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From problem curation to capability delivery, this immersive case study discussion walks through how the DOD leveraged a Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) prototype to adapt a private sector capability, via Silicon Valley-based company, Quantifind, into a multi-agency program. Hear from the defense mission partner and the commercial vendor who partnered to collect and fuse vast amounts of unclassified, open-source data to map the activities of competitive powers in foreign countries using AI. A tech tale of transition, program leaders will share how they got a mission-ready capability into production - along with their challenges and successes.
John Stockton, Ph.D.Co-founder, Quantifind
John co-founded Quantifind in 2009 to extract signals from large, unstructured data sets for mission-driven applications. His prior academic work as a Hertz Fellow in atomic physics at Caltech and Stanford focused on quantum measurement theory and high-precision quantum metrology for magnetometry, inertial sensing, and trace gas detection. He currently leads Quantifind’s innovation efforts in AI-enabled risk intelligence and knowledge graph creation from open-source information. Recently, Dr. Stockton has helped expand Quantifind’s footprint from helping banks fight financial crimes to assisting the government in combating international threats, including programs with the US Department of Defense and Intelligence Community. He is an advocate and early adopter of Responsible AI principles.Image
Jaime FitzgibbonProgram Manager, DIU, AI/ML
Jaime is a Program Manager at the Defense Innovation Unit’s Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning (AI/ML) Portfolio and founder of Ren.ai.sance Insights, an AI-focused advisory network based in Vienna, VA. She has over 18 years of strategic advisory, program management, product development and digital transformation experience. Ten of those years tackled bringing emerging technologies such as AI into the National Security and Intelligence problem space. With a Master’s Degree in International Public Policy, Ms. Fitzgibbon served in the Department of State’s Bureau for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, worked international democracy promotion programs at a DC-based NGO and helped pass the African Growth and Opportunity Act while working in the U.S. Senate. She continues to apply her skills of sound policy development and project execution to bridging the national security and commercial technology divide.Image
William "Russ" SearsSenior Technology Officer, JIOCEUR Analytic Center, USEUCOM
Originally from South Florida, since 1984, Mr. Sears has fulfilled various roles within the DoD to include Navy SIGINTer, MITRE Multi-discipline Systems Engineer, DIA Intelligence Analyst and DIA Information Technologies Mission Support specialist. Unique positions held during this timeframe have included European Signals Analysis Laboratory Senior Analyst, CYBERCOM JIOC IT/KM Lead, DIA DIAP Team Lead, ISAF CIDNE Program Manager, USSOCOM J2 CTO, USAFRICOM J22i SIO and currently USEUCOM IDM STO.Image
Dr. Craig DudleyDivision Chief, AFRICOM
Craig Dudley currently serves as the Division Chief of US Africa Command's Joint Intelligence Command and has served previously as the Division Chief for both the Africa Division and Pan-America Division at the Defense Intelligence Agency. Dr. Dudley holds a PhD in Comparative Intelligence from the University of Botswana in Southern Africa where his researched focused on the comparative employment of Intelligence Services in countering Illicit Trafficking and Transnational Crime across the African Continent. His published works cover Comparative Intelligence and Applied Artificial Intelligence within the business of intelligence with a case study in illuminating illicit fentanyl networks using Artificial Intelligence. Dr. Dudley is originally from Washington State and holds the following degrees: Bachelor of Arts in International Politics and Master of Arts in Political Psychology (Washington State University); Master of Science in Joint Campaign Planning and Strategy (National Defense University); and PhD in Comparative Intelligence (University of Botswana).Image
George VukotichModerator, Visiting Faculty Member, DAU
George Vukotich, Ph.D. is a visiting faculty member at DAU focusing on innovation and approaches organizations can take to be more successful. In addition to his work at the Defense Acquisition University, he helps organizations and universities set up tech and innovation hubs. His prior experience includes helping the City of Chicago build 1871 which has become ranked as the #1 tech hub in the world and the University of Wisconsin add a Smart Cities and Innovation hub. He is a startup advisor and angel investor. His educational work includes being a faculty member, department chair, and dean of a college of business. He has spent time in Corporate America with organizations such as Accenture and IBM with a focus on creating the future and what it takes for organizations to get there. He is an author and has served in the U.S. military.