Executive Director

Jim is a mountaineer, a nerd, and an entrepreneur. He has spent months of his life cold, wet, tired and hungry, but the more important challenges are solved indoors. He is often thinking about…

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…

Director of Membership

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

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.…

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…

Annual Conference Director

Jen is a passionate pursuer of beauty and the elegant mix of unmatched people, new ideas, and relentless energy that she found in DEF pulled her in immediately.

Agora Director

Gary M. Klein is an Army officer stationed at Fort Leavenworth, KS. He is currently a student in the Army's Command and General Staff College but his passion…

Social Media Director

Troy is a Captain in the US Army. He splits his time between Ft. Bragg and Washington, DC, and enjoys studying technology, information, and leadership as they interact with strategy and foreign…

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

Mike is a web developer based out of Valparaiso, Indiana.  He is interested in innovation in the defense industry and enjoys working on the DEF website.

Web Developer