As U.S. adversaries become more sophisticated with access to advanced technologies, having intelligence capabilities that keep our nation ahead of threats is critical. Centauri brings a wide range of intelligence expertise to its government customers to address every threat - from signals and geospatial intelligence to HUMINT and target analysis.
Our Intelligence Capabilities
Centauri helps support our country's warfighters and defends critical government assets from state and non-state actors. Our team of specialists provides our clients with a multifaceted set of skills in strategic, tactical and technical know-how needed to detect, investigate and mitigate the capabilities of hostile intelligence entities.
Our highly seasoned intelligence experts manage complex investigations as well as high-level coordination across the intelligence community that support law enforcement actions.
Centauri supports the collection, analysis, and exploitation of spatially-bounded geospatial data, enabling that data to be displayed, contextualized and exploited as actionable intelligence.
Today’s intelligence operations are data rich environments where productive analysis requires smarter, more efficient means of getting the best information in the right context to its various consumers.
Large Data Analytics
Measurement and Signature Intelligence (MASINT) is a critical means of discovering the unique qualities of a target different from what traditional intelligence sources provide, and requires large data analytics capabilities.
Human Intelligence (HUMINT) requires deep, data-rich analysis that goes beyond traditional behavioral analysis to discover trends, correlations and anomalous activities occurring around specified events bounded in space and time - seeking to infer about the nature of unusual activity and draw actionable intelligence from it.
Precision engagement is the analytical combination of pin-point accurate data and other relevant mission considerations that provides our warfighters with a much fuller picture of the situation 'on the ground' that goes well beyond traditional targeting to mitigate risk.
Mark Westfall, head of Human & Technical Operations, joined Centauri in August 2018. He was previously Vice President, Cyber Analytics for Perspecta’s Intelligence Group and focused on business development and the transition of applied research to mission. Mark retired from United States Federal Government service in November 2016 after a 29 year career. During that time, he worked overseas in the Middle East, South Asia, and Europe as well as in Washington, DC. His responsibilities included the management and execution of operations involving HUMINT, Counterintelligence, and Cybersecurity. Mark obtain a Master’s degree from the California Institute of Technology in Electrical Engineering and a Bachelor’s of Science in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia.
Travis Hyde is the head of Cyber Analytics. His previous experience included serving as a program manager for companies such as Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and ManTech. One notable achievement during his tenure at ManTech was the capture of the largest Air Force Security Services contract ever awarded of this type with a total value of over $400M. Travis acquired his leadership skills in the United States Marine Corps (USMC) as an Infantry Squad Leader and served as a member of the USMC Silent Drill Platoon. Travis has over 23 years of experience in clandestine program protection for strategic, tactical, and national assets as well as acquisition and operations experience in SCI and SAP programs for customers in the DoD and IC.
Rob Thomas, Senior Vice President of Intel and Cyber Analytics, is responsible for a team of highly-specialized team of scientists, engineers and senior acquisition professionals working next-generation image and geospatial related technologies and systems engineering and integration services for a myriad of national agencies. He has over twenty three years of defense support experience in program management and advanced research and technology development in the core area of imagery, geospatial-intelligence (GEOINT), and target intelligence with a focus on imagery quality and photogrammetric-based geospatial analysis and services. Prior to joining Centauri in November 2001, Rob served in a variety of program management and systems engineering positions within the Department of Defense as well as supporting National Agencies. These include the National Reconnaissance Office, (NRO), Headquarters United States European Command (HQ USEUCOM), Central Imagery Office (CIO), Headquarters United States Strategic Command (HQ USTRATCOM), and the Headquarters Strategic Air Command (SAC) as an Air Force Officer. Rob graduated in 1986 with an undergraduate degree in Physics from the University of Colorado and followed with a M.S. in Applied Mathematics from Creighton University in 1995.
Michael J. Rigo
Mike Rigo is the Chief Information Officer. Over the past twenty years he has led efforts across the National Reconnaissance Office, Defense Intelligence Agency, Navy, Air Force, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and other United States Government customers. Mike joined Centauri in 2003, bringing a wealth of technical and management experience in the Defense Industry. Since joining Centauri, he has served as Director of DoD Programs, Director Special Programs, and Senior Principal Systems Engineer providing direct customer systems engineering support. Mike has broad leadership and technical experience in remote sensing, information technology, intelligence, and naval systems. Prior to Centauri, Mike worked in multiple engineering and program management positions with personnel and contracts across the DoD and Intelligence Community. Mike has held active and reserve positions with the US Navy and is currently an Engineering Duty Officer in the Navy Reserve and a certified DoD Acquisition Professional and Level III Systems Engineer. Mike holds a Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy, Master degrees in Applied Physics and Astronautical Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School, and graduate coursework in Computational Science from George Mason University.
James “JP” Passaro is head of Space & National Defense Programs. JP has over 25 years of experience spanning all phases of the system acquisition lifecycle, with a wealth of expertise in the areas of technical program management, user requirements development (JCIDS), acquisition planning, and weapon system cost estimating. Prior to joining Centauri in 2006, JP held several key positions as an active duty officer in the USAF. His career in the Air Force included acquisition assignments at the Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC), the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), and Headquarters Air Force Space Command (AFSPC), and included cooperative/joint efforts with the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) and other agencies. Since joining Centauri in 2006, JP has served as the Director of Defense Space Programs and as a Senior Systems Engineer delivering systems engineering support to a variety of customers in the NRO and the DoD. JP holds a Bachelor of Science from the United States Air Force Academy, a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Oklahoma City University, a Master of Science in Cost Analysis from the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT), and has completed graduate course work in the areas of space physics, data warehousing, and business analytics.
Joel serves as the Vice President of Business Development Intel and Cyber Analytics, creating, communicating, executing, and sustaining strategic cyber initiatives. His 20+ years of professional experience – including over ten years in the cyber-security, information assurance, infrastructure protection, intelligence, and consulting industry – provides for broad experience involving all Security related initiatives. Joel is a former United States Marine Infantry Platoon Sergeant and member of the USMC Silent Drill Platoon. He previously worked at Booz Allen Hamilton, Lockheed Martin, and Unisys. Mr. Griffin is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University, is a Certified PMP, and holds Certifications in FEMA Incident Command System (ICS) and Emergency Operations Command (EOC).
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