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Quantum Research International Appoints James Lackey, Brad Kettner to Lead Defense Programs

James Lackey

Quantum Research International has appointed two former military service officers to lead company businesses that support defense programs.

Quantum said James Lackey, former executive director of the U.S. Army‘s Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center, has joined the company as senior vice president and defense systems group manager.

Brad Kettner, a former officer with the U.S. Air Force, will serve as manager of the space and warfighter support division and site manager of Quantum’s business in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Lackey will lead the company divisions that support the Missile Defense Agency, Air Force, Space and Missile Defense Command, Army Training and Doctrine Command and Army program executive offices for aviation, missiles and space, and intelligence, electronic warfare and sensors.

He will report to the company’s chief operating officer and work as part of the executive team.

Lackey oversaw a $2.8 billion annual budget and 9,000 military, civilian, scientific and support personnel as head of AMRDEC.

He previously led AMRDEC’s engineering directorate, was air warfare director at the Office of the Secretary of Defense and served as deputy assistant commander for acquisition at the Naval Air Systems Command, where he also held program management, systems engineering and test and evaluation roles.

Brad Kettner

Quantum also appointed Kettner, who has worked as a program manager at the company since 2010, to continue to serve in that position for the Concepts and Operations for Space and Missile Defense Integration Capabilities contract with the Army Space and Missile Defense Command.

He previously served as president at Doxa Associates, business development director at Stinger Ghaffarian Technologies, capture manager at Sparta and executive vice president and systems analyst at Exostrategies.

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