The Columbia Group can trace its roots back to 1967, when Columbia Research Corporation (CRC) was founded by Dr. Norman Witbeck. For over 35 years, Dr. Witbeck led CRC in support of several military programs with expertise in engineering, logistics and acquisition.
Then, in 2005, Chairman, Martin Arase, formed The Columbia Group by acquiring CRC and merging it with Computer Products, Inc., a financial management and information technology services provider he had founded in 1985.
The Columbia Group assumed the operations of AMSEC Rosenblatt’s Washington, DC office in June 2008, a division which specialized in naval architecture and marine engineering. This acquisition created the Columbia Group’s Rosenblatt Ship Design Division and expanded The Columbia Group’s naval architecture and marine engineering capability, adding ship design for whole and auxiliary ships systems to The Columbia Group’s service offerings.
Eagle Systems and Services, Inc, a company headquartered in Lawton, OK, joined The Columbia Group in June 2010 as a wholly-owned subsidiary. Eagle Systems, which specializes in providing training and integrated logistics support services for the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force, expanded The Columbia Group’s market reach and further diversified its offerings.