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24 September 2013
LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION
FROM: Blue Devil Program Manager
SUBJECT: Hassan S Bilal
1. I am pleased and proud to recommend Hassan S Bilal for a position in your organization.
2. As the leader of SAIC’s Blue Devil program for the last three years, I have seen an underfunded
quick reaction demonstration program grow into one of the most valued and in-demand
operational intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities supporting the
southern and southwestern theater of USCENTCOM’s OPERATION ENDURING
FREEDOM. This tremendous success, commended by the 3-Star Military Deputy, Secretary
of the Air Force (Acquisition) as “a resounding success that has been instrumental in the
capture or elimination of over 1200 enemy combatants and has saved many lives,” would not
have been possible without the outstanding contribution of Hassan S Bilal.
3. Hassan served my program in the role of Senior Sensor Technician. In this role, he had
responsibility for helping to manage a team of airborne prime mission equipment specialists.
Hassan and his teammates had to understand the environment and flying conditions in theater,
the capabilities and limitations of the Blue Devil mission equipment (as they varied day to
day), the unique nature of the mission tasking, and interface with pilots, aircraft mechanics,
and ground station operators to ensure the end-to-end airborne system was functioning at its
peak for every mission. During Hassan’s tenure, we achieved an over 99% success rate in
achieving tasked takeoff times, on-station times, and mission support times, and we expanded
the Blue Devil mission to provide historic new levels of support to new end users in this
dynamic and dangerous theater of operations.
4. In addition to his unsurpassed expertise and leadership, the characteristics of Hassan Bilal’s
approach that stood out for me are a true sense of urgency brought to the job every day, a
willingness to lean forward and do anything to help the team, an integrity that was never in
doubt, a professionalism that stood out with me, with co-workers, and with our customers, and
a willingness to challenge the paradigm and look for ways to improve every day. This
combination is rare in any individual, and the fact that we had a team full of individuals like
this is a tribute to the respect and energy that Hassan and his peers brought to the project every
day. They truly learned from each other and grew in that experience. I’m sure he will bring
that same spirit, energy, commitment, and professionalism to your organization.
5. Don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. This is a high quality individual. He
served me and my outstanding team extremely well, and I know Hassan Bilal will very likely
have the same immediate and positive impact on your team.
Michael L. Zywien, VP, SAIC
Blue Devil Program Manager