By Nikki Ficken, AMRDEC Public AffairsSeptember 26, 2017
REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. (Sept. 27, 2017) -- Robert Kennedy serves as project lead of the Software Engineering Directorate's Targets Flight Software Independent Verification & Validation effort. The SED Targets FSW IV&V project provides the Missile Defense Agency's Targets and Countermeasures Directorate with software engineering life cycle support from requirements implementation to flight test mission performance validation.
"I work daily supporting my team's ability to produce the technical results necessary to increase confidence and reduce risk of the target missiles preparing to take flight," said Kennedy. "My unique experience of a previously working at MDA and now serving as an AMRDEC lead enables me to be an effective conduit ensuring we deliver vital technical results to senior leadership for decision making."
Kennedy explained that the challenge of succeeding in a "do more with less" climate keeps him inspired and motivated.
"Understanding that every missile Flight Test is unique is what continues to draw me back every year," Kennedy said. "The team members at AMRDEC/SED are what I like most about my job. I have the opportunity to learn something new every day working with subject matter experts in the field of missile guidance, stability, and performance. I truly believe it's the people that make the difference in any organization, and AMRDEC/SED is a great workforce to be a part of."
Kennedy also performs the IV&V on the MDA Targets Navigation, Guidance, and Control software ensuring the missile will represent the threat with sufficient realism to exercise the U.S. Army THAAD and Patriot missile defense systems in Flight Test. The Flight Test are crucial steps in verifying existing and new capability on the THAAD and Patriot systems.
Kennedy graduated from Troy University in 1999 with a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics and Bachelor's in Computer and Information Sciences. He is a member of the U.S. Army Acquisition Corps and hold Acquisitions Certifications of Level III Systems Engineering, Level I Program Management, and Level I Test and Evaluation. In May 2015, Kennedy was selected by the U.S. Army DACM office to participate in the Naval Postgraduate School Master's of Science in Program Management.
Kennedy said his favorite hobbies include Crossfit training, serving his church, spending time with his family, wildlife management, and coaching and playing soccer.
"I currently hold a U.S. Soccer 'E' License and am registered with Alabama Youth Soccer Association coaching for River City United Soccer Club based out of Decatur," said Kennedy. "I love the Xs and Os of tactically developing soccer players and teams. As with my work assignments, I find the greatest satisfaction in helping my players and teams reach their potential."
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