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Michael A. Cardinale

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BoG (2018-2020) (2021-2023); VP Finance (2020-2021); AESS Magazine Associate Editor (Areas of Specialty:EO/IR Systems and Image Processing); Journal of Lightwave Technology Rep

Mr. Cardinale began his career as an infantry officer in the US Marine Corps and later served as an electronic countermeasures officer. After leaving active duty in 1981, he developed the training program for a newly commissioned Marine Corps Reserve electronic warfare squadron, and trained Electronic Countermeasures Officers in Whidbey Island, Washington.
In 1982 he moved to Northern Virginia as a staff engineer for a small business providing design and systems engineering support to Naval Air Systems Command and the Naval Research Laboratory, developing and testing infrared countermeasures (IRCM) and electronic countermeasures (ECM) systems for US Navy/Marine Corps and Army helicopters. He became Director of Engineering and later, Vice-president of Engineering, a position in which he served until 2004.  His areas of expertise were in infrared (IR) focal plane array systems for missile countermeasures, aircraft fire control radars, radar and IR countermeasures systems, IR Search and Track (IRST) systems, data links, aircraft data buses, and electro-optical sensor systems.  In 2004 he went to work at another small business as a Senior Systems Engineer for acoustic systems supporting US Navy and US Army programs.

In 2006, he left to work for the US Defense Intelligence Agency as a Technical Intelligence Officer, working on weapons of mass destruction (WMD) counter-proliferation systems, on forensics and biometrics collection systems for counter-terrorism, and on the development of ground and space sensor systems.
In 2012 he went to the OSD to lead the development of new capabilities in data security and biometrics, vehicle telematics, and RFID devices, from where he retired in January 2015.

Senior Member. Member since 1985.
AESS Board of Governors (2002-2004)
AESS PACE Chair (2008-2009)
AESS Journal of Lightwave Technology Steering Committee Representative (2003-2016)
AESS Representative to SSIT (2003-2013, 2015-2016)
AESS Washington/Northern Virginia Chapter Vice-chair/Chair (1997-2000)
AESS Washington/Northern Virginia Chapter Secretary (2015-2016)
AESS Representative to IEEE-USA Communications Policy Committee (2001-2005)
AESS Representative to IEEE-USA Transportation and Aerospace Policy Committee (2016)
IEEE International Radar Conference committee member (2000, 2005, 2015)
Northern Virginia Section (various officer & board positions 1998-2015)
IEEE Region 2 Membership Chair (2009)
IEEE Region 2 Chapter Coordination Chair (2013-2015)

MS Applied Physics, George Mason University, Virginia
MS Systems Management, University of Southern California
BS Physics, Loyola University New Orleans, Louisiana


Technical Areas of Interest: 
Avionics Systems, EO/IR Systems, Image Processing, electronic warefare
Contact Information
+1 (703) 451-5332
7206 Hopkins Court

Field of Interest

“The field of interest shall be the organization, systems engineering, design, development, integration, and operation of complex systems for space, air, ocean, or ground environments. These systems include but are not limited to navigation, avionics, mobile electric power and electronics, radar, sonar, telemetry, military, law-enforcement, automatic test, simulators, and command and control."


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