Chief Technology Officer | Chief Architect
John T. “Jack” Cheney is the Chief Technology Officer, Chief Architect and co-founder of GALT; an innovation engine developing advanced capabilities for national defense and commercial applications. As CTO/CA, Jack has developed the overall mission architecture for the next generation BMC4I solution set, and identified several key commercial
and government off-the-shelf technologies and systems capable of realizing this visionary capability.
Jack also has defined required architectural changes needed to fully integrate the plethora of battlespace sensors via existing and emerging networking systems. Jack served as a rated Flight Officer in the United States Air Force conducting command and control functions within the E-3C AWACS and E-8C JSTARS aircraft amassing nearly 4,000 flight hours in global operations. From 2001 to 2006, he was selected as the lead requirements officer for tactical data link capabilities within Air Combat Command (ACC) where he was a driving force behind USAF and joint service adoption of Link-16 and Common Data Link (CDL) systems now fielded across over 10,000 platforms globally.
Despite significant institutional inertia, Jack instigated and pushed through fielding the Roll On Beyond-line-of- sight Enhancement (ROBE) and the Battlefield Airborne Communications Node (BACN) programs. ROBE enabled KC-135 tanker aircraft to provide the first-generation Beyond Line-Of-Sight (BLOS) Joint Range Extension for LINK-16 situational awareness information and network relay, as well as expanding the role of the ubiquitous KC-135 fleet as a force multiplier for the larger Joint Services C3I network. BACN was an innovative, rapid prototyping and fielding success story that brought together disparate communications systems and waveforms, which delivered assured warfighter access to communications and data. Each of these programs highlighted Jack’s vision, technical knowledge, and his personal determination to get these needed solutions to US warfighters as fast and as inexpensively as possible.
Retiring in 2007 after 21 years as an O-5, he continued his service as a defense consultant on wideband communications on behalf of the US Army and US Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM). There he spearheaded efforts to field a new, wideband air-to-air, air-toground and air-to-space, Nuclear Command and Control network that is now operational on the USAF E-4B National Airborne Operations Center (NAOC) and soon the USN E-6B TACAMO
platforms. In 2011, Jack joined Northrop Grumman Corporation (NGC) as Technical Director for Communications and Networking. He left NGC in 2014 to better position himself to help create a new vision for Joint Battle Management, Command and Control, Communications and Cyber.
Jack earned two Bachelor of Science degrees in mathematics and history from Iowa State University, and a Master of Science in Business Management from State University of New York (SUNY) at Binghamton, NY.