Speakers

Cynthia Bedell

Director, Computational & Information Sciences Directorate, Combat Capabilities Development Command

Army Research Laboratory

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Cynthia Bedell

Director, Computational & Information Sciences Directorate, Combat Capabilities Development Command

Army Research Laboratory

As the director for the U. S. Army Research Lab (ARL) Computational & Information Sciences Directorate, Cynthia Bedell is responsible for basic and applied research Network and Information Sciences, Cyber Defense, High Performance Computing, and Battlefield Environments. She has technical oversight of the state-of-the art high performance computing assets, computational capabilities, and wide area networking methodologies for ARL, the Department of the Army, and the Department of Defense. ARL is the U.S. Army’s corporate laboratory, strategically placed within the Army Futures Command (AFC). ARL’s mission is to “Discover, innovate, and transition science and technology to ensure dominant strategic land power”.

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John Demers

Assistant Attorney General for National Security

Department of Justice

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John Demers

Assistant Attorney General for National Security

Department of Justice

John Demers became Assistant Attorney General for National Security on February 22, 2018. In that capacity, he leads the Department of Justice’s efforts to combat national security related cyber-crime, terrorism and espionage, to enforce export control and sanctions laws, to use the authorities of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, and to conduct national security review of foreign investments. In November 2018, John was selected to lead the Attorney General’s China Initiative, put in place to counter the Peoples Republic of China’s persistent and aggressive economic espionage, trade secret theft, hacking and other related crimes.

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Tara Murphy Dougherty

CEO

Govini

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Tara Murphy Dougherty

CEO

Govini

Tara Murphy Dougherty is the CEO of Govini. Prior to her role as CEO, Tara served as Govini’s President of National Security, leading strategy and growth, and overseeing Govini’s work with all federal clients. She has held leadership positions relating to technology and defense issues across industry, government, and the non-profit sectors.

Prior to joining Govini, Tara led government business accounts at Palantir Technologies and served as Chief of Staff for Global Strategic Affairs in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Tara holds a BS from the Georgia Institute of Technology and an MA in Security Studies from Georgetown University. She is a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Preston Dunlap

Chief Architect

Department of the Air Force

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Preston Dunlap

Chief Architect

Department of the Air Force

Mr. Preston C. Dunlap is the Chief Architect of the Department of the Air Force. First to hold this position, Mr. Dunlap is charged with working across the Air and Space Force, and in partnership with the Department of the Navy and Army, to transform technology development and acquisition so the Air Force not only designs, develops, and buys the right mix of future capability but does so more rapidly and with the power of interoperability. Key family of systems initiatives include Multi-domain Operations, Advanced Battle Management System, and Next Generation Air Dominance.

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Kara Frederick

Fellow, Technology & National Security Program

CNAS

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Kara Frederick

Fellow, Technology & National Security Program

CNAS

Kara Frederick is a Fellow for the Technology and National Security Program at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS).

Prior to joining CNAS, Kara helped create and lead Facebook’s Global Security Counterterrorism Analysis Program. She was also the team lead for Facebook Headquarters’ Regional Intelligence Team in Menlo Park, California. Prior to Facebook, she served as a Senior Intelligence Analyst for a U.S. Naval Special Warfare Command, and spent six years as a counterterrorism analyst at the Department of Defense. While at the Department of Defense, she deployed three times to Afghanistan in support of special operations forces, served as a briefer to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special
Operations/Low Intensity Conflict and as a liaison to the National Security Agency.

She received her M.A. in War Studies from King’s College London and her B.A. in Foreign Affairs and History from the University of Virginia, where she played varsity soccer.

Dr. Tim Grayson

Director, Strategic Technology Office

Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

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Dr. Tim Grayson

Director, Strategic Technology Office

Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

Dr. Timothy Grayson is the director of the Strategic Technology Office (STO) at DARPA. In this role, he leads the office in development of breakthrough technologies to enable warfighters to field, operate, and adapt distributed, joint, multi-domain combat capabilities at continuous speed. These technologies include sensing, communications, and electronic warfare technology and the supporting tools and decision aids needed to compose, integrate, and operate complex combat architectures.

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Rebeccah Heinrichs

Senior Fellow

Hudson Institute

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Rebeccah Heinrichs

Senior Fellow

Hudson Institute

Rebeccah L. Heinrichs is a senior fellow at Hudson Institute where she specializes in nuclear deterrence and missile defense.

Ms. Heinrichs serves as an adjunct professor at the Institute of World Politics where she teaches nuclear deterrence theory. She was tapped by the State Department’s U.S. Speaker Program to serve the American people by communicating with foreign audiences to foster greater understanding.

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Vice Admiral Jon Hill

Director

Missile Defense Agency

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Vice Admiral Jon Hill

Director

Missile Defense Agency

Vice Adm. Jon Hill is a native of Texas, born and raised on Fort Bliss. A Surface Warfare Officer, designated as an Engineering Duty Officer, he is a graduate of Saint Mary’s University. He earned his Master of Science in Applied Physics and Ordnance Engineering from Naval Postgraduate School.

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Dustin Homer

Director of Solutions

Fraym

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Dustin Homer

Director of Solutions

Fraym

Christan Johnson (CJ)

Talent Lead

Defense Digital Service

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Christan Johnson (CJ)

Talent Lead

Defense Digital Service

 

Dr. Tom Karako

Senior Fellow, International Security Program and Director, Missile Defense Project

Center for Strategic and International Studies

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Dr. Tom Karako

Senior Fellow, International Security Program and Director, Missile Defense Project

Center for Strategic and International Studies

Dr. Thomas Karako is a senior fellow with the International Security Program and the director of the Missile Defense Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), where he arrived in 2014. His research focuses on national security, missile defense, nuclear deterrence, and public law. For 2010–2011, he was an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow, working with the professional staff of the House Armed Services Committee and the Strategic Forces Subcommittee on U.S. strategic forces policy, nonproliferation, and NATO.

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Lauren Knausenberger

Chief Transformation Officer

Air Force

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Lauren Knausenberger

Chief Transformation Officer

Air Force

Lauren Knausenberger recently joined the U.S. Air Force to drive innovation across the Department of Defense, speed adoption of emerging technologies, and create stronger partnerships between DoD, start-ups, and the venture community. Prior to joining the government, Lauren was founder and President of a consulting firm specializing in solving problems of national security importance and investing in commercial technologies that could be applied to a government mission. An enthusiastic Angel investor, Lauren is active with NextGen Angels, has invested in emerging technology companies, such as Graphene Frontiers, and is now applying the VC model to the Air Force through Spark Tank, a DoD version of the Shark Tank television series.

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Dr. Mark Lewis

Director, Defense Research and Engineering for Modernization

Department of Defense

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Dr. Mark Lewis

Director, Defense Research and Engineering for Modernization

Department of Defense

Dr. Mark J. Lewis is the Director of Defense Research and Engineering for Modernization. In this capacity, Dr. Lewis oversees investment and capability analysis of the Pentagon’s modernization priorities outlined in the National Defense Strategy. He has oversight of the nine assistant directors assigned to those modernization portfolios, working in collaboration with the two technical directors, and their roadmaps – the comprehensive strategies to manage, provide oversight and guide choices for each modernization priority area. These modernization priorities include 5G; Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning; Autonomy; Biotechnology; Cyber; Directed Energy; Fully Networked Command, Control, and Communications; Hypersonics; Microelectronics; Quantum Science; and Space.

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Chris Lynch

CEO

Rebellion Defense

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Chris Lynch

CEO

Rebellion Defense

Josh Marcuse

Head of Strategy and Innovation for Global Public Sector

Google Cloud

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Josh Marcuse

Head of Strategy and Innovation for Global Public Sector

Google Cloud

Josh Marcuse is the head of strategy and innovation for Global Public Sector at Google Cloud. He leads a team of public sector digital transformation experts who work to solve-­real world problems in public health, smart cities, cyber defense, and more for governments around the world.

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COL Mike McGinley

Director of Defense Engagement, Defense Innovation Unit

Department of Defense

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COL Mike McGinley

Director of Defense Engagement, Defense Innovation Unit

Department of Defense

Colonel Michael McGinley is the Director of Defense Engagement at the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) and leads the DIU office in Boston, Massachusetts.

Before joining DIU as an activated reservist, Mike practiced law as an attorney, focusing on cybersecurity and international sanctions, and co-founding his law firm’s Cybersecurity Practice Group. He also has civilian experience as a defense contractor working on tactical data links and as
a technology consultant. Mike is an Air Force acquisition officer with experience leading USCYBERCOM’s Public-Private Partnership initiative, where he created and led tech outreach teams in Silicon Valley, New York city, and Boston.

Mike holds a J.D. degree from Georgetown University Law Center, an M.P.A. from Auburn University, and a B.S.B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Meagan Metzger

Founder and CEO

Dcode

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Meagan Metzger

Founder and CEO

Dcode

Meagan Metzger is the founder and CEO of Dcode, a privately owned company connecting the technology industry and government to drive commercial innovation in the federal market. FCW recognized Meagan as one of the Federal 100 winners in 2018, and Fedscoop named her one of 2018’s Top Women in Tech for her influential work. Prior to Dcode, Meagan worked as Chief Operating Officer of a government-­ focused mobile and cloud company, growing the business 200% in its first two years.

Meagan was also previously Chief Strategy Officer at a government-­facing IT consultancy and established it as one of the fastest-­growing small businesses on Washington Technology’s Fast 50 for three years in a row. Meagan has worked closely
in several roles with senior leadership across the Department of Defense and civilian agencies, using her expertise in federal IT acquisitions to execute a billion-­dollar IT program.

Meagan serves on the advisory board for Booz Allen Hamilton’s Modzy enterprise artificial intelligence software product. She is also on the advisory board of the Defense Entrepreneurs Forum, which promotes a culture of innovation in the national security community. Evidence of her commitment to advancing women in leadership, Meagan serves as a mentor for Springboard Enterprises to accelerate the growth of entrepreneurial, women-­led companies through access to resources and a global community of experts.

Anne Neuberger

Director of Cybersecurity

National Security Agency

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Anne Neuberger

Director of Cybersecurity

National Security Agency

 

MAJ Brandon S. Pybus, Ph.D.

Deputy Director, Experimental Therapeutics Branch

The Walter Reed Army Institute of Research

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MAJ Brandon S. Pybus, Ph.D.

Deputy Director, Experimental Therapeutics Branch

The Walter Reed Army Institute of Research

 

Lisa Sanders

Director, Science and Technology

Special Operations Command (SOCOM)

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Lisa Sanders

Director, Science and Technology

Special Operations Command (SOCOM)

Ms. Lisa R. Sanders is the Director of Science and Technology for Special Operations Forces, Acquisition, Technology & Logistics (SOF AT&L), U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), MacDill Air Force Base, Florida. She is responsible for all research and development funded activities. Ms. Sanders has over 30 years of civilian Federal service

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Dr. Eric Schmidt

Chairman, National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence

Former CEO and Executive Chairman, Google

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Dr. Eric Schmidt

Chairman, National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence

Former CEO and Executive Chairman, Google

Dr. Eric Schmidt is the technical advisor to the board of Alphabet where he was formerly the executive chairman. As executive chairman, he was responsible for the external matters of all of the holding company’s businesses, including Google Inc., advising their CEOs and leadership on business and policy issues.

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Col. Brian Vile

Commander, 780th Military Intelligence Brigade (Cyber)

Army

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Col. Brian Vile

Commander, 780th Military Intelligence Brigade (Cyber)

Army

Colonel Brian Vile, from Langhorne, Pennsylvania, was commissioned in 1994 as an Infantry Officer. His first operational assignment was to First Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) where he served as a Platoon Leader, Anti-Armor Platoon Leader, Company Executive Officer, and Battalion Air Operations Officer.

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LTG Eric Wesley

Deputy Commanding General and Director, Futures and Concepts Center

Army Futures Command

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LTG Eric Wesley

Deputy Commanding General and Director, Futures and Concepts Center

Army Futures Command

LTG Eric Wesley is currently serving as Deputy Commanding General, U.S. Army Futures Command / Director, Futures and Concepts Center, U.S. Army Futures Command.

LTG Wesley was commissioned as an Armor Officer from the United States Military Academy in 1986. He began his career as a Tank Platoon Leader, Scout Platoon Leader, and Battalion Logistics Officer in 2nd Battalion, 70th Armor Regiment, of the 1st Armored Division in Germany. In May 1991, he was assigned to the 1st Infantry Division at Fort Riley, Kansas where he commanded a tank company in 1st Battalion, 34th Armor, until Dec 1993. He then spent three and a half years with the United States Army Special Operations Command during which he deployed in support of OPERATION JOINT GUARD/ENDEAVOR in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

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Mike White

Assistant Director, Hypersonics

Office of the Under Secretary for Defense for Research and Engineering

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Mike White

Assistant Director, Hypersonics

Office of the Under Secretary for Defense for Research and Engineering

Thomas C. Wingfield

Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Cyber Policy

Department of Defense

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Thomas C. Wingfield

Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Cyber Policy

Department of Defense

Mr. Thomas C. Wingfield was appointed the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Cyber Policy on November 25, 2019. In this capacity, he supports the Secretary of Defense and other senior Department of Defense leaders by formulating, recommending, integrating, and implementing policies and strategies to improve DoD’s ability to operate in cyberspace. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Wingfield was the Acting Chancellor and Dean of Faculty and Academic Programs at the College of Information and Cyberspace at the National Defense University in Washington, DC.

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Lauren Zabierek

Executive Director, Cyber Project

Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School

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Lauren Zabierek

Executive Director, Cyber Project

Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School

Lauren Zabierek is the Executive Director of the Cyber Project at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center. She comes to this role as a 2019 graduate of the Kennedy School’s mid-career MPA program.

Lauren served as an intelligence officer in the United States Air Force at the beginning of her career. Later, as a civilian intelligence analyst with the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA) assigned to the Office of Counterterrorism, she completed three war zone deployments where she worked to identify and dismantle terror networks. Throughout her six years at NGA, she became a subject matter expert on Activity Based Intelligence (ABI) and served as an adjunct professor in ABI at the NGA college.

After leaving NGA, she joined the cybersecurity threat intelligence startup Recorded Future, and was instrumental in building its Public Sector business practice. In her role as a Senior Intelligence Analyst, she fused intelligence methodologies with cybersecurity and machine learning technologies to help public and private sector customers improve their cyber posture. She also managed a team of analysts and worked alongside the Product Management and Training teams to improve her customers’ experience with the software.

A Gold Star Sister, Lauren is committed to supporting families of the fallen and has volunteered several times as a mentor with the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS). She also co-founded the Recorded Future Women’s Mentorship Initiative, helped to start a women’s initiative at NGA, and is a member of the NatSecGirlSquad.

Rui Zhong

Program Associate

Wilson Center

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Rui Zhong

Program Associate

Wilson Center

Rui Zhong is the Program Associate for the Kissinger Institute on China and the United States at the Wilson Center. She holds an MA from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and a BA in International Studies from Emory University. She has completed coursework at Peking University and earned a graduate certificate at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center in China. At the Kissinger Institute, she manages Mapping China’s Cultural Genome, a curated project that collects top-level speeches and commentary on China’s global cultural ambitions. Her research interests include China’s role in the East Asian Political Economy and how nationalist interests can impact business, technology and cultural policies. Rui’s writing has appeared in Foreign Policy,The Washington Post, Chinafile and more.

Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian - Moderator

China Reporter

Axios

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Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian - Moderator

China Reporter

Axios

I am the China reporter at Axios, where I write high-impact investigations, exclusives, and breaking news about China, with a focus on China’s influence in the United States and abroad.

Before joining Axios, I served as the lead reporter for the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists’ China Cables project, a major leak of classified Chinese government documents revealing the inner workings of mass internment camps in Xinjiang. For this project, I received the Robert D. G. Lewis Watchdog Award, the top prize awarded annually by the Society of Professional Journalists DC Dateline Awards. China Cables was also a finalist for the Batten Medal for Courage
in Journalism.

I was previously a staff editor and contributing reporter at Foreign Policy magazine.

Aaron Boyd - Moderator

Senior Editor, Technology & Events

Nextgov

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Aaron Boyd - Moderator

Senior Editor, Technology & Events

Nextgov

 

Daniela Fayer

Publisher

Defense One

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Daniela Fayer

Publisher

Defense One

Experienced Publisher with a demonstrated history of working in the publishing industry. Strong media and communication professional skilled in Integrated Marketing, Strategic Partnerships, Marketing, Business Development, and Marketing Strategy. Recognized by Folio’s Women in Media as 2018 Corporate Champion.

James Hanson - Moderator

Vice President and Publisher

Nextgov

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James Hanson - Moderator

Vice President and Publisher

Nextgov

 

Tim Hartman - Moderator

Chief Executive Officer

Government Executive Media Group

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Tim Hartman - Moderator

Chief Executive Officer

Government Executive Media Group

Tim Hartman is Chief Executive Officer of Government Executive Media Group, the public sector division of Atlantic Media Company. Dedicated to helping influential executives in government do their important work, Government Executive Media Group is one of the leading digital B-to-B media companies.

Over the past fifteen years, Tim has served in various roles across Atlantic Media Company. He joined Government Executive in 2007 to manage new product development, and rose to the role of President in 2012. During his time there, Tim oversaw the transformation of Government Executive Media Group into a digital-first enterprise, launching numerous digital brands and products and expanding Government Executive into the Defense and State and Local markets. Through this aggressive growth and innovation plan, Government Executive Media Group saw explosive reach in audience engagement and traffic increase. Today, over 60% of Government Executive Media Group’s revenue stems from digital products. In March 2014 Tim was appointed Chief Executive Officer of National Journal Group, where he oversaw the National Journal’s transformation from an ad-supported media company to a premium membership and services enterprise. Upon completion of the transformation, Tim returned to Government Executive Media Group as Chief Executive Officer in November 2015.

Frank Konkel - Moderator

Executive Editor

Nextgov

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Frank Konkel - Moderator

Executive Editor

Nextgov

 

Constance Sayers - Moderator

President

Government Executive Media Group

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Constance Sayers - Moderator

President

Government Executive Media Group

 

Patrick Tucker - Moderator

Technology Editor

Defense One

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Patrick Tucker - Moderator

Technology Editor

Defense One

 

Brandi Vincent - Moderator

Staff Correspondent

Nextgov

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Brandi Vincent - Moderator

Staff Correspondent

Nextgov

Brandi Vincent reports on the federal government’s use of and policies for emerging technologies—including but not limited to supercomputing, artificial intelligence, biometrics, and the internet of things. Before joining Nextgov, Brandi helped create news for millennials at Snapchat and mixed media at NBC News. She grew up in south Louisiana and received a master’s in journalism from the University of Maryland.

Sharon Weinberger - Moderator

DC Bureau Chief

Yahoo News

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Sharon Weinberger - Moderator

DC Bureau Chief

Yahoo News

Sharon Weinberger is the DC bureau chief for Yahoo News. Previously, she was an executive editor at Foreign Policy magazine, and before that, the national security editor at The Intercept. Her third book, published in 2017 by Knopf, is The Imagineers of War: The Untold Story of DARPA, the Pentagon Agency That Changed the World. She has held fellowships at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, MIT’s Knight Science Journalism program, the International Reporting Program at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. She has written on military science and technology for the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Financial Times, Wired magazine, Nature, BBC, Discover, and Slate, among other publications.

Marcus Weisgerber - Moderator

Global Business Editor

Defense One

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Marcus Weisgerber - Moderator

Global Business Editor

Defense One

 

Dr. Timothy A. Barton

Dynetics Group Chief Technology Officer

Leidos

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Dr. Timothy A. Barton

Dynetics Group Chief Technology Officer

Leidos

Dr. Timothy A. Barton is a Leidos Senior Vice President, Technical Fellow, and Solutions Architect, and is currently the Dynetics Group CTO, where he helps oversee all technical aspects of the Group’s efforts – including a wide variety of sensor systems and platforms. Dr. Barton’s technical background and research interests include radar and sonar signal processing, electronic and acoustic warfare, electronic and acoustic countermeasure and counter-countermeasures, algorithm development, autonomy, test and evaluation, propagation, and sensor and platform engineering. Prior to joining Leidos (formerly SAIC) in 2005, Dr. Barton was a Staff Member at MIT Lincoln Laboratory from 1993 to 2005. Dr. Barton holds B.Sc. (1987) and M.Sc. (1989) degrees in Electrical Engineering from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, and a D.Sc. (1993) degree in Electrical Engineering from Washington University. Dr. Barton currently resides in Reston Virginia with his family, and his hobbies include photography, music, and fly fishing.

 

David Bauer, Ph.D.

Chief Technical Officer

Lucd

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David Bauer, Ph.D.

Chief Technical Officer

Lucd

Dr. Bauer has been foremost leader in Big Data and Distributed Computing in the U.S. intelligence community since 2005. He has dedicated his efforts to solving hard problems using Distributed Computing. He has pioneered code that has executed across 2 million CPUs and developed the first Cloud and Big Data Platform Certified & Accredited for use in the Federal Government for highly sensitive and classified data. Working on the Distributed Common Ground Systems – Army program, Dr. Bauer was instrumental in delivering over 65 petabytes of capacity across all COCOMs for the Army’s premier C4ISR platform. Among some of the major challenges he has tackled include applying machine learning to Synthetic Biology to create Chemical Warfare sensors; developing the first MULTI-INT data fusion platform using Big Data and AI for the U.S. Intelligence Community; developing the first distributed computing platform to demonstrate super-linear scalability up to 2 million CPUs at Lawrence Livermore; and developing a major report for the GAO and DHS National Communications System that combined analysis of the effects of pandemic influenza on Internet communications, the US Economy and Banking System, and Financial Markets. Dr. Bauer has led the development in key areas for study in Exa-scale computing at DARPA and has worked on many unique problems at the DNI, CIA, NSA, NRO, US SOCOM, DARPA, FBI, DOJ, NGA and DIA, as well as the U.S. Army, Air Force and Marines. He obtained his Ph.D. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI).

Joe Beel

Senior Defense Strategist

Cisco Systems, Inc.

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Joe Beel

Senior Defense Strategist

Cisco Systems, Inc.

Joe Beel is the strategic programs manager at Cisco Systems, Inc. He develops and implements strategies to support the U.S. Public Sector focusing on defense. He is a retired naval officer and served as a helicopter pilot and acquisition professional. He served in command in both the Naval Air Systems Command and Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command.

Chris Borneman

Chief Technical Officer

Software AG Government Solutions

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Chris Borneman

Chief Technical Officer

Software AG Government Solutions

Chris Borneman is CTO at Software AG Government Solutions. In his role, he is responsible for defining technology requirements that support our business strategy within the Aerospace and Defense and Federal markets. Also, given his experience designing and building cloud-based supply chain networks, managing integration-based modernization programs, and performing various data center migrations and expansions within the aerospace and defense industry, Chris is often recruited to guide customer technology groups in their transformation initiatives. Prior to joining, Chris was recruited to build the technology group and product offerings for Exostar, a joint venture of The Boeing Company, Raytheon, Lockheed Martin, BAE Systems and Rolls-Royce. He grew their transaction engine from <$1M transactional volume in 2001 to $36B+ annually in goods and services transacting through the system while supporting millions of individual transactions. Chris was also part of a small team, launched joint venture between ARINC, Exostar, and SITA to form CertiPath which established a cross-certification identity bridge for the aerospace and defense industry. Chris is a well-recognized industry leader, receiving SmartCEO Magazine’s Top 10 Technology Executives in 2009, Computerworld’s Premier 100 IT Leaders of 2000, and InfoWorld’s Top 100 CTOs designation. He also has solutions delivered to market recognized by Forbes “Best of the Web” and PC Magazine Editor’s Choice Award and has authored numerous articles published in major professional journals.

Mike Colson

Technical Engagement Architect

Amazon Web Services

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Mike Colson

Technical Engagement Architect

Amazon Web Services

Mike has spent over 20 years working with US Federal and Defense customers on their IT journeys. He has focused on compliance and security as well as infrastructure helping support some of the largest virtualization and enterprise systems in the Department of Defense. Mike has been a Solutions Architect (SA), and SA manager at AWS and enjoys helping customers understand how they can use cloud to be more agile while improving their security posture.

Mark Comishock

Director of Product Management

Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Team

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Mark Comishock

Director of Product Management

Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Team

Mark J. Comishock is Director of Product Management on the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure team.  He is responsible for aligning Public Sector requirements for OCI Development teams, and to work with Public Sector customers and partners to develop highly available, high performance solutions utilizing OCI IaaS offerings. Prior to joining the Product Management team, he was Senior Director of Federal Enterprise Cloud Architects within Oracle Public Sector. Prior to joining Oracle, he spent almost 10 years at BEA Systems, supporting Department of Defense, Intelligence and Civilian agencies, along with strategic alliance partners. Mark holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Kean University and a Master of Business Administration from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Carolyn Duby

Lead Cyber Security SME and Principal Solutions Engineer

Cloudera

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Carolyn Duby

Lead Cyber Security SME and Principal Solutions Engineer

Cloudera

Carolyn Duby is Principal Solutions Engineer and lead Cybersecurity SME at Cloudera, where she helps customers harness the power of Apache open source platforms to tackle the most challenging streaming event ingestion problems. Previously, she was the architect for cybersecurity event correlation at Secureworks. A subject-matter expert in cybersecurity and data science, Carolyn is an active leader in the community and frequent speaker at conferences such as Strata Data Conference, Dataworks Summit, Open Data Science Conference and Day of Security. Carolyn holds an ScB (magna cum laude) and ScM from Brown University, both in computer science. She’s a lifelong learner and recently completed the Johns Hopkins University Coursera data science specialization.

Sue Gordon

Former Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence

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Sue Gordon

Former Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence

Sue Gordon is the former Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence, where she advised the president on intelligence matters and provided operational leadership of the 17 agencies and organizations of the intelligence community. In her 30+ year career in the IC, Ms. Gordon pushed organizational boundaries with transformative leadership. Today, she is an active board member, university fellow, and advises private companies in the areas of technology, strategy, and leadership.

Samuel J. Gordy

Chief Strategy Officer, Public and Federal Market

IBM

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Samuel J. Gordy

Chief Strategy Officer, Public and Federal Market

IBM

Samuel (Sam) Gordy joined IBM in January 2016 as General Manager, U.S. Federal and Government Industries. In this capacity, he leads the development and delivery of IBM’s products, services and solutions to help all U.S. federal agencies take advantage of the innovations driven by analytics, cloud, security and cognitive systems. Mr. Gordy brings to IBM 30 years of experience in key areas, including cybersecurity, analytics and enterprise information systems.

Before joining IBM, he served as Group President of the Integrated Systems Group within the National Security Sector of Leidos, which spun off from SAIC. In this role, Gordy led a $1.3 billion business with more than 3,800 employees.

From 1991 to 2013, Gordy held technical analysis, program management, and line management roles at all levels of SAIC, including Senior Vice President and Deputy General Manager for the Integrated Systems Group and Vice President and Operations Manager for the Geospatial-Intelligence Engineering and Development Operation. He supported a wide range of Intelligence Community clients and worked on intelligence issues including tactical support, combat/crisis operations, and national/strategic level requirements.

Gordy began his career as an active duty Intelligence Officer with the U.S. Navy in 1985. He was directly involved in naval operations responding to the Soviet Union, freedom of navigation involving Libya, anti-terrorist operations in the Middle East, and combat support activity for Operation Just Cause (Panama) and Operation Desert Shield/Storm (Iraq).

Gordy received a B.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and an MBA from George Washington University.

Ed Hicks

Business Development Manager, IoT Safety, Security, and Connective Analytics

Dell Federal

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Ed Hicks

Business Development Manager, IoT Safety, Security, and Connective Analytics

Dell Federal

Edward Hicks has enjoyed a 30+ year career in various technology fields.  After a distinguished military service to the USAF supporting the 43rd Avionics Squadron (B-52’s, 135’s) in Guam, and the 41st ECS (Compass Call), Ed went to work for Lockheed Martin in support of the Space Shuttle program.  He worked the entire technology stack during that period of time to include RF and Audio technologies, Digital Communications, Video and Wideband Communications, and finally worked in the emerging field of IT network communications.  He then went to work for International Network Systems, which was purchased by BT in 2008, as a consultant and manager where he worked on 150+ projects ranging from troubleshooting complex systems to planning, design, architecture, implementation, management and optimization of small and large scale networks to support client needs. Edward continued innovative work until his departure from BT in 2014 on Smart Grid and Smart Grid Security, Cloud Computing, and Big Data, as a Senior Principal Consultant.  He then went to work to support the DoD via a private contractor as their CTO around 3D street level mapping of Iraq and Afghanistan. Ed left that role in 2015 to become the FSO and IT Director of a government contractor that utilized chemical reactions to affect the electromagnetic spectrum.  Edward joined Dell in February of 2019 and has been working on the AI/ML platforms and roadmap for next generation Connective Analytics.

Chuck Louisell, Ph.D., P.E.

Senior Defense Strategist

Cisco Systems, Inc.

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Chuck Louisell, Ph.D., P.E.

Senior Defense Strategist

Cisco Systems, Inc.

Chuck Louisell, Ph.D., P.E. manages strategic programs for Cisco Systems in DoD cloud, artificial intelligence, advanced networking, and cybersecurity. Chuck has over thirty years of experience in big data, information fusion, predictive analytics, and computational engines to support adaptive & complex artificial intelligence applications. He served 22 years in the Air Force as a fighter pilot taking leadership roles in digitization of the battlespace beginning with information fusion in fighter aircraft. Post-military, he earned his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering at very Tech where he developed artificial intelligence solutions for use in implementation of Intelligent Transportation Systems.

Robbie Mackness

Enterprise Account Executive

DocuSign

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Robbie Mackness

Enterprise Account Executive

DocuSign

Robbie is an Enterprise Account Executive at DocuSign, the Agreement Cloud company and pioneer of eSignature. Robbie graduated from George Mason University, where he received a BS in business marketing.

During his time at Salesforce and DocuSign, Robbie has worked with programs across all 4 service branches and 15 Fourth Estate Agencies to support mission through cloud transformation. Most recently, Robbie and the DocuSign compliance team have worked with Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) to complete DocuSign’s pATO IL4.

He is happiest with his wife Brittany raising their son Maverick in their hometown of Broad Run, Virginia.

Jeanette Manfra

Director, Government Security & Compliance

Google Cloud

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Jeanette Manfra

Director, Government Security & Compliance

Google Cloud

Milo Medin

Vice President, Wireless Services

Google

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Milo Medin

Vice President, Wireless Services

Google

Milo Medin has been part of the Internet development community for more than 25 years. He is currently the vice president of access services at Google, where he oversees a number of projects to improve access to the Internet, primarily focused on expanding the speed, robustness and pervasiveness of wireless networks.

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Chris Moran

Vice President, Corporate Development Executive Director and General Manager

Lockheed Martin Ventures

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Chris Moran

Vice President, Corporate Development Executive Director and General Manager

Lockheed Martin Ventures

John Christopher “Chris” Moran is the Executive Director and General Manager of Lockheed Martin Ventures; the venture capital investment arm of Lockheed Martin Corporation. In this capacity, he is responsible for leading the Corporation’s investments in small technology companies which support Lockheed Martin’s strategic business objectives.

Prior to joining Lockheed Martin, Chris served in a variety of increasingly responsible positions at Applied Materials, Inc., Santa Clara, CA. He served most recently as the head of the Business Systems and Analytics group in the Applied Global Services Organization. Chris was with Applied for over 32 years. Prior to his most recent role, Chris was head of Corporate Strategy and General Manager of Applied Ventures LLC; the strategic investing arm of Applied Materials.

Chris is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he obtained both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering.

Mario J. Paniccia, Ph.D.

CEO and Chairman

Anello Photonics

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Mario J. Paniccia, Ph.D.

CEO and Chairman

Anello Photonics

Dr. Paniccia is a seasoned technical and business leader based in Silicon Valley, CA. He has over 24+ years experience ranging from early stage start-ups & R&D organizations, to starting and running new businesses in both large and small start up companies. Paniccia is also an early stage investor and advisor to Fortune 500 companies, VC’s, and many early stage technology startups. In November 2019, Paniccia has was appointed CEO and Chairman of Anello Photonics, a stealth mode VC backed silicon photonics startup located in Silicon Valley. Prior to this in June 2016 as part of the formation of Versalume LLC, Paniccia was appointed as the company’s first Chief Executive Officer.

Before running startups, Paniccia spent over 20+ years at Intel Corporation where he achieved the status of Intel Fellow, Chief Technology Officer and GM for the Silicon Photonics Solutions Group. During his tenure at Intel he served in various roles from R&D, to strategic direction setting, to driving the development and commercialization of technologies, and finally running a business unit. Paniccia started Intel's Silicon Photonics program from inception and drove the technology to product commercialization. This technology is deployed today in all of the major cloud and data centers around the world. Paniccia is considered one of the industry pioneers and a world expert in the field silicon photonics.

Paniccia earned a bachelor's degree in physics in 1988 from the State University of New York at Binghamton and a Ph.D. in solid state physics from Purdue University in 1994. In October 2008 he was named by R&D magazine as “Scientist of the Year”. In May 2009 Paniccia was awarded an Honorary Doctorate Degree from Binghamton University. In 2014 Paniccia completed an accelerated Executive leadership program at Stanford University School of Business. Paniccia has over 74 patents issued or pending. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, SPIE and OSA.

Dan Prieto

Strategic Executive - Federal Government

Google Cloud

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Dan Prieto

Strategic Executive - Federal Government

Google Cloud

Peter T. Ranks

Deputy Chief Information Officer for Information Enterprise (DCIO(IE))

Department of Defense

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Peter T. Ranks

Deputy Chief Information Officer for Information Enterprise (DCIO(IE))

Department of Defense

Mr. Peter T. Ranks is a member of the Senior Intelligence Service (SIS) and is currently serving as the Department of Defense (DoD) Deputy Chief Information Officer for Information Enterprise (DCIO-IE). Mr. Ranks is a career CIA officer with 20 years’ experience designing, adapting, and deploying technology to support the Intelligence mission. Mr. Ranks most recently served with the CIA’s Directorate of Science and Technology where he was responsible for technical intelligence collection and technical analysis in support of the Intelligence Community’s (IC) counter-proliferation objectives. Prior to this role, Mr. Ranks held a number of leadership assignments in the Information Technology field to include a leading role in the IC’s adoption of cloud computing. Additionally, Mr. Ranks provides leadership for the Cloud Computing Program Office under the DoD CIO to ensure seamless support to our warfighters.

Yasir Saleem

Senior Solutions Consultant

Adobe

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Yasir Saleem

Senior Solutions Consultant

Adobe

Mr. Saleem is a Sr. Solutions Consultant at Adobe Systems Federal. He has over 14 years of experience working within Department of Defense, Civilian and Intelligence Community. Yasir has worked to engineer and architect solutions from online collaboration to incident response applications. Having an extensive background in systems & infrastructure management, data center consolidation and cloud computing, Yasir focuses on customer’s journey to finding value while providing a long-term vision. Yasir has also been working in the content management space applying marketing principles and technologies to help elevate user experience, engagement with content and peers, and overall effectiveness of the artifacts produced. Without the right user experience, getting to the right content and absorbing it can be hindered, thus making User Experience critical to adoption and sustainment of any solution. In addition, providing easy to use tools and management platform to help aid the creation, administering and publishing of the content is critical for success. Mr. Saleem holds a Bachelor of Science in Integrated Science and Technology from James Madison University and a Masters of Science in Information Systems Technology from George Washington University.

Andrew D. Stewart

Senior Federal Strategist, Cybersecurity

Cisco Systems, Inc.

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Andrew D. Stewart

Senior Federal Strategist, Cybersecurity

Cisco Systems, Inc.

Andrew D. Stewart, CAPT, USN (Ret.) served as the Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations (N3) and Maritime Operations Center Director (MOC-D) at Fleet Cyber Command/U.S. TENTH Fleet.  He also served as the Commanding Officer and Program Manager at the Navy Cyber Warfare Development Group (NCWDG).  He is currently a Senior Federal Strategist at Cisco Systems, Inc. where he implements strategies to support innovative cyber solutions across the Federal Government.

Craig Waldrop

Senior Director, Business Development

Equinix

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Craig Waldrop

Senior Director, Business Development

Equinix

Craig Waldrop joined Equinix in 2009 and brings 20+ years of telecommunications, cloud and IT experience. His focus is on enabling the cloud and emerging IT ecosystems through strategic partnerships and alliances with leading industry service and technology providers. He has held Product Management and Business Development roles driving market leading interconnection solutions.

Previously, Mr. Waldrop served as Sr. Product Manager for Reliance Globalcom where he managed the Enterprise Global Ethernet and Premium Internet services.

He earned a Master’s degree in Telecommunications Management from Webster University, a Bachelor’s degree in Accountancy from the University of San Diego, and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).