At the end of January 2020, Robbins-Gioia announced that Barett Byrd has joined the company as the Director of Defense. Byrd brings over 40 years of management experience, including 30 years of distinguished service with the U.S. Marine Corps, to lead RG’s defense business unit. 

“I’m excited to join a team of innovators and thought leaders that support the war fighters of the Air Force, the Navy and beyond," said Byrd. “I look forward to helping improve throughput and readiness for our Air Force and Sea Service clients in the most cost-effective manner. At the end of the day, my focus is on adding velocity to the acquisition and maintenance processes that support the war fighters and their critical missions.” 

Byrd joins RG from Bowhead Manufacturing & Products Group, where he was the Director of Business Development. In his time after the Marine Corps, he has also worked as a consultant to clients in private and government sectors as well as serving as the EVP and Chief Operations Officer at Gould & Associates Global Services, Inc, a professional services and program management contractor for DoD clients.  

During Byrd’s 30 years of service in the Marine Corps, he served as a Senior Military Advisor to the Iraq Ministry of Interior in Baghdad; as the Chief of Future Operations for Multi-National Force-Iraq; and served in the J3 Operations Directorate of the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon. He was also a professor at the National Defense University and a scholar/fellow at the Mershon Center for International Security and Public Policy. 

We are honored to have such a distinguished leader join the company,” said Brad King, CEO of Robbins-Gioia. “Barett’s background makes him particularly well suited to understand what we do and what makes us different in a crowded market space. His perspective and passion for ensuring warfighter readiness will be invaluable to our processes for design and delivery of unique solutions that will make our clients more successful.” 

Robbins-Gioia enables the readiness of some of the nation’s most critical military assets – keeping aircraft flying and ships sailing – using its JFAST™ scheduling systems.  JFAST™, the Jaguar Family of Advanced Scheduling Tools, is Robbins-Gioia's premier suite of software tools for planning, analysis and management of complex, mission-critical activities for defense organizations. Byrd will be overseeing the implementation and management of JFAST™ across the defense agencies Robbins-Gioia serves.