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Martin Bortolutti is a retired US Army Lieutenant Colonel and contributor for the Acamar Institute, offering systems engineering and technical end-user experience for Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD), Army Space, and Air Defense Artillery related topics emphasizing strategic, operational, and tactical planning, operations, and training.

As Operational, Readiness & Evaluation (ORE) Team Chief, and GMD Systems Engineer, he administered baseline training, certification, life cycle program support, and DoD systems engineering processes, architecture development, test plan development, and scenario coordination.

Martin worked as Missile Defense Officer (MDO) for the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and US Northern Command (NORTHCOM) where he monitored the joint global Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS) architecture and the Cheyenne Mountain Complex Integrated Tactical Warning/Attack Assessment (ITW/AA). He was among the first MDO group to initiate operational BMDS and GMD architecture, and to develop GMD integration into NORTHCOM and national-level exercises and established training programs and concepts of operations. He was also entrusted to supervise the development of GMD operations into operational procedures, training plans, and weapons release authorization (WRA) training to the NORTHCOM Commander and the US Secretary of Defense (SECDEF). In his capability as the MDO, Martin further determined the BMDS Protection Capability (PROCAP) for all of North America. 

Martin was also the Battalion Commander as well as Program Manager/Administrator for the 117th Space Battalion, providing space force enhancement, space situational awareness, and space control to the warfighter. He is an expert in satellite communications (SATCOM), missile warning, intelligence, surveillance & reconnaissance (ISR), environmental monitoring (i.e. “space weather”), Global Positioning System (GPS), and positioning, navigation and timing (PNT).

Martin Bortolutti can look back at 8 years of GMD experience as an end-user/GMD operator of which he spent 5 years as Director of a GMD crew with the 100th Missile Defense Brigade (GMD). In this position he conducted numerous exercises and wargames and implemented plans/orders to defend the United States against intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) attacks and formulated operational crisis & combat contingencies for North Korean missile events between 2006-2017.

Martin was also a Special Forces Detachment Commander in Colorado for 2 years. He was nominated for Missile Defender of the Year and is a well-known commodity in the GMD community. Martin has extensive systems engineering experience with GMD, the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) and Fortune 500 companies.


He holds a M.A. in Economics from the University of Oklahoma and a B.A. in Political Science from San Diego State University, where he was a Distinguished Military Graduate. He has certificates in Project Management and Six Sigma Green Belt from Syracuse University. Martin is a graduate of the US Army Command and General Staff College, Space 300 (Executive Capstone), 200, & 100, National Security Space Institute (NSSI), Air University, Space Operations Officer Qualification Course (SOOQC), Functional Area 40 – Space Operations, GMD Advanced & Basic Courses (Honor Graduate), GMD Test & Exercise Center (GTEC), Command & Control, Battle Management and Communications (C2BMC) Training Course, NATO Reserve Officers Course, Air Defense Officer Advance Course (Honor Graduate), Air Assault School (Honor Graduate), Ranger, and Airborne Schools.

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