Pete Trainer is a noted defense executive and career Air Force officer currently serving as the Vice President and General Manager of the Air Force Solutions business area within the Intelligence & Security (I&S) sector of BAE Systems, Inc.
At BAE Systems, he leads a unit that provides the U.S. Air Force and combatant commands with innovative solutions to help modernize, maintain, test, and cyber-harden aircraft, radars, missile, and space systems. His group also creates mission applications that detect and deter threats to national security.
Pete joined BAE Systems in May 2018, after overseeing business development, management, and strategy for SAIC’s $220 million Air Force Operations business. Prior to that role, he served as Vice President and Sector Director of the Defense Services Sector at Scitor Corporation.
A Space Operator, Pete served 30 years in the Air Force on active duty and in the reserves. Career highlights include an assignment to the Air Force’s Legislative Liaison staff, advocating for space, intelligence, and missile programs to Congress. Mr. Trainer served on the Space Exploitation team that stood up the nation’s Blue Force Tracking capabilities in response to the attack on 9/11. His military career culminated at the rank of Colonel, in the role of the Senior Individual Mobilization Augmentee to the Director of the National Reconnaissance Office.
Pete’s commitment to serving the military and supporting aerospace technologies extends far beyond the workplace. He is honored to serve as Chair of the Board of Directors for The Citadel’s School of Humanities and Social Sciences. He is also the Secretary of the Board of Directors (EXCOM) of The Space Foundation, the past President of the National Space Club Foundation, and the past First Vice President of the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Veteran Services Foundation.
Pete holds a Bachelor of Science in biology from The Citadel and is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force’s Air War College.