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.
Eric C. Carr
Senior Vice President, Systems Operations
Eric Carr is the senior vice president, systems operations for Cubic Global Defense (CGD). In this role, Carr is responsible for managing internal CGD operations, program execution and strategic growth activities. He also supports CGD’s business strategy for live, virtual and constructive (LVC) training for combined air, land and naval forces.
Prior to this role, Carr was vice president and deputy general manager of the integrated training solutions business, where he managed CGD’s overall Orlando operations. Prior to joining Cubic in 2012, Carr held leadership and senior management positions with SAIC, OSI Systems, GE Transportation and Harris Corporation.
Carr graduated from Texas Christian University with a Bachelor of Science degree in experimental psychology, business and marketing. He also holds a Master of Science from Florida Institute of Technology in engineering psychology and human factors.
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.
Senior Vice President, Business Development of Ground Strategy
James Terry is senior vice president, business development of ground strategy at Cubic Global Defense (CGD). In this role, Terry is responsible for expanding business opportunities for Cubic’s ground training systems and services for the Army, Marine Corps, Special Operations and the Middle East region. He is also tasked with improving marketing communications as well as managing business teams to cross-sell Cubic products in foreign and domestic regions.
Terry joined CGD with more than 37 years of service in the U.S. Army, where he retired as Commanding General, U.S. Army Central Command/ U.S. Third Army in the rank of Lieutenant General. In his final assignment, he served as the three-star Army component commander to the U.S. Central Command and was dual hatted as the Commander, Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve.
Terry was commissioned into the U.S. Army as an Infantry Officer in 1978 and commanded at every level through theater Army command during his distinguished career in the service.
He graduated from National Defense University with a Master of Science in National Security Strategy and Policy. He also holds a Master of Arts in Business from Webster University and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management from North Georgia College.
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.
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.
Vice President, Training and Readiness Cubic Global Defense
Harold Carlisle is the vice president of training and readiness for Cubic Global Defense (CGD). In this role, Carlisle is responsible for all activities associated with training including support services, mission support as well as associated engineering and analysis. Carlisle will also focus on broadening the customer base for Cubic’s training and exercise support through One Cubic – our philosophy of collaborating across businesses.
In 24 years with Cubic, Carlisle has held a number of leadership positions including his prior role as vice president of technical services. In addition, Carlisle was the deputy general manager and director of Navy programs for the Cubic Worldwide Technical Services (CWTS) division, where he assisted with the overall management of CWTS while supervising and serving as the primary Cubic liaison across all Navy contracts. Carlisle was also a site/program manager for programs supporting the Naval Submarine Training Facility (NAVSUBTRAFAC), San Diego; Expeditionary Warfare Training Group Pacific (EWTGPAC), Coronado; and Recruit Training Command and Naval Training Center (NTC/RTC), San Diego.
Carlisle retired as a fighter squadron Maintenance Master Chief after a 24-year career in the U.S. Navy.
Vice President and Acting General Manager, Intelligence Services
Basil “Bill” Trikas is vice president and acting general manager of intelligence services for Cubic Global Defense (CGD). In this role, Trikas is responsible for the overall business operations of Abraxas, CGD’s intelligence business, including business development, capture and oversight for various programs that support the Intelligence Community customers.
As a retired Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) senior executive with 34 years of experience, Trikas joined Cubic’s Abraxas in 2010, where he led a team to support a broad range of customers and requirement for the Intelligence Community. Prior to joining Cubic, Trikas served in the CIA Directorate of Science and Technology, the Directorate of Operations, and the Director’s Area of the CIA.
Trikas holds a degree in electronic engineering technology and is a graduate of various Intelligence Community leadership programs, including the Intelligence Community Senior Leadership Program, Intelligence Community Senior Intelligence Fellows Program, Central Intelligence Agency DCI Seminar, Harvard Senior Managers in Government program and the Executives Performing at the Peak program at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University.
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.