A Look into David Appel, Vice President of Amazon Web Services

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David Appel, Vice President of National Security at AWS

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David Appel is the incumbent Vice President of National Security at Amazon Web Services (AWS). His role entails taking charge of the cloud-computing branch that supports the national security community.

Appel leverages more than 30 years of experience in the defense sector for private, commercial, and federal government customers. Get to know more about David Appel.

Who is David Appel?

David Appel assumed the position of Vice President of National Security at Amazon Web Services in June 2022. A Raytheon Technologies veteran, he has extensive competence in utilizing artificial intelligence, modern software tools, and machine-learning services for defense technology, intelligence, and related services.

Appel is a natural leader adept in program leadership, financing, business development and execution, managing digital solutions, mission system modernization, surveillance support, range and infrastructure solutions, and global mission operations and defense.

David Appel finished his bachelor’s degree in Accounting at Pennsylvania State University in 1992. He earned his Master of Business Administration in Logistics and Operations Management from The George Washington University School of Business in 1998.

Appel also took certification courses related to leadership and management. He finished his Certificate in Advanced Management Program from the National Defense University – Information Resources Management College in 2003. Appel also earned a Certificate in Senior Executive Fellows from the Harvard Kennedy School in 2012.

Leadership and Expertise Background

As Vice President for Raytheon’s Intelligence and Space business, Appel was responsible for modernizing and sustaining command and control, weather and ground systems, cyber, DevSeCops, and Agile Development.

As the previous Vice President of Raytheon’s Defense and Civil Solutions (DCS), a product line built for command and control, intelligence, and space and weather portfolios, David Appel is able to prove his expertise in programs and solutions for the Department of Defense and federal, civil, and international governments.

Appel’s 28-year stint at Raytheon Technologies includes the following work experiences:

  • Vice President of C2 Solutions, from July 2019 to April 2020
  • Senior Director of Mission Support and Modernization – Mission Systems, from January 2017 to June 2019
  • Senior Director of Mission Support and Modernization – Global Mission Operations, from September 2014 to December 2016
  • Senior Director of Mission Support Solutions – Defense and Federal, from March 2014 to September 2014
  • Senior Director of  Mission Support Solutions – Defense, from September 2013 to March 2014
  • Senior Director of  Surveillance, Range, and Infrastructure Solutions, from April 2012 to August 2013
  • Senior Director of Operations, Training, and Logistics, from April 2011 to May 2012
  • Director of UK Government and Defense Training, from 2006 to March 2011
  • Staff Executive, from November 2004 to November 2006
  • Program Manager, from 2000 to November 2004
  • Functional Specialist and Manager, from May 1994 to 2000Besides his work as Amazon’s Web Services’ Vice President of National Security, David Appel recently rejoined Virginia Tech National Security Institute’s advisory board.

Besides his work as Amazon’s Web Services’ Vice President of National Security, David Appel rejoined Virginia Tech National Security Institute’s advisory board. In this role, he is helping the organization in becoming the United States’ most distinguished academic center of interdisciplinary research, technology policy, and talent development to further national security. Appel is also a member of the board of directors for the Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA).

David Appel’s Awards

Appel has also garnered awards that reflect his competence in the defense solutions industry. Some of his accolades include Raytheon’s Program Leadership Award of 2008 and the Leadership Award – Competitive Advantage of 2015.

David Appel is a qualified Raytheon Six Sigma Specialist. He continues to exercise his knowledge and skills to bolster his leadership portfolio.

About Amazon Web Services

Amazon Web Services

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Amazon Web Services is a cloud-computing platform designed by Amazon that provides on-demand services and application programming interfaces (APIs) to individuals, companies, and the government on a metered, pay-as-you-go basis.

Amazon Web Services provides various services used for networking, computing, storage, middleware, IOT, and processing capacities and to classify and declassify intelligence. Notable AWS products include Amazon Connect, Amazon Chime, Amazon Lambda, Amazon EC2 (Elastic Cloud computing), and more.

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