BlueHalo Recently Awarded Army RCCTO HIVE Contract for the Development of Offensive Swarming UAS


BlueHalo was recently awarded an initial $14M contract for the development of a HIVE small Unmanned Aircraft System (sUAS) architecture by the US Army Rapid Capabilities and Critical Technologies Office (RCCTO). BlueHalo will provide the Army with a transformational sUAS autonomous swarming capability not currently available to the warfighter. BlueHalo will leverage resources and expertise across the company to deliver unmatched Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning (AI/ML) swarm logic capabilities, communications systems, and evolving technologies within an operationally driven system-of-systems framework. This integrated “HIVE” of proprietary, U.S.-made and manufactured sUAS platforms will provide the warfighter with improved mission efficiency, sensor performance, and a reduction in cognitive workload.

“We are thrilled to continue our partnership with LTG L. Neil Thurgood and RCCTO to deliver transformative warfighter capabilities in the form of sUAS,” said Jonathan Moneymaker, CEO of BlueHalo. “Our customers continue to turn to BlueHalo to achieve what has never been done before and HIVE is another excellent example of utilizing BlueHalo’s capabilities to do just that.  I am incredibly proud of the team’s success and am excited about how we continue to redefine what is possible through inspired engineering.”

BlueHalo has extensive technical experience delivering state-of-the-art capabilities with all aspects of unmanned and counter-unmanned systems including R&D, engineering, fabrication and prototyping, systems development, integration, and test activities. BlueHalo offers a range of proprietary, U.S.-made and manufactured unmanned air system platforms, custom payloads, novel applications, and sUAS systems.

“We are extremely excited to help RCCTO and the Army realize this new, transformational capability,” said Jimmy Jenkins, President and General Manager of BlueHalo’s Defense Systems Sector.  “We are fully committed to ensuring we deliver this solution to the warfighter in the very near future.”


BlueHalo Solidifies Leading Position in Counter-UAS with Acquisition of Citadel Defense


BlueHalo (the “Company”), a leading provider of advanced engineering solutions and technology to the national security community, today announced it has acquired Citadel Defense Company (“Citadel”).

Headquartered in San Diego, CA, Citadel develops advanced counter-unmanned aerial systems (“cUAS”) technology utilized by customers within the Department of Defense and Intelligence Community, as well as civilian, commercial, and international markets.  Founded in 2016, Citadel’s team of engineers and data scientists has developed best-of-breed cUAS products that leverage proprietary artificial intelligence and machine learning (“AI/ML”) algorithms to enable operators to locate drone threats, track flight paths, and autonomously neutralize threats. Citadel’s industry-leading solutions create a distinct operational advantage for servicemen and servicewomen on the front lines. When defending against drone swarms and difficult-to-detect threats, Citadel’s AI/ML-powered systems allow operators to identify and terminate enemy UAS threats with unmatched speed, accuracy, and reliability.

BlueHalo is a rapidly expanding national security platform with market-leading capabilities spanning directed energy, cUAS, space superiority, space technology, advanced radio frequency, autonomy, and cyber and signals intelligence (SIGINT).  The acquisition of Citadel complements BlueHalo’s directed energy and layered perimeter defense capabilities where the company delivers a full suite of products including the Locust Laser Weapon System and Argus Perimeter Security Solution.  Citadel’s cUAS capabilities coupled with BlueHalo’s existing portfolio of proprietary technology will uniquely enable the company to deliver multi-modal, unified cUAS solutions that support the warfighter and protect critical infrastructure.

“Citadel has established itself as a leader in the cUAS market and continues to innovate at a pace necessary to stay ahead of the rapidly evolving threat environment.  We are incredibly excited to partner with the Citadel team as we continue to expand our cUAS capabilities and deliver transformative, market leading solutions to our customers,” said Jonathan Moneymaker, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of BlueHalo. “The combination of Citadel and BlueHalo’s unique technologies, deep mission intimacy, and systematic approach to innovation will accelerate our technology roadmap and allow us to rapidly field technologies critical to the warfighter.”

David Wodlinger, a Partner at Arlington Capital Partners, said “The increasing sophistication and widespread availability of UAS represents a critical and growing threat vector that will increasingly become a top priority for more and more organizations. Citadel has developed an innovative cUAS solution that we believe counters this threat in a differentiated way, positioning the Company to capture an outsized share of this large and growing market.”

Chris Williams, CEO of Citadel, shared “Under the BlueHalo platform, our new and existing customers will benefit from an expanded set of capabilities, talent, and resources to achieve greater mission impact.  We are excited to join an innovative company that we know will continue to push the boundaries of what is possible.”

Henry Albers, a Vice President at Arlington Capital Partners, said “The Citadel team is passionate about developing cutting-edge technology to address novel security threats, making this acquisition an excellent fit from a cultural perspective. We are excited to welcome these talented engineers to the organization as well as incorporate Citadel’s technology into BlueHalo’s rapidly expanding portfolio of proprietary solutions.”

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter, and Hampton served as legal counsel to BlueHalo.  Duff and Phelps Securities, LLC served as financial advisor, Winston and Strawn served as legal counsel to Citadel Defense.


BlueHalo Appoints Jimmy Jenkins as President and General Manager of Air and Missile Defense and C4ISR Sector


BlueHalo welcomes Jimmy Jenkins as the new Sector President and General Manager of Air and Missile Defense and C4ISR. Jenkins comes to BlueHalo with nearly three decades of military experience culminating as the Deputy Commander for the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command as well as an extensive background leading transformational growth in industry. At BlueHalo, he will apply his knowledge in air and missile defense, space systems, unmanned aerial systems (UAS), command and control systems, and operations research to oversee the operation of his sector to solve challenges facing the National Security market.  In this role, Jimmy will report to Katie Selbe, BlueHalo Chief Operating Officer (COO).

“We are thrilled to have Jimmy leading the team and scaling the business to provide greater impact to the warfighter. His diverse background spanning military, large business and small business will be critical to creating an innovative and agile culture,” said Katie Selbe, BlueHalo COO.

“I am honored and humbled at the opportunity to lead this great team. Building upon BlueHalo’s uniquely differentiated capabilities and outstanding organizational culture will enable us to develop and deliver future capabilities critical to our customers enduring needs,” said Jimmy Jenkins, newly appointed Sector President and General Manager of Air and Missile Defense and C4ISR.

“I’m very excited to be welcoming Jimmy to join Katie and the rest of the operations team,” said Jonathan Moneymaker, Chief Executive Officer of BlueHalo. “Jimmy’s military and industry background will best position the Sector to execute recent and future growth and continue to evolve the organization to the next level of sophistication.”


BlueHalo Names Katie Selbe as Chief Operating Officer


BlueHalo welcomes seasoned leader, Katie Selbe, to the role of Chief Operating Officer (COO). Selbe brings to this role a wealth of industry knowledge and a proven track record of leading large organizations with operational excellence. BlueHalo will rely on Selbe’s extensive experience leading diverse portfolios of programs and solutions to sustain and enhance its mission of providing industry leading capabilities in the domains of Space Superiority and Directed Energy, Air & Missile Defense and C4ISR, and Cyber and Intelligence.

“It’s fantastic to welcome Katie to the BlueHalo executive leadership team,” said Jonathan Moneymaker, Chief Executive Officer of BlueHalo. “Katie’s focus on customer success, program delivery and growth, and cross organizational synergy will create tremendous value as we build a long-term, sustainable platform in the national security market.”

As COO, Selbe will serve as a key member of the senior executive leadership team and be responsible for day-to-day program execution and organic expansion companywide.

“Following the company’s incredible launch year, it is a very exciting time to join the BlueHalo team as Chief Operating Officer,” said Katie Selbe, newly appointed COO of BlueHalo. “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work alongside Moneymaker and the rest of the executive team, lead an exceptionally talented employee base, and support critical customer missions with innovative technology and solutions.”