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Who We Are

Cyber, mobile, and software engineers. Linguistics researchers. Language and security technologists. We wear many white hats. As a Woman-Owned Small Business, we know it isn’t just our years of experience providing outstanding Intelligence Community service that sets us apart—it’s also our passion for new technology, our ability to consistently and efficiently deliver results, and our strong reputation for client loyalty.

What We Do

ProObject’s cross-functional teams use leading-edge technologies to deliver mission-critical systems and solutions to our broad client base. Our hands-on consultants actively engage with members of the DoD and Intelligence Community, working with our customers to:

  • Defend, attack, and exploit threats to and on networks.
  • Deliver valuable intelligence information to decision-makers and the warfighter.
  • Help our country dominate our adversaries—one app at a time.

Our skilled and experienced engineers provide our clients with a decisive advantage. Our areas of expertise include the following areas:

  • Cyber Security
  • Signals Intelligence
  • Agile Software Development
  • Linguistics & Language Analysis
  • Cloud Software Engineering
  • Mobile App Development
  • Embedded/Real-time System Development
  • Enterprise IT

Technical Leadership

Certified staff provide strong technical thought leadership capabilities, including project management and software development management, which allow our clients to confidently focus on the mission while we manage the rest.

  • Program / Project Management
  • Software Development Management (SDM)
  • Technical Task Order (TTO) Leadership
  • Agile Scrum Implementation
  • Certified staff (PMP, CSM)

Cyber Security

Expert engineers provide defensive and offensive cyber solutions. We offer a tailored approach for cybersecurity compliance assessment, planning and implementation. ProObject engineers develop innovative solutions to defend IT systems, detect cyber threats and respond effectively.

  • Unique CYBRX solution for NIST SP 800-171 and DFARS 252.204-7012 Compliance

  • System Security Plan Development and Implementation

  • Continuous Monitoring, Training and Audit Support

  • Security Policy Development

  • Incident Management

  • DoD 8570.01-M Certified staff (Security+, Net+, CEH, CISSP, ITIL, PMP)

Systems Engineering

It takes hard work, dedication, and expertise to tackle today’s toughest SIGINT challenges. Our systems engineers apply their broad experience in both system security and cloud engineering to the task, keeping our worldwide systems 100 percent operational—100 percent of the time.

  • Requirements Management
  • System Security Architecture
  • Cloud Architecture
  • Embedded / Real-time (DSP, FPGA, GPU)

Software Engineering

Certified staff develop and integrate essential enterprise services, delivering the mission-driven applications that enable connectivity, communication, and collaboration across the global Intelligence Community.

  • Web
  • Cloud
  • Mobile (Android, iOS, Windows, Java, Objective-C, Swift, C#)
  • Scripting (Perl, Python, Ruby)
  • Software Development (Java, JEE, C++, C#)

Integration & Testing

Expert engineers provide systems integration, testing, and deployment services for critical systems that support the warfighter. From CONUS to OCONUS and everywhere in between, we deploy systems to field sites and apply best practices to ensure systems are continuously operational.

  • Configuration Management
  • Test Planning
  • Unit Testing
  • Integration Testing
  • Software Test Automation
  • Continuous Integration
  • Test Harness Development

IT Services

Experienced system designers, our IT system engineers maintain net-centric system capabilities that enable warfighter communication and connectivity—anytime, anywhere.

  • Systems Administration
  • Desktop and Server Support
  • Applications Support
  • Network Engineering
  • Help Desk / Operations Center Support
  • Desktop/Server Virtualization (VMware, Citrix)

Linguistics & Language Analysis

ProObject linguistics researchers provide quality human language services in support of our clients’ research, development, and operational activities—all while remaining at the forefront of emerging language technologies.

  • Scientific Transcription, Translation, Annotation
  • Language Identification
  • Dialect Identification
  • Gender Identification
  • Speech-to-Text
  • Language Analysis Support

Our Leadership Team

Christopher Young Founder

Christopher M. Young founded ProObject in 1995 as a software engineering firm focused on the use of object-oriented tools and techniques.

As founder, Chris embraces a passion for the company and has guided ProObject through its steady growth to becoming a leader in providing object technologies to the Intelligence Community. He directs the firm’s long term strategy which focuses on empowering ProObject’s staff, establishing valuable partnerships and ensuring an impressive record of results for our clients.

Chris has more than 20 years of technical and management consulting experience in both the government and commercial sectors. He is an expert in the application of object-oriented tools and techniques to solve the complex problems unique to the Intelligence Community. Chris has applied these skills to help numerous projects transition from the traditional, procedural approach to software engineering to a new, more effective object-oriented approach. He works with project planners and end users in the development of object-oriented enterprise frameworks.

Chris received a B.S. from Towson State University and a M.S. in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University, both in Baltimore, MD. He is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE).

Chris resides in Maryland with his wife and four daughters.

Chris attended Maryland’s public schools and strives to give back to the community that afforded him an education. He is an active supporter of Roosevelt High School’s participation in the U.S. First, an annual competition whose mission is to generate an interest in science and engineering among today’s youth. He is also interested in skiing, sailing and golfing.

John Martin, Jr. President

As President of ProObject, John works closely with the CEO to execute ProObject’s strategy while also leading Marketing, Accounting, and Contracts functions within the firm. Since joining ProObject in 2000, he’s served as a Real-time/Embedded Systems Practice Leader, the Director of Technology, and Vice President.

John earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland at College Park and a M.S. from Johns Hopkins University. A member of the Institute of Electronic and Electrical Engineers (IEEE), he has a background in developing embedded, digital signal processing, and both mobile and signals intelligence solutions for Intelligence Community clients. He’s also a Project Management Professional (PMP) and a Certified Scrum Master (CSM).

A Washington, D.C. native, John strongly believes in ProObject’s mission to develop cyber security and signals intelligence solutions that secure our Nation. He takes great pride in getting to know our employees, developing their strengths, and offering them challenging opportunities where they will be successful. Together as a team, John believes we can solve any problem for our clients.

Jennifer Young Vice President

Jennifer is ProObject’s Vice President and Director of Security, a position she has held since 2005. After joining the firm in 1996, she’s held various positions throughout her tenure with ProObject. Jennifer brings over 35 years of experience supporting the Intelligence Community to her current role, working closely with the firm’s CEO to set our strategy and goals.

A proud member of the ProObject team, Jennifer is committed to supporting both our management and employees, whatever their requests may be.

David Gray Practice Leader

Since 2006, David has been the Enterprise and Cloud Technologies Practice Leader at ProObject, focused on developing a team of experts passionate about leading-edge Enterprise and Cloud Technologies capable of solving today’s hardest challenges. He started at the firm in 2000 after a seventeen-year career with the Department of Defense. Similar to other members of the leadership team, he started his career as a Software Engineer; he advanced to his current position by successfully identifying new opportunities and meeting new challenges as they were presented.

David earned a B.S. in Computer Science from the University Of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), a M.S. in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University, and a certificate in Leading Professional Service Firms from the Harvard Business School. He is a Certified Scrum Master (CSM), a Cloudera Certified Hadoop Developer (CCHD), a certified Sun Java Programmer, and an Object Oriented Analysis and Design Consultant.

John Paul Howell Practice Leader

With ProObject since 2002, John Paul has been the Real-Time and Embedded Systems Practice Leader for the past 10 years. He and his team provide solutions covering the areas of statistical data analysis and selection, video image processing, real-time system control, and the RF-to-baseband processing of several modern telecommunication signals.

John Paul earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Louisiana Tech and a M.S. in Electrical Engineering from The George Washington University, where he specialized in communications theory and minored in electromagnetic theory. He is also a Certified Scrum Master (CSM) and a long-time member of both the IEEE and the ACM. In addition to serving on the leadership team, John Paul also engages with his clients and performs technical work, while also actively mentoring his team members. Because of the great diversity of work available, it is always “exciting times” in the Real-Time and Embedded Systems Practice.

Jeffrey Kasakitis Practice Leader
Jeffrey J. Kasakitis

With ProObject Since 2021, Jeff Kasakitis serves as a Practice Leader overseeing National Security missions with the DoD providing project management and program management support. He and his team provide application design and development, user experience and user interface design, and data visualization solutions, and help ProObject’s customers create and convey important national security requirements, operations, and capabilities. 

Jeff Kasakitis earned a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Baltimore, where he specialized in marketing. In addition to serving on the leadership team, Jeff Kasakitis also engages in the firm’s strategic development of innovations programs and mentoring team members.

Tommy Rodriguez Practice Leader

With ProObject since 2011, Tommy now serves as the Human Language Technology Practice Leader. At the customer site, he also functions as the Task Leader for ProObject’s language research effort. A 22-year veteran of the U.S. Navy, Tommy has 30 years of experience working in numerous areas of the Intelligence Community, including duty stations in Misawa, Japan; Sabana Seca; Puerto Rico; Fort Meade, MD and onboard the USS Clark (FFG-11) as a Surface Warfare Officer. He holds a B.S. in Human Resource Management from University of Maryland-University College, and has taken numerous management and analyst courses throughout the Navy.

Tommy wants the customer to think of ProObject whenever a language requirement arises; therefore, he’s on a quest to build a virtual bench of language professionals that can be used “On Demand” as needed to step up and help our customers solve problems. Tommy and his team are well on their way to accomplishing this.