Universal Guardian Holdings, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: UGHO), an emerging global leader in non-lethal tactical products, global supply chain visibility and security, and strategic security services to protect governments and industries against criminal, terrorist, and security threats, today announced that Rear Admiral Stephen Johnson has been appointed as Universal Guardian's Director of Strategic Development.
"Rear Admiral Johnson's experience as a former nuclear submarine commander and director of major U.S. Navy acquisition and systems programs will provide the experience and expertise to effectively expand our current U.S. government security contracts and placement of our integrated SeaPort Guardian(TM), Container Guardian(TM), Explosives Guardian(TM) and RFID Ready(TM) logistics management systems with U.S. government agencies and the Department of Defense," stated Michael Skellern, Universal Guardian's CEO.
"I am pleased to be a part of the Universal Guardian Team that is providing high return on investment solutions to difficult commercial and defense problems," stated Admiral Johnson.
RADM Johnson holds a BS degree in Physics from Duke University. Prior to becoming a U.S. Navy Acquisition professional in 1993, RADM Johnson was a career submarine officer, serving in 4 nuclear submarines including Command of USS City of Corpus Christi (SSN-705) from 1986-1988.
Prior to selection to Flag Rank in 1995, RADM Johnson served as Major Program Manager for Submarine Electronic Systems (NAVSEA PMS-401) from 1994 to 1996. During this period his program office awarded the prime contract for the Virginia Class Submarine's C4ISR system development. This program was awarded the first David Packard award for Department of Defense Acquisition Program Excellence.
As Program Director, Information Support Systems (PD-15), Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command from 1996 to 1998, RADM Johnson supervised 4 Major Program Managers, 12 Programs, 110 personnel and the execution of a $250M annual budget. RADM Johnson also served concurrently from 1996 to 1997 as Commander Naval Information Systems Management Center, providing overall procurement and policy direction for Information Management systems acquisition for the Department of the Navy.
RADM Johnson's last Navy active duty assignment was as Project Director, Navy Year 2000 Project, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations. There he developed and managed the U.S. Navy's overall strategic planning, assessment, testing, and continuity of operations and consequence management strategies to address the Year 2000 Faulty Date Logic Problem across the Navy computational enterprise.
Subsequent to retirement from active Naval service, RADM Johnson has served commercial industry, government program offices, and educational institutions as a senior management consultant. RADM Johnson is also a Technology and Business Advisor to the William J. von Liebig Center for Entrepreneurism and Technology Advancement at University of California San Diego's Jacobs School of Engineering, managing projects for the Center for the Commercialization of Advanced Technology (CCAT) Program, a Government, Industry, and Academia consortium developing commercial technologies for homeland defense and military applications. RADM Johnson serves on the Board of Directors of two publicly traded and two privately held companies. Additionally he serves on the board of advisors for two other companies and as a Director of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA International).
RADM Johnson is a graduate of the Defense Systems Management College, and is certified and served as a Department of Defense Major Program Manager (Level III).
About Universal Guardian Holdings
Universal Guardian Holdings, Inc. (UGHO) and its subsidiaries provide a comprehensive range of security products, systems, and services designed to mitigate terrorist and security threats worldwide. Universal Guardian's global risks mitigation group includes strategic and tactical security services, integrated and interoperable asset identification, monitoring and management systems for government and industry. Universal's non-lethal products include escalating, non-lethal, everyday use-of-force tools for law enforcement, military, professional security and consumer markets. Universal Guardian companies features a wide variety of applications that provide cost-effective, end-to-end solutions and critical security services for government and multi-national businesses from operations on every continent.
About Universal Guardian Products
Universal Guardian's Product Group, develops and produces safe and effective non-lethal products and systems that provide law enforcement, military, professional security and consumers with immediate offensive and defensive escalating use-of-force options for several threat environments. The Company's patented Cobra StunLight(TM) "Stops Suspects in their Tracks" and its Riot Defender(TM) launches patented non-lethal RiotBall(TM) projectiles to assist law enforcement and military personnel in the control civil disturbances and dangerous riots.
About Universal Guardian Systems
Universal Guardian's Systems Group, ISR Systems Corporation, provides Asset Identification, Monitoring and Management platforms for a multitude of government and industry applications worldwide. UG Systems' integrated T/3 Platform(TM) and RFID Ready(TM) system provides secure end-to-end asset monitoring and management with real-time visibility and security for customers, shippers and government regulatory agencies.
About Universal Guardian Services Group
Universal Guardian's Services Group, Secure Risks-SSSI provides practical risk management solutions, insured security services and tactical security services to protect critical infrastructure and valuable assets for governments, non-governmental agencies and multi-national businesses in today's most challenging environments from regional hubs located in the United States, United Kingdom, Europe, South America, Middle East, Africa, Central Asia and Asia Pacific.
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