A native of California, and prior enlisted Sailor in the Advanced Electrical Programs,
Mr. Haines earned a BS degree in Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy with disciplines
in Ocean, Systems & Aeronautics. He was the first-ever Brigade Sargent Major of
the Naval Academy. His advanced education includes the Defense Acquisition University,
USAF Special Operations University (now JSOU), the Army Command and General Staff
College, and Program Management Institute.
Mr. Haines has more than 24 years’ experience in unmanned systems, acquisition program
management, joint and naval operations. His active duty Navy experience includes
managing the Operations, Training & Readiness for MH-60S during Fleet Introduction,
Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) programs for Commander Naval Special Warfare Command,
Co-Author of the JCS JUAS CONOPs (and SOF Annexes). As Director of International
UAS Integration and Airspace Operations, commanded over 100 aerial systems, 140 flight
crews, 6000 Class A mishap-free sorties on four continents supporting humanitarian,
disaster, security & testing. Mr. Haines was qualified Navy Diver, Parachutist,
Submariner, and Unrestricted Naval Aviator (Fixed & Rotary Wing).
In December 2012, he retired from active duty after sustained combat injuries and
has served as an Associate and Consultant with Nexutech on several projects and is
publicly active in moderation panels and speaking engagements for AUVSI and ISOA
with Universities and Industry Seminars on the Integration of Unmanned Systems in
As a volunteer, he serves the State of Virginia as the AUVSI STEM Coordinator with
the Hampton Roads Chapter.