Mike Bosco, Senior Vice President of Army Mission Solutions for Sev1Tech LLC
mike boscosenior vice president of Army Mission Solutions for Sev1Tech LLCrecently spoke with ExecutiveGovernor regarding the company’s recent acquisition of Geocent and how the company has adapted to advances in its winning culture as well as new capabilities including DevSecOps, software development, science and engineering and others like data analysis tools.
In addition, Mike Bosco also discussed the influence IT modernization initiatives are having on the U.S. Army, Navy, and other service branches to improve warfighter training and drive new emerging technological capabilities to project our national security interests in recent years. Executive Spotlight interview.
“Training is important. As a nation, we are doing our best to understand and predict what is to come, but no one has a crystal ball that can predict the next global crisis. The upside is that many of these features aren’t new. We are talking about a joint warfare doctrine. We have been doing this for a long time and now our competitors are trying to catch up with us.
You can read Mike Bosco’s full interview below:
Executive Government: What can you tell us about the company’s recent growth initiatives and how you are creating value for your customers through contract awards, acquisitions and other aspects across the federal sector?
Mike Bosco: “With some of our recent acquisitions like Geocent last year, we are really pleased with the milestones we reached. We are very happy to have integrated the company into our Sev1tech culture. They have added incredible DevSecOps, software development, science and engineering capabilities, and data analytics tools to our portfolio.
For me, with the Army Business Unit, the question is how do we extend the great capabilities of Sev1tech that have been exercised in programs within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Army of the Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps.
The challenge is to bring innovation to legacy systems in slow acquisition processes in the military and other service branches. We are excited about the future by offering new capabilities to our customers.
Although there is a lot of excitement, we need to ensure that Sev1Tech capitalizes on what we have to offer and there will be a significant impact on our growth strategy going forward. Prior to the recent acquisition of Geocent, Sev1Tech was a 600 person company. Now we are a workforce of over a thousand people. Obviously, this has changed the way we think about our growth.
We are no longer that small, mid-sized company. Sev1Tech is today in competition on the large contractual landscape. We have moved up the weight class and are working to support all of those capabilities and maintain our momentum and size, as well as make big changes to larger programs within the federal landscape.
From a capability and process perspective, Sev1Tech will have an edge over several large integrators due to our agile, people-driven mindset to deliver value to our customers and respond to changing mission priorities. This is our approach. We are home run hitters now.
Our management team is very good at working with people and recruiting the right talent to continue to drive the growth of our business. Last year, Sev1Tech appointed Zhenia Klevitsky as Director of Growth, and we worked on process and structure to change our mindset around our growth and revamped our approach to take big swings.
To succeed in this sector, Sev1tech must play on all cylinders and bring on board all the best talents. This is how we continue to mature and deliver rockstar solutions to our customers. Unfortunately, there is no secret sauce that you can just buy. We stick to what brought us to dance, our culture, and that’s what focused me in the Army Business Unit for Sev1Tech.
Executive Government: What core values are important to your company culture? How has your team developed its workflow and ability to succeed in such a competitive market?
Mike Bosco: “As we incorporated our recent rebranding, we wanted to bring together the great team at Sev1Tech and onboard everyone following the acquisition of Geocent. It was important that every member of our employee base felt like part of our business. Our focus is people-centric and we’ve done more than update our logo. We’ve rebranded our model with the teams in place.
I believe that any great company has a culture surrounded by talent and like-minded people. It’s what sustains your organization every day and that passion stems from our CEO Bob Lohfeld throughout our management team to every employee.
We are the type of company that cares deeply about its employees. If we have happy employees and a team atmosphere on a daily basis, Sev1Tech will benefit from it and this will include the missions of our customers and the support we provide them. Ultimately, positivity begets positivity and is built on how we approach our clients’ assignments and ensure they are happy with the results.
During my first onboarding meeting with Geocent, one of the things that got me most excited was the innovative technologies they brought to the table. I was impressed from the start with the capabilities and technical talent that Sev1Tech would be able to offer our customers.
Geocent brings incredible capabilities in space technology. Our talent has worked on NASA’s next-generation Space Launched System (SLS) Artemis. We have a presence in Huntsville that will be very important down the line. From the first meeting with their super talented technical team, I was very pleased with what we can accomplish.
Also, we didn’t find many cultural differences or barriers either. I found that the integration of our cultures went extremely well and Sev1Tech came out of it at full speed. I salute all members of our management team and all of our staff for the successful integration. Everything has been going well and these recent milestones are just the beginning.
Executive Government: As warfare continues to be influenced by computer modernization and other initiatives, what do you think are the most important capabilities being developed for the army, navy, etc. to ensure that our combatants have received proper training with the latest emerging technologies to protect themselves and our nation’s national security interests?
Mike Bosco: “I am a retired army sergeant major. I was a special ops/intelligence guy and training is something that has been close to my heart for a long time. When I joined the military, I was training in Vietnamese tactics in the field, but it was the days of the desert storm and the first gulf war, which were totally different environments than those for which we were trained.
Training is important. As a nation, we are doing our best to understand and predict what is to come, but no one has a crystal ball that can predict the next global crisis. The upside is that many of these features aren’t new. We are talking about a joint warfare doctrine. We have been doing this for a long time and now our competitors are trying to catch up with us.
While our near-peer adversaries have watched us for the past 20 years, we are fighting in a multi-domain operations (MDO) environment (air, ground, sea, space, cyber). I am convinced that the technological revolution is moving so rapidly that one of the biggest challenges is to understand and identify the technologies that can fulfill the mission now for our troops in danger.
Another important driver of technology is to improve our joint warfare doctrine and better apply it to the new perspective of multi-domain operations through technology and to really capitalize on creating tactical advantage. The soldiers we support today are users of technology in their daily lives. They grow and learn to use all these new technologies and expect the best to give them the edge and win on the next generation battlefield.
The times have changed. During my military service, we put people on planes to support missions. Now we see someone in Nevada piloting an unmanned aircraft remotely around the world. We will always need to have boots in the field, but the challenge is to empower our fighters with the right tools and protect them from issues like data overload.
I also believe in the unified network approach taken by the US military. I’m still an old school guy. At the time, I had six desktop computers and different classification levels. How can you transfer data between six desktop computers? These days, it’s more about changing policies and mindsets to unify our networks and share data. We are all working to make it happen to better leverage technology.