Advisory Board

Secmation prides itself in forming meaningful and impactful relationships with leaders who make up our Advisory Board to help advance company goals. Our advisors play an important role in helping guide Secmation on current and future technology development, as well helping align new technology applications for the Department of Defense and it’s increasing needs for cyber secure autonomous systems. These systems are everything from aerial and maritime platforms, to ground vehicles, to weapons systems, and to industrial control systems on military installations. Secmation’s Advisory Board also helps identify emerging business opportunities within unique industry verticals and make key introductions to stakeholders in the defense business and commercial sectors.

Advisors

Mr. Bill Irby

Bill Irby

Prior to its acquisition by Shield AI, Bill served as Chief Operating Officer of Martin UAV, joining the Shield team after serving as a key exec team member achieving a successful closure of the sale.  Prior to joining Martin, he served in key executive roles with defense and technology related companies. Past roles include:

  • President of the Reconnaissance Mission Systems sector of L3Harris Technologies, a $1.5B business focusing on Air-Ground Surveillance and Intelligence for critical US customers and International allies. 
  • SVP/GM of Textron Systems’ Unmanned Systems business, which is known for its Group 3 and Group 2+ Unmanned Aircraft Systems as well and multi-aircraft control stations and a US Navy Unmanned Surface Vessel.
  • VP of two business units at Northrop Grumman in Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) and Tactical Communications. 

Prior to joining the industry, Bill served as a combat engineer in the United States Marine Corps after graduating from United States Naval Academy.  Degrees held include a Bachelor of Science in Engineering, a Master of Science in Technical Management from Johns Hopkins University, and he completed the General Manager Program at Harvard Business School.  

Having served for several years as a board member in the Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), Bill became the association’s treasurer and is currently the executive vice chair.  Previously, he also served on the advisory council for Johns’ Hopkins University’s Graduate Engineering Programs for Professionals.  Currently, he serves as a Senior Advisor to Ghost Robotics. 

Mat Winters, Vice Adm

Mat Winter, Vice Adm USN(Ret)

Mat Winter is the President of Winter Strategic Solutions LLC, a Small Business firm providing technology and business advice to senior defense, private sector companies, non-profits and academic leaders.

He retired as a U.S. Navy Vice Admiral, having served as the 24th Chief of Naval Research/Director of Innovation and as the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Program Director where he ran the Defense Department’s largest acquisition enterprise in history with $30 billion dollars annual budget. Prior Flag leadership roles also include the Program Executive Officer for Unmanned Aviation and Strike Weapons, as well as the Commander for Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division.

Mat serves as a Director on several for-profit and non-profit boards and as a senior executive advisor to several public and private companies. His strategic leadership, technology insights and business guidance has resulted in bringing new, innovative bio-science products to market, successfully establishing several small businesses in the defense sector and achieving his clients’ strategic profitability and growth goals.  

Prior to establishing Winter Strategic Solutions, Mat had a 35 year non-traditional military career which encompassed three distinct leadership phases:  Operational tours of duty as a naval aviator flying the A-6 Intruder carrier-based attack jet; Numerous Navy systems acquisition tours as chief engineer, chief tester and major program manager; and Seven senior, executive-level command positions in large acquisition organizations where he managed multi-billion dollar portfolios and thousands of personnel capitalizing on his program business knowledge, innovative technology expertise and effective leadership. 

Mat has a Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Notre Dame, and a Master of Science degree from the Naval Post Graduate School in Computer Science and another from the National Defense University in National Resource Strategy. He maintains (lifetime) memberships with the National Association of Corporate Directors, the Army Navy Club, Air Force Association, American Society of Naval Engineers, Association of Uncrewed Vehicle Systems International, Association of Old Crows, Center for Creative Leadership, Military Officers Association of America, Navy League, National Defense Industrial Association, Surface Navy Association, The Tailhook Association and the United States Naval Institute.

He is an ardent “Teacher Leader,” who fosters a culture of success through positive empowerment, bold moral leadership and personal ethical accountability. He continues to serve through several volunteer and non-profit organizations to include his personal commitment to supporting local, State and National Veterans organizations.