It’s no surprise the economic impact the last year has had on individuals and businesses. But the surprising number that many aren’t aware of is the financial impact on our schools and teachers. Did you know our teachers spend out-of-pocket money on school supplies every year?

A recent study during the 2019/2020 school year showed that teachers spent an average of $745 on school supplies. 45% of teachers surveyed said their spending has increased since distance learning began. School supplies such as home printing items (printer, ink, paper), software for distance learning, new technology for their own homes so they could teach remotely, and classroom consumables (pens, pencils, markers, folders, etc.). In addition to school supplies, 70% of teachers said they have dropped off or mailed items to their students’ homes to keep them engaged during distance learning.

The FTI School Drive ran till Monday, August 23rd.  Each FTI office has identified an underprivileged school or school supporting charity that they would like to support.  The FTI through its charity outreach The 4th C Committee has partnered with each local school and charity to set up an Amazon Wish List  so that you can support the event from the comfort of your home.  It’s as simple as picking items for your cart from the Amazon Wish List, which have been curated based on each of the local charity’s input, and then clicking buy.  We’ve set up the Wish lists so that the items you purchase will ship directly to the charity you selected.  FTI’s goal is to make an impact and difference in these cities by supporting this critical effort which will make a massive difference to those students and teachers in need.  JOIN US.

  1. Participate with a local FTI office by using the Amazon Wish list to purchase items needed at our sponsored school supplies charities.  (see the POC and school charity list below)
  2. Spread the word by sharing this FTI webpage URL on your social media networks, which has all the information on our School Drive campaign.  TBD
  3. Follow FTI on your social media network and share the FTI School Drive updates.

Local Office School Drives

Office School Supplies List?
San Diego Berean Academy
Chesapeake James Monroe
Dayton Crayons to Classroom .
Los Angeles  Johnnie L. Cochran
Beverly LEAP
Huntsville  Lacey’s Springs School
Goleta  Joe Nightingale

Frontier Technology Inc. has been awarded a $950,000,000 ceiling indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the maturation, demonstration and proliferation of capability across platforms and domains, leveraging open systems design, modern software and algorithm development in order to enable Joint All Domain Command and Control (JADC2). This contract is part of a multiple award multi-level security effort to provide development and operation of systems as a unified force across all domains (air, land, sea, space, cyber, and electromagnetic spectrum) in an open architecture family of systems that enables capabilities via multiple integrated platforms.  To view the DBJ press release click here.


Our company-wide 4th C Ultimate Step Challenge to support the Alzheimer’s Association started this week! Updates on the challenge and how we are tracking our step Goal will be posted here throughout the week.  Alzheimer’s has no cure and over 60 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s today.  It kills more than breast and prostate cancer combined.  Let’s join together to #EndAlz

FTI’s goal WAS to walk over 10 million steps. Through FTI’s Charity Committee, The 4th C… we will donate $25.00 for every 5,000 steps employee’s walk to the Alzheimer’s Association.

If you would like to join us, you can STILL donate at  2021 The Longest Day: FTI Steps for a Cure | The Longest Day – Help Fight Alzheimer’s on June 20, 2021 .  Below is our FINAL counter and status. We are so excited to announce that not only did we achieve that but blew well past it, with employees walking a total of 19,371,355 steps! Along with employee donations, FTI will be donating a grand total of $101,196.22 to the Alzheimer’s Association! This donation will go towards supporting those with Alzheimer’s disease and will also support research in hopes of one day ending Alzheimer’s

Raising Awareness:

Alzheimer’s is the most common cause of dementia, a general term for memory loss and other cognitive abilities serious enough to interfere with daily life.

Alzheimer’s is not a normal part of aging. The greatest known risk factor is increasing age, and the majority of people with Alzheimer’s are 65 and older.

Alzheimer’s worsens over time. Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease, where dementia symptoms gradually worsen over a number of years.

Alzheimer’s has no current cure, but treatments for symptoms are available and research continues. Although current Alzheimer’s treatments cannot stop Alzheimer’s from progressing, they can temporarily slow the worsening of dementia symptoms and improve quality of life.


We also wanted to announce that due to such great participation the 4th C will be doing a double match and give $30,048 which will be distributed to the food banks. That brings our total given to food banks this month from FTI to $45,072!

Our theme for May is one of our 4Cs: Compassion. With that theme in mind, FTI has chosen to support Food Banks for our next company-wide effort.

The need is great, food banks across the country are serving 55 percent more people now than before the pandemic. As a result of the pandemic, it is estimated 1 in 8 Americans could face hunger. That’s 42 million people in the United States, including 13 million children, who may face hunger in 2021. Because of COVID, millions of people are visiting food banks and many of them are getting help for the first time. Our neighbors who previously had stable incomes have now lost jobs or had their hours cut back. As food banks are stepping up to put food on the table for those who need it during this uncertain time, we want to be to help them have the supplies they need to meet this great need.

Starting May 5, this Wednesday to May 21st, the FTI 4th C (Charity outreach of FTI) will run the campaign, “May All Be Fed”. Each of our offices has chosen a Food Bank to support. We’ve worked with each Food Bank to set up an Amazon Wish List so that you can support the event from your home.  It’s as simple as purchasing items on an Amazon list curated for the food bank in your office area. We’ve set up the lists so that the items will ship directly to the food bank.

We have a goal of raising $15,000.00 for tor this effort (combined total from our Food Drive purchases, T-shirt fundraising, and donations).  This amount can truly make a massive difference in fulfilling this dire need.

To join in this campaign with FTI you can support in any of the following ways:

  • Participate with our local FTI office by using the Amazon Smile list to purchase items needed at our sponsored food pantries.  (see food pantry list below)
  • Spread the word by sharing the FTI webpage URL on your social media networks, which has all the information on our May All Be Fed campaign. ( ) and tag Frontier Technology Inc or use out #TogetherWeAreFTI
  • Purchase a “May All Be Fed” T-shirt and donate by clicking here.
    • You can purchase a shirt for $30.00 then roughly $15.00 goes to the food bank initiative with a matching donation of $15.00 by the 4th C making their donation $30.00 The total collected from the t-shirt funds will be divided up equally between the sponsored food banks at the end.
  • Share the “May All Be Fed” T-shirt link with others to spread the news and need while using our #TogetherWeAreFTI


Sponsored Food Banks

Office Food Bank Amazon Link
Beverly Beverly Boot Straps —
Chesapeake Food Bank of Southeast Virginia —
Colorado Springs Care and Share —
Dayton Dayton Food Bank
Dayton Bellbrook Sugar Creek Community Center 
Huntsville Food Bank of Northern Alabama —
Los Angeles Westside Food Bank —
Santa Barbara Food Bank of Santa Barbara County
San Diego US4Warriors Charity Lists (

Charity, which is known as our “4th C.” Our Founder believed strongly in the principle, “Love your neighbor.” FTI strives to encourage and support our employees to develop and maintain a spirit of charity by volunteering their time, attention, efforts, and resources to any of a wide range of charitable or community outreach activities. We want to take the time to share with you one of the great charitable things that are going on this month at FTI. March is Women’s History Month. We have a very special activity going on this month to honor this theme and provide support for our active servicewomen.

Here at FTI we are excited to honor Women’s History Month which originated as a national celebration in 1981 when Congress passed legislation recognizing Women nationwide. Since 1995, presidents have issued a series of annual proclamations designating the month of March as “Women’s History Month.” These proclamations celebrate the contributions women have made to the United States and recognize the specific achievements women have made over the course of American history in a variety of fields.

In honor of Women’s Month, the 4th C  (click here to learn more about the 4th C) will be partnering with Troopster to send care packs to deployed servicewomen overseas our “Sheroes”. Our goal is to help them send 5,000 care packs. Each pack costs around $15 plus shipping. Help us reach our goal in two ways:


1.  Give directly to Troopster using this link and the 4th C will match every $15 donation for a box with a matching donation and cover the shipping.

2.  Purchase a gift basket for Mother’s Day delivery through Arena Farms ( obsessed with organic luxury by ArenaFarms on Etsy )  and mention FTI in your note at checkout.  Arena Farms is run by Charlie Arena, who is a young female African American entrepreneur who has created these amazing gift baskets and has agreed to donate a portion of the proceeds to Troopster.  You can also make a donation of product to Shero through Arena Farms.  This is a great opportunity to recognize and honor those special women in your own life while supporting a great cause and a young female entrepreneur.

FTI is proud to introduce our newest Board of Directors member, General (Retired) Lester Lyles.

General Lyles is a distinguished retired military officer with 36 years of service in the United States Air Force where he rose to the rank of four-star general. In his last position, he served as Commander, Air Force Materiel Command in the Wright-Patterson Air Force base in Ohio. There, General Lyles was responsible for an 82,000-person organization implementing all U.S. Air Force research, development, acquisition and logistics/sustainment.
From 1999 to 2000, General Lyles was Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force for the Pentagon in Washington DC. As Chief Operating Officer and the second highest-ranking officer for the U.S. Air Force, he was responsible for helping the Chief of Staff manage 750,000 Active Duty, Guard, and Reserve personnel in executing global Air Force missions.

General Lyles’ awards and honors include the 2003 Black Engineer of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award, the General Bernard A. Schriever Award, the Hiram Hadley’s Founder’s Award of Excellence, and the NAACP’s 1994 Roy Wilkins Renown Service Award. Additionally, General Lyles was named “Astronautics Engineer of the Year” in 1999 by the National Space Club and is regularly named among Ebony Magazine’s “100 Most Influential African-Americans in the U.S”. General Lyles has previously served on the Defense Science Board in the Pentagon, the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board in the White House, and the International Security Advisory Board in the State Department . He is currently a member of the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board. General Lyles Is a member of the National Academy of Engineering where he has chaired the Academy’s Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board. He is the Chairman of NASA’s Advisory Council and he serves on the White House National Space Council’s User Advisory Group under the Office of the Vice President. He has served on the Boards of USAA, General Dynamics, and Battelle. He is currently the Chairman of the Board of KBR.”

We are honored to have him as a part of FTI, welcome to the team Gen.(Ret.) Lyles!

Frontier Technology Inc. has been awarded an $18,838,565 cost-plus-fixed-fee modification to the life cycle decision support contract for support and analysis. Prior to it’s transition to the U.S. Space Force, the U.S. Air Force described “enterprise ground services” as services that are necessary to command and control satellites “while maximizing the implementation of automation, cyber resiliency, and a common user experience.” Work will be performed in Colorado Springs, Colorado and Los Angeles, California. The contract originated with the Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, El Segundo, Calif. Prior to the transition to the U.S. Space Force, that center was called the “U.S. Air Force’s center of acquisition excellence for acquiring and developing military space systems.” FTI is proud of our team for this exceptional win and is honored to continue to expand our support to the EGS program.

To read more from Dayton Business Journal click here.

This year FTI’s Mike Akhbari was honored at that the Dayton Business Journal, 40 Under 40 event.  We are so honored and pleased to have Mike on our leadership at FTI.

Beginning even before the official start of Mike’s career in the defense industry, he has been a student of business and organizational management philosophy. This began with his first economics course at Archbishop Alter High School and continued with his coursework in Economics and participation in the Organizational Studies program at Denison University, which lead to his internship at Dayton based MTC Technologies prior to graduation. After signing on with MTC full time following graduation, Mike worked his way from an analyst to a supervisory role where he has always maintained a humble employee-focused approach to servant leadership. Mike views it as his role, regardless of level within the organization, to remove obstacles to innovation and project success for his teams, which are typically spread across numerous geographic, demographic, and skill mixes. Mike leads by example, not only when times are good but mainly when challenges occur. He takes on a teacher/mentoring role in the performance of his day to day interaction to the benefit of his diverse team of federal contracting professionals.

Throughout his roles of increased responsibility, Mike has always found ways to boost employee morale and effectiveness from the increased focus on employee health and welfare events, standardizing plans for employee professional development, seeking out means to improve benefits and compensation offerings contractually, to simply being there in the hardest of times for his teams. Since joining FTI, Mike has focused on improving the culture of the Dayton and other offices within his area of responsibility. He has coordinated monthly social events to promote positive coworker relationships and increase communication and collaboration between the diverse departments at FTI’s Dayton Headquarters to the benefit of the staff.

Click here to see all the nominees and read the DBJ article.


Early this year, FTI received the exciting news that we have been nominated and qualified to be a part of the 2020 Dayton Business Journals Best Place to Work.  This year’s event was held virtually on Thursday, August 6th at 12:00 PM EST.  FTI had several individuals attend this event in support of the DBJ and for the representation of FTI.  Last year, FTI was nominated in the BPTW work awards and won in the category of being a Community Supporter.   This was such an honor for FTI to receive this award last year.  Our values as a company are Core Values, Commitment, Compassion, and Charity; and last year’s awards showed our values are in action.

This year it was a double honor to be nominated for the event again. We want to say congrats to all the nominees and winners who were a part of the awards show yesterday!  FTI’s success and nomination are directly related to our great employees who truly make FTI one of the Best Places to Work.

To watch the recording of this virtual event please click here.



FTI’s culture is led by the 4 Cs: Core Values, Commitment, Compassion, and Charity.  Charity is the FTI 4th C, loving your neighbor in times of need, supporting our veterans, and helping children.  During these uncertain times of great need, FTI has made a couple of responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.  We have supported local food banks in our office locations, and we have given support to the First Responders through the Troopster organization in Virginia.

Military nonprofit, Troopster, is poised to help America’s COVID-19 front line heroes by sending PPE medical essential kits.
The outreach plans to raise enough contributions to send 50,000 medical kits containing PPE equipment, protein bars, snacks, and other items to Covid-19 caretakers across the country.

For more on how you too can be a part of this effort, click here.