Board of Directors

Dr. Steven Omick


As Chairman of the ARS Board, Dr. Omick brings over 28 years of research and executive leadership experience in the private sector and defense and intelligence industries. He holds B.S., M.S., and Doctoral degrees in Electrical Engineering, and has led research programs and is published in the field of computational electromagnetics.


Dr. Omick served as President of Vencore Labs, a leading provider of research in cyber security, advanced networking, data analytics, machine learning, mobility, and radio frequency communications. Dr. Omick was also President and CEO of Rincon Research Corporation, a leading provider of digital signal processing products and engineering services for the U.S. Government Intelligence Community.

Bert Calland

Vice Adm. Bert Calland, US Navy (Ret), and former Deputy Director, Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), contributes a critical perspective to the ARS Board. Having commanded at all naval levels and led US Special Operations Command Central (SOCCENT) in critical pre- and post-9/11 years (July 2000-August 2002) prior to his appointment to the CIA (2005-2006), Vice Adm. Calland brings forty years of experience with various military programs to ARS.


Vice Adm. Calland supported CACI International Inc., fulfilling Executive Vice President and Operating Group Manager roles. He retired in September 2014. A graduate of the US Naval Academy and Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) training, Vice Adm. Calland also earned a M.S. in National Resource Strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.

L. William Varner is the former President of ManTech's Mission, Cyber and Intelligence Solutions group. Before joining ManTech, he was Vice President and Executive Director of the Intelligence Operations Unit at Northrop Grumman-TASC, which specialized in highly technical engineering and operations support to the intelligence community.


Bill has a Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering from George Washington University, a Master's Degree in Electrical Engineering from

Purdue University, and a Master's of Business Administration Degree in Finance from Virginia Polytechnic University.

Bill Varner

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