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 Crewunder 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
Designed, developed, and documented data collection services for open-source intelligence and military healthcare customers. Developed user-interface (UI) charts and graphs using the D3 JavaScript library. Fixed UI bugs. Wrote model-view-controller code to demonstrate a modern alternative to an antiquated IBM WebSphere portal application. Organized and documented portal application's Java and JavaScript codebase. Created architecture for integrating a portal application with remote collaboration tools. Wrote Korn shell scripts to transform DB2 data retrieved from the TRICARE Encounter Data (TED) system. Secured and managed internal IT systems at the company's Rosslyn tech laboratory. Contributed to a dev team transformation that reduced software development costs by half a million dollars per year.

Software Developer: IAEI - Alexandria, VA - January, 2013 – March, 2015
Designed and developed a content management system (CMS), analytics suite, and Android mobile app for automated content distribution to social media networks. The CMS and analytics suite were contained in a Java web application that used Apache Tomcat as the servlet container. Content was stored in PostgreSQL. The front-end was built in HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript. The analytics suite consisted of PostgreSQL functions returning data in JSON format and charts and graphs written in the D3 JavaScript library. The analytics suite also included an import feature for uploading and inserting data from social media data files into the PostgreSQL database.

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.

 TWITTER FEED (Author Pen Name)

B.S. Finance, Virginia Tech

Artificial Intelligence
Science Fiction
Physical Fitness

IEEE Published
USPTO Listed Inventor

CISSP (Former)

Work Samples
Techincal Volume – Sample Page
Technical Volume – Exec Summary Page
Equitable Adjustment Request – Exec Summary Page
Edge Routers Analysis – IT Systems Slide
Genesis Project – Sample Chapter

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