Mission challenges are at a pace and level of complexity not previously seen before in history. Threats are evolving and changing as rapidly as technology. The expertise and methods that worked well in the past can no longer keep pace with today’s demands.
To address these challenges, we must leverage new mindsets: collaborative, entrepreneurial and systems thinking. Join us for a panel discussion with industry leaders to learn how these mindsets and the tools that enable them can be aligned and applied together to drive the transformation our national security community needs.
OGSystems’ Immersive EngineeringTM leverages industry-leading tools and techniques, drawn from multiple disciplines, methods, and mindsets, to tackle the toughest of challenges. Please join us after the discussion for live demonstrations of Immersive Engineering in action!
Jackie is the co-founder of BMNT, which helps national security agencies solve problems through partnerships with entrepreneurs, universities and industry. She is a thought leader on public-private partnerships, called to the White House and Pentagon to contribute on topics of national security and technology. She has invested and helped start numerous companies, most recently Savonix, a cutting edge neuroscience company and Fore Dynamics, a launch services company. In her previous service in the Air Force, Jackie was a program manager for Air Force space systems and led joint programs for military and intelligence customers. Jackie has a B.S. in Behavioral Sciences from the U.S. Air Force Academy and an M.S. in Systems Engineering from Loyola Marymount University.×
John A. Thomas is the Founder of john A thomas & Associates LLC, a retired Senior Vice President & Chief Systems Engineer of Booz Allen Hamilton, and Past President of the 10,000 member International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE).
John is a leader, whether his role is as engineer, program manager, mentor, multi-disciplinary team member, or business man. He has delivered both IT and Hardware intensive systems and is a recognized developer of people. As a senior consultant, John provides systems engineering and integration services to clients across Defense, Security, and Transportation communities.
Additionally, Mr. Thomas is an executive coach and mentor to technical and management professionals and a sought-after spokesperson to both professional, lay groups, and media for systems engineering. He raises community awareness of the positive leadership impact of the systems engineer and the relevance of the discipline in addressing stakeholder’s complex and challenging problems.
He holds a M.S. degree from the Air Force Institute of Technology and a B.S. from Michigan State University. Both degrees are in Electrical Engineering.×
Andy Howell is a LUMA Institute-certified Human Centered Design instructor, and has spent several years helping government agencies address strategic issues. Andy is a retired Coast Guard officer who has performed homeland security missions in boats, ships, and aircraft. He has also worked in innovation, strategy, and research and development; developing solutions for issues relating to technology, acquisitions, diversity, and retention. He's an English major and has a Master's in Public Administration from George Washington University. Andy grew up in the marsh on the Eastern Shore of Maryland and now lives in Alexandria, Virginia with an oncology nurse and three kids.×
James A. “Spider” Marks is the President of The Marks Collaborative, an advisory firm dedicated to the development and transformation of corporate leaders and their organizations.
General Marks spent over 30 years in the United States Army holding every command position from infantry platoon leader to commanding general. General Marks has been awarded the Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit with Oak leaf cluster, Bronze Star, and multiple combat, expeditionary, and service ribbons.
Since retiring from the military, where he attained the rank of Major General, General Marks has continued his engagement in national security as an on-air military and intelligence contributor to CNN and as a keynote speaker and author addressing our dynamic geo-political environment. In addition to his corporate leadership development enterprise, Marks has led many business ventures to include entrepreneurial efforts in education, IT, energy, and primary research.
General Marks has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY and a Master of Arts degree in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia. Additionally, he received a Master of Science degree in Theater Operations from the School of Advanced Military Studies, US Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.×
Ben Levitan serves as CEO of Cedalion Partners, a Management Advisory firm. Ben serves as Board Director of OGSystems and Bricata, a cybersecurity company. Ben has more than 25 years of leadership experience in software, communications, management consulting, and private equity. Previously, Ben served as CEO of Metalogix, CEO of IMN (now Reynolds and Reynolds), Venture Partner at IQT, the strategic investment arm of the CIA and U.S. Intelligence Community, CEO of EnvoyWorldWide (now NASDAQ: NUAN), COO of Viant (NASDAQ: VIAN), Senior Vice President of Cambridge Technology Partners (NASDAQ: CATP) and, Board Director of several public and private technology companies. He attended the London School of Economics and earned his BA from Union College. Ben is an avid motorcycle rider and bicyclist and is married with three children.×
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