Our Vision & Mission

Our vision is to be the world’s number one ecosystem for enabling remote machine operations, through unparalleled control and awareness of your autonomous workforce.

Our mission is to be industry thought leaders who persistently create technology, leverage alliances and platforms to enable the operational transformation of commercial and government customers.


Why the name “Department 13”

During the Cold War the US practiced varying types of intelligence gathering activities and shadow techniques to protect vital secrets and projects. On its most sensitive projects, the US would disguise a project’s purpose by using a fully staffed “shadow department” and publically call it a non-descriptive name such as ‘Typing Pool 12’ and ‘Paint Shop 22’.


As homage to the dedication, commitment, and sacrifice of the people who participated on these projects, the initial executives named the company after one such shadow department: ‘Department 13’.


Meet Our Team

Department 13 Executives

Lee Croft
Chief Executive Officer

Jonathan Hunter
Managing Director Americas

Leuk Andersen
Chief Technology Officer

Ben McAlister
Chief Financial Officer

Read more here on Department 13 Executives.


Department 13 Management

Steve Shattil
Patent & IP Strategist

Zaven Kalayjian
Head of Hardware Development

Ron Eggert
Program Manager



Department 13 Team

Stephen Towner
Delivery Director for APAC & Department 13 Chief Pilot

Daniel Sweeney
Technical Sales Director APAC

Bill Inman
Business Development Director