Speakers, Panelists, and Moderators
Author of The Kill Chain: Defending America in the Future of High-Tech Warfare and Chief Strategy Officer of Anduril Industries
Christian Brose is the Chief Strategy Officer of Anduril Industries, a venture-backed defense technology company. He is responsible for business strategy, development, and growth and positioning of the company to build technologies that solve the most important defense problems. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, a member of the Aspen Strategy Group, and the author of The Kill Chain: Defending America in the Future of High-Tech Warfare (Hachette Books, April 2020).
From 2014 to 2018, he was the Staff Director of the Senate Armed Services Committee. In that capacity, he led a team of professional staff who supported the Committee Chairman, Senator John McCain, and other majority Committee members in overseeing the national defense budget, programs, and policies across the Department of Defense and Department of Energy, as well as supervising the confirmation of all senior civilian and military officials in both departments. He managed the production, negotiation, and final passage of four National Defense Authorization Acts (Fiscal Years 2016 to 2019), which established policy and authorized spending for all U.S. national defense activities. In that time, he was responsible for leading the Committee’s efforts to launch, and enact into law, landmark reforms to acquisition and technology policy, defense management and organization, strategic planning, military personnel policy, and security assistance.
From 2009 to 2014, he served as Senior Policy Adviser to Senator McCain, supporting his work on the Senate Armed Services Committee, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He was Senator McCain’s principal advisor on all issues related to national security, foreign policy, intelligence, and trade. During his work in the Senate, he conducted official travel to more than 70 countries.
From 2008 to 2009, he was senior editor of Foreign Policy magazine, following its purchase by The Washington Post, where he helped to lead the transformation of its digital platform, print publication, and editorial staff.
From 2005 to 2008, he served as policy advisor and chief speechwriter to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, working as a member of the Secretary’s Policy Planning Staff and supporting the Secretary on regular foreign and domestic travel. He began his career in government as a speechwriter for Secretary of State Colin Powell, where he served from 2004 to 2005.
He graduated with highest honors in political science from Kenyon College and received a master’s degree in international economics from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. He lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife and two sons.
The Honorable Mike Rogers
Former Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence
Mike Rogers is a former member of Congress representing Michigan's Eighth Congressional District. He previously served as an officer in the U.S. Army and as an FBI special agent in Chicago. While in Congress, Mr. Rogers chaired the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) where he authorized and oversaw a budget of $70 billion that funded the nation's 17 intelligence agencies.
Today, Mr. Rogers advises C-suite executives from Fortune 100 companies, providing analysis and expertise on the challenges facing companies operating in the digital era, as well as advice on cybersecurity and executive leadership. He currently serves as the Vice Chairman of the Board at the MITRE Corporation, and as a Director at leading companies including CyberSponse, IAP, and 4IQ. Additionally, Mr. Rogers is a Senior Fellow at Harvard University and a member of the Board of Trustees and the David Abshire Chair at the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress, where he directs the Center’s national security programs.
Mr. Rogers is a regular public speaker on global affairs, cybersecurity, and leadership. He also serves as a regular national security commentator on CNN and previously hosted the channel’s documentary-style original series, Declassified, which offered viewers insights into America’s spy stories. Mr. Rogers is a 1985 graduate of Adrian College. He is married to Kristi Rogers and has two children.
Vice Admiral Nancy A. Norton,
Director, Defense Information Systems Agency and Commander,
Joint Force Headquarters Department of Defense Information Network
As the Director of the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), VADM Norton manages a global network and leads more than 8,000 military and civilian personnel who plan, develop, deliver, and operate joint, interoperable command and control capabilities and defend an enterprise infrastructure in more than 42 countries. This mission directly supports the President, Secretary of Defense, Joint Chiefs of Staff, combatant commanders, Department of Defense (DoD) components, and other mission partners across the spectrum of combat and combat support operations.
As the Commander of Joint Force Headquarters – Department of Defense Information Network (JFHQ-DODIN), VADM Norton is charged with the direction and synchronization of defensive cyberspace activities, providing unity of command and unity of effort across the DoD. She is responsible for organizing, training, and equipping the military and civilian staff who secure, operate, and defend the DODIN.
Prior to her current assignment, VADM Norton was the Vice Director of DISA.
VADM Norton, a native of Oregon, graduated from Portland State University with a bachelor’s degree in general science. She was commissioned in 1987 through the Navy Officer Candidate School. She holds masters’ degrees in computer science from the Naval Postgraduate School and in national security and strategic studies from the Naval War College, where she was the President’s honor graduate. She served as a fellow on the Chief of Naval Operations Strategic Studies Group XXXII.
VADM Norton has served in information warfare billets at all levels, afloat and ashore. Her assignments include Naval Communications Stations in Hawaii and Nevada, as well as command in Bahrain. She developed cybersecurity programs on the staffs of U.S. Pacific Command and Pacific Fleet. She directed communications for Cruiser Destroyer Group 12 aboard the USS Enterprise and for the U.S. 6th Fleet and Naval Forces Europe. She served as the director of Command, Control, Communications and Cyber, U.S. Pacific Command. She also served multiple tours for the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, including as the Director of Warfare Integration for Information Warfare.
David P. Luber
National Security Agency
David P. Luber is the Deputy Director of the National Security Agency’s (NSA) Cybersecurity Directorate, which is charged with preventing and eradicating threats to U.S. national security systems and critical infrastructure.
Prior to assuming this role, Mr. Luber served as the Executive Director for U.S. Cyber Command. There he led an organization of over 12,000 personnel and drove global cyber operations to defend the Department of Defense (DoD) network, provided cyber options for combatant commanders, and defended U.S. critical infrastructure, while shaping a budget of nearly $700 million and elements of other DoD budgets totaling in the billions of dollars.
Mr. Luber has held a number of technical and leadership positions with emphasis in building high-performance teams, leading highly technical operations, providing warfighter support through leveraging computer network operations, and applying advanced analytical techniques to solve complex problems. He has also served an overseas tour.
From 1987 to 1997, he provided creative solutions to automate NSA business processes, and from 1997 to 2007 he focused his efforts on maximizing collaboration both technically and operationally throughout NSA and the broader Intelligence Community. From 2007 to 2015, he developed new tactics to enhance computer network operations in support of NSA. From 2015 to 2018, he leveraged partnerships to produce integrated intelligence critical to warfare in support of national missions and priorities worldwide, led innovative cryptologic discovery, and was the focal point for electronic intelligence analysis and tradecraft development as the Director of the NSA’s Central Security Service Colorado cryptologic center.
Mr. Luber has received numerous awards including the Office of the Secretary of Defense Exceptional Civilian Service Medal (2015), the Presidential Meritorious Rank Award (2012), the Meritorious Civilian Service Award (2004, 2008), and the Knowlton Award (1999). He has also served on a variety of boards promoting technological advancement and human capital development.
Mr. Luber graduated from the University of Maryland, University College in 2001 with a bachelor’s degree in computer and information science and earned a master’s degree in science in network security from Capitol College in 2004.
Lieutenant General Michael K. Nagata, U.S. Army (Ret.)
Former Director of Strategic Operational Planning for the National Counterterrorism Center
LTG Michael K. Nagata, U.S. Army (Ret.) is the Strategic Advisor & Senior Vice President for CACI International Inc, and is the owner of Hanada Bridge, LLC. He retired from the U.S. Army in 2019 after 38 years on Active Duty, with 34 years in Army Special Forces. His final government position was Director of Strategic Operational Planning for the National Counterterrorism Center from 2016 to 2019.
LTG Nagata graduated from Georgia State University, and first enlisted in the Army as an Infantry Private. He later earned his commission as an Infantry Officer in 1982 from the Army Officer Candidate School. As an officer, he served as a Platoon Leader in the 2nd Infantry Division before volunteering for Army Special Forces in 1984.
In Special Forces, LTG Nagata served in a variety of command and staff positions. In 1990, he was selected for a Special Mission Unit, and deployed for both contingency and combat operations. From 1999 to 2000, he commanded the Army's Special Forces Qualification Course. In 2000, he returned to a Special Mission Unit as a Squadron Commander, and later was involved in the initial combat deployments after the 9/11 attacks.
After graduating from the National War College in 2003, LTG Nagata served two years in the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence. From 2005 to 2008, as a Special Mission Unit commander, he led multiple Joint Special Operations Forces (SOF) task forces across more than a dozen countries in Africa, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia. He then served in the Intelligence Community in Washington, D.C. as a Military Deputy for Counterterrorism until 2009. He deployed again until late 2011 to Pakistan as the Deputy Chief, Office of the Defense Representative at the U.S. Embassy. Upon returning to the U.S., he served on the Joint Staff as the Deputy Director for Special Operations and Counterterrorism until 2013.
LTG Nagata then assumed command of U.S. Special Operation Command Central (SOCCENT), and was responsible for special operations across the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) region from 2013 to 2015. He was heavily involved in the first two years of combat operations against the Islamic State in Iraq, Syria, and elsewhere.
LTG Nagata is a graduate of the Infantry Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, the Special Forces Qualification Course, the United States Marine Corps Command and Staff College, and the National War College.
He and his wife, Barbara, have five children and one granddaughter, who are the lights of their lives.
President of Mastodon Design,
A CACI Company
Mark Benoit leads the CACI product development team that provides expertise and technology serving enterprise and mission defense, intelligence, and federal civilian government customers. This team answers the need for tactical, multi-domain, rugged solutions for signals intelligence (SIGINT), electronic warfare (EW), electronic intelligence (ELINT), and communications customers. CACI’s world-class engineering team designs products from the ground up to efficiently meet the expectations of the most demanding customers.
Mr. Benoit joined CACI in March 2019 when CACI acquired Mastodon Design and is responsible for accelerating growth of the Mastodon solution set in a technically advanced market. Throughout his career, he has built a reputation for visionary leadership, design expertise, and custom solution development and delivery to meet the missions of a variety of Department of Defense and Intelligence Community clients.
Prior to founding Mastodon in 2013, Mr. Benoit created the rapid prototyping group (RPG) at Harris RF Communications. By quickly bringing new products to the highly competitive radio frequency (RF) and SIGINT solution space, the Harris RPG team fueled significant growth in market share. Prior to his launch of the Harris RPG program, Mr. Benoit led the U.S. Special Operations Command sales team, winning numerous awards, including Salesperson of the Year.
Mr. Benoit holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Buffalo and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Rochester.
Dr. Jay Moorman
Senior Vice President, Wireless Solutions
CACI International Inc
Dr. Jay Moorman is the Senior Vice President of Wireless Solutions at CACI International Inc. He leads the team responsible for building, deploying, and supporting best-in-world capabilities for the Intelligence Community, Department of Defense, federal, and commercial markets. Dr. Moorman’s multi-disciplinary team develops signals intelligence (SIGINT), electronic warfare (EW), cyber, sensors, and communication solutions for ground, air, maritime, and space-based applications. The Wireless Solutions team leverages and advances technology that serves as the foundation for CACI products including areas of expertise in 5G, cellular, millimeter wave, dynamic spectrum sharing, direction finding, array base processing, radio frequency (RF) front ends, antennas, software defined radios, small size, weight, and power (SWaP) sensors, machine learning, data analytics, vulnerability analysis, and deep protocol processing. The Wireless Solutions team also supports full lifecycle development and management of custom wireless communication and spectrum operations solutions, including research and development, program management, new product introduction, manufacturing, and technical support. These industry-leading wireless solutions are recognized as having mission-critical impacts across several U.S. Government agencies.
Dr. Moorman has more than 20 years of experience in architecture design, systems engineering, software solutions, network protocols, and product development for wireless, cellular, and embedded systems within the automotive, commercial telecommunications, and government communications industries. He has authored and co-authored more than a dozen technical publications related to quality of service for wireless and network technologies, has taught multiple courses and lectures on algorithms, programming, and cellular protocols, has served on a number of industry and academic committees, and holds one patent for blind channel detection in a software-defined radio. He is an advocate for continually pushing the boundaries of technology and business by providing unparalleled mission solutions that have a global impact.
Dr. Kevin McNeill
Senior Vice President,
CACI International Inc
Dr. Kevin McNeill is the Senior Vice President of Cyberspace Solutions at CACI International Inc. He directs the research and development programs through four departments: Advanced Cyber Science, Internet & Cybersecurity Research, Telecommunications Studies, and Cyber Mission Operations. The scientists and engineers in his division create and deliver the full spectrum of next-generation, technology-driven solutions to enable complex cyber missions for defense and intelligence customers and to enhance the security of commercial networks against common attack vectors.
Dr. McNeill came to CACI through the acquisition of LGS Innovations in March 2019. Prior to joining LGS in October 2017, Dr. McNeill held a variety of progressively senior roles at BAE Systems, from Technical Group Director and Solutions Architect to Global Engineering Fellow, Chief Scientist, and Vice President of Engineering for BAE’s cyber operations, networking, and intelligence and security divisions. In these roles, he led the research and development of methodologies, algorithms, technologies, and knowledge skills need to meet the complex challenges faced by a variety of U.S. Department of Defense and intelligence community operational organizations. He won the BAE Systems Silver Award for Technical Innovation in 2016.
Prior to BAE Systems, Dr. McNeill was a Research Associate Professor and scientist at the University of Arizona, where he obtained his PhD in computer engineering. Throughout his career, he has also participated as a member and speaker in a variety of outreach programs for associations, committees, councils, and other scientific, technology, and healthcare organizations in Arizona, nationally, and internationally.
Dr. McNeill is a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and is a member of the WashingtonExec Cyber Security Council. He holds eight patents, and has been extensively published in journals and refereed publications.
Colonel Laurie Moe Buckhout,
U.S. Army (Ret.)
Chief Strategy Officer
COL Laurie Moe Buckhout, U.S. Army (Ret.) is a decorated combat commander who served from 1984 to 2010. Her career highlights include nearly a decade of service in Germany and the Middle East, to include a year as a battalion commander leading more than 800 soldiers in Operation Iraqi Freedom with the 32nd Signal Battalion in Iraq from 2003-2004. She served in leadership and staff positions from the 3rd Infantry Division to the White House, and from platoon leader to battalion commander, ending her career as Chief of Electronic Warfare (EW) for the Army’s Headquarters Staff.
Post-retirement, COL Buckhout founded Corvus Consulting, a strategic consulting and specialty services group specializing in EW, cyber, and spectrum consulting, which she grew to more than $43 million in value in less than seven years. In 2019, COL Buckhout sold her company to Castellum, Inc., a U.S. corporation leading in cyber, IT services and products, and EW. She has long been a thought leader in the areas of electromagnetic spectrum operations, cyberspace operations, and EW, being the leader in the development and validation of virtually all of the U.S. Army’s modern EW program requirements.
COL Buckhout was selected at the four-star level to develop the Army’s first EW capability, after leading efforts in the Counter-radio-controlled improvised explosive device fight, personally advising the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. After her successes in these endeavors, she was elected as president of the 20,000-member international electronic warfare association, the Association of Old Crows. She publishes on EW and cyber in trade and technical periodicals, and also sits on the Journal of Electronic Defense Editorial Advisory Board. She is a frequent interviewee in the Washington Post, The New York Times, Army Times, Inside Defense, Jane’s Defence Weekly, and National Geographic. COL Buckhout is also a guest lecturer at the National Defense University and the Marine Corps Command and Staff College.
Executive Vice President and
Chief Growth Officer
CACI International Inc
Mike Gaffney is Executive Vice President and Chief Growth Officer for CACI International Inc, where he oversees the company’s complete business development lifecycle, managing an organization of over 200 business development, capture, and proposal professionals. Mr. Gaffney joined CACI in 2015 after a 23-year career with Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC), where he served in both business development and operational roles.
As Vice President and General Manager of CSC's Civil Group, North American Public Sector, Mr. Gaffney played a key role in executing a turnaround of the entire organization, defining the strategic vision for a new operating model in an evolving marketplace. Managing a team of approximately 2,500 personnel, he led a major realignment of commercial and public sectors to make the company more competitive in key health market segments, increase corporate visibility, and improve win probability. He drove significant increases in contract win rates as a result, and was recognized as an effective spokesperson and advocate with the media and local state legislative leaders.
Prior to this, Mr. Gaffney was handpicked to lead a major revitalization of CSC’s Civil and Health Services Group as President. His accomplishments in this role included recruiting and promoting top-tier leaders; managing the consolidation of two divisions while maintaining high performance levels; and increasing win rate and total contract value by improving new business development practices and building a strong pipeline of new business. Previously, he served as President of Business Development for CSC’s North American Public Sector, where he consistently delivered high win rates and competitive contract awards to re-establish CSC as a leader in the U.S. Federal Government market. His work also led to the development of pioneering capabilities in leveraging business analytics to improve the bid process.
Mr. Gaffney has been a member of the American Council for Technology-Industry Advisory Council, AFCEA International, the National Defense Industrial Association, the Association of the United States Army, and the Navy League of the United States. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Fordham University.
Daniel P. Walsh
Senior Vice President
Government and Industry Relations
CACI International Inc
Daniel P. Walsh is Senior Vice President, Government and Industry Relations for CACI International Inc. Mr. Walsh joined CACI as Senior Vice President and Corporate Strategic Advisor in January 2020 to help lead corporate efforts to enhance CACI's positioning in the national security market and thought leadership, provide insight and expertise on critical industry issues, and help grow and expand key client relationships.
Prior to assuming his current position, Mr. Walsh served at the White House as Assistant to the President and Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations. In that position, he was responsible for managing the overall administrative, technology, security, and military support structure for the President of the United States, as well as the day-to-day management of the White House, the Executive Office of the President, Presidential facilities, and the President’s schedule and travel operations. In total, the organization included approximately 4,000 employees, with an unclassified annual budget of $800 million.
Mr. Walsh’s additional White House experience includes Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of the White House Military Office (WHMO) from 2017-2018; Deputy Director of WHMO from 2015-2017; and Military Aide to Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama from 2007-2009.
Mr. Walsh also had an extensive and multifaceted career as a military officer. Prior to his most recent service in the White House, he served 24 years in the U.S. Coast Guard in a variety of operational and staff assignments. Operational assignments included leadership cadre of a Department of Homeland Security (DHS)/Coast Guard air facility, department head on a Coast Guard cutter, officer in charge of a counter narcotics team, and instructor pilot/aircraft commander in six military fixed-wing aircraft. Staff assignments included senior staff for a $750 miilion major DHS aircraft acquisition project, and three years as Coast Guard liaison to the U.S. Senate. In this position, Mr. Walsh advocated on behalf of the Coast Guard, garnering support for record increases in Coast Guard annual appropriations of more than $10 billion.
A native of Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey, Mr. Walsh received a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. He also holds a master’s degree in quality systems management from the National Graduate School, a master’s degree in science in aviation safety from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, and was a Harvard National Security Fellow for the 2011-2012 academic year.
Senior Vice President
Capabilities & Technology Integration
CACI International Inc
Dabney (Dab) Kern re-joined CACI in 2017 to lead the integration of the company’s evolving capabilities and solutions, drive strategic growth, and develop new technologies to meet emerging requirements across the U.S. Government. He reports directly to President and Chief Executive Officer John Mengucci.
Mr. Kern also serves on the Congressionally-mandated National Commission on Military Aviation Safety. Appointed by the President, Mr. Kern is charged with helping to develop recommendations to Congress on how the Department of Defense can reduce aviation-related fatalities. In his prior tenure at CACI, Mr. Kern led the company's rapid expansion into the homeland security market.
Prior to his current role, Mr. Kern spent three years supporting national security programs in the White House. As one of the only members of the White House staff to span the Obama and Trump Administrations, he was appointed by both Presidents to lead the White House Military Office. He managed over 20 directorates and commands comprised of over 3,000 active duty and civilian personnel, including locations at Camp David, the White House Medical Unit, Presidential Food Service, the White House Transportation Agency, the White House Communications Agency, Military Aides to the President, and classified program offices. In addition, he oversaw the Presidential Airlift Group, which operates Air Force One, Two, and ancillary platforms; and Marine Helicopter Squadron One (HMX-1), operating Marine One, Two, and all rotary support to the White House. He was responsible for ensuring the safety and security of the President, Vice President, and key personnel during increased threat levels and crises and served as the President’s advisor on military operational support.
Mr. Kern has also held a number of operational, policy, and emergency management leadership positions in the National Security Council, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. He served as President Obama’s Senior Director for Readiness and Response, helping to coordinate U.S. support to the Fukushima earthquake, the H1N1 Pandemic, and numerous natural disasters. He has authored and led the implementation of several national policies addressing critical infrastructure, disaster recovery, and sustainability.
Selected to the Senior Executive Service in 2009 after a 20-year military career as a naval aviator, Mr. Kern holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in information technology, is a distinguished graduate of the U.S. Naval War College, and maintains professional certificates and credentials in business continuity and program management.
Debora A. Plunkett
Former Senior Advisor to the Director,
National Security Agency
Debora A. Plunkett has served in senior leadership positions in the National Security Agency (NSA), and is a member of CACI International Inc’s Board of Directors. She brings to the Board more than 30 years of national security experience in critical mission areas, including cybersecurity and information assurance.
Ms. Plunkett served in positions of increasing responsibility at the NSA since 1984, most recently serving as Senior Advisor to the Director from November 2014 to January 2016. Prior to that, she was Director of the Information Assurance Directorate from April 2010 to November 2014, and Deputy Director of Information Assurance from August 2008 to April 2010.
Ms. Plunkett has served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Maryland University College since October 2014; as the Principal of Plunkett Associates LLC, a cybersecurity consulting firm, since January 2016; as a director of J.C. Penney Company, Inc. since February 2017; and as a Senior Fellow at Harvard University’s Belfer Center since July 2017.
Lieutenant General Michael H. Shields, U.S. Army (Ret.)
Senior Vice President, Technology and Strategy Implementation
CACI International Inc
LTG Michael H. Shields is the Senior Vice President, Technology and Strategy Implementation at CACI International Inc, where he focuses on strategic planning to integrate advanced technologies in such areas as novel sensors, autonomous systems, artificial intelligence (AI), and the development of mission-ready solutions, from quick reaction through full certification and deployment.
LTG Shields brings more than 30 years of military leadership experience to CACI, most recently as Director of the Joint Improvised-Threat Defeat Organization (JIDO), from 2015 to 2018. At JIDO, LTG Shields led a highly-trained team of experts in countering threat networks and the adversarial use of disruptive technology. He developed an extremely successful culture of lean innovation, while also seamlessly transitioning JIDO to align with larger Department of Defense (DoD) requirements, networks, and systems. His additional achievements include expanding JIDO’s collaboration with non-traditional mission partners in industry and academia, identifying emerging technologies and their impact on America’s military, and managing JIDO’s quick reaction capabilities.
His military career includes serving as Commanding General of the U.S. Army Alaska; Director of the Pakistan/Afghanistan Coordination Center, Joint Staff; the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization (JIEDDO) Deputy Director for Operations and Intelligence and Director of the Counter Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Operations and Intelligence Integration Center; and Director of the National Joint Operations and Intelligence Center, Joint Staff.