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.
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.
Major General Ed Wilson, U.S. Air Force (ret), brings a wealth of operations and senior leader perspective to the ARS Board. Having commanded at all levels from squadron to Numbered Air Force, he spent over three decades at the forefront of cyber and space operations. After retiring from the military, he served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Cyber Policy supporting the Secretary of Defense and other senior leaders with policies, strategies and plans to guide DoD’s ability to operate in cyberspace. General Wilson’s understanding of ARS clients, complex mission environments, and their strategic implications for national defense will be critical for the company moving forward.
He retired from government service in 2019 and founded Pinnacle Strategic Consulting, LLC, which is focused on consulting, board service and public speaking in areas related to cyber, space and intelligence. General Wilson graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering, and earned a M.S. in electrical/computer engineering from Northeastern University, and a M.A. in airpower art and science from the Air Force’s School of Advanced Airpower Studies.
Mr. Sullivan is Managing Partner at ARS and brings a breadth of experience in operations and strategic business development to the leadership team. He establishes and manages the current ARS $1B+ sales pipeline across a diverse set of current and target client markets. Mr. Sullivan’s large and small business experience and acumen has proven invaluable to the ARS culture as it has evolved since inception in 2012. He has worked diligently to establish the corporate business base of prime and subcontracts through a mature business development capture process, resulting in the valued base of GSA OASIS Small Business prime contracts, GSA IT-70 and PSS Prime Schedules, and several other multi-year DoD contracts within the current ARS portfolio.
Prior to ARS, Mr. Sullivan held leadership positions with MacAulay-Brown, GRACAR, General Dynamics, and served in the US Air Force.
Mr. Wittlinger is Managing Partner at ARS and brings a wealth of experience from large and small business entities. He has led organizations across disparate geographies from Dayton, OH to Denver, CO; Richmond, VA; Suitland, MD; Vienna, VA; Augusta, GA; Hawaii; Germany; and the United Kingdom. Mr. Wittlinger manages the ARS portfolio of business across the spectrum of the Intelligence, Cyber, Logistics, and Information Technology/Software Development technical domains. He has been a critical contributor to the stand-up and successful development of the company into today’s corporate entity, inclusive of major GSA Contract Schedules such as OASIS Small Business and GSA IT-70 and PSS Prime Schedules, as well as other ARS prime and subcontracts with diverse DoD customers.
Prior to ARS, Mr. Wittlinger has held leadership positions with MacAulay-Brown, GRACAR, CACI, and IBM.