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GKS Team


Insightful, committed, experienced, and skillful. These are the skills that the team at GKS possess. We work with our clients and partners to consistently deliver desired results. Our team brings the ingenuity to operate within flexible environments in the intelligence community, military, and private sectors. Our executives are well trained when it comes to working in sensitive environments. All of our executive team and most of our staff hold active security clearances.


Our team understands requirements. We take on your goals and objectives as our own. Embracing this philosophy, our staff applies talent, expertise, and dedication to significantly contribute to the success of your organization!

Our Leadership Team

Antonio Johnson

President / CEO

Antonio Johnson

President / CEO

Mr. Antonio Johnson is the founder, President and CEO, and sole owner of GlobalKynect Solutions. Mr. Johnson is responsible for managing GlobalKynect Solutions client accounts, profitability, and growth of the company, and the development of staff as well as the overall strategic direction of the organization.


Mr. Johnson served as a US Army Senior Officer for 23+ years. As a combat veteran, he has held numerous assignments such as a member of the US Army Inspector General Intelligence Oversight Division,as a voting member on a NATO baseboard planning committee, and as oversight on Kandahar Airfield infrastructure projects. In these positions, he has had experience with conducting systemic and regulatory inspections of programs including information, physical, personnel, technical and industrial security, threat reporting and awareness, operations security and information assurance; the analysis of security and intelligence oversight trends; overseeing $100 million in infrastructure projects; the development of a strategic plan to deploy an additional 30,000 U.S. troops into Afghanistan; and the construction of a $60 million Division HQ in a combat zone.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Marketing from Savannah State University and has extensive experience in intelligence operations, information assurance, industrial security, exercise planning, large-scaleproject management, intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance integration, international/regional experience, training and development, recruiting, investigations and management.

Executive Team

GlobalKynect Solutions’ team of professionals brings the ideal blend of IT, cyber security, and intelligence support services acquired from decades of experience in the Federal Government (civilian and defense), military, and private industry.


Eric Shaw


Mr. Eric Shaw serves as the COO of GlobalKynect Solutions. He is responsible for designing and implementing business operations, establishing the policies that promotes the company’s culture and vision, and overseeing the operations of the company and the work of the executives.


As a retired highly decorated combat veteran, Mr. Shaw served over 23 years as a US Army Senior Officer. Heheld a variety of management positions throughout his career. He led one of the first teams that oversaw the long-term disaster recovery efforts for the citizens and businesses throughout the U.S. Virgins Islands and Puerto Rico impacted by Hurricane Maria. He has assisted with the development and implementation of training plans and guidelines for combatant commands around the world while as a United States Joint Forces Command staff member. Mr. Shaw served as the lead planner that oversaw the deployment of over 2,300 Soldiers and 1,700 pieces of equipment to Iraq, directing coordination efforts between numerous federal, state, and local agencies that implemented air, sea, and ground transportation of all personnel and equipment.

Mr. Shaw holds a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from Fort Valley State University and a Master of Science in Administration from Central Michigan University. He has vast experience in strategic and operational planning, exercise planning, program management, logistical management and services, full spectrum deployment operations, CONUS/OCONUS disaster assistance operations, and human capital resource management.


Ricardo Newman

VP Cyber and CISO

Mr. Ricardo Newman is the VP Cyber and CISO at GlobalKynect Solutions. He is an experienced information assurance and cybersecurity professional, seasoned in managing and developing organizations cyber security posture.


He is a U.S. Navy decorated military retired veteran with 20+ years with experience in information assurance and cybersecurity. With over 25 combined years in numerous senior leadership Cybersecurity support, Mr. Newman has worked with US AbilityOne Commission, Military Health Services, Homeland Security-USCIS, FBI and various DoD Agencies. He has implemented and overseen risk management programs, FISMA reporting and mitigation initiatives. His experience exists in information management, security governance, contingency and incident response, security education and awareness, continuous monitoring and reporting, and other traditional security operation activities. He has developed policies and advocated to optimize policy change to support new initiatives. He is also an instructor and curriculum developer for cyber security training.

Mr. Newman has a Bachelor of Science in Information Security Systems Administration from Strayer University and has certifications in Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI/DSS), Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), Certified in Risk and Information System Control (CRISC), Certified in the Governance of Enterprise IT (CGEIT), and IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL v3).


Steve Ware

President of Strategic Operations

Mr. Ware serves as Vice President of Strategic Operations at GlobalKynext Solutions. He is responsible for overseeing Global Kynect Solutions’ corporate business operations in the pursuit of strategic goals and objectives. Additionally, he provides leadership and guidance to GlobalKynect Solutions’ Strategic Business Development Unit in pursuit of company growth objectives.


As a retired Army senior logistics officer with over 20 years of service, Mr. Ware has held high-profile leadership and management positions. He has been assigned as an International Staff Integrator for the Department of Defense (DoD) Joint Staff, Pentagon, where he served as the Project lead for a Deputy Secretary of Defense working group responsible for the timely delivery of over $4 billion dollars of force protection equipment to Central Command Forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. Other programs that Mr. Ware have been assigned to include supporting a Distributed Common Ground Systems – Army (DCGS-A) program contract integrating the Joint Intelligence Operations Center-Iraq (JIOC-I) into the DCGS-A program; as a business development vice president overseeing three business units; as an executive vice president responsible for developing strategic planning process; and as a corporate chief of staff, where he oversaw all aspects of corporate operations, to include, human resources, accounting, contracts and security.  He was pivotal in growing an organization from one project with three employees to over twenty projects with over 250 employees with revenues over $40M.

Mr. Ware a Bachelors of Science from Illinois State University and a Masters of Arts from Webster University. He is experienced in leadership, team building, communication, and organizational skills, strategic planning, and corporate operations.

Relevant Staff Experience

Public Sector

Private Sector

  • Program/Project Management
  • Strategic Planning and Analysis
  • Information Assurance and Cybersecurity Management
  • Industrial and Physical Security
  • Threat Analyses and Reporting
  • COOP Planning
  • Test and Evaluation
  • Tactical Intelligence and Analytical Support
  • Intelligence Training and Exercises
  • Combat Global Operations Support in Iraq and Afghanistan
  • Policy and Procedure Development and Support
  • Team Development and Leadership Training
  • Program/Project Management
  • Cyber security Consulting
  • IT Systems Development, Administration, and Support

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