About CDCA

CDCA Mission
The general purpose of the CDCA is to address issues and opportunities facing the Charleston, South Carolina defense community. Specifically, the CDCA will: (1) perform as an advocacy group for the defense industry in the Charleston metro area and other surrounding regions, (2) provide liaison with local, state, and federal governmental agencies, elected officials, legislatures, and special groups and committees, (3) take actions to develop or improve the local defense community’s ability to develop, attract, retain, and more effectively execute business opportunities, and (4) to foster the increased and improved interaction between defense contractors for accomplishment of better services to defense customers. ​

CDCA History
In order to address issues facing the Charleston, South Carolina military industrial complex, the Charleston Defense Contractors Association, or CDCA, was formed and incorporated as a South Carolina Corporation on 4 December 2002. CDCA’s beginning was based on a grassroots formation called the “Technology Leadership Forum”, an offshoot committee of the Lowcountry Chapter of the Armed Forces Communications Electronic Associations (AFCEA) that first met on 6 September 2001. The Technology Leadership Forum consisted of 40 business and government officials who were interested in raising local awareness of the industry cluster and also in establishing the defense contracting companies as a viable entity within the Charleston business community. On November 7, 2002, CDCA held its first General Meeting and an interim Board of Directors and Officers were elected. On December 4, 2002, CDCA received a Certificate of Incorporation as a Nonprofit Corporation in the State of South Carolina. CDCA received its 501(C)(6), business league organization, tax exempt status on 11 April 2003.

CDCA Officers:
President, Josh Hatter
Vice President, Heather Walker
Secretary, Brian Lindgren
Treasurer, Jimi Elderman

Board of Directors

Roles: Summit Committee Co-Chair, Membership Committee Co-Chair

Andrea Julius currently serves on the CDCA Board of Directors. Her roles: Chair: Summit. She also serves as a Charleston based Project Manager for Honeywell Technology Solutions Inc. supporting multiple projects at SPAWAR Atlantic. Over the past 10 years, her professional experience includes: Program Management, Quality Management, Business Development, Capture and Proposal Management, and Technical Writing. She received a Bachelor’s of Science from East Carolina State University in 1997 and recently graduated with an MBA from Ashford University. She also is a Certified Project Management Professional (PMP). Andrea is actively involved with the CDCA, AFCEA, WID, PMI, and the Golden Key International Honors Society within the Charleston community. She also volunteers with the Special Olympics and First Robotics competitions. Her goal is to enhance effective communication between our government customers and the Department of Defense industry, as well as industry-to-industry collaboration. Additionally, Andrea supports developing the means to provide advance technologies related to continuing education and professional certifications for our area workforce. Andrea served as Charleston’s Young AFCEAn Committee Chair/Co-Chair for two years. Andrea has been instrumental in developing the Lowcountry Young AFCEAn community by assembling a committee devoted to organizing various events focused on young professionals in our industry. Specifically, the target areas include community outreach, professional development, and social networking. As a result of Andrea’s efforts, the AFCEA International Awards Committee has selected her as a Regional Distinguished Young AFCEAn for 2012.

Roles: Small Business Committee Chair, Public Relations Committee Co-Chair, Philanthrophy Committee Co-Chair

Since 2008, April Nadeau has actively participated in a variety of roles throughout the Charleston Defense Industry and is well-respected in both government and contractor communities. She joined Sentar in March 2012 as the Division Manager and was promoted to Vice President in February, 2016. April directs all of Sentar’s SPAWAR, DHA, Navy, and Marine Corps programs, responsible for managing multiple programs, people and processes. April facilitates positive results through energetic individual effort and efficient resource management. Her efforts resulted in Sentar receiving recognition as one of the Best Places to Work in South Carolina for 2016. As a valued member of Sentar’s Leadership team, April develops strategic ways to grow the company, extending its reach and reputation. These tasks include opportunity identification and capture, acquiring and maintaining customer and partner relationships, and supporting proposal efforts. Prior to her election to the CDCA Board of Directors in 2015, April served on the CDCA Education Committee. Aside from her executive duties at Sentar and work with CDCA, April is active among a variety of other organizations and several boards including SPAWAR Executive Industry Council (2014-2015); Women in Defense Palmetto Chapter Executive Board, Treasurer (2012-2013); Women in Defense Palmetto Chapter Membership/Sponsorship Director (2010-2015); AFCEA Treasurer (2014). April graduated with a BA in History from Tulane University.

Roles: Events Committee Chair, Political Relations Committee Co-Chair, Technology Co-Chair
Becky Roberts, PMP has over 20 years of experience in IT with over 12 yrs. spent working with federal, state and local government agencies. She has a solid background in application development, architecture, management/leadership and business development. Her specialty areas have included: database design and development, knowledge management, healthcare systems, banking applications, large data sharing applications, biometrics and project management. Her past roles include: • System Administrator for Wal-Mart at their first pilot location for the implementation of automated data capture and sharing systems; • Project Manager for Adobe Systems PDF Forms Integration during the product’s initial release; • Business Development and Program Manager for Scientific Research Corporation where she managed the implementation of one of our nation's largest open source law enforcement information sharing systems and provided support to various federal agencies through SPAWAR Atlantic • Sr Project Manager for NEC Corporation of America where she managed large scale biometrics implementations for federal, state and local law enforcement agencies and high profile commercial customers. Becky is now the Director of Charleston Operations for ActioNet in their Defense Programs Business Unit. She has supported SPAWAR Atlantic, DoD/FMS, the Defense Health Agency, Homeland Security (HLS)/Law Enforcement (LE), DOJ/NIJ, and USDOT. Becky brings a rare combination of vision, excellent customer relations skills, and technical expertise within a variety of vertical markets to the CDCA Board. These attributes will be a value add as CDCA grows and addresses future challenges within defense contracting and the state of South Carolina. She is passionate about solving the real world problems faced by our first responders and warfighters.
Roles: CDCA Secretary and Ways, Means & Rules Committee Chair, Events Committee Co-Chair, Public Relations Committee Co-Chair, Philanthropy Committee Co-Chair

Brian J. Lindgren is a Program Manager for the Information Technology Group of Engility Corporation, a platinum member of CDCA. Brian was elected to the CDCA board of directors in 2012, after having served three terms as President of the AFCEA South Carolina Lowcountry chapter. He is currently Chairman of the CDCA’s Small Business Committee, which coordinates the quarterly SBIOI symposia. As a result of that assignment, he was asked to participate in the SPAWAR Working Group to re-evaluate the management of Multiple Award Contracts (MACs). Brian has also supported the Ways, Means, and Rules Committee, the Education Committee, and the Membership Committee. Prior to joining the CDCA Board Brian had actively participated in CDCA activities (writer and former committee member for CDCA Communicator, presentations at two SBIOIs, planning and exhibitor roles for the C4ISR/C5ISR Government & Industry symposia), and has always been with corporate and platinum CDCA member companies at all size levels (Large: Engility/L-3, Booz Allen, Lockheed Martin; Medium: SRC; Small: WareOnEarth, Imagine One, ICS). Two of these companies (WareOnEarth and Imagine One) graduated from small business status while Brian was there, so Brian connects to the issues that affect contracting firms of different sizes. Brian has been a long-time advocate of contractors in the Charleston community. “I have always been involved with volunteer community and civic organizations,” he said. “I seek re-election on the CDCA board to continue serving the Charleston contractor community. I believe I can leverage my experience in Charleston (resident for 22 years, SPAWAR contractor for 16 years) for optimal results, particularly as CDCA increases its collaborative efforts with our partner organizations such as AFCEA, WID, GCGCA, and TASC.”

Roles: Ways, Means and Rules Committee Co-Chair

Charlie Templeton has over 30 years experience managing information technology (IT) systems, evaluating new technologies and working in the area of computer operations, telecommunications, information management and information operations. His experience in the information technology business covers both the civilian as well as the military sectors. He is well versed in both the technical aspects of the defense industry as well as the management of technical resources in the defense contractor and military communities.

Charlie’s expertise in the civilian defense industry has been marked by positions as Technical Director, Program Manager, Director of Operations, Vice President of Business Services and Senior Vice President and General Manager for Secure Mission Solutions, a Parsons Company. At present he is the President of Temple Cyber Solutions which provides cyber security services and programmatic consulting services to the defense industry. He was one of the founding members of the Charleston Defense Contractors Association and has been active for the past twelve years. He has aided the growth of the organization as membership chairman for the association.

Charlie also has a broad background in the military where he served in the communications, computer and information management areas for 26 years. He directed the day to day operations of networked computer systems for Air Force wide use and implementation of hardware, software and support services. He is well versed in both the technical aspects of the defense industry as well as the management of technical resources in the defense contractor and military communities.

Roles: Technology Committee Chair

David Hamburger works for CSRA. He is also the owner of Evolve-Tec LLC, which provides consulting services in the Charleston area and has been imbedded in our local defense industry since 1996. He has supported 4 of the 2014 top 20 national defense contractors as well as an assortment of small businesses. He is currently serving his ninth year on the CDCA’s Board of Directors. He is also the former CDCA Secretary and the original Ways, Means and Rules Committee Chairman. Prior CDCA service also includes six years as Chairman of the CDCA’s Education Committee.

Roles: Education Committee Chair

Dena Elrod serves as General Manager, South Carolina Operations of Centurum Information Technology, Inc. Ms. Elrod manages a portfolio of single and multiple-award contract vehicles issued by various Department of Defense (DoD) agencies to include Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center, Atlantic (SSC-LANT). Centurum’s South Carolina Operations Division provides information assurance, software engineering, information technology, life cycle logistics and technical support services. Dena is a 2001 graduate of The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. She has a Master’s of Science in Management from Troy State University and a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification from Project Management Institute (PMI).

Roles: CDCA Vice President, Public Relations Committee Chair, Philanthropy Committee Chair
Heather Walker has been employed by Booz Allen Hamilton for more than 16 years and is currently serving as a Principal with leadership responsibility for the firm’s Charleston office and SSC Atlantic business. Her responsibilities include strategic planning, business development, program management, client relationship management and staff leadership. Prior to her arrival in Charleston in September 2010, Heather provided program, financial, acquisition and technical support to SPAWAR HQ and PEO C4I in San Diego, CA and Norfolk, VA. After graduating from Villanova University with a B.S. in International Business and being commissioned through the ROTC program, Heather served for four years as an active duty Surface Warfare Officer in the U.S. Navy prior to beginning her career with Booz Allen. Heather is committed to the local Defense industry and the belief that the partnership between government, industry, non-profits and academia is key to success in Charleston. She is currently serving in her third year on the CDCA Board of Directors and as the Chair / Co-Chair of the Small Business and Industry Outreach (SBIOI) Committee for the last two years, she facilitated frequent open communication and networking opportunities between government and industry. Heather also participates in other local industry associations such as Women in Defense and is active in the local community, serving on the Mount Pleasant Track Club Board and as a mentor for The Citadel cadet leaders. She was a Charleston Regional Business Journal 2013 Executive “Influential Women in Business” award finalist.
Roles: CDCA Treasurer, Small Business Committee Co-Chair

Jimi Elderman is the Director of Charleston Operations for Spry Methods, Inc. a Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB) that provides support to numerous Navy, Marine Corps and other federal and DOD customers. Mr. Elderman was previously the SSC LANT Business Development Manager for the Navy & Marine Corps Business Unit of SAIC. Mr. Elderman was selected for the CDCA Internship Program to be an intern for Eagan, McAllister & Associates, which allowed him to delve into the Charleston Defense industry and gave him his initial foray into and a strong interest in returning to the community. He has worked as a Department of Defense contractor in various positions of increasing responsibility, and has been a strong supporter of the CDCA and community. He has been involved as a key committee member with the highly successful CDCA Small Business and Industry Outreach Initiative (SBIOI) for the past seven years. Mr. Elderman has also served on the CDCA Finance committee since its inception in 2012. After being elected to the CDCA BOD in May 2013 Mr. Elderman has served as Education Committee Chair, Membership Co-Chair, Finance Co-Chair, and for the past 2 years as an elected officer, the Treasurer of CDCA.

Roles: CDCA President, CIC Representative

Joshua Hatter is Senior Business Development Manager at General Dynamics Information Technology (GDIT) in Charleston, SC, where he manages the BD pipeline and identifies new business opportunities and areas for growth in SPAWAR in Charleston and Norfolk. His primary focus is determining customer needs and developing a diverse pipeline and account plan to position GDIT for future growth. He serves as GDIT BD lead for the SSC Atlantic market and is the primary company POC between government customers and industry partners. He holds a B.S. degree in Business Administration from the College of Charleston and an MBA from the University of South Carolina. He served as CDCA Treasurer for 3 years and CDCA Vice President for the past 2 years, and he has served on the CDCA Board of Directors for the past 6+ years. As Treasurer, he worked to ensure the long-term financial viability of the CDCA by guiding the transition from accrual accounting to cash accounting. Josh served as Vice President from 2015-2016, during which he led the development of the CDCA value proposition which defines newly structured benefits for each membership level.

Roles: Summit Committee Chair

Katie Arrington is VP Sales Operations with Kilderkin, and has actively, aggressively, and effectively served the local defense community for eight years. Prior to joining her current firm, she worked at Booz Allen Hamilton (Keegan Silver) and Centuria Corporation. She has a unique base of experience, and deep understanding of the multiple aspects of a wide spectrum of the defense contractor industry, ranging from the challenges associated with a startup software firm to the complexity of a large business systems integrator. She has worked to cultivate and enhance the relationship between government and industry and strives daily to advocate, protect and preserve this community.

Roles: Education Committee Co-Chair, Political Relations Co-Chair
Kris Busch currently leads the BAE C4ISR & Electronics Systems business headquartered in Charleston, SC, providing senior leadership and general management for a global workforce consisting of over 1,550 employees with annual sales of $350 million. He also serves as the Deputy General Manager for the Integrated Electronics & Warfare Systems (IE&WS) business area of BAE Systems, Inc. The IE&WS business is comprised of over 4,700 employees across the United States and abroad with annual sales of $1 Billion. Prior to this position he was Vice President and General Manager for the Maritime & Defense Solutions business headquartered in Rockville, MD, a high-end engineering business supporting multiple DoD and federal customers in the conventional and nuclear weapons and combat systems domain. Kris holds both a BSEE and MBA degree and has attended multiple executive leadership programs from a variety of top level institutions including Oxford Saïd Business School and the Wharton business school. He is a member of the Tau Beta Pi and Eta Kappa Nu National Engineering Honor’s societies. Kris is a US Navy veteran (1983-1989). Kris is a prior CDCA BOD member (2015) and has been associated with the Charleston DoD market and community since 1998. Kris believes that his personal and professional experience would benefit this board and this market. He has broad based DoD experience and executive level leadership. He has executive level communications skills and he typically deals with high level corporate, Government, and congressional leaders. He has served on multiple boards, including CDCA. Kris is long-term resident and has a good understanding of this community dating back to 1997 BRAC. Kris stated, “I am not locked into traditional views and opinions and typically challenge the status quo. Demonstrated strategic and change leadership in both business and other professional environments.”
Roles: Strategic Think Tank Chair, Political Relations Co-Chair

Red Hoover currently holds the position of Vice President and Division Manager of the Engineering and Technical Services (ETS) Division under the Systems Engineering & Mission Support (SEMS) Business Unit at ManTech International Corporation. Mr. Hoover is responsible for the business and operations at seven key ManTech offices.
As Division Manager for Engineering and Technical Services, he leads a team of highly qualified engineers and technicians in several specialty areas such as C4I integration, C2 software development, C4I virtualization training, IA certification, underwater acoustics, combat systems training and safety, and shipyard IT enterprise support.
Mr. Hoover’s previous experience includes over twenty-seven years of active duty service in the U.S. Navy as an Engineering Duty Officer. His latest assignment was serving as the Major Program Manager for Naval Command and Control Directorate (IWS 6). He also served as the Commanding Officer of Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic.
Mr. Hoover has extensive experience as a Navy Engineer and Program Manager at both SPAWAR and NAVSEA commands to include over twelve years’ experience in Washington, DC. He received special recognition for his extensive work in the area of Joint Track Management and Interoperability to include receiving the 2012 AFCEA Copernicus Award. He also received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Michigan-Flint for his efforts in mentoring engineering graduates. He was a Judge for the 2014 Palmetto Regional FIRST Robotics Competition. He has recently been selected to participate on the SSC Atlantic Executive Industry Council.

Roles: Membership Committee Chair, Education Committee Co-Chair, Public Relations Committee Co-Chair, Philanthropy Committee Co-Chair
Robin Burke is an active member of CDCA and currently serving on Education Committee and Chair of the Internship Subcommittee. She has 18 years of managerial and technical experience supporting C5ISR programs and is a Business Development Manager for NOVA Power Solutions. She is originally from Columbia, SC and moved to Charleston in 2008. Her experience includes program management, project management, product development, systems engineering, quality assurance, and acquisition support for electronic communication systems. Her knowledge base includes working in the Defense Industry supporting military Intelligence Systems and Naval Special Warfare programs, and in the Commercial Industry supporting telecommunications and wayside signaling programs. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Mercer University School of Engineering. As an active member of the Charleston community, she currently supports the Navy League Charleston, Education Committee for AFCEA, and served on the Board of Directors for WID. Volunteer efforts include supporting annual conferences such as CDCA C5ISR and NDIA C4ISR, the First Robotics competitions, among other activities. As she considers herself the “eternal student”, her passion is promoting the development our youth in the exploration of new technologies. In leading the Internship Program for 2016, she redesigned the criteria to better align with CDCA’s mission to increase awareness and contribute to the overall betterment of the Defense Industry in Charleston. The program was also changed to bring increased visibility and participation with member companies to describe the impact of the program and the effect it has had on their businesses. Feedback was well-received and next year’s participation is expected to increase. As this program is the largest funded effort within CDCA outside of the C5ISR Summit, the changes helped to improve not just the program, but providing demonstratable benefits in holding CDCA membership.
Roles: Political Relations Committee Chair; Strategic Think Tank Co-Chair

Mr. Amell has over 35 years of experience in the US Navy and Marine Industry providing support for Navy Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence (C4I) systems and Navy Ship Hull, Mechanical and Electrical (HM&E) systems. Experience includes the areas of business development, engineering, operations leadership and support. Steve is Vice President of Corporate Business Development at Life Cycle Engineering (LCE). He has served as LCE's SPAWAR Account Manager and as a senior level manager responsible for supporting LCE’s Federal Solutions Group Business Unit’s strategic planning and business development activities for DoD and federal markets including Space and Naval Warfare Command, Naval Sea Systems Command, Department of Veteran’s Affairs, Air Mobility Command, U.S. Transportation Command and the Defense Information Systems Agency.
Prior to joining LCE in 1986, Mr. Amell worked at Charleston Naval Shipyard for almost 8 years in the Combat Systems Office. He received a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of South Carolina and is a graduate of the American Council of Engineering Companies Senior Executive Institute. Mr. Amell has been a CDCA Board Member since 2010 and is the Chairperson of the Political Relations Committee and Co-chair of the Strategic Think Tank Committee. He serves as a member of the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce Military Policy Council representing CDCA.