Descartes Labs has named Janie Robinson as the firm’s new Head of Government. Robinson brings more than 20 years of National Security related experience in both government and commercial capacities.
In her position as Head of Government, Robinson is tasked with continuing to build the Descartes Labs business serving the U.S. government. Special focus will be placed on creating the correct products and solutions to meet the unique needs of government organizations in every phase of their respective missions.
Robinson began her government career in a DoD cooperative education program while working toward her Bachelor of Science (BS) Electrical Engineering (EE) degree at University of North Carolina – Charlotte. She later earned a Master’s in EE at Johns Hopkins. Robinson had seven years at DoD before pivoting to the private sector to assist commercial companies in putting state-of-the-art technology into the hands of the people who needed them.
Her defense-related work has included positions at Booz Allen, AWS, Oracle, and Hughes Defense. In 2016, Robinson was honored with the Culper Ring Award by then Director of National Intelligence (DNI), Gen. James Clapper, for significant contributions to the national security mission of the U.S. Government. Outside of the office, Robinson has spearheaded activities related to supporting women in leadership roles as a founding member of Chief DC and encouraging young women to pursue STEM careers via the Society of Women Engineers (SWE). She also volunteers with the United States Services Organization (USO) supporting the active duty and retired military communities.
She is looking forward to seeing colleagues and meeting Descartes Labs clients at the AWS Summit Washington, D.C., where Descartes Labs will be participating in presentations and other activities. The Summit is being held from September 27-29 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.
“Descartes Labs is a force to reckoned with, and I am excited to be here,” said Robinson. “With our petabyte scale, cloud based, digital twin of the Earth, we can find, monitor, and make predictions about events, places, commodities or objects anywhere in the world. Further, we can push these actionable planetary scale insights to the edge – offering government customers next generation intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities, situational awareness for space, alternative position, navigation, and timing (APNT) approaches, and other analytic solutions. The art of the possible is limitless with Descartes Labs.”
“No one is better positioned than Janie Robinson to lead our government activities as Descartes Labs expands into new roles serving the DoD and Intelligence Community (IC),” said Terry Cunningham, Descartes Labs CEO. “We have the technology to deliver actionable insights derived from any geospatial data set for U.S. commanders and warfighters anywhere in the world.”