Rick Lober, vice president and general manager of the Defense and Intelligence Systems Division (DISD) at Hughes Network Systems, LLC (HUGHES), leads the company in serving U.S. and allied defense and intelligence organizations worldwide with advanced SATCOM solutions, commercial and Department of Defense (DoD) purpose-built systems, network management and software defined networking, ground and airborne communications on the move, 5G terrestrial and all company classified programs.
Under Mr. Lober’s leadership, the Defense team has won programs such as: SATCOM for the General Atomics Predator UAV; mission management for the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Command’s Protected Tactical Enterprise System (PTES) and Enterprise Management and Control (EMC) program; the application of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning techniques for the U.S. Army’s Narrowband SATCOM network; private, secure 5G wireless systems for the DoD and specialized terminal development for the U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM).
From his early days as a design engineer, Mr. Lober brings 25+ years of experience withCOTS and full MIL communications and intelligence programs. He earned both a Bachelor and Master of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana, and is a member of Eta Kappa Nu, Tau Beta Pi, TEC, IEEE, AFCEA, AUSA, AAAA, AUVSI and the Society of Satellite Professionals International (SSPI). Mr. Lober holds a patent on cellular communications for emergency response. Consumers, businesses, governments and communities around the world benefit from the connected experiences enabled by Hughes technologies and services.