About Us

Saltenna, a dual-use technology company based in the Washington, D.C. metro area, is a pioneer in high-bandwidth wireless communication solutions across difficult and challenging environments. Our company’s plasmonics technology enables wireless communication underwater, underground, under ice, and in dense urban and industrial settings. Saltenna’s innovation is proven by its growing patent portfolio, with several already granted and more pending.

Saltenna’s technical team has published articles in peer-reviewed industry journals, such as the Scientific Reports (Nature), Journal of the Optical Society of America B (JOSAB), Proceedings in Electromagnetic Research (PIERS), IEEE Journal of Oceanic Engineering, IEEE Open Journal of Antennas and Wireless Propagation, Journal of Marine Science and Engineering, and others.

Saltenna’s offices are located at: 1751 Pinnacle Dr. Ste 600 McLean, VA 22102

Mission and Vision

Saltenna is committed to providing innovative communication technology to the government, military, and commercial sectors. Through patented technology that harnesses the power of plasmonics, Saltenna’s technology makes communication in the harshest environments possible. 

Saltenna provides submarine technology.

Leadership Team

M. Dendy Young

Chairman of the Board, Founder

Over 35 years executive experience in government contracts technology. CEO of GTSI. CEO and Founder of Falcon Systems and Falcon Microsystems. Executive Committee of the Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC). Board Member of multiple technology companies. Early-stage investor in technology companies.

B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School.

Dennis G. Defensor

Chief Executive Officer

Over 35 years of executive experience in both commercial and government contracts markets. President & CEO of ICOM Simulations (sold to Viacom International) and TerraGlyph Interactive. Group President, Technology Solutions Group (3 companies), Akima. Senior VP, Cloudshield/SAIC, Viacom International and DLT Solutions. Vice President of GTSI and Falcon Microsystems.

B.S. in Biology, Beloit College, J.D. from the Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law.

Contact informationdennis.defensor@saltenna.com or (703) 409-8136

Dr. Igor Smolyaninov, Ph.D

Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder

Senior Principal Engineer, BAE Systems. Research scientist, University of Maryland. CTO of Gradient Dynamics LLC. Deputy Chief CTO, LumenLink. Published more than 400 journal and conference papers and patents in various areas of surface optics, plasmonics, and electromagnetic metamaterials.

M.Sc. Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology. Ph.D. in Physics, Kapitza Institute for Physical Problems, Russian Academy of Sciences.

Dr. Quirino Balzano, Ph.D

Senior Scientist

Dr. Balzano has written more than 50 papers on RF dosimetry near electromagnetic sources and the biological effects of RF energy. He has 31 patents in antenna and IC technology.  He has authored/co-authored more than 100 publications. Senior Staff Researcher at the Electrical and Computer Engineering Dept., University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland. Vice President of the Technical Staff and Corporate Vice President of Florida Research Laboratories, Motorola. Missile Systems Division, Raytheon Corporation, Bedford, MA, doing R&D of planar and conformal phased arrays for the Patriot and other weapon systems.

Ph.D. Electronics Engineering. University of Rome, La Sapienza, Rome, Italy.    

Captain Denny Brisley, USN (Ret.)

Chief Strategy Officer

President & COO, NorthStar Earth & Space Systems, Inc. Captain (O-6), US Navy. Director, Washington, DC Operations & Global Strategic Naval Business Development, CAE. Market Development Executive – Intelligence Analysis and Mission Support, SAIC. Command Operations Officer, Department Civil Maritime Intelligence Analysis, General Dynamics. Command Operations Officer, Office of Naval Intelligence.

B.A. International Relations, Stanford University. M.A. Defense and Strategic Studies, U.S. Naval War College.

W. Mark Barry

Vice President, Applied Technologies

Critical Facilities Operations, Engineering, E.H.S. and Training, Sentinel Data Centers. Submarine Operator, Nuclear Engineer, Construction Engineer (Retired). Reliability Engineer, ExxonMobil. Sales & Clinical Consultant, Heart & Spine Surgical Medical Device Sales & Clinical Consulting.

B.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Arizona. M.B.A in Business Administration and Management, University of South Carolina. Navy Nuclear Power Program (DOE).

Sanjee Singla

Vice President of Product Development

Over 20 years of experience in hardware and software technology innovation. CEO, Import Zen and Apply.co. Founder-CTO of AT Strategic. Founder and Director, Healthcare startup. Analyst, Taylor-DeJongh (UK). Researcher, Collaboratory for Research on Global Projects, Stanford University.

B.A. in Economics and Physics, Stanford University. M.S. Management Science and Engineering with special concentration in Global Project Finance, Stanford University.

Latest News

New Publication in Nature – Scientific Reports!

A Message from Saltenna CTO, Dr. Igor Smolyaninov: “We are pleased that our recent paper in Scientific Reports (Nature Publishing Group), which describes the basic scientific and engineering principles of Saltenna's broadband underwater wireless communication...

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Saltenna Recognized at ’22 Trident Spectre

381 applied, 75 selected, 4 highlighted to Distinguished Visitors at USSOCOM's premier event in search of game-changing & disruptive technology, incl. Saltenna.Saltenna customer testimonials from Trident Spectre ’22:“Novel, differentiated, and superior...

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