Mission Leaders


At PM13, we’re more than consultants; we’re your Pathfinders in the defense industry. Specializing in crafting strategies for marketing and selling to the Federal Government and the Department of Defense, our expertise ensures your solutions achieve acquisition success. We navigate the complexities of the government and military acquisition processes with unmatched precision. With PM13, your vision is our mission—united, we forge a path to unmatched strength and strategic prowess.
About Us

Who We Are

At PM13 DEFENSE SOLUTIONS, we are a dynamic team of seasoned professionals, united by a shared commitment to excellence and a profound understanding of military intricacies. With a collective reservoir of knowledge spanning over a century, our diverse backgrounds converge to form a powerhouse of strategic thinking and innovative solutions.

Our Mission

Our mission is to understand the needs of our Warfighters AND transform and integrate capabilities to ensure dominant military formations in the future.

Patrick Maloney - PM13 Defense Solutions CEO
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Military Mastery

Our Expertise

With over a century of combined military experience, PM13 Defense Solutions is the defense industry’s modern-day “Pathfinder,” comprised of formidable and committed professionals skilled in identifying the appropriate pathways through the DoD Acquisition maze, leveraging the military-industrial complex to derive innovative solutions and tailored approaches to realize our client’s vision​.

Guiding Tomorrow

Pathfinder Approach

PM13 Defense Solutions employs an iterative planning methodology that applies both conceptual and detailed approaches to understand, visualize, and describe the client’s concept/technology to enable a shift in the operations and culture that fundamentally change how an organization delivers value through the adoption of these technologies.​

PM13 Excellence

Why Choose Us

PM13 Defense Solutions selectively assembles clients with innovative technologies, concepts, and solutions designed to enhance the mission effectiveness of the US Military. PM13 comprises a proven team of experienced, globally aligned Pathfinders committed to exploring and executing innovative solutions/approaches consistent with clients’ needs and means.


Clients Review

Discover what our clients are saying. Their experiences speak volumes about the quality, commitment, and excellence we bring to every partnership. Read on for insights into the impact we’ve made across diverse industries.

PM13 Defense Solutions exceeded my expectations in every aspect. Their expertise, professionalism, and commitment to excellence are unmatched. Working with them was a game-changer for our defense initiatives.

John Smith Client

PM13 Defense Solutions delivered exceptional results, proving to be a trusted partner in our defense endeavors. Their innovative solutions and strategic insights have been invaluable to our operations.

David Steven Client

PM13 Defense Solutions has consistently provided top-notch service and solutions. Their team's expertise and dedication to our project were evident from day one. I highly recommend them to anyone in need of defense solutions.

Kevin Mills Client
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Patrick Maloney

PM13 President
Pathfinder Profile:

Patrick Maloney, LTC (RET) USA, President and Executive Director of PM13 Defense Solutions

With over 32 years of distinguished service in the United States Army, Patrick Maloney, LTC (R) USA, brings a wealth of military expertise and leadership to his role as the President and CEO of PM13 Defense Solutions. Throughout his military career, Patrick held various leadership positions, demonstrating exceptional competence in operations, contracting, and project management.

As a combat veteran, Patrick played pivotal roles in both Afghanistan and Iraq, where his leadership and strategic acumen were instrumental in mission success. He served as Chief of Contracting, providing critical support for combat operations and reconstruction efforts, managing initiatives worth billions in construction, commodities, and services.

Transitioning from the military to the defense industry, Patrick spearheaded PM13 Defense Solutions, guiding the firm to prominence with his visionary leadership and strategic insights. Under his direction, PM13 has become a trusted partner in the defense sector, renowned for its innovative solutions and commitment to excellence.

In addition to his role at PM13 Defense Solutions, Patrick serves as the CEO of PM13Tactical and Frontline Lighting, subsidiaries specializing in tactical gear and lighting products. Leveraging his extensive military connections, Patrick fosters strategic collaborations with industry leaders to enhance their market presence within the Department of Defense (DoD).

Patrick Maloney‘s unwavering dedication to innovation and client success has positioned PM13 as a key player in the defense industry. With a mission to deliver cutting-edge solutions that enhance safety, security, and performance, Patrick continues to lead PM13 toward new heights of excellence and achievement.

Key Contributions:

Steered PM13 Consulting from its inception to its current renown in defense solutions, earning recognition for leadership and strategic business insights

Military Expertise

Brings 32 years of active military service, with notable achievements in:

Operations Leadership:

Played a pivotal role in Afghanistan and Iraq, holding key leadership positions.

Contracting Authority

Served as Chief of Contracting, providing essential services and support for combat operations and reconstruction efforts.

Project Management

Oversaw comprehensive project development, from review to execution, managing initiatives worth billions in construction, commodities, and services.

Strategic Partnerships

Utilizes extensive military connections to aid companies in navigating defense sector complexities, fostering success through strategic collaborations.

Notable Partnerships
Collaborated with industry leaders like
  • Royal Tencate,
  • ATSE,
  • Frontline Lighting, and
  • Vorbeck to enhance their market presence within the Department of Defense (DoD)

Patrick’s leadership and strategic acumen have positioned PM13 as a key player in the defense sector, committed to innovation and client success.

Steve Tegge

PM13 Vice President
Pathfinder Profile:

Stephen Tegge, MAJ, USA Retired, Vice President of PM13 Defense Solutions

Blending 20 years of distinguished service across the USMC and the US Army, Stephen Tegge‘s career is a testament to his unique leadership style, strategic thinking, and a deep commitment to national defense. His multifaceted experience encompasses operational infantry, elite training, and Army acquisition, making his journey a compelling narrative of big-picture thinking and novel problem-solving in many domains.

From leading infantry and armor troops in combat zones and in the Army’s Maneuver Captains Career Course (MCCC) Maneuver Center of Excellence to his role as an Army acquisition officer, Steve’s impact has been pivotal in the organizations in which he has served. His contributions as a Program Manager in the Ground Combat Vehicle initiative and his innovative work at TARDEC (now Ground Vehicle Systems Center) underscore his unique ability to navigate and lead complex defense projects. His work on one of the Phase 2 Army OMFV contracts brought this experience together as he effectively led a large cross functional team of subcontractors as part of Keshik Mobile Power Systems.

In the halls of one of the Army’s premier Officer Education programs (MCCC), Steve’s expertise and unorthodox style in teaching planning, doctrine, and tactics helped him to hone the skills and critical thinking of a segment of the next generation of military leaders. His extensive network within the Department of the Army, spanning operational, R&D, and acquisition spheres, along with his grasp of Army processes and strategy, positions him as an invaluable asset in the defense sector.

At PM13 Defense Solutions, Steve’s visionary approach continues to drive innovation and strategic partnerships, further solidifying PM13’s reputation as a leader in defense consulting. His story, from the frontlines to the highest echelons of military strategy and development, embodies the spirit of a true Pathfinder, always leading the way in defense excellence

Following his infantry service, Steve transitioned to Army Acquisition where he learned program management on the Ground Combat Vehicle Program and as a Special Project Officer for the Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) – now GVSC. 

Key Contributions:
Civilian Life

He transitioned to civilian life in 2015 where he joined Pat Maloney as a consultant with PM13 Consulting, where, in addition to helping companies do business with the DoD, they created a concept for a vehicle that would later become a successful bid for the Army’s OMFV program.

Jim Blackburn

PM13 Senior Consultant
BG (RET) US Army
Pathfinder Profile:

Jim Blackburn, BG (R) USA, Senior Consultant at PM13 Defense Solutions

Brigadier General (R) Jim Blackburn‘s illustrious career in the defense sector is a testament to his unwavering dedication and strategic acumen. With a distinguished background in the U.S. Army, Brigadier General Blackburn has consistently showcased decisive leadership in challenging environments and played pivotal roles in shaping defense strategies vital to national security.

Beginning his journey as a Distinguished Military Graduate from the University of Pittsburgh, Brigadier General Blackburn’s leadership trajectory took him to commanding positions across various global theaters of operation. His tenure has been marked by a relentless pursuit of excellence and a commitment to advancing military operations through strategic innovation.

Demonstrating a commitment to continuous learning and professional development, Brigadier General Blackburn has acquired advanced degrees in National Security and Strategic Studies, augmenting his capacity for strategic thinking and analysis.

Transitioning to the corporate arena, Brigadier General Blackburn’s leadership as the CEO of Keshik Mobile Power Systems and as the Executive Vice President of Mistral Inc. exemplifies his ability to bridge military expertise with cutting-edge technology and innovation, driving advancements in defense capabilities.

Currently serving as a Senior Consultant at PM13 Defense Solutions and holding a strategic position at Defience Systems, Inc., Brigadier General Blackburn continues to shape robust defense strategies and solutions, contributing to the success and growth of the defense community.

Brigadier General Blackburn‘s legacy serves as a beacon of excellence and innovation, propelling PM13 Defense Solutions and the broader defense industry toward new horizons of operational excellence and strategic success.

Jim Blackburn

PM13 Senior Consultant
BG (RET) US Army

Brigadier General (R) Blackburn is the senior consultant for PM13 Consulting and also serves as the Board Director for Defience Systems Incorporated.

Key Contributions:

He previously served as the CEO of Keshik Mobile Power Systems, and the Executive Vice President of Mistral Inc. in Bethesda MD. Brigadier General Blackburn retired in 2017 after 31 years of Active Federal Commissioned Service as an Armor and Cavalry officer leading soldiers in war zones from every rank, Lieutenant through Brigadier General. 

Military Expertise

He is a 1986 Distinguished Military Graduate from the University of Pittsburgh and holds a Master of Science Degree in National Security from the U.S. Naval War College, and a Masters of Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College.

Ladd Shephard

PM13 Senior Program Manager
LtCol (RET) US Marine Corps
Pathfinder Profile:

Ladd Shepard, Senior Program Manager at PM13 Defense Solutions

Ladd Shepard’s Marine Corps career was marked by distinguished service, where his leadership and strategic insight were instrumental across a spectrum of critical roles. An Infantry and Light Armored Reconnaissance Officer by trade, Ladd’s operational deployment experience included a western Pacific Marine Expeditionary Unit, the United Nations Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea, and multiple combat deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as an advisory deployment to the United Arab Emirates Presidential Guard Reconnaissance Command.  His exemplary tenure in the Marine Corps, from recruiting, training, and leading Marines in peace and war, to advising foreign partners in counter-IED, reconnaissance, and capability development, to serving in Headquarters Marine Corps as a capability developer and as the advocate for the Light Armored Reconnaissance community, to navigating crisis management at the highest levels during COVID, set a precedent for operational excellence and innovative problem-solving.

In his current role at PM13 Defense Solutions, Ladd leverages his subject matter expertise in mobility, armored vehicles, lethality, sensors, communications, test activities, logistics, and defense acquisition processes to support several clients navigate an optimum path through the complex defense industry and military acquisition landscape to provide warfighters what they need to dominate in future operating environments. As a contributor to a US Army Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle (OMFV) team, Ladd deftly steered the Lethality Integrated Product Team to develop a revolutionary architecture for the lethality suite which enabled the reduced crew to sense, make sense, and affect the operating environment more rapidly while autonomously managing large data sets to enable cooperative engagements and provide situational awareness across the common operational picture. His stalwart leadership ensured project deliverables met, or exceeded, the rigorous performance specifications demanded by the US Army. His adept management skills, deep understanding of military requirements, and technology awareness drive the team’s success in strategic business initiatives.

At PM13, Ladd Shepard‘s blend of military expertise, penchant for keeping things simple, and visionary leadership continues to forge pathways in defense consulting, positioning the firm at the vanguard of innovation, integration of advanced technologies, and operational excellence in the defense consulting arena.

Ladd Shephard

PM13 Senior Program Manager
LtCol (RET) US Marine Corps

Ladd is a retired Marine Corps lieutenant colonel who has been consulting within the Defense industry since his military retirement in 2021. 

Key Contributions:
Ladd served and commanded in multiple light armored reconnaissance battalions and billets throughout his 30-year career retiring from Headquarters Marine Corps Plans, Policies, and Operations where he was the Light Armored Reconnaissance Advocate and Deputy Director of the Marine Corps Crisis Action Team.
Military Expertise
He also served as the Commanding Officer, Marine Corps Recruiting Station Portland, the Counter Improvised Explosive Device cell officer-in-charge to the Polish Military Contingent in Afghanistan, and the Senior Advisor to the United Arab Emirates Presidential Guard Reconnaissance Command.
Ladd is a graduate of North Carolina State University with a BA in Political Science, a distinguished graduate of the Marine Corps University with a Masters of Military Studies, and a Department of Defense Level C Requirements Manager.

Mike Skok

PM13 Chief Operations Officer
Former MAJ US Army
Pathfinder Profile:

Michael Skok, Chief Operating Officer at PM13 Defense Solutions

Michael Skok, a distinguished leader and proud Army veteran, brings over 13 years of exemplary service as a Cavalry Officer in the United States Army, with combat deployments to both Iraq and Afghanistan. Graduating from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 2006, Michael’s military journey exemplifies dedication, leadership, and operational excellence.

 Throughout his early military career, Michael held key leadership positions, including Troop Commander and Operations Officer, where he directed and managed the operational, training, logistical, and personnel actions of over 100 personnel in dynamic and challenging environments. His exceptional leadership skills fostered trust and collaboration, resulting in improved security and governance in areas of operation.

 As Course Director and Instructor at the Maneuver Captains Career Course, Michael played a pivotal role in preparing military officers for command, staff, and leadership positions. His innovative teaching techniques and strategic insights enhanced comprehension and performance, earning him recognition for mentoring, curriculum development, and creative teaching methods. Always one for looking into the future, he developed and taught a Future of Warfare elective that quickly became one of the most popular seminars at MCCC. During his MCCC tour, Michael attended Auburn University and earned a master’s in business administration. Following this tour, the Army selected Michael to attend the US Air Force Air Command and Staff College where he earned a master’s in Military Operational Art and Science.

 Later, he was responsible for day-to-day operations of US Army forces in Eastern Europe. His area of responsibility stretched from Estonia in the north, to Greece in the south. During this time he coordinated significant logistical and operational movements, to include the near simultaneous transition of four brigades in and out of the area of responsibility. Upon his return to US, he oversaw readiness and training for an Army Division, achieving one of the highest readiness rates in the Army.

 Transitioning from military service to the defense industry, Michael has continued to excel in project management and program development roles. He led modeling and simulation experimentation for the Army’s premier battle lab, assessing operational effectiveness of AI-controlled drone swarms as well as advanced combat platforms, and infantry units. Then, as a Senior Program Manager at Keshik Mobile Power Systems, he coordinated vehicle design efforts and managed complex initiatives while competing in the U.S. Army’s Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle Program, demonstrating his ability to lead diverse teams and deliver results in high-pressure environments.

 In his current role as Chief Operating Officer at PM13 Defense Solutions, Michael leverages his extensive military experience and academic background to drive operational excellence and innovation. His passion for leading cross-functional teams and creating meaningful change makes him a valuable asset to the organization and the defense community as a whole.

 Beyond his professional achievements, Michael is a devoted husband and father of four, sharing his passion for martial arts and the outdoors, particularly Jiu Jitsu and gardening, with his family.

Mike Skok

PM13 Chief Operations Officer
Former MAJ US Army

Mike is one of our operations and concepts experts with 13 years of service in the Army.

Key Contributions:

He’s served as a platoon leader in Iraq, cavalry troop commander in Afghanistan, Maneuver Captains Career Course Team Chief and Instructor, and Chief of Operations for Eastern Europe.

Military Expertise

Following the Army, Mike developed and ran modeling and simulation experiments in support of DARPA, NGCV CFT, and Soldier Lethality CFT. Most recently, Mike was a senior program manager leading development of an Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle concept.


He holds degrees from West Point (BS), Auburn University’s Harbert College of Business (MBA), and the USAF’s Air University (MMOAS).

William Maloney

PM13 Program Manager
CPT, US Army National Guard
Key ContribPathfinder Profile:

William Maloney, Program Manager at PM13 Defense Solutionsutions:

William Maloney‘s journey is a testament to unwavering dedication and exceptional leadership. With nearly two decades of service in the U.S. Army, William’s career is marked by selfless service, tactical and operational acumen, and a relentless commitment to excellence.

As a Battery Commander, William led with distinction, overseeing critical operations and ensuring mission success in challenging environments. His tenure at the U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command further showcased his ability to navigate complex organizational landscapes and deliver tangible results.

Transitioning to civilian life, William continued his service in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard while embarking on a new chapter as a Program Management Team Manager and Senior Military Analyst for SAIC

Today, as a Program Manager at PM13 Defense Solutions, William brings his wealth of experience and expertise to the forefront, guiding clients through complex defense initiatives with precision and foresight.

Beyond his professional achievements, William is a devoted husband and father, balancing the demands of military service with the joys of family life. His dedication to his country, his family, and his role as a PM13 Pathfinder exemplifies his commitment to excellence in all aspects of his life.

William Maloney

PM13 Program Manager
CPT US Army National Guard
William (Bill) is a project and operations manager bringing his vast knowledge and experience in fires, C2, and test and evaluation to PM13. He’s served in a multitude of Field Artillery positions, in various locations both deployed and stateside.
Key Contributions:

Upon completion of Basic Officer Leadership Course II (BOLC II) and the Field Artillery Officer Basic Course (FAOBC), was assigned to the 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team (HBCT), 2nd Infantry Division at Camp Hovey, South Korea, serving as a Platoon Fire Direction Officer for Alpha Battery, 1st Battalion, 15th Field Artillery Battalion. Following this assignment, CPT Maloney deployed as a Task Force Fire Support Officer for the 3rd Battalion, Task Force Phoenix, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, 10th Mountain Division to Operation Enduring Freedom XI in support of Regional Command East.


Following his deployment to Afghanistan, he served in numerous Field Artillery positions while assigned to the 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, GA. He then served as a test and evaluation chair for numerous Artillery munitions and fire support platforms as well as the military subject matter expert supporting the ATEC Long Range Precision Fires Cross Functional Team Integrator.

After transitioning out of active service in 2021, William entered service in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard and went on to work as a Program Management Team Manager and Senior Military Analyst for SAIC.

Brandon Narodzonek

PM13 Lead Engineer
Pathfinder Profile:

Brandon Narodzonek, Lead Engineer at PM13 Defense Solutions

Brandon Narodzonek, a luminary in the realm of automotive and mobility engineering, currently serves as the Lead Engineer at PM13 Defense Solutions. Brandon’s academic foundation, established with both a Bachelor‘s and Master‘s in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Technological University, set the stage for a career marked by innovation and strategic problem-solving.

Brandon’s academic and professional undertakings, particularly in the development of connected and automated vehicle technologies, underscore his forward-thinking approach. His contributions to the Eco Approach and Departure application epitomize his dedication to energy-efficient innovations within the automotive sector.

Transitioning from a role as a Controls Engineer at Pilot Systems International to a pivotal engineering position at Keshik Mobile Power Systems, Brandon honed his expertise in powertrain design, controls engineering, and prototype development. Utilizing tools such as Matlab/Simulink, GT Power, advanced CAD, and big data analytics, he spearheaded the Mobility Integrated Product Team (IPT). His work ensured that design solutions not only align with the US Army Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle (OMFV) specifications but also pushed the boundaries of technological and operational excellence.  His journey reflects a commitment to advancing the fields of conventional powertrains, hybrid electric propulsion systems, and autonomous vehicles through meticulous design, simulation, and testing.

At PM13 Defense Solutions, Brandon Narodzonek‘s role is pivotal in blending state-of-the-art Engineering Solutions with strategic defense imperatives. His journey from academia to industry leadership symbolizes the synthesis of technical skill, innovative thinking, and a commitment to enhancing defense capabilities through engineering excellence.

Brandon is our resident automotive and mobility engineering expert. His education includes BSME and MS from Michigan Technological University in Mechanical Engineering with a focus on Controls Engineering Conventional Powertrains – Design/Simulation, Prototype, Instrumentation/Testing and Calibration, Heavy Duty, Light Duty, Passenger Car, Agricultural, and Recreational Applications Hybrid Electric Propulsion Systems – Design/Simulation, Advanced Controls Development/Testing/Integration, Prototype, Instrumentation/Testing and Calibration Autonomous Vehicles and Systems – Design/Simulation, Advanced Controls Development/Testing/Integration Product Development and Engineering – Concepting, Systems Engineering, Design/Modeling, Validation and Verification, Life Cycle Analysis and Planning Big Data – Application Development, Systems Engineering, Big Data Analytics and Management

Melandrei Maloney

PM13 Chief Medical Officer
Pathfinder Profile:

Melandrei Maloney, Chief Medical Officer at PM13 Defense Solutions

Melandrei Maloney is a Registered Nurse with over 13 years of extensive medical experience. A distinguished healthcare professional and advocate for advancing patient care within the Department of Defense (DOD). Melandrei’s journey in healthcare is defined by a commitment to excellence, innovation, and compassionate patient advocacy.  Her professional journey has taken her to renowned medical institutions such as UCLA Medical Center, Cedar-Sinai, St. Barnabas Medical Center, and Hilton Head Hospital, where she honed her skills and deepened her understanding of patient care.  

Melandrei is a staunch proponent of continuous learning and staying abreast of the latest medical advances. Throughout her career as a nurse, she has seized every opportunity to undergo continuing education, ensuring that she remains at the forefront of medical innovation. Her unwavering dedication to improving patient outcomes has allowed her to positively impact countless lives and leave a lasting impression on those she serves.

As the Chief Medical Officer at PM13 Defense Solutions, Melandrei leads the charge in identifying, vetting, and integrating cutting-edge technologies, capabilities, and processes to enhance patient care across the DOD. With a diverse background spanning eight years in the operating room and specialization in cardiology, Melandrei brings a wealth of clinical expertise to her role.  Her primary focus lies in leveraging her expertise to ensure that military personnel receive the highest standard of medical care, regardless of the operational environment.

Melandrei epitomizes professionalism, embodying a dedication to excellence and a relentless pursuit of innovation in healthcare. She is a staunch advocate for evidence-based practices, meticulously vetting new technologies to assess their integration value within military healthcare systems. Once vetted, Melandrei leads her team in developing comprehensive penetration strategies to seamlessly integrate these advancements into DOD medical infrastructure

As the Chief Medical Officer at PM13 Defense Solutions, Melandrei Maloney‘s unwavering commitment to excellence, combined with her profound expertise and compassionate approach to patient care, continues to drive innovation and elevate healthcare standards within the DOD.

Melandrei Maloney

PM13 Chief Medical Officer

Melandrei Maloney is a Registered Nurse with over 13 years of medical experience. Since joining PM13 Consulting as the CMO, Melandrei’s primary focus is on the identification, vetting and integration of technologies, capabilities and processes that enhance patient care throughout the DOD.


Melandrei is a consummate professional and a patent advocate with a passion for searching out new technologies, vetting them through evidence-based practices to assess their integration value Once vetted, she leads the team in the construction of the penetration strategy and its integration into DoD. Melandrei’s background includes eight years of experience in the operating room, after which she went on to specialize in cardiology caring for cardiac patients.

Experience & Expertise

She has had experience working in various hospitals across the United States; such as UCLA medical center, Cedar-Sinai, St Barnabas Medical center and Hilton Head Hospital. 


Melandrei is a firm believer of staying abreast on the latest medical advances and continuing education to provide the highest level of care. In her career as a nurse, she has had the special opportunity to change people’s lives and leave a lasting impression.

Patrick Landry

PM13 Consultant
Pathfinder Profile:

Patrick Landry, COL (R) USA, Senior Consultant at PM13 Defense Solutions

Col (R) Patrick G. Landry‘s illustrious career in the United States Army is a testament to his exceptional leadership and unwavering commitment to service. With a distinguished tenure spanning over four decades, Patrick Landry’s impact has been felt across various command and staff positions, leaving an indelible mark on the military landscape.

Throughout his military career, Colonel (R) Landry held key leadership roles, including Chief of Staff of the 10th Mountain Division and Battalion Commander for the 3rd Brigade Combat Team’s 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment. His exemplary leadership and strategic vision were evident in every role he undertook, earning him the respect and admiration of his peers and subordinates alike.

In June 2007, Colonel (R) Landry‘s exceptional leadership was further recognized when he was selected to become the 10th Mountain Division‘s next Deputy Commanding General for Operations. This prestigious appointment underscored his outstanding capabilities and his proven track record of success in operational leadership.

Throughout his career, Colonel (R) Landry‘s dedication to duty and his unwavering commitment to the mission, set him apart as a true Pathfinder in the military community. His leadership during times of conflict, including combat experience in Afghanistan, exemplifies his courage and resilience in the face of adversity.

At PM13 Defense Solutions, Patrick serves as a Senior Consultant bringing his wealth of experience and expertise to support defense initiatives and strategic planning. His contributions to the firm further cement its reputation as a leader in defense consulting and innovation.

Colonel (R) Patrick G. Landry‘s legacy of leadership and service continues to inspire those around him, leaving a lasting impact on the defense sector and beyond. His dedication to excellence and his unwavering commitment to the principles of duty, honor, and country exemplify the highest ideals of military service.

Patrick Landry

PM13 Consultant

Patrick has over 40 years of experience in the US Army and defense industry managing and leading large acquisition programs, associated scientific and experimental material development programs, and large military organizations.

Key Contributions:

 He supervised 350 industry and military service acquisition members and associated field service representatives who supported various US Army development programs. 

Military Expertise

He is a retired military officer with combat experience in Afghanistan and has held positions that include deputy commander, chief of staff of a combined/joint task force, and brigade commander.

Steve Howson

PM13 Senior Lethality Engineer
Pathfinder Profile:

Steven Howson, Senior Lethality Engineer at PM13 Defense Solutions

Steven Howson is a seasoned leader and a trailblazer in defense engineering, bringing over two decades of expertise and innovation in the Defense Industry to his role as Senior Lethality Engineer at PM13 Defense Solutions. With a proven track record of success and a relentless commitment to excellence, Steven’s contributions to the defense sector have greatly impacted military readiness and operational effectiveness. His work has directly contributed to the safety and security of service members deployed in harm’s way, ensuring that they have the tools and capabilities they need to succeed in the most challenging environments.

Throughout his career, Steven has spearheaded numerous initiatives that have reshaped the landscape of lethality engineering. His innovative approach to weapon systems design and optimization has led to the development of cutting-edge technologies that enhance the effectiveness and survivability of military platforms. 

As a leading authority in lethality engineering, Steven possesses a deep understanding of weapon systems, ballistics, and armor technologies. His expertise extends to both offensive and defensive capabilities, allowing him to design integrated solutions that address complex threats and challenges faced by modern military forces. Steven is at the forefront of innovation in the defense industry, constantly pushing the boundaries of what is possible. His creative approach to problem-solving and his willingness to embrace emerging technologies have enabled PM13 to stay ahead of the curve and anticipate future threats and challenges.

Steven’s leadership style is characterized by vision, integrity, and a relentless pursuit of excellence. He has a proven ability to inspire and motivate cross-functional teams, fostering a culture of collaboration and innovation that drives results. Under his guidance, PM13 Defense Solutions has emerged as a leader in lethality engineering, delivering mission-critical solutions that exceed client expectations. 

Steven Howson‘s unwavering dedication to leadership, innovation, and impact has solidified his reputation as a true pathfinder in the defense industry. His commitment to excellence and his passion for advancing the state of the art in lethality engineering continue to drive PM13 Defense Solutions forward, positioning the firm as a trusted partner for defense organizations around the world.

Steve Howson

PM13 Senior Lethality Engineer

Steve is a proven leader with over 35 years of defense and aerospace industry experience with increasingly senior management roles with several OEM contractors.

Key Contributions:

He has unique experience with numerous domestic & foreign tracked & wheeled combat vehicles generating impressive revenue from both US and international customers. He’s run live fire demonstrations (Main Battle Tanks & Wheeled Combat Platforms) and has expatriate experience in Asia, Europe & North America.


Steve’s education includes a BS (Hons) Electronics and Control Systems Engineering.

Previous Roles

His previous roles include:

  • GEC Marconi,
  • Test and Development Engineer.
  • 6 years Cadillac Gage Textron,
  • Test and Demonstration Engineer,
  • Gunner 105mm,
  • 10 years HR Textron, Turret Drive and Fire Control Design,
  • Business Development,
  • 10 years BAE Systems,
  • FCS Business development,
  • HBCT Business Development,
  • 5 years FTEC Thailand,
  • Program Lead M109A5 an M88A1 rebuild program,
  • 4 years Wittenstein North America,
  • Business Development Actuation Systems,
  • 2 years John Cockerill Defense America,
  • Chief Engineer, 1 year

Melvin Jee

Senior Systems Engineer
Pathfinder Profile:

Melvin Jee, Senior Systems Engineer at PM13 Defense Solutions

Melvin Jee is the powerhouse behind PM13 Defense Solutions systems engineering triumphs. A proud Texas A&M University alum, Melvin has etched his mark on the defense sector through his innovative work in tactical shelters and protective gear.

With a career spanning nearly four decades, Melvin retired as the Division Chief of the Engineered Systems Division at the Combat Capabilities Development CommandU.S. Army DEVCOM Soldier Center. In his role as Division Chief, he oversaw the development and initial deployment of the USAF’s F-35 new Deployable Debriefing Facility. He also collaborated with the US Army Medical Materiel Development Agency to develop a fully composite 2-sided, Expandable ISO Shelter for their field hospital. His leadership in developing a composite variant of the S-788 Lightweight Multipurpose Shelter (LMS) and the S-787 Standardized Integrated Command Post was instrumental in enhancing the operational capabilities of the High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV) used in roles such as the USMC’s Fire Direction Centers.

Melvin’s expertise doesn’t end there. His efforts with V Corps, III Corps, and 3rd Army in developing their Main Command Posts were pivotal. His vision also led to the emergency development of the US Army Central Command’s Deployable Command Post post-9/11, showcasing his ability to respond to urgent national security needs.

His innovative spirit is evidenced by two patents for a Modular Shelter System and advancements in command post setup and teardown times, including flexible LED lighting and inflatable antenna masts with embedded graphene antennae. Before tackling tactical shelters, Melvin made significant contributions to soldier protection, developing ballistic eye protection that has become a standard for warfighters.

At PM13, Melvin Jee continues to apply his unmatched expertise and innovative thinking to develop solutions that not only meet but exceed the demands of modern warfare. His work is a testament to the power of engineering in shaping the future of defense and ensuring the safety and effectiveness of our armed forces.

Melvin Jee

Senior Systems Engineer
Melvin is our in-house mechanical engineer and is a graduate of Texas A&M University. He retired from his position as Division Chief of the Engineered Systems Division of the Soldier Sustainment Directorate of the Combat Capabilities Development Command – Soldier Center.
Key Contributions:
Services & Experiences
He has been involved in the development and integration of Tactical Shelters since 1987 and has been leading this same team of engineers and technicians since 2004. He led the development of the S-788 Lightweight Multipurpose Shelter (LMS) and its derivative, the S-787 Standardized Integrated Command Post, for the High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle. He has worked with V Corps, III Corps and 3rd Army to develop their Main Command Posts all of which were comprised of multiple Army Standard Family ISO Shelters and, in the case of 3rd Army, also used several Modular Extendable Rigid Wall Shelters. His last major Command Post effort was with US Army Central Command in the emergency development of their Deployable Command Post shortly after 9/11. He has also overseen R&D efforts exploring the use of fiber reinforced plastic composites resulting the design of a nuclear hardened S-788 LMS and the development of an all-fiber composite Two-Side Expandable ISO Shelter whose technology is being used to extend the useful life of shelters fielded by the US Army Medical Command.

He has been awarded two patents for a Modular Shelter System and, prior to retirement, developed and pushed concepts to improve the setup and teardown times of command posts such as flexible LED lighting for tents and inflatable antenna masts with embedded graphene antennae in order to support the PdM Command Post Integration and Infrastructure program.

Previous Roles

Prior to his work with Tactical Shelters, Mr. Jee worked in the Individual Protection Directorate for 4 years on laser and ballistic protection for the eyes and face using thermoplastic resins and dyes resulting in the initial fielding of ballistic eye protection which is now commonly worn by the warfighter.

Barbara Skok

PM13 Digital Media Operations
Pathfinder Profile:

Barbara Skok, Head of Digital Media at PM13 Defense Solutions

Barbara Skok is a dynamic leader with a diverse background spanning military support, volunteerism, family readiness, and digital media artistry. With over 20 years of experience in various capacities, Barbara brings a unique blend of creativity, dedication, and strategic vision to her role as the Head of Digital Media at PM13 Defense Solutions.

Barbara’s journey in supporting wounded soldiers and their families began in Germany, where she played a pivotal role in coordinating volunteer efforts and providing essential support to military personnel at Ramstein Air Base and Landstuhl Regional Medical Center. Her dedication to service and compassion for others laid the foundation for her impactful contributions to the military community.

Transitioning back to the United States, Barbara continued her service as the Family Readiness Support Assistant (FRSA) for the 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment at Fort Drum, NY. It was here that she met her husband, Michael Skok, further solidifying her connection to the military and her commitment to supporting service members and their families.

As the FRG leader for B Troop, 3-71 CAV, during her husband’s deployment to Afghanistan, Barbara demonstrated exceptional leadership and organizational skills, providing invaluable support to military families facing the challenges of deployment.

Beyond her military support roles, Barbara’s talents extend into the realm of digital media and artistry. Leveraging platforms like TikTok, she garnered a substantial following with her live art sessions, engaging over 400,000 fans with her innovative approach to creating art online.

Now, as the Head of Digital Media at PM13 Defense Solutions, Barbara brings her passion for creativity and storytelling to the forefront, driving the firm’s digital strategy and enhancing its online presence. With her background in social media and design, Barbara is instrumental in shaping PM13‘s brand identity and communicating its mission to a broader audience.

Outside of her professional endeavors, Barbara is a devoted wife and mother of four, balancing her career with her family’s interests in martial arts and gardening. Her journey from Family Readiness Support to Viral Artist to Digital Media Leader exemplifies her adaptability, creativity, and unwavering commitment to making a difference in the lives of others.

Barbara Skok

PM13 Digital Media Operations
Meet Barbara Skok, a vital member of our Pathfinders team at PM13 Defense Solutions. With a rich background that blends military family support and digital innovation,
Barbara’s journey is one of dedication and versatility. Her earlier role as a Family Readiness Support Assistant (FRSA) with the 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, showcases her commitment to enhancing the well-being of military families, a testament to her empathetic and strategic approach to problem-solving.
Current Role
In her current role as Digital Media Operations Specialist, Barbara continues to apply her diverse skills to drive our digital presence forward. She excels in creating engaging and impactful digital content, managing social media platforms, and developing effective client care strategies. Her work is pivotal in amplifying our brand and ensuring our digital operations align seamlessly with our mission.
Personal & Professional Life
Barbara’s personal life is as fulfilling as her professional one. Married to fellow Pathfinder Michael Skok, together they navigate the joys and challenges of raising four children. This blend of professional expertise and a strong family foundation makes Barbara an invaluable asset to the PM13 Defense Solutions team.