Chief Strategy Officer
Michele Cook has more than 25 years of experience within the Department of Defense and Intelligence C4ISR community, serving both government and industry in strategic initiatives to enhance the intelligence mission from collection through back-end analysis, with specialized emphasis on applied research with immediate mission benefit. On behalf of the Department of Defense, Ms. Cook provided senior level management support to dozens of cutting edge programs focused on advancing technologies to the warfighter/analyst, including two highly visible programs; the Homeland Security ACTD, where she interfaced with NYPD in the months following 9-11, and DARPA’s Bosnia Command and Control (BC2A) program, where she served as the COCOM integration liaison during the military action in Bosnia.
Ms. Cook’s industry experience has resulted in more than $5B in career sales, including entrepreneurial aerospace success as the President and Chief Operating Officer of the Space Launch Corporation, the prime contractor for DARPA’s rapid access to space launch vehicle design program (“RASCAL”), focused on the dedicated, in theater, micro-satellite ISR mission, and Technanogy Air & Space, a provider of advanced aluminum propulsion nano-technologies for aerospace applications. Following her work in aerospace, Ms. Cook led business development efforts for both CACI International’s Intelligence Community sector and Six3 Systems, winning highly competitive pursuits for both intelligence and defense clients.
Ms. Cook is also an industry-recognized senior executive, having designed, restructured and managed large business development organizations for Booz Allen Hamilton, KeyW Corporation, and SOS International.
A California native, Ms. Cook attended Chapman University, with an academic emphasis on International Affairs. She is the mother of six and the very happy grandmother of ten, and in her personal life works alongside her pastor-husband and her children to improve conditions for church and community.