Who We Are
Director of Defense Programs
For more than 30 years, Abu Talib, IEM’s Director of Defense Programs, has provided technical and programmatic leadership to Department of Defense (DOD) research and development acquisition programs, including both programs of record and quick-reaction capabilities. His work includes providing program, engineering, and technical support to the DOD Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical and Biological Defense (JPEO CBD) and supporting the Program Executive Office for Assembled Chemical Weapons Alternatives (PEO ACWA) through systems engineering, facility startup, operational assessments, and risk management. He is an expert in programmatic risk management for transitioning mature systems and technologies (Technology Readiness Levels 5–6) to engineering and manufacturing stages.
In 2012, Talib was recognized by PEO ACWA for exceptional leadership in assessing cost and schedule risks and ensuring compliance with federal cost management regulations.
Prior to joining IEM, Talib held senior management positions at Noblis, Mitretek Systems, and the MITRE Corporation, where he established a portfolio of national defense and homeland security programs providing science, technology, and engineering support to critical chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) defense programs. In addition to his extensive experience with DOD acquisition and IT programs, Talib has also provided technical support to the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Energy on CBRN defense and alternative energy systems programs. He has led numerous international collaborations, including an initiative between Japan and China to demilitarize abandoned chemical weapons, and several missions to help Egypt, India, Indonesia, and Pakistan to develop feasible, country-specific alternative energy solutions.
Talib holds master’s and bachelor’s degrees in Chemical Engineering, and is a member of the Association of the United States Army and the National Defense Industrial Association.