Jay Grove

Chief Operating Officer

Jay is GALT’s Chief Operating Officer.  Jay is recognized for the spirited growth of defense electronics organizations where he has delivered exceptional top and bottom line results.  He is a subject matter expert in defense electronic systems, including sensors, communications, and software-defined radios.  Jay is adept at leading organizations to profitable growth during seasons of rapid change such as start-ups, turnarounds, restructurings, and post-acquisitions.

Jay launched Foundry Defense Systems in 2015 to develop resilient, mission-critical processing, communication, and sensor solutions.  Jay also serves as Vice President and Board of Regent member of the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies advising the CEO and supporting a technology advisory team to the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

Formerly, Vice President for Business Development for Northrop Grumman’s Communication Systems Division, he led his team to increase annual bookings by over $250M. He was instrumental in defining/refining strategic plans, strategic technology investments, and initiating development opportunities in international markets. Jay also led Northrop Grumman’s integrated avionics business unit in which he reset an advanced avionics manufacturing facility and international supply chain for the F-35 Tactical Fighter program. Jay’s unit spearheaded the development of electronic warfare systems resulting in the only program of record for Counter IED systems. Jay also led numerous quick reaction program teams providing aircraft integration, deployment, and support of sophisticated avionics and processing for digital communications aboard high-altitude business jets & unmanned aerial vehicles, as well as large transport/mission aircraft. 

Prior to joining Northrop Grumman, Jay served as Group Vice President for Argon ST, Inc. (now Boeing Defense Systems) Network Systems Group. With his leadership, the Group grew quickly through critical communications and cryptography technology development and strategic acquisitions. Jay’s group led Argon ST’s entry into the low cost, low earth orbit satellite payload manufacturing market.

Jay’s earlier positions include the Division Vice President for EMS Technologies, Inc. (now Honeywell, Inc.), Defense & Space Systems Division; leading a turnaround team to regain a reputation as the trusted provider of world-class microwave electronics. He also held engineering & business management positions at ViaSat, Lockheed Sanders, and TRW.

Jay earned a Master of Science degree in Engineering from the University of Dayton and a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Systems Engineering from Wright State University. He also attended Stanford University Executive Leadership program, Georgia Tech Management of Technology program, and additional coursework in Strategy & Market Development at the University of Chicago.

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