Mr. David Kier, Dave has been Chairman of Areté Associates since 2004 and served as its Chief Executive Officer and President since 2009. Before joining Areté, Mr. Kier served as Vice President at a major defense contractor, where he was responsible for managing a matrix organization of the missile defense activities, establishing programmatic strategy to best support the Missile Defense Agency and to capitalize on new business opportunities. After serving concurrently as the Deputy Director of the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) and the Principle Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (SPACE) from May 1997 to August 2001, he retired from a 35-year career in the Federal Service. The recipient of numerous medals and awards during his career, he is one of a very few individuals to receive both the CIA’s and the Intelligence Community’s Distinguished Service Medal for technical and managerial accomplishments. Mr. Kier is a graduate of Washington and Jefferson College where he received a B. S. in Physics. He is also a graduate of the National War College in Washington, D.C. and the Program for Government Executives at the Kennedy School of Government from Harvard University.