Cherokee Nation Businesses’ technology division names new director of Unmanned Systems

Share Article

Cherokee Nation Technologies is expanding capabilities


Cherokee Nation Technologies (CNT), a division of Cherokee Nation Businesses, is expanding and advancing its capabilities to support unmanned systems integration and operations.

John “JC” Coffey, recently retired naval aviator and Department of Defense acquisition professional, is leading the company’s efforts to provide unmanned support and services. Coffey was previously chief of staff at the Naval Research Laboratory.

“We have a long standing relationship with several key agencies focused on developing unmanned systems,” said Steven Bilby, president of CNB diversified businesses. “John’s experience and knowledge has proven to be valuable and we look forward to his leadership in advancing our position in the market.”

Coffey is working directly with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to develop and implement an unmanned systems strategy that provides recommendations for the operation of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), as well as other unmanned technologies.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for CNT to advance into a thriving business with the potential to have a lasting economic impact and create jobs,” said Coffey. “There is estimated to be $70 to $100 billion pumped into the economy through the development of UAS over the next 10 years, and CNT is striving to be at the forefront of the industry.”

The team’s efforts include in-depth analyses of new and developing systems, as well as the evaluation of different observation requirements to determine how those needs can be achieved using UAVs. The two major systems currently in development are the Global Hawk, which is the size of a 737 aircraft and made for high-altitude and long-endurance missions, and the Puma, a ship-launched UAV specializing in low-altitude and short-endurance missions.

“Our goal is to match systems to requirements that will increase organizational observing capacity and develop high-science-return missions such as high-impact weather monitoring, polar monitoring and marine monitoring,” said Coffey. “Unmanned systems have the potential to efficiently, effectively and economically fulfill observation requirements in an environmentally friendly manner, and it is a privilege to be a part of these industry advancements.”

The technology division provides a full spectrum of unmanned systems expertise, IT services and technology solutions as well as management and support of programs, projects, professionals and technical staff.

Since 2009, Cherokee Nation Technologies (CNT) has been serving government clients with time-tested solutions that increase client effectiveness through the intelligent use of technology. CNT’s expertise includes software and application services, network services and business process services. The company is headquartered in Tulsa, with a regional office in Ft. Collins, Colorado, and client locations nationwide. Wholly owned by the Cherokee Nation, CNT is part of the Cherokee Nation Businesses family of companies.

For more information, please visit


About Cherokee Nation Businesses

Cherokee Nation Businesses is the tribally owned holding company of the Cherokee Nation, the largest Indian Nation in the United States. The Cherokee Nation and its businesses employ 9,000 people. CNB owns companies in the gaming, hospitality, information technology, personnel services, distribution, manufacturing, telecommunications, environmental services and security and defense industries. For more information, please visit

Editor's note: Find all the latest Cherokee Nation news at

Share article on social media or email:

View article via:

Pdf Print

Contact Author

Travis Noland
Cherokee Nation Businesses
+1 (918) 384-6992
Email >