Former Air Force officer joins Telos

David Kovach, a retired Air Force colonel, has joined Telos as director of Air Force strategic programs. Kovach will lead business development activities to go after new opportunities within the Air Force and other federal agencies.

Telos expects Kovach to aid the company's growth in secure wireless, information assurance, secure messaging and identity management throughout the Defense Department.

Kovach most recently served as commander of the Air Force Communications Agency at Scott Air Force Base near Belleville, Ill. There he oversaw about 700 military, Air Force civilian and contractor personnel that provided Command, Control, Communications, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C41SR) capabilities to about 700,000 clients of a communications network.

He was in charge of security certification and accreditation for the enterprise, and was accountable for ensuring the network configuration complied with information assurance directives.

Telos was one of eight vendors to win the Air Force's Network Centric Solutions (NetCents) contract in September 2004. Kovach will strengthen the company's ability to get work through that contract as well as cultivate new opportunities, said John Wood, chairman and chief executive officer of Telos, in a written statement.

“In addition to his proven technical expertise, Col. Kovach has first-hand experience working for one of Telos’ largest clients — the United States Air Force," Wood said. "As Telos expands its relationship with the Air Force through our NetCents contract, we’re confident that Col. Kovach will help ensure our solutions and consultant offerings align with the Air Force’s war-fighting requirements.”

“When I decided to move to the private sector, I wanted to choose an organization that understands the government and its requirements for secure command, control, communications, computers and intelligence capabilities and infrastructure,” Kovach said in a written statement. “Telos was the logical choice. It’s a company that has consistently hired highly-experienced former government security professionals and provided the freedom for senior managers to do their job.”

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