Intelligence Summit - Speakers

Speakers

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Maj. Gen. Leah G. Lauderback

Director of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, Headquarters

U.S. Space Force

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Maj. Gen. Leah G. Lauderback

Director of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, Headquarters

U.S. Space Force

Maj. Gen. Leah G. Lauderback is the Director of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, Headquarters U.S. Space Force, the Pentagon, Arlington, Virginia. In this capacity, she serves as the Senior Intelligence Advisor to the Chief of Space Operations and is responsible to the Secretary of the Air Force and Chief of Space Operations for policy formulation, planning, evaluation, oversight and leadership of Space Force intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities.

Maj. Gen. Lauderback received her commission in 1993 from Clemson University. Her career as an intelligence officer spans the strategic, tactical and operational levels of war throughout the Pacific, Central, and European theaters of operation. She commanded at the wing, group and squadron levels, served as the Senior Military Assistant to the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence, and led as the Director of Intelligence for the Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve, Southwest Asia. She is a graduate and former instructor of the U.S. Air Force Weapons School. Her operational tours include the Implementation Force–Bosnia Herzegovina, operations Southern Watch, Iraqi Freedom, Odyssey Dawn, and Inherent Resolve.

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Adm. Mike Rogers (ret.)

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

Brunswick Group

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Adm. Mike Rogers (ret.)

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

Brunswick Group

Mike retired from the Navy in 2018 after rising to the rank of four star admiral.  He culminated his career with a four plus year stint serving simultaneously as Commander, U.S. Cyber Command and Director, National Security Agency – creating the U.S. Department of Defense’s (DoD) then newest large war fighting organization and leading the U.S. government’s largest intelligence organization.  In those roles he worked extensively with the leadership of the U.S. government, the DoD, and the U.S. Intelligence community as well as their international counterparts in the conduct of cyber and intelligence activity across the globe.  He also assisted in the development of national and international policy with respect to cyber, intelligence and technology – including extensive work with corporate leadership in the finance, IT, telecommunications and technology sectors.  

Mike is a graduate of Auburn University and also holds a Masters of Science in National Security.  He is a distinguished graduate of the National war College and a graduate of highest distinction from the Naval War College.  He is also an MIT Seminar XXI fellow and a Harvard Senior Executive in National Security alum.

Editorial Speaker

Michael Morell

Former Acting Director and Deputy Director of the CIA

Beacon Global Strategies

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Michael Morell

Former Acting Director and Deputy Director of the CIA

Beacon Global Strategies

Michael Morell, the former Acting Director and Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, is one of our nation’s leading national security professionals, with extensive experience in intelligence and foreign policy. 

During his 33-year career at CIA, Michael served as Deputy Director for over three years, a job in which he managed the Agency’s day-to-day operations and analysis, represented the Agency at the White House and Congress, and maintained the Agency’s relationships with intelligence services and foreign leaders around the world. Michael also served twice as Acting Director, leading CIA when Leon Panetta was confirmed as Secretary of Defense and again after David Petraeus left government.

Michael’s senior assignments at CIA also included serving for two years as the Director of Intelligence, the Agency’s top analyst, and for two years as Executive Director, the CIA’s top administrator—managing human resources, the budget, security, and information technology for an agency the size of a Fortune 200 firm.

Today, Michael is involved in a wide range of activities. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Fortress Investment Group; Senior Counselor and Global Chairman of the Geopolitical Risk Practice at Washington’s fastest growing consulting firm, Beacon Global Strategies; and an advisor to a large number of private sector entities.He is also the Chairman of the National Security Task Force at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Michael is a Senior National Security Contributor for CBS News, the host of the national security podcast Intelligence Matters, an Expert Voice on Axios, and a Contributing Columnist for the Washington Post. He is the author of The New York Times bestseller “The Great War of Our Time: An Insider’s Account of the CIA’s Fight Against Terrorism – From al Qaida to ISIS.”

Editorial Speaker

Cynthia Bedell

Director of Communications & Information Sciences Directorate

DEVCOM Army Research Laboratory

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Cynthia Bedell

Director of Communications & Information Sciences Directorate

DEVCOM Army Research Laboratory

As the director for the Combat Capabilities Development Command (DEVCOM) Army Research Lab (ARL) Computational & Information Sciences Directorate, Cynthia Bedell is responsible for basic and applied research into Network and Information Sciences, Cyber Defense, and Battlefield Environments. She has technical oversight of the state-of-the art high performance computing assets, to include artificial intelligence computational capabilities, and wide area networking methodologies for ARL, DA, and DoD.  ARL is the U.S. Department of the Army’s foundational research laboratory, strategically placed within the Army Futures Command (AFC). 

Previously, as the Regional Lead for ARL West, Cindy Bedell established the first remote research campus for the US Army Research Lab, in Los Angeles, thus making ARL and its researchers more accessible to academics as well as commercial business research leaders on the west coast. ARL West’s strategically focused partnership goals are to accelerate understanding and capabilities in the field of Human Information Interaction. When she joined CISD in 2014, Ms. Bedell served as the Associate Directorate for Science and Technology as well as the collaborative alliance manager for the Multi-scale Materials Enterprise. 

Cindy Bedell brings with her 30 years of military experience. Prior to her military retirement, Colonel Bedell led the U.S. Army Research Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM) Forward Element Command – Atlantic searching across Europe, Africa, and the Middle East, for applicable research and emerging technologies to support current and future warfighters.  She also served as the Director of Science and Technology Support for Current Operations for the System of Systems Integration Office, RDECOM. She helped develop science and technology strategies to allow the Army to address technology shortfalls in current and future war-fighting systems. 

In PEO Soldier, as Product Manager, Sensors and Lasers, Colonel Bedell was responsible for the Soldier-borne night vision devices, thermal sensors and sights, as well as laser pointers, rangefinders and designators.  She accelerated the engineering design cycles for a number of systems; to include the Enhanced Night Vision Goggle and the 25 micron Vanadium Oxide based Thermal Weapons Sight.  

She earned both a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  She served as Assistant Professor in the Civil and Mechanical Engineering Department at the United States Military Academy. In 2004-2005, she attended the University of Texas, as a Senior Service College Fellow.  She holds United States Patent 5,413,649, with Dr. David Dunand for a method to enhance superplasticity for ease in forming complex composites in materials that undergo phase transformation.

Editorial Speaker

Tom Sasala

Chief Data Officer

Department of the Navy

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Tom Sasala

Chief Data Officer

Department of the Navy

As the Chief Data Officer for the Department of the Navy (DON), Mr. Sasala leads the Department’s efforts on data management, information resources management, data governance, and Naval data policies. Mr. Sasala is responsible for implementing the OPEN Government Data Act, training the Naval workforce on data and data analytics, and making high quality, timely data available to decision-makers and warfighters. He advises and assists the SECNAV and UNSECNAV in the execution of their statutory responsibilities, establishes data priorities for the DON in support of the National Defense Strategy, and drives change through the Business Operations Plan and Data Strategy Implementation Plan. Mr. Sasala leads data transformation for the Department and works closely with the Office of Secretary of Defense (OSD) on DoD-wide data policies, tactics, and techniques to improve DON decision-making.

 

Mr. Sasala previously led data management activities in the business mission area at the Office of the Chief Management Officer (OCMO). In that capacity, he focused on optimizing business operations, streamlining defense business systems, and establishing enterprise-wide interoperability standards for Naval business systems.

 

Prior to joining the Department of the Navy, Mr. Sasala served as Director of Operations and Architecture for U.S. Army CIO/G-6 and the Chief Data Officer for the U.S. Army. He led data governance and analytics across the Army, was responsible for the implementation and migration to cloud computing solutions, and developed segment and systems architectures for the Army. Mr. Sasala was also the Chief Technology Officer for the Joint Service Provider and the U.S. Army Information Technology Agency (ITA) where he was responsible for the modernization of Pentagon information technology solutions.

 

Mr. Sasala began his career as a student trainee at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL). After graduating from the Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, he returned to NRL and pursued his Master of Science in Telecommunication and Computers. While serving at NRL, Mr. Sasala led a variety of mission critical projects including advance research and development in public key cryptography, software-defined agile cryptography and key management, and the modernization of strategic communication solutions for nuclear command and control systems.

 

After leaving NRL, Mr. Sasala joined the private sector where he supported a number of clients as a government consultant. His many roles include Chief Architect for the All-Source Analytics Environment, Chief Architect and technical advisor for the Analytic Transformation (AT) program, and Program Manager for various initiatives within the defense and intelligence spaces. Additionally, Mr. Sasala spent almost two years developing cutting-edge data and training solutions at the Internet startup targeting the public educational market.

 

In 2014 Mr. Sasala received the Bold Award for Innovation, recognizing his creative problem-solving, technical acumen, ambition, and persistence. In 2015, Mr. Sasala was named a “Fed 100” honoring the top 100 contributors across Federal, state, and local governments.

 

Editorial Speaker

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 Chairman of Silverado Policy Accelerator, a non-profit focused on advancing American prosperity and global leadership in the 21st century and beyond.

In 2021, he launched the Alperovitch Institute for CyberSecurity Studies at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), a premier academic institution producing paradigm shifting, impactful research and instruction at the intersection of cybersecurity, technology, intelligence and international affairs.

He is a Co-Founder and former CTO of CrowdStrike Inc., world’s largest cybersecurity company. 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 the Department of Defense. He is a frequent strategic advisor to CEOs and Boards of Directors of public and private companies. Alperovitch is also an active angel investor and board member of multiple high-growth technology companies.

In 2016, Alperovitch revealed Russian intelligence agencies' hacking of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), events which unveiled the full scope of cyber influence operations being launched against the 2016 US Election.

In 2010 and 2011, Alperovitch led the global team that investigated and brought to light Operation Aurora, Night Dragon and Shady RAT groundbreaking Chinese cyberespionage intrusions, and gave those incidents their names.

In 2017, Fortune Magazine named Alperovitch as one of “40 Under 40” most influential young people in business. In 2016, Politico Magazine featured Alperovitch as one of “Politico 50” influential thinkers, doers and visionaries transforming American politics.

In 2013, Alperovitch received the prestigious recognition of being selected as MIT Technology Review’s “Young Innovators under 35” (TR35), an award previously won by such technology luminaries as Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Mark Zuckerberg and Jonathan Ive.

Alperovitch was named Foreign Policy Magazine’s Leading Global Thinker for 2013, an award shared with Secretary of State John Kerry, Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos. He was the recipient of the prestigious Federal 100 Award for his contributions to the federal information security in 2011 and recognized in 2013 and 2015 as one of Washingtonian’s Tech Titans for his accomplishments in the field of cybersecurity.

Alperovitch is currently a Senior Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center’s Defending Digital Democracy Project. He currently serves on the Advisory Boards for NATO’s Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (CCDCOE), George Mason University’s National Security Institute and RSA Conference. He has previous served on Georgia Tech Information Security Center (GTISC) Industry Advisory Board.

Prior to founding CrowdStrike, Dmitri was a Vice President of Threat Research at McAfee, where he led company’s global Internet threat intelligence analysis and investigations.

With more than two decades of experience in the field of information security, Alperovitch is an inventor of 36 patented technologies and has conducted extensive research on reputation systems, spam detection, web security, public-key and identity-based cryptography, malware and intrusion detection and prevention.

As a recognized authority on cyberespionage, cyber warfare, online organized criminal activity, and cybersecurity, Alperovitch has significant experience working as a subject matter expert with all levels of U.S. and international policy makers, intelligence and law enforcement agencies on analysis, investigations, and profiling of transnational organized criminal activities and cyber threats from terrorist and nation-state adversaries. He is a well-respected technical and policy thinker on the most difficult global cybersecurity issues, and is a frequent speaker at military, intelligence, law-enforcement, academic and security industry conferences. Alperovitch has published and given numerous talks on the contemporary issues in cybersecurity policy such as cyberdeterrence doctrine, Chinese-sponsored cyberespionage and the use of cyber weapons on the future battlefield. Alperovitch is frequently quoted as a cyberpolicy and cybersecurity expert source in national media, including 60 Minutes, Face the Nation and PBS Frontline. His writings have been published by the The New York Times, The Washington Post and Foreign Affairs Magazine and he has testified before committees in the US Senate and House.

Prior to joining McAfee, Alperovitch led the research team and the Cloud Security business unit at Secure Computing.

Alperovitch holds a master's degree in Information Security and a bachelor's degree in Computer Science, both from Georgia Institute of Technology.

Editorial Speaker

James Shappell

Acting Director

DOD Insider Threat Management and Analysis Center (DITMAC)

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James Shappell

Acting Director

DOD Insider Threat Management and Analysis Center (DITMAC)

James Shappell serves as the Acting Deputy Assistant Director (DAD) of the Defense
Counterintelligence and Security Agency’s (DCSA’s) Threat Directorate, serving as the
Acting Director of the DoD Insider Threat Management and Analysis Center (DITMAC).
In this role, he oversees all business and support operations at the DITMAC. He also
served as DITMAC’s Deputy Director and the Chief of Analysis and Mitigation.
Previously, Mr. Shappell served as the Chief of Staff at the National Intelligence Council
(NIC) at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI). He also served in
multiple positions at the US Army Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM),
including the Acting Assistant Chief of Staff (ACoS), G-2; creating, establishing, and
leading the INSCOM Security Operations Center (ISOC) as its first director; the Deputy
ACoS, G-2; and the Command Security Manager and Special Security Officer. He also
served as a security specialist at US Army Yuma Proving Ground.
Prior to his civilian career, Mr. Shappell served four years on active duty as an
intelligence analyst, primarily supporting operations in the Republic of Korea.
Throughout his career Mr. Shappell earned a number of awards including the Army
Commendation Medal and two Army Achievement medals for his service on active duty.
He received the ODNI Exceptional Service Award, the Army Commander’s Award for
Civilian Service, and two Army Achievement Medals for Civilian Service.
In addition to his professional experience, Mr. Shappell has a dual Master’s of Science
degree in Leadership and Management and Security Management and Administration
from Webster University, a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Communications from
Mansfield University, and an Associates of Applied Science in Intelligence Operations
from Cochise College. He also completed the Wharton School’s Certificate in
Leadership and Management and the Federal Executive Institute’s Leadership for
Democratic Society, and received the Carnegie Melon’s Software Engineering Institute’s
Insider Threat Program Manager Certificate. He is awaiting conferral, having recently
passed the Certified Counter-Insider Threat Professional – Fundamental assessment.
James lives in Burke, VA, with his wife, Antoinette; his son, Ethan; and his daughter,
Alessandra, as well as the family’s two dogs, Mario and Luigi. He serves in the
community as the President of the Board of Directors at the St. John’s Lutheran Church
Early Childhood Education Center and is active with the Central Springfield Little League. 

Editorial Speaker

William Braniff

Director of the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism

University of Maryland

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William Braniff

Director of the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism

University of Maryland

William Braniff is the Director of the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) and a Professor of the Practice at the University of Maryland. He previously served as the director of practitioner education at West Point’s Combating Terrorism Center (CTC) and an instructor in the Department of Social Sciences. Braniff is a graduate of the United States Military Academy. Following his Company Command in the U.S. Army, Braniff attended the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) where he received a master’s degree in international relations. Braniff then served as a foreign affairs specialist for the National Nuclear Security Agency. He lectures frequently for counterterrorism audiences including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Joint Special Operations University, National Defense University, the Foreign Service Institute, the Defense Intelligence Agency, the Diplomatic Security Service Antiterrorism Assistance Program, the United States Attorneys’ Office and for DHS Homeland Security Investigators. Braniff has also taken a keen interest in the field of countering violent extremism (CVE), and his input has been sought out by the Department of Justice, the Department of State, the FBI and the National Security Staff, and the National Counterterrorism Center.  He spoke at the White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism in February 2015. Braniff has testified before Congress on four occasions, and appears regularly in national and international news media. His research focuses on domestic and international terrorism, counterterrorism and countering violent extremism (CVE). He is a member of the Editorial Board of the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism-The Hague (ICCT), the RESOLVE Network Research Advisory Board, the Prosecution Project Advisory Board, and the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism (GIFCT) Independent Advisory Committee (IAC). Braniff is a founding board member of We the Veterans, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization harnessing the strength of veterans and military families to support the pillars of American democracy.

Editorial Speaker

John Ferrari

Nonresident Senior Fellow

American Enterprise Institute

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John Ferrari

Nonresident Senior Fellow

American Enterprise Institute

John Ferrari is a nonresident senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), where his work focuses on the defense budget, defense reform and acquisition, and the US military. He is concurrently the chief financial officer at QOMPLX, a data analytics and cybersecurity firm.

Over his 32-year US Army career, Major General Ferrari, who is now retired, served as the director of program analysis and evaluation, the commanding general of the White Sands Missile Range, a deputy commander for programs at the NATO Training Mission in Afghanistan, and a strategic planner for the Combined Joint Task Force Seven in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom. His Army service also includes working at the US Army Materiel Command, as a platoon leader and executive officer for the 2nd Cavalry Regiment in Germany, and as a company commander and plans officer for the 3rd Cavalry Regiment.

Major General Ferrari has also worked as a branch chief for contingency operations for the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the US Department of Defense and as a program examiner at the Office of Management and Budget at the White House.

He has an MBA in finance and strategic management from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, an MA in national resource strategy and policy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces (now called the Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy), and a BS in computer science from the United States Military Academy at West Point.

Editorial Speaker

Joshua Hartman

Vice President and General Manager

Geost, Inc.

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Joshua Hartman

Vice President and General Manager

Geost, Inc.

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Alyssa Ashworth

Director of Solution Consulting, National Security Group

ServiceNow

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Alyssa Ashworth

Director of Solution Consulting, National Security Group

ServiceNow

Alyssa Ashworth has spent her career focused on the Intelligence Community.  Joining ServiceNow in 2015, she has assisted the Big 5 with their enterprise ServiceNow transformations.  She is now focused on strategic projects that will allow the IC to further support the mission at large.  She is also leading the industry’s most knowledgeable and dedicated Solution Consultants.

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Josh Bradfield

Director. National Security Group

ServiceNow

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Josh Bradfield

Director. National Security Group

ServiceNow

Josh has the unique role of driving the strategy for ServiceNow’s IC business helping to translate and align platform capabilities and innovations with the requirements of the community.  He’s deeply passionate about helping the IC leverage modern technologies to better support the mission, drive digital transformation, and ultimately make work, work better for people.  Josh has held similar positions at other leading software companies as well as a leadership role providing consulting services within the office of an Intelligence Community CIO.

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Nick Bousquet

Director, Geospatial Intelligence Solutions

Leidos Intelligence Group

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Nick Bousquet

Director, Geospatial Intelligence Solutions

Leidos Intelligence Group

Nick Bousquet, Director of Geospatial Intelligence for the Leidos Intelligence Group is responsible for strategy and growth of the NGA portfolio. In this role, he acts as the lead for business development and strategic initiatives across both the Spatial Solutions and IT Solutions Divisions. Of his 17 year career in the Intelligence Community, 13 have been directly related to NGA mission operations in analysis roles comprised of Tactical Intelligence Analyst for Special Operations Forces Counter Terrorism missions, FMV Operations Chief, and Senior Imagery Analyst for WMD analysis at the NGA Office of Counterproliferation. Other prior roles include Chief Mission Officer for the Spatial Solutions Division, ISR Architect for next-generation exploitation tools, and Project Manager on the MACSS contract vehicle.

Prior to joining Leidos, Nick served in the U.S. Navy at the Office of Naval Intelligence Fleet Intelligence Support Team, as the Intelligence lead for the tactical deployed unit Maritime Expeditionary Security Squadron (MSRON), and at the Naval War College where he acted as an Intelligence SME for a think tank at that reported directly to the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Nick is most passionate about helping customers realize their strategic objectives by traversing the gap between mission realities to technical development as well as increasing the understanding of user needs and the art of the possible.

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Ravi Budhu

Chief Software Architect and AI/ML, National Solutions Operation

Leidos Intelligence Group

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Ravi Budhu

Chief Software Architect and AI/ML, National Solutions Operation

Leidos Intelligence Group

Ravi Budhu is a chief software architect and AI/ML  for the National Solutions Operation, Leidos Intelligence Group. With more than 17 years of experience, Mr. Budhu has implemented technical solutions ranging from machine-learning computer vision systems, scalable microservices cloud architectures, and robust web-apps. By combining human-centered design and end-user feedback, Mr. Budhu teams technology with the people that use it in effective and innovative ways to improve overall outcomes, mission relevance, and user experience.

 

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Susan Gordon

Former Principal Deputy Director

National Intelligence

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Susan Gordon

Former Principal Deputy Director

National Intelligence

The Honorable Susan M. Gordon is one of the nation’s most respected intelligence professionals and a trusted voice on strategy, innovation, and leadership. Confirmed as the Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence in 2017, she became the Nation’s highest-ranking career intelligence officer. In over three decades of service including both the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA), Gordon earned a reputation as a visionary, inclusive leader; delivering innovative solutions on a broad spectrum of complex issues, including cyber security, emerging and disruptive technologies, artificial intelligence, information operations, and space. Gordon is currently a consultant on technology and global risk. Among other endeavors, she is Senior Fellow at Duke University and Harvard University; an independent director at CACI, International, Avantus Federal, Blacksky; and an advisor to Microsoft and other technology companies.

Susan is also the recent Webster Award honouree

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Bob Osborn

Chief Technology Officer, Global Government

ServiceNow

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Bob Osborn

Chief Technology Officer, Global Government

ServiceNow

Bob Osborn is a Chief Technology Officer, Global Government, for ServiceNow. Bob is an accomplished senior executive who has held many high-level IT leadership positions, including CTO for Federal Government for ServiceNow, Director of Logistics IT for the U.S. Army G4, Deputy J6/CIO for U.S. Transportation Command, Deputy CIO at the Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and CIO of the National Nuclear Security Administration. He has led major IT and organizational transformations throughout his career and is a thought leader recognized across the public sector market. As a user of ServiceNow, Bob led ITIL based Enterprise Service Management standardization within the Department of Energy. Bob also served as a United States Marine Corps officer for 27 years

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Ian Pratt

Global Head of Security for Personal Systems

HP Inc.

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Ian Pratt

Global Head of Security for Personal Systems

HP Inc.

Ian has spent his career spanning industry and academia, inventing new  technology and bringing it to market. He was a tenured faculty member at  the University of Cambridge, where he led the prestigious Systems  Research Group for over 9 years. He has founded 3 successful technology  companies, in areas of networking hardware, virtualization/cloud and  cyber security. Nemesys Research build hardware to send broadcast  quality audio video over data networks and was acquired by FORE Systems  in 1997. 

In 1999, Ian initiated and led the XenoServers research program, leading to  the creation of the Xen hypervisor, and the first infrastructure as a service  Cloud platform. Ian co-founded XenSource in 2003, to build enterprise– class virtualization products based on the Xen, and worked to build the  open source community around Xen and oversee its adoption by Amazon,  HP, Intel, IBM, Google, Sun and other vendors. XenSource was acquired by  Citrix in 2007 for $500M, where he served as Vice President for Advanced  Products and CTO.

Ian co-founded cyber security company, Bromium, in 2011. Bromium pioneered a novel approach to endpoint security built on virtualization that  results in radically better efficacy than traditional approaches, resulting in  over 65 patents. HP Inc acquired Bromium in 2019, where he leads the  personal systems security business unit. Ian holds a PhD in Computer  Science, is a Fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology, and a  Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering from which he was awarded the Academy's Silver Medal in 2009.

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Dan Punaro

Advisory Solution Consultant

ServiceNow

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Dan Punaro

Advisory Solution Consultant

ServiceNow

Dan has over 10 years of experience supporting the DoD and IC solve complex problems. As an Army Reservist, Dan is personally invested in using technology to improve the way we work as a total force.

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Tyler Robinson

Advisory Solution Consultant

ServiceNow

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Tyler Robinson

Advisory Solution Consultant

ServiceNow

Tyler joined ServiceNow in 2016 and has supported multiple roles throughout his tenure. With over 20 years of IT Consulting experience covering all aspects of the DoD, SOF and Intelligence Community (IC), he brings a Business and Mission approach to addressing challenging requirements with software solutions. As a former U.S. Marine deployed in support of OIF ’08, Tyler takes his real-world experiences and ties them into digital transformations.

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Kurt Steege

Chief Technology Officer

ThunderCat Technology

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Kurt Steege

Chief Technology Officer

ThunderCat Technology

Kurt Steege is the Chief Technology Officer at Thundercat Technology, is a Service-Disabled, Veteran-Owned Small Business that delivers technology services and solutions to the federal government and Fortune 500 companies.  At Thundercat he is responsible for driving technology value for our clients through evaluation, architecture and outreach.   

Prior to joining Thundercat, Kurt was the Chief Information Officer of MacAndrews and Forbes Inc., a diverse global holding company, based in New York City.  During his time there he led a complete IT transformation and brought the company a modern standardized infrastructure upon which the business can depend.  In the government space, Kurt served as the Chief Enterprise Architect at the FBI.   Under Kurt’s leadership at the FBI the EAPO created roadmaps for IT Transformation, strategic direction for Shared Services, Mobility, Storage, and User Experience.  

Over the rest of his 20+ year career in Information Technology, Kurt has held roles within private industries for technology, financials, and education to help drive value and efficiency into small, medium and large organizations.

 

Editorial Moderator

Kevin Baron

Executive Editor

Defense One

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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.

Editorial Moderator

Tara Copp

Senior Pentagon Correspondent

Defense One

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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.

Editorial Moderator

Jacqueline Feldscher

Senior National Security Correspondent

Defense One

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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.

Underwriter Moderator

James Hanson

Group Publisher, Federal

Nextgov

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James Hanson

Group Publisher, Federal

Nextgov

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Editorial Moderator

Frank Konkel

Executive Editor

Nextgov

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Frank Konkel

Executive Editor

Nextgov

Frank Konkel is Nextgov’s executive editor. He writes about the intersection of government and technology. Frank began covering tech in 2013 upon moving to the Washington, D.C. area after getting his start in journalism working at local and state issues at daily newspapers in his home state of Michigan.