President, Information Professionals Association
Since December 2017, Kevin Gates has been serving as the Vice President for Advanced Concepts at Strategic Analysis, Inc, a professional technology services and consulting company. In that role, he is responsible for managing a corporate division with contracts across the Navy, Defense Health Agency and Office the Secretary of Defense. In this role, he has day-to-day responsibility for managing contracts and workforce across the division, as well as articulating and pursuing a strategy for maintaining high standards of customer service, and growth into new technology sectors and customer sets. Prior to that, he worked as a Professional Staff Member for the House Armed Services Committee since March 2007, responsible for the Information Technology (IT) and cyber operations portfolio, as well as the Science and Technology (S&T) portfolio. Previously, he worked for 8 years at Strategic Analysis, Inc of Arlington, Virginia for a variety of clients within the DoD science & technology community (including DARPA, ONR and the Defense Science Board), as well as the Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency within DHS(S&T) and the intelligence community. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with BAs in History and International Studies, and has a MA from Georgetown University’s Security Studies Program. He is the co-author of a chapter on critical infrastructure protection in Volume III of Homeland Security: Protecting America’s Targets, James Forest (ed.), 2006.
Vice President, Information Professionals Association
David C. Grohoski
David C. Grohoski is currently serving as the Chief of Staff of the Marine Corps Information Operations Center (MCIOC) at Marine Corps Base Quantico. He is a distinguished military graduate from Michigan State University, the University of Oklahoma, the Naval War College, and the National Defense University. He is a graduate of the Infantry Officers Basic Course, Infantry Officers Advanced Course, College of Naval Command and Staff, and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. He is a retired US Army Colonel having served 28 years as an Infantry Officer in a variety of command and staff assignments. His Army assignments included: 1st Infantry Division; 2nd Infantry Division in Korea; 9th Infantry Division; 10th Infantry Division; 75th Ranger Regiment; 3rd US Infantry Regiment – The Old Guard; 5th Army; 1st IO Command; and the Army Staff. His Joint/Combined assignments included: Exchange Officer with HQ UK LAND in Wiltshire, England; the Joint Readiness Training Center; US Strategic Command (J39); and MNF-I Strategic Effects Directorate in Baghdad, Iraq. His seven combat deployments and six operations include service in: Central America, Iraq, Bosnia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Afghanistan, the Philippines, and the Horn of Africa. Mr. Grohoski’s awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Soldier’s Medal, and the Bronze Star.
Dr. Barton Boyd Brown II is a retired US Army Information Operations (IO) officer and President of Lexington Solutions Group. As a member of the first cohort of Army IO officers, Dr. Brown has planned and executed IO for conventional and special operations forces in Afghanistan, Iraq, the Balkans, and around the globe. His military IO assignments include service at the Land Information Warfare Activity as a Field Support Team Chief and later as the J3 Information Operations Division Chief for Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC). Upon retiring from the Army in 2006, Dr. Brown joined Booz Allen Hamilton, where he supported clients across the Department of Defense and Intelligence Community. In 2014 he founded Lexington Solutions Group to provide national security, strategic communication, and management consulting services to both government and commercial clients.
Rand is currently a Senior Information Scientist at the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica, CA. Prior to joining RAND, he was the acting chief technology officer of the Software Engineering Institute (Washington, DC) of Carnegie Mellon University. Before that he did a five-year tour as a Program Manager in the Information Innovation Office of DARPA where he created and managed the Social Media in Strategic Communications (SMISC) program and the Anomaly Detection at Multiple Scales (ADAMS) insider threat detection program. Rand joined DARPA from Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Laboratories (LM-ATL), where he served as Chief Scientist for the Applied Sciences Laboratory that specializes in advanced software techniques and the computational physics of materials. Prior to LM-ATL he was an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden, where he taught and performed research in applications of machine intelligence technology to a variety of problem areas including digital entertainment, automated reasoning and decision support and cyber threat detection. Before his professorship he served as a DARPA Program Manager focusing on machine intelligence and image understanding. Rand has also held research positions at the University of Maryland, Teknowledge Corporation, and the Applied Physics Laboratory of the University of Washington.
Juliana Geron Pilon
Dr. Juliana Geran Pilon is a Senior Fellow at the Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization in Clinton, NY. Previously, she was the Director of the Center for Culture and Security and professor of Politics and Culture at the Institute of World Politics, where she has taught, intermittently, since 1993. She has also taught at the Air Force University’s Culture and Language Center, the National Defense University, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, George Washington University, American University, Rochester Institute of Technology – Center for Advanced Strategic Studies, Johns Hopkins University, and Emory University. Elected as full member of the Council on Foreign Relations, she is the author of several books, including Soulmates: Resurrecting Eve, and articles ranging from international affairs to philosophy. As first Director and then Vice President for Programs at the International Foundation for Election Systems (IFES), she has designed, conducted, and managed projects related to a wide variety of democratization projects. Born in Romania, she emigrated with her family to the US; she earned a B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Chicago and was an Earhart Foundation post-doctoral fellow at the Hoover Institution