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Robert J. Kohler and Peter Marino Elected to Board of Directors of KOR Electronics, a Mercury Computer Systems Subsidiary


CHELMSFORD, Mass. - March 5, 2012 - Mercury Computer Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRCY,, a trusted provider of commercially developed, application-ready ISR and EW subsystems for defense prime contractors, announced that Robert J. Kohler, former Director of the Office of Development and Engineering with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), and Peter Marino, a nationally acclaimed expert on defense and intelligence issues, were elected to the Board of Directors of KOR Electronics, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Mercury Computer Systems, Inc., acquired in December 2011.

“We are delighted to announce that both Robert and Peter will be continuing as members of the KOR Electronics Board, where their expertise in intelligence and electronics will be a key asset,” said Mark Aslett, President and CEO of Mercury Computer Systems, Inc. “Both gentlemen have a rich history of providing critical insight and counsel to technology supporting military and government programs. We look forward to working with them to maximize the contributions we make through our new subsidiary KOR Electronics.”

Mr. Kohler is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Rochester Institute of Technology. His career with the CIA spanned 18 years, concluding with his assignment as Director of the Office of Development and Engineering, Directorate of Science and Technology, in Washington, D.C. After leaving the CIA, Mr. Kohler held executive positions with Lockheed Missiles and Space Co., ESL Inc. and most recently with TRW Inc. He received the CIA Distinguished Intelligence Medal and the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal in 1985, the Intelligence Medal of Merit and several other awards as a result of work on National Reconnaissance Office programs. Mr. Kohler earned his bachelor’s degree in photographic science and technology from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 1959.

Throughout his distinguished career, Mr. Marino has held senior executive positions including the Director of Technical Service at the CIA; President and COO of both Lockheed Electronics Co., Inc. and Fairfield Industries, Inc.; Senior Vice President of E-Systems, Inc.; and CEO and President of Fire Arms Training Systems. He has also served on numerous boards including the Defense Science Board, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Advisory Group and Qinetiq North America. He was an advisor for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Defense, Defense Intelligence Agency, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, National Reconnaissance Office and the Central Intelligence Agency’s Senior Advisory Group. Mr. Marino earned his bachelor’s degree in physics from Rollins College and his master’s degree in acoustics from Pennsylvania State University. He is a Harvard Senior Executive Fellow.

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Mercury Computer Systems, Inc. – Where Challenges Drive Innovation® 

Mercury Computer Systems (, NASDAQ: MRCY) is a best-of-breed provider of open, commercially developed, application-ready, multi-INT subsystems for defense prime contractors. With over 30 years of experience in embedded computing, superior domain expertise in radar, EW, EO/IR, C4I and sonar applications, and more than 300 successful program deployments including Aegis, Global Hawk and Predator, Mercury’s Services and Systems Integration (SSI) team leads the industry in partnering with customers to design and integrate system-level solutions that minimize program risk, maximize application portability and accelerate customers’ time to market.

Mercury is based in Chelmsford, Massachusetts, and serves customers worldwide through a broad network of direct sales offices, subsidiaries and distributors. 

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Robert McGrail, Director of Corporate Communications
Mercury Computer Systems, Inc.
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