David H. Buss
President of Cubic Global Defense
Senior Vice President of Cubic Corporation
David H. Buss is president of Cubic Global Defense (CGD) and senior vice president of Cubic Corporation, a global leader in the defense and transportation industries. He oversees and manages the overall CGD business, which spans across more than 35 nations.
In this role, Buss is responsible for executing the strategy for Cubic’s defense business, which is focused on NextTraining. NextTraining is centered on identifying and rapidly integrating innovative technologies into defense training systems and services to provide customers with cutting-edge means to ensure the operational readiness of U.S. military and partner nation security forces.
Buss joined Cubic Global Defense as senior vice president and deputy president in June 2015 following more than 36 years of service in the U.S. Navy. He retired from the U.S. Navy in the rank of Vice Admiral after serving for more than two years as Commander, Naval Air Forces (the Navy’s “Air Boss”). During his time as the “Air Boss,” Buss was responsible for all policies, requirements, training and operational readiness for Naval Aviation.
Prior to his role as “Air Boss,” Buss served as the deputy commander of U.S. Fleet Forces Command in Norfolk, Virginia where he was responsible for training and certifying all east coast Navy ships and squadrons as deployment-ready. Other command assignments include the USS Enterprise Carrier Strike Group, the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), the fast combat support ship USS Sacramento (AOE 1), and Attack Squadron Thirty-Four. Buss ran the Naval Warfare Integration Group, a Pentagon-based strategic think tank and also served for 14 months in Baghdad as director of Strategy/Plans/Assessments for Multi-National Force – Iraq in 2008-09.
Buss graduated with distinction from the United States Naval Academy in 1978 and, as a career naval aviator, brings years of distinguished military service and extensive knowledge of both industry and combat operations to his role at Cubic Global Defense.
Senior Vice President, Strategy & Business Development
Anthony Verna is a full-performance executive with more than 24 years of progressive experience in National Security and technology solutions for the Defense and Federal IT market.
Prior to joining Cubic, Verna held several senior executive leadership positions of increasing responsibility with CACI/Paradigm Solutions Corporation, ManTech International and Northrop Grumman.
Verna graduated from Thomas Edison State College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems.
Michael R. Twyman
President of Cubic Mission Solutions
Senior Vice President of Cubic Corporation
Michael R. Twyman is president of Cubic Mission Solutions (CMS) and senior vice president of Cubic Corporation, a global leader in the defense and transportation industries.
In his CMS role, Twyman oversees the C4ISR businesses and strategy, including DTECH Labs, GATR Technologies, TeraLogics, XD Solutions and Cubic’s Communications & Electronics offerings.
Twyman joined Cubic in June 2014 as senior vice president of air training and secure communications, and served most recently as executive vice president, training and communications systems. In this role, he led the development of Cubic’s C4ISR strategy as well as growth strategies for air training and secure communications, including common datalink, avionics, communication products, restricted communications and optical solutions.
Prior to Cubic, Twyman held a variety of executive leadership positions spanning more than 30 years at Northrop Grumman including sector vice president and general manager of the defense systems division, vice president of integrated C3I systems, vice president of joint network systems and vice president of communication and information systems.
Twyman graduated from California State University Long Beach with a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Mechanics. He also holds a Master of Business Administration from George Mason University.
Senior Vice President, Army and Marine Corps Services
Prior to joining Cubic, Cooper served as a business development executive and director of Logistics and Training for the Mission Support Operations product line at Raytheon.
Before his industry career, Cooper served for 26 years as an infantryman in the U.S. Army, including brigade command of Task Force Sinai in Egypt, and chief of staff of the 1st Infantry Division.
Cooper earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point; a Master of Science in Mathematics from the Colorado School of Mines; a Master of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix; and a Master of Science in National Security Strategy from the National Defense University.
Christopher G. Bellios
Senior Vice President, Defense and Intelligence Services
Bellios is a seasoned executive in the Intelligence Community with 30 years of experience including serving in the U.S. Marine Corps and as a leader in the Federal Government. Prior to joining Cubic, he was vice president of Operations for a $320 million business at BAE Systems concentrating on Intelligence Analysis and Operations as well as serving as the Integration Lead for major business sectors.
Bellios holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Mary Washington College and a Master of Business Administration from Averett University. His professional credentials include executive leadership training at the Oxford Business School in the U.K.
William C. David
Vice President and Program Manager, Joint Readiness Training Center (JRTC)
David returned to Cubic in 2015 having previously served in the same capacity from 2003 to 2013.
David retired from the U.S. Army as Brigadier General after 28 years of service. He led the "Blackhawk Down" rescue of Task Force Ranger in Mogadishu, Somalia, and commanded the lead element of the 101st Airborne Division's ground assault into Iraq during Operation Desert Storm.
A graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, David also holds a Master of Science degree in Systems Management from the University of Southern California, and a Master of Arts degree in International Studies from the University of South Carolina. David completed a U.S. Army War College Fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh.
Vice President, Special Operations Services
Prior to joining Cubic, Todd was the critical infrastructure protection and anti-terrorism/force protection deputy project lead to the U.S. Northern Command. Todd retired from the U.S. Army as a Special Operations Forces sergeant major after serving 22 years. He possesses a wealth of special operations, interagency and international experience.
He is an internationally recognized instructor with the Professionals in Critical Infrastructure Protection training program as well as an expert analyst, previously developing and directing operations for forces with the U.S. Special Operations Command.
Todd earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Studies from Regent College.
Michael L. Kelly
Senior Vice President and Managing Director, Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA)
Before joining Cubic in March 2002, Kelly held several management positions at SAIC including general manager of SAIC’s joint venture in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He previously served as vice president business development for Advanced Electronics Company, Ltd, a Boeing/Northrop Grumman affiliate in Riyadh. Earlier in his career, he was contracts manager for international programs in the Westinghouse Defense F-16 Avionics Division.
Kelly holds an Master of Business Administration degree from Loyola College, Baltimore, Maryland; Master of Arts in International Relations from Schiller International University, Paris, France; and Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from McDaniel College, Westminster, Maryland.
Francis "Frank" Wiercinski
Senior Vice President and Managing Director, Asia-Pacific
Prior to joining Cubic, Wiercinski was the vice president for Army Systems and Special Operations Forces programs at Lockheed Martin Corporation. He is also the founder and managing partner of Wiercinski and Associates, LLC, a consulting agency advising strategic engagement and business development for the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.
Wiercincki served in the U.S. Army for 34 years and commanded at every level through Theater Army Command. He retired in 2013 with the rank of Lieutenant General.
Wiercincki is a 1979 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. He has received numerous U.S. Military awards and decorations, in addition to decorations from Canada, South Korea, Japan, Taiwan and the Republic of the Philippines.
James T. Blake, Ph.D.
Senior Vice President and General Manager for Integrated Training Solutions
Blake joined Cubic Global Defense in May 2015. Prior to joining Cubic, he held the distinguished position of U.S. Army Program Executive Officer for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation (PEO STRI) and Head of Contracting Activity from 2005 to 2014. He has held several technical, executive and academic positions throughout his civilian career following more than 27 years of service in the U.S. Army where he retired in the rank of Colonel.
Blake is a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, the Defense Systems Management College and the U.S. Army War College. His civilian education includes a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Tampa, a Master of Science degree in Systems Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School, and a PhD. degree in Computer Science from Duke University.
Amy Kruse, Ph.D.
Vice President and Chief Technology Officer
Dr. Kruse joined Cubic in March 2014, through the acquisition of Intific, Inc., where she has served as their Vice President of Innovation. She joined Intific in 2010, as an Executive Director and led the creation of entirely new defense business verticals in neuroscience, education and social media.
Kruse has over ten years of experience developing novel neuroscience-based programs and technologies for the Department of Defense. Prior to Intific, Kruse served as a government civilian Program Manager in the Defense Sciences Office at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in Arlington, VA.
Kruse earned her B.S. in Cell and Structural Biology and her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.
Vice President, Human Resources
Hartsoch previously served as vice president of Human Resources for Cubic’s Mission Support Services segment.
Hartsoch joined Cubic as part of an acquisition from Titan Corporation. In 1993, she joined the Titan Applications Group of the Titan Corporation.
Hartsoch received her Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certificate from the HR Certification Institute in May 2002. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration and Psychology with emphasis in Human Resource Management and Organizational Behavior from the University of Washington.
Joseph D. Guarino
Vice President, Controller
Guarino previously served as vice president of Finance and Controller of Cubic’s Mission Support Services.
Before joining Cubic in March 2007, Guarino served as division chief financial officer of the Advanced Systems Division of Titan Corporation (later acquired by L-3 Communications).
Guarino holds a Certified Public Accountant license in the state of California. He graduated from San Diego State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration.
David R. McAfee
Vice President, Quality
McAfee has held a series of positions of increasing responsibility at Cubic including director of Engineering, senior director of Systems Engineering and Engineering Support and vice president of Product Assurance.
Prior to joining the company in 1995, McAfee served as a Systems Engineering manager at Hughes Aircraft Company (later acquired by Raytheon).
McAfee holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Systems Engineering from the University of California Los Angeles.