Speakers

2022

Kathleen Hicks Bio
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Kathleen Hicks

Deputy Secretary of Defense

Department of Defense

Kathleen Hicks

Deputy Secretary of Defense

Department of Defense

Dr. Kathleen H. Hicks serves as the 35th Deputy Secretary of Defense; she was sworn into that office on Feb. 9, 2021.

Prior to becoming Deputy Secretary, Dr. Hicks held the position of senior vice president, Henry A. Kissinger Chair, and Director of the International Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. From 2009 to 2013, she served as a senior civilian official in the Department of Defense. Confirmed by the United States Senate in 2012 as principal deputy undersecretary of defense for policy, she was responsible for advising the secretary of defense on global and regional defense policy and strategy. She also served as deputy undersecretary of defense for strategy, plans, and forces, leading the development of the 2012 Defense Strategic Guidance and the 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review and crafting guidance for future force capabilities, overseas military posture, and contingency and theater campaign plans.

Prior to becoming the DUSD for SPF, from 2006 to 2009 Deputy Secretary Hicks was a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Deputy Secretary Hicks launched her career as a civil servant in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, serving from 1993 to 2006 in a variety of capacities and rising from Presidential Management Intern to the Senior Executive Service.

Dr. Hicks holds a Ph.D. in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, an M.A. from the University of Maryland’s School of Public Affairs, and an A.B. magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Mount Holyoke College.

Michael Brown Bio
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Michael Brown

Director

Defense Innovation Unit

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Michael Brown

Director

Defense Innovation Unit

Michael Brown is the Director of the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) at the U.S. Department of Defense. DIU, established in 2015, fields leading-edge commercial capabilities to the military faster and more cost-effectively than traditional defense acquisition methods. With offices in Silicon Valley, Boston, Austin, and at the Pentagon, DIU is embedded in key innovation ecosystems across the country and builds direct relationships with organizations that strengthen our national security innovation base.

Previously, Michael served two years (2016-2018) as a White House Presidential Innovation Fellow at DoD. He is the co-author of a Pentagon study on China’s participation in the U.S. venture ecosystem, a catalyst for the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act (FIRRMA). FIRRMA was signed into law in August 2018 and provided expanded jurisdiction to the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS).

Additionally, he led the initiative for a new Defense Department-sponsored investment vehicle, National Security Innovation Capital (NSIC) to fund dual-use hardware technology companies.

Through August of 2016, Michael was the CEO of Symantec Corporation, the global leader in cybersecurity and the world’s 10th largest software company with revenues of $4 billion and more than 10,000 employees worldwide. Michael served as a member of Symantec’s Board since its merger with Veritas in 2005. During his tenure as CEO (2014-2016), Michael led a turnaround developing a strategy focusing on its security business, sold its Veritas storage software business, hired a new executive leadership team and improved operating margins 300 basis points. Additionally, he led the articulation of a new company culture fostering innovation.

Michael is the former Chairman & CEO of Quantum Corporation (1995-2003), a leader in the computer storage industry. As CEO of Quantum, the company achieved record revenues of $6 billion as the world’s leader in disk drives for personal computers and the world’s largest tape drive business. He joined Quantum in 1984 and served on its Board from 1995 until 2014.

After leaving Quantum, Michael served as Chairman of EqualLogic, a storage array company. Dell acquired EqualLogic in 2008 for $1.4 billion, the largest all-cash deal for a venture-backed company up to that time.

He has been a member of the Board of Trustees of the Berklee College of Music in Boston since 2013 and previously served on the President’s Advisory Council.
Michael received his BA degree in economics from Harvard University in 1980 and his MBA degree from Stanford University in 1984.

Dave Frederick Bio
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Dave Frederick

Executive Director

United States Cyber Command

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Dave Frederick

Executive Director

United States Cyber Command

Dave Frederick is the Executive Director of United States Cyber Command, serving as the highest-ranking civilian in the command.  Mr. Frederick assists the Commander in leading a cyber mission force of over 12,000 people. His portfolio focuses on strategic management initiatives to improve global cyber operations and DOD support to defending U.S. critical infrastructure, shaping a budget of nearly $700M, and elements of DoD budgets totaling in the billions.

Following seven years in the Army as an intelligence analyst and Korean linguist, he has served in the National Security Agency for over 25 years.  His senior executive leadership roles have included multiple oversea assignments, service as the Deputy Inspector General, and, most recently, leadership in the Cyber mission.  He represented NSA at the National Security Council on cyber policy matters for three years.  Before joining Cyber Command, he co-led the design and establishment of NSA’s Cybersecurity Directorate.

Mr. Frederick completed the Defense Language Institute Korean Basic Course in 1990. He graduated from the University of Maryland University College in 1994 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History (Honors).  He received his Master’s degree in Business Administration (Finance) from Colorado State University in 1998. He has completed extensive technical training with the National Cryptologic School as well as executive leadership courses at George Washington University and the Harvard Kennedy School.

Dustin Gard-Weiss Bio
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Dustin Gard-Weiss

Deputy Director of National Intelligence for Policy and Capabilities

ODNI

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Dustin Gard-Weiss

Deputy Director of National Intelligence for Policy and Capabilities

ODNI

Mr. Gard-Weiss became the Deputy Director of National Intelligence (DDNI) for Policy and Capabilities (P&C) on August 16, 2020. In this role, he will work to ensure the Intelligence Community (IC) is well-positioned to anticipate and meet future mission requirements. 

Prior to this position, Mr. Gard-Weiss served as the Associate Deputy Director of National Intelligence for Enterprise Capacity where he helped lead the organization responsible for IC resources, workforce, systems, technology, acquisitions, and infrastructure.

Mr. Gard-Weiss previously served as the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency’s first Associate Director for Enterprise, responsible for leading and managing U.S. and international GEOINT community partnerships, executing the GEOINT Functional Manager authorities, and chairing the U.S. GEOINT Committee of Record. He has worked on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations (OPNAV) as the Assistant Deputy Director of Naval Intelligence / Assistant Head of the Naval Intelligence Activity (NIA). In this role, he supported the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Warfare / Director of Naval Intelligence (OPNAV N2/N6) and the Deputy Director of Naval Intelligence / Head, NIA in delivering comprehensive intelligence to Navy leadership, representing the Navy as a member of the IC, and managing and overseeing the Navy’s intelligence activities. He was appointed to the Defense Intelligence Senior Executive Service in 2012, initially serving as the Acting Deputy Director of Naval Intelligence.

Mr. Gard-Weiss began his career as an intern at the Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI). At ONI, he was responsible for managing the Navy’s foreign intelligence relationships. Following his transition to OPNAV, Mr. Gard-Weiss served as a senior strategy and policy advisor to the Director of Naval Intelligence, established and led a Program Analysis and Evaluation Office to measure the performance and return on investment of Navy’s intelligence resources, was the Special Assistant to the Deputy Director of Naval Intelligence, and finally led the office responsible for delivering intelligence to the Secretary of the Navy, Chief of Naval Operations, and their staffs. He also served at the Defense Intelligence Agency’s Joint Interagency Task Force – Combating Terrorism as the Deputy Counter Terrorism (CT) Mission Manager, helping lead the Department of Defense’s CT Intelligence Enterprise.

 

Mr. Gard-Weiss earned a BA in International Relations from Brown University and an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management.

 

Neal Higgins Bio
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Neal Higgins

Deputy National Cyber Director for National Cybersecurity

Office of the National Cyber Director

Neal Higgins

Deputy National Cyber Director for National Cybersecurity

Office of the National Cyber Director

Neal Higgins is Deputy National Cyber Director for National Cybersecurity in the Office of the National Cyber Director (ONCD).  He leads a team that oversees federal cyber incident response, planning and operations, training exercises, critical infrastructure protection, and cyber regulation.  Neal previously served as Associate Deputy Director of CIA for Digital Innovation, responsible for CIA’s cyber operations, open source collection, data science, and secure global communications.  He also served as CIA’s Director of Congressional Affairs and as deputy chief of the WikiLeaks Task Force, which responded to one of the largest losses of data in agency history.  Before joining CIA, Neal worked in several senior staff roles in the United States Senate, as a member of the trial team prosecuting Slobodan Milosevic, and as an editor at Foreign Affairs.  Neal is a graduate of Princeton University, Harvard Law School, and the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy.

Michael C. Horowitz Bio
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Michael C. Horowitz

Director, Emerging Capabilities Policy Office, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy

Department of Defense

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Michael C. Horowitz

Director, Emerging Capabilities Policy Office, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy

Department of Defense

Dr. Michael C. Horowitz is Director of the Emerging Capabilities Policy Office in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy. Dr. Horowitz has over 20 years of experience in leadership, research, and academic roles focused on international security issues. He is currently on a leave of absence from the University of Pennsylvania, where he served as Director of Perry World House and Richard Perry Professor. 

Dr. Horowitz is the author of The Diffusion of Military Power: Causes and Consequences for International Politics, and the co-author of Why Leaders Fight. He won the Karl Deutsch Award given by the International Studies Association for early career contributions to the fields of international relations and peace research. He has published in a wide array of peer reviewed journals and popular outlets. His expertise includes defense innovation, the intersection of emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence and robotics with global politics, the role of leaders in international politics, and geopolitical forecasting methodology. 

Dr. Horowitz previously served in the Pentagon, working on force development issues in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy. He is a life member at the Council on Foreign Relations. He received his Ph.D. in Government from Harvard University and his B.A. in political science from Emory University.

Mark Munsell Bio
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Mark Munsell

Deputy Director of the Data and Digital Innovation Directorate

NGA

Mark Munsell

Mark Munsell

Deputy Director of the Data and Digital Innovation Directorate

NGA

Mark Munsell is the Deputy Director of the Data and Digital Innovation Directorate at NGA. Formerly, he was the Chief Technology Officer for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and the Deputy Director of the Chief Information Officer – IT Services Directorate. Mark began his career in 1990 with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, where he was awarded the Department of Commerce Bronze Medal for software engineering work that transformed the nation’s nautical charting production system. 

In 1996, he joined the Defense Mapping Agency – an NGA predecessor agency – where he led the update of the agency’s aeronautical production systems. Mark left DMA in 1997, and – after a stint with a government contractor – founded Internet Marine and Aviation Planning Services, or IMAPS, in 2000 to offer flight and maritime planning services to individuals, industry, and government via the Internet.  

He returned to government service with NGA in 2006, and has since served as the Chief of the Precision Engagement Division, Office of Targeting and Transnational Issues; as the Senior Officer for Targeting Issues; as the Deputy Director, Aeronautical Navigation Office; and as Director, Office of Targeting and Transnational Issues. Mark is the recipient of the Presidential Rank Award and NGA’s Distinguished Civilian Medal, and – for the record – is not a member of the Flat Earth Society.

Stefanie Tompkins Bio
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Stefanie Tompkins

Director

Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

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Stefanie Tompkins

Director

Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

Dr. Stefanie Tompkins is the director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Prior to this assignment, she was the vice president for research and technology transfer at Colorado School of Mines.

Tompkins has spent much of her professional life leading scientists and engineers in developing new technology capabilities. She began her industry career as a senior scientist and later assistant vice-president and line manager at Science Applications International Corporation, where she spent 10 years conducting and managing research projects in planetary mapping, geology, and imaging spectroscopy. As a program manager in DARPA’s Strategic Technology Office, she created and managed programs in ubiquitous GPS-free navigation as well as in optical component manufacturing. Tompkins has also served as the deputy director of DARPA’s Strategic Technology Office, director of DARPA’s Defense Sciences Office – the agency’s most exploratory office in identifying and accelerating breakthrough technologies for national security – as well as the acting DARPA deputy director.

Tompkins received a Bachelor of Arts degree in geology and geophysics from Princeton
University and Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in geology from Brown
University. She has also served as a military intelligence officer in the U.S. Army.

Col. Wallace “Rhet” Turnbull Bio
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Col. Wallace “Rhet” Turnbull

Deputy Director of Space Systems Command's Space Systems Integration Office

Space Force

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Col. Wallace “Rhet” Turnbull

Deputy Director of Space Systems Command's Space Systems Integration Office

Space Force

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Representative Mike Turner Bio
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Representative Mike Turner

House of Representatives

(Ranking Member of House Intelligence Committee)

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Representative Mike Turner

House of Representatives

(Ranking Member of House Intelligence Committee)

Congressman Mike Turner is a lifelong resident of Southwest Ohio.

His father worked in the manufacturing industry in Dayton for over 40 years, and his mother taught elementary school in the Huber Heights School District. His parents are residents of Greene County. Congressman Turner is the proud father of two daughters, Carolyn and Jessica Turner.

Growing up, Congressman Turner attended Dayton Public Schools and graduated from Belmont High School. He continued his education in Ohio and received a bachelor’s degree from Ohio Northern University; an MBA from the University of Dayton; and a Juris Doctorate from Case Western University School of Law.

Congressman Turner practiced law in Dayton for over 17 years and in 1991, he opened his own private legal practice specializing in real estate and corporate law.

Turner served as Mayor of the City of Dayton for eight years. During his tenure, he was a strong proponent of neighborhood revitalization, crime reduction, increased funding for safety forces, economic development and job creation. He created Rehabarama, a private-public partnership to rehabilitate neglected housing in Dayton’s historic neighborhoods, which had significant economic impact on the region and received national awards.

For the 5 years prior to Mayor Turner’s leadership, Dayton did not have a balanced budget. Turner worked across the aisle and balanced the budget for all eight years of his tenure. He also successfully reduced police response time by 40%, added 54 police officers to the force, and established a development fund that awarded over $19 million in grants for housing and job producing projects.

Congressman Turner was first elected to Congress in 2002. In Congress, Turner serves as a subcommittee Chairman on the House Armed Services Committee and a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

In the 109th Congress, Congressman Turner served as Chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform’s Subcommittee on Federalism and the Census. During his tenure, he helped save the Community Development Block Grant Program.

Prior to Congressman Turner’s election, there was no advocate for Wright-Patterson Air Force Base on the important House Armed Services Committee. Congressman Turner filled that void and throughout his time in Congress, Wright-Patt has successfully added approximately 10,000 jobs and remains the largest single-site employer in the state of Ohio.

Congressman Turner currently serves as the Ranking Member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence following appointment from the Minority Leader of the House in  January of 2022.  As Ranking Member, he oversees the nation’s intelligence agencies including components of the Departments of Defense, Homeland Security, Justice, State, Treasury and Energy. He was originally appointed by the Speaker of the House to the committee in January of 2015.

Congressman Turner is also a member of the House Armed Services Committee where he serves on the Strategic Forces and Tactical Air and Land Subcommittees.

Turner formerly served as the Chairman of the House Armed Services Tactical Air and Land Forces Subcommittee which oversees ammunition programs, Army and Air Force acquisition programs, all Navy and Marine Corps aviation programs, National Guard and Army and Air Force National Guard and Reserve.

In January of 2011, Turner was appointed Chairman of the US Delegation to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Parliamentary Assembly the inter-parliamentary organization of legislators from the countries of the North Atlantic Alliance. In December of 2014, Turner was elected President of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly. He now serves as Chairman of the Defense and Security Committee of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly.

David van Weel Bio
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David van Weel

Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges

NATO

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David van Weel

Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges

NATO

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Keith Krach Bio
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Keith Krach

Former

U.S. Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment

Keith Krach

Former

U.S. Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment

Keith Krach is an American businessman, Silicon Valley innovator, philanthropist and public servant, noted for bringing transformational leadership to multiple sectors, including robotics, engineering, commerce, education, philanthropy, economic statecraft and even the way people sign. Krach most recently served as Under Secretary of State, leading America’s economic diplomacy portfolio and having the rare distinction of being unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

As the nation’s top economic diplomat, Krach led the development of the bipartisan Global Economic Security Strategy; built the Clean Network Alliance of Democracies to defeat the CCP’s masterplan to control 5G communications; spearheaded the largest onshoring in US history to secure the semiconductor supply chain; drove divestment in CCP companies to protect investors from unknowingly financing Chinese military; championed the human rights by mobilizing action against CCP’s genocide in Xinjiang; directed the repatriation of 100,000 US citizens during the 2020 global pandemic and expedited 1 billion pieces of PPE in Operation Airbridge; served as catalyst for $100B Endless Frontiers Act and $50B CHIPS for America Act; and strengthened ties with Taiwan by orchestrating the Lee Economic Prosperity Partnership and was highest-ranking State Department official to visit in 41 years. As a result of these national security initiatives, Krach and his family were sanctioned by the CCP.

Krach served as CEO and Chairman of DocuSign (2009-2019), leading its transformation from a 50-person startup to a public company and global standard it is today. In 1996, Krach co-founded Ariba and served as Chairman and CEO, creating the world’s largest B2B e-commerce network with a market value of $40B which now transacts $3.7 trillion annually. He is the former Chairman of the Purdue Board of Trustees and recruited sitting Governor of Indiana, Mitch Daniels, to be the 12th President. Krach also was the Chairman of the Board for Angie’s List, the co-founder and COO of mechanical design software leader Rasna Corporation, the first Entrepreneur-in-Residence for Benchmark Capital, the International President of the Sigma Chi Fraternity, the 2000 Ernst & Young National Entrepreneur of the Year, 2019 Harvard Business School Leader of the Year and the youngest-ever Vice President of General Motors.

Krach grew up in Rocky River, Ohio and at the age of 12, Krach worked as a welder in his father’s 5-person machine shop, an experience which inspired him to earn a B.S. Degree in Engineering from Purdue in 1979, and MBA from Harvard Business School in 1981, receiving a full scholarship from GM for both schools. In 2018, he received an Honorary Doctorate in Engineering from Purdue University. He currently lives with his wife Metta and 5 children in San Francisco.

Gilman Louie Bio
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Gilman Louie

Co-Founder and Partner

Alsop Louie Partners

Gilman Louie

Co-Founder and Partner

Alsop Louie Partners

Gilman Louie is Co-Founder and Partner of Alsop Louie Partners, an early-stage technology venture capital firm founded in 2006 and located in San Francisco. The firm focuses on disruptive and innovative technologies, and has made investments in the areas of cyber security, predictive analytics, education, and entertainment.

From 1999 until 2006, Mr. Louie was the first CEO of In-Q-Tel, an independent, non-profit venture capital firm established with the backing of the Central Intelligence Agency. Under Mr. Louie’s leadership, In-Q-Tel invested in and worked with more than 80 companies that have had a significant impact on national security. Some of these companies include Arcsight, Keyhole (now Google Earth), Palantir, Language Weaver, Endeca, and Decru. George Tenet, former Director of Central Intelligence once stated that “the In-Q-Tel alliance has put the Agency back at the leading edge of technology.”

Previous to In-Q-Tel, Gilman built a career as a pioneer in the interactive entertainment industry, with accomplishments that include the design and development of the Falcon F-16 flight simulator, as well as the licensing of Tetris, the world’s most popular computer game, from its developers in the Soviet Union. During that career, Gilman founded and ran a publicly traded company called Spectrum HoloByte, later acquired by the Hasbro Corporation. Gilman served as Chief Creative Officer of Hasbro Interactive and General Manager of the Games.com group before founding In-Q-Tel.

He serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Markle Foundation, Niantic (Creators of Pokemon Go), Lookingglass Cyber Solutions, and various other private companies and non-profit foundations. Mr. Louie is Chairman of the Board of the Federation of American Scientists and of Vricon, Inc. (a joint venture between Digital Globe and SAAB).

Mr. Louie is an active advisor to the intelligence community and serves on the Board of Visitors for the National Intelligence University, is a member of National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence and is a consultant to the Defense Innovation Board of the Department of Defense. He has served as a member of the Technical Advisory Group of the United States Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, and as a Commissioner of the National Commission for Review of Research and Development Programs of the United States Intelligence Community. He has also served as a member of the board of the CIA Officer’s Memorial Foundation.

Mr. Louie has a long record of public service intermixed with his entrepreneurial activities and has received dozens of awards for his various achievements, including medallions from the NGA, CIA, and DNI. He is also a recipient of the CIA’s Director’s Award.

Mark Lewis Bio
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Mark Lewis

Executive Director

National Defense Industrial Association's Emerging Technologies Institute

Mark Lewis

Executive Director

National Defense Industrial Association's Emerging Technologies Institute

Dr. Mark J. Lewis is the Executive Director of NDIA’s Emerging Technologies Institute (NDIA ETI), a non-partisan think tank focused on technologies that are critical to the future of national defense. ETI provides research and analyses to inform the development and integration of emerging technologies into the defense industrial base.

Prior to this position, Dr. Lewis was the Director of Defense Research & Engineering in the Department of Defense (DoD), overseeing technology modernization for all Services and DoD Agencies, as well as the acting Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Research & Engineering. In that role, he was the Pentagon’s senior-most scientist, managing a $17B budget that included DARPA, the Missile Defense Agency, the Defense Innovation Unit, the Space Development Agency, Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDC), and the Department’s basic and applied research portfolio.

From 2012 to 2019, Dr. Lewis was the Director of the Science and Technology Policy Institute, an FFRDC that supported the Executive Office of the President and other Executive Branch agencies in the formulation of national science and technology policy. Dr. Lewis is a professor emeritus at the University of Maryland, where he served as the Willis Young, Jr., Professor and Chair of the Department of Aerospace Engineering until 2012. A faculty member at Maryland for 25 years, Dr. Lewis taught and conducted basic and applied research in the fields of hypersonic aerodynamics, advanced propulsion, and space vehicle design and optimization. Best known for his work in hypersonics, Dr. Lewis’s research has spanned the aerospace flight spectrum from the analysis of conventional jet engines to entry into planetary atmospheres. From 2004 to 2008, Dr. Lewis was the Chief Scientist of the U.S. Air Force, the principal scientific adviser to the Chief of Staff and Secretary of the Air Force. As the longest-serving Chief Scientist in Air Force history, his primary areas of focus included hypersonics, space launch, energy, sustainment, advanced propulsion, basic research, and workforce development. From 2010 to 2011, he was President of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

Dr. Lewis attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he received his Bachelor of Science in Aeronautics and Astronautics, Bachelor of Science in Earth and Planetary Science (1984), and Master of Science (1985) and Doctor of Science (1988) in Aeronautics and Astronautics. He is the author of more than 320 publications and has been an adviser to more than 60 graduate students. In addition, he has served on various boards for NASA and DoD, including two terms on the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board.

A recipient of the USAF Exemplary, Meritorious, and Exceptional Civilian Service Awards, and of the Secretary of Defense Outstanding Public Service Award, Dr. Lewis was also the 1994 AIAA National Capital Young Scientist/Engineer of the Year; received the IECEC/AIAA Lifetime Achievement Award, the AIAA Dryden Lectureship Award, and the AFA Theodore von Karman Award; and is an Aviation Week and Space Technology Laureate. He is a member of the International Academy of Astronautics, a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, and an Honorary Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

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David Hathaway Bio
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David Hathaway

Executive Vice President and General Manager, Defense Sector

ManTech

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David Hathaway

Executive Vice President and General Manager, Defense Sector

ManTech

David Hathaway is the Executive Vice President and General Manager of ManTech’s Defense Sector, supporting a range of U.S. national security missions to include force projection, system modernization and information systems development and operations. He implements ManTech’s overall strategy of Bringing Digital to the Mission® by pairing innovative technologies with daily delivery excellence.

ManTech’s Defense Sector delivers a wide range of capabilities across global requirements. In support of deployed forces, ManTech both supports mission/enterprise information systems and provides technical field support. A deep bench of system and software engineers support both sustainment and integration of new technologies, with a focus on inserting digital engineering tools and practices to improve productivity and quality. ManTech is also a leader in cyber, delivering cyber training platforms and programs, system hardening and operational support.

Mr. Hathaway joined ManTech following a 25 year tenure at IBM in Public Sector executive leadership where he was charged with the development and delivery of advanced solutions for military and intelligence customers. He also served as Senior Vice President of Programs at Vectrus Systems Corporation in support of the Department of Defense and Intelligence Community.

As an active-duty Communications-Computer Systems Officer for the U.S. Air Force, Mr. Hathaway managed communications networks, IT acquisition and R&D programs at Wright-Patterson AFB and at the Pentagon. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from the U.S. Air Force Academy, and a Master’s degree in Management Science from the University of Dayton.

Dmitri Alperovitch Bio
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Dmitri Alperovitch

Co-Founder and Chairman

Silverado Policy Accelerator

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Dmitri Alperovitch

Co-Founder and Chairman

Silverado Policy Accelerator

Dmitri Alperovitch is the Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of Silverado Policy Accelerator, a non-profit focused on advancing solutions to critical geopolitical and cybersecurity policy challenges. He is a Co-Founder and former CTO of CrowdStrike Inc. A renowned cybersecurity visionary and business executive, Alperovitch is a thought-leader on cybersecurity strategy and state tradecraft and has served as special advisor to Department of Defense. He is also an active angel investor and board member of multiple high-growth technology companies. Alperovitch has been named as one of Fortune Magazine‘s “40 Under 40”, MIT Technology Review’s “Young Innovators under 35”, Politico Magazine‘s “Politico 50” and Foreign Policy Magazine’s Leading Global Thinker.

Bryan Clark Bio
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Bryan Clark

Senior fellow and Director of the Center for Defense Concepts and Technology

Hudson Institute

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Bryan Clark

Senior fellow and Director of the Center for Defense Concepts and Technology

Hudson Institute

Bryan Clark is a senior fellow and director of the Center for Defense Concepts and Technology at Hudson Institute. He is an expert in naval operations, electronic warfare, autonomous systems, military competitions, and wargaming.

Tom Karako Bio
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Tom Karako

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

Center for Strategic and International Studies

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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Jeremiah Sanders Bio
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Jeremiah Sanders

Senior Federal Strategist

VMWare

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Jeremiah Sanders

Senior Federal Strategist

VMWare

Jeremiah Sanders is a Navy and Air Force veteran, DoD-certified Executive Program Manager (PMP/PgMP-equivalent) with Top Secret/SCI clearance, and joined VMware after co-founding the DoD’s premiere software startup, Kessel Run, and growing it to 1,300 members while serving as the Deputy Commander, AFLCMC Detachment 12. His diverse background includes Joint, operational, and Navy nuclear power plant engineering, maintenance and operations coupled with PM experience in all acquisition phases; particularly IT, software intensive systems, C4ISR, and satellite development and sustainment. Jeremiah’s passion, and what drew him to the VMware team, is driving customer value through entrepreneurial management, agile development
methodologies and innovation. He drives digital transformation throughout the Government, and the industrial base that supports it, through engendering acquisition management reform, modern engineering practices and technologies, and a generative culture.

Previously, he was a Materiel Leader assigned as Air Operations Center (AOC) Weapon System Program Manager after serving as the Operational Command and Control Branch Chief at the Undersecretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Information Dominance Directorate.

He served as a Navy nuclear power operator and instructor, culminating as Electrician’s Mate 1st Class (E-
6). Jeremiah attended Air Force Officer Training School and his myriad assignments include the Combat Information Transport System, Defense Meteorological Satellite Program, National Reconnaissance Office
(NRO) Office of Resource and Mission Management, Mission Director in the National Reconnaissance
Operations Center (NROC), and as DoD’s Executive Agent Rep for Common Data Link in SAF/AQI. Jeremiah hails from Nikiski, Alaska where he graduated class valedictorian, basketball team captain, National Honor Society member, jazz band drummer and honors choir member at Nikiski High School. Jeremiah loves the outdoors and splits time between Alaska and Minnesota with his wife, Joy, and kids, Madeline and Liam.

Dr. Joshua Schiffman Bio
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Dr. Joshua Schiffman

Senior Research Scientist

HP Labs

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Dr. Joshua Schiffman

Senior Research Scientist

HP Labs

Dr. Joshua Schiffman is a senior security researcher and master technologist in HP Labs’ Security Lab, where he leads the research strategy for lifetime device management and supply chain security.  Schiffman is the Co-Chair of the Trusted Computing Group’s Technical Committee, which oversees technical standards development for hardware-based security building blocks.  His current research focus is on supply chain security, cryptographic device and component identities, and fleet-wide device monitoring and integrity verification.  Schiffman completed his PhD in computer security at Penn State and was previously at AMD’s security architecture group. 

Wesley Kremer Bio
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Wesley Kremer

President

Raytheon Missiles & Defense

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Wesley Kremer

President

Raytheon Missiles & Defense

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Doug Jones Bio
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Doug Jones

Senior Vice President, Defense Group CTO

Leidos

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Doug Jones

Senior Vice President, Defense Group CTO

Leidos

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Meghan Good Bio
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Meghan Good

Vice President, Director Cyber Accelerator

Leidos

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Meghan Good

Vice President, Director Cyber Accelerator

Leidos

Meghan leads the Cyber Accelerator for Leidos to build, integrate, and enhance cyber technologies. She focuses on designing and delivering innovative solutions for cyberspace operations and cybersecurity across our defense, civilian, health, and intelligence customers. She is a Leidos Technical Fellow with impactful contributions in cyber operations, threat analytics, and data visualization during her nearly 20-year career with Leidos. Beyond her cyber efforts, Meghan is a co-host of the Leidos MindSET podcast, exploring the technical perspectives of our colleagues to make the world safer, healthier, and more efficient through technology, engineering, and science. 

Meghan holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Computer Science from Boston University, and an MBA from University of Maryland.

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Amear Mitchell

Account Executive

GovExec

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Amear Mitchell

Account Executive

GovExec

Amear Mitchell, a native Philadelphian, has worked to foster and nurture client relationships at GovExec since November 2021. A recent college graduate from Temple University with a BA in Political Science, he has a passion for government and persuasion. Amear is an attentive and empathic account representative. These qualities are at the forefront of his commitment and effort. Amear can be found running on the Schuylkill River Trail or with his friends grilling on the back patio in his free time.

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Jim Westdorp

Chief Technical Officer

Ciena Government Solutions, Inc.

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Jim Westdorp

Chief Technical Officer

Ciena Government Solutions, Inc.

Jim Westdorp is the Chief Technical Officer for CGSI where he drives the creation of class leading network solutions for our Government customers using Ciena’s portfolio of packet optical products and services.

Prior to this position, Mr. Westdorp was the product line manager for our Government & Utility enterprises where he was responsible for requirements definition, market analysis, and technical sales. Mr. Westdorp also spent time leading global marketing programs associated with our Government business and had over a decade of experience as a product and engineering management professional at Ciena where he oversaw the metro and long haul wavelength division multiplexing (WDM) transmission equipment business. Mr. Westdorp was a charter member of Ciena Government Solutions (CGSI) when the business first formed in 2004 and has 30 years of leadership experience in product line management and product development with a specialty in optical, digital, and RF communications systems.

Before joining Ciena in 1998, Mr. Westdorp was a product manager and systems engineer at AlliedSignal for navigation and satcom systems serving the DoD community. He has two patents in the DWDM systems arena.

Mr. Westdorp received Masters Degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University and an undergraduate Engineering Degree with a concentration in business from Clarkson University.

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Adm. Mike Rogers (ret.)

Senior Advisor (Former Commander, U.S. Cyber Command and Director, National Security Agency)

Brunswick Group

Adm. Mike Rogers (ret.)

Senior Advisor (Former Commander, U.S. Cyber Command and Director, National Security Agency)

Brunswick Group

Senior Advisor (Former Commander, U.S. Cyber Command and Director, National Security Agency), Brunswick Group

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Aric Toler

Training and Research Director

Bellingcat

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Aric Toler

Training and Research Director

Bellingcat

Aric Toler is the training and research director at Bellingcat, an online publication that uses open source, digital research techniques to investigate topics around the world. He focuses on investigations into Russia and Ukraine, including research into Russian intelligence operations, the ongoing war in Ukraine, and the 2014 downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 over the Donbas. Aric has been with Bellingcat since 2014, and has previously studied in Russia and received a Master’s in Slavic Languages & Literatures from the University of Kansas in 2013.

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James Donlon

Director, Solution Engineering

Oracle North America Government and Education

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James Donlon

Director, Solution Engineering

Oracle North America Government and Education

As Director of the Solution Engineering team, James helps lead a dedicated group of Oracle engineers as they help guide government and education organizations toward successful implementations.

Team members are experts in key domains including enterprise data management, business analytics, hybrid cloud strategy and cyber security. James has been with Oracle since 1997 working in a variety of individual and leadership roles, primarily in Government and Education. He hold a Masters degree from the Johns Hopkins University in Information and Telecommunications Systems and JD from Concord Law School. Key areas of interest include: Data Governance, Data Privacy, Ethical uses of AI and Machine Learning, and practical approaches to multicloud data sharing.

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Gregory L. Garcia

Industry Executive Director

Oracle Federal Public Sector, North American Applications

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Gregory L. Garcia

Industry Executive Director

Oracle Federal Public Sector, North American Applications

Greg Garcia is the Federal Sector Industry Executive Director for Public Sector  Applications. He provides strategic insights and leadership to the Oracle team of account  executives, solution engineers and business development leaders that deliver software  solutions for complex business problems. The team assists the Federal Government, the  International Agency community and Canada Public Sector with their digital  transformation to realize greater business value through the adoption of the Oracle Cloud  in areas including Enterprise Resource Planning, Supply Chain, Enterprise Performance,  and Human Capital Management. 

Mr. Garcia joined Oracle in 2021 after 37 years of Federal Department of Defense  service where he started his career as a GS-5 trainee and concluded his service as a Top  Tier Senior Executive Service (SES) leader. He served as US Army Acting Chief  Information Officer (CIO), Deputy CIO, and Chief Data Officer. He also served as the  Corps of Engineers CIO, and the Executive Director of the Information Technology  Agency, the joint service provider for providing common IT support for the Pentagon.  Mr. Garcia also serve as a Civilian Expeditionary Workforce member and served 11  months deployed to Iraq as the United States Forces-Iraq (USF-I) Deputy J-9 where he  led the strategic effects (national infrastructure and reconciliation) and strategic  communications efforts where he served as the Deputy Spokesman for Iraq. Mr. Garcia also served as an SES in the US Air Force as the AF Material Command Deputy A2/5, and the Executive Director Standard Systems Group. He received numerous performance  awards for achievement, including being selected as a Federal 100 Executive for Federal  Leadership, a FedScoop 50 Federal Executive, and as the Hispanic IT Executive Council  (HITEC) Top 100 for Most Influential and Notable Hispanic Professionals. 

Mr. Garcia received a Master of Public Policy degree from Princeton University, a  Master of Business Administration degree from the University of the Incarnate Word,  and a Bachelor of Art in Communications degree from Texas Lutheran University. Greg  enjoys time with family, the outdoors, and long-distance triathlons. 

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Palmer Luckey

Founder

Anduril

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Founder

Anduril

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Mike Harttree

Consulting Engineer and Architect

Cisco

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Mike Harttree

Consulting Engineer and Architect

Cisco

Mike Harttree has been a Cisco Consulting Engineer and Architect at Cisco for the last twenty-three years. He first supported US Government customers in Cisco Federal for voice, video, and data networking, and then three years in the Corporate CTO Office for Collaboration. His areas of focus have included: Network relevance – he holds a patent on Quality of Service and won a Cisco Pioneer Award for this work; Security – work includes audio security through the U.S. Government’s National Telecommunications Security Working Group; Video – where he worked on Tandberg and WebEx integration. Currently, he is the Architect for IoT in US Federal.

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Andy MacIsaac

Solutions Marketing Director for Public Sector

Alteryx

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Andy MacIsaac

Solutions Marketing Director for Public Sector

Alteryx

Andy MacIsaac, is the Solutions Marketing Director for Public Sector at Alteryx, an advanced analytics platform.  Mr. MacIsaac, has spent most of his career leading go to market efforts targeted at the public sector. He has a passion for helping public sector organizations leverage technology to solve problems that can improve the delivery of service, the achievement of mission and the quality of life for their constituents.

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Ben Watson

Senior Multimedia Editor

Defense One

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Ben Watson

Senior Multimedia Editor

Defense One

Ben Watson is lead author of The D Brief and senior multimedia editor at Defense One. Since arriving in Washington in 2012, Ben has written and produced award-winning features, videos and podcasts on politics, international security, technology, and military history for NPR, The Atlantic and Defense One. Prior to that, he served for five years in the U.S. Army.

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Michael Litano, Ph.D.

AVP of People Insights

BetterUp

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Michael Litano, Ph.D.

AVP of People Insights

BetterUp

Dr. Mike Litano is AVP of People Insights at BetterUp and an Adjunct Professor of graduate-level courses at Georgetown University. At BetterUp, he leads teams of Ph.D. behavioral science consultants that advise federal agencies and international/global organizations on best-practice behavioral solutions to organizational challenges. Prior to BetterUp, Dr. Litano built people analytics and strategy teams at both Capital One and NASA (LaRC). He earned his Ph.D. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA in 2016.

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Stephen Wood

Senior Director, News Bureau

Maxar

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Stephen Wood

Senior Director, News Bureau

Maxar

Stephen is the Senior Director of Maxar’s News Bureau. He has more than 30 years of experience analyzing satellite imagery and performing all-source analysis for government, commercial and media customers. Mr. Wood joined DigitalGlobe, Inc. (now known as Maxar Technologies) in 2000, after 14 years at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), where he held a range of senior imagery intelligence-associated positions. He previously served as the Vice President of DigitalGlobe’s Defense and Intelligence Business Unit, led DigitalGlobe’s new Analysis Center and was the co-founder of AllSource Analysis, an imagery analytic company based in Colorado. He has an in-depth record of creating geospatial and all-source material and has briefed audiences extensively throughout his career, including high-ranking government officials, CEOs, and the media on geospatial information and high current interest issues.

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Josh Marcuse

Head of Strategy and Innovation, Public Sector

Google Cloud

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Josh Marcuse

Head of Strategy and Innovation, Public Sector

Google Cloud

Marcuse assumed his current role in Mar. 2020 after spending more than three years as executive director of the Defense Innovation Board (DIB). At Google’s cloud segment, Marcuse is responsible for leading a digital transformation team that works to drive development in public-sector matters including cyber defense, smart cities and public health.

Marcuse has also helped lead Google Cloud’s partnerships with Microsoft, Apple and the Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) to create a notification tool to support contact tracing activities as part of a broader COVID-19 response effort.

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Emory Miller

Business Development Manager, Public Sector Market Transformation and Growth Team

Cisco

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Emory Miller

Business Development Manager, Public Sector Market Transformation and Growth Team

Cisco

Emory Miller is a business development manager in Cisco’s US Public Sector Market Transformation and Growth Team, focusing on the emerging areas of edge and IoT. Prior to Cisco, Emory spent 12 years in the Navy where we served as a helicopter pilot. Emory holds an MBA (with honors) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, an MA (with honors) from Boston College, and a BS (with distinction) from the U.S. Naval Academy.

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Douglas Orellana

Vice President, Intelligent Systems Engineering, Innovation and Capabilities Office

ManTech

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Douglas Orellana

Vice President, Intelligent Systems Engineering, Innovation and Capabilities Office

ManTech

Dr. Douglas Orellana is ManTech’s Vice President of Intelligent Systems Engineering in the Innovation and Capabilities Office, focused on the developing the next generation of solutions powered by computing and artificial intelligence.

He has held many roles within systems engineering during his career, most recently serving as Director of Engineering Solutions at SAIC. He was the corporate lead for digital engineering and charged with keeping SAIC in the forefront of industry’s digital engineering transformation. Previous to SAIC, Dr. Orellana worked for Northrop Grumman Corporation for 12 years, holding numerous positions of increasing authority within the systems engineering organization that spanned the life cycle of various systems (unmanned vehicles, special defense, radars, sonars, instrumentation & controls) from concept development to verification and validation. He rose through the ranks and in his final role was a Systems Engineering Manager and lead architect for a Northrop Grumman’s MQ-
25 concept.

Dr. Orellana has been recognized for his academic excellence, professional work, and community involvement. In 2019, his paper on the Systems Engineering Ontology was awarded best forward-thinking paper at the Conference in Systems Engineering Research, and the Engineer’s Council awarded him Outstanding Engineering Achievement Award for his research contributions to the Systems Engineering Book of Knowledge. In 2012, INCOSE awarded him the JHU APL Alexander Kossiakoff SE Research Award. In 2010, Great Minds in STEM named him HENAAC’s Most Promising Engineer (Masters) and SHPE selected him in 2009 as Promising Engineer for Technical Achievement.

He earned a Doctorate in astronautical engineering from the University of Southern California; his doctoral research focused on integrating human considerations into the system architecting process though the use of Model Based Systems Engineering and Ontologies. He earned a Master’s degree in systems engineering and his Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Johns Hopkins University.

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Dr. Tommy Gardner

Chief Technology Officer

HP Federal

Dr. Tommy Gardner

Dr. Tommy Gardner

Chief Technology Officer

HP Federal

Tommy Gardner is HP’s Chief Technology Officer for HP Federal, spanning the US Federal Agencies, Higher Education, K-12 Education, State and Local government customer segments, as well as Federal Systems Integrators. His current responsibilities include technology leadership, strategic technology plans, product and technology strategies, sales force technical support, and customer and partner relationships.

Previously, Tommy has served as the Chief Technology Officer for Jacobs Engineering, Scitor, and ManTech. Earlier in his career he was a senior technical executive at Raytheon. In the U.S. Navy he served as the Deputy for Science and Technology for the Chief of Naval Research. He oversaw the Navy’s Deep Submergence Program as well as its Advanced Technology Program. He also commanded the nuclear submarine, USS San Juan (SSN 751).

Tommy’s educational background covers multiple disciplines and fields of interest including: cybersecurity, data science, blockchain technologies, artificial intelligence, high performance computing and systems integration in government markets.

Tommy holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy, a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University, an M.S. in Management of Technology from MIT and a Ph. D. in Energy Economics from George Washington University. He is a Professional Engineer and serves as Chair of the ASME Industry Advisory Board. He is an ASME Fellow and serves as faculty on the Blockchain Research Institute.

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Chris Ransbottom

Global DoD Director

Ciena Government Solutions Inc

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Chris Ransbottom

Global DoD Director

Ciena Government Solutions Inc

Mr. Ransbottom is the business lead for global US Defense Department accounts within Ciena’s Government team with responsibility of managing a team of sales professionals. Well versed and experienced in developing resilient, high capacity deterministic networks in support of mission critical networks for the ISR and Intelligence Community, his recent focus is guiding critical DoD programs on modernizing to next generation infrastructure to increase performance and decrease cyber threat while reducing the operating complexity and cost from the network.

Prior to Ciena, Mr. Ransbottom held positions with Brocade, Ericsson, Titan Systems, and Verizon as a subject-matter expert, engineering lead, and product manager in optical transmission, IP/MPLS, ATM, Carrier Ethernet, Data Center and information assurance technologies. Prior to working in industry he served six years active duty Navy as a non-commissioned officer where he completed tours with NAS Mayport and NATO HQ Southern Europe. Mr. Ransbottom holds a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology and several industry certifications including GSLC, CE-A, BCNE, BCFA.

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Lauren Williams

Senior Editor

FCW and Defense Systems

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Lauren Williams

Senior Editor

FCW and Defense Systems

Lauren C. Williams is senior editor for FCW and Defense Systems, covering defense and cybersecurity.

Prior to joining FCW, Williams was the tech reporter for ThinkProgress, where she covered everything from internet culture to national security issues. In past positions, Williams covered health care, politics and crime for various publications, including The Seattle Times.

Williams graduated with a master’s in journalism from the University of Maryland, College Park and a bachelor’s in dietetics from the University of Delaware. She can be contacted at lwilliams@fcw.com, or follow her on Twitter @lalaurenista.

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Kevin Baron

Executive Editor

Defense One

Kevin Baron

Executive Editor

Defense One

Kevin Baron is the founding executive editor of Defense One. Baron has lived in Washington for 20 years, covering international affairs, the military, the Pentagon, Congress, and politics for Foreign Policy, National Journal, Stars and Stripes, and the Boston Globe, where he ran investigative projects for five years at the Washington bureau. He is a frequent on-air contributor and previously was national security/military analyst at NBC News & MSNBC. Baron cut his muckraking teeth at the Center for Public Integrity and he is twice a Polk Award winner and former vice president of the Pentagon Press Association. He earned his M.A. in media and public affairs from George Washington University, his B.A. in international studies from the University of Richmond, and studied in Paris. Raised in Florida, Baron now lives in Northern Virginia.

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Tara Copp

Senior Pentagon Correspondent

Defense One

Tara Copp

Tara Copp

Senior Pentagon Correspondent

Defense One

Tara Copp is senior Pentagon correspondent for Defense One. Copp has reported through the Middle East, Asia and Europe to cover defense policy and its impact on the lives of service members. Her investigative reporting on military aviation accidents and on skyrocketing veteran cancer rates drove Congressional hearings and legislation. Before returning to journalism, she worked as a senior defense analyst at the U.S. Government Accountability Office, focused on readiness and military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. She is a Plan II graduate of the University of Texas and earned her masters in Security Studies at Georgetown University.

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Daniela Fayer

Publisher

Defense One

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.

Brad Peniston Bio
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Brad Peniston

Deputy Editor

Defense One

Brad Peniston

Deputy Editor

Defense One

Bradley Peniston is deputy editor of Defense One. A national security journalist for two decades, he helped launch Military.com, served as managing editor of Defense News, and was editor of Armed Forces Journal. His books include No Higher Honor: Saving the USS Samuel B. Roberts in the Persian Gulf, now part of the Chief of Naval Operations’ Professional Reading Program.

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Patrick Tucker

Technology Editor

Defense One

Patrick Tucker

Technology Editor

Defense One

Patrick Tucker is technology editor for Defense One. He’s also the author of THE NAKED FUTURE: WHAT HAPPENS IN A WORLD THAT ANTICIPATES YOUR EVERY MOVE? (CURRENT, 2014). Previously, Tucker was deputy editor for The Futurist for nine years. Tucker has written about emerging technology in Slate, The Sun, MIT Technology Review, Wilson Quarterly, The American Legion Magazine, BBC News Magazine, Utne Reader, and elsewhere.

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Marcus Weisgerber

Global Business Editor

Defense One

Marcus Weisgerber

Global Business Editor

Defense One

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Jacqueline Feldscher Bio
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Jacqueline Feldscher

Senior National Security Correspondent

Defense One

Jacqueline Feldscher

Senior National Security Correspondent

Defense One

Jacqueline Feldscher is senior national security correspondent at Defense One. Previously, she was national security and space reporter at Politico. Before that, Feldscher covered defense issues in Congress and at the Pentagon for the Washington Examiner, the Washington Times, and Navy Times, covering the Navy and Coast Guard. She’s a graduate of Boston University, and holds a master’s in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.

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George Jackson

VP of Events

GovExec

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George Jackson

VP of Events

GovExec

George Jackson is the VP of events at GovExec Media – the largest and most-influential media company in the public sector marketplace. George joined GovExec in October of 2020 to enhance the scale of their events and audience experiences.

He graduated from The Ohio State University in 2003 with a bachelor’s degree in English. In 2006, he earned his master’s in broadcast journalism from the University of Maryland, College Park.

George spent the first five years of his journalism career at WJHL-TV in Johnson City Tenn. – beginning as an overnight producer for the station’s 6 a.m. broadcast. He advanced to lead on-air reporter for WJHL’s 11 p.m. newscast.

As a reporter, George examined the earnings of two non-profit hospital systems, felony charges filed against a local sheriff, predatory paving companies, a health benefits backlog for local veterans, and a series of cold-case murder investigations. He received an honorable mention for Best TV Reporter in the 2011 Tennessee AP Broadcast awards and won a Best Investigative Reporting award from Media General in 2010.

George joined DC’s ABC affiliate WJLA-TV in 2012 to produce Capital Insider, which won him an Emmy award. One year later, he developed and recorded the pilot episode of Government Matters – a program about the business of government. It debuted as a weekly show on Sunday, August 4th of 2013. George led Government Matters through September of 2020, expanded its reach to a daily worldwide audience, and produced its first feature-length documentary “The Dawn of Generation AI.”

George is from Toledo, Ohio. He lives with his wife, twin daughters, and a pair of rescue dogs in Northern Virginia.