Michael a. Crosby

Work History

Work History
Jan 2012 - Nov 2015


SD Designs LLC
  • Provided strategic planning and business development guidance to clients.
  • Led campaign and competitive proposal for a new military aircraft to a SE Asian Government.
  • Created strategic plan for an interactive media firm expanding their aerospace / defense business by 250% in one year.
  • Designed and managed production of digital interactive media products for clients advertising and business development campaigns.
Oct 2003 - Dec 2011


Aria International Holdings Inc.
  • Formed engineering firm implementing physical security and surveillance solutions for high value facilities and border surveillance.
  • Executed full P&L responsibility for corporation increasing value from individual consulting firm to exceeding $10 Million in annual revenue.
  • Structured private equity investment and subsequent IPO of company managing all legal, compliance, and Securities Exchange Commission regulatory requirements.
  • Successfully implemented engineering and service contracts with United States Marine Corps during Operation Iraqi Freedom, United Arab Emirates Air Force, Kuwait Ministry of Interior, Indian Ministry of Interior, and Royal Thai Army.
  • Relocated company to Arizona to address border security challenges along southern border of the United States.
May 1983 - Oct 2009

Commander (O-5)

US Navy

2003 - Recalled to active duty assigned to J-5 Policy and Plans Division as Deputy for Counter Proliferation. Led development of a strategic plan for introduction of a Cooperative Defense Initiative with 22 coalition partner nations. Managed $150 Million budget for US CENTCOM counter proliferation operations. Provided real time reporting and recommendations to CENTCOM leadership on Weapons of Mass Destruction Counter Proliferation operations.

Oct 1999 - Mar 2003

Vice President Development

Hybrid Air Vehicles Ltd. 

Instrumental in contract award of US Army Long Endurance Multi-Intelligence Vehicle (LEMV) $500 Million contract. Led the team that was awarded $150 Million contract with the US Missile Defense Agency for High Altitude Airship Concept Demonstrator. Established Washington D.C. operations for the UK Corporation resulting in multiple contracts for the study and evaluation of the company’s products and services

Aug 1997 - Oct 1999

Director Business Development

Lockheed Martin Skunk Works
  • Received formal training in development of corporate strategic planning, proposal development and capture planning from Shipley & Associates.
  • Developed techniques for measuring success after implementation of business development plans and objectives.
  • Led the Strategic Plan development for, Lockheed Martin Skunk Works, directly resulting in the award of Joint Strike Fighter (F-35) program.


Jun 1989 - May 1991

M.S. Systems Management

University of Southern California
Jun 1979 - May 1983

B.S. Applied Science

United States Naval Academy


  • Joint Force Commendation Medal for planning and leading a team of participants from 9 nations conducting counter terrorism and counter-proliferation operations within the Horn of Africa.
  • Navy Commendation Medal for providing flawless, time-critical recommendations for the development and coordination of multinational joint operations during Operation Desert Storm.
  • Navy Commendation Medal for development and execution of rapid testing and delivery of the AIM-54C Phoenix air to air missile during Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm.

Continued education

  • Shipley & Associates - Strategic Planning, Proposal Writing, and Capture Management
  • Tomahawk Command, Control, and Planning Course
  • Graduate Allied Air Forces Central Europe “Tactical Leadership Program”
  • Graduate US Navy Fighter Weapons School “TOPGUN”


Over 2700 hours in multiple tactical jet aircraft including: F-14A/B/D, F/A-18D, F-15, F-16N, F-4S, F-5, Mirage 2000, Tornado GR1, Harrier, Alpha Jet, B-1B, TA-4J, and T-2C.

Qualified as bridge watch officer underway on Nimitz Class Aircraft Carrier, small boat handling expert, and licensed Captain of small boats under 50’, avid sailor with multiple open ocean race experiences.