Leslie Richards


Senior Systems Engineer, experience in Radar, Electronic Warfare, ELINT, Technical SIGINT, etc.

Clearance & Citizenship:

• TS/SCI (full scope polygraph)– inactive since June 2009.
• Citizen of USA

Past Positions and Major Achievements:
JB&A Inc. September 2007 – June 2009
Principal Program Analyst at National Security Agency (NSA), Fort Meade Sept 2007 – Jun 2009

Major Achievements in Current Position:
• Technical support to PM Prophet, Fort Monmouth, NJ for tactical SIGINT requirements for ground and airborne assets.
• Additional tasks include developing Transition Plans, technical insertion studies, and providing US Army
technical assistance with all issues related to tactical SIGINT requirements.
BAE Systems April 2005 – September 2007
Spectral Engineer at National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) Washington Navy Yard, DC Dec 2006 – Sept 2007
• Technical support to NGA Innovision for EO, PI, VNIR, SWIR, MWIR, LWIR, SAR, LIDAR, LADAR and ONIR.
• Technical support to NGA IJ Information Management System (IMS) Tiger Team.

Major Achievements in Position:
• Researching and updating Spectroradiometry requirements from Intelligence Community members to determine
how well existing collection capabilities perform against these requirements. Defined gaps in collection
capabilities presented to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence in the Requirements Study Report and the Collector Capabilities Study Report.
• Researching end-to-end solution for a new Information Management System (IMS) that takes into account all
Innovision products and information and delivers output though multiple Net-Centric web enabled solutions.
Principal Systems Engineer, BAE Systems ATI, Colombia, Maryland Apr 2005 – December 2006
• Lead developer of Technical SIGINT Parametric Data Warehouse Concept.
• Engineering Lead drafting Specific Emitter Identification (SEI) National Database Functional Requirements.
Major Achievements in Position:
• Gathered consumer and producer functional requirements throughout the Intelligence Community to establish
the next generation SEI Database. Completed version 1.0 of the SEI National Database Functional Requirements document.
• Developed the Technical SIGINT Parametric Data Warehouse Concept from expertise in Electronic Warfare,
radar, ELINT, PROFORMA, FIS and Technical SIGINT. Concept developed using all of the requirements
gathered from the consumers and producers in the Intelligence Community and the Electronic Warfare Community.
• Researching open source software for development of hybrid peer-to-peer replication for large scale database solutions.

National Security Agency (NSA) March 1997 – April 2005
Senior Systems Engineer/Technical Director, NSA Chief of Staff, Nov 2002 – May 2005
• Technical lead for multimedia networks and IT systems.
• Technical Liaison for NSA Chief of Staff multimedia element and other NSA elements.

Major Achievements in Position:
• Used my systems engineering experience to develop the Corporate Multimedia Technology Plan. This plan takes user requirements collected from all NSA divisions and developed an Enterprise level solution to NSA’s current fragmented approach to multimedia technology. This effort included all software requirements for developing multimedia products while viewing multimedia products produced by SIGINT analysis. This greatly reduces redundant efforts throughout NSA and produced a consolidated, efficient method to support multimedia technology needs. This also aligned the multimedia efforts to the DoD/NSA system engineering efforts required by Congress to produce products that use standards, risk management, configuration management and are cost effective.
• As the IT technical lead, completed update of all multimedia software and installation of new hardware assets for Multimedia Graphics Division, Multimedia Broadcast Operations and the Television Center. Updated all of the computer platforms used to create graphics, photographic output and video/audio output. Many of the software applications used were upgraded to get them to stable levels. Reworked the hardware configuration of several systems that weren’t functioning properly. This is an ongoing effort which includes technical support to 25 individual multimedia production specialists.
• Developed the DC6 Information Technology Implementation Plan (IT IP) for 2006-2009. This effort was a short suspense requirement to gather available information from all DC6 elements to construct the short fall description for the DC IT IP in direct support to the Director’s Information Strategy (IS).

Senior Systems Engineer/Technical Director, SA01, Mar 2002 – Nov 2002
• Technical lead for Signals Intelligence Directorate (SID) Systems Engineering Office (SEO) Deployment Readiness Process.
• Technical lead for SID Systems Engineering Office Test and Verification Process.
• Technical advisor for SID Systems Engineering Office ELINT program and projects reviews.
• Member of Test & Evaluation Integrated Product Team.
Major Achievements in Position:
• Created initial version of SID SEO Deployment Readiness Process.
• Improved communications between SID SA1/SEO and NSA’s other divisions.
• Successfully promoted Deployment Readiness effort to NSA Enterprise level under Cryptologic Services Professional Health Organization (CSPHO).
• Created initial version of SID SEO Test & Verification Master Plan (TVMP).
• Provided ELINT technical training to SID SEO personnel.

Senior Signals Analyst/ELINT Analysis Engineer/Technical Leader, Mar 1997 – Mar 2002
• Technical lead for engineering quality control of ELINT databases.
• Lead engineer for project STAR SAPPHIRE which developed the Advanced ELINT Signals Database (AESD) architecture and supporting software production tools.
• Software testing and development for current database.
• Technical Quality Control for database production.
• Provided technical support to the Electronic Warfare Integrated Reprogramming Database (EWIRDB).
• Provide technical briefings to NSA’s Customers on the continuing developments of (AESD).
• Member of AESD team to re-engineer the current databases into a modernized WEB based architecture.
• Member of the Standardization Committee for the Defense Intelligence Agency’s EWIRDB.
• Supervise the 5 members of technical staff of database production team
• Instructed signal analysts in the use of existing software products and current production cycle.
Major Achievements in Position:
• Performed technical quality control of over 10,000 signal creations, updates and reviews from March 1989 to present. Reviewed incoming signal updates from all production centers.
• As technical lead, have always acted in the best interests of customers by providing them with the best possible information needed by them to complete their mission needs. Answering all incoming technical requests for information (RFIs) received relating to existing databases.
• Originated the STAR SAPPHIRE teaming concept to develop AESD using the best team of government and contractor personnel to develop AESD and the complete set of software tools required by the community of users and producers. This included the user and producer community members as part of the STAR SAPPHIRE team.
• Met with all the different user and producers at their sites to learn all the processes that use the data NSA provides. This allowed us to map the most efficient design possible that mapped all the ELINT data produced to all of the user’s data requirements. This involved interviewing hundreds of different personnel to establish what was being produced and how it was being used. This produced the necessary lessons learned so that AESD will be a final solution to this user/producer data matrix.
• Designed the Emitter Mode Builder (EMB) software tool for Advanced ELINT Signals Database AESD. This is a graphical user interface (GUI) for entering signal analyst data into the AESD, thus reducing redundancy and repetition that is associated with the current databases.
• As the lead government engineer for AESD team, re-engineered the legacy database architectures into a single modernized WEB based architecture which will deliver data to customers in their required formats to meet mission needs. This will provide a single database that will support the entire intelligence community and electronic warfare community with all technical signals externals data.
• Represented NSA as a member of the Standardization Committee for the Defense Intelligence Agency’s Electronic Warfare Integrated Reprogramming Database EWIRDB. During this function, helped to eliminate the 5 year backlog of outstanding technical action items.
• NSA’s Technical lead for the creation of the new data definitions dictionary used for the new Integrated Broadcast Service (IBS). This resulted in a consolidated product that will be the data element dictionary used to reduce the redundant tactical broadcast systems to one broadcast service that will be shared by all of the military and intelligence services.
• Provided software training and technical support to all external organizations.
• Technical assistance given to DIA for their re-engineering effort for EWIRDB to produce the Next Generation EWIR (NGE).

Syracuse Research Corporation, Senior Research Engineer, (Jan 1989 – Mar 1997)
• Performed engineering level technical quality control of database updates to insure that the product was complete and technically sound and that the products could be used by all of the customers to collect, identify, or simulate known emitters.
• Continuously reviewed databases for technical improvements within the database architecture. Tracking general improvement trends in Radar, ECM, ECCM and computers to incorporate necessary upgrades to the databases to handle these changes.
• Systems Analysis for Technical Quality Control (TQC) of the databases. Engineering analysis and support for data entry of all parameters concerning Radar, ECM and ECCM.
• Tested and evaluated software and hardware used to create, test and distribute the databases.
• General technical support to different agency departments for software and hardware related to improved I/O of data on PC’s and mainframes. This led to the distribution of the databases on CD-ROM from the old 9 track tape delivery.

Quest Research Corporation, Systems Engineer, (Apr 1986 to Jan 1989)
• Wrote system proposals for EW equipment and testing procedures.
• Completed analysis of radar systems and antenna systems to bench mark performance characteristics against current and future ECM techniques.
• Completed analysis of ECM system performance against advanced tactical surveillance radar (ATSR) system for Rome, New York.
• Designed circuit layouts and system hardware configurations for collection system performance monitoring system for Field Station Augsburg and 2 associated remote sites.
• Repair and upgrade of collection systems in the field for NSA.
• Extensive use of Apple Macintosh and PC platforms for documentation of proposals, analysis work and project management.
• Setup and test of various electronic decoy payloads for Naval Research Lab (NRL) using HP test equipment and HP PC’s to collect data. Wrote all necessary software to perform automatic testing and report generation.

Systems Engineer, Westinghouse Electronics Company (Defense), Jan 1984 to Mar 1986.
• Directed B-1B Tower Engineering System Test Facility during the software validation and testing phase for the Offensive Radar System (ORS) of the B1-B.
• Maintained Hardware integrity for system software testing, evaluation and sell off for B-1B Radar System and the related system engineering test benches. Wrote the final evaluation reports for Software Validation Test (SVT) Block 5, a 13 volume set of test results delivered to Boeing under contract.
• Re-engineered the B1-B test set for easier access to the system during testing and validation which improved the testing process and reduced the operating temperature of the test set to the correct flight environment profile.

Electronic Technician, University of South Carolina, Electrical Engineering Department, Sep 1982 to Jan 1984.
• Maintained all electronic test equipment used by engineering department. Repaired electrical and mechanical related hardware failures and maintained equipment calibration for lab testing.

Electronic Countermeasures Technician, Army Security Agency, U.S. Army, Feb 1975 to Aug 1980.
• Repaired all types of electronic equipment used in Electronic Warfare (EW), this included repairing electronic jammers (ECM TLQ-17A, GLQ-3), direction finding equipment and various receivers, transmitters and tape drives.
• Retrained at Field Station Augsburg to program and operate Automatic Test Equipment (ATE) sets used to repair and upgrade equipment at the site. This included programming using 68000 Assembly language and machine code to generate software circuit layouts for new equipment.

Degrees, Certifications and Licenses:
• NSA Professionalization Program, Signals Analyst Electronics, Mar 1997
• Bachelor of Science in Electrical (Computer) Engineering at University of South Carolina, 1980-1983
• 33S MOS Electronic Warfare Technical training, Army Security Agency, Ft. Devens, Mass., 1975-1976

Honors, Awards and Special Achievements:
• Special Achievement Cash Award, Chief DC6, 2003

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