Chantilly, VA. (June 29, 2021) – System High Corporation has announced recently retired Air Force Col. Michael “Bear” Newsom has joined the organization as Vice President, Acquisitions and Operations. In this role, Mr. Newsom will leverage his nearly four decades of proven cyberspace, security, and mentoring expertise to continue System High’s deliverance of “beyond compliance” lifecycle protection services and solutions. He will collaborate with executive leadership and customers to deliver exceptional teams focused on strengthening critical systems and securing our nation’s most sensitive acquisition and operations and support missions within the Defense, Intelligence, and commercial communities.

“We are delighted to welcome Mike to System High with his new role ensuring consistent, high-quality performance and customer experiences for those we serve,” said Chief Operating Officer Sarah Lord. “He is a proven leader, mentor, and trailblazer and we are fortunate to have him as part of our leadership team. Mike will be playing a vital role in strengthening critical missions, programs, operations, and intelligence activities for our customers.”

Before joining System High in 2021, Mr. Newsom spent 39 years in the United States Air Force, with his last assignment as the Commander of the 737th Training Group at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland. His previous assignment included performing as the J9 Deputy Director, Current Capabilities, and Deputy CIO at U.S. CYBERCOM, where he led senior military and civilian leaders, joint officers/civilians, and contractors to meet CDRUSCYBERCOM C4 and operational cyber needs. Other assignments included serving as the Chief, Current Operations (J33) at CYBERCOM, leadership positions on the Air Staff, Joint Staff, and was also a Congressional Fellow. Mr. Newsom started his career in the Security Police field and mastered all traditional security disciplines as well as providing Personal Protection for the USAF Chief of Staff and performing as an AFOSI-PJ Program Security Officer supporting Special Access Programs under the Secretary of The Air Force. 

About System High Corporation
System High Corporation provides high-end solutions for some of the nation’s most sensitive activities and has become a leading provider and integrator of global protection and security engineering services. System High’s reputation of succeeding where others have failed is a direct result of bringing together and delivering the most innovative, critical thinking professionals to solve the most complex security challenges across both government and commercial sectors. For more information, visit

About Enlightenment Capital
Enlightenment Capital, a Washington, DC area based private investment firm, provides flexible capital and strategic support to middle market companies in the Aerospace, Defense & Government (ADG) sector. The firm partners with businesses that provide vital services, protect critical infrastructure, innovate cyber and data solutions, enhance decision making capabilities, engineer aerospace systems, safeguard national security, and endeavor to meet the challenges of today and tomorrow. For more information, visit

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