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Fireside Chat on Innovation and Acquisitions: What Partnering Means for the Air Force

- CDT
Devvie, 1st Floor & Virtual

Maj Gen Cameron Holt
USAF, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Contracting

Maj. Gen. Cameron G. Holt is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Contracting, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, Washington, D.C. He is responsible for all aspects of contracting relating to the acquisition of weapon systems, logistics, and operational support for the Air Force and provides contingency contracting support to the geographic combatant commanders. He leads a highly skilled staff of mission-focused business leaders supporting warfighters through $825 billion of Space, Global Power/Reach and Information Dominance programs. He also oversees the training, organizing and equipping of a workforce of some 8,000 contracting professionals who execute programs worth more than $65 billion annually.

Prior to this assignment, General Holt served as the Commander, Air Force Installation Contracting Agency, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. He led an over 700 personnel agency with a total contract portfolio of $55 billion. In this capacity, he directed enterprise-wide installation strategic sourcing efforts for the Air Force and oversaw $9.1 billion in annual obligations for mission and installation requirements.

General Holt received his commission through the ROTC at the University of Georgia in 1990. He has experience in the full spectrum of acquisition and contract management across four major commands, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, U.S. Air Forces Central Command and the Joint Staff. General Holt is a joint qualified officer with multiple deployments in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Joe Lonsdale
8VC, General Partner

Joe Lonsdale is the managing partner at 8VC, a US-based venture capital firm which manages several billion dollars in committed capital. He was an early institutional investor in many notable companies including Wish, Oculus (acq.Facebook), Guardant Health (NASDAQ: GH), Oscar (NYSE: OSCR), Illumio, Anduril, JoyTunes, Blend, Flexport, Joby Aviation, Orca Bio, Qualia, Synthego, RelateIQ (acq.Salesforce), and many others. Joe has been on the Forbes 100 Midas List since 2016 and was the youngest member included in 2016 and 2017.

Before focusing on institutional investing, Joe co-founded Palantir (NASDAQ: PLTR) a global software company known for its work in defense and other industries, as well as for providing the platform to run the COVID-19 common operating picture for key decision makers in over 35 countries. After Palantir, he founded and remains as Chairman of both Addepar, which has over $2.5 trillion managed on its wealth management technology platform, and OpenGov, which provides software for over 2,000 municipalities and state agencies. More recently, he is also a co-founder of Affinity, Epirus, Esper, Swiftscale Bio, Resilience Bio, and other mission-driven technology companies, which he continues to create with his team out of the 8VC Build program. Joe began his career as an early executive at Clarium Capital, which he helped grow into a large global macro hedge fund. He also worked with PayPal while he attended Stanford.

Michael Piller
USAF, Contracting Officer

Mr. Michael Piller is the lead acquisition advisor for Air Force contracting’s support of innovation efforts. As a co-founder of the RAPIDx Liaison Concept of Operations, he has been building a culture focused on integrating the USAF’s mission focused business leaders with innovators early, in hopes of bridging the ‘valley of death’. Besides the transition of technology, it has been his mission to develop a more efficient and effective way of breaking down information stovepipes and democratizing information about innovative solutions throughout the Department of the Air Force writ large.



The novel ideas that drove the high-tech revolution — and that helped the United States build strength as a nation — were grounded in a close, mutually-beneficial relationship between the military and the commercial world. Today, those same partnerships are critical to protecting the intellectual property of American businesses and helping the country protect itself from foreign threats.

As the U.S. Air Force Deputy Assistant Secretary for Contracting, Maj. Gen. Cameron Holt is helping the service reinvigorate those partnerships at the strategic level by pushing the envelope of government acquisitions and building a culture of critical thinking among the Air Force contracting community. Find out what he’s doing and why he is optimistic about the path ahead.


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Wayne Polatkan
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Frontier Technology Inc., Vice President
Judy Ayala
Judy Ayala
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Bruce Altmann
Bruce Altmann
SonarFastAi, ceo
David Young
David Young
Hypergiant, Chief Revenue Officer
Derek Denton
Derek Denton
MDM Wound Ventures Inc, Co-Founder & CEO
Trent Edwards
Trent Edwards
MGMWERX, Director
Lynne O Hamilton
Lynne O Hamilton
Lawelawe Defense, Inc., President
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Steve Amos
HealthCode, CEO/Founder
Sergio Gallucci
Sergio Gallucci
SCOUT Inc., CTO
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Todd Kirby
Fluor, Director of Strategic Partnerships
Ken Droddy
Ken Droddy
Tagup, Director of Business Development
Karen (KK) Krause-Bencal
Karen (KK) Krause-Bencal
Activate, VP, Defense Innovation
Esteban Castellanos
Esteban Castellanos
Mira, DoD Program Manager
Liya Smolina
Liya Smolina
AWS, Air Force Account Manager
Matthew Schuler
Matthew Schuler
Saint Industries Inc, Chief Strategy Officer - PCADS HALO
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Kara Carlson
Austin American-Statesman, Reporter
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Michael Ertmer
@AUSAPittsburgh & Army AI2C
Peter Neumann
Peter Neumann
Riverside Research, Mission Engineer
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Mark Hair
Mark Hair
CEREBRAS SYSTEMS, FEDERAL LEADER
Christopher Pavel
Christopher Pavel
Western Air Defense Sector, BCC Spark Cell, Senior Enlisted Leader
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Randy Groves
Exabyte.io, Business Development Public Sector
Daniel Foley
Daniel Foley
D2IQ Federal, Sr. Strategic Account Leader
Ramon Sellers
Ramon Sellers
Siemens, National Federal Business Manager
Nelson Salas
Nelson Salas
Grug Group / JetX, Founder
Karen Fray, PMP
Karen Fray, PMP
National Security Innovation Network, National Service Portfolio Director
Dave Angeletti
Dave Angeletti
IN3/Tradewind, Ecosystem Director
Mahdi Schindelheim
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GridRaster, / Head of Enterprise Sales & Strategy
Jeff Ribel
Jeff Ribel
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