NEW TO CYPRESS TEAM

SES (Ret.) James F. McCarthy, Jr.

Lieutenant General David D. Halverson, USA(Ret), Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Cypress International, is proud to announce that Senior Executive Service retired James F. McCarthy, Jr., will join Cypress International, effective 2 April 2018. “Jim comes to us with over 36 years of extensive experience in Defense and Aerospace. His demonstrated expertise and leadership roles in Navy budgeting, acquisition, and risk management spanning weapons, platforms, networks, and systems integration will be an excellent addition to the Cypress team.  Jim’s recent assignment as Assistant Deputy Chief of Naval Operations, Integration of Capabilities and Resources (OPNAV N8B) will be of tremendous value to our clients.”

Jim also served as the Deputy Director, Warfare Integration (OPNAV N8FB), Pentagon, Washington, DC.  His previous work experience includes:  Four Pentagon staff tours on Navy and Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) staffs supporting program/budget development including: Branch Head, Navy Program Planning (OPNAV N801) responsible for development of an annual program plan and presentation of balance options at the CNO/SECNAV level; Navy Major Defense Program Analyst on the OSD staff responsible for tracking and managing OSD support to ACAT 1D programs; and Surface Ship Maintenance analyst responsible for planning and resourcing all major ship maintenance availabilities.  He also commanded USS Lake Champlain (CG 57) and USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) and retired from the U.S. Navy as a Captain.

NEW TO CYPRESS TEAM

Mr. Scott J. Davis

Lieutenant General David D. Halverson, USA(Ret), Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Cypress International, is proud to announce that Mr. Scott J. Davis, will join Cypress International upon his retirement from Senior Executive Service, effective 12 February 2018. “Scott comes to us with over 30 years of extensive experience in defense acquisition leadership roles. His demonstrated expertise in the disciplines of program management, test and evaluation, and systems engineering will be an excellent addition to the Cypress team.  Scott’s recent assignment as Program Executive Officer, Combat Support and Combat Service Support will also be of tremendous value to our clients.” 

Scott has also served as the Program Executive Officer, Ground Combat Systems; and Deputy Program Executive Officer, PEO Integration.  Mr. Davis also served in the U.S. Army Reserve for 30 years and retired with the rank of Colonel in May 2015.  His last assignment was with the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics & Technology) as Director, Department of the Army System Coordinator.  He held a variety of operational positions from platoon leader through battalion executive officer, including deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

 

NEW TO CYPRESS TEAM

Colonel Christy Hobson, USAF

Lieutenant General David D. Halverson, USA(Ret), Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Cypress International, is proud to announce that Colonel Christy Hobson, will join Cypress International, effective 8 January 2018. “Christy comes to us with over 28 years of extensive experience in defense acquisition leadership roles. Her demonstrated expertise in the disciplines of program management, test and evaluation, and systems engineering will be an excellent addition to the Cypress team.  Christy’s recent assignment as Deputy Director of the Plans and Programs Directorate, Headquarters Air Force Research Laboratory, at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, OH, will also be of tremendous value to our clients.” 

Christy has also served as the Chief of Nuclear Systems Division & Senior Materiel Leader, Nuclear Capabilities Directorate, Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center, Kirtland AFB, NM; Chief of Staff, Aeronautical Systems Center (ASC), Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC), Wright-Patterson AFB, OH; Chief of Program Execution Group, Aeronautical Systems Center, Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC), Wright-Patterson AFB, OH; Deputy Director, F-15 System Group, ASC, AFMC Wright Patterson AFB. Additional experience includes assignments at US Strategic Command in J8 and the Commander’s Action Group; the National Reconnaissance Office; USAF Legislative Affairs office; Secretary of the Air Force, Acquisition, F-22 Program and B-1 Program; Project manager for the B-1B program and a year with Westinghouse Corporation in Baltimore, as part of the Air Force Education with Industry program.   

 

Honorable Katharina McFarland Joins Cypress Consulting Team (01/01/2018)

Lieutenant General David D. Halverson, USA(Ret), Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Cypress International announces the addition of former Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics & Technology) Honorable Katharina McFarland as the subject matter expert to their consulting team, effective 1 January 2018. As Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics & Technology) and Army Acquisition Executive, Honorable McFarland oversaw the execution of the Army’s acquisition function, including life cycle management and sustainment of Army weapons systems and research and development programs, and managed the Army Acquisition Corps and greater Army Acquisition Workforce. Honorable McFarland also served as the science advisor to the Secretary of the Army and as the Army’s senior research and development official and senior procurement executive. In addition, Honorable McFarland held principal responsibility for all Department of the Army matters related to logistics. Honorable McFarland has spent 30 years supporting the Department of Defense in roles such as Assistant Secretary of Defense (Acquisition), President of the Defense Acquisition University (DAU), and Missile Defense Agency principal acquisition executive. 

“We are extremely excited to have Honorable McFarland join our world-class team.  Her expertise in acquisition, leadership and Missile Defense will enable our client’s success in defense, our country’s national security and warfighting capabilities for our service members.” 

 

Kevin Fahey Announcement

 On 3 January 2018, the President announced his intent to nominate Kevin Fahey for Assistant Secretary of Defense for Acquisition in OSD.  The Cypress Team is proud of this nomination as Kevin is a valued member of our team and a true professional.  We are confident that, following confirmation, he will have a positive and significant impact on national security and defense acquisition in his new role with the Department of Defense.  We wish him and his family the best of luck. 

New Cypress Associate

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LtGen James K. “Kevin” McLaughlin, USAF(Ret)

LTG David D. Halverson, USA(Ret), Chief Executive Officer, is proud to announce that LtGen James K. “Kevin” McLaughlin, has joined the Cypress International team as an Associate, effective 1 November 2017.   “Kevin comes to us with over 34 years of extensive experience in national security and defense leadership roles.  He has commanded at the squadron, group, wing and numbered air force levels.  His most recent assignment was as the Deputy Commander, U.S. Cyber Command.  His transformational vision and expertise in the disciplines of cyber, space, intelligence, C4ISR, planning and preparation, and test and evaluation will be a tremendous addition to the Cypress team.   We are excited about him joining our team and our commitment to enabling our client’s success.”

Kevin has also served as the Commander, 24th Air Force and Commander, Air Forces Cyber, Joint Base San Antonio – Lackland TX; Director, Space Operations, HQs USAF, Washington, DC; Deputy Director, Global Operations (DJ3), U.S. Strategic Command, Offutt AFB, Neb; Vice Commander, U.S. Air Force Warfare Center, Nellis AFB, Nev.; Director, Joint Operationally Responsive Space Office, Kirtland AFB, N.M. and various other unique assignments.

NEW TO THE CYPRESS TEAM

Sharlene J. Donovan, COL (Ret.), USA

General John H. Tilelli, Jr., USA(Ret), Chairman of Cypress International, is proud to announce that retired Army Colonel Sharlene J. Donovan will join Cypress International and assume the duties of Director of Training, SOF and Army Innovation Programs, effective 1 December 2017. “Sharlene comes to us with nearly 27 years of experience in defense acquisition leadership roles in aviation, training, acquisition, special operations, and combat theater assignments. Her demonstrated expertise in the disciplines of program management, joint operations, leadership, budget and training will be an excellent addition to the Cypress team.”

While on active duty, COL Donovan served as the Army’s Deputy Director of Investments in the Army Budget Office, Director for ASA(ALT) Forward and as Strategic Advisor to the FORSCOM Commander.  Prior to that she was the Project Manager for Instrumentation, Targets and Threat Simulators (PM ITTS) and Chief of Staff at PEO STRI in Orlando, FL.  She also served on the Joint Staff as the J8 Capabilities and Acquisition Division Branch Chief for Strategic and Tactical Programs, and as Branch Chief for Contingency Operations Budget in the J8 Programming, Budget, and Analysis Division.  Prior to this assignment she served as Product Manager for MH-60 Special Operations Aircraft and as an Acquisition Corps Assignments Officer. In addition to these, COL Donovan has served in a variety of assignments as Assistant Program Manager, Special Operations Aviation Combat Mission Simulators (160th SOAR(A)), Assistant TRADOC System Manger-JSTARS, GUARDRAIL Instructor Pilot, HUNTER UAV Company Commander, Joint UAV Detachment Commander.  She also served as the 4500th JSTARS Squadron Executive Officer during Operation Joint Endeavor. 

NEW TO THE CYPRESS TEAM

Jennifer S. Santos

General John H. Tilelli, Jr., USA (Ret), Chairman of Cypress International, is proud to announce that Ms. Jennifer S. Santos will join Cypress International, as Vice President, USAF and DoD Innovation, upon her departure from the Senate Appropriations Defense Subcommittee, effective 1 August 2017.  “Jennifer comes to us with over 20 years of extensive experience; she is highly regarded as an USAF leader with a breadth of knowledge in national strategic matters.  Serving in the executive and legislative branches combined with her previous industry experience makes her a phenomenal tri-sector leader. Jennifer is a strategic thinker and problem solver as well as a proven acquisition professional; government financial specialist; and congressional staff member.  Her demonstrated expertise in preparing, justifying, executing and evaluating DoD programs and budgets will be a great addition to our Cypress team.  Of note, Jennifer’s recent experience as Professional Staff Member, U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, Washington D.C. will be of tremendous value to our clients.  We welcome her to our team of leaders at Cypress International.”  

Jennifer’s experience includes:  Senate Professional Staff Member with oversight of OSD Strategic Capabilities Office, DARPA, DIUX, USAF aircraft procurement, Navy RDTE, and Army Aviation procurement programs; Special Program Review Group (SPRG) Executive Secretary and Division Chief, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force, Acquisition (SAF/AQ), Washington, D.C.; Special Access Programs (SAP) financial management, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Financial Management and Comptroller (SAF/FMB), Washington, D.C.  She also worked for ANSER, Anteon Corporation, and Alion Science and Technology as an acquisition and budget specialist, with experience on F-22, advanced missiles and USAF anti-tamper programs for SAF/AQ. 

Ms. Santos is a graduate of University of Tennessee-Knoxville, with an MBA in Aerospace and Wheeling Jesuit University with a BS in Mathematics.   

NEW TO THE CYPRESS TEAM

David D. Halverson, LTG (Ret.), USA

General John H. Tilelli, Jr., USA(Ret), Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Cypress International, is proud to announce that retired Army Lieutenant General David D. Halverson will join Cypress International and assume the duties of Chief Executive Officer, effective 1 October 2016. “Dave Halverson was a great soldier and served our Nation with dedication and distinction for over thirty-seven years.” Dave’s recent assignments include: U.S. Army Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management and Commanding General of the U.S. Army Installation Management Command; Deputy Commanding General, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, Fort Eustis, Virginia; and Commanding General of the U.S. Army Fires Center of Excellence, Fort Sill, Oklahoma.

Dave has also served as the Director of Force Development, G-8; Director of Operations, Readiness, and Mobilization; Deputy Commanding General (Support) for the 4th Infantry Division; Central Command J3, Chief of Plans and planned, and coordinated, and executed war plans for Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom; and Commander in Chief Team Chief in the Office of the Chief of Staff for the Army, Program, Analysis, and Evaluation Directorate.  He has served in various staff and leadership positions including command at every level from Battery to Post Command.  His addition to the Cypress team will provide tremendous value to our clients.

General Tilelli will continue to serve Cypress’ clients as the working Chairman.