Intelligent Waves (IW), a cutting-edge IT systems integrator delivering high-impact transformational IT solutions to the Government’s most mission-critical challenges, is proud to announce that its Chief Strategy Officer, John Hammes, was named Cybersecurity Executive of the Year in WashingtonExec’s 2021 Pinnacle Awards

Hammes supports intelligence and special operations as a leading cybersecurity innovator, force multiplier, and disruptor. He addresses system-of-systems architectures using a disciplined approach to enable adaptability, scalability, and sustainability. In support of the enhanced capabilities of the warfighter, he develops exceptional and asymmetrical solutions to accomplish mission-critical operations in cybersecurity, systems integration, and C5ISR. Additionally, John is dedicated to enhancing military intelligence capabilities by developing in-house solutions that allow operators freedom of movement on the cyber battlefield. 

IW’s proprietary GRAYPATH (GP) solution is an example of his innovation. In 2021, Hammes led the rollout of GRAYPATH, the next-generation solution for expeditionary communications. Through its patented IP Spread Spectrum technology, GP leverages the cloud to randomize and distribute message packets through the simultaneous use of multiple transport paths and encrypted channels. In addition, GP algorithms optimize throughput by continuously sensing and adjusting the message flow according to channel availability and bandwidth capacity creating a smoother connection even for HD video transmissions. GP, as a result, significantly lowers the risk of detection and interception and is virtually impervious to disruption.

About Intelligent Waves LLC

Intelligent Waves LLC is a service-disabled veteran-owned small business (SDVOSB). The firm provides enterprise systems engineering, cloud computing and managed services, cyber and security architecture, mobility, operations, and intelligence analytics. For more information, visit

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