Johns Hopkins APL names Patrick Binning mission area executive for National Security Space
Patrick Binning has been named mission area executive for National Security Space at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in Laurel, Maryland, APL announced July 21. In this role, Binning is responsible for APL programs that focus on space solutions to critical national security challenges.
National Security Space, one of 11 mission areas at APL, provides innovative engineering, advanced technology development and technical advice to organizations within the national security community.
Staff members working in National Security Space develop and conduct innovative experimental missions, build space instruments, and produce applications to meet warfighter needs. The mission area leverages expertise and accomplishments from the Laboratory’s civilian space programs to address national security space capability gaps and needs. It also collaborates with other APL mission areas that share a deep understanding of intelligence community and warfighter needs.
“Patrick’s wide range of experience and recognized expertise in national security space missions and programs make him an excellent choice for this role,” said Michael Ryschkewitsch, head of APL’s Space Exploration Sector.
Binning has nearly 25 years of experience in program management, research and development, technology transfer, satellite operations and executive management in the aerospace field. Before his new post he managed intelligence community programs within the National Security Space mission area.
Binning joined APL in 2014, after serving as head of the Mission Management Office at the Naval Research Laboratory. He has also managed programs and directed research for the Missile Defense Agency, Office of the Secretary of Defense and National Reconnaissance Office, and served as Fellow in the Department of Commerce Science and Technology Fellowship program.
He holds doctorate and master’s degrees in aerospace engineering from the University of Colorado, Boulder; he earned a bachelor’s in aerospace engineering from the University of Cincinnati, Ohio. Binning is a recognized domain expert, and presents and speaks regularly at national and international space and missile defense symposiums and conferences.