DULLES, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Orbital ATK (NYSE: OA), a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies, announced today that Darcy McGinn has been selected to serve on the U.S. Air Force Scientific Advisory Board (SAB). McGinn’s service will begin in late fall of 2015. McGinn is the Chief Technology Officer of the Defense Electronic Systems division of Orbital ATK’s Defense Systems Group.
“I am honored to be part of the U.S. Air Force Scientific Advisory Board,” said McGinn. “I appreciate the opportunity to serve the Air Force and I’m excited to contribute to the SAB mission.”
“Darcy is very deserving of this honor and exemplifies everything that this service stands for,” said Mike Kahn, President, Defense Systems Group. “Darcy’s work focuses on innovative and advanced solutions to protect the warfighter and we look forward to Darcy’s contributions to further the SAB and U.S. Air Force mission.”
The SAB was established in 1944 and conducts several major studies each year on topics deemed critical by the Secretary of the Air Force. It also recommends applications of technologies to improve Air Force capabilities and conducts annual in-depth reviews of science and technology programs in the Air Force Research Laboratory.
The SAB members are appointed by the Secretary of Defense and are drawn from among the nation’s leading experts in science, technology, engineering, and technical program leadership across industry, FFRDCs, national laboratories, and academia. Those from industry are typically at technical executive levels, and those from other organizations come with comparable levels of technical leadership, expertise, experience, and vision. The Board’s members must be able to contribute not only in a single area of expertise, but also on matters spanning across the entire Air Force mission. SAB members are accorded the Department of Defense protocol equivalent of O-9 (three-star general) status while they are serving on Board functions.
Orbital ATK’s Defense Systems Group is an industry leader in providing innovative and affordable precision and strike weapons, advanced propulsion and hypersonics, missile components across air-, sea- and land-based systems, ammunition and related energetic products.
About Orbital ATK
Orbital ATK is a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies. The company designs, builds and delivers space, defense and aviation systems for customers around the world, both as a prime contractor and merchant supplier. Its main products include launch vehicles and related propulsion systems; missile products, subsystems and defense electronics; precision weapons, armament systems and ammunition; satellites and associated space components and services; and advanced aerospace structures. Headquartered in Dulles, Virginia, Orbital ATK employs more than 12,000 people in 18 states across the U.S. and in several international locations. For more information, visit www.orbitalatk.com.