His duties will encompass the integration of command and control disciplines into the design and operation of the infrastructure services HP provides to the Defense Department, HP said in a release.
Starling’s extensive experience with the Navy, including cyber and network-centric warfare, makes him an ideal leader for the command and control aspects of HP’s DoD infrastructure services work, said Doug Davis, vice president, HP Enterprise Services, U.S. Public Sector Department of Defense Market Segment.
“[Starling] will ensure that HP's service and capabilities support and enhance the warfighter's mission,“ Davis said.
Starling told The New New Internet he was “exceptionally pleased” the firm has given him the opportunity to take the reins to shape its Command and Control services.
“Today's warfighter must operate inside the opponent's decision cycle“¦ it's about providing relevant information to the right person, at the right time, in the right place and in the right format,” he said. This is the essence of command and control. HP is a world-class thought leader in the information arena, and I look forward to bringing my 30-plus years of operational Navy experience to bear to help make HP offerings in the command and control arena even better than they are today.”
In his most recent role at the Navy, Starling served as commander of Navy Cyber Forces and the Naval Network Warfare Command. He was responsible for organizing and prioritizing manpower as well as training and modernization. Additionally, he managed maintenance requirements for networks and cryptologic, space, intelligence and information operations capabilities, as well as supervised the conduct of Navy network and space operations.
Throughout his career with the Navy, Starling earned designation as a naval flight officer and naval aviator. He was an attack pilot, commanding VA-145 in Operation Desert Storm and the nuclear aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69), USS George Washington Carrier Strike Group and Naval Air Forces Atlantic.
Starling’s various staff positions included the assistant chief of staff, operations, intelligence and exercises for the commander in chief East Atlantic/commander Allied Naval Forces, Northern Europe.