Who Are We

We are a combination of accomplished and motivated military acquisition and procurement specialists, logisticians, fuel traders, and petroleum industry experts. We are committed to the execution of a vision to create world class energy solutions that benefit our customers, the industry and the environment. Defense Energy Syndicate occupies a unique position at the intersection of the energy industry and defense industrial base. As a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business we have the ability to engage in mutually beneficial partnerships with suppliers, vendors and consumers. Our fuel procurement team combines a global network, market knowledge and efficient logistics to connect producers and government and commercial end-users.  

DES Senior Management 

CEO Arthur CastigliA

Arthur Castiglia brings to Defense Energy Syndicate over 22 years of proven management and leadership experience as a Naval Special Warfare Officer. A service disabled combat veteran, Mr. Castiglia possesses extensive expertise in military and governmental sectors.  During his twenty plus years as a high ranking US Navy SEAL, his duties ranged from leading combat missions to interacting with foreign diplomats and their governments, designing, arranging and leading international cooperative activities.  With knowledge on strategic policy, operations coordination and defense industrial base partnerships, he successfully managed all aspects of an $85 million dollar national level defense program out of the Pentagon. His proven track record of building and leading elite teams, establishing critical relationships and structuring international partnerships gives him the skill sets essential to Defense Energy Syndicate’s business efforts in a fractious and volatile industry. An innovative tactical thinker and exceptional communicator, he has taken Defense Energy Syndicate from an ambitious startup to a company positioned to make a major impact in the bulk fuel industry.


John Waldheim has over 26 years of defense industry experience as a US Navy logistician and defense contractor.  He is an expert in Department of Defense procurement and acquisitions systems, contracting, budgeting, manufacturing, and logistics.  Prior to co-founding Defense Energy Syndicate he held financial, analytical and supervisory positions with the Northrop Grumman Corporation on numerous major defense acquisition programs.   He also spent five years in the energy sector operating in the secondary petroleum markets as a facilitator and intermediate partner.  Mr. Waldheim is a service disabled veteran who brings a vast military and commercial logistics background and unparalleled skills as a negotiator to Defense Energy SyndicateHis experience has perfectly positioned him to lead Defense Energy Syndicate’s service of military specification bulk fuels requirements and navigate the complexities of the Department of Defense’s worldwide bulk petroleum supply chain.