Thunderbolt Software is an engineering firm built by engineers.


Software Engineering

System and Product Line Engineering

Our team has experience in all phases of systems engineering lifecycle for large scale command and control and weapon systems.

Application Dev

Application Development for Commercial and Defense Industries

Our engineering team’s areas of expertise include: software architecture, design, development and test; product delivery and deployment; field support; cryptography; and computer infrastructure (middleware, operating systems, networking).

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Program Management

We bring extensive experience managing and engineering large scale Navy/Navy FSM, Coast Guard and Air Force programs. We are experienced in organizing, planning, scheduling, budgeting, controlling scope, schedule and costs and communicating and discussing pertinent topics openly with customer leadership on all levels of product development, status, issues and concerns.


Thunderbolt is an engineering firm built by engineers.  Collectively we have pioneered many aspects of open architecture product and system designs and product line engineering for large scale DoD systems including the US Navy Aegis Combat System. 


We are proficient in managing all aspects of the product lifecycle including development, system integration, test, product verification and qualification, and delivery and sustainment. Our team members have held lead roles in developing some of the most complex C4ISR systems in the DoD including the Aegis Weapon System, DD1000, Deepwater and F-35 and have extensive experience managing FMS programs.



Andrew Winkler

Founder and CEO.  Highly qualified executive and engineer with over 20 years of systems and software engineering experience in the design and implementation of complex large scale systems.  Andrew has held positions of increasing responsibility from systems engineer to lead system architect for the US Navy’s Aegis Open Architecture program to technical director for F-35’s Technology Refresh 3 effort.   Over the course of his career he has developed extensive multi-discipline experience across software, hardware, program management and planning, sensors, command and control systems, weapon systems and communication systems across both surface and airborne platforms.   Andrew holds a BS and MS in Physics.


Rich Scharadin

Senior program manager with 30 plus years of experience managing and leading complex large scale Aegis Weapon System developments, open architecture product and system designs, agile based software development, product line engineering, system integration, test and delivery. Led and managed major Lockheed Martin business transformation from individual program developments to product line engineering, software and test operations, involving the alignment of fifteen unique programs, re-shaping internal and external customer cultures, cross program cost share modeling and PLE cross program governance. Scopes included managing and over-seeing six common product lines, eight million source lines of code and over 1000 systems and software engineers. Authored several papers on the transformation and was nationally published in Crosstalk Magazine in 2014.

​Eric Avis

System engineer with experience working the Aegis Combat System and Ballistic Missile Defense System, the MARCOM naval communications suite, cryptography, hypersonic missile modeling and development of the new “KITE 2” naval communication device – a VOIP enabled upgrade of the original keyswitch integrated terminal equipment.  Graduated with a BS in Management Information Systems from Clarkson University in Potsdam, NY in 2003.  Earned MBA with a concentration in Entrepreneurship and New Venture Management from Clarkson University in 2004. 

Doug Lorenson

Dedicated and efficient leader drawing on 17 years of analytical and strategic planning experience in U.S. intelligence agencies. Effective communicator; adept at training, mentoring, and working in collaborative, team-oriented environments. Innovatively improved processes and devised/executed strategy. Experienced in complex data analysis, synthesis, and interpretation. With a history of success in maximizing operational effectiveness and providing value-added recommendations that result in goal achievement.

​Catherine Heaberlin

Systems/Software/Embedded engineer with over 30 years of experience in software requirements specification, design, code, integration and testing. Developed several research and prototype systems for Lockheed Martin’s Aegis Weapon System.  Co-authored a presentation to the OMG (Open Management Group) following a research project involving a reliable UDP both unicast and multicast transport for CORBA.  Member of an OMG committee for the selection of the DDS (Data Distribution System) standard.  Member of the systems integration team for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, worked extensively in the area of integration, validation and test of its cryptographic capabilities.  Experience with development, modification and integration of cryptographic software.


RuleSentry™ Configurable Decision Support  –  RuleSentry™ allows users to build system rules to automate tasks and evaluate data, increasing situational awareness and accelerating critical decision making.   These rules can help control sensors and devices, evaluate databases, and monitor object positions and physical perimeters.  Building from simple rule-action blocks, the RuleSentry™ framework allows the user to define highly complex system automation and behaviors.  By integrating data across multiple devices, customer-defined RuleSentry™ rule sets provide the intelligence to differentiate nuisance data from meaningful alerts. Users can also automate repeatable tasks, trigger contingency plans, or save energy by managing device power. 


Blueforce Tactical (BTAC) is a patented mobile software application that enables the rapid formation of tactical teams and enables location, information, and sensor sharing amongst team members using Android and iOS Smartphones and tablets brought to the tactical environment.

Blueforce Command

Blueforce Command Center is a patented command and control software application for Windows and/or HTML5 client computing platforms for use by team leaders and commanders. The product enables the rapid formation of tactical teams and facilitates a user-defined single pane of glass view of people, sensors, and information services

Blueforce Beacon

BlueBeacon is a highly secure software tracker and “panic button” for Android that provides a safety net for those who require personal protection, work in remote and potentially hazardous environments, or for campus safety and security.




Tuckerton, NJ08087




Tel: (609) 444-9418


Monday-Friday: 9am to 5pm

Saturday: Closed

Sunday: Closed