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SEPTEMBER 28, 2023
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9 AM - 4 PM ET

Join leading experts and key decision makers for broad ranging discussions on national security issues focused on Advanced Technologies, Dual Use, Investing, Joint Domain Integration, Public Private Collaboration and Strategic Threats.

Title Sponsor

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Venue Host

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VIRTUAL

$29.95

Networking Reception Host

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1030 15th St NW STE 200, Washington, DC 20005

By invitation
1pm to 4pm ET

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6:30 PM - 8:30 PM ET

By Invitation Only

VIP Reception &
Award Presentation

U.S. Capitol Building

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Host

GEN.
David Petraeus

Former Director of the CIA
2017 Megellas Recipient

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ADM Mike Mullen

Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

2023 Megellas Recipient

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Megellas Award

Presented by

GEN.
Joseph Dunford

Former Chairman of the

Joint Chiefs of Staff

2022 Megellas recipient

Congressman Pete Sessions

Congressman for Texas' 17th Congressional District at U.S. House of Representatives

C.L.A.S.S. Summit Agenda

Welcome, Overview, Acknowledgements
9:00AM ET

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Ken Peterman

Comtech

Chairman, President & CEO

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David Hamilton

Americas Future Series

Founder & CEO

A Case for Investing in National Security
9:12AM ET

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Ken Peterman

Comtech

Chairman, President & CEO

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André Pienaar

C5 Capital

Founder & CEO

Re-Imagining the Military Industrial Complex - Leveraging the Power of Networks
9:30AM ET

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Mark Gerencer

Business Executives For National Security

Chairman of the Board

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Frank Finelli

The Carlyle Group

Managing Director

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Ed Kania

FarField Partners

Managing Partner

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Samuel Cole

Stonecutter Ventures LLC

Managing Principal & Co-Founder

Robust and Secure 5G Ecosystem – Resilient Supply Chains
10:30AM ET

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Bong Gumahad

US GOV

Former Senior Executive Service (SES)

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Anirban Chakraborty

Comtech

Chief Technology Officer

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Amanda Toman

US Department of Commerce, NTIA

Innovation Fund Director

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Lance Spencer

AT&T

Client Executive Vice President - Defense

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Dr. Christine Michienzi

DoD

Supply Chain and Technology Specialist, Board & Strategic Advisor; Retired - DoD Senior Execitve

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Dwayne Florenzie

USAF

Senior Strategy Executive, Air Force Office of Commercial & Economic Analysis

AI for National Security
11:30AM ET

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Bob Hastings

Robert Hastings & Associates

Principal

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GEN (Ret) Keith Alexander 

IronNet

Chairman and Founder

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Michael Chertoff

The Chertoff Group

Co-founder & Executive Chairman and Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security

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Maj. Gen. Kim Crider, USAF (Ret)

Elara Nova

Founding Partner

Insights at the Edge & Next Generation Satellite + Geospatial Convergence
12:30PM ET

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Nicole Robinson

Comtech

Chief Revenue Officer

Moderator

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Maj. Gen. John Olson

USSF

Chief of Space Operations Mobilization Assistant (CSO MA)

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Daniel Jablonsky

Maxar Technologies

President, CEO, & Board Member

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Dr. Jon Olansen

NASA

Gateway Program Manager

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Gregg Albert

Accenture

Managing Director

Host

Strengthening the Defense Industrial Base & Speeding Innovation
1:30PM ET

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Ellen Lord

DoD

Former Undersecretary Acquisition and Sustainment 

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Rob Geckle

Airbus US Space & Defense, Inc.

Chairman and CEO

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Young Bang

ASA(ALT)

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary

Jason Rathje
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Office of Strategic Capital

Director

Defense Industrial Base and its Impact Across Those Domains
2:00PM ET

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Steve Clemons

SEMAFOR

Founding Editor at Large

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Hon Eric Fanning

AIA

President and Chief Executive Office

Dual Use Tech - Space Applications & Working with the DoD
2:30PM ET

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Jenna Bryant

Embedded Ventures

Co-Founder & CEO/General Partner

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Jordan Noone

Embedded Ventures

Co-Founder & General Partner

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Justin Fiaschetti

Inversion

CEO and Co-Founder

Investing in Non-Traditional Defense Tech Innovators
3:00PM ET

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Martin Glenn

Accenture

Managing Director, Private Equity

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David Hamilton

Americas Future Series

Founder & CEO

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Mickey Bresman

Semperis

CEO

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General David H. Petraeus, USA (Ret.) 

KKR

Partner, KKR & Chairman, KKR Global Institute

Ukraine - Historical Perspectives and the Future
3:30PM ET

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Martin Glenn

Accenture

Managing Director, Private Equity

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General David H. Petraeus, USA (Ret.) 

KKR

Partner, KKR & Chairman, KKR Global Institute

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Kim Kagan

Institute for the Study of War

President

Closing Remarks
4:00 PM ET

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Ken Peterman

Comtech

Chairman, President & CEO

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David Hamilton

Americas Future Series

Founder & CEO

Special Thanks to Accenture for Hosting Our Networking Reception
BENS National Headquarters

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM ET

By Invitation Only

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Featured Speakers and Guests

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Dr. Jon Olansen

NASA

Gateway Program

Manager

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Brig. Gen. Damon Feltman

Space Development Agency

Chief of Transport Layer

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Maj. Gen.
John Olson

USSF

Chief of Space Operations Mobilization Assistant

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Dmitri Alperovitch

Crowd Strike

Founder

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Lt. Gen. Harry Raduege, USSF (Ret.)

NCC

President and CEO

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Adam Mattina

Blackstone

Managing Director Technology and Innovations group & Deputy Chief Information Security Officer

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Martin Metz

Accenture

Global Risk and Regulatory Lead

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Melisa Godbold

Accenture

Threat Intelligence

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Shawn Duffy

Accenture

Global Lead Offensive Security

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Eric Gons

Oaktree Capital

Portfolio Cyber Lead

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Gregg Albert

Accenture

Managing Director

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