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DoDX Ecosystem Counter-Intelligence Brief: The Threat Walks Among Us


David Rader
DoD, Deputy Director

David Rader is Deputy Director in the Office of Foreign Investment Review at the Department of Defense. David’s portfolio focus is on national economic security, foreign direct investment, trade policy, and matters under the purview of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). David holds a BA in Political Science, MA in Government, JD in Corporate Bankruptcy Law, and an MS in Finance. David is a Term Member on the Council on Foreign Relations.


Katherine Koleski
DIU, Program Analyst

Katherine is a Program Analyst for the Policy Planning team at the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU). In this role, she assesses the impact of proposed U.S. policy, regulations, and statutes on the Defense Innovation Unit and the dual-use innovation ecosystem. She also assesses the impact of China’s high-tech industrial policies on domestic and global innovation and industrial development. Prior to this role, she was a Lead Business Analyst at JAB Innovation Solutions.

Ms. Koleski previously served as the Research Director for the Research Working Group and a Policy Analyst for the Economic & Trade team at the congressionally-created U.S.-China Economic & Security Review Commission (USCC). In these roles, she managed the Research Working Group’s contracted and staff research and regularly provided analysis to Congressional members and staff related to China-Latin American relations, China’s industrial policies, and China’s pursuit of cutting-edge technologies such as artificial intelligence, biotechnology, quantum information science, and 5G. Prior to rejoining the USCC, she interned at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing and served as a Research Assistant at the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), where she co-authored several publications on Chinese loans to Latin America.

Ms. Koleski earned a Bachelor of Arts from Colby College and her Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from The Fletcher School at Tufts University. She has advanced proficiency in both Mandarin Chinese and Spanish. Ms. Koleski has published several articles on China that include: The 13th Five-Year Plan, China’s Engagement with Latin America and the Caribbean, The New Banks in Town: Chinese Finance in Latin America, USCC Backgrounder: China’s 12th Five-Year Plan, among others.


Economic uncertainty doesn’t stop innovation, but it has made it more difficult for early-stage companies to secure the funding they need to grow. In response, some startups and entrepreneurs are turning to investments from foreign rivals, especially China, creating potential security problems for their businesses and for the United States as a whole.

In this session, DIU will examine critical points of entry for bad actors seeking to exploit your companies. You'll learn how to identify “adversarial capital” and protect your company from investors with malicious intent as well as how to stay alert and take proactive measures to secure trusted capital.


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Activate, VP, Defense Innovation
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Saint Industries Inc, Chief Strategy Officer - PCADS HALO
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Michael Ertmer
@AUSAPittsburgh & Army AI2C
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Riverside Research, Mission Engineer
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GridRaster, / Head of Enterprise Sales & Strategy
Jeff Ribel
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