- The Washington Times - Sunday, September 4, 2005

Janice Morrow was one of the people involved in bringing the use of small unmanned aircraft systems under the control of the U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command last year.

When she retired, Col. Morrow looked for a way to keep working on her passion, and found it at Sentel Corp., an Alexandria engineering and software company.

Col.Morrow, retired from the Air Force Reserve, in the 1980s first learned of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), which are used in dangerous areas to determine if they are safe enough for humans.

“I was taken with these systems, I thought, ‘my goodness, these unmanned systems are able to fill a niche and go into what’s deemed “dull, dirty, dangerous” parts of the world we have to deal with,’” Col. Morrow said.

She received the Legion of Merit medal for her “visionary leadership” as chief of the Air Force’s Special Management Office for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. Col. Morrow retired from the Air Force and began as director of strategic initiatives at Sentel in July.

“Her leadership and experience in developing small unmanned systems requirements, as well as acquiring small unmanned aerial vehicles for the Air Force will help lead Sentel into new strategic areas,” said James F. Garrett, president of Sentel.

Col. Morrow is responsible for the company’s mission and determining what technology unmanned-vehicle operators will need in the short and long term. Sentel works with the military and private-sector clients.

“What I bring to the company and the engineers within our three divisions is experience in knowing what the operators’ requirements are,” she said.

Col. Morrow will rely on her experience as head of long-term strategic management for the Air Force special operations, who are the first to go into austere areas, to help Sentel determine what technology to develop next.

Col. Morrow’s 22-year Air Force career was mostly spent working with special ops and unmanned aerial vehicles, which provide officers with real-time data to limit casualties and provide information on the terrain.

Col. Morrow lives in Navarre, Fla., and spends time in Sentel’s office there and in Alexandria. She has four children: Nicholas, 17, Ashley, 15, Katie, 11, and Jared, 8.

— Jen Haberkorn

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