Richard W. Mies
The Mies Group, Ltd.
ADM Richard W. Mies (USN, Ret.) completed a distinguished 35-year career in the U.S. Navy. He commanded U.S. Strategic Command for four years prior to retirement. As Commander in Chief, he was directly responsible for the command and control of the Nation’s strategic nuclear forces supporting the national security objective of strategic deterrence. Admiral Mies has a unique breadth and depth of operational and policy experience in undersea and strategic warfare. He has held both U.S. and Allied commands at senior military levels. After completing training for submarine duty, he served on two nuclear attack submarines and a ballistic missile submarine before commanding the nuclear attack submarine, USS SEA DEVIL. He subsequently served in a wide range of distinctive command positions including Commander Submarine Development Squadron TWELVE, Commander, Submarine Group EIGHT and Commander, Allied Submarines, Mediterranean, and Commander, Submarine Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet and Commander, Submarine Allied Command, Atlantic. Admiral Mies is one of a few flag officers to complete qualification as both a submariner and naval aviation observer. In addition to unit and service awards, his decorations include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Navy Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal (two awards), Legion of Merit (four awards), National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal, Meritorius Service Medal (two awards), Navy Commendation Medal (four awards), Navy Achievement Medal, and Secretary of Energy Gold Medal. Admiral Mies is a native of Chigcago, Illinois. A distinguished scholor and athelete, he graduated first in his class with highest honors from the U.S. Naval Academy. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree with majors in mechanical engineering and mathematics. An intercollegiate wrestling champion and an all-conference lightweight football player, he was awarded the Thompson Trophy for contributing the most to the promotion of athletics at the Naval Academy. He has completed post-graduate education at Oxford University, England, the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and Harvard University. He holds a Masters degree in government adminsitration and international relations; he also holds an Honorary Doctorate of Law degree from the University of Nebraska. His professional education includes the Flag Officers’ Capstrone course, the program for Senior Executive in National and International Security at Harvard Unviersity, and the Joint Flag Officer Warfighting course. Following retirement from the Navy, Admiral Mies served as a Senior Vice President and Deputy Group President of Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) and as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Hicks and Associates, Inc, a wholly owned subsidiary of SAIC. He presently serves as the CEO and President of The Mies Group, LTD. Admiral Mies served as the Chairman of the Department of Defense Threat Reduction Advisory Committee from 2004-2010 and Chairman of the Board of the Navy Mutual Aid Association from 2003-2011. He presently serves as the Chairman of the Strategic Advisory Group for U.S. Strategic Command and Chairman of the Board of the Naval Submarine League. He is a member of the Committee on International Security and Arms Control of the National Academy of Scineces, the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board, the Board of Governors of Los Alamos National Laboratory and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and the Board of Directors of BWX Technologies Company, Exelon Corporation, the U.S. Naval Academy Foundation, and the U.S. Naval Institute. He also serves on numerous other advisory boards.
SAIC - Frederick, Inc.
Mr. Gary O’Connell is a consultant/program manager at SAIC. Gary A. O'Connell served as a Defense Intelligence Senior Leader in the position of Chief Scientist for the National Air and Space Intelligence Center, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio. As Chief Scientist, Mr. O'Connell guided the 3,000-person center’s analytic production mission, ensuring timely delivery of relevant intelligence data products and services to Air Force and joint operational warfighters, acquisition and force modernization communities, and senior defense and intelligence community policy-making customers. Mr. O’Connell began his government career as a co-op student with the Naval Surface Weapons Center in Dahlgren, Va. Upon graduation from the University of Cincinnati, he started work as an air-to-air missile analyst for the Foreign Technology Division, now NASIC. Prior to his appointment as Chief Scientist, he was the Associate Chief Scientist of the Air and Electronics Directorate, NASIC. Mr. O’Connell received his Bachelor of Science degree in 1981 in aerospace engineering for the University of Cincinnati and a Master of Science in aeronautical engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology in 1986. In 1997 he received a Master of Science degree in national resource strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C. and in 2004 completed the Intelligence Community Senior Leadership Program.
Malcolm R. O'Neill, USA (Ret.)
United States Army (Retired)
The Honorable Malcolm O’Neill (NAE) resigned recently as Assistant Secretary of the Army, (Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology); Army Acquisition Executive, and Chief Scientist of the Army. Previously, Dr. O’Neill was the Chief Technical Officer of Lockheed Martin Corporation. He served thirty four years in the US Army, including two tours of duty in Vietnam. His assignments included: DARPA Project Manager, Talon Gold Space Experiment; Deputy Project Manager, NATO Patriot Air Defense System; Project Manager, Army Multiple Launch Rocket System; Chief of Staff, Army Missile Command; and Commander of the Army Laboratory Command. He retired as an Army Lieutenant General. In his last uniformed position he served as the Director of the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization (“Star Wars”). He holds a Ph.D. in Physics from Rice University and is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.
Brian A. Shaw
National Intelligence University
Dr. Brian Shaw is the dean of the School of Science and Technology Intelligence at the National Intelligence University in Washington, DC. The School is the focus for S&T analytic education, research and external engagement across the intelligence and international national security communities. He joined the University in 2007 to organize the University’s S&T Intelligence program, and developed and established the S&T School in 2010. The National Intelligence University was chartered by the Department of Defense in 1962, and the University’s degrees — the Master of Science of Strategic Intelligence and the Bachelor of Science in Intelligence — are authorized by Congress. Dr. Shaw received his B.S. from Western Michigan University in 1973, M.S. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in 1975, and a Ph.D. from Syracuse University in 1978. His principal areas of study were geology and mathematics. After serving briefly as a lecturer at the University College at Syracuse University, he joined the petroleum industry in a variety of research, development and exploration positions. He later formed and was the managing partner of an energy-consulting firm in Houston, Texas. In 1991 Dr. Shaw joined the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Washington and Washington, DC. Dr. Shaw was a senior advisor in the Field Intelligence Element where he managed several research and special programs. Dr. Shaw served as a senior analyst in the DCI Environmental Center and was subsequently appointed as deputy national intelligence officer for Science and Technology to the National Intelligence Council. He also served as senior advisor in the Analysis Group of the CIA Information Operations Center. Dr. Shaw’s primary research focus is on threats to national security arising from globalization of science and technology, evaluating disruptive consequences of adversarial technology adaptations, examining geostrategic resource issues, and identifying frameworks for effective collection, warning, and analysis.
Suzanne M. Vautrinot
Kilovolt Consulting, Inc.
MGen Suzanne Vautrinot (USAF Ret.) is currently president of Kilovolt Consulting, Inc., a cyber security strategy and technology consulting firm located in San Antonio, Texas. She retired from the United States Air Force in October 2013 after 31 years of distinguished service, including as Major General and Commander, 24th Air Force, Air Forces Cyber and Air Force Network Operations from April 2011 to October 2013 where she oversaw a multi-billion dollar cyber enterprise responsible for operating, extending, maintaining, and defending the Air Force portion of the Department of Defense global network. Ms. Vautrinot also served as director of Plans and Policy, U.S. Cyber Command and Deputy Commander, Network Warfare, U.S. Strategic Command (June 2008 to December 2010), and Commander, Air Force Recruiting Service (July 2006 to June 2008). She has been awarded numerous medals and commendations, including the Defense Superior Service Medal and Distinguished Service Medal. Ms. Vautrinot is a member of the boards of directors of Ecolab, Inc., Symantec Corporation, Parsons Corporation and the Uniformed Services Benefit Association. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree from the U.S. Air Force Academy and a Master of Science in systems management from the University of Southern California, and was a National Security Fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
David A. Whelan
The Boeing Company
Dr. David Whelan is vice president of engineering with Boeing Defense, Space and Security. David Whelan has responsibility to create, seek out and explore new technology and business growth vectors for the Boeing Company. Boeing's technology and systems span a wide range of government missions ranging from space systems to airborne systems to ground systems to undersea system. Both manned and unmanned systems have been developed to solve Boeing's customer challenges. Leveraging his in-depth knowledge of science, technology, systems and future customer requirements David enables Boeing to find new solutions to world's most challenging problems. He serves as a member of the Board of Directors for Boeing's Madrid Research and Technology Center and HRL Laboratories, the legacy R&D laboratory of the former Hughes Aircraft Company, a LLC jointly owned by Boeing and GM. Prior assignments include the Vice President-General Manager and Deputy to the President of Boeing Phantom Works, the advanced research and development organization of The Boeing Company and started his career with Boeing as the Chief Technology Officer for the Space & Communications Group (S&C) of Boeing. Before joining Boeing, Dr Whelan served as Director of the Tactical Technology Office (SES-5) of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the Department of Defense's venture capital like organization dedicated to creating new systems and technologies to support our nation's air, land, and naval forces. While at DARPA David created many legacy joint programs with the Air Force, Navy and the Army, most notably, the Discoverer II Space Radar Program, the Army's Future Combat System and the Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle. Previously he worked at the Hughes Aircraft Company as Program Manager and Chief Scientist for the B-2 Bomber Air-to-Air Radar Imaging Program. He also worked as a Physicist for the DOE"s Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) on X-ray lasers and the Advanced Nuclear Weapons program, and he started his career at Northrop where he was one of the key designers of the B-2 Stealth Bomber and contributed to the YF-23Advanced Tactical Fighter. David earned his Ph.D. ('83) and MS ('78) in physics from UCLA; He received his B.A. ('77) from UCSD. He has numerous publications on electromagnetic radiation, laser plasma phenomena and Defense systems. He holds 14 patents on navigation systems, radar systems, antenna, and low-observable technology. He is currently a member of the National Academy of Engineering, the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board and the Naval Studies Board of the National Research Council. He is standing member of the American Physical Society, the IEEE, and the AIAA. Dr. Whelan was honored for his government service and received Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Civil Service in 2001 and the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service in 1998.