Anduril Appoints 5 National Security Experts to Advisory Board; Brian Schimpf Quoted

Anduril Industries has named former senior government and national security officials David Goldfein, Kevin McAleenan, Katharina McFarland, Constantine Saab and Scott Swift to the newly formed advisory board to help inform the defense technology company’s strategy and build up relationships with government partners.

The company said Tuesday the members of the advisory board met for the first time at Anduril’s headquarters in Irvine, California, in July.

Goldfein is a retired U.S. Air Force general and a two-time Wash100 Award winner. He spent 37 years within the Air Force, where he culminated his career by serving as the service branch’s 21st chief of staff.

Kevin McAleenan is CEO of Pangiam and a two-time Wash100 awardee. He previously served as acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.

Katharina McFarland is chairman of the board of Army Research and Development at the National Academies of Science, a commissioner of the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence and a director on the Procurement Round Table. Her three decades of government service included time as assistant secretary of defense for acquisition and acting assistant secretary of the Army for acquisition, logistics and technology.

Constantine Saab is chief technology officer at Valor Equity Partners. He previously served as chief strategy officer at the CIA.

Scott Swift is a retired U.S. Navy admiral. He served for more than four decades in the Navy, where he commanded at all levels and completed his military career as the 35th commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet.

Brian Schimpf, co-founder and CEO of Anduril, said the company is honored to have a group of experts to provide strategic counsel as it advances growth initiatives and scale its software and hardware products across the Department of Defense.

“The board brings a wealth of knowledge and perspective on the inner workings of the government agencies responsible for our nation’s safety and security. They will help guide our work to rapidly modernize U.S. defense capabilities,” Schimpf added.

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