector and link state routing protocols, route redistribution, service level agreements, hot standby, Internet Protocol security, intrusion prevention, Authentication, Authorization and Accounting (AAA), CiscoWorks, Cisco Monitoring Analysis and Response System (MARS), and Cisco Security Manager.
Security responsibilities included architecture, documentation, and auditing in accordance with CTBTO's security requirements. To secure the GCI, I used a "defense-in-depth" strategy that combined component security features with automated monitoring and reporting.
Sr. Tech Specialist, IT Director - NTMI - Reston, Virginia - 2000 – 2006
Designed, tested, installed, secured, managed, and documented (security certification and accreditation) wireless local-area-networks and a wired wide-area-network for U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
The wireless networks, implemented as the "Wireless TECS" pilot project, enabled laptops to connect securely to remote law enforcement information systems from any location within land-border ports-of-entry. Secure access, apart from fixed terminals in traffic lanes, improved CBP's interdiction of criminals, contraband, and stolen vehicles.
The wide-area-network enabled law enforcement officers in Tucson to keep watch on Arizona border ports and connected CBP's Tucson Field Office to the State of Arizona's Department of Public Safety (DPS) for real-time stolen vehicle identification. The wide-area-network became the model for a $50 million nationwide effort undertaken by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to secure land-border ports-of-entry throughout the United States post 9/11.
IT Director responsibilities included IT strategy, staffing, budgeting, and operations.