Panel 1: The New Age of Artificial Intelligence

There are many opportunities for intelligence analysis to leverage AI, algorithms, and automation to further the national security mission. These tools improve tradecraft, levy limited resources to manage the data tsunami, and direct attention to insights that render actionable intelligence. This panel will discuss how science supports security, the role of machine learning, points of resistance, ethical implications, and the relationship between human analysts and machines.

  Dr. Andrew Brooks   Dr. Andrew Brooks is the Chief Data Scientist at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA). In this capacity, he is responsible for defining and implementing strategies related to the Agency’s use of people, data, and technology. His work is preparing NGA and the Intelligence Community (IC) to best confront and address future mission challenges.  Dr. Brooks leads the Data Corps, a team of Agency professionals who use their skills to solve data-related problems in NGA and teach colleagues to solve future data problems themselves. He also leads the Explorer Program, a team of highly experienced technology industry professionals who are serving their country by contributing their expertise as term NGA employees. Both groups focus on transforming the Agency workforce into one with the skills needed to best solve complex challenges facing NGA and the IC.  Dr. Brooks has over a decade of experience in industrial research, product management, and marketing roles at startups and public companies. He earned his M.S. and Ph.D. in Information Management and Systems from the University of California, Berkeley. While earning his doctorate, he provided strategic guidance to global corporations and organizations. He is a founder of the University of California, Berkeley’s first-of-its-kind and top-ranked graduate Data Science program, where he also served as an instructor. He earned his Eagle Scout with the Boy Scouts of America.

Dr. Andrew Brooks

Dr. Andrew Brooks is the Chief Data Scientist at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA). In this capacity, he is responsible for defining and implementing strategies related to the Agency’s use of people, data, and technology. His work is preparing NGA and the Intelligence Community (IC) to best confront and address future mission challenges.

Dr. Brooks leads the Data Corps, a team of Agency professionals who use their skills to solve data-related problems in NGA and teach colleagues to solve future data problems themselves. He also leads the Explorer Program, a team of highly experienced technology industry professionals who are serving their country by contributing their expertise as term NGA employees. Both groups focus on transforming the Agency workforce into one with the skills needed to best solve complex challenges facing NGA and the IC.

Dr. Brooks has over a decade of experience in industrial research, product management, and marketing roles at startups and public companies. He earned his M.S. and Ph.D. in Information Management and Systems from the University of California, Berkeley. While earning his doctorate, he provided strategic guidance to global corporations and organizations. He is a founder of the University of California, Berkeley’s first-of-its-kind and top-ranked graduate Data Science program, where he also served as an instructor. He earned his Eagle Scout with the Boy Scouts of America.

  Dr. Valerie Browning   Dr. Valerie Browning was named Director of DARPA’s Defense Sciences Office (DSO) in December 2017. Dr. Browning has more than 30 years of experience in managing and executing defense-related research and development. Prior to her most recent DARPA appointment, Dr. Browning worked as an independent consultant providing subject matter expertise and strategic planning support to the Department of Defense, Department of Energy, and other government clients in the areas of advanced materials and alternative energy. She also served as chief technology officer for HELM System Solutions, Inc., a woman-owned small research and development (R&D) business.  Dr. Browning was a Program Manager in DSO from 2000-2007, where she initiated and managed a diverse R&D portfolio in areas that included metamaterials, bio-magnetics, unmanned underwater vehicle energy storage, portable power, thermoelectric materials and others. Dr. Browning also worked as a research physicist at the Naval Research Laboratory from 1984-2000, where her primary areas of research included thermoelectric materials, superconductors, magnetics, and magnetic oxide materials.  Dr. Browning earned a Ph.D. in physics from The Catholic University of America, an M.S. in physics from the University of Maryland, and a B.S. in physics from Virginia Tech.

Dr. Valerie Browning

Dr. Valerie Browning was named Director of DARPA’s Defense Sciences Office (DSO) in December 2017. Dr. Browning has more than 30 years of experience in managing and executing defense-related research and development. Prior to her most recent DARPA appointment, Dr. Browning worked as an independent consultant providing subject matter expertise and strategic planning support to the Department of Defense, Department of Energy, and other government clients in the areas of advanced materials and alternative energy. She also served as chief technology officer for HELM System Solutions, Inc., a woman-owned small research and development (R&D) business.

Dr. Browning was a Program Manager in DSO from 2000-2007, where she initiated and managed a diverse R&D portfolio in areas that included metamaterials, bio-magnetics, unmanned underwater vehicle energy storage, portable power, thermoelectric materials and others. Dr. Browning also worked as a research physicist at the Naval Research Laboratory from 1984-2000, where her primary areas of research included thermoelectric materials, superconductors, magnetics, and magnetic oxide materials.

Dr. Browning earned a Ph.D. in physics from The Catholic University of America, an M.S. in physics from the University of Maryland, and a B.S. in physics from Virginia Tech.

  John Doyon   Mr. John Doyon serves as the Director of the Office of Data Strategy and Innovation at the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC). In this role he leads the Center’s strategy for acquiring data, advancing data analytics and data science, and safeguarding data to ensure the protection of privacy and civil liberties. He also serves as the Chief Data Officer for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.  Prior to his current assignment, Mr. Doyon served as the Deputy Director of the Directorate of Strategic Operational Planning at NCTC where he provided oversight of national-level counterterrorism strategy development, strategic impact and net assessments, and activities to counter both international and domestic violent extremism.  Mr. Doyon began his career at NSA as an Intelligence Research Analyst in 1985. Recent significant assignments include serving as the senior NSA Representative to the Department of Defense at the Pentagon from 2013-2014 and serving as a Global Capabilities Manager from 2010-2013, leading SIGINT analysis and production across a major mission area. Mr. Doyon has also served overseas as the Special U.S. Liaison Advisor to a key SIGINT partner.  In addition to his NSA assignments, Mr. Doyon served twice at the White House, as Director for Intelligence Programs on the National Security Council staff (2008-2010) and as Assistant Director on the President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board. He has also worked in the Director, Central Intelligence (DCI’s) Office of Congressional Affairs and in a joint duty assignment in the Central Intelligence Agency’s Directorate of Science & Technology.  Mr. Doyon was selected for the Defense Intelligence Senior Executive Service in 2004. Among his awards, Mr. Doyon received the Exceptional Civilian Service Medal from the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence in February 2015 and NSA’s Meritorious Civilian Service Award in 2002. Mr. Doyon has served in four offices that were recognized with the DCI's National Intelligence Meritorious Unit Citation.  w*

John Doyon

Mr. John Doyon serves as the Director of the Office of Data Strategy and Innovation at the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC). In this role he leads the Center’s strategy for acquiring data, advancing data analytics and data science, and safeguarding data to ensure the protection of privacy and civil liberties. He also serves as the Chief Data Officer for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

Prior to his current assignment, Mr. Doyon served as the Deputy Director of the Directorate of Strategic Operational Planning at NCTC where he provided oversight of national-level counterterrorism strategy development, strategic impact and net assessments, and activities to counter both international and domestic violent extremism.

Mr. Doyon began his career at NSA as an Intelligence Research Analyst in 1985. Recent significant assignments include serving as the senior NSA Representative to the Department of Defense at the Pentagon from 2013-2014 and serving as a Global Capabilities Manager from 2010-2013, leading SIGINT analysis and production across a major mission area. Mr. Doyon has also served overseas as the Special U.S. Liaison Advisor to a key SIGINT partner.

In addition to his NSA assignments, Mr. Doyon served twice at the White House, as Director for Intelligence Programs on the National Security Council staff (2008-2010) and as Assistant Director on the President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board. He has also worked in the Director, Central Intelligence (DCI’s) Office of Congressional Affairs and in a joint duty assignment in the Central Intelligence Agency’s Directorate of Science & Technology.

Mr. Doyon was selected for the Defense Intelligence Senior Executive Service in 2004. Among his awards, Mr. Doyon received the Exceptional Civilian Service Medal from the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence in February 2015 and NSA’s Meritorious Civilian Service Award in 2002. Mr. Doyon has served in four offices that were recognized with the DCI's National Intelligence Meritorious Unit Citation.

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  Dr. Meg Leta Jones   Prof. Meg Leta (previously Ambrose) Jones is an Assistant Professor in the Communication, Culture & Technology program at Georgetown University where she researches rules and technological change with a focus on privacy, data protection, and automation in information and communication technologies. She is also an affiliate faculty member of the Science, Technology, and International Affairs program in Georgetown's School of Foreign Service, the Center for Privacy & Technology at Georgetown Law Center, and the Brussels Privacy Hub at Vrije Universiteit Brussel.  Dr. Jones's research interests cover issues including comparative information and communication technology law, engineering and information ethics, critical information and data studies, robotics law and policy, and the legal history of technology. She engages with interdisciplinary fields like cyberlaw, science and technology studies, and communication and information policy using comparative, interpretive, legal, and historical methods. Ctrl+Z: The Right to be Forgotten, her first book, is about the social, legal, and technical issues surrounding digital oblivion.  Advised by Paul Ohm, Dr. Jones earned a Ph.D. in technology, media and society from the University of Colorado, Engineering and Applied Science. Prior to pursuing a Ph.D., she earned a J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law in 2008, where she focused on technology and information issues. She has held fellowships and research positions with the NSF funded eCSite project in the University of Colorado Department of Computer Science, the Silicon Flatirons Center at the University of Colorado School of Law, the Harvard Berkman Center for Internet & Society, and CableLabs. Since 2013, Dr. Jones has been teaching and researching in Washington, D.C. at Georgetown University.

Dr. Meg Leta Jones

Prof. Meg Leta (previously Ambrose) Jones is an Assistant Professor in the Communication, Culture & Technology program at Georgetown University where she researches rules and technological change with a focus on privacy, data protection, and automation in information and communication technologies. She is also an affiliate faculty member of the Science, Technology, and International Affairs program in Georgetown's School of Foreign Service, the Center for Privacy & Technology at Georgetown Law Center, and the Brussels Privacy Hub at Vrije Universiteit Brussel.

Dr. Jones's research interests cover issues including comparative information and communication technology law, engineering and information ethics, critical information and data studies, robotics law and policy, and the legal history of technology. She engages with interdisciplinary fields like cyberlaw, science and technology studies, and communication and information policy using comparative, interpretive, legal, and historical methods. Ctrl+Z: The Right to be Forgotten, her first book, is about the social, legal, and technical issues surrounding digital oblivion.

Advised by Paul Ohm, Dr. Jones earned a Ph.D. in technology, media and society from the University of Colorado, Engineering and Applied Science. Prior to pursuing a Ph.D., she earned a J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law in 2008, where she focused on technology and information issues. She has held fellowships and research positions with the NSF funded eCSite project in the University of Colorado Department of Computer Science, the Silicon Flatirons Center at the University of Colorado School of Law, the Harvard Berkman Center for Internet & Society, and CableLabs. Since 2013, Dr. Jones has been teaching and researching in Washington, D.C. at Georgetown University.

  Patty Mims   Ms. Patty Mims is currently the Director of Global National Government at Esri. In this role she oversees all of Esri’s work across the U.S. Federal Government, including intelligence, defense, public safety, & civilian; non-profit programs globally; as well as international support to national government organizations around the world. Ms. Mims also currently serves on the Board of Directors for U.S. Geospatial-Intelligence Foundation.  Ms. Mims was the Director of Intelligence Programs at Esri from 2012-2015. In this role she managed all activities across the Intelligence Community, as well as for the State Department. Ms. Mims’s prior role as the team lead for Esri's Defense Installation Team provided oversight of all military installation activities worldwide, as well as the development of enterprise-wide geospatial capabilities with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. She joined Esri in 2002 as the account lead for the Defense and Intelligence Team, assisting with the management of the entire team. Her focus was initially on the Department of Homeland Security as well as foreign military sales. She worked with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) and national mapping agencies throughout Eastern Europe.  Prior to joining Esri, Ms. Mims worked for an international software company where she supported customers around the world (North America, the Middle East, Europe, and South America) in her role as the Manager of Technical Support and Training. Her work in the U.S. focused on the development of the first digital hydrographic workflow for digital nautical charts and electronic navigational charts for the NGA and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Ms. Mims also supported the Army Topographic Engineering Center for research in 3D capabilities in geographic information system (GIS).  Her GIS career began in 1994 in the role of an analyst where she created Congressional reports for base realignment and closure for U.S. Military healthcare facilities.  Ms. Mims graduated with a B.S. in Geography and a certificate in Secondary Education from Mary Washington University, and a M.S. in Geography/GIS from Virginia Tech.

Patty Mims

Ms. Patty Mims is currently the Director of Global National Government at Esri. In this role she oversees all of Esri’s work across the U.S. Federal Government, including intelligence, defense, public safety, & civilian; non-profit programs globally; as well as international support to national government organizations around the world. Ms. Mims also currently serves on the Board of Directors for U.S. Geospatial-Intelligence Foundation.

Ms. Mims was the Director of Intelligence Programs at Esri from 2012-2015. In this role she managed all activities across the Intelligence Community, as well as for the State Department. Ms. Mims’s prior role as the team lead for Esri's Defense Installation Team provided oversight of all military installation activities worldwide, as well as the development of enterprise-wide geospatial capabilities with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. She joined Esri in 2002 as the account lead for the Defense and Intelligence Team, assisting with the management of the entire team. Her focus was initially on the Department of Homeland Security as well as foreign military sales. She worked with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) and national mapping agencies throughout Eastern Europe.

Prior to joining Esri, Ms. Mims worked for an international software company where she supported customers around the world (North America, the Middle East, Europe, and South America) in her role as the Manager of Technical Support and Training. Her work in the U.S. focused on the development of the first digital hydrographic workflow for digital nautical charts and electronic navigational charts for the NGA and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Ms. Mims also supported the Army Topographic Engineering Center for research in 3D capabilities in geographic information system (GIS).

Her GIS career began in 1994 in the role of an analyst where she created Congressional reports for base realignment and closure for U.S. Military healthcare facilities.

Ms. Mims graduated with a B.S. in Geography and a certificate in Secondary Education from Mary Washington University, and a M.S. in Geography/GIS from Virginia Tech.

  Eric Adams (Moderator)   Mr. Eric Adams is a technology writer, editor, and photographer based in eastern Pennsylvania. His subjects include transportation, aerospace, aviation, national security, military, and general science. He's a regular contributor to Wired, Popular Science, Gear Patrol, and The Drive, and has served in senior editorial staff positions with Men's Health, Popular Science, and Air & Space/Smithsonian, among other titles. He served on the staffs of two National Magazine Award-winning publications, and has made media appearances throughout his career, including on CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, ABC, NPR, and many others.

Eric Adams (Moderator)

Mr. Eric Adams is a technology writer, editor, and photographer based in eastern Pennsylvania. His subjects include transportation, aerospace, aviation, national security, military, and general science. He's a regular contributor to Wired, Popular Science, Gear Patrol, and The Drive, and has served in senior editorial staff positions with Men's Health, Popular Science, and Air & Space/Smithsonian, among other titles. He served on the staffs of two National Magazine Award-winning publications, and has made media appearances throughout his career, including on CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, ABC, NPR, and many others.