About CDCA

CDCA Mission
In order to address issues facing the Charleston, South Carolina military industrial complex, the Charleston Defense Contractors Association, or CDCA, was formed and incorporated as a South Carolina Corporation on 4 December 2002. CDCA’s beginning was based on a grassroots formation called the “Technology Leadership Forum”, an offshoot committee of the Lowcountry Chapter of the Armed Forces Communications Electronic Associations (AFCEA) that first met on 6 September 2001. The Technology Leadership Forum consisted of 40 business and government officials who were interested in raising local awareness of the industry cluster and also in establishing the defense contracting companies as a viable entity within the Charleston business community. On November 7, 2002, CDCA held its first General Meeting and an interim Board of Directors and Officers were elected. On December 4, 2002, CDCA received a Certificate of Incorporation as a Nonprofit Corporation in the State of South Carolina. CDCA received its 501(C)(6), business league organization, tax exempt status on 11 April 2003.

The general purpose of the CDCA is to address issues and opportunities facing the Charleston, South Carolina defense community. Specifically, the CDCA will: (1) perform as an advocacy group for the defense industry in the Charleston metro area and other surrounding regions, (2) provide liaison with local, state, and federal governmental agencies, elected officials, legislatures, and special groups and committees, (3) take actions to develop or improve the local defense community’s ability to develop, attract, retain, and more effectively execute business opportunities, and (4) to foster the increased and improved interaction between defense contractors for accomplishment of better services to defense customers. ​

CDCA Officers:
President, David Hamburger
Vice President, Josh Hatter
Secretary, Brian Lindgren
Treasurer, Jimi Elderman
Executive Committee, Elizabeth Robertson

Board of Directors

Roles: Chair: Summit

Andrea Julius currently serves on the CDCA Board of Directors. Her roles: Chair: Summit, Co-Chair: Events. She also serves as a Charleston based Project Manager for Honeywell Technology Solutions Inc. supporting multiple projects at SPAWAR Atlantic. Over the past 10 years, her professional experience includes: Program Management, Quality Management, Business Development, Capture and Proposal Management, and Technical Writing. She received a Bachelor’s of Science from East Carolina State University in 1997 and recently graduated with an MBA from Ashford University. She also is a Certified Project Management Professional (PMP). Andrea is actively involved with the CDCA, AFCEA, WID, PMI, and the Golden Key International Honors Society within the Charleston community. She also volunteers with the Special Olympics and First Robotics competitions. Her goal is to enhance effective communication between our government customers and the Department of Defense industry, as well as industry-to-industry collaboration. Additionally, Andrea supports developing the means to provide advance technologies related to continuing education and professional certifications for our area workforce. Andrea served as Charleston’s Young AFCEAn Committee Chair/Co-Chair for two years. Andrea has been instrumental in developing the Lowcountry Young AFCEAn community by assembling a committee devoted to organizing various events focused on young professionals in our industry. Specifically, the target areas include community outreach, professional development, and social networking. As a result of Andrea’s efforts, the AFCEA International Awards Committee has selected her as a Regional Distinguished Young AFCEAn for 2012.

Roles: Chair: Secretary, Chair: Ways, Means & Rules

Brian J. Lindgren is a Program Manager for the Information Technology Group of Engility Corporation, a platinum member of CDCA. Brian was elected to the CDCA board of directors in 2012, after having served three terms as President of the AFCEA South Carolina Lowcountry chapter. He is currently Chairman of the CDCA’s Small Business Committee, which coordinates the quarterly SBIOI symposia. As a result of that assignment, he was asked to participate in the SPAWAR Working Group to re-evaluate the management of Multiple Award Contracts (MACs). Brian has also supported the Ways, Means, and Rules Committee, the Education Committee, and the Membership Committee. Prior to joining the CDCA Board Brian had actively participated in CDCA activities (writer and former committee member for CDCA Communicator, presentations at two SBIOIs, planning and exhibitor roles for the C4ISR/C5ISR Government & Industry symposia), and has always been with corporate and platinum CDCA member companies at all size levels (Large: Engility/L-3, Booz Allen, Lockheed Martin; Medium: SRC; Small: WareOnEarth, Imagine One, ICS). Two of these companies (WareOnEarth and Imagine One) graduated from small business status while Brian was there, so Brian connects to the issues that affect contracting firms of different sizes. Brian has been a long-time advocate of contractors in the Charleston community. “I have always been involved with volunteer community and civic organizations,” he said. “I seek re-election on the CDCA board to continue serving the Charleston contractor community. I believe I can leverage my experience in Charleston (resident for 22 years, SPAWAR contractor for 16 years) for optimal results, particularly as CDCA increases its collaborative efforts with our partner organizations such as AFCEA, WID, GCGCA, and TASC.”

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Roles: Chair: Membership

Senior Vice President/General Manager, Secure Mission Solutions, A Parsons Company. Charlie Templeton has over 30 years’ experience managing information technology (IT) systems, evaluating new technologies and working in the area of computer operations, telecommunications, information management and information operations. His experience in the information technology business covers both the civilian as well as the military sectors. He is well versed in both the technical aspects of the defense industry as well as the management of technical resources in the defense contractor and military communities.
Charlie’s expertise in the civilian defense industry has been varied marked by positions as Technical Director, Program Manager, Director of Operations, Vice President of Business Services and Senior Vice President and General Manager for Secure Mission Solutions, a Parsons Company. At present he is responsible for the Global Security Solutions Business Unit headquartered in Charleston, SC. which provides cyber security solutions to defense organizations throughout DOD. He was one of the founding members of the Charleston Defense Contractors Association and has been active for the past eleven years. He has aided the growth of the organization as membership chairman for the association.
Charlie also has a broad background in the military where he served in the communications, computer and information management areas for 26 years. He directed the day to day operations of networked computer systems for Air Force wide use and implementation of hardware, software and support services. He is well versed in both the technical aspects of the defense industry as well as the management of technical resources in the defense contractor and military communities.

Roles: President

David Hamburger is the President and CEO of Evolve-Tec LLC, which provides strategic business development consulting services to clients who desire to grow their business in the local DoD marketplace. David has been providing DoD related strategic business development and technical support services in the Charleston area since 1996. He’s currently serving his eighth year on the CDCA’s Board of Directors, currently holds the office of Secretary and is Chairman of the Ways, Means and Rules Committee. Previously, he spent six years as Chairman of the CDCA’s Education Committee. He has contributed numerous articles for the CDCA’s Newsletter and has volunteered his time in support of the Small Business, Philanthropy, Political Relations, Strategic Thinking and C5ISR Summit Committees. David is one of CDCA’s two representatives for the recently established Multiple Award Contract (MAC) Working Group that will be partnering with SPAWAR to assess all aspects of the MAC process and attempts to identify areas of improvement.
David’s broad 32 year professional history includes numerous Federal and DoD organizations including: the former NESEA (St. Inigoes, MD), NSA Panama City (Panama City, FL), MSFC (NASA – Huntsville, AL), NSWC-IH (Indian Head, MD), NAWC-TSD (Orlando, FL) and, most importantly, SPAWAR HQ, SSC-P and SSC-L. His C5ISR experience lies in Program Management, Business Development, IT Service Management, Business Process Improvement, Lean Six Sigma, Modeling & Simulation, ILS, Systems Integration & Test, and Naval Communications Systems Research. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Clemson University.

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Roles: Executive Committee, Co-Chair: Public Relations

Elizabeth Robertson has been the President of Liberty Business Associates, LLC since May, 2002 and has more than 25 years of project management and operations management experience. Liberty is a small business headquartered in Charleston, SC that provides professional services to the defense industry. As a small business owner, the health of Charleston’s defense and contractor base is of critical interest to Elizabeth. She has been on the Charleston Defense Contractors Association (CDCA) Board of Directors since 2008 and has co-chaired CDCA’s annual Government Industry Conference, served on the Contracts Industry Council (CIC), CDCA’s Public Relations Committee, and CDCA’s Executive Committee. Elizabeth believes that the government/industry interaction facilitated by CDCA provides opportunity for all businesses, and she strives to foster this inclusive posture.

Roles: Chair: SBIOI, Co-Chair: Ways, Means & Rules

Elizabeth Stober is the current Business Development and Program Manager at DRS Technologies, Special Operations Forces Division. She has been involved in the Defense Industry for over 17 years, beginning in 1996 with a Foreign Military Sales position in Washington, DC. Elizabeth quickly advanced to Program Manager on several international programs supporting the Department of State and the United Nations. In her role there, she successfully managed contract sites in Bosnia, Haiti and Angola among others. Elizabeth soon migrated into the Business Development profession and has supported various DoD, DoE, and DHS organizations while gradually building trusted relationships among an assortment of both large and small businesses. Over the past several years, Elizabeth has developed a vested interest in the CDCA. She is the presiding Chairperson for the CDCA’s Strategic Think Tank committee, Co-Chair on the CDCA’s Ways, Means and Rules Committee, and supports the Speaker Committee for the CDCA’s C5ISR Government/Industry Summit. This year, Elizabeth focused on the issue of BRAC and building relationships with the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce and members of the South Carolina Department of Commerce to address this issue in conjunction with SPAWAR Atlantic. Elizabeth has volunteered her time and effort in the advancement of other local organizations, including: a founding member of the Palmetto Chapter of Women in Defense - Vice President (2009-2010) and President (2011-2012), AFCEA Lowcountry Chapter - Second VP (2010), ASTRA and others. Elizabeth earned her Bachelor of Science Degree from Texas Christian University and also holds a Master of Arts degree from American University in International Affairs.

Roles: Co-Chair: SBIOI
Heather Walker has been employed by Booz Allen Hamilton for nearly 15 years and is currently serving as a Principal with leadership responsibility for the firm’s Charleston office and SSC Atlantic business. Her responsibilities include strategic planning, business development, program management, client relationship management and staff leadership. Prior to her arrival in Charleston in September 2010, Heather provided program, financial, acquisition and technical support to SPAWAR HQ and PEO C4I in San Diego, CA and Norfolk, VA. After graduating from Villanova University with a B.S. in International Business and being commissioned through the ROTC program, Heather served for 4 years as an active duty Surface Warfare Officer in the U.S. Navy prior to beginning her career with Booz Allen. Heather is committed to the local Defense industry and the belief that the partnership between government, commercial industry, non-profits and academia is key to survive and thrive in Charleston. She is an active member of CDCA, serving on the Ways, Means and Rules Committee, and was instrumental in the recent update of the CDCA By-Laws. She also participates in other local associations such as Women in Defense, Society of Women Engineers and Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce. Heather is active in the local community, serving on the Palmetto Goodwill Industries Board of Directors and the Mount Pleasant Track Club Board, and she is a mentor with The Citadel Company Commander Mentor program. She was a Charleston Regional Business Journal 2013 Executive “Influential Women in Business” award finalist.
Roles: Co-Chair: Membership

Mr. Harmon is the Program Manager and Director of Charleston Operations for EMSolutions, a small business headquartered in Arlington, VA and Corporate Member of the CDCA for the last two years. Jim is a veteran of 31 years of Naval service and was hired by EMSolutions in June 2012 to build business and manage work associated with the Pillars and or other source of business. Prior to EMSolutions, Jim worked for SAIC and Booz Allen as a Program Manager and Project Manager for numerous projects supporting SSC Atlantic, SOCOM, the Marine Corps, and the Coast Guard. As a Project Manager and Business Developer within the Charleston Defense community, he has been intimately involved local business interests, serving as the President of PMI Charleston and continuous board member since 2006, and being as visible in AFCEA and CDCA as possible, including volunteering when available. He served on the C5ISR Security Team in 2013 and as the Deputy Chief of Security in 2014. He is well known throughout the industry and brings a mature and experienced approach to problems affecting the defense industry and contractors in the Lowcountry. As such, he will be an excellent addition to the 2015 CDCA Board of Directors.

Roles: Treasurer, Co-Chair: Education

Jimi Elderman is an Operations Director with Spry Methods, a certified Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB), where he leads operations across the company to manage current work and develop new opportunities. Mr. Elderman works directly with SSC LANT customers, industry leaders, and the defense community on a daily basis. In 2006 Mr. Elderman was selected for the CDCA Internship Program to be an intern for Eagan, McAllister & Associates, which allowed him to delve into the Charleston Defense industry and gave him his initial foray into and a strong interest in returning to the community. After relocating back to Charleston area nearly six years ago he has worked as a Department of Defense contractor in various positions of increasing responsibility, and has been a strong supporter of the CDCA and community. He has been involved as a key committee member with the highly successful CDCA Small Business and Industry Outreach Initiative (SBIOI) for the past five years. Mr. Elderman has also served on the CDCA Finance committee since its inception in 2012 and the CDCA Membership Committee since its inception in 2011. Mr. Elderman was elected to the CDCA BOD in May 2013 and was selected as the Education Committee Chair due to his experience as an intern and commitment to enhancing the technical capabilities of the defense community by working with academic organizations. Mr. Elderman is the current Treasurer of the organization, ensuring the financial stability and viability of the CDCA.

Roles: Vice President, Chair: Public Relations

Josh Hatter is Senior Manager for Marketing & Business Development at General Dynamics Information Technology (GDIT) in Charleston, SC, where he manages the BD pipeline and identifies new business opportunities and areas for growth within SPAWAR in Charleston, Norfolk and San Diego. His primary focus is determining customer needs and requirements and developing a diverse pipeline and account plan. He serves as the GDIT BD lead for the SPAWAR market and is the primary company POC between government customers and industry partners. In this capacity, Mr. Hatter’s principal duty is to understand the strategic direction of the Charleston Defense market and capitalize on its potential for future growth. He holds a B.S. degree in Business Administration from the College of Charleston and an MBA from the University of South Carolina.
Mr. Hatter has worked as a Department of Defense contractor for 12+ years in various positions of increasing responsibility, and has been a CDCA advocate for 10+ years. He has been involved with the Small Business and Industry Outreach Initiative (SBIOI) since its inception in 2006. Mr. Hatter served as the CDCA Small Business Committee chair for 4 years, has been the CDCA Treasurer for the past 3 years, and has served on the CDCA Board of Directors for the past 4+ years. As Treasurer, he has worked to ensure the long-term financial viability of the organization. He guided the transition from accrual accounting to cash accounting by changing to annual invoicing from quarterly and implemented an emergency reserve fund.

Roles: Chair: Education

Kris currently leads C4ISR & Electronics Systems business for BAE Systems. He also serves as the Deputy GM & COO for the Integrated Electronics & Warfare Systems (IE&WS) business of BAE Systems, Inc. The IE&WS business is comprised of over 4,700 employees globally with annual sales over $960 million. IE&WS provides C4ISR and weapons systems full life services in the land, maritime, air and space domains.
Previously Kris was the Vice President and General Manager for the Maritime & Defense Solutions business for BAE Systems headquartered in Rockville, MD. In this role he provided general management for a global workforce of over 1800 employees with annual sales of $500 million. This business provided full life support services for combat, C4ISR, and both conventional and nuclear weapons systems and other critical US assets.
Kris joined BAE Systems in 1993 as an electrical engineer and moved to Charleston, SC in 1998 to take on the role of Chief Engineer for the CVN 76 USS Ronald Regan External Communications design and integration. He continued to advance through the technical ranks and then took over the General Management of the Charleston operation in 2004. Kris began his engineering career in 1989 after having served six years in the U.S. Navy intelligence community.
Kris holds a BSEE from the University of Massachusetts and an MBA from Webster University. He has received formal CEO and executive leadership training at both Oxford Said and Wharton school of business. He is a member of the Tau Beta Pi and Eta Kappa Nu National Engineering Honor’s societies. He resides on the board of directors for The Palmetto Partners and the executive steering committee for the Charleston Chamber of Commerce. He has been a key member and leader in the Charleston defense community since 1998. Both Kris and his wife Diane are both very active in the local community with regional development, support and active engagement with local, regional, and national political leadership, youth sports, and our education system.

Roles: Chair: Strategic Think Tank

Red Hoover currently holds the position of Vice President and Division Manager of the Engineering and Technical Services (ETS) Division under the Systems Engineering & Mission Support (SEMS) Business Unit at ManTech International Corporation. Mr. Hoover is responsible for the business and operations at seven key ManTech offices.
As Division Manager for Engineering and Technical Services, he leads a team of highly qualified engineers and technicians in several specialty areas such as C4I integration, C2 software development, C4I virtualization training, IA certification, underwater acoustics, combat systems training and safety, and shipyard IT enterprise support.
Mr. Hoover’s previous experience includes over twenty-seven years of active duty service in the U.S. Navy as an Engineering Duty Officer. His latest assignment was serving as the Major Program Manager for Naval Command and Control Directorate (IWS 6). He also served as the Commanding Officer of Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic.
Mr. Hoover has extensive experience as a Navy Engineer and Program Manager at both SPAWAR and NAVSEA commands to include over twelve years’ experience in Washington, DC. He received special recognition for his extensive work in the area of Joint Track Management and Interoperability to include receiving the 2012 AFCEA Copernicus Award. He also received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Michigan-Flint for his efforts in mentoring engineering graduates. He was a Judge for the 2014 Palmetto Regional FIRST Robotics Competition. He has recently been selected to participate on the SSC Atlantic Executive Industry Council.

Roles: Chair - Events; Co-Chair - Political Relations

Ron “Buzz” Buske, Director C4ISR Programs, Centurum, Inc. has been working in and around the SPAWAR Charleston-Area market since February of 1999. He has supported myriad customers across the SSC-C/A domain with primary support to the Command Chief Engineer and the 5.3, 5.5, and 5.6 Departments. Buzz currently manages all Business Development activities for Centurum’s South Carolina Operations Division – he works in partnership with the Vice President of South Carolina and Norfolk Operations to identify and validate new business targets; perform capture planning, teaming/partnering strategies, and proposal development.
Ron currently serves on the CDCA Board of Directors as Events Committee and Political Relations Chairs and as committee member of the Finance and Audit Committee and various Ad Hoc committees when required. Additionally, within the defense community, Buzz serves on the AFRICOM Relocation Task Force and as Golf-Committee Chairman for the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) Low Country Chapter – in this capacity he organizes two large golf tournaments each year which fund the Low Country Chapter education scholarships.
A strong community advocate, he provides tireless support to many non-profit organizations which includes Low Country Food Bank, Low Country Orphan Relief, Dee Norton Lowcountry Children’s Center, Darkness to Light, and Windwood Farm Home for Children to name just a few. Buzz is the President of the Exchange Club Foundation of Charleston; Director of Public Safety for the Coastal Carolina Fair; and is Past President of the Exchange Club of Charleston and Evening Exchange Club of Charleston.

Roles: Chair: Technology, Co-Chair: Public Relations

Ryan Lemire is a current Board Member, the Chair of the Technology Committee and the Co-Chair of the Strategic Think Tank. This past year Ryan rebuilt the CDCA Website and streamlined the technology budget in order to make more resources available to the CDCA's core mission. Ryan is the Executive Director of Operations and Development for Geocent’s Charleston Office. Prior to Geocent Ryan spent 9 years at ManTech and has been supporting SPAWAR Charleston for the past 13 years. As a leader in Geocent and formerly in ManTech, he was responsible for fostering growth and building capability. In addition to running Geocent, Ryan volunteers a great deal of his time to the Charleston defense community and the CDCA. In partnership with SPAWAR, Ryan organized multiple Code-a-thons held at the C5ISR conference. Previously Ryan’s team developed the Themis question and answer app used at both the SBIOI and the C5ISR conference. The app was created pro bono to help meet challenges facing the CDCA. Ryan recently Co-Chaired the Open Silicon Harbor Conference held annually in Charleston. Ryan’s efforts are focused on expanding the scientific and engineering base of the community by supporting innovative events, promoting open source and fostering growth in our industry. Recently Ryan was a volunteer for the Palmetto Cyber Defense Challenge, a STEM contest for local high schools and colleges. In previous years Ryan has chaired and served on the Chamber of Commerce ThinkTEC board whose charter was to increase the knowledge economy in the low country.

Roles: Chair: Political Relations, Co-Chair: Strategic Think Tank

Mr. Amell has over 35 years of experience in the US Navy and Marine Industry providing support for Navy Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence (C4I) systems and Navy Ship Hull, Mechanical and Electrical (HM&E) systems. Experience includes the areas of business development, engineering, operations leadership and support. Steve is Vice President of Corporate Business Development at Life Cycle Engineering (LCE). He has served as LCE's SPAWAR Account Manager and as a senior level manager responsible for supporting LCE’s Federal Solutions Group Business Unit’s strategic planning and business development activities for DoD and federal markets including Space and Naval Warfare Command, Naval Sea Systems Command, Department of Veteran’s Affairs, Air Mobility Command, U.S. Transportation Command and the Defense Information Systems Agency.
Prior to joining LCE in 1986, Mr. Amell worked at Charleston Naval Shipyard for almost 8 years in the Combat Systems Office. He received a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of South Carolina and is a graduate of the American Council of Engineering Companies Senior Executive Institute. Mr. Amell has been a CDCA board member since 2010 and is the Chairperson of the CDCA Communicator Committee and Political Relations Committee. He serves as a member of the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce Military Policy Council representing CDCA. He is also a member of the Board of Directors for “The American Military Museum” located in Charleston.