Sierra Nevada Corporation hires national security expert Church Hutton to Washington, D.C. office

SPARKS, Nev., November 01, 2017 – Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) announces an addition to its Washington, D.C. office, bringing aboard Church Hutton as Senior Director for Legislative Affairs. 

Hutton held senior positions on the Senate Armed Services and Appropriations Committees and  brings more than 12 years of bipartisan Capitol Hill experience in national security budgeting and policy. He most recently served on the professional staff of the Senate Appropriations Defense Subcommittee, where he was responsible for recommending program funding for the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps totaling nearly $150 billion in annual appropriations.    

“Church brings a reputation for collaboration, expertise in defense matters, and deep knowledge of the legislative process,” said SNC’s Vice President of Strategic Planning, Mike Meermans. 

“I look forward to communicating SNC’s innovative capabilities to Congress and helping align our work with the needs of our customers and Congressional oversight bodies,” Hutton said. “Ultimately, our mission is to deliver the best possible product, be it a space vehicle, military aircraft or IED jammer to American scientists and service members, while minimizing cost to taxpayers. Innovators built this country and this company; I’m grateful to SNC owners Fatih and Eren Ozmen and the whole team for this opportunity.”

Hutton earned a Bachelor of Science in business & management from Johns Hopkins University and a master’s in public policy from George Mason University. He was a member of the Council on Foreign Relations Congressional Foreign Policy Study Group and the Stennis Center for Public Service Leadership Program. He was a fellow for the Center for New American Security’s Next Generation National Security Leaders Program and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Seminar XXI.

Hutton has served 19 years as a non-commissioned officer and officer in the Army Reserve, including on joint and geographic combatant command staffs and two combat tours in Iraq. He is a fourth generation United States soldier.

About Sierra Nevada Corporation
Recognized as one of “The World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Space,” Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) provides customer-focused advanced technology solutions in the areas of space, aviation, electronics and systems integration. SNC’s diverse technologies are used in applications including space exploration and satellites, aircraft integrations, navigation and guidance systems, threat detection and security, scientific research and infrastructure protection. Founded in 1963 and headquartered in Sparks, Nevada, SNC operates under the leadership of owners, CEO Fatih Ozmen and President Eren Ozmen, with a workforce of more than 3,000 personnel in 34 locations in 19 U.S. states, England, Germany and Turkey providing global support to customers.

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