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Alion Hires Mark Rider to Lead Key Defense Technology Initiatives
[August 22, 2007]

Alion Hires Mark Rider to Lead Key Defense Technology Initiatives

MCLEAN, Va. --(Business Wire)-- Alion Science and Technology, an employee-owned technology solutions company, today announced it has hired Mark Rider to spearhead critical technology programs in support of the Department of Defense. Rider will lead efforts that include systems and component engineering, selected Pentagon support operations, engineering efforts at Redstone Arsenal and the Weapon System Technology Information Analysis Center (WSTIAC).

Under the WSTIAC program, Rider will be charged with enhancing this critically important enterprise as both a pragmatic, relevant technology information asset and as an effective contractual instrument for the Department of Defense's research, development, and acquisition personnel working vital weapons related issues.

Rider joins Alion after serving 26 years in the Army where he held numerous leadership positions within operational and acquisition organizations. His Army career includes extensive experience in acquisition, procurement, test and evaluation, and budgeting and resource management. He has served as an Army project manager for direct fire munitions (Picatinny Arsenal, NJ.), product manager for a tactical missile system (Redstone Arsenal, Al.), project director at the Army's Simulation, Training and Instrumentation Command (Orlando, Fla.), operational evaluator for fire support systems (Alexandria, Va.), and Headquarters, Department of the Army systems coordinator for several weapons systems (Pentagon).

"Mark has proven himself to be a strong leader, a highly-effective program manager and an advocate for integrating technology into military operations to better support the warfighter," commented Chris Amos, Alion Senior Vice President and Manager of the Technology Solutions Group. "He provides Alion with the ever-important client perspective as we build and manage Defense programs. His guidance will help make sure our efforts are always aligned with customer needs."

Rider has been honored with numerous commendations and awards for outstanding leadership and performance, including the Fiscal Year 2006 Secretary of the Army Project Manager of the Year and selection of his office for the 2005 Department of Defense David Packard Award for Program Management.

About Alion Science and Technology

Alion Science and Technology is an employee-owned technology solutions company delivering technical expertise and operational support to the Department of Defense, civilian government agencies and commercial customers. Building on 70 years of R&D and engineering expertise, Alion brings innovation and insight to multiple business areas: naval architecture & marine engineering; defense operations; systems engineering; modeling & simulation; information management & technology; chemical, biological, nuclear & environmental sciences; wireless spectrum engineering; and industrial technology. Based in McLean, Virginia, Alion employee-owners are located at major offices, customer sites and laboratories worldwide. For more information, call 877.771.6252 or visit Alion online at

This press release contains information about management's view of Alion's future expectations, plans and prospects that constitute forward-looking statements for purposes of the safe harbor provisions under The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Actual results may differ materially from those indicated by these forward-looking statements as a result of a variety of risk factors and uncertainties discussed in documents periodically filed by Alion with the SEC. Due to such uncertainties and risks, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof.

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