Phil Gordon incorporated Strategic Technical Services LLC (STS) in 2010 as a small group of highly specialized engineers providing support for the U. S. Navy’s Fleet Ballistic Missile Program via the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Crane Indiana. He has steadily grown STS since that time, establishing a virtual company with employees located across the United States working for commercial, aerospace, and Federal customers on projects from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, to the Kodiak Launch Complex in Kodiak, Alaska.
From 2000 to 2010, Mr. Gordon consulted to several large engineering firms engaged in supporting DoD agencies, primarily on strategic programs for the Navy and Missile Defense Agency. A primary area of interest and technology implementation for these customers was the development of capabilities to assemble component and subsystem models from various government contractors that used diverse engineering platforms into larger-scale models useful for in-service engineering investigations and product improvement initiatives.
From 1996 to 2000, Mr. Gordon was the Vice President of Engineering for a large composite product design and manufacturing company. His focus at that time was on the design and development of the first automated automotive test fixtures using carbon fiber structures with embedded sensors, robotic handling capabilities, and data export to statistical process control systems. These test fixtures were used by first-tier component manufacturers to take precise in-process measurements. The technologies that Mr. Gordon developed were patented and represented a quantum leap forward in product quality assessments for these clients and their customers as they were the first commercially available test fixtures able to achieve automotive industry reliability and repeatability standards.
Prior to this time, Mr. Gordon worked for the Naval Avionics Center for 12 years as a project manager of a team that designed and manufactured support equipment for the Fleet Ballistic Missile System. He came to the Naval Avionics Center after working for a consumer electronics manufacturing company that was entering the cellular mobile phone marketplace, where he developed his first patented product designs.