Gerald Beaman, a retired U.S. Navy vice admiral and ex-FBI special agent, has been appointed president of the newly formed unmanned combat aerial systems division at Kratos Defense & Security Solutions (NASDAQ: KTOS).
He brings 35 years of military experience to the role and will work to develop strategic programs in his new role, Kratos said Sunday.
Eric DeMarco, Kratos president and CEO, said Beaman will aim to help sustain the firm’s momentum in providing drone technology to support U.S. national security missions.
DeMarco added Tom Mills, formerly president of the Gicher subsidiary, as president for Kratos’ modular systems division.
Beaman most recently served as commander of the U.S. Third Fleet, managing a team of 58, 000 people who provide homeland defense, civil support and training for various naval programs.
As part of that role, he led all West Coast naval forces, including four aircraft carrier strike groups, one expeditionary strike group, four large deck amphibious ships, more than 70 surface combatants, 32 submarines and more than 400 aircraft.