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General James C. McConville
Chief of Staff
Gen. James C. McConville assumes duties as the 40th chief of staff of the U.S. Army, Aug. 9, 2019, after most recently serving as the 36th Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army.
He is a native of Quincy, Massachusetts, and a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York. He holds a Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology and was a National Security Fellow at Harvard University in 2002.
McConville’s command assignments include commanding general of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), where he also served as the commanding general of Combined Joint Task Force-101, Operation Enduring Freedom; deputy commanding general (Support) of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), where he also served as the deputy commanding general (Support) of Combined Joint Task Force-101, Operation Enduring Freedom, commander of 4th Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, Operation Iraqi Freedom; commander of 2nd Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault); and commander of C Troop, 2nd Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division (Light).
His key staff assignments include the U.S. Army deputy chief of staff, G-1; chief of Legislative Liaison; executive officer to the vice chief of staff of the Army; G-3 for 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault); J5 strategic planner for U.S. Special Operations Command; S-3 for 25th Combat Aviation Brigade; S-3 for 5th Squadron, 9th Cavalry; and S-3 for Flight Concepts Division.
McConville is a senior Army aviator qualified in the AH-64D Longbow Apache, OH-58 Kiowa Warrior, AH-6, AH-1 Cobra and other aircraft. His awards and decorations include two Distinguished Service Medals, three Legions of Merit, three Bronze Star Medals, two Defense Meritorious Service Medals, three Meritorious Service Medals, two Air Medals, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, two Army Commendation Medals, four Army Achievement Medals, the Combat Action Badge, the Expert Infantryman’s Badge, the Master Army Aviator Badge, the Air Assault Badge, the Parachutist Badge, and the Army Staff Identification Badge.Read More
Mission Account Manager, Army
Dan Kunze is the Mission Account Manager for ServiceNow’s Army business. In this role, he is responsible for developing ServiceNow’s strategy as it relates to the United States Army. He comes to this position after serving more than a decade in uniform across Army Active Duty, National Guard and Reserve. Dan has a unique understanding of the issues which impact our Soldiers and our Army. In addition to his military experience, he brings a decades long corporate experience working directly with Fortune 500 executives as well as Department of Defense executives in delivering enterprise scale outcomes. Through his experiences and passion for supporting the Army, he has become a leading voice in delivering quality outcomes for the Army’s most important asset: It’s People.
Kevin Baron is the founding executive editor of Defense One. Baron has lived in Washington for 20 years, covering international affairs, the military, the Pentagon, Congress, and politics for Foreign Policy, National Journal, Stars and Stripes, and the Boston Globe, where he ran investigative projects for five years at the Washington bureau. He is a frequent on-air contributor and previously was national security/military analyst at NBC News & MSNBC. Baron cut his muckraking teeth at the Center for Public Integrity and he is twice a Polk Award winner and former vice president of the Pentagon Press Association. He earned his M.A. in media and public affairs from George Washington University, his B.A. in international studies from the University of Richmond, and studied in Paris. Raised in Florida, Baron now lives in Northern Virginia.
VP of Business Development
In her current role as Vice President of Business Development at Defense One, Laurie Diamond works closely with defense and national security thought leaders. In doing so she assists with conveying their messaging and innovative solutions to top leaders and communities in the defense space. Prior to Defense One, she has 28+ years of experience serving in leadership and management roles in marketing, DoD business development, proposal and capture management, market research and networking. She has excelled in senior leadership positions at The Washington Post, Congressional Quarterly, Clear Channel, Alion Science and Technology and several technology solutions-based companies supporting federal and defense contracts.
Dr. Barton Halpern
Director of Army Research Office
U.S. Army Research Laboratory
Dr. Halpern was appointed to the rank of Senior Executive Service (SES) in April 2019 and assigned as the Director of the Army Research Office (ARO), at Research Triangle Park, Durham, North Carolina. In this role, Dr. Halpern is responsible for setting and executing the nationwide extramural research agenda and programs on Army focused basic research in the engineering, physical, life, mathematical, computer, and information, and social sciences to provide critical enhancements to current warfighter needs and revolutionary advances required for technological dominance of the future force with emphasis on the Army’s Modernization Priorities. The ARO research portfolio exceeds over $500 million, including single investigator research (1,700 active projects performed by approximately 3,500 researchers both nationally and internationally). The research is conducted at over 250 universities, in collaboration with the Army laboratory community.
Robert Ashley, Jr.
Ashley Global Leadership and Strategy/ (Ret) Lt. Gen., U.S. Army
Robert P. Ashley is CEO of Ashley Global Leadership and Strategy, LLC. Previously, he was the 21st director of the Defense Intelligence Agency. A retired Army lieutenant general, he served as the U.S. Army’s deputy chief of staff for intelligence, and before that was the director of intelligence at U.S. Joint Special Operations Command, U.S. Central Command, and at International Security Assistance Force and United States Forces, Afghanistan.
Donald L. Coulter (DC)
Senior Science & Technology Advisor, Army Network Cross-Functional Team
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Donald L. Coulter (DC)
Senior Science & Technology Advisor, Army Network Cross-Functional Team
Army Futures Command
Donald L. Coulter (DC) is the Senior Science & Technology Advisor for the Army Network Cross-Functional Team (N-CFT), one of eight Army Futures Command CFTs. He also serves as the Network S&T Portfolio Manager for Army Futures Command Headquarters. In these capacities, he oversees a $230M+/yr portfolio across the Network / Command, Control, Communications, Computers, CEMA, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (C5ISR) technology domains.
DC advises senior leaders and collaborates with Army, DoD, Industry and Academia partners to identify and seize opportunities to develop, integrate, and transition technologies to enhance Army technological superiority. He has previously served in a variety of roles within the US Army Combat Capabilities Development Command (DEVCOM) C5ISR Center, including Chief of Commercial Technology Integration and Evaluation, Deputy Chief Information Officer, Lead for Trusted Systems & Networks, and Lead for Mission Command Technologies.
His previous research spanned secure software engineering, cryptographic systems, distributed / mobile computing, and Human Computer Interaction. DC has a BS in Computer Science from Bethune-Cookman University, a MS in Business Administration from Texas A&M-Texarkana University, and a MS in Computer Science from Stevens Institute of Technology. He also holds (ISC)2 Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and EC Council Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) certifications.
Brigadier General Brett Funck
Director, Talent Management Task Force
Brigadier General Brett Funck graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1994 and earned his commission as an Infantry Officer. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Science and a Master’s Degree in Human Resources Administration. His professional military education includes the Infantry Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, Command and General Staff College, Canadian Forces College, and the Joint and Combined Warfighting School.
He served in various leadership and staff positions throughout his career to include: Platoon Leader, Company Commander, Troop Commander, and Team Leader; later serving as an S3 and XO in the 82nd Airborne Division, Operations Officer in the Joint Special Operations Command, Battalion Commander, and Division G3 in the 10th Mountain Division, the Fort Bragg Garrison Commander, the Deputy Commander in the Combined Joint Inter-Agency Task Force, and Chief of Staff for the 82nd Airborne Division. As a Brigadier General he served as the G3/5/7 for the United States Army Reserve Command, and later as the Deputy Commanding General of Operations and Acting Senior Commander of the 10th Mountain Division. Brigadier General Brett Funck is currently the Director of the Army Talent Management Task Force in Washington, D.C.
American Enterprise Institute
Mackenzie Eaglen is a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), where she works on defense strategy, defense budgets, and military readiness. She is also a regular guest lecturer at universities, a member of the board of advisers of the Alexander Hamilton Society, and a member of the steering committee of the Leadership Council for Women in National Security. She also previously served as one of the 12-member US Army War College Board of Visitors, which offers advice about program objectives and effectiveness.
While working at AEI, Ms. Eaglen served as a staff member on the National Defense Strategy Commission, a congressionally mandated bipartisan review group whose final report in November 2018, “Providing for the Common Defense,” included assessments and recommendations for the administration. Earlier, Ms. Eaglen served as a staff member on the 2014 congressionally mandated National Defense Panel, established to assess US defense interests and strategic objectives, and in 2010 on the congressionally mandated bipartisan Quadrennial Defense Review Independent Panel, which evaluated the Pentagon’s defense strategy.
Before joining AEI, Ms. Eaglen worked on defense issues in the House of Representatives, in the US Senate, and at the Pentagon in the Office of the Secretary of Defense and on the Joint Staff.
A prolific writer on defense-related issues, Ms. Eaglen has been published in the popular press, including in Foreign Affairs, The New York Times, Politico, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and War on the Rocks. She has also testified before Congress.
Ms. Eaglen has an MA from the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and a BA from Mercer University.
John Bryant is an executive vice president of Oshkosh Corporation and the president of Oshkosh Defense. He was appointed president in June 2016. Mr. Bryant is responsible for leading all aspects of the Company’s global defense segment, including all vehicle programs, manufacturing and operations, new product development, vehicle life cycle sustainment and aftermarket services.
Prior to his promotion, Mr. Bryant served as the senior vice president of Defense Programs for Oshkosh Defense. He joined Oshkosh Defense in 2010 as vice president and general manager of Marine Corps programs. Mr. Bryant is a retired Marine Corps Colonel with 28 years of distinguished service. As a Marine Corps program manager, he led several U.S. and Foreign Military Sales acquisition programs, including Tank Systems, Light Armored Vehicles and Expeditionary Fighting Vehicles. Prior to joining Oshkosh, he was a professor of program
management at the Defense Acquisition University.
Mr. Bryant holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Marquette University. He also received Level III certification in program management from the Defense Acquisition University.
Patrick Tucker is technology editor for Defense One. He’s also the author of The Naked Future: What Happens in a World That Anticipates Your Every Move? (Current, 2014). Previously, Tucker was deputy editor for The Futurist for nine years. Tucker has written about emerging technology in Slate, The Sun, MIT Technology Review, Wilson Quarterly, The American Legion Magazine, BBC News Magazine, Utne Reader, and elsewhere.