The Spectrum Group

COL George B. Patten, USA, Ret.

Expertise Areas

  • Strategic Marketing and Business Development
  • Competitive Intelligence and Customer Analysis
  • Client/Prospect Relationship Management Support
  • Business Development and Project Management Team Training
  • Market, Capture and Win Strategy Development
  • Conference and Tradeshow Planning and Support
  • Army, Army National Guard and Marine Corps


Colonel Patten supports clients working in defense systems acquisition processes with his diverse military and commercial program management and acquisition executive background. He has more than 20 years of significant engagement experience with all Army staff levels, from PEOs to PMs to supporting OEMs and management, including with requirements writers and managers at Army Centers of Excellence.

Colonel Patten’s core capabilities include defense ground systems, including virtual simulators and training devices, with experience spanning both organic and commercial industrial bases with acquisition and requirements user communities. He also has a strong investment management consulting background and is a Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA).

Prior to joining The SPECTRUM Group (TSG), and in his work at TSG, Colonel Patten’s experience spans Army ground combat weapons systems acquisition management, senior Army programming and budget management, Army Command and Staff experience, investment management consulting, and defense industry strategic management and business development consulting. He previously served as the President of the Arsenal of Democracy Chapter (Michigan) of AUSA.


  • Program Manager, M1A2 Abrams Tank System, PEO Armored Systems Modernization (ASM) (now Ground Combat Systems)
  • Assistant Product Manager and Project Officer for Horizontal Technology Integration, Abrams Tank System, PEO ASM
  • Executive Officer to the Director of the Army’s Program, Analysis and Evaluation Directorate
  • Vice President, Investment Management and Investment Consulting Services Group, Baird


  • M.B.A., Fuqua School of Business, Duke University
  • B.A., Economics, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA), Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania