Vice President and General Manager
Robert Freedman is Vice President and General Manager of the Tactical Solutions strategic business unit for Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. Rob’s portfolio includes pursuit and execution of development and production programs that apply advanced radio frequency (RF) and electro-optical technologies to the nation’s defense needs in C4ISR, precision strike, air dominance, and electronic warfare.
Prior to his current position Rob served as Director of RF Applications and Strategic Initiatives. He has held numerous other leadership positions including Advanced Systems Manager and capture lead for the Geodesic Dome Phased-Array Antenna Technology Demonstration program. His other positions included program manager for the Advanced Amphibious Assault Vehicle and Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile (AMRAAM) antenna programs, capture lead for the Joint Strike Fighter, Business Area Manager for conformal antennas, and Director of the former Antenna and Communications Technology business area.
Rob previously led L-3 Communications Randtron Antenna Systems as president and general manager. He was responsible for all business metrics as well as design, development, and production of antenna products and subsystems.
His background includes 28 years as a naval aviator during which he served in operational flight squadrons, research, development, test and evaluation activities, and major program management assignments. His assignments included roles as Deputy Program Manager for F/A-18 E/F development, and major Program Manager for standoff strike weapons including Harpoon, Standoff Land Attack Missile (SLAM), and SLAM Expanded Response (SLAM ER). Rob is a graduate of the Defense Systems Management College where he co-authored an article on acquisition reform.
Rob has a B.A. in Art and Architecture, a M.S. in Aeronautical Engineering, a M.S. in Systems Management, and a Ph.D. in Organization and Management. His research interests include leadership, customer satisfaction in the aerospace industry, and business ethics. Rob volunteers at the Little Thompson Observatory where he shares his astronomy enthusiasm with some of the 5,000 people that visit each year.