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By Kerry McGinley

When Ji Elliott arrived at the largest U.S. military base in Afghanistan in October 2016, he had a big job ahead of him. He was the new manager of a task order at Bagram Air Base that was up against some tough circumstances in a war zone with staffing challenges. 

He told his Air Force customer he had a plan.

“I convinced them to … give me a couple of months to turn it around,” Elliott said.

By Terrence Nowlin


Rosann Peterson is known for her savvy in transitioning teams, even at a distance.

“I’m the business operations manager for the NMS [National Maintenance Strategy] program,” Peterson said. “What we do is vehicle maintenance for the Afghan National Army and Afghan National Police in Afghanistan, as well as training of the local nationals.”

Chico Moline, president of PAE‘s national security solutions business, recently spoke with ExecutiveBiz regarding the impact of emerging technologies on the company, the challenges of talent recruitment, security clearances and PAE’s future in new markets.

By Kerry McGinley

Tens of millions of dollars and human lives are on the line on Peter Canipe’s watch. He’s the Division Manager in charge of Support Services for the Atlantic Undersea Test and Evaluation Center, a U.S. Navy major range test base located in the Bahamas. AUTEC is a deep-water test evaluation facility that’s 72 miles long, 24 miles wide and 6,000 feet deep. Even with that much ocean, 45 people under his supervision and 36 years on the job, Canipe has a perfect safety record. 

Erasmus is a project manager for Expeditionary Support & Stabilization – AFRICAP. The Native South African has been with PAE for 14 years. 

What do you want people to know about PAE?

“I think one of the biggest things about PAE is people. Especially in Africa -- our whole team has been there a long time. We trust each other, and we work well together.

By Terrence Nowlin

PAE Senior Engineering Manager Eartha Smith sits at the unlikely intersection of facilities management and customer service. She knows the value of building trust and delivering a quality product. In fact, her expectations for keeping leaders happy at Johnson Space Center could be described as out of this world. 

“If we don’t take care of our customer, I guarantee you somebody else will,” Smith said. 

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