Solving the problem of lost or no communications in theatre
NORTAC Defence was founded in 2010 to provide a commercial off the shelf (COTS), satellite-based Beyond-Line-of-Sight (BLOS) Blue Force Tracking system to the global defence sector.
The company was established to address the needs of commercial clients operating in Iraq and Afghanistan and, in essence, complete the military operating picture by networking the civilian contractor operations into the military operating picture - improving safety and security, saving hundreds of lives.
This requirement became ubiquitous and during this time, the company found itself operating side-by-side with the U.S. military Blue Force Tracking systems and recognized that 80% of the functionality could be provided at a fraction of the price with a COTS solution. As the U.S. BFT system was ITAR-restricted and very expensive, it was evident that virtually all militaries in the world would require a BLOS capability at the tactical level and that a military COTS solution was required.
NORTAC was created to further develop the solution that addresses the problem of lost or no communications - and therefore Situational Awareness and Command and Control - at the tactical level. To meet the demanding requirements of this market niche NORTAC became both a hardware and software developer and the solution is SCC TITAN.
Chief Executive Officer
Tim Grant has a degree in Civil Engineering from Southampton University and an MBA from Cranfield School of Management. He attended the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and served as an officer in the Royal Engineers and 22 SAS Regiment. On leaving the British Army he worked for GE Capital before founding Tuskerdirect, an internet-based car leasing company, which is now a leader in its field. In 2010, having identified a gap in the market for beyond line of sight Situational Awareness and Command and Control within militaries and other government agencies globally, he established NORTAC Defence to address the problem.
Chief Operating Officer
Giles Peeters joined the RAF in 1989. Specializing in military communications, his service included tours with the Defence Communications Security Agency (DCSA) Corsham and GCHQ Cheltenham. He worked with the DCSA Corsham Satellite Integrated Project Team (SAT IPT) as their MOD Commercial satellite service delivery officer for front-line tactical communication projects and deployment capability for Joint Helicopter Command (JHC), Land Command in the Iraq and Afghanistan theatres of operations. On leaving the RAF in 2007 he became the Sales Director of EMS Satcom (now Honeywell) in Canada selling blue force tracking capability to NATO and militaries world-wide. Bringing extensive satellite experience, he joined NORTAC Defence at its inception in 2010 as the COO and has been instrumental in the development and marketing of SCC TITAN.
Chief Technology Officer
Guy Desbiens started an information technology company in 1993 delivering products, IT network consultation, and dynamic web applications to various corporate customers in the Ottawa area. In 2001, he joined EMS Satcom (now Honeywell) leading hardware and software teams as Product Manager. He designed advanced portable satellite systems, providing fleet management products to large transportation companies, and blue force tracking capability to militaries organizations. On leaving EMS Satcom, he joined NORTAC Defence in 2010 as CTO and developed satellite hardware devices, M2M capability, and software products for the SCC TITAN product line.
GENERAL SIR RUPERT SMITH
General Rupert Smith has been a key military advisor to NORTAC Defence since it was founded in 2010 and is a strong advocate for the COTS procurement capability that can be quickly scaled in times of conflict.
General Sir Rupert Smith KCB DSO OBE QGM commanded the British Armored Division in the First Gulf War in 1991, the United Nations Protection Force in Bosnia in 1995, the British Forces in Northern Ireland from 1996 until 1998, and as the NATO Deputy Supreme Commander, he was the European Officer commanding the 1999 Kosovo Campaign. His book, The Utility of Force, discusses the changing nature of warfare.