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DSI strives to provide the most up to date, mission-relevant discussion topics for our Summits and Symposiums. In order to assure that we are providing the best subject content possible, our Advisory Board Members have volunteered to share their respective insight and expertise with us. Our Board Members are on a volunteer basis only, and have no direct affiliation with DSI. We are truly grateful to have their support and guidance as we strive to continually create truly effective meetings for all. We are proud to introduce several of our select Board Members:
THE HONORABLE DR. JOHN HILLEN. From 2005 – 2007, Dr. Hillen served as the Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs in the Bush administration. In that capacity he was the senior State department official responsible for coordinating America’s diplomatic strategy with its military operations. He was also responsible for overseeing the department’s policies in the areas of international security, security assistance, military operations, weapons removal and abatement, and defense trade. He was unanimously confirmed by the Senate. His work standing up the US’s whole-of-government Counterinsurgency capability and strategy is profiled in Wall Street Journal reporter Nathan Hodge’s recent book Armed Humanitarians. Prior to his business career, Dr. Hillen worked as a military policy expert and also served for twelve years as an Army officer. He is the author or editor of several books on international security and has been published in dozens of leading journals and newspapers including the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. A veteran of several think tanks including the Council on Foreign Relations and CSIS, he was for many years a contributing editor at National Review (where he still serves as an NR board member) and an ABC News commentator. During his time in the Army, Hillen was a reconnaissance and special operations officer in Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. He has been decorated for his actions in combat, one episode of which is recounted in the recent military memoir Warrior’s Rage, by Douglas Macgregor. He is a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Council on Foreign Relations, and a number of other professional organizations. He currently serves on the Chief of Naval Operations Executive Panel, the federal advisory committee supporting the head of the US Navy. Dr. Hillen serves on a number of philanthropic and non-profit boards, is a director of Oceus Networks Inc, and is a member of the Young President’s Organization (YPO). A member of the executive committee of the board of the Professional Services Council, he is widely recognized as an industry leader in the government contracting field and was recently selected as one of the “Top Twenty People to Watch” by ExecutiveBiz magazine and was the subject of a recent cover story in Smart CEO Magazine. Hillen is a 2011 Federal Computer Week “Fed 100” award winner and was a finalist for the GovCon Executive of the Year award in 2009. Prior to his appointment in the administration, Dr. Hillen served as the President of what is now CGI Federal Inc, the cleared American subsidiary of Canadian IT firm CGI, Inc. (NYSE: GIB). Previously he was the head of the $415 million defense and intelligence business at American Management Systems Inc. (NASDAQ: AMSY), which was sold to CACI International (NYSE: CAI) in 2004. Prior to that he was the Chief Operating Officer of Island ECN, Inc., a $500M+ financial services firm in New York City Dr. Hillen is a trustee of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, the Foreign Policy Research Institute, Hampden-Sydney College, and the Committee on Economic Development. He graduated from Duke University, holds a Master’s Degree from King’s College London, a doctorate from Oxford, and received his MBA from the Johnson School of Management at Cornell.
REAR ADMIRAL RICHARD R. JEFFRIES (RETIRED). Rear Admiral Jeffries began his naval career in 1976 through the Armed Forces Health Professional's Scholarship Program and earned his BA from Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He completed graduate studies at the University of Colorado in secondary education, earning a State of Colorado teaching certificate. He graduated from the College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery in Des Moines, Iowa in 1979.Jeffries completed an internship and Family Medicine residency at Naval Hospital Pensacola, Fla. in 1982 and immediately attained board certification from the American Board of Family Practice. His first staff assignment was to Branch Naval Hospital Twenty-nine Palms, Calif., where he received appointments as head, Family Practice Department, acting director Clinical Services, and chief, Medical Staff. In August 1984 Jeffries was transferred to the Department of Family Medicine at Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton, serving as staff Family Physician, Residency Faculty and Clinic director. In 1986 he was promoted to director, Residency Training where he attained board certification in Family Practice from the American Osteopathic Board of General Practice and Fellow, American Academy of Family Physicians. Jeffries is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, Association of Military Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons (Past President), Uniformed Services Academy of Family Physicians, American Osteopathic Association, and the Association of Military Surgeons of the United States. In August of 1990 he served in Operation Desert Shield as Artillery Regimental surgeon, 11th Marines. While in theater he was deputy then acting division surgeon. A year later he was assigned to the 1st Marine Division as division surgeon. In December 1992 he was appointed Marine Forces Central Command and I Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward) force surgeon for Operation Restore Hope, Somalia. In the summer of 1993 Jeffries was re-assigned to Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton as Family Practice Department head and Residency Program director. In 1996 he was appointed chairman, Executive Committee of the Medical Staff and completed his tour as director, Medical Services. In October 1998 he reported to Marine Forces Pacific, Camp Smith, Hawaii, as the force surgeon. In April 2000 he assumed duties as the deputy commander for Clinical Services at Tripler Army Medical Center until April 2003 when he assumed command at Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton. In August 2005 Jeffries reported to the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery as the deputy chief for Future Plans and Strategies. Soon after his arrival, Jeffries was deployed as the JFMCC surgeon in support of Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. From November 2005 to July 2007 Jeffries was medical officer to the Marine Corps. He then assumed command of National Naval Medical Center and Regional Commander Navy Medicine National Capitol Area in Bethesda. In August 2008 he returned to Headquarters U.S. Marine Corps where he he served his last assignment before retirement in 2011. Jeffries’ personal decorations include the Legion of Merit with four Gold Stars, Bronze Star, Joint Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with one Gold Star, Combat Action Award, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Navy Unit Commendation, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Bronze Star, Army Order of Military Medical Merit, and Artillery Order of Saint Barbara.
REAR ADMIRAL ED WINTERS (USN, RETIRED). Rear Admiral Ed Winters was born June 26, 1956 in Hanover, N.H. In June 1960, his family moved to Largo, Fla. He graduated from the University of West Florida in Pensacola in May 1979 with a Bachelor's of Science degree.He worked as a marine biologist for the Environmental Protection Agency for a year before attending Officer Candidate School in Newport, R.I. After his commission as an ensign in the U.S. Navy, he reported to Basic Underwater Demolition/Sea, Air, Land (SEAL) training in Coronado, Calif. He graduated with Class 112 in May 1981 and received further specialized training in the SEAL Delivery Vehicle. In October 1981, Ensign Winters began his career as a SEAL by reporting as platoon commander to Underwater Demolition Team (UDT) 22 in Virginia Beach, Va. While LT(jg) Winters was deployed in Lebanon for six months 1982-83, UDT 22 was disestablished and he became a plank owner of the newly-established SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team TWO. LT Winters transferred to Naval Special Warfare Development Group (NSWDG) in Dam Neck, Va in December 1983 where he was assigned as Assistant Squadron Commander, NSWDG Operations Officer and Squadron Commander. In April 1989 LT Winters was assigned to U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) in Tampa, Fla., as the Joint Special Operations Command’s first liaison and action officer to USSOCOM. Following his assignment to USSOCOM, in August 1991 LCDR Winters was assigned to SEAL Team 4 in Virginia Beach as the Executive Officer. LCDR Winters attended the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif., in June 1993 and 18 months later earned a master’s degree in National Security Affairs – Special Operations and Low Intensity Conflict. CDR Winters returned to NSWDG in February 1995 as the current operations officer and then the operations officer until March 1998 when he assumed command of SEAL Team 4. During this assignment he deployed throughout Latin America and then to Bosnia-Herzegovina as the deputy commander of a Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force for four months. Departing SEAL Team 4 in March 2000, CDR Winters returned to Bosnia-Herzegovina for a one-year deployment as commander of a classified joint task force. In May 2001 Captain Winters reported to Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) at Fort Bragg, N.C., serving as the deputy operations officer. During his tour of duty he deployed four times with a classified Joint Task Forces (JTF) in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), including one deployment as the JTF commander. In August 2003 he returned to NSWDG and took command. During his tour of duty he deployed four more times with the JTF in support of OEF. Following his command tour, he was assigned in January 2006 to USSOCOM as Director, Interagency Task Force at the Center for Special Operations. Also, while assigned to USSOCOM, from April 2007 to June 2008 Winters deployed to Iraq as commander, Iraqi National Counterterrorism Force Transition Team. He was frocked to Rear Admiral in April 2007 prior to this deployment. From June through August 2008, RDML Winters attended the Navy indoctrination training for new Flag Officers after which he took Command of Naval Special Warfare Command from Sept. 5, 2008 to June 30, 2011. In July 2011 RADM Winters deployed to Iraq for a one year tour initially as part of the Operation Iraqi Freedom forces but remained in Iraq after the draw down as Deputy Director of the Office of Security Cooperation – Iraq (OSC-I). Upon Return from Iraq, RADM Winters returned to USSOCOM and was assigned as the Director Of Operations until he retired from active duty on 31 Aug 2013. Winters’ decorations include the Special Warfare breast insignia, Naval Parachutist breast insignia, two Defense Distinguished Service Medals, three Defense Superior Service Medals, Legion of Merit, three Bronze Star Medals, five Defense Meritorious Service Medals, the Navy Meritorious Service Medal, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and various unit and personal citations.
BRIGADIER GENERAL JAMES B. (JB) BURTON (USA, RETIRED). Brigadier General (Retired) JB Burton joined Leidos in November 2015 as Strategic Account Executive / Chief Strategist focused on integrated security solutions to complex national security threats.Before joining Leidos, JB retired from the United States Army after 31 years of honorable service. His final assignment in uniform was as Commanding General of the United States Army’s 20th CBRNE Command where he led the organizational and operational transformation of the nation’s only fully integrated CBRNE formation responsible for combatting the full range of CBRNE threats and hazards globally. Commissioned as an Infantry Officer, JB has led combined-arms formations in operational deployments at every stage of his military career. JB’s military service has taken him to Panama, Somalia, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Iraq, Afghanistan, Korea and Germany in addition to numerous countries across Europe, Asia and the Middle-East, and a number of diverse assignments within the United States. His key operational assignments include Deputy Commanding General for the 2nd Infantry Division in the Republic of Korea, where he led transformative approaches to training and readiness for Combatting Weapons of Mass Destruction, and Commanding Officer for the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, of the First Infantry Division in Baghdad, Iraq. His key staff assignments include Deputy Director for Operations on the Joint Staff, Special Assistant to the Secretary of Defense, and Deputy Secretary of Defense, Executive Officer to the Deputy under Secretary of the Army, and Director of the Commanding General’s Initiatives Group, HQ United States Army Europe, and NATO Land Component Command-Heidelberg. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Middle Tennessee State University, a Master’s Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College, a Master’s Degree in Military Art and Science from the United States Army’s School of Advanced Military Studies, and a Master’s Degree in Human Resource Management from Webster’s University.
COL GREG H. PARLIER, (USA, RETIRED). COL Parlier is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point where he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant of Air Defense Artillery in 1974. His operational assignments include nearly eight years with the 82d Airborne Division during three tours, which span every rank from Second Lieutenant through Lieutenant Colonel.As a Battalion Operations Officer and Executive Officer from 1989 to 1991, he directly participated in or supported four combat and deployment operations: “Prime Chance”(the Kuwaiti Tanker reflagging operation in the Persian Gulf); “Just Cause”(Panama); and “Desert Shield”and “Desert Storm”(the Persian Gulf). Units that he led during previous assignments as a Platoon Leader and Battery Commander participated in Operations “Eagle Claw”(the failed attempt to rescue American hostages held in Teheran), “Urgent Fury”(Grenada), and “Golden Pheasant”(Honduras). He has served in key Air Defense staff positions at battalion, brigade, and division in the 82d, and also in G-3 Operations at XVIII Airborne Corps. With a distinguished career of service, several of COL Parlier’s assignments included the following: In August 2002, Colonel Parlier assumed a critical Army Acquisition Corps position in his fifth Operations Research/Systems Analysis (ORSA) assignment as the Director for Transformation and Principal Assistant Deputy to the Commander for Systems Support, US Army Aviation and Missile Command. From 1992 to 1994, he commanded the Army’s only forward-deployed Corps short-range ADA unit, the 5thBattalion, 2d Air Defense Artillery Regiment in V Corps, which he organized, force modernized, and relocated from Crailsheim to Bamberg, Germany. From 1996 to 1998, he served on the Army Staff in the Office of the Chief of Staff as chief of the new Resource Planning and Analysis Division (RPAD) which he formed to support the Quadrennial Defense Review in 1996. His organization adapted dynamic strategic planning to the Army’s Planning Programming Budgeting Execution System (PPBES), pioneering the implementation of Dynamic Strategic Resource Planning to develop strategic resource plans and chart a viable, fiscally responsible path to ensure the Army meets the needs of the Nation in the early decades of the 21stCentury. He initiated, directed, and participated in a wide variety of strategic studies and provided the leadership and guidance to design, develop, coordinate, integrate, and defend resource plans and assessments for the Army’s 6-year, $400 billion fiscal and manpower program. Colonel Parlier earned an MS in ORSA Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School in 1983, an MA in National Security Studies from the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University in 1988, and is working toward completion of a PhD in Systems Engineering initiated at the University of Virginia. Just priorto selection for battalion command in 1991, he competed for andwas designated an Academy Professor in the newly-created Department of Systems Engineering at West Point. He was a National Defense Fellow in Defense and Arms Control Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1995 and has attended MIT’s Sloan School of Management Executive Series on Management, Innovation and Technology and Harvard’s Program on Leadership for Senior Executives. His articles have been published in professional journals and technical publications, and he has presented numerous papers on military operations research, Army manpower and officer personnel policy, and national security resource challenges at a variety of national and international conferences and symposia during the past 15 years. Among his military qualifications, Colonel Parlier is a Distinguished Graduate of the Marine Corps Command and Staff College and a graduate of the Army War College. He is a master parachutist and has been designated a Joint Specialty Officer (JSO), Battle Staff Officer, and Army Strategist. He is a registered Professional Engineer and earlier in his career competed for a NASA position as an Army Astronaut Candidate. He is the recipient of several foreign awards and honors; among his more than 25 US awards and decorations are the Bronze Star, and multiple awards of the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, and Army Commendation Medal.
COL WILLIAM ('BILL SWEET') TART, (USAF, RETIRED). Bill 'Sweet Tart' is a retired Air Force Colonel who spent much of his 25 year career flying combat, combat support and conducting sensitive reconnaissance operations worldwide. As an Air Force weapons officer, squadron commander, and later operations group commander, he was at the forefront of quick reaction capabilities in SIGINT, GMTI, SEAD, hyper/multispectral sensors and advanced weapons.He was an MQ-1 Predator pilot and his Airmen at Creech annually flew over 300,000 combat flying hours per year, trained 200+ new crews, and conducted numerous firsts in airspace integration and mission types. Later, as the RPA Capabilities Division Chief in the Pentagon, he worked with AFRL, DARPA PMs, Intel community end users, and combatant commander staffs mating requirements to vision and he worked with all the service unmanned air branches to ensure we capitalized on synergies and lessons learned where possible. He was the author of the RPA Vector, which is the Air Force’s 25 vision for unmanned capabilities. Since his retirement last year, he participates in special committees working on detect and avoid, joined the board of the DC Chapter of AUVSI, and now serves as the senior director for ASRC Federal’s unmanned segment focused on services by unmanned air vehicles and services for unmanned air vehicles.
DR. CATERINA LASOME (USA, RETIRED). Dr. Lasome is the President and Chief Executive Officer at iON Informatics, LLC, a women and veteran owned small business that provides health management and informatics consulting services in both the public and private sectors.Dr. Lasome is a health informatics domain expert with over 25 years experience in both the government and commercial sectors. She most recently served as the Chief Operating Officer for the Open Source Electronic Health Record Agent (OSEHRA). Prior to her roles at iON Informatics and OSEHRA, Dr. Lasome served as the Chief Operating Officer for the National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) Center for Biomedical Informatics and Information Technology. In this capacity, she played a critical role in the development of the NCI’s Cancer Biomedical Informatics Grid, better known as caBIG®. She is also a member of the National Quality Forum’s Health Information Technology Advisory Committee (HITAC) as well as the Co-Chair of its Quality Data Model Subcommittee. Dr. Lasome is a retired Lieutenant Colonel from the U. S. Army Medical Department. Her career spanned 23 years and included assignments as Clinical Staff and Head Nurse roles in community and field hospitals as well as tertiary medical centers, and Chief, Nursing Informatics, Walter Reed Army Medical Center. She further served as Deputy CIO for Clinical Informatics & Telehealth, Tripler Army Medical Center; Chief, Healthcare Informatics & Inpatient Requirements and Chair, NATO Chiefs of the Military Medical Services (COMEDS) Medical Communications and Information Systems (MedCIS) Expert Panel. Dr. Lasome served as Principal Investigator for a $3.011M Congressionally directed and funded two-year study aimed at identifying usability issues associated with automated clinical practice guidelines (aCPG) and developing and testing prototype systems for speed, accuracy, provider satisfaction and clinical decision-making efficacy. She is credited with helping to spearhead the health and clinical systems vision for the Military Health System’s (MHS) $4.3B electronic health record supporting 9.2 million beneficiaries and 120K Department of Defense (DoD) healthcare providers in over 342 hospitals and clinics worldwide for inpatient functions. Dr. Lasome received her PhD in Healthcare Informatics at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. She served as an Advisor to the Johns Hopkins University HITECH-funded Curriculum Development Center Grant program. She currently holds an appointment to the National Quality Forum’s Health Information Technology Advisory Committee (HITAC) and recently served as the Co-Chair for the Quality Data Model subcommittee to HITAC. Dr. Lasome’s military awards and decorations include the Order of Military Medical Merit, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Surgeon General’s 9A Proficiency Designator for Informatics, the Meritorious Service Medal (3 Oak Leaf Clusters), the Army Commendation Medal (2 Oak Leaf Cluster), the Army Achievement Medal (5 Oak Leaf Cluster), the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Korean Defense Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the Expert Field Medical Badge, and the Air Assault Badge. Dr. Lasome is a 2011 Fellow of the American Council for Technology and Industry Advisory Council (ACT-IAC) IT Partners Program. She has been a member of the Healthcare Information Management and Systems Society (HIMSS) since 1998 and is a Certified Professional in Healthcare Information Management Systems (CPHIMS). She has been an active member of the HIMSS National Capitol Area chapter since 2006 and currently services as the Co-Chair of the HIMSS Student Mentorship Program. Dr. Lasome was recently elected to a four-year term on the Board of Directors for the American Nursing Informatics Association (ANIA) and serves as the Region IV Director.
DR. JOE GUERCI. Dr. Guerci has over 30 years of experience in advanced technology research and development in government, industrial, and academic settings. His government service included a 7 year term with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in which he held the positions of Program Manager, Deputy Office Director, and finally Director of the Special Projects Office (SPO). In these capacities, Dr. Guerci was involved in the inception, research, development, execution, and ultimately transition of next generation multidisciplinary defense technologies.Dr. Guerci is a recognized leader in the research and development of next generation sensor and communication systems. In addition to authoring over 100 peer reviewed articles, he is the author of several popular books including Space-Time Adaptive Processing for Radar (Artech House, 2003), and the recently published Cognitive Radar, (Artech House, 2010). Dr. Guerci is the recipient of the Warren D. White Award from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)for “Excellence in Radar Adaptive Processing and Waveform Diversity”, and is a Fellow of the IEEE for “Contributions to Advanced Radar Theory and its Embodiment in Real-World Systems”. He has also recently been appointed the General Chair for the 2015 IEEE International Radar Conference, and been selected to serve as Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing, and as the Radar Series Editor for Artech House publishers. A graduate of NYU Polytechnic Institute with a Ph.D.E.E, Dr. Guerci has held adjunct professorships in engineering and applied mathematics at The City University of New York, Polytechnic University, The Cooper Union for Advancement of Art and Science, and Virginia Tech. Additionally, he has held senior engineer and scientist positions in industry and was Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for SAIC’s $2B+/year Research, Development, Test & Evaluation (RDT&E) Group, and is currently a member of several industrial, academic, and government advisory boards.
Emeritus Board Member
AMB JAMES FRANKLIN JEFFREY. Ambassador James F. Jeffrey retired from the Foreign Service with the rank of Career Ambassador in June, 2012. At present he is the Philip Solondz distinguished visiting fellow at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, a Visiting Instructor at George Washington University, consultant, and member of the Secretary of Defense’s Defense Policy Board. Ambassador Jeffrey has held a series of senior posts in Washington, D.C., and abroad. Prior to his service as Ambassador in Ankara, 2008-2010, and Baghdad 2010-2012, he served as Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor in the George W, Bush Administration. Previously he served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs at the Department of State, where his responsibilities included leading the Iran policy team and coordinating public diplomacy. Earlier appointments included service as Senior Advisor on Iraq to the Secretary of State; Chargé d’affaires and Deputy Chief of Mission in Baghdad; Deputy Chief of Mission in Ankara and Kuwait; Ambassador to Albania, and Deputy Coordinator for Bosnia. A former infantry officer in the U.S. Army, Ambassador Jeffrey served in Germany and Vietnam from 1969 to 1976. His wife Gudrun and he have two children, Julia, and Jahn, who is currently posted with the Department in Kabul. Ambassador James F. Jeffrey retired from the Foreign Service with the rank of Career Ambassador in June, 2012. At present he is the Philip Solondz distinguished visiting fellow at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, a Visiting Instructor at George Washington University, consultant, and member of the Secretary of Defense’s Defense Policy Board. Ambassador Jeffrey has held a series of senior posts in Washington, D.C., and abroad. Prior to his service as Ambassador in Ankara, 2008-2010, and Baghdad 2010-2012, he served as Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor in the George W, Bush Administration. Previously he served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs at the Department of State, where his responsibilities included leading the Iran policy team and coordinating public diplomacy. Earlier appointments included service as Senior Advisor on Iraq to the Secretary of State; Chargé d’affaires and Deputy Chief of Mission in Baghdad; Deputy Chief of Mission in Ankara and Kuwait; Ambassador to Albania, and Deputy Coordinator for Bosnia. A former infantry officer in the U.S. Army, Ambassador Jeffrey served in Germany and Vietnam from 1969 to 1976. His wife Gudrun and he have two children, Julia, and Jahn, who is currently posted with the Department in Kabul.