Dr. Jon Waldrop is the senior vice president, business development for Stark Aerospace, an IAI North America Company. In this capacity he is responsible for securing new business while maintaining existing relationships in Stark Aerospace’s core competencies of UAS production, electro optical technology, advanced sensors, and adjacent market opportunities. Based in the Washington DC area, Dr. Waldrop also maintains professional and business relationships with US and international government agencies, the Departments of Defense, State, and Commerce, Department of Homeland Security, Border Patrol and US Customs, global aerospace/ defense industries and related high technology corporations representing 20+ nations.
Prior to coming to Stark, Dr. Waldrop was the director of international operations for the Lockheed Martin Corporation. His responsibilities included leadership of global business activities for the C-130J, F-16, and F-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft programs.
Dr. Waldrop is also a retired USAF rated aviator with over 3500 flight hours in such C4ISR platforms as the E-3A/B/C Airborne Command and Control System (AWACS) and the E-8A/C Joint Strategic targeting and Reconnaissance (JSTARS) aircraft. He flew both aircraft in test and operational roles including missions during Desert Shield, Counternarcotics interdiction, and numerous National Command Authority directed joint service and coalition operations. He flew 24 missions as an E-3C crew commander and Airborne Command Element (ACE) in support of Operation Desert Storm combat operations.
Dr. Waldrop received his Doctorate in global business from the University of Maryland, has completed graduate and post graduate work at the University of California and Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business respectively and earned his undergraduate degree from Penn State University. He is active in several aerospace, defense, and global business forums and societies in the Washington DC area.