At Global Systems Engineering, our mission is to develop deep customer trust built on integrity and superior performance to create enduring solutions while being a niche provider of specialty services, information, technology, and systems that solve some of the world’s most challenging problems.


Strategic Consulting and Staffing

Global Systems Engineering is uniquely qualified to help government agencies develop next generation resolutions to high level mission critical problems.  Our wide range of technical expertise in science, engineering, integration and acquisition enables us to provide sources to support or improve government organizational policy development, decision-making, and/or research and development activities. We provide support to major science and technology organization such as the Defense Threat Reduction Agency and the Defense Health Services and have served as an impartial broker to provide government advisory services throughout the technology development lifecycle.

Science Communication

GSE offers communication strategies that explain complex scientific concepts to relevant partners. We often serve as a translational bridge between scientists, technology developers, and researchers and non-technical operators or government program managers.  GSE cultivates the “so what?” significance, helping highly technical experts message the impact of their research on society, so they can engage with a wider audience. 

Training and Exercise Design and Facilitation

Provide development, execution and after-action support for various events. Facilitate operator engagement to participate in training, workshops, exercises and demonstrations.  Coordinate plan development, logistics planning and execution, execution, data collection, data analysis and reporting. Develop participant and observers guides and handbooks. Lead the preparation of the final demonstration report in coordination with other performers and government personnel.

GSE designs, plans, facilitates and evaluates exercise and training activities for any audience.  Our planning experts work to identify strengths and challenges in existing plans, procedures, and strategies, delivering tailored exercise and training programs with measurable outcomes.  

GSE has experience with developing staff-orienting discussion-based table-top exercises and seminars to familiarize staffs with roles, plans, procedures, and / or tools (or equipment).  We have experience with small to large-scale operational drills that test an organization’s ability to respond to a simulated event within the scope of its role, authority, plans, and / or procedures.  GSE also has experience with full-scale exercises to evaluate the capabilities of an organization in a realistic environment with increasingly complex conditions.  GSE promotes a common approach to training and exercise design and development, conduct, evaluation and improvement scheme that enhance consistency in partner preparedness to respond to any catastrophic event.

Media Content and Branding

GSE delivers products that are a step beyond text-heavy bureaucratic language, integrating modern, innovative, and suitable communication materials to support clients’ programmatic intent. Our products serve as professional messaging aids that build advocacy and support around desired objectives.

General Program Management and Integration

Manage coordination across all program performers, event scheduling and overall risk management for successful program execution. Project management and integration activities including coordinating the actions of stakeholders, performers, sponsors, and partners, and facilitating applicable meetings, conferences, working groups, and symposiums related to the conduct of the program. 

Assist the Program Managers (PM), Operational and Technical Leads in the concept development, planning, logistics/administration, execution and evaluation of all program events including workshops, exercises, demonstrations and meetings.

Provide technical experts and facilitators. Produce Meeting, Workshop and Exercise Plans and After-Action Reports from the program events. Assist the PM and other leads in identifying gaps; analyzing the accuracy, viability and utility of proposed technologies; and demonstrating applied technology solutions. 

Provide technical expertise and research analysis for transition activities associated with developed solutions, to include assisting in documenting all program solutions, active liaison with applicable end-users or stakeholders, coordination and execution of transition activities such as meetings and workshops.

Provide technical and administrative support for projects to include maintenance of project schedules, coordination of bi-weekly project status reviews, coordination of briefings in support of regular program reviews, and provision of logistics.

Operational Assessment

Provide technical expertise to define and measure project success. This includes an organized process to measure system effectiveness using various criteria. Define the relevant operational Issues and how technological enhancements will address those issues. Determine and measure metrics. Inform the PM and other stakeholders of the effectiveness (or ineffectiveness) of proposed solutions so that optimal technology investment decisions can be made. Assist in the development of Technology Readiness Evaluation (TRE) plans. Identify accepted methodologies for testing and evaluating technologies and for conduct of TRE and Technology Readiness Assessments (TRA). 

Systems Analysis and Engineering

Provide analysis and engineering support to ensure a systems approach to challenging problems. Ensure efficiency, affordability, and agility in performance. Properly articulate project objectives and end-states and identify measurable metrics of success. Ensure highly trained and experienced personnel are on staff to accomplish these services.

Advisory and Administrative Support

Provide round-the-clock dedicated and independent Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and high yield Explosive (CBRNE) technical and analytical operational support.  Provide specialized trained personnel. Support technical Reachback activities including support of DOD enterprises and operational support to Combatant Commanders and their staffs. Support other federal, state, and local government activities.

Provide subject matter experts who interface with program technology teams and program management to advise in the development and design of various technical solutions. This includes making recommendations on the C2 architecture, development, testing, and evaluation of new technology in addition to development of associated Concepts of Operation and tactics, techniques and procedures that contribute to the end state of the technical effort which is to improve situational awareness, understanding, and decision making in a CBRN environment. 

Provide research analysis and expertise to Project Technical Leads, which includes assisting in identifying gaps; analyzing the accuracy, viability and utility of proposed technologies; and demonstrating applied technology solutions. Develop reports and assist with ongoing task area responsibilities for sponsors, stakeholders, and other interested parties. 


Our prime contracts include:

Sean Nolan

Director, On-Site Integration

Sean has over 20 years of experience supporting the US Government at the Federal and Local levels in research and development and transitioning research to operations.  Through his 15+ years supporting the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) Chemical and Biological Technologies Department, he has worked on various Advanced Technology Demonstrations (ATD) such as the Interagency Biological Restoration Demonstration (IBRD), Trans-Atlantic Biological Resiliency Demonstration (TACBRD), and Integrated Early Warning program.  He has extensive experience in DoD business and acquisition practices.  Sean also served as program lead for the Biowatch Exercise and Evaluation Program in support of the Department of Homeland Security and as logistics coordinator for the 9/11 Rescue and Recovery efforts at the World Trade Center for the New York City Office of Emergency Management.  Sean holds a Master of Science from Saint Louis University and a Bachelor of Science from the U.S. Military Academy. He is a retired Air Force Weather officer who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom and was awarded 2004 Air Force Reserve Weather Officer of the Year.  Lastly, Sean served as on-air meteorologist for KMIZ-TV (Columbia, MO) and KDNL-TV (St. Louis, MO).

Randy Thur

Director of Cooperative Engagement

Randy has been supporting and facilitating federal government science integration efforts since 2004.  He has had the pleasure of working throughout the U.S. government where he spent years gaining experience in domestic and international CBRN threat reduction, foreign partner capacity building, test and evaluation, and interagency coordination at organizations such as DOS, HHS, DTRA, DIA, and DHS. Here he has gained extensive experience being the technical lead and program manager of multiple civilian and military interagency efforts focused on facilitating CBRN preparedness and response through large-scale system studies, operational exercises, targeted research and development projects, and advanced technology demonstrations. Internationally, he has led overseas operational efforts in CBRN foreign consequence management in addition to leading CBRN threat reduction efforts focused on building cooperative CBRN surveillance systems, biosafety and biosecurity standards, and global health security capacities and capabilities for U.S. foreign partners.  Randy holds an engineering degree from North Carolina State University, a graduate certificate from Geroge Mason, and an MBA from Johns Hopkins University.

Stephen “Gibs” Gaboriault-Whitcomb

Director, Warfighter and Homeland Integration

Gibs has over 25 years of experience in the CBRN Defense arena including operations, plans, assessment, exercise planning/execution, demonstration event planning/execution, training, and advising DoD, DHS, and other government agencies. His 20 years in the US Air Force as a Bioenvironmental Engineer included assignments with a Weapons of Mass Destruction – Civil Support Team, USSTRATCOM Center for Combating WMD, and several base-level tours where he led his teams on multiple real-world emergency responses. He has been a key player in Advanced Technology Demonstrations (ATDs) such as the Transatlantic Collaborative Biological Resiliency Demonstration (TaCBRD) as a Warfighter and in the Perceptive Dragon and Resolute Dragon series of ATDs as a lead planner/executor. He has also directly supported the BioDetection for the 21st Century (BD21), BioWatch, and Non-Traditional Sensor Technology Assessment (NSTA) programs as well as Chemical Biological Operational Analysis (CBOA) events. Gibs holds both a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science degree in Chemical Engineering.

Mike Midgley

Chief Operating Officer / Chief Financial Officer

Mike has over 20 years of experience in program management and technical support primarily in Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Defense. He has led science and technology master integration efforts for the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security and other organizations to develop or enhance warfighter and first responder capabilities. Some of the programs he has managed include: BioNet, Interagency Biological Restoration Demonstration (IBRD), Wide Area Recovery and Resiliency Program (WARRP), Transatlantic Collaborative Biological Resiliency Demonstration (TaCBRD), Integrated Early Warning (IEW), Texas Panhandle Regional Planning Commission Regional Resiliency Assessment Program, and the Organization of American States biological incident response workshop and exercise program.  He holds a Master’s in Business Administration from San Diego State University and a Bachelor of Science from the U.S. Naval Academy. He is a retired Navy Captain who served as a Surface Warfare Officer in several operational and shore commands.

Steve Jennings

President and Co-Founder

Steve has over 30 years of experience supporting government and industry in the areas of engineering/science, design, operations, program management, strategic communication, planning, and outreach. He has been a Project and Task manager for numerous programs conducted within DTRA Chemical Biological (CB) including Contamination avoidance for military mail (CAFMM), Biological Defense Initiative (BDI), BioNet, WMD-CST, Interagency Biological Restoration Demonstration (IBRD), and the Joint Service Installation Pilot Project (JSIPP). He was also the technical manager for over eight major chemical demilitarization projects/programs conducted throughout the United States. Steve holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Tech.