Our strategy and technology consultants have empowered our international clients with the knowledge and experience they need to build their own local resources and capabilities.
In facing challenges of modernization, our Middle East and North Africa clients have complex requirements that benefit from our proven experience in guiding major programs and projects for governments and private-sector organizations. The services we offer in UAE, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Turkey, Kuwait, Morocco, Jordan, and other regional countries build on our consulting legacy.
Our clients call upon us to work on their hardest problems—delivering effective health care, protecting warfighters and their families, keeping our national infrastructure secure, bringing into focus the traditional boundaries between consumer products and manufacturing as those boundaries blur.
Booz Allen was founded on the notion that we could help companies succeed by bringing them expert, candid advice and an outside perspective on their business. The analysis and perspective generated by that talent can be found in the case studies and thought leadership produced by our people.
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We've come a long way delivering innovative solutions. But our next chapter is still being written.
Our 22,600 engineers, scientists, software developers, technologists, and consultants live to solve problems that matter. We’re proud of the diversity throughout our organization, from our most junior ranks to our board of directors and leadership team.
It’s so exciting to be a leader in engineering right now and have a hand in growing our talented and diverse engineering workforce across the firm. It’s important work that inspires me every day.
The breadth of our engineering projects is tremendous and their importance to the citizens of our country is powerful. From defense solutions to energy and environment, our Booz Allen engineers are working to advance the safety and security of our country, but also the quality of life issues like clean water and the security of facilities and infrastructure.
We set a high standard for talent we bring into the firm and I have the privilege of working side by side with these incredible people. They keep me motivated and challenged.
Executive Vice President Patricia Goforth leads the firm’s engineering and science business and C4ISR crosscut for defense and intelligence clients. She focuses on design, development and deployment of engineering, science and C4ISR solutions to meet clients’ mission critical goals.
Patricia has more than 32 years of professional experience in engineering, technology, and consulting for telecommunications, C4ISR, and networking; IT infrastructure, cyber operations; satellite communications; and advanced concepts such as hybrid networks, specialized gateways, and interoperability.
Patricia and her team earned Booz Allen’s highest professional honor for outstanding customer service for their contributions to transforming the commercial SATCOM business processes for a defense client.
She also instituted quality control processes, including ITIL, ISO 9001 and CMMI, significantly raising the quality of Booz Allen’s delivered infrastructure solutions.
Before joining Booz Allen, Patricia served as a systems engineer at CONTEL. She received B.S. and M.E. degrees in systems engineering from the University of Virginia.
What advice would you give yourself as a young professional? I wish I had known that innate ability is the ultimate qualifier for many of our work responsibilities and had taken more risks in accepting new challenges. At Booz Allen risk-taking is supported, especially in our environment that is so collaborative. Here, you get help and feedback, so that the up-side of risk-taking can be realized.
Two words to describe you in high school: Nice and smart.
What was your first paying job? I was a receptionist for a radiologist.
What’s something you feel nostalgic about? The unstructured freedom of just being with friends. I had a tight group of friends in high school. We were happy just being together. Now life is so structured and calendars are so demanding. Back then we thought we had no freedom, but we had the ability to dream and explore unlimited opportunities. I look back at that time and how we all made choices that significantly changed the course of our lives. With only 50 people in my graduating class, we were able to support and celebrate those choices.
What can we all do to be happier in life? Enjoy the moment. Don’t always fret about “woulda, coulda, shoulda.” Just enjoy it. There’s something to be celebrated every day.
Why are you passionate about your work at Booz Allen? We’re leading in advancing the overall engineering process, we call it “digital engineering” based on model-based systems engineering. We’re adding analytics and other tools to better utilize data for decision-making and design. Essentially taking the systems engineering process to the next level, while also integrating secure engineering components from our cybersecurity work. It’s an exciting time. This approach is having great impact on technical challenges include securing communications networks in a tactical environment and resilient positioning, navigation, and timing.
My second passion is helping our employees thrive in their careers. I’ve been here over 29 years, and I’m proud to see people I’ve hired and those around me succeed.
Where do you see Booz Allen in the next 100 years? We will continue down the innovation path we are on. Going beyond consulting, we will look for new areas, not just for the sake of newness, but for what we can pursue to help our clients. We want to look for new areas to contribute. I never would have thought we would expand into the new developments like data science and energy, but we are exploring needs that are coming.
What are the untapped opportunities for your clients? Thinking strategically about the best way to sustain and modernize legacy investments for the future. We are not only building new capabilities, but improving existing capabilities through sustainment engineering.
What’s the best business advice you’ve been given in your career? Make the best of whatever your role is. Your role will change, but representing yourself and doing the best you can will give you future opportunities. Be there for your team. And two, don’t be afraid to take on those new challenges when they are presented to you. Even if you aren’t 100 percent qualified to take it on, seek help and give it a go.
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