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Public-Private Partnerships: A Human Network to Support Unmanned Systems

- CDT
Antone's, 16th Floor & Virtual

Olinda Rodas
Naval Information Warfare Systems Command, Human Factors Engineer

Ms. Rodas is an innovation leader, human factors engineer, intelligent and autonomous systems technical expert, and program manager. She couples her 15 years of experience with an educational background in Human Factors, Cognitive Science and Experimental Psychology.

She leads multiple Navy research projects, as well as the Command & Control and Enterprise Engineering (C2E2) Department’s Think Big Innovation Initiative aimed to improve Science and Technology (S&T) processes and products. Ms. Rodas have also led various communities for the Department of Defense (DoD), including the original Advanced Exploitation of Mixed Reality Community of Interest (AEMR COI) with over 40 organizations and 200+ members, and the current Innovation and Intelligent Systems Community of Interest (IIS COI).


Whitney Tallarico
NavalX, National Tech Bridge Director

Whitney has a diverse background. She has a MA in International Development Studies, was a teacher for three years, released her first musical single in 2017, and spends most of her time trying to transfer concepts from one field to the next. She serves as the National Tech Bridge  Director for the Assistant Secretary of the Navy’s Agility Cell, NavalX, and as a Program Manager for the Office of Naval Research. She specializes in identifying and cultivating projects, programs, and relationships with other federal, state, university, and private partners.

CAPT Michael Brasseur
U.S. Navy, Commodore

Captain Michael D. Brasseur co-founded and is currently serving as the first Commodore of Task Force 59, Commander, Unmanned & A.I. Integration.  Task Force 59 is dedicated to the rapid integration of Unmanned Systems and Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) into Fleet operations to deter malign activity and secure the free flow of commerce in the waters surrounding the Arabian Peninsula. Prior to standing up Task Force 59, he served as Deputy Commodore of Task Force 55. 

Before arriving in Bahrain, Michael served as the Director, for Naval Armaments Cooperation at the U.S. Mission to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the first Director of NATO’s “Start-up” the Maritime Unmanned Systems Innovation & Coordination Cell (MUSIC2).  MUSIC2 is the key integrator and accelerator for the NATO MUS Initiative (MUSI) which aims to enhance the Alliance’s capabilities through manned/unmanned teaming.  Additionally, he launched and co-chairs the NATO Maritime Unmanned Systems Innovation Advisory Board (IAB) which brings together an incredibly diverse and talented group of innovators, leaders and doers from around the world to provide advice to NATO on how best to improve, accelerate and scale the NATO MUS Initiative. 

Michael believes collaboration in diverse cross-functional teams is critical to solving complex challenges and has a history of building winning teams across all levels of government, including the White House, Pentagon and NATO. He has commanded two warships (Fort Worth LCS - 3 & Whirlwind PC - 11) and served on four others (Underwood FFG -36, Samuel B. Roberts FFG 58, Shamal PC – 13 & Deyo DD – 989) and sailed the world’s oceans with friends and Allies. 

Michael is a graduate of Vanderbilt University (B.S. Chemistry), George Washington University (M.A. Organizational Management) and The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (M.A. International Relations) and is an Honorary Practice Fellow at the Imperial College of London’s Institute for Security Science and Technology. His writings on leadership and emerging disruptive technologies have appeared in The Hill, Atlantic Council, Defense News, and the US Naval Institute among other well-respected publications. 

Michael grew up on an island, loves the ocean and is happiest when he is in, on or close to the water.  Michael is passionate about protecting our oceans and believes they are primed for innovation.


Frank Kelley
DAU, Vice President

Mr. Frank Kelley currently serves as the Vice President at the Defense Acquisition University (DAU) focusing on aligning DAU’s strategic goals to both the Secretary of Defense and Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment. Mr. Kelley continues to help build the reputation of DAU as the DOD’s primary learning institution, and oversees the development and delivery of acquisition curriculum across the acquisition workforce.

Prior to joining DAU, Mr. Kelley served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy Unmanned Systems from October 2015 – June 2018. In this capacity, he was the principal advisor to the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition on matters relating to unmanned systems across all domains—land, sea, and air.

Mr. Kelley had a 32-year career with the United States Marine Corps. Some of his most notable accomplishments were graduating from the University of Notre Dame with a degree in Aerospace Engineering and being a recipient of the Naval ROTC Donald R. Bertling Award. His career flourished as he graduated from Officer Candidate School, went on to flight training, and Mr. Kelley’s dedication to his service and country are what got him to being promoted to the rank of Brigadier General.

A morning for Mr. Kelley doesn’t start off right without a workout and espresso.


Much like commercial industry, the U.S. military is increasing its use of unmanned and anonymous systems to perform tasks that humans can’t — or shouldn’t — do. Far beyond aerial drones, these mobile-guided vehicles also operate on land, in water, or in space to reduce costs, save lives, and advance our society into a safer, smarter future. 

That’s exactly why the U.S Navy and Marine Corps have prioritized unmanned systems as key enablers for their missions. This panel brings together stakeholders from across the Department of the Navy to articulate their current challenges, explain how the Navy is adapting to overcome them, and share how they are partnering with innovative companies to adopt new capabilities in this space.


Attendees (54)

Wayne Polatkan
Wayne Polatkan
Tuloy, Chief Executive Officer
Bruce Altmann
Bruce Altmann
SonarFastAi, ceo
SA
Steve Amos
HealthCode, CEO/Founder
Karen (KK) Krause-Bencal
Karen (KK) Krause-Bencal
Activate, VP, Defense Innovation
Matthew Schuler
Matthew Schuler
Saint Industries Inc, Chief Strategy Officer - PCADS HALO
Matthew Craig
Matthew Craig
Boone Group, Client Success Strategist
RG
Randy Groves
Exabyte.io, Business Development Public Sector
Ramon Sellers
Ramon Sellers
Siemens, National Federal Business Manager
Zachary and Levy
Zachary and Levy
Cognovi Labs, Managing Director
Mahdi Schindelheim
Mahdi Schindelheim
GridRaster, / Head of Enterprise Sales & Strategy
Jeff Ribel
Jeff Ribel
Dark Wolf Solutions, LLC, Director, Strategic Accounts
Tom Dougherty
Tom Dougherty
Intelligent Waves, VP software Products
John Chapman
John Chapman
Link to Learn, President
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