// Vice Admiral Nancy E. Brown, United States Navy (Retired)
After completing over 35 years of service Vice Admiral Nancy E. Brown retired from her position as the Director, Command, Control, Communications and Computer Systems, The Joint Staff. She is on the Board of Directors of the United States Naval Institute, is the Chair of the Board of Directors of Homeward Deployed, and an Executive Committee Member of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA).
In August 2004 she deployed to Iraq, becoming the first Multi-National Force–Iraq C6 headquartered in Baghdad and returned to the Joint Staff in April 2005. In August 2005 Vice Admiral Brown assumed the duties as J6 Director for both North American Aerospace Defense Command and United States Northern Command. In August 2006, she assumed her last active duty position as the Director, Command, Control, Communications and Computer Systems (C4 Systems), The Joint Staff.
Ms. Brown received a degree from Stephens College, a Masters of Science degree in Communication Management from the Naval Postgraduate School, and a Master of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College.
// Mr. Joe Galloway
Joseph L. Galloway joined United Press International as a reporter in 1961. During 22 years with UPI, he served in news bureaus in Kansas City, Topeka, Tokyo, and Saigon, and was Chief of Bureau in Jakarta, New Delhi, Singapore, Moscow, and Los Angeles.
Mr. Galloway served a 16-month tour as a war correspondent in Vietnam beginning in April of 1965. He returned to Vietnam on three other tours in 1971, 1973, and again in 1975 when he covered the fall of Cambodia and South Vietnam.
In addition to Vietnam duty, Mr. Galloway covered the 1971 India-Pakistan War and half a dozen other regional conflicts during 15 years of foreign service. Mr. Galloway is a co-author of two books: Triumph Without Victory: The History of the Persian Gulf War and the New York Times bestseller “We Were Soldiers Once and Young” (WWSOAY).
On May 1, 1998, the Army awarded Mr. Galloway a belated Bronze Star with V for rescuing a badly wounded soldier under heavy fire in the Ia Drang Valley on 15 November 1965. His is the only such medal of valor awarded to a civilian by the Army during the Vietnam War. In addition to Kingfisher, Mr. Galloway is a member of the Board of Advisors of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, 1st Cavalry Division Association, and the National Infantry Museum Foundation. He is also on the Board of Directors of the non-profit organizations No Greater Love and the Museum of America’s Wars.
Today, Joe serves as a special consultant to the Vietnam War 50th Anniversary Commemoration project run by the Office of Secretary of Defense and is a permanent consultant to the forthcoming Ken Burns documentary history of the Vietnam War to air beginning on September 2017 on PBS in ten parts. He resides now in North Carolina.
// Curt Hastings, Chief Technology Officer, PermissionBit
Dr. Hastings did his undergraduate studies at Yale University. He received his PhD from the California Institute of Technology and did postdoctoral work in biophysics at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. For over a decade, he developed and managed the computational analytic capabilities and databases of the Institute for Physical Science. He co-founded and is CTO of PermissionBit, a cybersecurity company. His research interests include using computational methods to address questions in the biological sciences, hard problems in political economy, and the application of machine learning techniques to cybersecurity issues.
// Ronnie Mainieri, Chief Executive Officer, PermissionBit
Dr. Mainieri did his undergraduate studies at the Universidade de São Paulo and received his PhD from NYU for research on the interplay between statistical mechanics and dynamical systems. He became a postdoctoral fellow at Los Alamos National Laboratory and later a staff member after spending some time as a NATO and a Fulbright Scholar at the Niels Bohr Institute. He co-authored Introduction to Quantum Computers and early drafts of the ChaosBook. He co-founded the Institute for Physical Science, which focused on data-driven political science and PermissionBit, which uses machine learning to detect computer breaches.
// Rear Admiral Thomas F. Marfiak, United States Navy (Retired)
Rear Admiral Marfiak headed up the United States Naval Institute from 1999 to 2003. During his distinguished naval career, he commanded the USS DOYLE (FFG-39), USS BUNKER HILL (CG-52) and the USS KITTY HAWK Carrier Battle Group. Ashore, he served as a Long Range Planner in OP-06, as Acting Director of the CNO’s Executive Panel, and as Special Assistant to the Secretary of Defense. From 2003-2015, he was a Senior Associate with Burdeshaw Associates Ltd., advising major corporations on defense acquisition issues.
Admiral Marfiak received a Bachelor of Sciences degree from the US Naval Academy, a Diploma from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris, and both a Masters of Art and a Masters of Art in Law and Diplomacy from Tufts University.
// Mr. Thomas E. Mitchell
Mr. Mitchell is an accomplished business executive and a retired U.S. Army colonel with an extensive background in special operations, intelligence, cyber, crisis response, consequence management, force protection, and critical infrastructure protection.
Mr. Mitchell is currently the Managing Partner of Vettem, LLC, a company that provides Executive Coaching and consulting services in the areas of Strategic Planning, Business Management and Operations, Business Intelligence, Business Development, and Acquisition & Due Diligence support. From 2007-2009, Mr. Mitchell was the President and Chief Operating Officer for ManTech International’s Security and Mission Assurance Corporation, a ~$300M subsidiary of ManTech International Corporation.
Mr. Mitchell holds a Master of Public Administration in Business degree and a Bachelor of Science degree.
// Rear Admiral Norman T. Saunders (Retired)
Rear Admiral Norman T. Saunders is a veteran of 35 years of Coast Guard service. Prior to taking on independent work, he was Vice President for Corporate Development with Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), with responsibilities for a number of Homeland Defense/Homeland Security programs, to include Maritime and Port Security matters, U.S. Coast Guard programs, projects, and a range of supporting technology efforts.
Before retiring from active service in June 1999, Admiral Saunders served as Commander, 7th Coast Guard District, where he exercised direct responsibility for the full spectrum of Coast Guard activities in the Southeast U.S. and the Caribbean, to include lifesaving, law enforcement, maritime security, and environmental missions. He is a Vietnam veteran.
Admiral Saunders received a Master of Science in Operations Research degree from the Naval Post Graduate School, a Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree from the U. S. Coast Guard Academy, and is a graduate of the National War College.
// Captain Gerard (Gerry) A. Slevin, United States Navy (Retired)
Captain Slevin joined the United States Navy in 1975 and began his 10-year enlisted career with Advanced Technical Training in San Diego, CA, and graduated as a Radioman Third Class Petty Officer. His tours of duty included Diego Garcia, Guam, a destroyer in Pearl Harbor and Wahiawa, HI where he attained the rank of Chief Petty Officer. Captain Slevin was selected as a Limited Duty Officer and commissioned an Ensign in 1985. During his 28-year officer career, he supported the Department of Defense, Department of Navy and other government agencies as he led diverse groups and teams in enforcing global national security policy and achieving the boldest organizational strategic goals and visions. He is a multi-faceted leader and recognized Cyber expert, supporting intelligence, information warfare, and network operations & security in various Joint and International environments.
Captain Slevin retired in 2013 with over 38 years total active duty service.