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Joe Ficalora has served as a team lead for various product emergency "tiger" teams spanning 20 years. These include satellite systems failing within weeks of launch dates, yet still meeting the launch window, and Fleet missile system failures delaying departure of a top Navy Fleet.

He served as the Program Manager for a first-of-a-kind Fiber Optic Rate Gyro (FORG). This extremely small fiber optic gyro was built and demonstrated in the customer's application within a very high-pressure schedule commitment. A commendation letter was written for rapid delivery and deployment meeting schedule.

He was the Program Manager for the RLG Development Program for three years, which included directing the design, development, and build of three different RLG inertial sensors with a $MM budget authority. Those sensors were delivered to space, launch vehicle, underwater, and land navigation systems. Those internal customers competed and sold systems to large program wins, including the IRIDIUM communication satellite program, the DELTA II launch vehicle avionics upgrade, and the Improved Fire Control System upgrade to the Multiple Launch Rocket System.