About Doug Denneny, CEO and Founder
Doug has had a very successful career as a naval officer, defense industry executive, consultant, lobbyist, and entrepreneur.
After graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy with a degree in aerospace engineering, Doug served for the next 22 years as a naval flight officer in the F-14 Tomcat and F/A-18 Super Hornet aircraft. He worked his way from junior officer to department head to commanding officer of a Tomcat and Super Hornet Squadron and amassed over 3500 hours in navy fighters during conflicts ranging from Iraq, to Somalia to Libya. He was highly decorated for valor in combat, earning the Distinguished Flying Cross.
He was also honored to be selected as a TOPGUN instructor and a national finalist for a White House Fellowship. He was a defense legislative fellow for Senator McCain in his capitol hill office, and a legislative assistant and special assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He attended Oxford University while pursuing his masters degree in National Security Studies from Georgetown University and earned a certificate in Legislative Studies from Georgetown’s Government Affairs Institute. Doug was a fellow for MIT’s Seminar 21 in National Security and was promoted to the rank of Captain before transitioning from the Navy to the Boeing Company.
At Boeing, Doug was the manager of the F/A-18 and EA-18G programs for their Washington Operations office and worked closely with Boeing in St. Louis to sell the third Multi-Year Procurement of F/A-18s and EA-18s to the Navy and to Congress. Doug was key to planning and delivering a comprehensive business development, government relations and communications plan targeted at DC customers that resulted in billions of dollars of revenue for Boeing. This is where Doug learned the art of selling and engaging customers from his fellow professionals at Boeing.
Doug ran for US Congress in Northern Virginia in 2008, where he competed in a contested primary for an open seat. During the demanding ten-month campaign, he learned invaluable life lessons, experiences and made wonderful friendships.
Doug was hired by MBDA Missile Systems in 2009 to help grow their US business, MBDA Incorporated. Originally hired as the VP for Government Relations, over the next six years Doug also became the VP of Business Development and VP Communications, holding all three positions at the same time. He was also a member of the Board of Directors of the company.
As the owner of all three VP positions, Doug had the ability to understand and learn how these important tasks can be integrated seamlessly, including the mastery of social media to bind the messages together. He was able to defend hundreds of millions of dollars of company revenue in coordination with Lockheed Martin for the Army’s MEADS missile program on Capitol Hill. Most recently, Doug artfully constructed the MBDA Brimstone Missile capture campaign where he secured over $20M in Congressional funding leading to a contract with Boeing for the Brimstone missile integration program for the Navy.
Doug used his GI Bill benefits to earn an MBA from the Darden School of Business at UVA, where he was the Henry E. McWane merit scholar and where he started CoAspire.
In May, 2015, Doug left MBDA to build CoAspire into a premier Federal Contracting, IT/Cyber, Government Relations, Business Development and Communications company.
Doug lives in Fairfax, Virginia with his wife Stacey, a fellow executive and equity partner at CoAspire. They have two children, a daughter and a son who are both attending college in Virginia. Doug’s free time revolves around his family’s activities and as a volunteer Vice President of the National Capital Council of the Navy League, on the Leadership Committee of United Through Reading, for the Corsair squadron of the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps, and as a member of the Scarlet and Gold Committee for the U.S. Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation. He also enjoys running, US history, and anything to do with baseball, politics, current events, aerospace and defense, and cybersecurity.
Stacey and Doug Denneny, US Capitol