Tampa, FL, May 9, 2023 — Octasic, a manufacturer of programmable silicon for mission-critical wireless applications, has formed a Special Advisory Committee made up of esteemed experts with decades-long experience in defense and intelligence. The committee will provide advice and guidance to Octasic in its engagements with the US Federal and Department of Defense (DoD) markets.
The committee members were chosen for their expertise in engineering and communications, as well as their unique insights into the future of public security systems and battle-ready technology. The committee's mission is to ensure Octasic conforms to and grows with the needs of its US Defense and federal agency clients, and to provide invaluable customer insights across these sectors.
"The creation of this strategic committee is an important milestone for us as it reflects our mission and priorities to create a more secure and connected world. It is essential for us to do so while respecting the highest standards of ethics and governance,” says Sébastien Leblanc, CEO of Octasic. “With the insight and guidance of the committee, we will ensure that solutions developed for this market provide the highest levels of quality while continuing our dedication to 5G wireless innovations and beyond.”
With more than 155 years of combined experience the Octasic Strategic Advisory Committee Members are:
Gary Martin, retired PEO-C3T (US DoD): Gary Martin is a retired Program Executive Officer with more than 33 years of service in the US Army. From 2015 to 2018, Martin headed the Program Executive Office Command, Control, and Communications-Tactical (PEO C3T). Leading more than 1,600 personnel, he took on significant challenges in 23 major army programs. Martin holds a Master of Science in Engineering Management from the University of Pennsylvania and graduated from the Management Development program at Harvard Business School.
Henry Muller, retired Director CERDEC (US DoD): Henry Muller’s engineering and R&D expertise have proven invaluable to the US Armed Forces. His 33-year service includes a role as Director for the US Army Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center (CERDEC). Here, he spearheaded technical research for C4ISR, provided strategic guidance, and established CERDEC’s Science and Technology portfolio. Muller holds a Master of Science in Management of Technology from the Stevens Institute of Technology and graduated from the Harvard Senior Executive Fellows program. He also holds Army Acquisition Corp. Level III Certification in Engineering, Program Management, and S&T Management.
Thomas Trask, Retired LGEN USAF (US DoD): Thomas Trask retired five years ago from his role as Vice Commander of the US Special Operations Command, Lt. Gen. He planned, coordinated, and executed actions with the Office of Secretary of Defense and the Joint Staff, among other government agencies. Throughout Lt. Gen. Trask’s 33 years of service in the Air Force, he accumulated more than 3,200 flight hours and 50 combat missions with Operations Just Cause (Panama), Operation Desert Storm (Kuwait), and several missions in the Balkans, Bosnia, and Kosovo. He holds three master’s degrees in political science from Troy State University, the Naval War College, and Air University School and Advanced Airpower Studies.
Harry Coker, Retired Executive NSA & CIA: Retired Intelligence Executive and Naval Officer Harry Coker served in CIA leadership positions for nearly two decades. These roles spanned Science & Technology, Public Affairs, and Open Source Enterprise, where he was responsible for leveraging publicly available information. Coker served on the National Security/Foreign Policy team for the Presidential Transition Team of the Biden-Harris administration. Most recently, he completed a joint duty assignment as Executive Director of the NSA—a position that placed him third in command of the largest US Intelligence community. Mr. Coker is a recipient of the Presidential Rank Award and the CIA’s Don Cryer Award for Diversity and Inclusion Leadership.
Christian Rousseau, retired COL CAF (CA DND): Retired from the Canadian Armed Forces Intelligence Branch, Col Rousseau brings more than 35 years of military intelligence experience to the table. He has been a leader and manager of all-sources intelligence enterprises at the tactical, operational, and strategic levels, nationally and internationally with the UN and NATO in Europe, the Balkans, and Afghanistan. Of note, France awarded Christian the rank of Chevalier de l'Ordre national du Mérite for his outstanding work as Defence Attaché managing bilateral military cooperation in a particularly challenging time.
Octasic enables government and commercial clients to accelerate their go-to-market strategies with complex custom 5G wireless designs deployed for both terrestrial and non-terrestrial networks. The Octasic portfolio of programmable SoC DSP devices and sub-systems form the integral technologies in many of the world’s SWaP-constrained software-defined radios, base stations, and UE solutions. Octasic architects 100% of its own integrated 5G stack and software development platform for applications that require any custom, proprietary, or enhanced 3GPP waveforms.
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