Sue Tyndall joined the Project Lead Multi-Domain Sensing System (PL MDSS) in October 2022 and serves as the Aerial Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (AISR) Bridge Assistant Product Manager (APM), transitioning the position from the Product Manager Medium Altitude Reconnaissance and Surveillance System (PM MARSS).
In her role as the AISR Bridge APM, Tyndall supports the Airborne Reconnaissance Targeting Exploitation Mission Intelligence System (ARTEMIS) and Airborne Reconnaissance and Electronic Warfare System (ARES) programs, and the PEO Aviation led Army Theater Level High-Altitude Expeditionary Next Airborne (ATHENA) program. She is matrixed to PL MDSS from the Command, Control, Computers, Communications, Cyber, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (C5ISR) Engineering and Systems Integration Directorate.
Tyndall is responsible for managing and supporting onboard sensors for all three of the contractor-owned, contractor-operated (COCO) programs to meet the Army’s aerial sensing needs as it transitions from its existing fleet of turboprop intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft to a more modern and capable fleet based on long-range business jets. She is also responsible to work closely with her counterparts in Program Manager Fixed Wing to deliver current aerial ISR capability to theater commanders in support of the Army’s worldwide mission.
Tyndall has been instrumental in organizing pre-deployment end-to-end and flight testing for ARTEMIS and ARES, both for their initial deployment and for in-stride upgrades that continue at an iterative basis. These tests serve to characterize sensor performance and ensure the systems can reliably collect and disseminate data, and the data collected is valuable to the Intelligence Community.
As ARTEMIS 2 (a second ARTEMIS aircraft) prepares to deploy, Tyndall is also deeply involved in the testing process to verify that it will deliver relevant and ready capability in theater.
She is also a key leader for supporting ARTEMIS and ARES sensor systems when they are deployed. Tyndall and her team regularly review the data collected by ARTEMIS and ARES to evaluate whether it is meeting the needs of the Intelligence Community.
Tyndall has been a critical contributor to the development of the contracts for ATHENA in support of PEO Aviation, which will include both signals intelligence (SIGINT) and radar-capable variants. She provided essential elements of the ATHENA-R/S performance work statements to ensure they accurately and fully specify the sensing capability required, as well as what sensors are available from existing stock.
“Sue’s technical expertise and engineering background have been a key strength in her role,” said PL MDSS Tom Bentzel. “They give her that underlying foundation to understand problems, and then she tops it off with great communication and stick-to-it-iveness.”
Following a career in industry, Tyndall began work in the government in 2012 as an engineer at the C5ISR Center. She is a die-hard Nittany Lion, earning a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Penn State University and completed her master’s in systems engineering in 2019.
When she is not working, she enjoys time with her two teenage children, dog, and cats, and doing DIY project around her house.