Front desk of the Numerica headquarters

About Numerica

Our Mission: Driven by a pioneering spirit and an unwavering focus on our customers’ success, we deploy best-in-class technology that solves some of the nation’s greatest defense challenges.

Numerica is a non-traditional small business defense contractor headquartered in Fort Collins, Colorado.

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Simply stated, we are energized by the prospect of a difficult technical problem, especially when people say it can’t be done. As Numericans, we take on some of the nation’s greatest challenges related to air defense and missile defense. When many others throw in the towel, we roll up our sleeves to get the job done. We thrive when we are counted on most.

Science Matters at Numerica

Science Matters at Numerica

With our deep roots in academia, it’s in our DNA to work on the hard things and we aim to surpass expectations. In the late 1980s, IBM approached Colorado State University’s applied mathematics professor, Aubrey B. Poore, with a daunting problem in target tracking. It certainly wasn’t easy, but it was thrilling. With a desire to transition technology to real-world applications, Aubrey founded Numerica in 1996. Walk the halls at Numerica and you’ll still see an unmistakable pioneering spirit – it’s in our DNA.

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Advancing Defense Technology

Since Numerica’s inception, we’ve been solving problems and hiring the best and brightest as we’ve evolved from an R&D company to one with a portfolio of impactful products and services. Our solutions are deployed in some of the most critical defense systems around the world. New threats require new thinking – and what is the status quo today won’t likely solve tomorrow’s problems. Whether we’re preparing to deal with advanced threats in air and missile defense or developing novel sensor capabilities, we focus on solving our customers’ top priorities.

Numericans at work, delivering best-in-class technology

Best-In-Class Technology

We don’t want to be the biggest, just the best. When our customers succeed, we succeed.

We know our customers and employees have choices. Some lean towards large companies based on brand name or employee count, but we’ve found they are often restricted by bureaucracy and budgets. Others are wooed by the latest venture-backed startup, but with investors lacking industry knowledge, they can be here today and gone tomorrow. At Numerica, we value our fierce independence as a privately-owned company. To us, this means paying our own way and leveraging our creative freedom to solve complex problems to benefit customers.

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Working with Integrity

We have integrity. If we say it can be done, it will. If there are obstacles in our way, we’ll tell you those too. We work to uncover your true needs and develop a solution that will move the needle for you and our country. Honesty with our customers and partners is at the core of what we do – after all, we know you are counting on us.

Numerica’s Leadership Team


Jeff Poore

Jeff Poore


Jeff Poore is the President of Numerica. He has a Master of Business Administration from the University of Denver. Jeff joined Numerica in 1998 as the company’s second employee. During his tenure, Numerica has evolved from a research-focused organization to one with a suite of market-leading products in air defense, missile defense and space domain awareness. Jeff is a strong believer in maintaining Numerica’s core values and is honored to work side-by-side with such a talented team.

Shawn Herman

Shawn Herman

Executive Vice President

Shawn Herman is the Executive Vice President of Numerica. He has a PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has been with the company since 2002 after completing his doctoral research on the tracking and classification capabilities of passive FM-band radar. At Numerica, he provides strategic, financial, and organizational oversight of the company’s technical staff, which consists of its two Air & Missile Defense teams and its Space Domain Awareness team.

Nate Knight

Nate Knight

Vice President of Air and Missile Defense

Nate Knight is the Vice President of Air and Missile Defense for Numerica. He has a PhD in Computer Science from Colorado State University. He has been with the company since 2008. At Numerica, he leads the company’s air defense division as well as a number of internal technology initiatives.

Jason Johnson

Jason Johnson

Vice President of Missile Defense

Jason Johnson is Vice President of Numerica. He has a Master of Science and PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and a Bachelor of Science in Physics from MIT. He has been with Numerica since 2012 and won the Director’s Fellow at the Los Alamos National Lab where he did his post-doctorate before joining Numerica. At Numerica, he leads the company’s missile defense division as well as a number of internal technology initiatives.

Emily Poore

Emily Poore

Corporate Controller

Emily Poore is Numerica’s Corporate Controller. She has a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Colorado State University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Colorado. She and been with the company since 2001. At Numerica, she leads the company’s finance and accounting operations, including maintaining compliance with all relevant financial regulations.

Bryan Kuhn

Bryan Kuhn

IT & Security Manager

Bryan Kuhn is the IT Manager for Numerica. He has a Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity and Information Assurance from the Western Governors University. Bryan joined Numerica in 2019 as a System Administrator. Bryan’s core values align well with Numerica’s, specifically excellence, integrity and innovation.

Numerica’s Core Values


We value exceptional talent, technical achievement, and business results

Customer Success

We value efforts that promote the success of our customers


We value a pioneering mindset in products, services and business operations


We value honesty with our customers and employees


We value highly collaborative and agile teams with the grit needed to succeed