Day 2 Speakers
GEN Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr.
General Kenneth F. McKenzie, Jr. is the Commander of the United States Central Command. Upon graduation from The Citadel in 1979, Gen McKenzie was commissioned into the Marine Corps and trained as an infantry officer and has commanded at the platoon, company, battalion, Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), and component levels. In June 2009, he reported to the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Kabul, Afghanistan to serve as the Deputy to the Deputy Chief of Staff (DCOS) for Stability. Following this, he was assigned Director, Strategy, Plans, and Policy for the U.S. Central Command before being promoted to his current position in 2019.
Andrew Hallman brings over 30 years of experience as a proven Intelligence Community (IC) leader, currently serving as Senior Advisor at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). He previously served as the Principal Executive at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Director of the Office of Transnational Issues at CIA, and Deputy Director of CIA for Digital Innovation, where he was responsible for accelerating the integration of digital and cyber capabilities across all of CIA's mission areas. Mr. Hallman earned a master's degree in International Affairs from American University's School of International Service and a bachelor's degree in Public Affairs Management.
ADM Craig S. Faller
Admiral Craig Faller serves as Commander of the United States Southern Command. He is a 1983 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science in Systems Engineering and a 1990 graduate of the Naval Postgraduate School with a Master’s in National Security Affairs. Admiral Faller has served in a variety of leadership positions both at sea and ashore and assumed duty as senior military assistant to the secretary of defense in January 2017.
GEN Richard D. Clarke, USA
General Richard D. Clarke currently serves as the 12th Commander of United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) headquartered at MacDill Air Force Base, FL. Prior to assuming command of USSOCOM, General Clarke served as Director for Strategic Plans and Policy (J5), Joint Staff, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C. General Clarke’s other assignments as a general officer include: Deputy Commanding General for Operations, 10th Mountain Division from 2011 to 2013; the 74th Commandant of Cadets, United States Military Academy at West Point from 2013 to 2014; and the Commander of the 82nd Airborne Division.
Maj Gen Alexus G. Grynkewich, USAF
Maj. Gen. Alexus G. Grynkewich is the Director of Operations for the United States Central Command. In this role, he is responsible for developing contingency plans and assisting the commander with overseeing joint operations across a 20-nation area of responsibility covering Central and Southwest Asia. Maj. Gen. Grynkewich received his commission in 1993 after graduating from the U.S. Air Force Academy. He has served as an instructor pilot, weapons officer and operational test pilot in the F-16 Fighting Falcon and F-22 Raptor. Maj. Gen.
President Steven C. Curall, PhD
Steven C. Currall is the seventh president of the University of South Florida (USF). He brings three decades of leadership and academic expertise from top research universities, both public and private, in the U.S. and abroad. His longest career terms were at Rice University and the University of California, Davis. He is passionate about building institutions of higher education to help students, faculty, staff and communities flourish.
PANEL TRACK 1: The Threat to Our Critical Infrastructure
Brian Fonseca is Director of the Jack D. Gordon Institute for Public Policy at Florida International University’s (FIU) Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Politics and International Relations. Brian’s technical expertise is in U.S. national security and foreign policy.
Andy Zolper is the Chief Information Security Officer and Head of Technology Infrastructure for Raymond James Financial, where he is responsible for all facts of information security, technology infrastructure engineering, enterprise platform operations, disaster recovery, and software quality management. He is a graduate of the Virginia Military Institute and a proud United States Marine Corps veteran
HON Karen Evans
HON Karen Evans is the former Chief Information Officer for the Department of Homeland Security, where she was responsible for strategically aligning the Department’s Information Technology personnel resources and assets, including security, infrastructure, and delivery to support core DHS missions and activities. Ms. Evans previously served as the first Assistant Secretary for Cybersecurity, Energy Security and Emergency Response for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).
Eric Silagy is President and CEO of Florida Power & Light Company, a subsidiary of NextEra Energy, Inc., and one of the largest investor-owned electric utilities in the nation. Mr. Silagy has worked for NextEra Energy companies for more than a decade and has served in a variety of leadership positions, including senior vice president of regulatory and state governmental affairs, chief development officer, vice president of business development, and more.
PANEL track 2: The Technological Horizon
Patrick Gorman is the Executive Vice President at Booz Allen Hamilton with 30 years of experience spanning from digital technology strategy and development to technology risk management and cybersecurity. Patrick’s background in technology and risk also includes previous experience as Assistant Director of National Intelligence and Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the U.S. Intelligence Community, where he was responsible for IT transformation and cybersecurity for all national intelligence agencies in the U.S.
Beth Meinert is Vice President and Director of the Center for Government Effectiveness and Modernization at MITRE. In this role, she oversees the work of federally funded research and development center supporting the U.S. Treasury Department, Internal Revenue Service, Social Security Administration, and the Department of Veterans Affairs. Meinert joined MITRE in 1988 after four years in the U.S. Army.
Brian Murphy is the founder and CEO of ReliaQuest, a leading provider of security model management for some of the largest and most recognizable companies in the world. Under his leadership, ReliaQuest has received numerous accolades for its commitment to focused growth while maintaining a positive company culture. In 2018, ReliaQuest was ranked one of FORTUNE Magazine's Best Workplaces in Technology and selected for Entrepreneur's Top Company Cultures list. Prior to founding ReliaQuest 11 years ago, Murphy served in multiple leadership positions across accounting, finance, and operations.
Dr. Francis J. Gavin
Dr. Francis J. Gavin is the Giovanni Agnelli Distinguished Professor and the inaugural director of the Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). In 2013, Dr. Gavin was appointed the first Frank Stanton Chair in Nuclear Security Policy Studies and Professor of Political Science at MIT. Prior to joining MIT, he was the Tom Slick Professor of International Affairs and the Director of the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law at the University of Texas.
Panel: The Future of Cyber Conflict
Peter Warren Singer is Strategist and Senior Fellow at New America. He has been named by the Smithsonian as one of the nation’s 100 leading innovators, by Defense News as one of the 100 most influential people in defense issues, by Foreign Policy to their Top 100 Global Thinkers List, and as an official “Mad Scientist” for the U.S. Army’s Training and Doctrine Command. Peter is also the author of multiple best-selling, award winning books, including his most-recent publication LikeWar, which explores how social media has changed war and politics.
GEN Keith Alexander, USA, Ret.
General (Ret) Keith Alexander served as Director of the National Security Agency, Chief of the Central Security Service, and Commander of the United States Cyber Command. Following his retirement in 2013, General Alexander founded IronNet Cybersecurity, a private-sector cybersecurity firm. He currently holds the positions of Co-CEO and President and provides strategic vision to corporate leaders on cybersecurity issues through the development of cutting-edge technology, consulting, and cybersecurity education/training.
LtGen Michael Groen, USMC
Lieutenant General Michael Groen has served as the Director of the Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC) since October 2020. As a member of the JAIC team, he leads the transformation of U.S. Joint warfighting and departmental processes through the integration of Artificial Intelligence. Prior to this nomination, Lieutenant General Groen served as the Deputy Chief of Computer Network Operations at the National Security Agency. He has served in a variety of operational, ground, air, and naval units, and has commanded intelligence and operational units including the 3d Radio Battalion.
Chris Inglis is the former Deputy Director of the National Security Agency. He retired from the Department of Defense in 2014 following 41 years of federal service, including 28 years at NSA and seven and a half years as its senior civilian and Deputy Director, as well as over 30 years of service in the U.S. Air Force. Mr. Inglis holds advanced degrees in engineering and computer science and is currently a distinguished visiting professor in cybersecurity studies.
Closing Panel: Cybersecurity and Strategic Deterrence
Frank J. Cilluffo is the director of Auburn University’s McCrary Institute for Cyber and Critical Infrastructure Security. He is a member of the Cyberspace Solarium Commission and the Department of Homeland Security’s Advisory Council and advises senior officials in the executive branch, U.S. Armed Services, and state and local governments on an array of matters related to national and homeland security strategy and policy. Following the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, Cilluffo was appointed by President George W. Bush to the newly created Office of Homeland Security, where he served as a principal advisor.
HON Mike McConnell, VADM, USN, Ret.
Vice Admiral Mike McConnell is the former Director of the National Security Agency and a former vice admiral in the United States Navy. His career has spanned more than 50 years focused on international development and foreign intelligence issues, including 29 years as a U.S. Navy intelligence officer. He currently serves as the Senior Executive Advisor at Booz Allen Hamilton and the Executive Director at Cyber Florida, where he focuses on improving cyber education, outreach, and research throughout the state of Florida.
HON Michael Chertoff
HON Michael Chertoff is the co-founder and executive chairman of The Chertoff Group, a leader in security and risk management advisory services. He previously served as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security where he led the country in blocking would-be terrorists from crossing our borders. At Chertoff Group, Mr. Chertoff provides high-level strategic counsel to corporate and government leaders on a broad range of security issues, from risk identification and prevention to preparedness, response and recovery.
LtGen Dennis Crall, USMC
Lieutenant General Dennis Crall currently serves as the Director for Command, Control, Communications, and Computers / Cyber and Chief Information Officer, Joint Staff J6. A native of South Carolina, he graduated from the University of South Carolina and was commissioned in 1987. Brigadier General Crall is a career Aviation Command and Control Officer who has commanded at the Squadron and Group levels. Joint assignments include: Deputy Principal Cyber Advisor / Senior Military Advisor for Cyber Policy; Chief, Joint Cyberspace Center, US Central Command (CENTCOM); Executive Officer to the Deputy Commander, CENTCOM; and more.