The mission of UDA is to:

Strengthen and support all appropriate governmental and private enterprises in their accomplishments of national defense objectives

Expand investment and employment opportunities in defense and aerospace related industries


Support Utah military missions, workload, and force structure while developing innovative projects for the future

Strengthen the defense industry as a prime economic development engine in Utah

Expand Utah’s aerospace industry

Promote the availability of a highly skilled workforce to support the defense/aerospace industry

Engage local, state, and national political, DOD, and business leaders on defense/aerospace issues

See a list of Utah military installations here.


Utah Defense Alliance Officers & Executive Committee

Tage Flint President/CEOWeber Basin Water Conservancy District
Kevin Sullivan Executive Director/COOUSAF-Retired/Aerospace Consultant
Steve Rush Vice PresidentRocky Mountain Power 
Gary Harter Vice PresidentGovernor’s Office of Economic Development
Steve Hiatt TreasurerWasatch Capital Mortgage
Rick Hartle SecretaryElected Director
Peter Jenks Elected Director/Past PresidentCongressman Bishop’s Office
Vickie McCall Elected Director/Past PresidentUtah Executive Real Estate
Jerry Stevenson Elected Director/Past PresidentUtah State Senator
Brian Tarbet Elected DirectorBoeing Company (Ret.)
Stephen P. (Pat) Condon Ex-OfficioUSAF-Retired/Senator Mike Lee’s Office

Utah Defense Alliance Board

Brian Garrett Elected DirectorZions Bank
Hugo Horstman Elected DirectorSouthwest Airlines
Mike Jensen Elected DirectorIasis Healthcare
Mike Bouwhuis Elected DirectorClearfield Job Corps Center
Weston Saunders Elected DirectorSaunders Outdoor Advertising
Ross Marshall Elected DirectorLockheed Martin
Benjamin Hart Elected DirectorGovernor’s Office of Economic Development
Mark Shepherd Ex-OfficioClearfield City Mayor
Joy Petro Ex-OfficoLayton City Mayor
Jim Harvey Ex-OfficoWeber County Commissioner
Shawn Milne Ex-OfficioTooele County Commissioner
Bob Stevenson Ex-OfficioDavis County Commissioner
Darin Brush Ex-OfficioDavis Technical College
Kames Taggert Ex-OfficioOgde-Weber Technical College
Brad Mortensen Ex-OfficioWeber State University

Governmental Advisers and Support

Nathan JacksonSenator Mike Lee’s Office
Adam GardinerSenator Mitt Romney’s Office
Joshua EmfieldCongressman John Curtis’s Office
Edwin (Ted) Frederick State of Utah Veterans and Military Affairs
Detlaf Galke Military Installation Development Authority
Paul Morris Legal Counsel
John Peterson CPA-Financial Consultant