Anthony Anikeeff is co-chair of the firm’s government contracts practice. His practice encompasses counseling, litigation, trial and appellate work. Mr. Anikeeff represents domestic and foreign companies with respect to conducting business with the federal and state governments. He also advises overseas entities in establishing a U.S. presence to do business with the U.S. Government. He also has advised a U.S. company in qualifying to do business in Afghanistan.
Mr. Anikeeff represents clients in the diverse sectors of energy, information technology, aerospace, ground support, manufacturing, heavy industry, construction, security, and service industries. He has represented clients in matters involving the Departments of Defense, Homeland Security, Energy, Agriculture, HHS, and Interior as well as NASA, GSA, and other agencies. He also has represented clients before various state agencies.
Mr. Anikeeff is a seasoned trial and appellate lawyer who has first chaired numerous cases to conclusion. Mr. Anikeeff earned his bachelor of arts degree from the University of Virginia. He received his juris doctor degree from the College of William & Mary Marshall-Wythe School of Law and his master of laws degree from the London School of Economic and Political Science.
Andrew Goldsmith is the Vice President of Global Marketing for Rapiscan Systems, Inc., one of the world’s leading providers of security inspection solutions for aviation, defense and homeland security applications. He leads a global team that is responsible for the company’s strategic product roadmap, the launch of new products, its global branding and messaging and, above all, helping to maintain Rapiscan’s double digit revenue growth. His team has helped make the Rapiscan 620 Dual View checkpoint screening system one of only two advanced technology checkpoint screening systems to receive both UK DFT and US TSA approval and to develop multiple air cargo screening systems that have been approved for use by UK DFT and the TSA.
Prior to joining Rapiscan Systems, Mr. Goldsmith was Vice President of Strategy and Marketing – and employee number 10 -- at Global Telecom and Technology, which he helped take public in 2006. He also held senior management positions with Commerce One software corporation and PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Mr. Goldsmith is regular contributor to industry publications and has appeared on or been quoted by CNN, Bloomberg, CBS, the New York Times, and numerous trade periodicals. He holds an MBA from the University of Chicago and a BA from Columbia University.
Amélie is the current Senior Editor of Global Security Finance, having joined in 2011. She is responsible for ensuring the day-to-day running of the publication, most notably coordinating interviews with key security sector players and identifying market trends.
Prior to this current role, Amélie managed a legal publication focused on intellectual property and data protection news, also in London.
She previously trained as a lawyer, and holds an LLM in Intellectual Property and Competition Law from the London School of Economics, as well as a Masters in Corporate and EU law from a French university.
Nizar is responsible for technology direction and roadmap of Tyfone and contributes to strategic planning, sales, engineering process and operational execution of the company. Nizar is a technologist and entrepreneur with diverse experience in the Software, Security, Telecommunications, Marketing, Publishing and Financial services industries in US, India and Europe.
Previously, Nizar was a Managing Director at UBS, responsible for implementing shared mobile and social platforms across UBS. Prior to UBS, he co-founded Impelsys where he conceptualized a cloud-based software as a services platform and transformed the company from a service organization to a software as a service, products and services organization. Nizar has held progressively responsible positions in technology startups prior to Impelsys.
Nizar received an MS in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin and a BE in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Annamalai University in India. Nizar is located in Bangalore, India.
Ruston Miles brings 20 years of payment security experience to his role as Chief Innovation Officer of Bluefin Payment Systems, where he serves as Bluefin’s security thought leader and technology evangelist. Ruston leads Bluefin's Security Solutions Division which is focused on protecting enterprises and merchants from card data breaches with Point-to-Point Encryption (P2PE), Tokenization and EMV. Ruston is a PCI Professional (PCIP), Certified Payment Professional (CPP), Certified Internet Business Strategist (CIBS), and an active participant with the PCI Security Standards Council (SSC).
Douglas is the CEO of Global Security Finance, which he founded in 2005. Global Security Finance (www.globalsecurityfinance.com), the online daily business news and financial data service, is the leading independent source of information about the cyber, physical and identity security and defense sectors. Global Security pipeline also offers customized research and senior-level networking events including the Homeland Security Finance Forum and the Cyber Security Finance Forum.
Prior to founding the company, Douglas worked in corporate finance and private equity for over 12 years in London, New York and Paris at HSBC Investment Bank, Montagu Private Equity, and Close Brothers Corporate Finance. His last position before the establishment of VB/Research was as Head of European Investment Banking at WR Hambrecht + Co. in New York.
Douglas is a regular panelist and speaker in North America and Europe in the Global Security sector and contributor to publications including the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal and the Economist. Douglas is a modern history graduate from Exeter University. He also holds a corporate finance diploma (MSI) from the Securities & Investment Institute.
Jalal Mapar serves as the Director of the Resilient Systems Division (RSD) at the DHS Science and Technology Directorate (S&T). RSD's mission is to rapidly develop and deliver innovative solutions that enhance the resilience of individuals, communities, and systems by enabling the Whole Community to prevent and protect against threats, mitigate hazards, effectively respond to disasters, and expedite recovery.
Previously, as a Program Manager at DHS S&T, Mr. Mapar managed a portfolio of programs that provided a diverse set of technologies to support the nation's emergency preparedness and response mission. His portfolio included several programs including innovative predictive modeling, simulation, and analytics to aid emergency responders in understanding natural or manmade threats to support preparedness and response operations; training/exercise system to verify and validate response tactics, plans and procedures; first responder location tracking in GPS denied environments and physiological health monitoring technologies; next generation battery technology combined with power management algorithms to enhance mission life of hardware systems; and first responder tools such as the concrete breaching tool for Search and Rescue and Special Operations teams to break concrete in 5 minutes; and a unique concealable escape hood to provide at least 15 minutes of protection against a host of chemical and biological threats.
Tim Nohara is the founding president and CEO of Accipiter Radar Technologies Inc. Beginning in 1994, he assembled a world-class team of radar engineers and scientists focused on the development of avian radar for use at military airports, civil airports, and in natural resource management applications. Prior to this, he was with Raytheon Company working on advancing spacebased, airborne and groundbased radar systems. He received the B.Eng degree from McMaster University in 1985, followed by the M.Eng and Ph.D degrees in 1987 and 1991, respectively, in Electrical and Computer Engineering. His graduate work was in radar. He is a licensed professional engineer and a member of the IEEE. His current research interests are in intelligent, wide-area surveillance and information systems for avian and security applications.
Mr Steinbach has been in his current role since July 2014, having previously served as Deputy Assistant Director of the Counterterrorism Division.
He began his career at the FBI in April 1995, assigned to the Chicago Division, where he worked in the fugitive and violent crimes/major offenders programs and was a member of the ChicagoDivision SWAT team. He joined the Counterterrorism Division at FBI Headquarters in 2003.
Mr. Amann serves as Nusura’s vice president for operations where he directly supervises the firm’s efforts to enhance the preparedness of private, public and NGO clients. Nusura combines our unique, real-world expertise with a heavy dose of technological innovation to change the way emergency management is conducted.
Mr. Amann led the development of SimulationDeck, Nusura’s exercise platform. At the core of SimulationDeck is unparalleled realism, including full social media simulation. Emergency Management Magazine named SimulationDeck the number 1 emerging technology that will change emergency management.
Mark Amann co-founded Nusura, Inc. after six years working for the Federal Emergency Management Agency. There he responded as a public affairs officer to more than 20 Presidentially-declared disasters, including the attacks on the World Trade Center and the 2004 hurricanes in Florida.
Mr. Bailey possesses over 25 years of strategy, transaction advisory and capital raising experience, having been directly involved with in excess of $100 billion of advisory assignments and having executed over $50 billion of financings for numerous growth, middle market and large cap clients, across a broad array of sectors and geographies.
Since 2012, Mr. Bailey has led Pickwick Capital Partners, a boutique investment bank as well as serving as a Managing Director and Partner of Secure Strategy Group, a SecDef-oriented consulting firm. Previously, Mr. Bailey led Macquarie’s US Aerospace, Defense, Security & Safety and CleanTech advisory practices. Prior to that, he was a Managing Director and founder of Giuliani Capital Advisors’ Security & Defense Group. While at Jefferies & Company, from 2004 through 2006, Mr. Bailey co-founded the General Industrials Group. Earlier, he was a generalist officer in Citigroup’s (legacy Salomon Brothers) Industrial group; in cross-border M&A at BZW and an M&A associate at HLHZ.
Mr. Bailey is a veteran of the U.S. Army; a corporate and philanthropic board member; a volunteer youth lacrosse coach; a private events sous chef; and resides in New York City.
Paul Benda became the Director of the Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency (HSARPA) with the Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in July, 2011. He is responsible for ensuring that HSARPA programs provide new capabilities and operational efficiencies for DHS components and First Responders. The HSARPA research and development portfolio includes the thrust areas of Explosives Detection, Border and Maritime Security, Cyber Security, Chemical and Biological Security, and Infrastructure Protection and Resiliency.
Mr. Benda also serves as the Senior Counselor to the Under Secretary where, among other duties, he is the DHS authority on SAFETY Act applications and approvals. Under his leadership, the SAFETY Act Team has approved a record number of applications and covered deployments of security capabilities at prominent and nationally significant venues, including sports stadiums, airports, ports, commercial facilities and urban transportation centers.
Prior to his current roles, Mr. Benda served as Chief of Staff for the Science and Technology Directorate, a job he held from January 2010 until November 2012. As the Chief of Staff he oversaw the realignment of the organization and implementation of a new portfolio review process that uses an assessment framework to evaluate all S&T R&D programs against stakeholder and organizational objectives.
Mr. Benda came to DHS from the Department of Defense (DOD) where he was Director of the Project Integration Office (PIO) at the Pentagon Force Protection Agency. As Director, he oversaw the design, implementation, testing, and commissioning of all security systems at the Pentagon Reservation including modernization of identity management and access control system for 90,000+ building pass holders and protection against Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosives (CBRNE) attacks. Earlier, as the Pentagon’s CBRNE Director, Mr. Benda led the deployment of an advanced CBRNE surveillance, monitoring, response, and protection capability via the Pentagon Shield Program. The National Academies of Science hailed the program as the “highest standard” of building protection programs.
In earlier civilian service, Mr. Benda served as a program manager at DOD’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), and started his Federal career as a U.S. Air Force officer at the Air Force Research Laboratory, Rome Research Site, providing operational support to the Defense Intelligence Community.
Mr. Benda earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University.
Mark Borkowski became the Assistant Commissioner for the Office of Technology Innovation and Acquisition (OTIA) with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in July 2010. He is responsible for ensuring technology efforts are properly focused on mission and well integrated across CBP and for strengthening effectiveness in acquisition and program management.
Prior to his appointment as Assistant Commissioner, Mr. Borkowski served as Executive Director of the Secure Border Initiative (SBI) Program Executive Office (PEO). Before his assignment to SBI, Mr. Borkowski served as the Executive Director for Mission Support at Headquarters, United States Border Patrol. In this role, he supported the Chief of the Border Patrol in executing the Border Patrol’s $2 billion annual budget and in managing a total workforce in excess of 17,000 agents and support personnel.
Mr. Borkowski served over 23 years on active duty in the United States Air Force, retiring at the rank of colonel. Mr. Borkowski’s last assignment in the Air Force was as System Program Director for the Space Based Infrared Systems (SBIRS) program office. In that capacity, he oversaw satellite programs worth over $40 billion; including the Defense Support Program (DSP), SBIRS-High, and SBIRS-Low.
Mr. Borkowski has a Master’s Degree in Astronautical Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) and a Master’s Degree in National Resource Strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. He also has Bachelor’s Degrees in Aeronautical Engineering from AFIT and in Mathematics from the State University of New York at Albany.
Charles (Chuck) Brooks is President of Brooks Consulting International, a specialized government relations & business development firm. He has senior executive management experience in public & private companies (SRA, Keane, Rapiscan) and with the federal government. He served as the first Director of Legislative Affairs for the Science & Technology Directorate within the Department of Homeland Security, where he was responsible for advocacy for the Directorate with Capitol Hill. Chuck was an Adjunct Faculty Member at Johns Hopkins University (SAIS). He also spent 6 years on Capitol Hill as a Senior Advisor to Senator Arlen Specter where he covered national security, defence, foreign affairs, and business & technology issues.
Chuck has an M.A. in International Relations from the University of Chicago, a certificate in International Law for the Hague academy of International Law, and a B.A. in political Science from DePauw University.
Robert (Bob) Brumley is Pegasus Global Holdings Senior Managing Director. His career has spanned a variety of senior executive positions, including Verizon (Bell Atlantic), Deutsche Telekom, TerreStar Corporation where he served as President and CEO (2005-2008), raising over $1.0 billion in investment, and a Presidential Appointment in the Reagan Administration.
Mike co-founded CarterMcClean after six years with Bracewell & Giuliani, a premier international energy and technology law firm. Mike has represented his clientele before Congress and the Executive Branch on a wide range of issues, including defense, homeland security, electronic warfare, intelligence, cyber security, and defense energy, for over 18 years.
Using firsthand experience and a deep understanding of the political and policy framework in which national security decisions are made, Mike provides strategic advice and direct advocacy to enable his clients to achieve their business goals. His clients have represented all aspects of the national security arena—major corporations, defense contractors, military base municipalities, and high-tech start-ups.
His background is comprised of military service, corporate experience and legislative advocacy. During military service, his operational experience included 11 years of flying fighter aircraft as a Weapon Systems Officer (copilot/navigator). In his last three years of active duty, he was assigned to the White House Military Office.
In the corporate world, Mike previously managed the east coast operations and Washington, D.C. office of a defense contractor. In that role he identified and established relationships with vendors and contractors, developed proposal strategies, and optimized teaming arrangements and organizational capabilities, all in addition to being a legislative advocate for the company.
Mike has a Master’s degree in International Relations and an undergraduate degree in Political Science, and is an active affiliate of the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
Jay M. Cohen is a native of New York. He was commissioned in 1968 upon graduation from the United States Naval Academy. His early Navy assignments included service on conventional and nuclear submarines. From 1985 to 1988 Cohen commanded USS HYMAN G. RICKOVER (SSN 709) and from 1991 to 1993, he commanded the submarine tender USS L.Y. SPEAR (AS 36). Cohen was promoted to the rank of Rear Admiral in October 1997.
In June 2000, Cohen was promoted in rank and became the 20th Chief of Naval Research. Responsible for the $2B+/year Navy and Marine Corps Science and Technology (S&T) Program, Cohen coordinated investments with other U.S. and international S&T providers to rapidly meet war fighter combat needs.
Cohen was sworn in as Under Secretary for Science & Technology at the Department of Homeland Security on August 10, 2006. Since leaving government, Rear Admiral Cohen is now a principal in The Chertoff Group, serves on numerous corporate boards and as CEO of JayMCohen LLC as an independent consultant.
Cyril Draffin leads Northrop Grumman’s homeland security solutions for federal, state and local and international clients. As Northrop Grumman Strategy and Operations Director, he led strategic planning, acquisitions and divestitures. Previously he was a venture capitalist. Mr. Draffin has bachelor’s and master’s degree from MIT and is Chartered Financial Analyst.
Nick Etten is the Vice President of Global Business Development for FreightWatch International, responsible for leading sales efforts across all facets of the business. Previously, Nick held the positions of Director of Corporate Development for Triple Canopy, an investment professional at Trident Capital, and served six years on active duty as a US Navy SEAL officer. Nick earned an MBA from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, and a BS from the United States Naval Academy.
David Fastabend is the Vice President of Advanced Information Systems at ITT Exelis. ITT Exelis is a diversified, global aerospace, defense and information solutions company.
Mr. Fastabend is responsible for all aspects of the Advanced Information Systems business. In this capacity he leads the information and cyber solutions strategy to enhance national security by providing information-enabled solutions for federal customers across DoD, intelligence, and civil agencies.
Prior to joining Exelis, Mr. Fastabend held a number of leadership positions within the United States Army. Mr. Fastabend holds a Master of Military Arts and Sciences degree from the Command and General Staff College, a Master of Science in structural dynamics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Science from the United States Military Academy. He is a published author and a registered professional engineer in the State of Virginia.
Mel Gaceta is an investment manager with Motorola Solutions Venture Capital (MSVC). In this role Mel identifies, executes, and manages strategic minority private equity investments on the behalf of Motorola Solutions. Prior to his current role, Mel was the MSVC division controller, overseeing the financial management of the group and portfolio.
William D. Hill is Principal of M.A.Warren investing in start-up companies and advising larger companies on strategic planning and innovation. Prior he was VP Marketing & Sales for a California start up producing Micro Fuel Cells. Will retired in 2005 from Stanley as Corporate VP Engineering & Technology after 24 years at Black & Decker leading product development in engineering and marketing.
Vanessa Hood leads the federal civilian government work at Palantir Technologies. Vanessa was formerly an intelligence analyst in the Counterterrorism Bureau of the New York City Police Department (NYPD). She has also worked for the Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court in The Hague, the Netherlands and as an analyst in the Legal Office for Law Enforcement and Intelligence at the Department of State. Vanessa holds a MA in Conflict, Security and Development from King’s College London and a BA in Political Science from Yale University.
Edwin M. Jaehne joined KEYW Corporation in June 2009 as the Chief Strategy Officer. As Chief Strategy Officer, Mr. Jaehne is focused on innovation and the strategic growth of KEYW, expanding on existing technology and capabilities, and in communicating KEYW’s strategy, capabilities, and value to all stakeholders.
Prior to joining KEYW, Mr. Jaehne served as Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer at Essex Corporation, from 2003 - 2009. He is a veteran entrepreneur with over 20 years of international experience as an executive of cyber security companies. From 2000 until 2003 he operated a consulting sole proprietorship providing services to clients, including Essex. From 1996 until 2000 he served as either President or Chief Operating Officer of several cyber security technology companies, where he led several successful mergers and acquisitions. He started his first company, Jaehne Associates, LTD (a cyber security consultancy), in 1983, which he sold in 1988 to ManTech International, Inc. From 1988 until 1996, he served as President of ManTech Strategic Associates, Ltd. In 1975 he earned two Bachelor of Arts degrees (Physics and Russian) from the University of Utah.
David J. Kaufman is FEMA’s Associate Administrator for Policy, Program Analysis, and International Affairs. Appointed in September 2009, he is responsible for providing leadership, analysis, coordination, and decision-making support to the FEMA Administrator.
Mr. Kaufman has extensive experience with homeland security and emergency management issues. Mr. Kaufman’s notable recent accomplishments include framing FEMA’s current strategic direction; developing the Agency’s Whole Community Approach to Emergency Management and its supporting doctrine; launching the Strategic Foresight Initiative; and creating and co-leading a nine country multilateral working group on community resilience. His previous service included leading policy and planning efforts for FEMA’s National Preparedness Directorate; overseeing the day-to-day activities of DHS’ $3 billion portfolio of state, local, and infrastructure preparedness assistance programs; and working on homeland security issues in both the public and private sector spanning risk management, catastrophic planning, preparedness, and community engagement.
Mr. Kaufman holds a Master of Public Policy degree from the University of Michigan; a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations, Political Science, and History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison; and is a graduate of the Center for Homeland Defense and Security’s Executive Leaders Program at the Naval Postgraduate School.
Russell Leighton is a Principal Engineer at White Oak Technologies, a Novetta Solutions company.
Mr. Leighton leads the cyber analytics program at White Oak Technologies. He has spent the last four years developing scalable technology to analyze network traffic for CND, CNE, and CNA. Mr. Leighton's 25 year career has been focused in the areas of high performance computing, analytics and statistical pattern recognition.
In 2011, Retired Vice Admiral Dennis V. McGinn took the helm as President of the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE). ACORE is dedicated to creating a more secure and prosperous America with clean, renewable energy.
For more than a decade Admiral McGinn has been actively engaged in efforts at the national level to highlight the close link between energy, climate and national security. He has testified before the U.S. Congress on the national and economic security implications of climate change and our dependence on fossil fuels, highlighting the need for action on clean energy. He is regularly asked to participate in public forums about energy and national security and has been published in newspaper articles and opinion pages across the country. Admiral McGinn serves as co-chairman of the CNA Military Advisory Board advising policy makers on the nexus of energy and national security, and as an international security senior fellow at the Rocky Mountain Institute. He is also a director of the National Conference on Citizenship.
Stephen Pineau is a veteran of the security industry and has been CEO of Viscount Systems Inc. since 1997. He was previously founder and CEO of a security integrator. Mr. Pineau has written numerous articles on the future of physical security as an IT application and has spoken at various industry events.
In 1982 Bradley Rotter became a pioneer in the now burgeoning asset class called Hedge Funds and was the first investor in scores of money management boutiques. Bradley has been a pathfinder in a plethora of alternative asset classes around the globe, which span from oil tankers to satellites.
Rotter focuses his energy and capital where he can make an impact. He currently serves as Chairman and CEO of AirPatrol Corporation which is a sizzling wireless security firm that is protecting our nation’s most secure facilities. AirPatrol is pioneering what could be a new category they call “cognitive mobility”. Bradley also serves on numerous private and public company Boards of Directors. Brad completed his undergraduate education at West Point and received his MBA from University of Chicago and is based in San Francisco.
Bradley Schreiber is the Vice President of Washington Operations for the Applied Science Foundation for Homeland Security (“Foundation”). The Foundation works with the public, private and academic sectors to develop and commercialize first responder-driven products and technologies. Mr. Schreiber works closely with Federal, state and local homeland security decision makers and first responders, Congress, the White House, the Departments of Justice, Defense and Homeland Security, the Intelligence Community and private industry.
Prior to joining the Foundation, Mr. Schreiber served as a senior advisor for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Mr. Schreiber is a licensed attorney who graduated from New York Law School in 2001. He is a member of the District of Columbia Bar and the State Bar of New Jersey. In 2011, Mr. Schreiber was elected as Vice Chairman of the National Defense Industry Association’s Homeland Security Division.
Carter Strong is a member of Arent Fox’s corporate group, with significant experience in merger and acquisition and financing transactions, including on behalf of government contractors. Carter represented VSE Corporation in its $180 million acquisition of Wheeler Bros., Inc. in 2011 and the founders/owners of Platinum Solutions, Inc. in the sale of the company for $90 million in 2010.
Ralph Taylor-Smith is a Partner of Battelle Ventures, a technology-focused private equity investment firm managing $260 million. He was educated at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Princeton University. Prior to his venture capital career, Ralph gained significant experience working in investment banking, technology R&D and business development. He worked previously as an Investment Banker on Wall Street in New York at GoldmanSachs and JPMorgan. Earlier, Ralph worked as a Senior Research Scientist and Engineer at Bell Labs and as a Business Development Manager at Lucent Technologies. At Battelle Ventures, Ralph heads the Washington DC office and he represents Battelle on the Board of Directors of ComosID Inc, GridQuant Inc, Rajant Corp and RemoteReality Inc.
Scott Tousley is the Deputy Director of the Cyber Security Division, a part of the DHS Science & Technology organization. He helps lead and manage a 25-person office and $45+ billion annual research portfolio focused on all aspects of cyber security, part of an interagency team that includes the National Science Foundation, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, National Security Agency, Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Agency, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology.
Scott served 20 years as an Army officer in the Corps of Engineers, many of these years in interagency positions, including the head of a Watch/Warning Unit in the FBI as part of the National Infrastructure Protection Center, part of the Clinton Administration’s early engagement with national cyber security challenges. His experience also includes managing the operations security team for a large national Internet Service Provider, principal with a technology start-up company in the private sector, and program manager for MITRE support to the DHS National Cybersecurity Division.
Created at the same time as the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Science and Technology Directorate's (S&T) mission is to strengthen America's security and resiliency by providing knowledge products and innovative technology solutions for the Homeland Security Enterprise.
S&T's partners comprise the operational components; first responders; the private sector; and other members of the Homeland Security Enterprise.
Dr. Adam Cox became the Acting Director of the Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency (HSARPA) in August 2013.
He is responsible for ensuring that HSARPA programs provide new capabilities and operational efficiencies for DHS components and First Responders.
The HSARPA research and development portfolio includes the thrust areas of Explosives Detection, Border and Maritime Security, Cyber Security, Chemical and Biological Security, and Infrastructure Protection and Resiliency.
Paul is responsible for leading the development of innovative, resilient and easy-to-use solutions for meeting the anti-counterfeiting and brand protection needs of our customers. In his role as CTO, Mr. Donfried is also responsible for IT services, both internal and external.
Prior to his current role at LaserLock Technologies, Mr. Donfried was CTO - Identity and Access Management for Verizon, responsible for the strategy, engineering and marketing direction of the company's portfolio of enterprise identity services. He led Verizon's strategic alignment of cloud-based identity technologies across market segments, helping deliver a new generation of identity services that enable organizations to address the complex challenges of authenticating and managing user identities.
Armand Kinslow is a Sr. Principal Engineer at MITRE Corporation, a Federally Funded Research and Development Center and think tank. In his current role as Chief Strategist for MITRE’s National Cyber Operations Portfolio, he applies his 30 years of experience working in the public interest through service in the military, government and not-for-profit sectors to assist the Federal government through the spectrum of analysis of large-scale problems, development of new capabilities, systems engineering and integration and acquisition for best value. Mr. Kinslow has deep experience in addressing both short and long-term problems of considerable complexity, analyzing technical questions with a high degree of objectivity, and providing creative and cost-effective solutions. In this capacity, he is most often consulted with across a full spectrum of strategic planning and concept development, technology applied research, prototyping, development and testing, and systems acquisition often merging best practices from government and industry together. For those of you who are returning to the forum, you may recall that Armand was our lead speaker in 2012 where he spoke about big data, today and in the future, and a member of last year’s sequestration panel. We welcome him back this year on our technology panel discussion.
Chief Technology Officer at Catapult Consultants leading global cyber initiatives providing risk management solutions for multi-media services and next generation networks. He works with governments, global service providers, international suppliers, utilities, financial services organizations and enterprises to identify vulnerabilities and implement tactical and strategic risk management approaches. He has pioneered security risk assessment methodologies for Smart Grid, Supply Chain Integrity, broadband networking, 3G/4G mobile technology and IPTV. He was awarded the prestigious Fellow Award while at Telcordia Technologies for his contributions to the security of the public telecommunications infrastructure. He is also a Certified Information System Security Professional (CISSP).
John J. McCann is currently the President and CEO of Mace Security International in Cleveland, Ohio. Mace is a diversified manufacturer of security products with locations throughout the World. Mace is the original manufacturer of less lethal technologies and products. Mace is the current industry leader in the production of OC pepper spray products and produces a wide variety of security products and services. Prior to joining Mace, John was the President and CEO of Fitness Quest 2009 to 2012. Fitness Quest is a Canton based sales, marketing, distribution and media company – FQI is known for Total Gym, Gazelle Gliders and many other products. Prior to Fitness Quest, he was the President and CEO of Saeco USA for 8 years, which designs and manufactures espresso coffee machines. John assisted in the sale of SIG International to Phillips in 2009. Previously, he was a senior executive at Delonghi, Sunbeam, Mr. Coffee and American Home Products.
During his tenure at the various companies, the companies were awarded Best Places to Work (Northeast Ohio Region) 8 times at Saeco and Fitness Quest, John was a finalist for the E&Y Entrepreneur award at Saeco.
John is an accomplished senior executive with over twenty five years of experience in the international business.
Ajay Batheja is the founder of Kranem (KRAN) -Xalted group of companies and serves as chairman of the company’s board of directors and as President and Chief Executive Officer. He has over three decades of extensive international experience in mergers, acquisitions, strategy development, sales & marketing and operations management; within the digital security and telecom software sectors. Prior to founding Xalted, Ajay served in a range of executive positions at Incoda Corporation (Asia Operations Head), OAZ Communications (COO) and Rockwell International (Division Head). Ajay commenced his career at Ricoh in an engineering role. Ajay holds an MBA degree from Pepperdine and an MSEE degree from Clemson University. He holds bachelor’s degree in Law and Physics from Bombay University.
Glenn Bolduc has been part of four companies that have changed the business world: Hendrix Electronics (newspaper publishing), Kronos (workforce management), Concord Data Systems (data communications), and MultiLink (teleconferencing). He was a co-founder of Vialog Corporation, where he conducted a $75 million bond financing and a $50 million IPO.
Fusing a background in military intelligence, computer science, defense, and R&D, Kaprica CEO Douglas Britton offers a track record of innovation and execution in cybersecurity. Formerly directing cyber-technology research for Lockheed Martin, Doug holds a BS in computer science and MBA/MS in management and finance.
Lisa Brown is President of Raytheon Trusted Computer Solutions, Inc. (RTCS). She was previously Chief Financial Officer of Trusted Computer Solutions (TCS) prior to its acquisition by Raytheon. Ms. Brown is a Certified Public Accountant with a master’s degree in business administration and more than 18 years of finance and accounting experience.
Before joining TCS in 2003, Ms. Brown served as VP of finance with Realeum Inc., a privately held enterprise software development company specializing in the real estate industry. Prior to her tenure at Realeum, Ms. Brown held positions with publicly traded companies; as assistant controller for Value America (NASDAQ: VUSA), an Internet retailer specializing in electronics and business products; and as corporate controller for Calico Commerce (NASDAQ: CLIC), a international software company specializing in sales configuration software. Prior to joining Value America, Ms. Brown gained public accounting experience with Ernst & Young, as well as a regional accounting firm.
Kevin Cantrell joined Riordan, Lewis & Haden in 2004 and focuses his attention on growth investments in the government services, business services, and healthcare sectors. Prior to RLH, Mr. Cantrell worked with the private equity firm Primus Capital and started his career with First Union in the leveraged capital group.
Robert Chefitz is a 32 year veteran of the private equity industry, and has built an investment track record with superior returns by leading and participating in numerous early stage investments and leveraged buyouts. He has specialized in security industry investments since 1990. In 2007, Mr. Chefitz founded Egis Capital Partners to capitalize on his deep security industry investment expertise.
Mr. Chefitz began his career with Golder Thoma Cressey. After Golder Thoma Cressey, he joined Apax Partners where he focused on the security industry. During his 15 year tenure at Apax, Mr. Chefitz served as a General Partner in nine funds representing over $2 billion of capital, and led numerous key security deals including Protection One, Casi Rusco, CML, and Regent Lighting.
After his tenure at Apax, Mr. Chefitz launched the NJTC Venture Fund, focused on making investments in early stage technology companies. He made a number of successful personal venture investments, including theLadders.com, an online employment marketplace with revenues currently in excess of $80 million.
Mr. Chefitz holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BA from Northwestern University. He is an active board member of FreightWatch International, Alarm.com, Achieve3000, theLadders.com, and iLevel Solutions, where he serves as Chairman.
Ms. Colombo co-founded Colombo & Bonacci, P.C., Axon Capital, L.L.C., and Pivotal Research. She’s Arizona’s Governor’s Representative for NAFTA, the World Trade Organization, liaison to the US Trade Representative’s Office and, member of the IPAC. She’s the recipient of Outstanding International Business Leader Award, and the Governor’s Award for Outstanding Service.
Michael DuBose is a Managing Director and Cyber Investigations Practice Leader with Kroll Advisory Solutions. Michael and the Cyber Investigations team provides comprehensive investigative services for digital forensics, data breach response, and complex cyber crimes.
Prior to joining Kroll, Michael served as Chief of the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section (CCIPS) at the United States Department of Justice (DOJ), where he supervised 40 federal prosecutors and managed some of the largest investigations and prosecutions ever brought in the U.S. involving computer network intrusions. Michael previously was Senior Counsel for Enforcement at the U.S. Department of Treasury, and also served for more than seven years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the District of Maine.
Michael received numerous commendations and awards over the course of his career at the DOJ. He is a two-time winner of the Department of Justice Director’s Award, a three-time winner of Assistant Attorney General Awards for combating online crime and copyright piracy, and in 2011 he received the Criminal
Division’s highest award – the Henry E. Peterson Memorial Award. In addition, he has been an Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center for nearly a decade, and has written or been interviewed for a wide variety of publications on prosecuting computer crime and the criminal enforcement of intellectual property laws.
Paul Falkler leads BAE Systems’ efforts to provide operationally secure solutions that enable national security and critical infrastructure customers to perform operations and protect their data and networks. He was instrumental in BAE Systems’ decision to integrate IT and cybersecurity solutions, which provides customers with solutions to both manage and protect their networks.
John Frazzini joined BRS as president in May 2008 after advising the company through its early stage development activities. Frazzini brings more than 15 years of experience working in the security industry focusing on the development and use of advanced security technologies as a U.S. Secret Service agent, as well as private security technology executive. His most recent work included providing technology development, such as the “Go to Market” product, international technology distribution, and merger and acquisition strategy consulting services to several venture-capital-financed security software firms.
Kevin has worked for GCHQ for over twenty years in a variety of roles, in Operations and most recently in Information Assurance, where he now specialises.
Kevin was part of the original CESG Customer Account Management team, set up in 2002, with specific responsibility for Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice customers. In 2006 he joined the Consultancy Service team and worked extensively with intelligence community and civil government customers to help implement major new ICT systems. In 2008 Kevin completed a two month secondment with the Serious & Organised Crime Agency, to help them deal with the implications of the personal data handling crisis which had engulfed the UK Government. Promoted to Grade 7 in 2008, Kevin carried out a seven month study into how GCHQ engaged with the UK Local Government community, in order to improve IA in that particular sector. In 2009 he was selected to represent CESG within the UK Liaison Team at NSA in late 2009.
Kevin is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional and a full and founding member of the (UK) Institute of Information Security Professionals (M.Inst.ISP).
Lance J. Hoffman is Distinguished Research Professor of Computer Science and the Director of the Cyber Security Policy and Research Institute at The George Washington University (GW) in Washington, D. C., and the author or editor of numerous articles and five books on computer security and privacy. He directs the Department of Homeland Security, Defense Department, and National Science Foundation computer security “Cyber Corps” scholarship programs at GW.
Professor Hoffman developed the first regularly offered course on computer security at the University of California, Berkeley in 1970 after serving on the Advisory Committee to the California Assembly Committee on Statewide Information Policy. A Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery, Dr. Hoffman institutionalized the ACM Conference on Computers, Freedom, and Privacy in 1992, and has served on a number of Advisory Committees including those of Federal Trade Commission, the Department of Homeland Security, the Center for Democracy and Technology, and IBM.
Dr. Hoffman received his B. S. in mathematics from Carnegie Mellon University and his M. S. and Ph. D. from Stanford University in computer science.
Dr. Robert Huebner is the Acting Director of the Influenza Division in the Biomedical Advancement Research and Development Authority (BARDA) in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). He has been a member of the Influenza Division since May of 2006 and the Acting Director since July 2011.
Dr. Huebner is an experienced biotechnology program manager with over 25 years of research experience with viral and microbiological pathogens, expertise in the vaccine industry, group management, and program management. He received his Ph.D. in Molecular Biology and Microbiology from Tufts University (Boston, MA) and his B.S. in Biology from Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, PA).
Dr. Huebner previously worked for over ten years at Sanofi Pasteur as a Manager of Molecular Biology & Microbiology where he supported vaccine development projects in the areas of Lyme disease, influenza and pneumococcal disease. Additionally, Dr. Huebner worked as a Senior Advisor and section manager for Biotechnology at the Midwest Research Institute (Kansas City, MO) for five years where he led the Biotechnology team in supporting government and commercial contract research projects in the areas of vaccine evaluation, pathogen detection and pathogen destruction
John Jolly, Vice President and General Manager of General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems’ Cyber Systems Division, is a twenty-five year veteran of the U.S. Department of Defense and the defense industry.Mr. Jolly leads an organization that provides best-in-breed systems integration, development engineering and support, cyber situational awareness, digital forensics, and cyber analytics to the Department of Defense, the Intelligence Community, the Department of Homeland Security and Fortune 500 companies.
Mr. Jolly is a member of the AFCEA Central Maryland Chapter Board of Directors. He is a member of the Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA) Board of Directors and its Cyber Security Council. Mr. Jolly holds a bachelor’s degree with honors in Computer and Information Science from University of Maryland Baltimore County, a master’s degree in Program and Organization Management from Johns Hopkins University and a master’s in Business Administration with honors from The Wharton School at The University of Pennsylvania.
Ms. Kephart is an internationally recognized border and ID security expert, who served as counsel to the 9/11 Commission and was a key author of the Staff Monograph, 9/11 and Terrorist Travel as well as the immigration-related facts and recommendations in the 9/11 Commission Report. 9/11 Security Solutions LLC is Kephart's private consulting practice.
Founded in 2005, 9/11 Security Solutions has achieved implementation of key 9/11 Commission recommendations with reporting skills, public appearances, and discrete government relations strategies both in and out of government that have achieved success despite push back from large, vested interest groups. These include E-Verify, the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative, REAL ID, US VISIT, and key appropriations.
Prior to 9/11, Kephart was responsible for conducting factual investigations into counter-terrorism issues and conducting oversight of the Immigration and Naturalization Service (before the creation of the Department of Homeland Security) as a counsel to the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Technology and Terrorism, including drafting and passage of the federal identity theft statute used by US attorneys to prosecute identity thieves and support victims. She also put together the only Congressional hearing and record (in 1998) focusing on the foreign terrorist threat on our homeland prior to 9/11 which included the first public release of Osama bin Ladin's now infamous fatwa encouraging jihad against American and western civilians.
Her focus as the Center for Immigration Studies National Security Director (2007-current) has been on assuring implementation of 9/11 Commission border recommendations, as her extensive work on the REAL ID Act demonstrates. Ms. Kephart speaks regularly at conferences, to international media, publishes articles and opeds around the world, guest lectures and has testified before Congress 15 times on issues of border and ID security. She attended Duke University and Villanova Law School. Ms. Kephart is the host of "The Homeland Security Show with Janice Kephart" on VIPInternetRadio.com at 7pm EST on Mondays and on Kalalloo.com at 7 pm EST on Tuesdays. Both shows are archived every week for convenient listening.
Mr. Mauritz is a dynamic business leader and serial entrepreneur with more than thirty-five years of experience in operations, corporate and business development, and sales and marketing. As a Vice President, Mr. Mauritz leads the business development organization focused on the Information Technology and Cyber Security business for BAE Systems. He began his career in the United States Army and as an employee of the National Security Agency.
Mr. Nagler co-founded Generation3 Capital, LLC in 2007 and is involved in all aspects of the firms operations, including investment strategy, deal sourcing, due diligence, financial modeling, transaction structuring and fundraising. Mr. Nagler is board member of AvrioRms Group, LLC, EZ Watch, LLC, Fluidmesh Networks, LLC and LogicMark, LLC.
Val Rahmani, CEO of Damballa, has over 25 years of customer-driven business and technical leadership. Val served as General Manager of IBM's Internet Security Systems (ISS) division after IBM's $1.3 billion acquisition of the company. At ISS, she was responsible for the strategic direction, growth and integration of all ISS products, services and research into IBM's overall security offerings. Prior to ISS, Val held several general management roles within IBM, including multi-billion dollar hardware, software and services businesses. Her IBM experience includes UNIX, mainframe, telco, utilities, global wireless and media markets in North America, Europe, the Middle East and Africa. She also ran a strategy unit, where she focused on emerging markets, global alliances and services business models.
Val was born in the United Kingdom and first came to the United States as Executive Assistant to Lou Gerstner, soon after he became Chairman and CEO of IBM. Val is an accomplished speaker, keynoting security industry events such the RSA conference in 2008. Val holds an MA and a Doctor of Philosophy from Oxford University in England, and is a member of the British aerobatics team.
Lucantonio N. Salvi is a partner in the Corporate Practice Group in the firm's Washington, D.C. and Brussels offices. He is also the Co-Chair of the International Practice Committee and the Aerospace & Defense M&A Task Force, and the past head of the Private Equity Team at the Firm.
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Mr. Salvi practices in the areas of corporate law, corporate finance, securities law and mergers and acquisitions. He has developed extensive expertise in acquisition and financing transactions on behalf of private equity firms and other leveraged buy-out sponsors, as well as firms in aerospace, defense, healthcare, communications, luxury goods, candy and retail industries. Mr. Salvi has represented both public and private sector clients in the United States and abroad, with a practice specialization that includes cross-border transactions (particularly involving Italian and other European companies). He divides his time between Brussels and the U.S. Prior to joining Sheppard Mullin, Mr. Salvi spent seven years with Latham & Watkins LLP and three years with Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy. Legal 500 US (2011) and Chambers USA (2011 and 2012) identify Mr. Salvi as a leading lawyer for mergers and acquisitions.
Dr. Christopher Soghoian is the Principal Technologist and a Senior Policy Analyst with the Speech, Privacy and Technology Project at the American Civil Liberties Union. He is also a Visiting Fellow at Yale Law School's Information Society Project.
Soghoian completed his Ph.D. at Indiana University in 2012, which focused on the role that third party service providers play in facilitating law enforcement surveillance of their customers. His research has appeared in publications including the Berkeley Technology Law Journal and been cited by several federal courts, including the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Between 2009 and 2010, he was the first ever in-house technologist at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC)'s Division of Privacy and Identity Protection, where he worked on investigations of Facebook, Twitter, MySpace and Netflix. Prior to joining the FTC, he co-created the Do Not Track privacy anti-tracking mechanism now adopted by all of the major web browsers.
Chad Sweet is Co-Founder and Managing Principal of The Chertoff Group, a global security advisory firm that provides consulting, business development and merger and acquisition (M&A) advisory services for clients in the security, defense and government services industries. From 2006 to 2009, Mr. Sweet worked at the Department of Homeland Security where he held various positions including serving as the Chief of Staff to Secretary Michael Chertoff. Prior to working at DHS, Chad spent twelve years working in finance at Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs – six of those years were in overseas assignments. Mr. Sweet also served in the National Clandestine Service of the CIA. Mr. Sweet graduated with honors from Colombia University, is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Naval Analysis and a frequent commentator providing security analysis for CNN, FOX, CSPAN, BBC and other networks.
Mr. Tillinghast is a partner in the Finance and Bankruptcy Practice Group in the firm’s New York office. He is also regularly in our Shanghai office where he has continued to represent parties in restructurings and insolvency related matters since he began being involved in Asian restructurings in 1997.
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Mr. Tillinghast specializes in corporate reorganizations and restructurings, cross-border insolvencies, creditors’ rights litigation, distressed mergers and acquisitions, advising distressed asset investors on high-yield investments and insolvency-related securitization opinions. Mr. Tillinghast advises clients in many jurisdictions throughout Asia, Australia, Europe, Russia, South America and the United States, and has argued cases in many courts including the Supreme Court of the United States and the Second and Third Circuit Courts of Appeal. He has represented creditors, debtors, institutional lenders, bondholder committees, creditors’ committees and distressed asset investors in bankruptcy cases, out-of-court restructurings, and distressed asset sales in many industries, including automotive, aviation, fashion, financial services, food and food products, gaming, health care, high technology, infrastructure projects, manufacturing, media and entertainment, mining, new media, oil and gas, pharmaceuticals, publishing, real estate, retail, sporting goods, sports teams, steel, telecommunications and utilities.
Bob has an extensive background in the wireless industry. He holds 67 granted patents with over 40 additional non-provisional patents pending in wireless, GPS, networking and location technology. He is also a SME (Subject Matter Expert) for DoD on Mobile Phones and Cyber Warfare.
Since founding the company in October 2007, Bob has been the CEO of Dispersive Networks, Inc., a Georgia company that is pursuing secure networking and dispersive computing platform. From November 2001, Bob was founder, CTO and consultant of TeraHop Networks, a Delaware company that pursued container tracking and first responder technology. Prior to that, Bob was Chairman and CTO of Intransit Networks, Inc., a Washington startup that pursued inventory tracking and control technology.
Prior to Intransit Networks, Bob was at Nokia, where he served as Value Added Services Manager, CDMA Markets, and was responsible for strategy and implementation of location based services.
Bob has a Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering with a Master's Thesis involving DSP, Neural Networks and Voice Recognition.
Dr. Craig Vanderwagen is a senior partner with Martin, Blanck, and Associates. His most recent assignment prior to joining MBA was the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response for the US Department of Health and Human Services. He has special interests and experience in bio defense, domestic disaster preparedness and response, international humanitarian and disaster response, federal health delivery systems, innovative organization development and evaluation, and cross cultural health care.
From August, 2006 until July, 2009, Dr. Vanderwagen was the founding Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In this role he was responsible for the leadership and development of a new organization whose mission was preparing the Nation for response and recovery from public health and other health disasters whether natural or manmade. The organization was initiated after hurricane Katrina and formalized after the passage of the Pandemic and All Hazards Preparedness Act.
Dr. Vanderwagen had a distinguished 28 year career in public service as a commissioned officer in the United States Public Health Service (USPHS), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). His assignments prior to becoming Assistant Secretary included lead federal health official in Louisiana after Katrina from August-November, 2005; lead public health official and senior officer aboard the USNS Mercy in Indonesia after the tsunami in 2005; and Medical Director for Project Provide Refuge (joint DOD-HHS Kosovar refugee assistance) in 1999.
Kevin Boshears was named Director of the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) in May 2003. He is responsible for the overall implementation of the department’s small business procurement program.
Mr. Boshears was Director of the Treasury Department’s OSDBU since February 1999. He served in the same office as a procurement analyst since June 1995 and was responsible for providing guidance to the small business specialists located in Treasury’s twelve bureaus.
Mr. Boshears brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in the procurement field, having served as a contracting officer for the Justice Department prior to his duties with the Treasury Department. Mr. Boshears is a well known instructor in the federal small business procurement arena. He has conducted numerous training courses, presentations, and briefings on contracting with small, small disadvantaged, 8(a), women-owned small, HUBZone, and service disabled veteran-owned small business concerns.
Mr. Boshears served as the Vice-Chair of the Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization Directors' Interagency Council from FY 2001 through FY 2004. His efforts have been widely recognized with various awards from small business trade associations, other federal agencies, and industry organizations. In 2006, he was presented with the Frances Perkins Vanguard Award for Exemplary Utilization of Women-Owned Small Businesses by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) – marking the fourth year that he received this award. In April 2005, he was presented with the Federal Gold Star Award of Excellence by SBA in recognition of the exemplary performance of the Department and its dedicated personnel who carry out the aggressive goals and strategic initiatives that help ensure a role for small business in the federal marketplace.
He holds a BBA degree from the College of William and Mary, and earned his MBA from Liberty University.
Dr. Gary Disbrow joined BARDA in January of 2007 and began working on the smallpox vaccine program. Dr. Disbrow played a key role in awarding a contract for the modified vaccinia Ankara (MVA) vaccine. MVA is a smallpox vaccine developed for immunocompromised individuals who are contraindicated for the currently available live vaccine, Acam2000. Dr. Disbrow accepted the position of Deputy Director CBRN Division of Countermeasures in October of 2008 and has been overseeing the budget for both advanced research and development and PBS efforts. BARDA’s advanced research and development efforts have grown significantly since 2007. Currently BARDA invests approximately $415 M annually in advanced research and development programs. In October of 2013 Dr. Disbrow was named the Acting Director of the CBRN Division after the departure of Dr. Gerald Kovacs. The CBRN Division has successfully licensed/approved 2 novel products under the FDA’s “animal rule”, delivered 11 new products to the Strategic National Stockpile and built a robust pipeline of candidate products under ARD.
Prior to joining BARDA Dr. Disbrow was an Assistant Professor of Oncology and Pathology at Georgetown Medical Center where he worked on the development of the human papillomavirus vaccine (HPV) which is currently licensed and available in the US. In addition to the virus like particle (VLP) technology Dr. Disbrow and his colleagues developed a next generation vaccine based on GST-L1 fusion technology funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. In addition he worked on discovery of therapeutic agents for the treatment of cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (CIN) grade I and II. This work led to the discovery of a lead compound which is extracted from a Chinese herb.
Gary attended the University of Rochester and Georgetown University for his undergraduate and Ph.D. respectively.
Mrs. Duong currently serves as the Head of the Borders and Maritime Security Division in DHS Science and Technology Directorate, focusing on understanding the technical dimension of border, maritime and cargo security in order to transform science & technology into knowledge and capabilities in support of DHS operating components.
Prior to coming to the Department of Homeland Security, Mrs. Duong spent 25 years working for the Department of the Navy. From 2005-2008, she served as Science Advisor to the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information, Plans and Strategy, and the Director of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, focusing on anti-terrorism and force protection. Prior to that assignment, she was Director for Science and Technology at the Naval Surface Warfare Center – Indian Head Division. Mrs. Duong led the development of many explosives for U.S. weapons and earned the Dr. Arthur Bisson Award for Naval Technology Achievement by the Chief of Naval Research. Due to this long history of accomplishments, in 2010 Mrs. Duong was further recognized and honored in the proceedings of the 111th U.S. Congress as a Great Federal Employee.
William (Bill) Kalin is an expert in homeland security policy, strategy, and technology evaluations with a focus in disaster response, critical infrastructure protection, border security and surveillance and training and exercise programs. Mr. Kalin provides strategic homeland security consulting services to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the U.S. Department of State to define strategy, technology assessment, and policy and management direction in the areas of public safety and emergency response.
Mr. Kalin has provided consulting services to the DHS Science and Technology (S&T) division, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) and the DHS Chemical and Biological Detection unit. In addition, Mr. Kalin lectures for the Department of State in the International Visitor Leadership Program on Crisis and Disaster Management to global leaders. In these roles, Mr. Kalin has provided support to numerous Presidential homeland security initiatives and programs on issues ranging from public alerts and warnings to wireless and data interoperability, weapons of mass destruction (WMD) detection, and border security surveillance and intelligence systems. In his capacity with CBP, Mr. Kalin works to secure the U.S. borders by supporting the deployment of advanced surveillance, detection and video analytics to multiple intelligence agencies. In addition, Mr. Kalin works with the first responder communities to represent their needs to federal agencies and industry partners to promote new technology development for the emergency management community. Mr. Kalin continues to identify new and emerging technologies that will benefit the public, DHS and the first responder community.
Kristin Wyckoff has extensive private sector and Federal experience leading and managing organizations and the development, implementation, and integration of homeland security-related programs and systems.
She currently serves as the Deputy Director for the DHS Science and Technology Directorate’s Resilient Systems Division within the Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency (HSARPA). RSD’s mission is to rapidly develop and deliver innovative solutions that enhance the resilience of individuals, communities, and systems by enabling the homeland security enterprise to prevent and protect against threats, mitigate hazards, effectively respond to disasters, and expedite recovery. Ms. Wyckoff is also co-chairing a working group to develop a National Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Research and Development Plan per the Executive Order (EO) 13636 on Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity and the Presidential Policy Directive (PPD) 21 on Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience.
Prior to her position with DHS S&T, she served in various leadership and management positions within the Federal Emergency Management Agency where she overhauled national-level programs and organizational policies and processes to address evolving requirements and to ensure an agile and responsive emergency management organization. Accomplishments included establishing and implementing a National Exercise and Simulation Center, the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program, the National Preparedness System, special projects to integrate existing programs and systems, as well as direct support to various disaster operations efforts.
In addition to her Federal service, Ms. Wyckoff led various efforts to establish programs for organizations to include FEMA, the Department of the Army, the Office of Naval Intelligence, the Social Security Administration and other Departments and Agencies, State and local organizations. She is experienced in continuity of operations planning, disaster recovery planning, emergency management, and training and exercise program development and management.
Ms. Wyckoff graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and International Relations. She received a Master of Science degree in Management Information Systems from The George Washington University. In 2011, Ms. Wyckoff was selected by FEMA Senior Leadership to participate in Harvard University’s National Preparedness Leadership Initiative Executive Education Program; she completed the program in 2012.