Barone Consulting is led by an energetic team of experienced professionals who share a passion for innovation and a call to duty.
Kevin Barone, President
Kevin Barone has 25 years in systems engineering and technical project management for the military and DoD. His experience spans the electrical, mechanical, computer and software engineering disciplines. He was the lead engineer for DARPA on the ISIS stratospheric airship program, the ULTRA-Vis holographic ground-soldier heads-up display, the BLADE cognitive communications jammer, and supported the DARPA Spectrum Challenge. Additionally, he has developed systems for military aircraft, Los Angeles Class submarines, and oversaw foreign weapon systems exploitation as an officer in the US Air Force. Earlier in his career, he managed an engineering branch integral to the United States stealth aircraft and tactics development, and was chosen by the CIA to develop next-generation clandestine access techniques and systems. He is the recipient of the Deputy Directory of NSA’s Scientific Achievement Award for his design of a classified intelligence collection platform.
Scott Ponsor, Managing Partner
Managing Partner of Barone Consulting, Scott Ponsor has over 15 years of experience in the fields of communications, datalinks and command and control systems. His experience reaches across operational employment of fielded systems as well as project management of research and development efforts. Additionally he serves as the Facility Security Officer for Barone Consulting, enabling their consultants to provide systems engineering and technical project management of classified systems and programs. Scott has served as a USAF officer in multiple combat theaters as an Air Battle Manager within the Air and Space Operations Center, the Control and Reporting Center and the Airborne Warning and Control Systems. He is the recipient of Air Force Commendation Medal, the Air Medal and the Aerial Achievement Medal. Additionally Scott has received numerous letters of commendation for his planning and execution of flight test and demonstration programs at Joint Expeditionary Force Experiment, Trident Warrior and Empire Challenge.
Swetha Amruthur, VP of Operations
VP of Operations Swetha Amruthur, is a results-oriented management leader with over 15 years of functional experience in change management with proven success in the areas of product evaluation & development, client retention and business development. She is recognized for her strategic vision, and applying a methodical approach to analysis, project management and solution implementation while creating new revenue streams, reducing expenses, and eliminating organizational and process inefficiencies at several start-up companies she has been a part of. Swetha also has a strong consulting background from her tenure at Booz Allen Hamilton where she provided extensive support to the DARPA client. She is an expert at driving adoption of new solutions in organizations by developing a deep understanding of customer needs and leveraging strong customer management, communication, and influencing skills.
Richard “Scotty” Wright, Senior Consultant
Senior Consultant at Barone Consulting, Richard “Scotty” Wright has over 30 years of experience in battle management, Integrated Air and Missile Defense, and Command & Control systems at both the tactical and operational levels of war as well as managing complex organizations and programs. His experience stretches from planning and execution of wartime operations, exercise and experimentation events, and joint and quick reaction tests to the development of tactics, techniques and procedures utilizing fielded systems for rapid deployment to combatant commanders. Scotty served as an USAF officer in the Airborne Warning and Control System and the Air and Space Operations Center. He is the recipient of multiple Meritorious Service Medals and Aerial Achievement Medals, as well as the Air Medal. Additionally, Scotty continues to serve as a Colonel in the United States Air Force Reserve as the Commander of the 713th Combat Operations Squadron, supporting Headquarters Pacific Air Forces.
Daniel Nix, Senior Consultant
Daniel Nix has nearly 20 years of experience in Command and Control and Intelligence Surveillance & Reconnaissance systems integration experience across multiple Department of Defense and Intelligence Community entities. Dan brings with him a wealth of data management knowledge and was chosen to establish the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency’s Geospatial Data Architecture and Management policies detailing how the agency would manage and structure vast volumes of all types of data. Currently, he supports the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency’s InnoVision directorate as a systems engineer integrating enabling Geospatial Intelligence capabilities into the National System for Geospatial-Intelligence enterprise.
Dr. John Chapin, Senior Consultant
Senior Consultant at Barone Consulting. Dr. John Chapin has over 20 years of experience in technical leadership roles in communications and networking, computer systems, and exploitation of the radio spectrum. He most recently served as Program Manager in the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), where he initiated and led programs in spectrum access and spectrum sharing technology. Previous roles include faculty member in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science department of MIT; Chief Technical Officer at Vanu, Inc., a provider of software-designed radio (SDR) based cellular radio access networks; and Chairman of the Software Defined Radio Forum. In recognition of his work at DARPA, Dr. Chapin was awarded the Office of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service, and the Wireless Innovation Forum International Achievement Award. In recognition of his earlier technical work, Dr. Chapin received multiple Best Paper awards and the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the nation’s highest honor for scientists and engineers under age 35. Dr. Chapin holds two patents and earned a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Stanford University.
Craig Pomeroy, Senior Consultant
Craig Pomeroy has over 10 years of experience in RF system engineering, satellite communication systems, and software defined radio. Craig has designed RF components for tactical radar systems, served as the lead software developer on a team implementing machine learning agent-based software defined radio networks for DARPA/MTO, and brought both the primary and backup communications systems on a commercial satellite through successful integration, test and final checkout against a ground station system incorporating both COTS and custom software defined solutions. Craig has significant experience in open systems architecture, RF link analysis and validation, and current software development best practices. Currently he supports DARPA’s Spectrum Collaboration Challenge, overseeing the development of the Colosseum, the world’s largest MIMO radio test bed and competitive event support infrastructure.
David A. Rosenberg, Ph.D., Senior Consultant
Senior Consultant, David A. Rosenberg, Ph.D., has eight years of experience in the fields of combustion research, optical diagnostics, and aerospace engineering. David comes to Barone Consulting after serving as an aerospace engineer with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Engineering and Compliance Branch where he assessed safety and risks related to LNG plants located near space launch sites. Prior to his tenure at FERC, David served as a National Research Council Postdoctoral Research Associate at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, where he investigated the exhaust from micro-rockets for use on CubeSats to improve their efficiency. David also has extensive experience in propulsion testing and optical diagnostics of combustion at both laboratory-scale and larger-scale facilities, and is a graduate the NASA Propulsion Academy. David holds a Ph.D. in aerospace engineering from the University of Michigan. David’s dissertation research was on the development of a new optical diagnostic method for turbulent combustion conditions, like those found in gas turbines and scramjets.
David Destan, Cloud Systems Expert
David Destan is a 10 year veteran of network and systems engineering in both the commercial and intelligence communities. David has experience spanning from network design, Linux platform optimization, and cloud systems integration. He joins Barone Consulting as a cloud systems expert at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency’s Research division where he is currently working on refactoring an existing capability to become more cloud-native along with enhancing the adoption of Amazon Web Services in the research environment. David has been the recipient of numerous recognition letters from his customers as well as excelled in lead roles on several projects.
David Forrai, Senior Engineer
David Forrai has 30 years of experience with a research and development focus. His primarily technical contributions have been in RF and optical electronic components and electro-optical systems modeling and analysis. He has made key contributions in the areas of cost reduction and process improvement for the manufacture of RF hybrid circuits, fabricating optical diffractive elements in planar waveguides, modeling of EO/IR threat warning and countermeasures, and advancing infrared detectors and associated technologies. He has 15 years of experience supervising technical staff and has 20 years of experience in project management that includes mutli-million dollar budgets and aggregate project portfolios. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Madison and The Ohio State University. He is a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and an External Advisory Board Member of The Ohio State University’s Institute of Materials Research.
Raymond Troup, Senior Consultant
Raymond Troup brings more than 27 years of experience across a broad spectrum of technical competences including systems engineering and architecture, software design and development, systems administration, performance engineering and management. He played a critical role in defining the current cloud transition process at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) establishing processes and procedures that the agency utilizes to transition its infrastructure and applications from bare metal to a modern hybridized services oriented architecture leveraging cloud native micro-services. Raymond maintains strong technical skills as a systems administrator and integrator spanning numerous common operating systems in addition to expertise leading and managing teams through the Agile Software Development Lifecycle process. Currently, Raymond supports NGA Research shepherding the transition of mission critical services to the operational cloud environment.
Jeffrey Tobias, Senior Consultant
Jeffrey Tobias is a U.S. Air Force veteran and brings over 28 years of DoD/IC experience at various capacity. Jeff’s background consists of network systems engineering, international programs systems integration, data center consolidation, ISR collection management, cloud and information security. Jeff holds graduate degrees in Aeronautical Science, MBA, and Computer Resources and Information Management. Jeff is a recipient of meritorious citation from Director of National Intelligence for providing deployed support in conflict zone and received a Letter of Appreciation from National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency for providing support as an ISR collection manager in support of Counter-IED Operations in Afghanistan. He is also a recipient of Meritorious Citation from Director of National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency for providing systems engineering support to the FastTrak program. In the past two years Jeff has lead the cloud team in attaining Authority to Operate certification for eight different capabilities. Currently Jeff is member of the cloud team within NGA Research and is focused on improving the process of securing systems in the cloud.