Carl Kime is a Founding Partner at IFS and brings extensive service in the Executive and Legislative branches of government.

After his retirement from federal service in 2007, Carl became the Founder and CEO of Lodestar Strategies, Inc.  Lodestar Strategies specializes in providing government, industry and university clients with strategic advice and guidance on program development, program management, business development, technology transition, industrial teaming arrangements and nuances of the federal acquisition process.  Lodestar clients included a number of senior researchers in the Department of Defense and Intelligence Community and focused on development and transition of innovative advanced technologies into game-changing operational capabilities.  Lodestar has been affiliated with Innovative Federal Strategies for several years—working intimately on a variety of client concerns.  Carl also serves as a faculty member in the University of Minnesota’s Technological Leadership Institute.

From 2006-2007, Carl worked in the office of the Director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) as one of the Director’s technology transition specialists.  From 2001-2006, he worked for the Chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense and later the Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, handling a wide array of defense, intelligence, energy, technology and appropriations issues.  Other Washington, DC experience includes serving in the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff’s Office of Legislative Affairs and as a Staff Director and analyst in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Manpower and Reserve Affairs Prior to his DC tours, as a U.S. Marine Corps infantry officer, Kime served as a commander and staff officer with various Marine Corps units.  Kime retired from the Marine Corps in 2007 with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.  His decorations include the Legion of Merit, the Combat Action ribbon, and a variety of other personal decorations and campaign awards.  He received his Bachelor’s of Science in Finance from the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce in 1987 and his Master of Education from the University of Virginia in 1995.