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H.E Anniken Krutnes

Norway's Ambassador to the United States, Royal Norwegian Embassy

Ambassador Anniken Krutnes serves as Norway’s Ambassador to the United States, a position she has held since March 2020. An expert in security policy, law of the sea and Arctic issues, Amb. Krutnes has served with the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs since starting as a trainee in 1994.

In her previous position with the Ministry, she served as Deputy Director General of the Department of Security Policy. Before that, she was Norway’s Ambassador for Arctic and Antarctic Affairs.

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Mr. John-Mikal Størdal

Director of the NATO Science & Technology Organization’s (STO) Collaboration Support Office (CSO)

Mr. John-Mikal Størdal has served as the Director of the NATO Science & Technology Organization’s (STO) Collaboration Support Office (CSO) since 1 July, 2021. The CSO is the executive office of the NATO STO responsible for coordinating, synchronizing, and supporting defense and security science and technology (S&T) activities between NATO member and partner Nations, comprising of a network of about 5,000 scientists.

Prior to this, he was appointed the Director General of the Norwegian Defense Research Establishment (FFI) in 2012– the key institution for defense-related research and development (R&D) in Norway.  Mr. Størdal previously served as the Chief of Staff, Director of Research and director of various other divisions within the FFI, since he joined the organization in 1989.

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Rear Admiral Casey J. Moton

Program Executive Officer, Unmanned and Small Combatants, US Navy

Rear Adm. Casey Moton serves as commander of the Program Executive Office, Unmanned and Small Combatants (PEO USC).  PEO USC is responsible for acquisition and sustainment of the Navy’s expanding family of unmanned maritime systems, mine warfare systems, and small surface combatants.
As an engineering duty officer (EDO), Rear Adm. Moton has served across all phases of surface ship design and shipbuilding. 
 
Rear Adm. Moton has led two major Defense Acquisition Programs.  From 2014 to 2016, he served as major program manager, LCS Mission Modules (PMS 420). From 2016 to 2019, he led as major program manager of the DDG 51 Program. Rear Adm. Moton received his commission in 1991, and Moton’s awards include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, and various other personal, service, campaign, and unit awards.

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Congressman Seth Moulton

Member of Congress

Congressman Seth Moulton is a veteran, a father, and a Democrat who represents the people of Massachusetts Sixth Congressional District.
A veteran, he joined the Marine Corps in 2001, days after his college graduation and a few months before the attacks on 9/11. He led a frontline infantry platoon in the first Marine company to enter Baghdad.

Congressman Moulton is a member of the Budget Committee, the House Armed Services Committee and is the Congressional leader on high-speed rail and other next-generation infrastructure on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

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Maj. Gen Odd-Harald Hagen

Norwegian Defense Attaché to U.S. and Canada, at the Norwegian Embassy in Washington, D.C.

Major-General Odd-Harald Hagen has held the position of Norwegian Defense Attaché since August 2021. He started his military career in the Norwegian Army in 1985. His service includes a variety of combat and construction engineer command and staff positions, chief operations at divisional level and staff positions in the Army staff and the Norwegian Defense Estates Agency. Major-General Hagen also served in KFOR, ISAF, NTM-Iraq and at HQ SACT. From November 2013 to January 2017, he served as the Chairman of the NATO Army Armaments Group.

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Mr. Olivier Cadet

Senior Vice-President, Global Operations, Americas & President. Kongsberg Maritime

Mr. Olivier Cadet is Senior Vice President Global Operations, Americas, and President of Kongsberg Maritime Inc. located in Houston, TX.  He is responsible for Kongsberg Maritime operations in the Americas region.  Prior to assuming his role in July 2018, Olivier was Executive Vice President of Products & Services, based in Norway.  In this role, Olivier was responsible for the teams managing Kongsberg Maritime’s products portfolio aligned with market demands and future trends, such as autonomous operations and digital performance.  Olivier was responsible for Kongsberg Maritime’s strategic initiative around Information Management System and Smart Data.

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Hon. Andrew P. Hunter

Performing the Duties of Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment

Mr. Andrew P. Hunter serves as Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics, and is currently performing the duties of Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment (PTDO USD(A&S)). In this role, he is responsible to the Secretary of Defense for all matters pertaining to acquisition; contract administration; logistics and materiel readiness; installations and environment; operational energy; nuclear, chemical, and biological defense; the acquisition workforce; and the defense industrial base.

Prior to his confirmation in February 2022, Mr. Hunter was a senior fellow in the International Security Program and Director of the Defense-Industrial Initiatives Group at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He focused on issues affecting the industrial base, including emerging technologies, the defense acquisition system, defense trade, and industrial policy.

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Ms. Nancy Ziuzin Schlegel

Vice President, Lockheed Martin International Government Affairs

As the Vice President of Lockheed Martin International Government Affairs, Nancy Ziuzin Schlegel leads the corporation’s diplomatic and senior executive customer engagements for the company’s growing international business portfolio. Nancy has nearly 30 years of experience as an industry leader in the international trade, global defense, and aerospace sectors, with expertise in political advocacy, exports, and trade policy.

 

Ms. Schlegel  joined Lockheed in 1992 where she directed the Corporation’s lobbying efforts in support of the international priority and must-win programs on Capitol Hill and with the Administration. Prior to coming to Lockheed Martin, she managed international aerospace and defense issues at the Aerospace Industries Association, served in the US Department of Commerce, and was a legislative aide on Capitol Hill. 

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Ms. Linda Thomson

President & CEO, Johnstown Area Regional Industries (JARI)

Since 2000, Ms. Thomson has been responsible for managing JARI, an economic development organization serving the greater Johnstown region in western Pennsylvania.  The region is home to many international companies with a noteworthy defense hub – such as Kongsberg and Kitron along with Lockheed Martin, Martin-Baker America, Leonardo DRS, and others.
 
JARI is known throughout Pennsylvania for co-hosting the annual Showcase for Commerce, a defense trade show and conference which is now in its 31st year of operation.  Set for June 1-3, 2022, the event brings together Congressional leaders with key industry and DoD participants.  JARI works closely with DoD as a Procurement Technical Assistance Center and hosts a Defense Business Council.

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Amb. Kenneth Braithwaite

Former Acting Secretary of the Navy, Former U.S. Ambassador to Norway

Amb. Kenneth J. Braithwaite was sworn in as Acting Secretary of the Navy on 29 May 2020, a position he held until 20 January 2021. He had previously served as the 31st U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Norway. Secretary Braithwaite is the first former U.S. Navy flag officer to serve as Secretary of the Navy.
During his time in office, Secretary Braithwaite led the Navy and Marine Corps during the COVID-19 pandemic. Under his leadership, the Navy and Marine Corps partnered with the United States Coast Guard to produce the Tri-Service Maritime Strategy, “Advantage at Sea.”

Amb. Braithwaite also expanded the Navy Department’s preparation for the emerging Arctic theater and reorganized the Department’s force structure with the establishment of an Atlantic and First Fleet. Secretary Braithwaite also worked to reinvigorate the Department of the Navy’s emphasis on core values of Honor, Courage and Commitment. He strengthened connections between the past and the future through his support of a new National Museum of the United States Navy and through historic ship name designations such as the in-development Constellation-class frigates, whose namesakes were among for the original six frigates that established the United States as a maritime force in 1794.

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Mr. Morten Brandtzaeg

President and CEO of Nammo Group

Mr. Morten Brandtzaeg has been the president and CEO of the Nammo Group since August 2015. Nammo is an international aerospace and defense company headquartered in Norway. With more than 2 300 employees in 14 countries, they are among the world’s leading providers of specialty ammunition and rocket engines for both military and civilian customers. Mr. Brandtzaeg began his career in the Nammo Group as Chief Financial Officer in 2004, and was appointed to the position of Executive Vice President, Missile products Division in 2009.

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Ms. Pamela Willgohs

Executive Vice President of Marketing & Sales for Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace

Ms. Pamela F. Willgohs is the Executive Vice President of Marketing & Sales for Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace, a business area within Kongsberg Gruppen ASA. After initially starting at KONSBERG in the simulation and training business, she has worked in marketing and sales within C4ISR, air defense, Remote Weapon Stations and most recently, as the lead of the Medium Caliber Turret Division within Protech Systems.  Currently, Willgohs supports strategic initiatives across the divisions within Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace.
 
Ms. Willgohs began her career as a Human Factors Engineer with the Hughes Aircraft Company, and later working International Programs for Motorola Government Systems. In addition to her extensive experience in international marketing and sales, Willgohs has years of experience in working directly with military leadership, soldiers and the acquisition organizations worldwide.

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Mr. Rolf Kjos

Deputy National Armaments Director, Norwegian Ministry of Defense

Mr. Rolf Kjos was appointed Deputy National Armaments Director January 1, 2018. Employed at the Royal Norwegian Ministry of Defense (MoD) since 1987, he has a broad background having served in the Department for Plan and Budget, Department for Personnel and Organization, Department for Plan and Finance and from 2001 to 2006 in the Secretariat of the Minister, including as press spokesperson. Before joining the MoD, Mr. Kjos served as an officer in the Norwegian Defence Headquarter/Air Force Staff from 1982 until 1987.

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Dr. William Greenwalt

Nonresident senior fellow, the American Enterprise Institute

Dr. William C. Greenwalt is currently a nonresident senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), where he focuses on the expansion of America’s defense industrial base and defense management issues. Issues include technology-transfer reform, defense acquisition and procurement reform, technology policy and innovation, and the civil-military integration of US and allied commercial and defense industrial bases. Dr. Greenwalt is also a founder of the Silicon Valley Defense Group.

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Dr. Steve Blank

Entrepreneur

Considered to be the father of modern entrepreneurship, Steve Blank is a Silicon Valley based entrepreneur. Blank is recognized for developing the customer development method that launched the lean startup movement, a methodology which recognized that startups are not smaller versions of large companies but require their own set of processes and tools to be successful.  Blank writes and teaches about customer development and the lean startup method. He is an adjunct professor of entrepreneurship at Stanford, lectures at the UC Berkeley, and is a senior fellow at Columbia University.

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Ms. Samantha Clark

Special Counsel, Covington & Burling LLP

Samantha Clark is the General Counsel at Rebellion Defense. Previously, she was Of Counsel at Covington & Burling LLP. Samantha also served in a number of senior staff positions on the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee, including as Deputy Staff Director and General Counsel for Chairman John McCain. She is the recipient of the Navy Distinguished Public Service Award, the Air Force Distinguished Public Service Award, and the Navy Superior Service Award.

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Dr. Kim Lynge Sørensen

CEO & Co-Founder, UBIQ Aerospace

Dr. Kim Lynge Sørensen is the Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of UBIQ Aerospace. UBIQ Aerospace work focuses on drone and air taxi utilization by enabling flights in adverse weather conditions. His work at UBIQ Aerospace is centred around the D-ICE technology, an autonomous icing protection solution for unmanned aircraft. 

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Ms. Sabra Horne

Entrepreneur-In-Residence. BMNT

Ms. Horne assumed her role as BMNT Entrepreneur-In-Residence in June 2021. BMNT leverages emerging technologies to build capabilities to win the next fight, whether it is countering China, battling climate change or reshaping post-pandemic civic institutions. BMNT provides a range of consulting services to help its customers solve complex problems at startup speed - sprint workshops, market research, accelerator programs, and bespoke strategic consulting. BMNT supports a broad range of initiatives, from upstart entrepreneurs graduating from BMNTs H4D university program, to mature startup companies pioneering strategic dual-use technology. Through its H4XLabs accelerator, Defense Investor Network community and FOCOM fund, BMNT has the material and logistic support infrastructure to help companies launch, grow and sustain technologies that support BMNTs mission.

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Mr. Ben FitzGerald

Partner at Lupa. Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Center for a New American Security.

Ben FitzGerald is a partner at Lupa, a private investment firm, and an adjunct senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). At Lupa, he leads the firm’s investment portfolio for technology with broadly defined security implications. At CNAS, Ben continues to speak and write on the intersection of strategy, technology, and business as they relate to national security.

Prior to these roles, Ben was the Executive Director of Strategy, Data, and Design in the Pentagon’s Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment. In this role, he was the lead official responsible for reorganizing the former office of Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics, the largest such change since the Goldwater Nichols Act of 1986.