FORT WALTON BEACH, FL – DECEMBER 6, 2016 – Defensewerx announces the selection of Mr. Robert Kirila as its new Chief Operating Officer.
Rob joins Defensewerx with more than 25 years of service in the U.S. Army. After graduating from the University of Richmond, Rob was commissioned as an officer in the 7th Infantry division. He then began to pursue more demanding and elite communities, starting first in the United Nations Command – Joint Security Area (PanMunJom, Korea), the Rangers and finally in the Special Forces. He ultimately held a chief leadership position providing executive level vision, business strategy and leadership consulting for an organization encompassing 4500+ employees representing 31 countries, a $1.5 billion operations budget and over $500 million in material assets.
Defensewerx Executive Director Laurie Moncrieff said, “I was first impressed with the wide range of strategic and financial planning, organizational leadership and program management experience on Rob’s resume. Upon meeting him in person, I recognized his strong interpersonal skills, commitment and dedication to the community. I am thrilled to welcome Rob to the team and look forward to moving DI forward with a renewed focus for the upcoming year.”
A 501(c)(3) non-profit named in honor of James “Jimmy” Doolittle, commander of WWII’s historic Doolittle Raid, the DI is headquartered in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, with a second facility in Tampa, Florida. Modelled after the rapid innovation and problem solving necessary to modify and deploy B-25 bombers from aircraft carriers, DI provides Innovation, Collaboration, Workforce Development and Technology Transfer solutions for its clients. The FWB location supports clients such as the Air Force Research Laboratory Munitions Directorate at Eglin Air Force Base, and the SOFWERX Tampa facility supports USSOCOM at MacDill Air Force Base, which was featured in the September 30 CNN video spot, Where Special Ops Meets Silicon Valley.