Steve Fendley, President, Unmanned Systems Division

Steve Fendley is the President of Kratos Unmanned Systems Division, KUSD, which includes the Kratos companies Kratos Unmanned Aerial Systems. Microsystems, Kratos Technical Directions, Kratos Australia, and 5-D Systems. He has over 25 years of experience focused on development of unmanned and optionally-piloted aerial systems; both aerial targets and the more conventional UAVs. Over his career, his defense industry roles have spanned electrical/systems engineering, engineering management, program management, and executive management for Westinghouse, Tracor, Northrop Grumman, BAE Systems, 5-D Systems, and CEi/Kratos. His efforts have supported the QF-4 FSAT, MQM-107E SSAT, Kalkara (Australian 107E), Taiwan 107E, 5GAT, AFSAT, Navy SSAT, Firejet, UTAP-22 Mako, XQ-58A and several UAS development systems. Mr. Fendley has a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering degree from Auburn University.

Kimberly Karnes, Senior Vice President

Kim is responsible for the business operations of the company, and leadership of 5-D Systems across all locations and programs. Kim holds a bachelor’s degree from California State University Northridge in Business Administration and a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification. Kim has been in the defense industry for 20 years and has extensive expertise in business operations, finance and contracts, and program management, specifically development programs. Her industry experience includes finance and management positions at BAE Systems.

Meet the Team

  • Steve Fendley

    President, Unmanned Systems Division

  • Kimberly Karnes

    Vice President, Business Operations