Bill Tate


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Bill retired as the Director of Security for Northrop Grumman’s Military Aircraft Division in March 2017 after 38 years as a defense contractor. The first 13 years of his industry experience were in support of space programs at KSC, CCAFS and Vandenberg AFB. Other assignments included leading security and ethics for two sectors of the corporation as well as security for a commercial aircraft division. He is a recognized leader in most aspects of security, crisis management, resource protection, investigations and ethics.

Throughout his career he focused on professional development of his team as well as those in to other functional organizations. He has been a speaker and panel member at national and regional Critical Infrastructure Protection and Industrial Security conferences hosted by government and industry.

Prior to joining industry, Bill served nine years in the Army Security Agency (ASA) and the Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM), in Vietnam, Germany and at Ft. Bragg.

His first-hand experience with crisis ranges from tornado’s in Texas, hurricanes along the east coast, typhoons in Vietnam, snowstorms in the Northeast and earthquakes in California. He was responsible for security of the firing rooms and Launch Processing System when the Challenger accident occurred. In addition to the above, Bill led sector-wide crisis response teams to address 9/11, major power outages, wildfires, blizzards, bird flu, anthrax, international evacuations and other severe challenges.

Bill is a graduate of the University of Maryland and the University of Central Florida. He participated in strategic leadership courses at Harvard Business School and the University of Virginia’s Darden College.

Bill was an Air Force dependent who spent his teen years on Merritt Island and Vandenberg AFB in the 1960’s. He and his wife, Donna, live in Rockledge, Florida where they enjoy life along the Indian River.