Our Vision & Mission

OUR VISION is to be the worlds number one ecosystem for enabling remote machine operations, through unparalleled control and awareness of your autonomous sUAS and sUAV workforce.

OUR MISSION is to be industry thought leaders who persistently create leading technology, and 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 practised 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 publicly call it a non-descriptive name such as ‘Typing Pool 12’ and ‘Paint Shop 22’.
Paying homage to the dedication, commitment, and sacrifice of the people who participated in these projects around the globe, the initial executives of Department 13 named the company after one such shadow department: ‘Department 13’ who conducted technical and strategic works with diversionary tactics to protect sovereign land and assets, and save lives.


Meet Our Team

Department 13 Executives

Lee Croft
Chief Executive Officer

Jonathan Hunter
Managing Director

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

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
Nathan Kook
APAC Lead Engineer