military careers at ssl

SSL is seeking individuals from the Armed Forces to bring their passion for knowledge, leadership and great work ethic to build the satellites of the future. Help us face the challenges of tomorrow with your skills and unique experiences. You will have the opportunity to thrive in an environment where our core values govern who we are and what we do.

We at SSL believe in:

  • Act With Integrity
  • Do It right
  • Learn, Apply, Improve
  • Make the Company Stronger

We are actively looking for ex-military personnel to fill positions within SSL, and we encourage you to visit our Employee Opportunities page. If you do not see a position that fits your background, and you are interested in SSL, please submit your resumes to for consideration. Continue to check our career site because new positions are added daily.

Meet Some Of Our Great People

Larry PageLarry Page, U.S. Air Force (Ret.), began working for SSL in October 1999 and has served the Telemetry and Command (T&C) database function within Systems Engineering during his entire 14-year tenure at the company. During that time, he has seen the T&C database infrastructure follow the evolution of SSL’s spacecraft architecture, from the heritage designs of the 1990s to the current Omega programs. He is the System Engineering department’s leading expert on the T&C databases, includin the relational database application used to manage the T&C databases for all our production satellite programs

Larry served in the US Air Force from 1986 to 1998, first as a foreign technology engineer/analyst and then as a program manager for the Air Force Electronic Systems Center. It was at Hanscom AFB that Larry first worked with satellite ground and airborne terminals, and first heard of the commercial satellite manufacturer that he would later work for. His experience leading a cross-functional team of military, civilian, and contractor personnel at Hanscom AFB would serve him well at SSL.

Christopher DuffinChristopher Duffin, U.S. Navy (Ret.), joined SSL in March 2011, working for the the Logistics team delivering satellites to various places around the world. Whether it be for testing or the final shipment to launch base, Christopher is always ensuring the safety of the satellite and its equipment wherever it needs to go.

During Christopher's service in the U.S. Navy from 1999 to 2009, he served in several tours of duty, including a tour in Japan serving on the USS Kitty Hawk CV-63. His daily duties on board were to train all personnel on basic firefighting skills, and he was also a part of the flying squad during fires and other on board emergencies. Christopher also served in San Diego aboard the USS Mustin DDG-89 as part of the commissioning crew before it became a Naval fighting war ship. While stationed in the Gulf of Iraq, Christopher was part of a Visit, Board, Search and Seizure (VBSS) team for all foreign vessels crossing the Gulf. On his last tour of duty he was an instructor for Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape (SERE).

maceo johnsonDavid Foulke, U.S. Air Force (Ret.), joined SSL in March 2012; he is the Business Area Director for Information Assurance. In this role, David oversees activities related to incorporating information assurance features into SSL products and services. Examples include satellite data encryption and computer network defense for products delivered to SSL customers.

During David’s military service, he learned a great deal about information assurance and the role cryptography plays in securing networks. Additionally, while on tour of duty at Onizuka Air Station in Sunnyvale, he served as the Test Director for multiple DoD and NASA research and development satellites. In this role, he learned about satellite operations and how to plan and execute space missions and operate space payloads. David also worked wtih SSL during his tour at Onizuka Air Station and while working as a SETA Support Contractor.