To meet its strategic growth objectives and global expansion goals, Rajant, the pioneer of innovative mobile mesh technology for private wireless networks, has announced the hiring of Michael J. Van Rassen as Executive Vice President of Business Development, and Ed Preston as Program Manager, the company said.
Rajant makes mobile, scalable and highly reliable kinetic wireless mesh network technology, which provides a make-before-break, always-connected communications network, so mission-critical applications are always available. Its wireless mesh technology delivers intelligent path selection to ensure the best conditions for V2V (vehicle to vehicle) and V2X (vehicle to everything) communications, and maximizes industrial IoT (Internet of Things) initiatives around Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGV) and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV).
Van Rassen will cover military and commercial markets for Rajant domestically and internationally, bringing to the company more than 20 years of acquisition experience, both in uniform and as an Army Civilian. He founded the C-RAM program — a set of systems used to detect and/or destroy incoming artillery, rockets and mortar rounds in the air before they hit their ground targets — in the summer of 2004, and led that effort until his retirement from Federal Service in 2016. During that tenure, he led acquisition efforts in Command and Control, Missiles, Guns, Radars, and Communications.
In addition to being a combat veteran of Operations Just Cause and Desert Storm, Van Rassen is the past recipient of the Army Product Manager of the Year and the Superior Civilian Service Award, as well as a 2017 inductee to the Air, Space and Missile Defense Distinguished Civilians Wall of Honor.
Preston brings decades of systems engineering experience to his role as Program Manager for Rajant. He was most recently at Northrop Grumman Information Systems, serving the US Army in the areas of Air and Missile Defense, Mission Command and Tactical Communications development, integration, fielding and sustainment, as well as chief engineer for the development and certification of a secure wireless communications product interfacing with the National Security Agency and several supporting subcontractors. Preston was deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom as an Embedded Tactical Trainer for the Afghan National Army, served for 20 years in the US Navy and is a Senior Chief Petty Officer (Ret.).