John K. Brooks is a successful entrepreneur with extensive experience in the cable television and telecommunications industries. John has played key roles in starting and building several successful businesses, including Brooks Fiber Properties, Millennium Digital Media and NuLink. Currently, John is co-founder/CEO of NuTEQ Solutions, a software and technology solutions provider to the Cable TV, Telecom and Utility industries. He also serves on the board of Ardent Outdoors, Inc. John began his career in the 1980s as an executive with Cencom Cable Associates. At the time of its sale in 1991, Cencom was the 15 largest cable company in the United States. His leadership experience encompasses the development and operation of fiber optic networks; the development and introduction of new business and consumer class services, including VOIP, VOD, HD, High-Speed Data, and wireless technology.
General Conant retired after 43 years of service in the United States Marine Corps. His last duty and billet was as the Deputy Commander, United States Pacific Command. He is trained as an attack helicopter pilot with over 3,500 hours in both helicopter and fixed wing aircraft. His security clearance is current with TSI with special mission approval authority while serving in duty as Deputy Commander, United States Pacific Command.
From 2012 through June of 2014, General Conant served as Deputy Commander, United States Pacific where he was responsible for the day to day operations and activities of a command that covered 52% of the earth’s surface, three of the largest economies, seven of the largest militaries, and with a work force of over 380,000 Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines, and Civilians. He is trained and certified in Vol 4 and Vol 6 responsibilities and has held numerous high level delegations in support of the command’s Theater Security Cooperation Plan. He represented the Command and Commander in the senior defense decision-making bodies (SCMR, QDR, Programmer’s Review, JROC).
General Conant served as Commanding General of the Third Marine Aircraft Wing from 2009 through 2011 where he was responsible for the manning, training, equipping, and deployment of 19,000 plus Marines. He managed a capital budget responsible for the operations of 26 Squadrons, 6 Groups, and 450+ aircraft. He provided executive oversight for the stand-up of Third Marine Aircraft (Forward) in preparation for one-year deployment to Afghanistan and managed the introduction and transition of the MV-22, AH-1Z, UH-1Y, and KC-130J into the Wing.
As the Director Strategic Planning and Policy, United States Pacific Command from 2007 through 2009, General Conant was responsible for all allies and partner engagements with 36 different nations. He planned and managed military to military engagements with 5 treaty nations and supported the Commander in representations with OSD Policy and Joint Staff J5 activities. He supervised and managed the rewrite of three major warplans.
From 2004 through 2007 General Conant held the following additional positions as a Marine Corps General Officer: Assistant Deputy Commandant for Aviation, Headquarters USMC; Assistant Deputy Commandment for Programs and Resources, Headquarters USMC; Commanding General, Training Command, Marine Corps Combat Development Command; Director, Combat Development Directorate, Marine Corps Combat Development Command. General Conant holds a BSBA from Central Michigan University and a Masters in Military Science (Program and Acquisition Management). Additionally he has completed the following coursework: Senior Executives in National and International Security – Harvard University, Joint Flag Officer Warfare Course – USAF Air University, Joint Force Aviation Component Commander’s Course – USAF Air University, Combined Force Aviation Component Commander’s Course – USAF Air University, Navy/Marine Corps Executive Business Course – Kenan-Flagler Business School, University of North Carolina, USMC Amphibious Warfare School, USMC Marine Corps Command and Staff College, USMC Marine Corps War College.
General Deppe retired from the Air Force on September 1st, 2009 and has been an independent consultant and board member for a variety of businesses and corporations. His clients are primarily Department of Defense and Department of Energy contractors.
General Deppe serves as a consultant to Lockheed Martin Company for strategic, nuclear and space matters. He is also on the Board of Directors and consults for Professional Projects Services, Pro2Serve, of Oak Ridge, TN. He consulted for BAE Systems in their winning pursuit of the Future ICBM Sustainment and Acquisition Contract’s Integrating Support Contractor. He has also consulted for Applied Research Associates, Cyber Space Operations Consulting and Quantum Technology Sciences, Inc. In support of the National Reconnaissance Office and Air Force Space Command, he was a member of the New Entrant into National Security Space technical consultant team that evaluated Space-X for flight worthiness for DoD payloads.
General Deppe served in the U.S. Air Force for over 42 years of continuous active duty, beginning at the Air Force Rocket Propulsion Laboratory, Edwards AFB, California testing the rocket motors that would eventually power the shuttle into outer space. He concluded his career as the Vice Commander of Air Force Space Command responsible for over 40,000 active duty, reserve, guard, civilian and contractors performing all space and nuclear missile USAF activities.
General Deppe commanded at the Flight level in NATO, the Squadron level in Air Combat Command and the Group/Wing/Numbered Air Force level in Air Force Space Command. He also served as the Deputy Director for Operations in the National Military Command Center on the Joint Staff in the Pentagon during Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.
He has a Masters Degree in Systems Management from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California and a Bachelors Degree in Organizational Behavior from Tarkio College, Tarkio, Missouri. He has also graduated from Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Alabama; Armed Forces Staff College, Norfolk, Virginia; and Squadron Officers School, Maxwell AFB, Alabama.
General Deppe was authorized to wear the Master Space Operations, Missile Operations and Missile Maintenance badges. He has been awarded the Distinguished Service Medal twice, the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit twice and the Defense Meritorious Service Medal twice.
Ed Dickinson is an executive with deep experience in the defense and aerospace industry. Ed currently serves as President, Strategy and Corporate Development for LMI Aerospace, Inc. (NASDAQ: LMIA). Ed has also served as President, Valent Operations and Chief Financial Officer of LMI since 1993. He has played a key role in the strategic development and growth of LMI, bridging both financial and operational disciplines. Operationally, Ed has had responsibility for several manufacturing, assembly and processing facilities. He has had extensive experience in capital structures, playing an integral role in the initial public offering of LMI as well as various equity and debt financings. Ed also has broad experiences in acquisition planning, execution and integration.
Previous to LMI, Ed served as Controller of LaBarge, Inc. for 10 years and he has held various roles at Monsanto Company.
Ed’s educational background includes a Masters of Business Administration from Washington University’s Olin School of Business and an undergraduate degree from the University of Alabama.
Don was employed at Boeing and its predecessor companies for 38 years before retiring in November, 2014. He holds BS and MS degrees in Physics from the University of Missouri and an MBA from Washington University. He began his aerospace career with Rockwell Science Center in 1976, before joining McDonnell Douglas Astronautics a year later.
Don held a number of avionics design and systems engineering assignments on the Tomahawk cruise missile program from 1977 to 1988. He joined the Mission Planning Division of McDonnell Douglas Missile Systems Company in 1988, serving in program management roles on the Tomahawk Mission Planning Upgrade and (UK) Automated Mission Planning Aid (AMPA) programs, 1988-91. In 1992 he was named Deputy Program Manager for the USAF Air Force Mission Support System (AFMSS). In 1995, he joined the Production Aircraft Advanced Design organization as Manager - Mission Systems, and founded the Common Operational Flight Program initiative, which later served as the foundation for the Bold Stroke advanced avionics program. He led Contract R&D programs under the Phantom Works (PW) Open Systems Architecture technology thrust from 1998 to 2001, when he became director of the overall thrust. He then led the PW Network Centric Operations thrust, focused on the development of key technologies and tools for network enabling Boeing systems and products, from its inception in 2003 through mid-2005. During this period, Don was instrumental in establishing Boeing Research & Technology – Europe, Boeing’s first off-shore research center. Don then assumed leadership of the Integrated Command and Control (IC2) business within Boeing Integrated Defense Systems. In 2006, Don returned to Phantom Works (now Boeing Research and Technology) to lead the Engineering and Information Technology organization, a global team of nearly 1,000 engineers and scientists performing leading edge research in domains ranging from aeronautics and propulsion to electronics, sensors and advanced information technology. In January of 2010, Don restructured his organization as Flight and Systems Technologies, rebalancing the portfolio to increase emphasis on key areas such as core flight sciences, cyber security and electromagnetic effects.
Don has authored numerous technical publications and serves, or has served, on advisory boards at the University of California-Berkeley, Vanderbilt University and Washington University. He served as Boeing Executive Focal for Tennessee State University and led the portfolio development for Boeing’s research partnership with the University of Cambridge. He led Boeing’s research partnerships with Los Alamos National Lab, Sandia National Lab and the Commonwealth Science and Industrial Research Office of Australia. He also served as a Board Member for the Innovate St. Louis IT Coalition, an organization of civic leaders promoting St. Louis as a favorable business environment for IT companies. He is a national advocate for the establishment of a research program on Cyber-Physical Systems spanning government, academia and industry.