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Ken Carkhuff is responsible for leading the life cycle activities of assigned Small Business Professional (SBP) learning assets. He also serves as a professor for all instructor led SBP courses. He was the first DoD acquisition professional to earn the new DoD Small Business Professional Credential in May 2021.
He is a retired naval officer and former SH-60B helicopter pilot with over 2500 flight hours. He is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy (BS, Physical Science), the Naval War College (MA, National Security and Strategic Studies), the Naval Postgraduate School (MS, Contract Management) and Liberty University (EdS, Educational Leadership). He is a member of the Defense Acquisition Corps.
Charlie Mahon, DAU Learning Director, Business Acumen
Mr. Mahon is the Defense Acquisition University's Learning Director, Business Acumen. He oversees courses that aide the acquisition workforce to understand industry and he liaises with industry associations, corporations, and other associations to ensure DAU's network with these entities remains viable.
Mr. Mahon background includes naval surface warfare, antisubmarine warfare, and naval nuclear propulsion. He worked in commercial nuclear power performing engineering, plant project management, and construction project management. In defense he worked as a biometric and information technology program manager as a contractor for the Army providing the whole spectrum of procurement, development, services, and sustainment functions. He also was a liaison functions for a not-for-profit project management association and the U.S. Government.
Andrea Carpenter, Director, DON Foreign Investment Review Office
Andrea Carpenter, Director, DON Foreign Investment Review Office Andrea Carpenter has been working for the Navy since 2010. She began her career as a contractor for OPNAV in 2010 where she supported the nascent encroachment branch and Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. (CFIUS) portfolio. She then provided support to the OSD Siting Clearinghouse, recommending strategies for state-level engagements and initiatives to minimize impact to airspace from certain developments. In 2016 she began her civilian career at NAVSEA. Andrea established the encroachment management branch to ensure NAVSEA participation in critical mission impact reviews. Her efforts ensured NAVSEA testing and evaluation were considered in high profile negotiations for proposals including offshore oil and gas and wind developments. Andrea served on a rotation to ASN(RD&A) as the Deputy Director to the Foreign Investment Tiger Team and joined the ASN(RD&A) team in 2021. Andrea's areas of expertise include policy analysis and development, process improvement, team management and dynamics, and strategic communications. Andrea has a Masters' Degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a bachelor's degree from Towson University.
, Deputy Director for International and Strategic Engagements
Ike Blanton is the Deputy Director for International and Strategic Engagement with the Office of Global Investment and Economic Security (GIES), the Department of Defense's lead office for the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). Ike leads DoD's international, congressional, and domestic outreach on CFIUS, adversarial capital, and foreign investment issues. As a part of DoD's Office of Industrial Base Resilience, Ike also works on international and industry engagements on supply chain and industrial policy matters. Prior to DoD, Ike was a Foreign Service Officer with the Department of State. At State, he served in Recife, Brazil and Guangzhou, China, and worked in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research, the Bureau of Consular Affairs, and the White House Situation Room. Before public service, he was in-house counsel at a financial institution specializing in mortgage-backed securities and secured transactions. At some point in the recent past, Ike spoke Chinese (Mandarin), Portuguese, and Spanish, but please don't test his fluency. Ike holds a Juris Doctor and a few other degrees from the University of Tennessee.
Dr. Bryson Reynolds, DoD Office of Small Business ProgramsDr. Reynolds works in the DoD Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP) and oversees efforts to mitigate risk to small businesses in the defense industrial base posed by foreign, ownership, control, and influence (FOCI).Prior to joining OSBP, Dr. Reynolds worked in neuroscience research at the University of Virginia and Vanderbilt University focused primarily on neuroimaging and the biomechanics of head impact, and in STEM education at the Vanderbilt Center for Science Outreach. Dr. Reynolds earned his BS degree in Psychology from Middle Tennessee State University, and his PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Virginia.
, Monitoring & Compliance Team
Thad Phillips currently works with the Monitoring & Compliance Team (MCT) within the Office of Global Investment and Economic Security (GIES), the Department of Defense's lead office for the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). Thad has worked in a variety of roles supporting CFIUS, including case management/risk analysis, mitigation, and now with the MCT. Prior to joining the DoD CFIUS effort, Thad was an active-duty Naval Intelligence Officer for over 11 years. He completed a WESTPAC deployment on USS PELELIU in 2010, followed a tour at the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) where he worked as a liaison with the FBI, then served two tours at the Office of Naval Intelligence before closing out his Navy career with an operational tour at NAVCENT in Bahrain. Prior to the Navy, Thad was a criminal prosecutor in Florida. Thad has a JD from Thomas Jefferson, a Master of Laws in national security law from Georgetown, and an M.A. in National Security & Strategic Studies from the Naval War College.