Cory Mills | Executive Chairman

Mr. Mills is the Founder and Executive Chairman for PACEM Solutions International LLC. Since PACEM's inception in 2014, Mr. Mills leadership has provided the baseline for PACEM’s rapid growth and expansion into multiple global markets and locations to include Iraq, Afghanistan, Ukraine, Pakistan, DRC, and Malaysia. Prior to PACEM’s inception, Mr. Mills held multiple Senior and Executive positions with other US defense contract organizations. Mr. Mills honorably served in the United States Army and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Sciences from American Military University, where he is also a candidate for master’s degree in International Relations and Conflict resolution.

Andrew Knaggs  | Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Knaggs currently serves as Chief Executive Officer for PACEM Solutions International. Just prior to joining PACEM in 2020, Mr. Knaggs was a Republican candidate for U.S. Congress in the 7th District of Virginia. From 2017 to 2019, Mr. Knaggs served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Combating Terrorism in the Trump Administration, where he led the Department of Defense's global policies and authorities for special operations, counterterrorism, irregular warfare, and information operations. Earlier in his career, Mr. Knaggs founded a Washington, D.C.-based law firm where he advised small business clients on strategic growth and corporate legal matters. He is also a decorated combat veteran with multiple deployments in direct support of the Global War on Terror, who received the Bronze Star Medal for combat actions while serving as a U.S. Army Special Forces officer in command of a team of Green Berets. Mr. Knaggs earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point and a Juris Doctor degree from William & Mary Law School. He is a member of the District of Columbia Bar.

Joseph Schmitz | Chief Legal Officer

Joseph E. Schmitz currently serves as the PACEM Solutions International Chief Legal Officer. Previously, Mr. Schmitz served as the fifth Senate-confirmed Inspector General of the Department of Defense from April 2002 to September 2005.  As such, he was agency head of the most expansive Inspector General organization in the world, with statutory policy oversight responsibility for roughly 60,000 auditors, investigators, inspectors, law enforcement officers, and oversight professionals throughout the Department of Defense. Mr. Schmitz graduated with distinction from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1978, and received his Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from Stanford University in 1986.  

Rana Alsaadi | Executive Vice Chairman

Mrs. Alsaadi is the Co-founder and Executive Vice Chairman for PACEM Solutions International LLC. As Co-founder, Mrs. Alsaadi has been instrumental in rapid growth and expansion of the PACEM organization. Prior to PACEM’s inception, Mrs. Alsaadi held multiple Senior Executive positions and served with the US Department of State as a Cultural Advisor and the US Department of Defense as a Translator/Analyst in Iraq. Mrs. Alsaadi holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Baghdad University and received her Executive Master of Business Administration from Georgetown University.

Kenneth Christo | President, PACEM Defense

Mr. Christo serves as President for PACEM Defense LLC, PACEM Solutions International’s munitions manufacturing affiliate. Mr. Christo has served in PACEM as an executive since 2019 and brings over 33 years of distinguished government service to PACEM Defense. First enlisting in the U.S. Marine Corps, he spent most of his 23-year career in Marine Reconnaissance and Special Operations. After retirement, Mr. Christo went on to serve as a Special Agent with the Department of State’s Diplomatic Security where he conducted criminal investigations, protected U.S. missions and personnel worldwide, and served on the Secretary of State’s Protective Detail. Mr. Christo brings a wealth of experiences and leadership that are both timely and relevant to today’s changing world. Mr. Christo graduated from Saint Leo’s University with a degree in Criminal Justice and Homeland Security, and is currently completing his Master of Business Administration from Frostburg State University.


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