US: DigitalGlobe, a Maxar Technologies company, has announced that Mike Edwards has joined DigitalGlobe as Vice President, Senior Advisor Defense Programs, to provide strategic leadership on various defense programs, including the company’s work with the U.S. Department of Defense and collaboration with aero-defense companies. Edwards joins the company’s senior leadership team and will report to DigitalGlobe President Dan Jablonsky.
“I’m excited to welcome Mike Edwards to the DigitalGlobe Leadership Team,” Jablonsky said. “Mike has an extensive background in the military and government and especially working with large and complex programs. His experience in combination with his strategic skills brings valuable insights for our mission partners, enabling them to make critical decisions with confidence.”
“I’m thrilled to be working with the DigitalGlobe and wider Maxar Technologies teams,” said Mike Edwards. “I believe we best serve our customers by providing innovative solutions that leverage the technical depth and advanced capabilities from across the Maxar companies. I’m inspired to join a company that is driven by such a strong purpose and set of values.”
Edwards was most recently Corporate Director of Space, Intelligence & Cyber at Northrop Grumman, where he spent the past 11 years. Previously he had a distinguished career in the U.S. Air Force, serving at the Pentagon for 13 years in a variety of leadership roles. These included leading the Department of Defense’s Interagency Protection Task Force and the Defense Intelligence Agency’s Emerging Threat Working Group, where he was responsible for creating and executing solutions for emerging threats, and directing operations for the Air Force Combat Support Office. The retired Air Force Colonel served as a command pilot with 83 combat sorties and more than 3,300 hours in the A/OA-10, T-38 and T-37.
Edwards has a Bachelor of Science degree from the U.S. Air Force Academy, Air War College, and a Master of Science degree in aeronautics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.