Board of Directors

Board Chairman – Lieutenant General Ronald L. Watts, U.S. Army (Ret.), Watts Leadership Development Services, President

Lieutenant General Ron Watts served over 33 years on active duty with the U.S. Army in airborne, infantry, and armored forces as an infantry officer. General Watts commanded at every level in combat units from company to corps level. He completed two tours in Vietnam. Upon retirement from the U.S. Army, General Watts created Watts Leadership Development Services.


Dr. Marc J. Bendickson, Dynetics, Inc., Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Bendickson has over 40 years of experience in missile weapon systems, seekers, radar systems, and related technology, as well as more than 35 years in supervisory and management positions. As Dynetics’ Chief Executive Officer, he is responsible for the performance of over 1300 employees in 7 locations across the U.S. who generate sales of approximately $270M.


Mr. Rich Haver, Independent Consultant

Mr. Haver has spent his career in the intelligence community, mostly in executive leadership positions. He served 16 years in Naval Intelligence, rising to the senior civilian position – Deputy Director of Naval Intelligence. He became the first Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Intelligence Policy in 1989, subsequently serving as the Executive Director for Intelligence Community Affairs.


Dr. Donald M. Kerr, Independent Consultant

Dr. Kerr is Vice Chairman of the Trustees of the MITRE Corporation, a Director of Michael Baker International, LLC; Orbis Operations, LLC; and U.S. Space, LLC; and serves as a consultant for a number of aerospace and defense companies. Previously, he was confirmed by the Senate on October 4th, 2007.


Mr. Tim Paulson, Independent Consultant

Mr. Paulson has extensive financial management experience, including 6 years of P&L responsibility as Chief Financial Officer of a business operating unit and 7 years as Corporate Treasurer of a $5B Fortune 500 Company providing aerospace, defense, and electronics technology to government and commercial customers.


Dr. Lee Buchanan, Areté Associates, President and Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Lee Buchanan joined Areté as our President and CEO in January 2014. He has over 35 years’ experience in technology development, transition, and the acquisition of advanced technology systems in the Department of Defense and the Private Sector.

Mr. Jeffrey Mercer, Areté Associates, Director of Mine Counter-Measures

Joining Areté Associates in 2001, Mr. Mercer has over 25 years of experience serving numerous Department of Defense and commercial customers. His background is in the development of electro-optical sensor systems and programs including satellites, missiles, commercial and MCM related efforts.