Written by: Angelica Reyes
Pete Trainer is a noted defense executive and career Air Force officer currently serving as the Vice President and General Manager of the Air & Space Force Solutions business area within the Intelligence & Security (I&S) sector of BAE Systems, Inc.
At BAE Systems, he leads a business unit that provides the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Space Force, and combatant commands with innovative solutions to help modernize, maintain, test, and cyberharden aircraft, radars, missile, and space systems. His group also provides systems engineering and integration (SE&I) to multi-domain systems that augment national security.
Pete joined BAE Systems in May 2018, after overseeing business development, management, and strategy for SAIC’s $220 million Air Force Operations unit. 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 duty in Satellite C2, as USSPACECOM’s Space Control Lead, and an assignment to the Air Force’s Legislative Liaison staff, advocating for space, intelligence, and missile programs to Congress. Mr. Trainer helped lead 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 supporting the nation’s defense and intelligence communities extends beyond the workplace. He currently serves as the Executive Secretary of the Board of Directors (EXCOM) of The Space Foundation, the Board of Directors of the National Defense Industrial Association, and the Board of Advisors (past President) for The Citadel’s School of Humanities and Social Sciences. He is also 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 from The Citadel, an Executive Certificate in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School and is a graduate of the Air War College.