Sunday, April 30, 2017

Areté Associates Announces New Huntsville, Alabama Office


Press release (PDF)



March 29, 2017—Areté Associates, a technology innovation firm with a 40-year history of successful products for the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Intelligence Community, is proud to announce that it has officially arrived in the thriving high-tech community of Huntsville, Alabama.


"The Areté leadership team, Board of Directors, and our entire staff are excited about the opportunity to help fuel scientific and engineering innovation in North Alabama,” said Areté President and CEO Lee Buchanan. “We look forward to contributing to economic growth in Alabama for many years to come."


Franklin "Craig" Baker has been named Areté’s Director of Huntsville Operations. Baker recently relocated to Huntsville following a career with Raytheon and Hughes, and brings a long history of accomplishments in Missile Defense and DoD sensor work.


Areté’s hardware and software products are proven in surface, airborne, space, underwater, and biomedical applications- and the innovations keep coming.


“We see a great match between our capabilities and the priorities of Huntsville's military, space and biotechnology communities,” Buchanan continued. “With a focus on rigorous science and our analytic engineering process, Areté develops and delivers integrated solutions that range from data gathering to decision making. These products bring fresh ideas to critical national defense needs such as missile defense and warfighter protection. Our expertise in solving problems where important information is buried in overwhelming misinformation, coupled with insight into data analytics translates to diverse undertakings such as biomedical research discoveries, predictive health statistics, and unique environmental monitoring. Our strength is in understanding a customer’s difficult problem and then using creativity and intellect to provide out of the box solutions.”


The 250-person, employee-owned company will begin with a small staff in Huntsville. However, as customer demand continues to grow, Baker said the company plans to hire graduates from local universities and skilled trade programs in the region, as well as relocate staff from other company locations.


“Over half of Areté’s staff received advanced degrees in scientific and technical disciplines, and 25 percent have a doctorate degree,” Buchanan said. “Scientists and engineers join Areté because they have a passion to create, grow and transition important new technologies. We plan to continue this tradition in our Huntsville office."


About Areté:
Areté Associates is a small business headquartered in Northridge, California with locations in Arlington and Chantilly, Virginia; Longmont, Colorado; Tucson, Arizona; Huntsville, Alabama; Destin, Florida and Santa Rosa, California. For further information please visit,, or contact Craig Baker at, or 256-727-3384.