John Osterholz has been appointed by defense contractor BAE Systems to lead the British company’s cybersecurity and cyberwarfare business in the United States.
Osterholz will work at BAE’s Reston office and was formerly vice president of advanced network systems. He will be responsible for developing technology to defend the nation’s technology infrastructure and launch cyber counterattacks against cyberterrorists.
Osterholz said of his new job, “Today the networks that previously carried the information can become weapons themselves. It’s a whole new world, and it’s one in which BAE Systems is committed to playing a critical role.”
Osterholz left the DoD in 2004, where he received the Secretary of Defense Medal for Distinguished Service after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, and joined BAE as principal staff assistant for the development and integration of programs related to C4ISR (command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance). He has also served as director of the Military Satellite Office, deputy director of the Defense Information Systems Agency and assistant director of the White House Military Office.