There are a number of professions in which "saves" are coveted. Baseball relief pitchers try to record as many saves as they can, keeping wins from turning into losses in the late innings of games. In both soccer and hockey, goalies are credited with saves for keeping the ball or the puck from going into the net. But perhaps nowhere are saves more valued, more prized, than in the parachute shop at Vance Air Force Base.
By the time John Heller (MBA '90) was recruited to become CEO of the federal contractor Pacific Architects and Engineers Inc. (PAE), he had already been a president, chief executive officer, managing director, senior vice president, founder, and chief operating officer (twice).
It's the kind of result you hope for when you make an important acquisition. The piece of business PAE Group acquired from Computer Sciences Corp. last month has won an $81.7 million option year on one of its marquee contracts.
PAE Applied Technology leads a joint venture with Raytheon that won the option this week on the Eastern Range Technical Services contract which provides operations, maintenance and sustainment services for the 45th Space Wing and its launch customers at the Cape Canaveral Air Station in Florida.
PAE employee and Knoxville lawyer Marsha Mitchell has had a career of which most in her field would be envious. Throughout her 30-plus years as a criminal prosecutor and private attorney, Mitchell has worked in Tennessee, Kosovo, Afghanistan and Liberia, trying a wide variety of criminal cases, including homicide, sex offenses, child abuse and white-collar crimes.
With assistance from the United States, the European Union, and others, approximately 5,000 peacekeeping troops from at least nine African countries have already been deployed to Mali as of mid-February. These contingents need to be organized, equipped, housed, fed, fueled, and connected via reliable communications with the AFISMA headquarters element operating from Bamako. Whether the operation remains ECOWAS-led or eventually transitions to a United Nations peacekeeping operation, the logistics requirements will remain the same.
PAE has moved its corporate headquarters to a 71,000-square-foot space in Arlington, Va. that will house 250 employees.
"Over the past two years and with the acquisition of Defense Support Services, PAE has doubled in size and made significant investments in its business infrastructure," said president Michael Dignam.
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