Our People

Our leadership is dedicated to the growth of our company and to expanding our capabilities and relationships with new and existing customers.


Mike Kushin

President and Chief Executive Officer

Mike Kushin is President and Chief Executive Officer of BlackHorse Solutions, a leading provider of products and services to the national security and critical business community. As CEO he is responsible for leading the direction of the company and delivering capabilities with excellence to our customers. Mike brings over 30 years of highly specialized experience delivering capabilities to the Defense Department and Intelligence Community in three core areas: cyber technology solutions, digital signals processing development, and mission applications.

Tim Newberry

Chief Strategy Officer

As the Chief Strategy Officer and Founder of BlackHorse Solutions, Tim is responsible for setting and executing strategy to drive company growth in relevant markets, as well as partnering with functional leaders throughout the company to understand strategic interests and priorities and ensure competitive positioning. He has co-founded three other technology solutions companies in the last 10 years and has been leading innovative program creation within the US Defense, Security, Intelligence, and Commercial communities for nearly 20 years.

Paul Stefanski

Chief Technology Officer

Paul is responsible for setting and executing the vision for aligning BlackHorse's technology innovation and R&D efforts towards company growth. He is an industry leader in the area of Radio Frequency with over 30 years of experience in both the US Government and Industry and led the development of a wide array of cutting edge software for various DoD customers, including one of the first successful commercial Counter-Drone capabilities, the first Multi-Domain SIGINT enabled Electronic Attack system, and a Machine Learning application for Tactical SIGINT applications.

Board of Advisors

John Mulholland

Lieutenant General US Army (R)

John F. Mulholland is a career U.S. Army Special Forces officer and retired Lieutenant General. Now an independent consultant, he works with people and organizations seeking to bring new capabilities and ideas to national security challenges. He is a Distinguished Member of the First Special Force Regiment, and a Furman University Distinguished Alumnus.

Craig Nixon

Brigadier General US Army (R)

Craig Nixon is a retired Army Brigadier General, CEO and entrepreneur. After retiring from the military he joined McChrystal Group as one of the original partners, and then served as the CEO of ACADEMI and Constellis Group – a global leader in security and training. In 2017 he was inducted into the Ranger Hall of fame and Auburn University Montgomery's Top 50 Alumni.

Frank Cilluffo

Director, McCrary Institute for Cyber and Critical Infrastructure Security

Frank J. Cilluffo is the director of Auburn University’s McCrary Institute and previously founded and directed the Center for Cyber & Homeland Security at George Washington University. Following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, he was appointed as a Special Assistant to the President for Homeland Security where he worked on a wide range of homeland security and counterterrorism strategies and policies. He was recently nominated by Congress to serve on the Cyber Solarium Commission and serves on the Department of Homeland Security’s Advisory Council.

Melissa Hathaway

President, Hathaway Global Strategies

Melissa Hathaway is the president of Hathaway Global Strategies LLC and a leading expert in cyberspace policy and cybersecurity. She previously served in two U.S. presidential administrations, as a board member for various organizations, and as a strategic advisor to several public and private companies. Melissa brings a unique combination of policy and technical expertise that intersects across government policy, emerging technology trends, and economic drivers impacting acquisition and business development strategy in the cybersecurity field.

Dr. Scott Goldstein

Major General, Mobilization Assistant to the Under Secretary of the Air Force

Dr. Scott Goldstein has published over 100 peer-reviewed written works, and holds 5 U.S. patents on advanced topics in detection theory, information theory, data compression, ISR and communications systems. He is also a Major General in the Air Force assigned in reserve capacity as the Mobilization Assistant to the Under Secretary, an IEEE Fellow, and a member of the Army Science Board, the National Academies' Intelligence Science and Technology Experts Group (ISTEG), and the JSOC Science & Technology Task Force.

Bob Giesler

National Security Consultant

Bob Giesler most recently served as the Director of Strategy Coordination at the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD). In this role, he was the DoD lead for an interagency program designed to develop common strategies and activities against key national priorities. Prior to that, he served as the Chief of Strategy and Plans at the DoD Strategic Capabilities Office and was responsible for the development of capabilities to enhance deterrence, crisis management, and warfighting with emphasis on cyber, SOF, and information operations solutions.