Interim President

Mr. Morgan Plummer serves as a Visiting Senior Research Fellow at National Defense University and Chief Operating Officer of the National Security Technology Accelerator Program (MD5/NSTA) at the…

Chief Operating Officer

Ben is a full-time Army officer in Washington, DC. His interest in defense innovation began while writing his masters thesis on the need for militaries to constantly innovate to support the power…

Chief Membership Officer

Kristen R. Hajduk is a fellow with the International Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies with expertise in counterterrorism, special operations, strategic war-…

Chief Marketing Officer

Jer is inquisitive, creative and loves a good challenge. His belief in identifying individuals’ strengths and encouraging diversity evolved from leading Air Force teams around the world. He enjoys…

Chief Financial Officer

Harlan is an active duty enlisted Army transporter whose intellectual curiosity led him to DEF. Knowledge is the equilibrium of opposing ideas. He is currently pursuing a Master's Degree in…

Operations Director

Chloe is a veteran of the Hacking for Defense program and a graduate of Georgetown University. She's an avid language learner and problem solver. She enjoys…

Dispatch Editor

Justin is an officer in the National Guard and graduate student. He believes today’s security environment requires a Department of Defense able to rapidly adapt to new environments and problems.…

Annual Conference Director

M. Lyla Kohistany served on active duty from 2001 to 2007 as a Naval Surface Warfare and Intelligence officer, deploying to Bagram in 2005 as a counter-terrorism analyst. An…

Agora Director

Gary M. Klein is an Army officer stationed at Fort Leavenworth, KS. He is currently a student in the Army's School of Advanced Military Studies but his passion…

DEF[x] Director

Jen is passionate about enabling change within the national security enterprise. She loves to connect people so they can work together to find innovative ways to solve problems. She is also…

Cloud Advisory Director

Husband, Father, U.S. Army Strategist and design enthusiast. Kelly's passion is finding new ways to understand old problems and bring about solutions that create an advantageous path against…

Web Developer