Ausley Associates, Inc., a leading provider of program and acquisition management to the federal marketplace, is pleased to name retired Rear Adm. Scott Sanders as chief technology officer (CTO).
As the CTO, Sanders will develop strategies and business objectives to drive Ausley’s growth across the emerging commercial unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) market. Sanders’ direct experience in Navy planning and operations of the Broad Area Maritime Surveillance—Demonstrator (BAMS-D), Scan Eagle, Fire Scout, as well as other U.S. and foreign small tactical UAS, will allow Ausley to meet current customers’ business objectives while identifying new business initiatives.
“Scott’s knowledge of the aerospace industry will prove invaluable as we tap into new markets,” said Ausley President Paul Ausley. “His experience in creating new strategic business customers is especially critical for us as we continue to view the emerging commercial UAS market as vital to our portfolio. Scott’s expertise and proven track record are a perfect match as we expand our efforts beyond our current customer base.”
Sanders has over 30 years of research, development, test and evaluation (RDT&E) and business operations experience in support of Department of Defense customers, as well as significant Navy Fleet operational experience. Sanders will report directly to Paul Ausley at the company’s headquarters in Lexington Park, Md.
“Scott is a rare combination of proven executive business talent and a seasoned Navy operational commander,” added Paul Ausley. “We have experienced significant growth in our UAS business over the past several years, and I can think of no better person to help us prepare for the future.”
Sanders graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1980 and was designated a naval aviator in 1982. He recently retired from the U.S. Navy Reserves as a rear admiral, having previously served on the Joint Staff; as deputy commander, U.S. Second Fleet; and as vice commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command. He became the first drilling reservist since World War II to command an at-sea task force when he led counter-piracy forces off Somalia aboard the USS ANZIO in 2009. Prior to joining Ausley, Sanders was employed by Wyle, Inc. for over 26 years. He served as vice president of strategic innovation and vice president of flight operations for the Aerospace Group.