AIRBOSS DEFENSE GROUP
ADG is an umbrella survivability group that provides military and tactical customers around the world with a growing and diverse portfolio of products that span the survivability spectrum.
From threat prevention to incident response, ADG’s combined product offering is an optimized mix of mission-critical consumables, durable major equipment, and deployed sustainment and service support.
From CSI providing over a thousand Husky vehicles in support of counter-insurgency operations to AirBoss delivering one hundred thousand state-of-the-art chemical protective masks, the combined enterprise has delivered billions of dollars of equipment to NATO members and regional allies resulting in countless lives saved. As NATO forces prepare for hybrid conflicts against near-peer adversaries, ADG divisions are busy upgrading fielded route clearance equipment and developing the next generation of chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear protective gear to tackle the latest threats.
ADG Is Different
By sharing expert programmatic, business development, and strategic marketing resources across its divisions, ADG leverages each of its firm’s unique strengths, whether it be precision manufacturing, lifecycle sustainment, or rapid prototyping. ADG aggregates each division’s product offerings into a comprehensive threat mitigation and response portfolio, all while retaining the strength and international recognition of the individual brands. This enables ADG to manage a comprehensive value chain and maintain the financial stability of a large public defense firm while remaining as agile as our customers while they respond to both enduring and evolving threat environments.
The ADG leadership team brings together decades of commercial and defense sector experience. Each ADG executive has managed growth and expansion initiatives that has contributed to its current broad portfolio of survivability product and services.
Prior to his business experience, Patrick served as an infantry officer in the United States Army (active and reserve) from 2002 to 2012. From October 2003 until December 2004 Mr. Callahan deployed to Operation Iraqi Freedom with the US Army’s first Stryker Brigade Combat Team and served as a Platoon Leader, Executive Officer, and Company Commander in 1-23 Infantry “Tomahawks”. While deployed, Patrick saw combat in every major city in Iraq and his Stryker Brigade served as the U.S. Army’s premier quick reaction force. Following his service in Iraq, Patrick led an Escort Platoon and conducted over 300 burial and ceremonial missions in the military district of Washington DC and Arlington National Cemetery as a member of the oldest active Infantry Regiment in the US Army, 1-3 Infantry “The Old Guard”. Mr. Callahan finished his military career after a successful Company Command in the oldest Infantry Battalion in the US Army, 1-181 Infantry.
Mr. Callahan received his B.A. from Cornell University in Ithaca NY and was recognized as a Distinguished Military Graduate through the University’s ROTC program. He received his M.A. and M.S. from Simmons University in Boston MA, and his M.B.A. from Babson College in Wellesley MA.
In addition to his role as Chief Executive Officer at ADG, Patrick is currently serving on the Board of Directors of ADG, CSI, Red Triangle, LLC, and BlackBox Biometrics, Inc.
During his career he has spearheaded turnarounds, completed multiple acquisitions and integrations, formed strategic alliances and led greenfield and major plant upgrade projects. Mr. Bitsakakis holds a BSc from Wilfrid Laurier University and an MBA from the Ivey Business School at the University of Western Ontario.
Carlos’s primary responsibility is to provide financial strategy and day to day leadership, oversight and management of all financial aspects for the AirBoss Defense Group.
Carlos holds a Masters in Business Administration from Fundacao Getulio Vargas (Brazil) in partnership with the Ohio State University and an Executive CMA, CPA from the Certified Management Accountants of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario.
He most recently led two successful high-tech start-ups in product design, marketing and sales, and production, securing key sales and a strong pipeline for both businesses inside the first year of operations.
With Northrop Grumman, he served as Director for Strategy and Global Relations where he enabled corporate capability development, growth and profitability across a full spectrum of Defense, Civil, Health and International programs.
In his most recent past position with the U.S. Government, he served seven years as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Maintenance establishing policy for, and leading oversight of the Department’s annual $80B weapon system maintenance program and deployed twice in support of security operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.
In past assignments, Mr. Johns has served the Army and Navy in technology development, engineering, program management and logistics positions. In executive positions with the Army, he was responsible for engineering support to all Army Aviation systems, lifecycle management of over 20 Army aviation, missile, and ground systems with an annual budget of approximately $1B, and management of overhaul and maintenance of all aviation and missile systems redeployed from Iraq and Afghanistan. With the Navy, he was responsible for Naval Aviation maintenance operations across six subordinate commands, with a workforce of over 14,000 personnel and an annual operating budget of approximately $4B and oversaw annual maintenance and repair of over 600 aircraft, 7,500 engines and modules, and 500,000 components and support equipment.
Mr. Johns holds a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering from Penn State University and a Master's in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Purdue. He is also a graduate of the National Security and Resource Strategy Program from the National Defense University and the National and International Security Program from the Harvard Kennedy School.
Prior to joining ADG, Matt was the President and CEO of Blackbox Biometrics, which was acquired by ADG in 2021. He has also held executive leadership roles in firms providing global security and medical evacuation services and network-based risk management solutions to corporate clients. Along with his extensive management experience, Matt served for ten years in challenging security and law enforcement leadership assignments as a Special Agent and Team Leader with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the United States Secret Service. Matt brings to ADG demonstrated effectiveness in leadership, operations, product development, sales and client relationship management, marketing, quality, M&A and corporate strategy development.
Matt holds a BA from Johns Hopkins University, an MA from the University of Massachusetts, and an MBA from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business.