Leadership

Leaders at the highest echelons of the national security community trust the SAP National Security Services, Inc. (SAP NS2®) team to deliver results when it matters most. We are driven to defend, and we welcome the opportunity to learn more about your requirements and discuss ways we can partner together to help you achieve your mission.

Leading Minds Focused on Mission Success

SAP NS2 is guided by distinguished leaders with experience across the defense, public sector, software, and legal fields. Our executive team includes thought leaders with real-world experience promoting the mission of national security. Our board and executives include some of the nation’s leading experts in national security strategy and technology innovation. Meet the board and executive team below.

Frances Fragos Townsend

Chairman of the Board
Frances Fragos Townsend

Frances Fragos Townsend

Chairman of the Board

Frances Fragos Townsend is the Executive Vice President at MacAndrews and Forbes Holdings, Inc. Townsend was a corporate partner at the law firm of Baker Botts, LLP.

Previously, Townsend served as Assistant to President George W. Bush for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism and chaired the Homeland Security Council from May 2004 until January 2008. Moreover, she spent 13 years at the U.S. Department of Justice under the administrations of President George H. W. Bush, President Bill Clinton, and President George W. Bush.

Currently, Townsend is an on-air contributor for CNN as an expert on counterterrorism, national security, and homeland security. She is a director and chairs the compensation committees of three private companies' boards of directors and serves as a director of two public companies. She serves on numerous government advisory and nonprofit boards. In addition, she is a former chair of the Board of Directors of the Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA) and is a member of the board of the Bipartisan Policy Council. She is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Trilateral Commission.

H. Lowell Brown

Board Member
H. Lowell Brown

H. Lowell Brown

Board Member

H. Lowell Brown has practiced law in Falmouth, Maine since 2000. A former Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Columbia and an Assistant General Counsel of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Brown was Assistant General Counsel of Northrop Grumman Corporation from 1991-2000. He has served as an independent special compliance officer for Raytheon Corporation and the DIRECTV Group to oversee compliance requirements of consent agreements entered into with the United States Government.

Brown currently serves as a director of two foreign-owned corporations that provide goods and services to the U.S. government. In addition, he chairs the Board of Trustees of the Bangor Theological Seminary and serves as a member of the board of Opportunity Farm for Boys and Girls, and as a director of the Maine Bar Foundation.

Brown is a member of the adjunct faculty of the University of Maine School of Law and is a frequent speaker on white collar crime. He has written law review and journal articles concerning compliance programs as well as the ethical and legal issues facing corporate counsel in regard to internal investigations. He is the author of High Crimes and Misdemeanors in Presidential Impeachment, published by Palgrave Macmillan.

William Vinson

Board Member
William Vinson

William Vinson

Board Member

William T. Vinson is a Director and the Chairman of the Westminster Free Clinic (pro bono), which provides free medical services to the homeless and working poor.

He also has assisted many major corporations in acquisition and corporate governance matters. Vinson retired in 1998 as the Vice President and Chief Counsel of the Lockheed Martin Corporation. He previously served as Vice President and General Counsel of Lockheed Corporation (1992) and prior to that as Vice President-Secretary and Assistant General Counsel of Lockheed Corporation (1990).

Vinson joined Lockheed in 1975 as an attorney, serving as counsel on various major domestic and international programs, including those related to fleet ballistic missiles, strategic defense, space station, international launch joint ventures, offshore oil recovery and commercial ocean mining. In 1990, he moved to the corporate headquarters, where he served as counsel to management in a number of diverse legal situations.

Vinson has been a speaker on numerous occasions in the areas of U.S. Government Procurement Law, Corporate Governance, Mergers and Acquisitions and the FCPA, and has been included in "Who's Who in American Law" and "Who's Who in America."

Mark A. Testoni

President, Chief Executive, and Board Member
Mark A. Testoni

Mark A. Testoni

President, Chief Executive, and Board Member

Mark Testoni has been President and Chief Executive of the company since 2011 with responsibility for management, sales, consulting, product support, and go-to-market strategy for SAP's most secure and sensitive U.S. government markets, customers and partners. Prior to assuming this position, Testoni served as President of SAP Public Services.

Before joining SAP, Testoni spent more than nine years at Oracle, where he was responsible for building the company's application business within the Department of Defense. He was an architect of some of Oracle's most significant business systems wins, including the largest ERP project in company history, supporting the U.S. Air Force.

Testoni has more than 14 years of IT industry expertise and 30 years of public sector experience.

Testoni is a graduate of the University of Tampa and holds an MBA from Southern Illinois University. He served for 20 years in the U.S. Air Force, where he specialized in financial management, information technology and logistics. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants; a member of the board of directors of Integra Realty Resources (IRR), a nationwide commercial real estate consulting firm; and an editorial advisor to ExecSense, a service of the Financial Times.

Ron Police

Chief Operating Officer
Ron Police

Ron Police

Chief Operating Officer

Ron Police serves as Chief Operating Officer for SAP National Security Services where he is responsible for leading company operations and strategic investments to support business across the U.S. national security community.

Police brings more than 30 years of information technology experience to SAP NS2. His leadership and expertise are focused on corporate strategy, investments, innovation and driving profitable revenue growth.

Before joining SAP, Police provided consulting services for executive coaching, sales, marketing and channel distribution strategies to both commercial and government markets.

Police also served nearly a decade as a Vice President for Apple Inc., where he was responsible for all aspects of government business. At Apple, he implemented strategies to boost profitability, drive interest in the Mac, and launched mobility solutions for Federal, State and Local Governments.

Prior to Apple, Police worked at Oracle Corporation for seventeen years serving as Senior Vice President for various organizations within Oracle Service Industries.

Police earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Logistics at Penn State. He has executive education credentials from the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business and leadership development credentials from The Center for Creative Leadership in Colorado.

Police is actively involved in numerous technology trade associations & nonprofits, a member of the International Coach Federation and serves on the Advisory Board of Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology, as well as serving on the Advisory Boards of several Information Technology companies.

David A. Erley

Chief Financial Officer
David A. Erley

David A. Erley

Chief Financial Officer

David Erley is the chief financial officer for SAP NS2. He is responsible for all financial activities, including forecasting, business planning and analysis, driving finance efficiency and profitable revenue growth for SAP NS2. He was previously the CFO of SAP Canada, in Toronto Canada with over 2,000 employees and $700M in revenue and prior to that he was previously the vice president for the North American Services organization where he was responsible for $1.5B in revenue and the overall financial plans, forecasting and budgeting for the consulting and education lines of business. David reports directly to Mark Testoni, the CEO of SAP NS2.

David joined SAP in 1998 as a senior financial analyst. During his tenure with the company he has held numerous finance and management related positions including: senior director of finance supporting strategic industries, inside sales and the small and medium enterprises sales line of business.

Prior to joining SAP, David worked in various finance and business related positions at VerticalNet, Deloitte and Touche, Cox Enterprises and Bass Worldwide.

David is a certified public accountant and a graduate of Georgia Southern University with a bachelor of business administration in accounting. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Harish Luthra

Senior Vice President, SAP Consulting, and Leader of the Professional Services Business
Harish Luthra

Harish Luthra

Senior Vice President, SAP Consulting, and Leader of the Professional Services Business

As the Consulting Leader within SAP NS2, Harish Luthra is responsible for leading successful program oversight, staff development in North America, and business development. The consulting organization he heads also liaises with SAP's solution management and development teams to enhance client success.

Prior to joining SAP NS2, Luthra was the National Vice President of SAP Public Services, having started the Federal Professional Services practice in 1999.  In this role, Luthra was responsible for Professional Services sales and delivery for the federal government (defense and civilian), state and local governments, aerospace and defense corporations, and higher education institutions.  His successful project implementations have included the IRS IFS, USPS Human Capital Enterprise, U.S Army Medical Materiel Agency (TEWLS), Commonwealth of Kentucky, and the cities of San Diego and Portland.

Barry Leffew

Barry Leffew

Senior Vice President and General Manager, National Security Software
Barry Leffew

Barry Leffew

Senior Vice President and General Manager, National Security Software

Barry Leffew serves as Senior Vice President and GM for SAP National Security Services’ Software Business

Leffew brings more than 35 years of information technology experience to SAP NS2. His leadership and expertise are focused on corporate strategy, investments, innovation and driving profitable revenue growth.

Before joining SAP, Leffew launched and managed BGOV Solutions, which provided consulting services for sales, marketing and channel distribution strategies for the Public Sector market to commercial companies

Leffew also led Adobe Corporation’s Public Sector team for over 12 years, as Vice President of Public Sector.  At Adobe, he led a team of over 250 employees with responsibility for all components (sales, professional services, partners, and marketing) of Adobe’s $350M Public Sector business.

Prior to Adobe, Barry was the Vice President of VeriSign’s Public Sector Division.  During his tenure at VeriSign, he led the development and execution of a business strategy that helped establish VeriSign as a leading provider of managed security and authentication services to the Public Sector market.

Barry worked for Oracle Corporation for over 10 years.  While at Oracle, Barry was in a wide range of senior management positions supporting the Government market including consulting, consulting management, and sales management.  During his career at Oracle, Barry was the Vice President of Oracle’s Advanced Programs Group which served the US Intelligence and Law Enforcement Communities.

Barry also led NeXT Software’s Government Sales Division.  Next was an innovative and early leader in the object oriented and web software development markets.

Barry is a graduate of George Washington’s MBA program.  Barry has an undergraduate degree in Management Science from Shippensburg University.

Leffew is actively involved in numerous technology trade associations, nonprofits and community charitable organizations.

Robert Butler

Senior Vice President, General Manager, and Board Member
Robert Butler

Robert Butler

Senior Vice President, General Manager, and Board Member

As Senior Vice President and General Manager, Robert Butler is responsible for all customer support and security operations.

Prior to joining the company, Butler was the President of CGI-AMS Secure, Inc., which he founded and led subsequent to the acquisition of American Management Systems (AMS) by CGI, a Canadian corporation. At AMS prior to the acquisition, he served as Vice President responsible for various segments of AMS' public sector business over a 25-year career. His AMS responsibilities included numerous large, complex ERP implementations for federal, state, and local government clients. He was also general manager of AMS' national ERP practice for state and local governments, including license sales, implementation consulting services, customer support centers, and product development.

He is a member of the Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA) and the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA). Butler received his B.A. degree summa cum laude from Johns Hopkins University, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He obtained his MBA degree with distinction from Carnegie-Mellon University.

Dale Turza

Senior Vice President and General Counsel
Dale Turza

Dale Turza

Senior Vice President and General Counsel

Dale Chakarian Turza is the Senior Vice President and General Counsel of SAP National Security Services, Inc.® (SAP NS2®). Prior to joining SAP NS2, Dale was a Partner in the White Collar Defense and Complex Litigation Group of the New York law firm Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, LLP, and, prior to that, she was a Partner in the global law firm, Clifford Chance Rogers & Wells, LLP. With over three decades of experience, Dale is a nationally recognized expert in issues relating to national security, corruption, commercial and arms exports, boycotts and economic sanctions. In private practice, she represented many U.S. and foreign defense contractors, industrial companies, financial institutions, and news organizations, among others, and she handled numerous enforcement actions, internal investigations and compliance matters over the years.

Dale received her B.A. degree summa cum laude from Connecticut College for Women, where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She obtained her M.A. degree from Columbia University and a J.D. degree from the Georgetown University Law Center where she was editor of the Journal of Law and Policy in International Business. She has lectured extensively and has contributed numerous articles to the New York Law Journal, Asia Law and the Petroleum Economist.

Dale is a member of the District of Columbia Bar. Her professional affiliations include the Bar Association of the District of Columbia and the American Bar Association. She is past Vice Chair of the ABA's Task Force on Professional Responsibilities Regarding Money Laundering and past Vice Chair of the ABA's Task Force on International Standards for Foreign Corrupt Practices. Dale is the Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Directors of the Alumni Association of the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences of Columbia University, a 2011 Columbia University Alumni Medalist and a past Trustee of Connecticut College.

Frank Larkin

Vice President of Corporate Development
Frank Larkin

Frank Larkin

Vice President of Corporate Development

Frank Larkin recently joined SAP National Security Services (SAP NS2) as Vice President for Corporate Development.

Prior to SAP NS2, Frank was the 40th United States Senate Sergeant at Arms. As chief law enforcement and executive officer of the Senate, the Sergeant at Arms enforces rules of the Senate; provides a range of technical and administrative services to Senators in their Washington D.C., and state offices; and maintains security in the Capitol and Senate office buildings.

Frank has been a member of the federal Senior Executive Service for more than 10 years, serving as both the Acting Director and the Vice Director of the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization and Director of the Counter IED Operations-Intelligence Integration Center within the Department of Defense.

Frank served for more than two decades as a special agent in the United States Secret Service (USSS). He conducted complex criminal investigations and protected four US presidents, until his retirement as the Deputy Assistant Director for Protective Research and the agency’s Chief Technology Officer.

In the private sector, Frank was Director, Program Management & Leadership, for the Raytheon Company, and more recently, worked at Lockheed Martin’s Defense & Intelligence Solutions responsible as a senior program manager for intelligence community support.

A veteran of the U.S. Navy, Frank served as a special warfare operator in the Navy SEALs. After his Navy service, he was a uniformed patrol officer with the Norristown (PA) Police Department, a homicide detective with the Montgomery County (PA) District Attorney’s Office, and a Maryland State Trooper-Flight Paramedic.

Frank holds a BA degree in criminal justice and a MS degree in public administration from Villanova University. He is the recipient of numerous awards, to include the USSS Valor award, the Department of the Army’s Exceptional Civilian Service award and the Superior Civilian Service award.

Laura Carmack

Vice President, Human Resources
Laura Carmack

Laura Carmack

Vice President, Human Resources

Laura serves as the Vice President for Human Resources for SAP National Security Services® (SAP NS2®). In that role, Laura is responsible for human resources and recruitment for the company.

Carmack's background and expertise include more than 21 years in human resources, with 16 of them being with Sybase, Inc. At Sybase, Inc. Laura was responsible for human resources for all of North America Sales and Services as well as Latin America. She has planned, implemented and evaluated employee relations as well as human resources policies, programs and practices.

Laura has also worked at Societe Generale in New York for several years in their human resource department in charge of their stagiaire program. This was where her HR career began after several years of teaching French at various private high schools.

Carmack is a graduate of Gettysburg College, where she majored in French with a concentration in Education.

Kristen Sanchez

Vice President, Marketing
Kristen Sanchez

Kristen Sanchez

Vice President, Marketing

As Vice President of Marketing for SAP NS2, Kristen Sanchez is responsible for marketing strategy and execution for the company.

Sanchez's background and expertise includes more than 14 years in public sector marketing and communications. Prior to joining SAP NS2, she served as an Industry Marketing Director at SAP Public Services, focusing on the Federal and defense sectors. Before joining SAP, Sanchez spent five years at Oracle where she held both sales and field marketing positions focusing on the public sector market. Sanchez has also held account executive positions at INPUT and Upstart Vision, a public relations firm focusing on technology start-ups.

Sanchez is a graduate of Radford University, where she majored in communications with a concentration in public relations.

Amy Isom

Chief of Staff and Vice President, Business Operation
Amy Isom

Amy Isom

Chief of Staff and Vice President, Business Operation

Amy Duffy Isom serves as Chief of Staff and Vice President of Business Operation for SAP National Security Services (SAP NS2). Amy is responsible for seamless collaboration across the senior management staff, as well as, sales processes and logistics across all lines of business.

Amy has over 17 years of experience in the technology industry. She began her career at PeopleSoft, proceeded to Oracle and joined SAP in 2006. Amy has held various roles across Sales Operations and Marketing. Amy has worked with many different sales industries, most notably with the U.S. federal sales team since 2008.

Amy holds a BS in human physiology from the University of Georgia.

General John Campbell

 General (Retired) John F. Campbell

Former Commander of NATO Forces for the ISAF / Resolute Support Mission and Commander of United States Forces—Afghanistan
 General (Retired) John F. Campbell

 General (Retired) John F. Campbell

Former Commander of NATO Forces for the ISAF / Resolute Support Mission and Commander of United States Forces—Afghanistan

General John F. Campbell retired from the US Army on 1 May 2016 after 37 years of active duty service. He was most recently the Commander of NATO Forces for the ISAF/Resolute Support Mission and Commander of United States Forces—Afghanistan from August 2014 to March of 2016. Prior to this command assignment, he served as the 34th Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army; the second highest ranking officer in the 1.1 million US Army. Prior to serving as the Vice Chief, General Campbell was the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations-G3, 5, 7 running the day to day operations of the US Army. 

After graduating from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1979, Campbell began his career as an infantry officer with his initial assignment in Germany. Upon completion of this tour he attended the Infantry Officer Advanced Course and Special Forces Qualification Course and he was assigned to his first of three tours to Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Campbell subsequently commanded a Special Forces Operational Detachment Alpha in the 5th Special Forces Group, and then commanded an Infantry company in the 82nd Airborne Division.

After a tour serving as a Professor of Military Science at the University of Calif-Davis, Campbell served as the Aide-de-Camp to the Commanding General, XVIII Airborne Corps, deploying in support of Operation Uphold Democracy in Haiti.

After promotion to lieutenant colonel he assumed command of the 2d Battalion, 5th Infantry, 25th Infantry Division (Light) at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.

Upon graduation from the Army War College and after a tour of duty on the Joint Staff, Campbell was promoted to colonel and then assumed command of the 1st Brigade, 82d Airborne Division and deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. He then assumed duties as the Executive Officer to the 35th Army Chief of Staff and upon promotion to brigadier general was assigned as the Deputy Commanding General (Manuever), 1st Cavalry Division and deployed as DCG Multinational Division Baghdad during Operation Iraqi Freedom and the historic surge into Iraq in 2006-2007.

After another tour on the Joint Staff as the Deputy Director for Regional Operations he was promoted to major general and assigned as the Commanding General, 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. In 2010-2011 he deployed the entire division and assumed command of US and NATO forces as Commander, Combined Joint Task Force 101 in Bagram the operational headquarters for Regional Command East in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. 

General Campbell holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the U.S. Military Academy and master’s degrees in Public Administration from Golden Gate University and MS in National Security Strategy from the Army War College.

During his military service, General Campbell earned a number of individual and campaign awards and decorations to include the Defense Distinguished Service medal, three Distinguished Service Medals, the Defense Superior Service Medal, two Legions of Merit, three Bronze Star Medals, two Defense Meritorious Service Medals, six Meritorious Service Medals, Air Medal, two Humanitarian Service Medals, Combat Infantryman Badge, Combat Action Badge, Master Parachutist Badge as well as the Ranger and Special Forces Tabs.

General Campbell is a member of the Board of Directors of BAE Systems, Inc., and API Technologies, member of the Organizational Executive Board of J.F. Lehman & Company; and member of the advisory board for SAP-NS2 and AM General. 

Robert Work

Bob Work 

President and owner of TeamWork, LLC and the 31st Deputy Secretary of Defense
Bob Work 

Bob Work 

President and owner of TeamWork, LLC and the 31st Deputy Secretary of Defense

Mr. Robert Work was the 31st Deputy Secretary of Defense, serving under three different Secretaries across two administrations. Previously, he served as chief executive officer of the Center for a New American Security. From 2009 to 2013, he served as the Under Secretary of the Navy. 

Mr. Work served on active duty in the U.S. Marine Corps for 27 years, retiring as a Colonel in 2001. He joined the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments in 2002, where he wrote and spoke extensively on maritime affairs. He also was an adjunct professor at The George Washington University. 

He is now the President and owner of TeamWork, LLC, which specializes in national security and defense affairs, including defense strategy and policy; operational concepts; emerging and dual-use technologies; revolutions in war; the “Third Offset Strategy;” and defense programming and budgeting. 

Mr. Work holds a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from the University of Illinois; a master of science in systems management from the University of Southern California; a master of science in space system operations from the Naval Postgraduate School; and a master in international public policy from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. 

Jay Nussbaum

Jay Nussbaum

 Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, Drone Aviation Corp. 
Jay Nussbaum

Jay Nussbaum

 Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, Drone Aviation Corp. 

Mr. Nussbaum has extensive executive experience in government and commercial sales and management. He previously served as executive vice president of Oracle Service Industries under Oracle's chairman and CEO, Larry Ellison, where he oversaw government, education, health, communications, utilities and financial services operations. 

During his nearly 10-year career at Oracle, he helped grow the U.S. government business from less than $60 million to more than $1.5 billion. Under Nussbaum's stewardship as founder, vice chairman and chief operating officer of Agilex Technologies Inc., the company grew to over $300 million in revenue and is now part of Accenture Federal Services, a provider of mission and technology solutions to the national security, healthcare and public sectors of the U.S. government. 

He also served as global head of sales, marketing and business development for Citigroup Global Transaction Services, and as president of integrated systems operation at Xerox Corp. Nussbaum has also served on a number of boards of directors, including the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association, and Northrop Grumman Corp. He is active in numerous business and charitable organizations. 

Alan Wade

Alan Wade 

President, Wade Associates Inc. and previously, the CIO of the Central Intelligence Agency
Alan Wade 

Alan Wade 

President, Wade Associates Inc. and previously, the CIO of the Central Intelligence Agency

Alan Wade retired from federal service at the end of 2005 after a thirty five year career in the Central Intelligence Agency. He retired as the Chief Information Officer, a position he held since 2001. 

Alan graduated from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia in 1973, receiving a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering. In 1978, he received his Masters degree in Electrical Engineering from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. 

Alan held a series of senior positions at CIA, including the Director of Communications, Director of Security, and Chief Information Officer. In his assignment as Chief Information officer, he was dual-hatted as the Chief Information Officer for the United States Intelligence Community. 

During his career, Alan’s contributions were recognized several times. He is a recipient of the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal, the Director’s Medal, and the Distinguished Intelligence Medal. 

Since retirement, Alan has worked with several early stage companies. He served on the boards of Safeboot N.V. (acquired by McAfee in 2007), Detica DFI (acquired by BAE Systems in 2008), Composite Software (acquired by Cisco in 2013) and Applied Communications Sciences (acquired by The SI Organization in 2013). He currently serves on the boards of the Aerospace Corporation in El Segundo, CA, Chiliad Inc. in Washington D.C. and Assyst Inc in Herndon VA. Additionally, Alan serves on public sector advisory boards of several technology companies, on the advisory board of the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Va. Tech., and on the Board of the Organization of Retired CIA officers. 

Alan lives in Annandale Virginia with his wife and two children. 

Michael Vickers

Michael Vickers

Former Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and the Chief Executive Officer of the Defense Intelligence Enterprise
Michael Vickers

Michael Vickers

Former Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and the Chief Executive Officer of the Defense Intelligence Enterprise

Dr. Michael Vickers is widely recognized as one of our nation’s top national security professionals. He was a key operational strategist for the two great wars of our time: the operation in the 1980s to drive the Soviets out of Afghanistan that helped bring an end to the Cold War – the largest and most successful covert action program in the history of the CIA – and the ongoing war with al-Qa’ida. He played a major policy and planning role in the operation that killed Usama bin Ladin.

From 2011 to 2015, Vickers served as the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence, the Chief Executive Officer of the Defense Intelligence Enterprise, an $80 billion, 180,000-person, global operation that includes the National Security Agency, Defense Intelligence Agency, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, National Reconnaissance Office, Defense Security Service, and the intelligence components of the Military Services and Combatant Commands.

From 2007 to 2011, he served as the first and only Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations, Low-Intensity Conflict and Interdependent Capabilities. Vickers served as the “Service” Secretary for all Special Operations Forces – a 70,000-person, $10 billion enterprise with personnel deployed in 90 countries – and had policy oversight of all of DoD’s core operational capabilities – strategic forces (nuclear forces, missile defense, space, cyber), conventional forces (air, ground and maritime), and Special Operations Forces.

Earlier in his career, he served in the Special Forces and in the CIA’s Clandestine Service, and had operational and combat experience in Central America and the Caribbean, the Middle East, and South and Central Asia.

Dr. Vickers has received the nation’s highest awards in the fields of intelligence and defense, including the Presidential National Security Medal.

Joanne Isham

Joanne Isham

Fmr. Deputy Director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
Joanne Isham

Joanne Isham

Fmr. Deputy Director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency

Ms. Isham was previously a career officer with the CIA and has also held several senior management positions in the intelligence community. From September 2001 to 2006, she served as Deputy Director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA). Before that assignment, she was Deputy Director for Science and Technology at the CIA, serving as the principal executive overseeing the CIA’s scientific and technical program, with particular responsibility for clandestine technical activities and Agency research and development.

Her work has included serving as Director of Congressional Affairs for the Director of Central Intelligence, in which capacity she oversaw the CIA’s congressional and legislative interests. She also served as the Deputy Director of the Resource Management Office of the Community Management Staff (CMS) and as CMS’s Director of Program Analysis. In these roles she oversaw budget and resource issues spanning the entire intelligence community. She also spent a number of years on assignment with the National Reconnaissance Office as Director of Legislative Affairs, a program monitor for National Programs, and a program manager.

Ms. Isham has been recognized for her service on numerous occasions. Her honors include the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal, Department of Defense Distinguished Civilian Service Award, National Intelligence Medal of Achievement, CIA Distinguished Intelligence Medal, NGA Distinguished Intelligence Medal, and the Defense Intelligence Agency’s Director’s Awards.

Her career in the private sector has been similarly successful. From 2007 to 2008, Ms. Isham was the Chief Operating Officer at High Performance Technologies, Inc. (HPTi). Before that she was VP and Deputy GM of Network Systems at BAE Systems. In that capacity she had direct responsibility for identifying strategic opportunities within the intelligence community, Department of Defense, and Department of Homeland Security. She is currently an independent consultant, working with a variety of clients in the defense and intelligence sectors to develop strategies, identify high-value opportunities, address critical challenges and transform their business.

Joe Maguire

President and CEO, Special Operations Warrior Foundation
Joe Maguire

Joe Maguire

President and CEO, Special Operations Warrior Foundation

Joe Maguire became the President and CEO of The Special Operations Warrior Foundation in September 2103; having served on the Foundation's Board of Directors for the previous three years. He was a career Naval Special Warfare Officer (SEAL) and retired from the Unites States Navy in 2010, having served 36 years in uniform. He commanded at every level, including the Naval Special Warfare Command. His last assignment in government was Deputy Director for Strategic Operational Planning in the National Counterterrorism Center in Washington, DC. While in this position, he was a member of the National Security Council's Counterterrorism Security Group. His awards include The National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal. Prior to leading the Foundation, he was a Vice President with Booz Allen Hamilton.

A native of New York City, he was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree from Manhattan College and received a Master's degree in Scientific and Technical Intelligence from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. He was a National Security Fellow at Harvard University. Joe serves on the Advisory Board of Operation Helping Hands, whose mission is to help the families of wounded and injured warriors during their hospital stays in Tampa Bay. Additionally, he is a military advisor to the Board of Directors of Athlete's Performance Institute, which honored him by establishing a scholarship in his name for wounded Special Operations Forces at The Eagle Fund of the Andrew's Institute Foundation. The Eagle Fund's mission is to provide wounded warriors with the highest quality care possible. Joe and his wife Kathy are proud to support Southeastern Guide Dogs. They reside in Tampa, Florida.

Michael W. Hewitt

Michael W. Hewitt

Founder and Senior Partner of HSH Analytics
Michael W. Hewitt

Michael W. Hewitt

Founder and Senior Partner of HSH Analytics

Rear Admiral Michael Hewitt retired from active duty on 1 January 2014, after 31 years of service in the United States Navy.

A career naval aviator, RDML Hewitt distinguished himself across a diverse spectrum of defense-related competencies. He was not only an outstanding leader at the flag rank in naval aviation, he also had unqualified successes in major acquisition programs, legislative affairs, joint warfare, and most notably as lead for Information Operations, Cyberspace Operations, Non-Kinetic and Net warfare for the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). He was recognized as one of the department's leading experts in strategy for asymmetric warfare, non-kinetic warfare, and sensitive collaborations within the DoD, Interagency, and National Security Staff. Unique among naval Officers, Hewitt served six years in the Operations directorate of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, leading information ops, cyber warfare, and operational oversight of all DoD Special Access Programs. During this period, Hewitt was also assigned to the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff as his chief innovator and entrepreneur, standing up the department's first Special Programs Cross Functional Team. He was widely recognized by the Interagency and National Security Staff for his keen ability to create collaborative environments, spark innovation, and develop campaigns focused on difficult national security challenges.

As the founder and senior partner of HSH Analytics, Hewitt now provides his unique skill set to support new solutions in the national security environment. HSH Analytics is composed of unique leaders and technical experts who are dedicated to the pursuit of innovative problem solving and disruptive technologies. HSH provides unmatched expertise in special access program operational employment, future warfighting scenario development, and emerging technologies aligned to asymmetric warfare. HSH focuses on the nexus of intelligence and military operations across the DoD, IC and Interagency. Hewitt is an advisor for several corporate entities involved in cyber warfare, countering weapons of mass destruction, commercial capabilities for USG requirements, and advanced warfare concepts. Complementing his technical and advisory support to the private sector, RDML Hewitt is dedicating much of his time to support academic endeavors, think tanks and interagency task forces tackling our nation's most difficult national security challenges.

Carmen Landa Middleton

Deputy Chief Operating Officer
Carmen Landa Middleton

Carmen Landa Middleton

Deputy Chief Operating Officer

Carmen Landa Middleton wore several different hats during her 33-year career at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) – including most recently as Deputy Chief Operating Officer (COO), a member of the Agency’s executive leadership team.  As Deputy COO, Ms. Middleton managed the CIA’s day-to-day operations; led on a diverse range of issues from geopolitical crisis responses to strategic investment; and oversaw the execution of the largest structural and business process change since the Agency’s inception in 1947.  During her tenure as the Director of CIA’s Open Source Center, Ms. Middleton drove the development of the unclassified Cloud architecture and spearheaded a strategy on the disruptive evolution of Open Source tradecraft.  As the CIA’s Chief Diversity Officer, she co-chaired an historic study, the Director’s Advisory Group on Women in Leadership, examining the CIA’s record and practices as they pertained to the careers of women.  She also oversaw the launch of an anti-harassment program, with a special emphasis on sexual harassment, within the Agency.

President of Common Table Consulting and an Advisory Group member to Veretus Group, Ms. Middleton is a recipient of the Working Mother Media National Security Annual Legacy Award, the Meritorious Presidential Rank Award, National Intelligence Superior Service Medal, and the CIA Director's Award.  She is a member of several advisory and directors’ boards, including the Advisory Board to SAP NS2 and the Board of Directors for the Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement.  Ms. Middleton graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, Phi Beta Kappa, with a degree in Spanish Language & Literature, and studied abroad during her junior year at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid.

Nicholas Rasmussen

Nicholas Rasmussen

Senior Director for Counterterrorism Programs at the McCain Institute for International Leadership
Nicholas Rasmussen

Nicholas Rasmussen

Senior Director for Counterterrorism Programs at the McCain Institute for International Leadership

 Nicholas “Nick” Rasmussen currently serves as Senior Director for Counterterrorism Programs at the McCain Institute for International Leadership in Washington, D.C. and as Distinguished Professor of Practice at the Sandra Day O’Connor School of Law at Arizona State University (ASU). Rasmussen joined the McCain Institute and ASU on May 21, 2018 after having stepped down as Director of the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) on December 23, 2017. He is also currently serving as an intelligence and national security analyst/contributor with NBC news and MSNBC. 

Rasmussen is a senior national security professional with over twenty-seven years in U.S. government service, including in senior counterterrorism posts at the White House and in the U.S. Intelligence Community from 2001 to 2017. With a unique blend of experience as a senior policy executive and intelligence official, Rasmussen capped his federal government career as Director of NCTC, where he led more than 1,000 professionals from across the Intelligence Community, federal government, and federal contractor workforce. Rasmussen served in senior posts across three White House administrations, serving on the National Security Council (NSC) staff under Presidents Bush and Obama before being appointed Director of NCTC by President Obama and continuing his tenure at the request of President Trump’s administration in 2017. Rasmussen was one of only a handful of presidentially appointed officials held over from the Obama Administration to serve in the Trump Administration. 

In 2014, Rasmussen was nominated by President Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve as the fifth Director of NCTC. NCTC was created by Congress in response to the September 11, 2001 attacks to serve as the primary organization in the U.S. government for analysis and integration of all terrorism intelligence. As Director of NCTC, Rasmussen provided independent assessments on counterterrorism issues to the President and National Security Council, led and integrated the counterterrorism community on behalf of the Director of National Intelligence, and conducted strategic operational planning of U.S. counterterrorism activities in support of the President. He regularly testified before committees of the United States Congress in both open and closed session. 

During his tenure, Rasmussen prioritized deepening the Center’s intelligence analysis to support the U.S. government’s campaign against ISIS and expanding NCTC’s reach with federal, state, and local partners as well as the private sector and foreign allies. Prior to becoming Director, Rasmussen served as NCTC’s Deputy Director from 2012 to 2014. 

Rasmussen joined the counterterrorism community six days after the 9/11 attacks, serving as the Director of Regional Affairs in the Office of Combating Terrorism on President George W. Bush’s NSC staff from 2001 to 2004. Rasmussen rejoined the Bush Administration NSC in 2007 and continued his NSC service into President Obama’s administration to serve as the Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Counterterrorism. In this role, Rasmussen was charged with leading the development of U.S. counterterrorism policy and strategy, including supporting policy deliberations leading up to the U.S. military raid against Usama bin Laden. 

During his nearly eight years of service across two administrations at the White House and his nearly six years as both the Deputy Director and Director of NCTC, Rasmussen was a key participant in national security decision making on a wide range of issues, to include policy on Afghanistan and Pakistan, the Middle East, North and East Africa, Southeast Asia, as well as on issues impacting our Homeland Security capabilities. 

Rasmussen began his career at the Department of State in 1991 as a Presidential Management Intern and served at State for more than a decade in a variety of key positions. As Special Assistant to the State Department’s Middle East Coordinator, Ambassador Dennis Ross, from 1996-2001, Rasmussen was intimately involved in the Department’s work on the Arab-Israeli peace process. Prior to that, he served as Special Assistant to Ambassador-at-Large Robert Gallucci supporting the negotiation and implementation of the U.S.-North Korea Agreed Framework. 

A recipient of a bachelor’s degree with High Honors from Wesleyan University and a Master’s degree in Public and International Affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University, Rasmussen is also the recipient of the highest honors the U.S. Government awards to intelligence professionals and career civil servants, including the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal in 2017, the Director of National Intelligence’s Distinguished Service Award and the Distinguished Presidential Rank Award in 2016. In 2017, he was presented with a Distinguished Alumni Award by Wesleyan University during commencement weekend. 

Rasmussen has regularly provided expert analysis on terrorism and national security issues for major media outlets, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Time Magazine, CNN, Fox News, PBS and National Public Radio. He previously served as a fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and as an adjunct faculty member at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, where he taught a course on U.S. counterterrorism policy. He and his wife Maria reside in Alexandria, Virginia. 

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