Robert J. (Rocky) Spane Joins HALO Maritime Defense Systems as Chairman

April 1, 2008

New York, NY - Robert J. (Rocky) Spane, was appointed Chairman of HALO Maritime Defense Systems at a meeting today.

Rocky Spane has served as a member of the Board of Port Commissioners for the Unified Port of San Diego as well as Chairman of the Board of Port Commissioners. A career naval officer, he retired as a Vice Admiral after 33 years of service. His assignments included Commander of the Theodore Roosevelt Battle Group during Desert Storm and Commanding Officer of the nuclear aircraft carrier, USS Enterprise.

“Rocky has had a distinguished career with the Navy and we look forward to his insights and experience,” said Paul Jensen, HALO Maritime Defense Systems’ CEO. “Rocky is playing an important role in building and steering our company into the future.”

“HMDS is one of the most innovative and important companies in Defense today,” said Rocky Spane. “I feel privileged to join this dynamic team and look forward to working closely with Paul and the board in the next phase of HMDS’s growth.”

In civilian life, he has served on the boards of several public and privately held companies including Vanguard Airlines where he became President, CEO and Chairman of the Board. He was also appointed to the Department of Homeland Security's Academe and Policy Research Senior Advisory Committee. He also serves on the board of advisors for Scripps Institute of Oceanography and the board of directors for the San Diego Aerospace Museum.

HALO Maritime Defense Systems, formerly known as Elemental Innovation, is the world leader in Maritime Security Barriers. The HALO™ Barrier is the only true security solution for protecting valuable maritime assets such as Ports, FPSO Vessels, Naval Bases, LNG Terminals, Oil Rigs and Nuclear Reactors. The stable, catamaran structure can withstand any sea state and is impervious to the corrosive nature of the marine environment. A modular design allows complete customization of HALO™ to meet any level of threat or security concern, and also be a part of an integrated security solution. Easy to maintain and friendly to the environment, the HALO™ Barrier is the world’s leading Maritime Security Barrier.