Brigadier General Michael M. Brogan, USMC (Ret)
Brigadier General Brogan retired from the Marine Corps at the end of September 2011 after serving more than 31 years. During his last acquisition assignment from September 2006 to July 2010, Mike served as the Commander, Marine Corps Systems Command.
From February 2007 until leaving Marine Corps Systems Command, he performed duties concurrently as the Joint Program Executive Officer for the Joint Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (JPEO MRAP) vehicle program. In his final billet on active duty, Mike was the Commanding General, Marine Corps Training Command, the organization responsible for all primary Military Occupational Specialty producing schools, officer and enlisted, in the Marine Corps. Training Command also prepared Navy Chaplains, Doctors and Corpsmen for service with the Marine Corps.
CMSgt Ian Eishen
Chief Master Sergeant Ian Eishen is the Command Chief Master Sergeant for the 412th Test Wing, Edwards Air Force Base, California. He is the principle advisor to the commander on the readiness of the wing's 11,000 personnel and the test and evaluation of multiple Department of Defense programs including the F-35, F-22, KC-46, F-16, B-1, B-2, B-52, C-17, joint piloted aircraft and emerging technologies.
Ms. Ryan Fitzgerald works for The MITRE Corporation, where she is the Principal Autonomous Systems Engineer for the Army Programs Division. She acts as a strategic thinker in expanding MITRE’s expertise and influence specific to autonomy and artificial intelligence technologies and their value to the DoD. Ryan holds a Masters and Bachelors Degree in aerospace engineering, served 17 years as a civil servant for the Department of Navy, is a licensed single-engine and glider pilot and enjoys sailing in locations around the world.
Adam Furtado is the Lab Director for Kessel Run, a U.S. Air Force digital transformation initiative revolutionizing how the Air Force builds and delivers software. He leads a team of 200+ government disruptors who are changing the way the DoD does business with the tech prowess of Silicon Valley, the courage of the military and a culture all their own.
Brad Halsey, CEO of Building Momentum (SDVOSB), brings his battlefield making and prototyping experience to the classroom through various problem-solving scenario-driven workshops. Building upon prior think-tank R&D experience, Brad was an "embedded scientist" supporting the Army in Iraq (2008) to make and build urgently needed tech solutions. Now his company is focused on teaching others to quickly solve problems using current technologies.
A career naval officer and cryptologist by trade, Sean has focused his creative energy on developing teammates, building creative cultures, and strengthening partnerships between the public and private sectors. From leading the Navy’s cyber defense operations to helping to create the Department of Defense’s Innovation Unit in Silicon Valley, Sean has made a career of transforming individuals into teams, connecting ideas to opportunity, and ensuring smart creatives reach their potential in a bureaucratic world where they wouldn’t otherwise thrive.
Capt. Michael Kanaan
Captain Michael Kanaan currently serves as co-chair of the U.S. Air Force's Cross-Functional Team on Artificial Intelligence and as the Enterprise Lead for Artificial Intelligence at Headquarters Air Force, Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR). He is tasked with authoring artificial intelligence strategies, guiding integration plans, and synchronizing integration efforts across the Air Force.
He previously served as the Flight Commander of Target Development for Air Force Central Command at the 51st Intelligence Squadron, where he was the mission manager for a National Intelligence Community Information Technology Campaign (IC ITE) targeting the Islamic State and responsible for providing guidance to a 1,600 member analytic enterprise consisting of Joint and Intelligence Community professionals through the application of advanced analysis and targeting methodologies.
Capt Kanaan is on the 2019 Forbes "30 Under 30" List, the recipient of the U.S. Federal Government's 68th Annual Arthur S. Flemming Award for Leadership and Management, and the 2018 United States Air Force General Larry O. Spencer Innovation Award. He holds an undergraduate degree in Management from the U.S. Air Force Academy and is a graduate of the Air Force Intelligence Officer School.
Captain Martha LaGuardia Kotite,
Author of five books, including the award-winning So Others May Live: Coast Guard Rescue Swimmers Saving Lives, Defying Death, Martha graduated from the US Coast Guard Academy and Harvard University and served 29-years in the U.S. Coast Guard at sea and ashore. Hand-picked by the Commandant of the US Coast Guard, she worked in Washington, D.C. as the Commandant’s Press Secretary, served at sea as a boarding and deck watch officer on a cutter sailing the Pacific Ocean and as executive officer of a patrol boat patrolling the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea.
She rose to the senior officer rank of captain, earning many personal and team awards including the Meritorious Service Medal, leading the Coast Guard’s development of emergency crisis management liaisons and deploying on scene for significant national events like the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and numerous catastrophic hurricanes. An experienced motivational speaker for corporations, colleges, schools and leadership symposiums, she also worked in New York, New York in public relations. Martha resides in Florida with her family.
Benjamin McMartin currently serves as Chief of the Acquisition Management Office for the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command – Ground Vehicle Systems Center, responsible for management of two consortium-model Other Transaction Agreements (OTAs) with technical focus areas in automotive, autonomy, mobility, ground combat systems, and related technologies.
Ben is a nationally recognized thought leader in the area of acquisition innovation, and the founder of the Acquisition Innovation Road Show (#FUTAIRS). A member of the Michigan State Bar since 2008, Mr. McMartin holds a B.A. in History from Oakland University, and a J.D. from the University of Detroit-Mercy School of Law.
Dr. Wilson Rosa
Dr. Wilson Rosa serves as the IT Branch Chief for the Naval Center for Cost Analysis (NCCA). In this capacity, he manages the development of cost estimates for major acquisition programs. He also chairs the annual Software and IT Cost Analysis Solutions Team forum to gather government, industry, and academia to share best practices on software estimation.
Earlier, Dr. Rosa served as the Senior Cost Advisor to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Acquisition Executive, as Senior Technical Advisor at the Air Force Cost Analysis Agency, and as General Engineer at the Naval Sea Systems Command and Naval Air Systems Command.
Throughout his financial management career, Dr. Rosa received numerous awards to include the Navy Civilian Superior Service Medal, Defense Acquisition Workforce Achievement Award, NCCA Senior Cost Analysis of the Year (two awards), Air Force Cost Analyst of the Year (two awards), Air Force Comptroller Excellence Award, Life Time Achievement Award (Practical Systems and Software Measurement Group), and Navy Procurement and Competition Excellence Award.
Dr. Rosa also received six Best Paper Awards at premier conferences including the IEEE/ACM International Symposium on Empirical Software Engineering and Measurement, International Conference on Software Process and Product Measurement, and ICEAA Professional Development & Training Workshop.
Dr. Rosa holds a PhD in Engineering Management from George Washington University (GWU); a M.S. in Engineering Management from GWU; and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from University of Puerto Rico. He also completed the Senior Managers in Government Executive Leadership Program at the Harvard Kennedy School.
From his time as a submarine officer stationed in Guam to developing tactical systems at JHU/APL, Josh has seen first-hand the power of creative teams solving complex challenges. As the founder and Director of the Tactical Advancements for the Next Generation (TANG) initiative, Josh leads a brilliant and diverse team of problem solvers tackling mission-focused, human-centered National Security challenges. Through design and systems thinking, the TANG has delivered solutions on topics from mission planning to sailor toughness through empathy, curiosity, and collaboration.
Colonel Jen Sovada
Colonel Jen Sovada is the Chief of Talent Management for Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance where she is leading a revolutionary cultural and process change for approximately 35K Airmen; Officers, Enlisted and Civilians. She is driving how the Air Force ISR community develops and retains a more ready and lethal force by leveraging innovation and technology to move the workforce from the industrial age into the digital age.
She has held various positions over her Air Force career including commanding the Air Force Technical Applications Center, the Department of Defense’s sole organization responsible for nuclear treaty monitoring, and also working across Joint and Interagency organizations to further integration and interoperability to better prepare our nation to maintain decision advantage.
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