William S. Cromarty is a former intelligence officer and national security subject-matter expert in aerospace and satellite systems, space/counterspace weapons system counterproliferation, and aerospace-sector geopolitics. Drawing on years of undercover experience, William spearheads federal aerospace partnerships in support of America's most cutting-edge satellite and UAS programs. Prior to his former national security role, William served in the emergency management and Silicon Valley tech sectors with specialization in radio communications systems. William holds degrees from New York University and the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School, has performed NASA Astrobiology field research in austere regions, and is currently pursuing additional post-graduate studies in small satellite engineering at the George Mason Volgenau School of Engineering.
William is a Fellow at The Explorers Club, the Royal Astronomical Society, the Royal Anthropological Institute, the Royal Geographical Society, and a National Eagle Scout Association World Explorer; he has served as a national security commentator on NPR-affiliate radio stations and a past invited lecturer at NASA, USCG NAVCEN, USFS, The UAS Summit, the American Geographical Society, and the Naval Postgraduate School on satellite remote sensing and UAS operations. In 2022, William was appointed to multiple Cass County Commission boards focused on education policy and named to the Prairie Business 40 Under 40 list of top rising Midwest business leaders.
When not building aerospace programs, William is a competitive ultramarathon runner and pistol instructor; he is currently training as a Muay Thai fighter and private pilot while pursuing his solo skydiver license, FAA Part 107 drone pilot license, PADI Divemaster certification, and PADI Master Scuba Diver certification. William serves on the Board of Directors for Heath Company, a century-old electronics product firm, as well as the Boards of Directors for the F5 Project, the Midwest Manufacturers Association (MMA), the Red River Manufacturers & Engineers Association (RRMEA) where he serves as Vice President, and the North Dakota Unmanned Autonomous Systems Council (NDUAS) where he serves as Vice Chair. His private collection of Cold War Space Race artifacts is currently on display at the Fargo Air Museum where he has served as a guest speaker on Cold War history and counter-Russia/counter-Soviet operations; in 2022 he founded The Museum Incubator, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit where he currently serves as Executive Director.