Board of Advisors
Arnold Punaro brings an extraordinary breadth of leadership experience to IronArch Technology. He is a retired Marine Corps Major General who has also served as the executive vice president of an $11 billion technology and professional services firm. He was also the staff director of the Senate Armed Services Committee, among other positions. He is recognized constantly by Defense News as one to the 100 most influential individuals in U.S. Defense.
Formerly an executive vice president at Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), he was the senior corporate official responsible for SAIC’s government affairs, worldwide communications and support operations, to include crisis and risk management, as well as general manager of their Washington operations and supervisor of SAIC’s corporate Small and Disadvantaged Business office. In previous SAIC positions, he served as a sector manager, deputy president of the Federal Business Segment, and ran SAIC’s Corporate Business Development organization. At SAIC, he was recognized for his leadership and accomplishments with the Founder’s Award and two special CEO awards.
U.S. Senate Leadership
From 1973 to 1997, Mr. Punaro worked for Senator Sam Nunn, D-GA, in National Security matters. He served as his director of National Security Affairs, and then as Staff Director of the Senate Armed Services Committee (eight years), and Staff Director for the Minority (five years). In his work with Senator Nunn and the Senate Armed Services Committee, he was involved in the formulation of all major defense and intelligence legislation and the oversight and review of all major defense and intelligence activities, civilian and military nominations, for over two decades.
U.S. Marine Corps Leadership
Punaro is a retired U.S. Marine Corps Major General. He served as the Director of the Marine Corps Reserve during the post-9/11 mobilizations, Deputy Commanding General, Marine Corps Combat Development Command (Mobilization), and for three years as the Commanding General of the 4th Marine Division. Other assignments were Commanding General, Marine Corps Mobilization Command, and Deputy Commander, Marine Forces Reserve. He served on active duty as an Infantry Platoon Commander in Vietnam where he was awarded the Bronze Star for valor, and the Purple Heart. In December 1990, General Punaro was mobilized for Operation Desert Shield. In December 1993, he completed a tour of extended active duty as Commander of Joint Task Force Provide Promise (Forward) in the former Yugoslavia. He was mobilized for a third time in May 2003 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.