Executive Director

Jim is an Army veteran, a relentless learner, a mountaineer, and an intrepreneur. Simply put, he enjoys challenges and thinking about wild and practical ways to solve problems, especially…

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…

Chief Financial Officer

Mikhail is an Aerospace & Defense consultant by day and a historian at night.  He spends most of his free time trying to reconcile the past with the future…

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…

DEF 2016 Director

Max is an adventurer of China and the sea. He co-founded ProMazo.com, which connects university students with virtual consultant opportunities to…

DEF 2016 Director

Suneal grew up in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania and served as a naval officer onboard USS O’Kane and USS Russell, both based in beautiful Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Convinced that the military needs to…

Senior Leaders Liason/Recruitment

Scott has been working in the Defense Industry for over 20 years. Currently a Vice President at Booz Allen Hamilton, Scott leads the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) and OSD Acquisition…

DEF[x] Director

Karen Baker is an Army officer who lives in Arlington, VA with her husband and two children. She is a Ph.D who enjoys disruptive discussions concerning leadership and complexity theories,…

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.

Founder and Chairman of the Board

Ben is a naval officer and in his spare time, wonders what the world would be like if the status quo was just a bit different.  Intellectual influences include…

Board Member

Micah is a full-time Naval Officer, husband, and father, who in his "spare" time enjoys connecting with and encouraging people who are pursuing their passions…