SAIC taps William Decker for senior VP post

Science Applications International Corp. has named William Decker senior vice president and chief engineer of SAIC’s Intelligence and Security Group. He is a 35-year veteran of the intelligence community and the military, serving private industry and the government.

Decker, who will work at the integrator's McLean, Va., office, comes to SAIC from the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, where he was director of the Acquisition Directorate and responsible for the engineering and integration of the national geospatial intelligence system. He previously served as deputy director for system engineering and chief information officer at the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), according to an SAIC announcement.

Previously, Decker was senior vice president and director of the Analytic Sciences Corp.’s Systems Engineering Division supporting the NRO, CIA and National Security Agency.

Decker began his career as a civilian in the Navy and later worked on military research and development programs at Bendix. He joined the CIA in 1971, where he held positions ultimately leading to a tour at the NRO and leadership posts. He also served as chief of program systems engineering for signals intelligence, associate director of the collection systems group, and associate director of imagery intelligence programs.

Decker received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, a master’s degree in electrical engineering and a doctorate of philosophy in electromagnetic theory from the University of Missouri.

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David Hubler is the former print managing editor for GCN and senior editor for Washington Technology. He is freelance writer living in Annandale, Va.

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