Martin Faga retired as president, chief executive officer of MITRE on June 30, 2006. He was a member of the MITRE Board of Trustees. MITRE operates three Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs): the Department of Defense FFRDC activities focus on command, control, communications, and intelligence (C3I); the Federal Aviation Administration FFRDC on air traffic management; and the Internal Revenue Service FFRDC on tax administration systems modernization.
Prior to his promotion to president and CEO in May 2000, Mr. Faga served as executive vice president. Earlier, he was senior vice president and general manager of MITRE’s Center for Integrated Intelligence Systems, one of the three units operating under the DOD FFRDC. This center serves the DOD and intelligence community sponsors in the integration of intelligence systems, from sensor technology through presentation to the ultimate user.
Before joining MITRE, Mr. Faga served from 1989 until 1993 as Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Space, where he was responsible for overall supervision of Air Force space matters. At the same time, he served as Director of the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), responsible to the Secretary of Defense and the Director of Central Intelligence for the develop-ment, acquisition, and operation of all U.S. satellite reconnaissance programs.
Other facets of Mr. Faga’s career include service as a staff member of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence of the House of Representatives, where he headed the program and budget staff, as an engineer at the Central Intelligence Agency, and as an R&D officer in the Air Force.
Mr. Faga has been awarded the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal, the Department of Defense Distinguished Public Service Medal, the Air Force Exceptional Civilian Service Medal and the NASA Distinguished Service Medal. In 2004, he was awarded the Intelligence Community Seal Medallion.
Mr. Faga has served on the Commission for the Protection and Reduction of Government Secrecy, several Defense Science Board and DNI task forces, and the National Commission for the Review of the NRO. He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Association for Intelligence Officers and Chairman of Board of the Space Foundation. He served from 2006-2009 on the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board and the Public Interest Declassification Board from 2006 until 2014.
Since retiring from MITRE, Mr. Faga has been elected to the Boards of Directors of Alliant Techsystems, DigitalGlobe (formerly GeoEye), and Inmarsat Government. He is Chairman of the Board of Thomson Reuters Special Services, LLC. He has also served on the Board of Electronic Data Systems.
Mr. Faga received master and Bachelor of Science degrees in electrical engineering from Lehigh University in 1964 and 1963.