Vice President, Chief Technologist
Dr. Jake Sauer is the Vice President, Chief Technologist at Ball Aerospace. In this role, Dr. Sauer works in cooperation with the Strategic Business Units (SBUs) and Strategic Capabilities Units (SCUs) to focus on critical future technologies and capabilities necessary to create all-domain mission solutions.
Since joining Ball in 2012, Dr. Sauer has held numerous leadership positions within the company. He has served as the vice president and general manager of the Tactical Solutions (TS) strategic business unit since 2020, where he was responsible for Ball’s portfolio of tactical mission systems and products for installation on military platforms, enabling warfighters to go forward bravely and return home safely. He also served as the senior director of the Survivability and Strike (SAS) mission area where he held lifecycle responsibility for SAS products and programs from inception to low-rate production. His vision and business model has put Ball Aerospace on the leading edge of technology development and helped solidify the company as a true mission partner for the warfighter. As an advanced systems director, he established and grew Ball Aerospace’s mission analysis capabilities, helping guide technology development through mission driven architectures, and led technology development and business capture for the business area.