Dr. Paul Hartman
As president of RGBSI Aerospace & Defense LLC, Dr. Hartman's leadership propels the company to unparalleled success. In this capacity, he is responsible for all RGBSI A&D executive-level client engagement within the United States Department of Defense, including the development of agency-specific engineering and manufacturing portfolio strategies. Dr. Hartman also serves as the contract principal investigator responsible for the design, development, demonstration, and delivery of the groundbreaking Defense Logistic Agency Digital Sustainment Platform—a cloud-based architecture that revolutionizes the secure bi-directional exchange of digital twin/digital thread model-based sustainment artifacts between DoD Services and DLA’s multi-indentured supply chain network.
Dr. Hartman's vision extends beyond the confines of his professional accomplishments. Alongside his esteemed partner, Shweta Kumar, he co-founded RGBSI Aerospace & Defense LLC in April 2020. This SBA-certified Minority Women-Owned Business specializes in developing advanced tools and software, empowering small- and medium-sized manufacturers to compete with industry giants. Notably, their outstanding achievements include leveraging an $80 million commercial engineering portfolio for esteemed automakers such as Ford, GM, and Chrysler, resulting in a remarkable $100 million growth strategy for the Department of Defense.
Dr. Hartman’s education includes a B.S. from the University of Maryland, an M.A. from the University of Dayton, an M.S. and Ph.D. from the Air Force Institute of Technology Graduate School of Engineering and Management, and a certificate in executive leadership development from the University of Notre Dame. Meanwhile, Shweta Kumar is on the cusp of completing her doctorate in engineering at George Washington University, further enriching the wealth of knowledge within RGBSI A&D.
With more than 35 years of professional experience supporting the U.S. Department of Defense, most recently as director of the U.S. Air Force Center for Operational Analysis, Dr. Hartman led a team of more than 100 multidisciplinary Ph.D. analysts focused on providing quantitatively defensible solutions to some of the U.S. Department of Defense’s most complex issues. Dr. Hartman’s honorarium includes five U.S. Department of Defense Meritorious Service Medals and the Department of the Air Force Meritorious Civilian Service Award.
Such achievements have garnered widespread admiration, leading to Dr. Hartman's selection as a moderator of the DoD Senior Leader Panel on Organic Industrial Base Modernization at the renowned 2022 Defense Manufacturing Conference, where he also delivered a captivating spotlight presentation. Most recently, Dr. Hartman was a key panelist on the “Building a Resilient Supply Chain” panel at the DLA Supply Chain Alliance Conference and Exhibition 2023. With over 1000 attendees, Dr. Hartman shared his knowledge and perspective, setting the tone for continued alliances with government and industry while addressing joint challenges in our supply chain.