Who we are

Mission-focused, neutral integrators.

WHO WE ARE

Our mission is to enable the submarine manufacturing industry to build and maintain America’s next generation of undersea platforms by increasing capability, capacity, collaboration, and resilience.

As an unbiased neutral non-profit integrator, BFA delivers focused connections between the submarine supply chain and the surrounding ecosystems of state and local governments, industry organizations, academic partners, and community programs needed to meet the demand of increasing capability and readiness.

We act as a silent servant to the silent service so that we can collectively overcome the complex challenges facing national security and ensure a resilient maritime manufacturing ecosystem.

WHAT WE DO

We do everything with
the mission in mind

Everything we do is in service of the Navy’s ambitious 1+2 mission — constructing 1 Columbia-Class and 2 Virginia-Class submarines annually. With unwavering focus, we help fortify our maritime sector to ensure national security.

There are no questions the Navy could ask BlueForge Alliance where the answer wouldn’t be ‘yes’. We are the purpose-built partner that is 100% dedicated to answer the call and to execute the mission”.

Rob Gorham
Co-Founder and Co-Chief Executive of BFA

BlueForge Alliance navigates the ever-shifting terrain of defense priorities by strategically channeling our subject-matter expertise across three key areas:

TECHNOLOGY

Collaborating with industry and academia experts, BlueForge Alliance works to scale and deploy advanced manufacturing technologies throughout the Submarine Industrial Base to increase production capability and capacity throughout the country.

SUPPLY CHAIN

With a network spanning all 50 states, we collectively prioritize the needs of over 15,000 suppliers. Our mission is clear: to stand in service of them, ensuring their success in contributing to our shared mission. Whatever they require to succeed, we are committed to providing it.

WORKFORCE

The backbone of our mission lies in the skilled hands of the hundreds of thousands of men and women whose dedication guides the development of our underwater sentinels. We focus on empowering the SIB workforce through training and support while actively recruiting the next generation of talent, essential for sustaining our objective.

HOW WE DO IT

The cornerstones of our approach

As a non-profit neutral integrator, BlueForge Alliance serves as the vital link connecting all stakeholders in pursuit of our shared mission.  At the heart of our approach are the following principles:

Mission-minded Culture

You won’t hear us say this enough. Our entire operation centers around the Navy’s 1+2 mission. It's the bedrock of our teams, priorities, and culture. Equally important, we aim to imbue this collective purpose and pride into all our partners, whether they supply the steel for submarine hulls or the bolts and screws that help fasten components together. Everyone involved should share the pride of contributing to this grand initiative.

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Neutrality & Transparency

As neutral integrators, transparency is paramount in our operations. We believe that transparency is essential to keep our partners and stakeholders engaged. It ensures the prudent use of resources and, most importantly, meaningful progress toward our mission.

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Collaboration & Outreach

Collaboration forms the foundation of our activities. As neutral integrators, we take pride in our ability to forge partnerships across public and private sectors, academia, and government. We aim to nurture a collaborative ecosystem through scalable investments, continuous process enhancement and shared knowledge and experiences.

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Integrate Nationally, Catalyze Locally

We believe in a national integration approach while catalyzing local efforts. We prioritize regions with existing momentum and density, aiming to build upon their foundational work and replicate successful systems on a broader national scale.

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Our People

The people that make it possible

Established with a clear purpose, BlueForge Alliance has embarked on a mission of generational significance that can only be accomplished by assembling a team of cross-industry partners and experts with unparalleled talent, all united by an unwavering passion for our cause.

Our leadership

KILEY WREN
Co-Founder & Co-CEO
ROB GORHAM
Co-Founder & Co-CEO
TIM SHINBARA JR.
Chief Strategy Officer
ARNOLD KRAVITZ
Chief Technology Officer
Kiley Wren
Co-Founder & CEO

Bringing over 25 years of expertise in research, technology development, and engineering, Kiley enriches BlueForge Alliance with his extensive range of experience. In his previous role as Executive Director of Applied Programs at Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES), he drove program development, expanded business ventures, and forged strategic alliances. In addition, as Co-Founder of the SecureAmerica Institute, he oversaw a portfolio exceeding $50M in research and workforce initiatives. Prior to this, at KBRwyle, he directed a $200M/year NASA R&D program and secured over $2B in federal awards, showcasing his profound impact on the industry.

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ROB GORHAM
Co-Founder & Co-CEO
TIM SHINBARA JR.
Chief Strategy Officer
ARNOLD KRAVITZ
Chief Technology Officer
BILL STOCKTON, Ph.D.
Chief Administration Officer
Rob Gorham
Co-Founder & Co-CEO

As Co-Founder and Chief Executive of BlueForge Alliance, Rob ensures the Submarine Industrial Base is equipped to uphold the nation’s vital undersea presence. His prior roles include: Senior Manager of Advanced Manufacturing at Lockheed Martin Skunk Works, where he led the transition-focused development and application of affordable manufacturing technologies for more than ten years; Executive Director of America Makes at the National Center for Defense Manufacturing & Machining (NCDMM), where he managed a $400M DOD-sponsored initiative aimed at advancing 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing technologies nationwide; and most recently, Executive Director of Manufacturing Initiatives at Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES), where he spearheaded strategic manufacturing initiatives and led the SecureAmerica Institute. With a background in aerospace engineering and engineering management, Rob brings a wealth of expertise to BlueForge Alliance's mission.

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TIM SHINBARA JR.
Chief Strategy Officer
ARNOLD KRAVITZ
Chief Technology Officer
BILL STOCKTON, Ph.D.
Chief Administration Officer
MATT PROCHASKA
Chief Development Officer
Tim Shinbara Jr.
Chief Strategy Officer

Tim Shinbara is the Chief Strategy Officer for BlueForge Alliance. Mr. Shinbara’s expertise spans applied R&D in additive manufacturing, composite fabrication, multi-axis machining, and technology transition within aerospace and defense companies. He previously led manufacturing technology research, market analysis, and technology evaluation the past 12 years as the Chief Technology Officer for The Association For Manufacturing Technology. Tim is a former ASME U.S. Congressional Fellow for Advanced Manufacturing. He continues to serve businesses as an Advisory Commissioner for the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors. Mr. Shinbara is a U.S. Navy veteran and earned B.S. and M.S. degrees from Purdue University and an M.B.A. from Pepperdine University.

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ARNOLD KRAVITZ
Chief Technology Officer
BILL STOCKTON, Ph.D.
Chief Administration Officer
MATT PROCHASKA
Chief Development Officer
Arnold Kravitz
Chief Technology Officer

Arnie, BlueForge Alliance's Chief Technology Officer, brings extensive industrial experience, including CEO, COO, CTO, and Board Member roles in diverse corporations, to oversee technical operations. With over 40 years of experience, Arnie has supported Naval programs globally and played a key role in launching national manufacturing and supply chain institutes. His expertise includes AI-enhanced robotics for manufacturing and bidirectional AR/MR technology for remote collaboration and workforce training. Arnie’s guidance is informed by his multifaceted experience across various industries and countries.

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BILL STOCKTON, Ph.D.
Chief Administration Officer
MATT PROCHASKA
Chief Development Officer
BILL STOCKTON, Ph.D.
Chief Administration Officer

Bill, BlueForge Alliance's Chief Administration Officer, brings extensive executive leadership experience to our organization’s mission. With over 45 years of public service, he has held key roles at the Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI), the City of Austin, and the United States Army Reserve.. Holding bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees in civil engineering from Texas A&M University, he is also a licensed professional engineer in Texas. Bill's leadership has garnered numerous awards, including the Texas Road Hand Award (2023) and the Charley V. Wootan Award for Career Achievement in Research (2014).

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MATT PROCHASKA
Chief Development Officer
Matt Prochaska
Chief Development Officer

With over 25 years of experience in economic development and manufacturing leadership roles, Matt has demonstrated consistent success. His extensive background includes partnering in economic development opportunities at the C-level and volunteering in various state and local economic development positions. Known for his adaptability and creativity, Matt excels as a problem solver in dynamic environments, employing a collaborative and analytical approach to tackle challenges effectively.

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