Corporate Officers


Dr. Jennifer Buss serves as the President of the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies. We develop meaningful science and technology policy options through discussions and forums and ensure their implementation at the intersection of business and government. She has extensive experience examining policy issues in support of NASA, and has been involved in their strategic planning processes for astronaut medical care and cancer diagnostics and therapeutics. She man­ag­es a vari­ety of OSD pro­grams includ­ing an out­reach effort for the Depart­ment of Defense to the start-up com­mu­nity across the coun­try to find inno­v­a­tive tech­nolo­gies to meet the chal­lenges faced by the Ser­vices and Gov­ern­ment agen­cies. Dr. Buss performs science and technology trends analysis and recommends policy solutions to some of the country’s most pervasive problems. She has also directed and assisted research on numerous government contracts, including systematic reviews and gap analyses. Dr. Buss is an authority in her scientific field with national recognition in her area of expertise. She is responsible for major projects requiring integration/coordination across multiple scientific disciplines.

Michael Swetnam, CEO Michael Swetnam assisted in founding the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies in 1994. Since its inception, he has served as Chairman of the Board and currently serves as the Institute's Chief Executive Officer.

He has authored and edited several books and articles including: "Al-Qa'ida: Ten Years After 9/11 and Beyond," co-authored with Yonah Alexander; "Cyber Terrorism and Information Warfare," a four volume set he co-edited; "Usama bin Laden's al-Qaida: Profile of a Terrorist Network," co-authored with Yonah Alexander; "ETA: Profile of a Terrorist Group," co-authored with Yonah Alexander and Herbert M. Levine; and "Best Available Science: Its Evolution, Taxonomy, and Application," co-authored with Dennis K. McBride, A. Alan Moghissi, Betty R. Love and Sorin R. Straja.

Mr. Swetnam is currently a member of the Technical Advisory Group to the United States Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. In this capacity, he provides expert advice to the U.S. Senate on the R&D investment strategy of the U.S. Intelligence Community. He also served on the Defense Science Board (DSB) Task Force on Counterterrorism and the Task Force on Intelligence Support to the War on Terrorism.

From 1990 to 1992, Mr. Swetnam served as a Special Consultant to President Bush's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board (PFIAB) where he provided expert advice on Intelligence Community issues including budget, community architecture, and major programs. He also assisted in authoring the Board's assessment of Intelligence Community support to Desert Storm/Shield.

Prior to forming the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies, Mr. Swetnam worked in private industry as a Vice President of Engineering at the Pacific-Sierra Research Corporation, Director of Information Processing Systems at GTE, and Manager of Strategic Planning for GTE Government Systems.

Prior to joining GTE, he worked for the Director of Central Intelligence as a Program Monitor on the Intelligence Community Staff (1986-1990). He was responsible for the development and presentation to Congress of the budget of the National Security Agency, and helped develop, monitor and present to Congress the DOE Intelligence Budget. Mr. Swetnam was also assigned as the IC Staff representative to intergovernmental groups that developed the INF and START treaties. He assisted in presenting these treaties to Congress for ratification. Collateral duties included serving as the host to the DCI's Nuclear Intelligence Panel and Co-Chairman of the S&T Requirements Analysis Working Group.

Mr. Swetnam served in the U.S. Navy for 24 years as an active duty and reserve officer, Special Duty Cryptology. He has served in several public and community positions including Northern United Kingdom Scout Master (1984-85); Chairman, Term limits Referendum Committee (1992-93); President (1993) of the Montgomery County Corporate Volunteer Council, Montgomery County Corporate Partnership for Managerial Excellence (1993); and the Maryland Business Roundtable (1993). He is also on the Board of Directors of Space and Defense Systems Inc., Dragon Hawk Entertainment Inc., and the Governing Board of The Potomac Institute of New Zealand.

Gail CliffordGail G. Clifford, CPA, MBA, CGMA

Ms. Clifford is the Vice President for Financial Management & Chief Financial Officer at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies. She is also a member of the Board of Directors. She has over 33 years of accounting, finance and management experience and has worked in various industries including insurance, government contracting, and non-profit.

Ms. Clifford joined the Potomac Institute in 2001 as Chief Financial Officer. She is responsible for all phases of financial and accounting management including: planning, billing, banking relationships, and accounting practices through appraisals of the organization’s financial position and monthly financial and operating reports. She previously held financial positions with the International Science and Technology Institute, Lance Bailey and Associates, and B.L. Seamon & Associates, Inc. Ms. Clifford graduated with honors from the University of the West Indies, Trinidad, with a B.S. in Business Management. She has a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the Johns Hopkins University, and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), and a Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA).

Ms. Clifford is a member of the Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants. She is also a member the National Association of Female Executives (NAFE), the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA), and the National Association of Professional Women (NAPW).

Senior Research Fellows

Gary BrownGary Brown is a Senior Research Fellow in the Concepts and Analysis Division.  He served for 20 years as a Marine Corps infantry officer and retired as the Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations (G-3) for the 4th Marine Expeditionary Brigade (Antiterrorism).  He served additional tours as a strategic planner with CENTCOM J5, a small-boat raid force commander, an Inspector-Instructor, and a Recruiting Station Commander.

Following his retirement, he provided concept development, strategy development, portfolio development and analysis, and technology transition and studies support to ONR, DARPA, and ASD(R&E) in the areas of combating terrorism, counterinsurgency, peace operations, distributed operations, urban operations, technology forecasting, and autonomous systems.

Gary Brown holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a Master of Science degree in Systems Technology from the University of Louisiana-Shreveport, and is a graduate of the Amphibious Warfare School, the Marine Corps Command and Staff College, and the Marine Corps School of Advanced Warfighting.

Dwight LyonsDwight Lyons is a Senior Research Fellow at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies and the Director of the Concepts and Analyses Division. He holds a masters degree in physics, served in the U.S. Army, and in addition has over 26 years providing analytical and technical support for Naval operations, developing systems and processes, operational and strategic planning, definition and management of Science and Technology (S&T) programs, experimentation, transition of successful S&T products, research program financial management, and participation in “real-world” military operations. He has worked on a number of programs, formulating and executing S&T programs, conducting technology assessments and applications to military operational needs, working with teams at ONR and DARPA, military laboratories, and operational commands, and including both near-term transitions and the development of strategic long range S&T plans. Mr. Lyons is recognized as a leading expert in the analytical and technical support of warfighting and S&T programs.

Research Associates

Luke KosloskyLuke Koslosky is a Research Assistant in the S&T Policy Division. He is the head staff member of the Center for Enterprise, Exploration, and Defense in Space. His has worked on a wide variety of contracts, focusing on research areas pertaining to technology forecasting, public-private innovation, research and development best practices, microelectronics national strategy, and public policy. He has also a graduate of the CReST program. Before joining the Institute, Luke worked for Rep. Doug LaMalfa in the House of Representatives analyzing policy and managing constituent correspondence. Prior to that, Luke interned for Senator Jim Nielson in the California State Legislature. Luke received a B S in Political Science from Santa Clara University, where he was awarded the Bernard L. Kronick Award for Excellence in Writing for his analysis of the implementation of the Dayton Accords in post-war Bosnia and Herzegovina.

SWorcester2Sabrina Worcester is currently a Research Associate for Potomac Institute for Policy Studies. She is currently working on numerous Organizational Strategic Planning initiatives providing direct support to the Military and Civilian leadership at Naval Surface Warfare’s Indian Head EOD Technology Division.

Before coming to work at Potomac Institute, Sabrina spent the past decade supporting multiple corporations such as American Systems, Qivliq LLC and TKC Communications. Sabrina has a broad skill-set to include Project Management, Research and Analysis, Contracts Management, Purchasing, Facilities Management and Information Systems Security Management.


Sharon Layani is a Research Associate in the S&T Division. Prior to this she served as Research Associate and Research Coordinator at the International Center for Terrorism Studies. Her work focused on counterterrorism, international security, and rule of law issues. She provided research support and analysis for books, such as NATO: From Regional to Global Security Provider (2015) and The Islamic State: Combating a Caliphate Without Borders (2015), and assisted on a number of counterterrorism reports and projects. Ms. Layani served on the senior staff for Terrorism: An Electronic Journal and Knowledge Base and coordinated foreign policy and national security-related seminars. Ms. Layani graduated from the University of Michigan with a double major in Political Science and Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience, and a minor in International Studies focusing on the Middle East.

Research Assistants (S&T Policy)

ChloeHiteChloe Hite is a Research Assistant in the Science and Technology Division. A recent graduate of Boston University, Chloe earned her B.A . in anthropology with a minor in economics. Before joining the PIPS, Chloe worked as an intern at the Hudson Institute, studying the proliferation and mitigation of nuclear, biological, and chemical WMD threats. She has also contributed to research efforts focused on how technological innovation impacts the economy and society at large, including research assessing technology’s place in education and the arts. Born and raised in the Midwest and influenced by parents in medical and agricultural professions, Chloe has witnessed firsthand the impact that S&T innovation and policy influence can have on both a micro and macro level.

Administrative Support

Madeleine ChowMadeleine Chew is the Executive Assistant at the Potomac Institute. She graduated from Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia earning both a B.S in Marketing from the Haub School of Business and a B.A in Communications. Prior to working at the Institute, she worked as an Executive and Government Relations Assistant at The Potomac Advocates. She aided in the research of government contracts and supported the partners with executing a variety of tasks for their national and international clients. Her other duties included overseeing policy campaigns while establishing and maintaining strong relationships with Members of Congress, key personnel and committee staff.

Herbert Hunter has worked as a Security Professional for over 25 years.   During his career in the area of security, he has performed various duties such as Personnel, Administrative support and Physical Security.   Mr. Hunter has also enjoyed the opportunity to travel overseas to countries including Japan, England and others, in support of government security missions.  He has supported a variety of government agencies including DARPA, NSA, CIA, and various branches of the military.

alexAlex Taliesen is the Director of Potomac Institute Press for the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies, responsible for graphic, video, and web content as well as publications.  He has a background in Set Design and painting for theater, as well as Graphic Arts and video production.  Mr. Taliesen has a BA in theater from Greensboro College, and a BS in Computer Animation from Fullsail University.

Management Team

Kathy GoodsonDr. Kathy Goodson is a Vice President at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies. Dr. Goodson currently manages a variety of Secretary of Defense and Naval science and technology projects related to education and training, strategy and execution, and mission assessment. She has also worked on a several efforts that tailor science and technology policy options for government customers including Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL),  Office of Naval Research (ONR), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and the Corrosion Policy and Oversight Office (CPO).  Dr. Goodson led the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) educational outreach components of a joint Potomac Institute and Office of Corrosion Policy and Oversight effort. She served as the Associate Editor of STEPS(Science, Technology and Engineering Policy Studies), the technical publication of the Potomac Institute featuring scholarly articles for policy studies communities. Dr. Goodson is a leader at promoting focused science and technology solutions to government customers.

Mike Fritze

Dr. Fritze is a Vice President at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies responsible for the Microelectronics Policy portfolio.  His current interests and activities include USG trusted access strategies, support of needed legacy technologies, DOD innovation policy and outreach to Industry and strengthening the US Microelectronics Industrial Base.  He is also the Director of the VITAL Center (Vital Infrastructure Technology And Logistics) at Potomac.

Dr. Fritze was the Director of the Disruptive Electronics Division at the USC Information Sciences Institute. (2010-2015). He also held a Research Professor appointment in the USC Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering (Electrophysics).  His research interests at ISI included Trusted Electronics, CMOS Reliability & Robustness, Low power 3DIC enabled electronics and Rad-hard electronics.  He was a Program Manager at the DARPA Microsystems Technology Office (MTO) from 2006-2010.  While at DARPA, Dr. Fritze was responsible for Programs in the areas of 3D Integrated Circuits (3DIC), Steep-Subthreshold-slope Transistors (STEEP), Radiation Hardening by Design (RHBD), Carbon Electronics for RF Applications (CERA), Silicon-based RF (TEAM), Ultra-low power Digital (ESE), Highly regular designs (GRATE) and Leading-edge foundry access (LEAP).

Prior to joining DARPA, Dr. Fritze was a staff member from 1995-2006 at MIT Lincoln Laboratory in Lexington, Massachusetts, where he worked on fully-depleted silicon on insulator (FDSOI) technology development with an emphasis on novel devices. Particular interests included highly scaled, tunneling-based, and ultra-low power devices. Dr. Fritze also worked in the area of silicon-based integrated optics. Another research interest at Lincoln Laboratory was in the area of resolution-enhanced optical lithography and nanofabrication with particular emphasis on low volume technological solutions.

Dr. Fritze received a Ph.D. in Physics from Brown University in 1994, working in the area of compound semiconductor quantum well physics. He received a B.S. in Physics in 1984 from Lehigh University. Dr. Fritze is an elected member of Tau Beta Pi and Sigma Xi. He is a recipient of the Office of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service awarded in 2010.  He is a Senior Member of the IEEE and is active on the GOMAC Conference Program Committee as well as the NDIA Electronics Division Policy Group. Dr. Fritze has published over 75 papers and articles in professional journals and holds several U.S. Patents.


Research Fellows

RWalters1Dr. Robert Walters has nearly three decades of experience in electronic and optoelectronic research and development for terrestrial and space applications. He was with the US Naval Research Laboratory for 27 years, performing and managing research and transition projects to support Navy and DOD wide requirements. Rob joins us from his role of Senior Scientist and BD for Packet Digital and their sister company, Botlink, leading the development and commercialization of the companies’ power and energy and UAS control products.

Wayne Sinclair is a Research Fellow with the Center for Emerging Threats and Opportunities (CETO). He joined CETO in November 2018 and supports the Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory.

Mr. Sinclair served for 30 years with the United States Marine Corps where his major assignments as an engineer officer included command at the platoon, company, and battalion levels. He also has extensive recruiting experience as a station commander and operations officer for the Western Recruiting Region. He was the lead planner at I Marine Expeditionary Force and the Chief of Plans, J-5, at US European Command. He instructed at the Marine Corps Engineer School and Directed the Marine Corps School of Advanced Warfighting.  His focus areas include Marine Air-Ground Task Force and joint operations planning, campaign design; force protection and counter-mine/IED operations; training and education management; recruiting and marketing, historical case study and staff ride development.  Mr. Sinclair received his BA in History from Virginia Military Institute and attended the US Army Sapper Leaders Course and the Marine Corps Amphibious Warfare School. He holds Masters Degrees from the US Marine Corps Command and Staff College, the School of Advanced Warfighting, and the National War College.

Doug Stilwell is a Research Fellow with the Center for Emerging Threats and Opportunities (CETO). He joined CETO in April 2017 and supports the Futures Assessment Division of the Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory / Futures Directorate.

Mr. Stilwell possesses extensive leadership and management experience at the military service and joint levels as well as in the defense industry. Prior to joining the Potomac Institute, he worked over five years for American Systems Corporation of Chantilly, Virginia as a Program Manager for Science and Technology Integration (Warfighter Performance, Training and Education). He previously served over 30 years on active duty in the United States Marine Corps, where his major assignments included infantry company, Battalion Landing Team, and Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) command; Director, Marine Corps Strategic Vision Group; Commander, Marine Corps Training Command; Current Operations Branch Head, Deputy Director for Operations, and Executive Assistant to the Deputy Commandant for Plans, Policies and Operations, Headquarters Marine Corps; and Chief, Joint Training Division, U.S. Joint Forces Command.

Mr. Stilwell’s education includes a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and Master of Science degree in National Security Strategy from the National War College, National Defense University. He additionally holds a Certificate in Strategic Foresight from the University of Houston. His strengths include multinational, joint, and Marine Air-Ground Task Force (MAGTF) military planning and operations; strategic planning and foresight; policy development; training and education; wargame facilitation; and integration of defense-related science, technology, research and development efforts.

Ziden1Kathryn Ziden holds a Ph.D. in Biophysics from Johns Hopkins University where she studied residual dipolar couplings as a way to elicit protein structure and dynamics using Nuclear Magnetic Resonance spectroscopy. During this time, she became interested in science policy and received a NATO Science for Peace and Security Fellowship to study Rapid Decision Making techniques in the event of a CBRN attack, as well as a Boren Fellowship from the National Security Education Program to pursue a project on alternative energy policy in India. She has worked for eight years as a S&T analyst in the government sector.

Derek Denning

Dr. Derek Denning is a Research Fellow in the S&T Policy Division. Dr. Denning obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland with a background in organic photochemistry. His research focused on the applications of photoinduced electron transfer chemistry as it pertains to photoremovable protecting groups and the photochemical reduction of carbon dioxide. Prior to that, Derek obtained his B.S. in chemistry from Saint Michael’s College in Colchester, Vermont and participated in a NSF directed summer undergraduate research program at the University of Kansas. Derek is an avid sports fan and in his free time he enjoys playing softball in spring/summer and skiing in the winter.

Mike HollandMr. Michael Hoglund, PMP, currently provides strategic planning assistance to the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Indian Head Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division (NSWC IHEODTD). This assignment varies broadly from the development of new strategic goals and objectives, implementation of non-traditional systems aimed at spurring innovative solutions, to the development of new business areas and partnerships.  Our nation has accepted risk in our energetics based weapons system development over the past several decades with our superiority rapidly declining compared to potential competitors. Mr. Hoglund is helping lead a campaign to reenergize naval energetics RDT&E to ensure the Department of Defense intelligently invests in systems that will keep our nation safe for the future.  He brings a lengthy history of government S&T and R&D program management for multiple DoD and executive branch clients.  Mr. Hoglund earned his BS in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from the College of William and Mary and a MS in Biotechnology from the Johns Hopkins University.


Adam is a Research Fellow and a member of the SPARC team. He has over ten years of professional experience supporting government clients. Adam has worked with a variety of offices, programs, and personnel in the National Capital Region with naval S&T policy analysis. He provided programmatic support for Marine Corps Intelligence S&T intergradation strategy development and delivered special studies and assessments. Adam has experience with Knowledge Management strategy and implementation, as well as Knowledge Management tools migration strategies.

Adam served seven years as a Marine Corps Infantry officer with experiences in the Middle East, Guantanamo Bay-Cuba, South East Asia, and Eastern Europe.

DriestLieutenant Colonel Charles Driest, USMC (Ret.) is a Research Fellow assigned to the TECOM (Training and Education Command) at the US Marine Corps base at Quantico, Virginia.

Lt. Col. Driest has over 29 years of experience in Marine Corps Operations, Studies and Analysis and personnel management, including six years as an instructor on the Operational Level of War. He served overseas in several high-risk posts, including Commandant of the Marine Corps Observer to the US Embassy in Nicaragua; Future Operations Officer for all Marine Forces (MARFOR) for Operation Restore Hope/ Provide Comfort in Somalia; and Executive Officer of F-Company, MSG Bn (State Department), responsible for all US embassies in Sub-Saharan Africa. Upon retirement from the Marine Corps in 1994, LtCol Driest was awarded the Legion of Merit.

Lt. Col.  Driest also has over 15 years of experience in the private sector in program management, modeling and simulation wargame design, and multinational information services.  He was formerly employed by Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) as the Exercise Team Leader for the Synthetic Theater of War (STOW), a DARPA project. He also held a position with MITRE as the Project Lead for Multinational Information Services (MNIS),  a  program designed to increase information sharing with Allies, Coalition Forces, and Communities of Interest (COIs).

Lt. Col. Driest’s awards and decorations include: the Legion of Merit, Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Navy Unit Commendation, Meritorious Unit Commendation (With 2 Stars), National Defense Service Medal (With Star), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Navy/Marine Corps Overseas Service Ribbon (With Star), and USMC Security Guard Ribbon.

    Mr. J.D. Canty is a Research Fellow at the Center for Emerging Threats and Opportunities.  Mr. Sparks joined the Potomac Institute as a Research Fellow at CETO in August of 2008.  Mr. Canty conducts research in support of Futures Assessment Division, Futures Directorate / Commanding General Marine Corps Warfighting Lab. 

     Prior to joining the Potomac Institute, Mr. Canty served over 26 years in the United States Marine Corps. His major assignments included squadron and group command, Director of the Marine Corps War College, Marine Corps University, MAGTF planner at II MEF G-5, and PACOM Area Officer, Information Operations and Special Technical Operations, J-3, Joint Staff.  He received a B.S. in Business Administration from Middlesex Polytechnic, Potters Bar, Enfield, London, U.K.  Additionally, he attended the Marine Corps Command and Staff College, Quantico, VA, receiving a Master’s in Military Studies, and the Naval War College, Newport, R.I. where he received a MA in National Security and Strategic Studies.

     Mr. Canty has extensive experience in Marine Corps and Joint operations, wargaming and case study development. 

Mr. Dailey is a Research Fellow in the Concepts and Analyses Division.  He served in the Marine Corps as a Naval Flight Officer, performing in command and staff assignments both in Fleet units as well as in the supporting establishment over a 22 year career.

Upon military retirement, Mr. Dailey entered industry supporting several U. S. Navy and U. S. Marine Corps programs.  As a system engineer, he supported the Navy’s AEGIS/Theater Air and Missile Defense program, and supported the U. S. Marine Corps’ air command and control directorate at Marine Corps Systems Command.  Before joining the Potomac Institute, Mr. Dailey supported the Marine Corps’ Warfighting Laboratory Joint Concept Development and Experimentation Division as a subject matter expert in urban operations and irregular warfare.  He now supports U. S. Marine Corps’ Training and Education Command.

Mr. Dailey holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Communication from Syracuse University, a Master of Arts degree in Management from Webster University, and is a graduate of the Marine Corps Command and Staff College, as well as the Armed Forces Staff College.  He is an Enterprise Architect as certified by California State University-East Bay and the FEAC Institute.

Chris Haliday is a Research Fellow with the Center for Emerging Threats and Opportunities (CETO).  He joined CETO in June 2012.

Mr. Haliday possesses extensive leadership and management experience in military logistics and operations, both at the staff level and in the field. During his 28-year active duty Marine Corps career, he served in a range of service, joint and combined assignments, including company, battalion and installation command, as well as with the logistic plans and policy staffs of Headquarters Marine Corps, U. S. Central Command and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. His strengths cover the areas of multifunctional logistics, particularly relating to support of Marine Air-Ground Task Force (MAGTF) operations; transportation and distribution operations; strategic planning and policy development; force structure analysis, design and planning; and installation management, including base operating support, public works, physical security, community services and military support to civil authorities.

Mr. Haliday’s education includes a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Duke University, master's degree in Security Studies from the Marine Corps University and additional graduate work in International Economic Relations at the Paris Institute of Political Studies.

Andy is a Research Fellow with the Center for Emerging Threats and Opportunities (CETO).  He joined the CETO team in October 2014 after retiring from the Marine Corps with 30 years of service. Andy was designated as an Infantry Officer.

Command tours have included platoon command in 2d Battalion (Bn), 8th Marines and 2d Bn, 2d Marines, company command in 2d Bn, 7th Marines and battalion command in 2d Bn, 4th Marines and 2d Bn, 3rd Marines. Additionally, he commanded the Marine Corps’ Training Command and the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit.  He has participated in a combat deployment as part of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), plus disaster relief missions in the Philippines and as part of operation Tomodachi in Japan.

In addition to his command time, Andy was a staff platoon commander and tactics instructor at The Basic School.  He served as an instructor and the Associate Chairman of the Physics Department at the United States Naval Academy.  Staff tours have included time with the III Marine Expeditionary Force Operations, Operations Officer for the 31st MEU, Ground Advocate for Headquarters Marine Corps and the deputy commander at the Marine Corps Warfighting Lab.

Andy holds a BS degree in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering from Penn State, and Master’s Degrees from The Naval Postgraduate School in Applied Physics and the National War College in National Security Strategy. 

Gordon O'Neill, Research Fellow, CETO

 Jack Sparks serves within the Center for Emerging Threats and Opportunities (CETO).  

Intergovernmental Personnel Assignments

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Robert Hummel

Dr. Robert Hummel formerly served as the Chief Scientist of the Potomac Institute in the CEO’s Office and is a member of the Center for Revolutionary Scientific Thought.  He is the author of the recent Potomac Institute book on “Alternative Futures for Corrosion and Degradation Research,” and is also serving customers in DARPA and OSD.  He is the principle author of the Institute’s forthcoming book on machine intelligence.  He is currently researching material sustainment of materiel that is subject to atomic degradation.

Prior to joining the Potomac Institute, he served as a program manager at DARPA for nearly nine years, managing and initiating projects in information exploitation, computer science, and sensor design.  Prior to joining DARPA, he was a tenured faculty member at NYU’s Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences in the Computer Science Department, where he did research in computer vision and artificial intelligence.  

Dr. Hummel’s PhD is from the University of Minnesota in mathematics, and he holds a B.A. from the University of Chicago, also in mathematics.



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