A Day in the Life – Adrian
What is your title? Describe what you do.
I’m a Functional Analyst. That means I provide subject matter expertise for integrated missile defense or digital interoperability for air and missile defense systems. Our team primarily supports HQ Marine Corps expeditionary aviation enablers.
What drew you to CSCI? Why did you choose to work here?
I have a long history with CSCI. I’ve been aware of the company for over 11 years and had experience working with members of the company when I was in uniform, many of whom were close friends. I like the diversity of CSCI’s projects and knew that getting a job here upon retirement would be pie-in-the-sky for me.
Co-Founder and Chief Strategist Joe Link was the first person I met from CSCI. We had a casual conversation and I had no idea he was the Co-Founder. He was really relatable and within five minutes I felt like I had known him for years.
What was it like, leaving the military after 21 years and coming to CSCI?
The transition was easy for me and I was ready to try something different. I came from a small community of people in the military and I moved into an equally small community of people I already knew at CSCI. That’s rather unique. It was seamless and almost felt like I never left, except that in the new role there was less structure and rigidity and I could be more focused on the technical aspects of my job.
What’s an example of a success story you’ve had at CSCI? How did you achieve success on that project or endeavor?
Prior to the task I am working on now, I was the Operator Instructor Lead responsible for the development of Common Aviation Command and Control System (CAC2). This is the C2 system that will be employed by the Marine Corps for the foreseeable future. We started from the ground floor and developed very comprehensive training for this system. Since our beginning, we have received widespread praise for our efforts.
Over the past three years, our team conducted 15 training events from the US all the way to Japan. We allowed the Marine Corps. to reach full operational capability and it was a highlight of my professional career.
The interesting part about it was that we received the task and Joe Link said, “Do you think you can develop a team to make this happen?” I said yes. Building the team took about six months and required a lot of searching. The team was comprised of folks I had worked with for 15-20 years. It was like doing what you love with your best friends. That helped with the long hours and the extensive travel and contributed to the mission’s overall success.
What advice would you give to someone looking to pursue a role like yours? Are there specific character traits or skills/certifications you should possess?
We always have a running joke that our job is fun but not glamourous. You’ll never see a movie about it. Most people don’t endeavor to do this, but they try it and like it. Information is key in this job. There are a lot of things to know. If you like Command and Control, get really good at it. Be persistent with it. Make sure you know what you want to do. Take the opportunity to build your own path and have a sense of your desired trajectory.
What’s on your playlist when you’re focusing on a project at work and when you travel?
It depends on what I’m doing. I have two playlists. I’m a huge hip hop fan but over the years my taste has grown. I still appreciate hip hop but more the music that the words. Instrumental hip hop gets me through the airport. Jazz is what I listen to when working on a project. I like John Coltrane and Miles Davis. Upbeat hip hop is my choice when I’m trying to get somewhere or stay awake when I’m driving. Plus, I like audiobooks when I’m traveling…lots of Tom Clancy.
When things get back to normal, what is the first thing you want to do that you can’t do right now?
I’d like the ability to spontaneously go somewhere without a lot of planning – not with any real destination in mind. Or, I’d like to invite someone over or be invited without having to consider, “Do I wear a mask? Can I shake their hand?” That ability to have normal human interaction will be nice.