Gertie P.W. Arts (MA) is the Defense (Materiel) Cooperation Attache at the Netherlands Embassy (June 2005). In DC she chairs the Defense MOU Attachés Group; a network of the Washington D.C. based Defense Cooperation Attachés of 21 nations with bilateral defense procurement Memoranda of Understanding with the United States. Earlier, Ms. Arts worked as the Personal Advisor of the Director of the Netherlands Defense Materiel Organization. Ms. Arts started in the Royal Netherlands Army as a project manager. After leaving the Royal Netherlands Army in 1997, Ms. Arts started working at ministerial level, firstly as Advisor Commercial and Industrial Policy (1997-1999), then as Advisor Defense Materiel Cooperation (2000-2004). Her area of responsibility was transatlantic cooperation (NATO). A lot of her efforts were focused on cooperation in the field of C4ISR, in particular Alliance Ground Surveillance and the related radar development program.
Dr. Stephen Bryen is President of Finmeccanica, Inc. He served as Deputy Under Secretary of Defense from 1981-1988 and before that as a Professional Staff Member and Near East subcommittee director to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. At the Defense Department he was responsible for trade and security policy. Dr. Bryen was the founder of the Defense Technology Security Administration (DTSA) and its first Director. Dr. Bryen also managed international negotiations involving technology security issues for the DoD. He was the Defense Department senior representative to COCOM and headed the U.S.-Italy Aerospace Working Group, the U.S.-Sweden Aerospace Working Group and led the DoD-delegation to the U.S.-Russia space research negotiations. Dr. Bryen was twice awarded the Distinguished Public Service Medal.
Ronald T. Covais is the Vice President of Corporate International Business Development for Lockheed Martin Corporation. In this role, Ron leads the organization that is the primary interface between the Corporation, the U.S. Government, and Washington-based foreign government representatives on all international matters. Ron is a retired U.S. Air Force officer who served in a number of positions including Political-Military Advisor to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Affairs and to the Secretary of Defense. His last active duty position was Director and Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Inter American Affairs. Ron received his undergraduate and graduate degrees in political science, international affairs and business from St. John’s University in New York and Pepperdine University, respectively, and is also a graduate of the U.S. Air War College and U.S. Army War College..
Ambassador Andreas Ekman became the Director General of the Swedish Inspectorate of Strategic Products (ISP) on September 1st, 2005. ISP controls Swedish production and exports of military equipment and dual use products. From 2003-05, Ambassador Ekman worked at the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, where he served as the Government’s co-ordinator supporting Swedish defence trade Prior to that, he was the Consul General of Sweden in Los Angeles (1998-2003) and Minister for Economic Affairs at the Swedish Embassy in Washington DC (1993 – 98). Andreas Ekman was a Deputy Under Secretary at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs 1989-93. As such he was the head of a Bureau that handled economic relations with Central and Eastern European countries, North America, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. Ambassador Ekman has a MSc. from the Stockholm School of Economics.
Jeanne L. Farmer joined federal service in 1983. She moved to DSCA in 1991 and was promoted to the Senior Executive Service in 1999. Ms. Farmer became the Principal Director for DSCA’s Programs Directorate in July 2005. This directorate has responsibility for security assistance financing, training, end-use monitoring, excess defense articles, and licensing. It also manages a number of defense-funded programs such as humanitarian affairs and demining, and the Regional Centers. Prior to her government service, Ms. Farmer was employed in private industry. She received a Master’s Degree from the National War College in 1998.
Ted J. Glum is the Director of the Defense Microelectronics Activity (DMEA). Reporting directly to the Director, Defense Research and Engineering (DDR&E), he is responsible for the management and technical performance of over $1 Billion of Microelectronics Technology programs for the United States Department of Defense (DoD). Prior to this, he served as the Chief of the Science and Engineering Division within the US Air Force Materiel Command (1994-1996). During this period, Mr. Glum developed the Logistics Retrofit Engineering capability, and instituted the Air Force Program Offices for Very High Speed Integrated Circuits (VHSIC) and VHSIC Hardware Description Language (VHDL). He is a 1981 graduate of California State University where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical and Electronics engineering.
Jonas Hjelm is Group Senior Vice President, Government Relations, Saab AB. From 2003-06, Mr. Hjelm was State Secretary, Ministry of Defence, Sweden. From 2000-03, he was Political Advisor, Prime Minister’s office. From 1997-2000, Mr. Hjelm was Political Advisor to the Minister for Defence, Dr. Bjorn von Sydow, Ministry of Defence, Sweden. He was a Member of the Board, The National Service Administration from 1996-97. In 2001, he attended the Leadership and management program at Stockholm School of Economics, SSE Executive Education. Mr. Hjelm participated in the National Intelligence Course, National Defence College in 2002., and the Senior Management Course in 2003.
Brigadier General (Armament) Olivier-Pierre Jacquotte is Defense Cooperation Attache, Embassy of France in Washington DC (July 2007). Previously, Brigadier General Jacquotte was Deputy Director, Research and Technology for the Defense and Security Department (within the Strategy Direction of DGA). Mr. Jacquotte devoted part of his career to research and research policy, either as a scientist or as a manager. After four years as Research and Teaching Assistant at the University of Texas at Austin, Mr. Jacquotte joined in 1985 the French National Aerospace Research Center (ONERA) as Head of the division in charge of Computational Mechanics methods. Mr. Jacquotte has an Engineering degree from Ecole Polytechnique, Paris, and a PhD in Engineering Mechanics from the University of Texas at Austin, USA.
Declan Kirrane is founder and Managing Director of ISC, Brussels. ISC specializes in science and R&D public affairs, policy analysis and information dissemination. In 1994 Declan established the CORDIS (Community Research and Development Information Service) on-line dissemination service at the beginning of FP4. Prior to that he was Edtor of the CORDIS News Service. Declan has variously edited the Commission’s CORDIS focus, Innovation and Technology Transfer Newsletter and European Dialogue. He has also lectured widely on EU science policy and implementing programs, and has developed R&D and innovation strategies for public and private sector organizations. ISC is currently contracted to the European Commission, US Department of Energy’s Office of Science, EUREKA and the European Patent Office, amongst others.
Dr. Uwe M. Koch is Minister-Counselor and Head of the Defense Cooperation Branch at the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Washington, D.C. Before this, he was Assistant Branch Chief at the Federal Ministry of Defense (MoD) in Bonn, Germany. His responsibilities included international cooperation in air armaments. He also served as Senior Staff Officer to the German Delegates to the NATO Air Force Armaments Group (NAFAG) and to the Five-Power Air Senior National Representatives (Air SNRs). In 1999, Dr. Koch was assigned to the Office of the Product Manager, Combat Identification in Fort Monmouth, New Jersey, as a participant of the German-U.S. Exchange Program for Scientists and Engineers (ESEP). Dr. Koch is a chemist by training; he received his master’s degree in 1989, and his Ph.D. in 1992.
Jeff B. Kohler is vice president of International Strategy for Boeing Integrated Defense Systems – a $32.1 billion business with industry-leading, network-enabled capabilities in defense, space and intelligence. In this role, he is responsible for developing and coordinating strategies that grow the company’s international business, meet the future needs of international customers and improve current IDS products and services around the world. During his 34-year Air Force career, Kohler also held several key command and staff positions, including director of Plans and Policy at U.S. European Command Headquarters in Germany and director of Operational Plans at U.S. Air Force Headquarters in Washington, D.C. Kohler earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the U.S. Air Force Academy and a Master of Arts degree in history from the University of Indiana at Bloomington.
Beth M. McCormick, a member of the Senior Executive Service, was appointed to the position of Acting Director, Defense Technology Security Administration on August 8, 2005, having previously served as the Deputy Director. Prior to her current position, Mrs. McCormick served as the Director of Policy, U.S. Air Force International Affairs from November 2001 to January 2005. From July 1994 to October 2001, she served in several executive positions with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, including Director of International Relations and Deputy Associate Administrator for Life and Microgravity Sciences. Mrs. McCormick received her B.A. from Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania in Political Science and Russian and Soviet Area Studies in 1981. She received her M.A. in Security Policy Studies from George Washington University in 1983.
Vago Muradian is the Editor of Defense News, the world’s leading defense news weekly with correspondents in eleven countries. Before joining Defense News, Muradian was the Managing Editor of Defense Daily International and the business and international reporter for Defense Daily. Muradian joined Defense Daily from Air Force Times, the top U.S. publication covering the U.S. Air Force. He covered global operations, including Europe, Haiti, Somalia and Zaire. Before covering the Air Force, he served as Defense News’ land warfare reporter. Muradian started his career at Inside the Army.
Robert (Bob) T. Murphy is Senior Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer, BAE Systems, responsible for financial accountability for the company’s U.S.-based operating groups, which collectively employ some 52,000 employees in the U.S., U.K., Sweden and South Africa, and generate annual sales in excess of $15 billion. Murphy returned to his current CFO position as a result of significant company growth, after serving for two years as President of BAE Systems Technology Solutions Sector. He originally joined BAE Systems in 1999 as Vice President – Finance and Chief Financial Officer following 18 years at General Electric. Murphy holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration/Marketing from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh. He is a member of the BAE Systems Inc. Board of Directors.
Remy Nathan is the Assistant Vice President for International Affairs at the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA). The International Affairs division is responsible for monitoring, analyzing and recommending actions on issues as they affect international commercial and military aerospace markets. These topics include export financing, international negotiations, relevant government regulations and legislation, export
controls, foreign military sales, NATO policies and programs, and international cooperative programs. Prior to joining AIA, Remy was responsible for supporting US companies active in Malaysia, as well as the Defense Working Group of the US-ASEAN Business Council. He holds a B.A. in Government and Foreign Affairs and China Studies from the University of Virginia and an M.A. in International Economics and Southeast Asian Studies from The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).
David R. Oliver, Jr. is the Chief Operating Officer of EADS North America, with responsibility for the full scope of company operations. Dave’s diverse career has included extensive experience in government, industry, and the military. Immediately prior to joining EADS North America, Oliver served in Iraq as the Director of Management and Budget for the Coalition Forces. Previously, he served as Principal Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, a position he assumed after having worked as an executive at Northrop Grumman Corporation. Oliver completed a distinguished career in the U.S. Navy in 1995, retiring as a Rear Admiral (Upper Half). He served at sea aboard both diesel-electric and nuclear submarines, and commanded a nuclear submarine as well as two submarine groups, one in Japan and one in San Diego. His final military tour was as Principal Deputy to the Navy Acquisition Executive.
Torkel Patterson is President, Raytheon International Inc. and Vice President Business Development, Raytheon Company. He rejoined Raytheon in 2005 following four years as a political appointee in the administration of George W. Bush. Prior to that he served as regional executive for northeast Asia for Raytheon, based in Tokyo, and held a variety of Navy, business and public policy positions. Torkel Patterson is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and serves on non-profit advisory boards, including Pacific Forum CSIS, the Atlantic Council of the United States, and the U.S.-China Educational Trust.
Andrew Radcliffe is Counsellor Defence Equipment, British Embassy, Washington DC. Since joining the Ministry of Defence in 1979, Andrew has undertaken roles in procurement, international relations, policy & science and technology. His career has taken him to the US Navy Sea Systems Command in Washington DC (US/UK Surface Ship Torpedo Defence Joint Project): London (Commercial Manager Anglo-Italian helicopter program, EH101, and the UK’s Merlin Anti Submarine Warfare helicopter) and at the Defence Procurement Agency in Bristol (Eurofighter/Typhoon, International Relations Group & Commercial & Procurement Director): NATO (Munich) Eurofighter/Tornado management agency. He has a BA in Geography, is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply and has a Diploma in Purchasing and Supply.
Major General William M. Rajczak is Deputy Director for Joint Capabilities Development and Joint Doctrine Directorate, U.S. Joint Forces Command, Norfolk, VA. In this role, General Rajczak oversees a vast network of innovation, integration and joint/multinational interoperable architectures and data standards in direct support of combatant command joint task forces worldwide. Additionally, he leads efforts to develop future joint command and control capabilities in cooperation with U.S. Strategic Command, Office of the Secretary of Defense and the Joint Staff. General Rajczak was commissioned in 1971 as a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering management. In 1982, the General received a Master of Science degree in systems management, University of Southern California, Los Angeles. The General was recalled to active duty in 1999, a second time in 2002, and was selected to serve in his current billet in October, 2006.
Mark James Reynolds commenced duty as the Counsellor Defence Materiel in the Australian Embassy inWashington DC in January 2006. Between April 2001 and August 2004 Mark was the Director General Electronic Warfare. In August 2004 Mark was appointed Director General Electronic Systems Integration to provide the DMO with a focal point for the implementation of Network Centric Warfare. This role included a portfolio of major projects valued at approximately A$1.3b. Mark has a Diploma of Mechanical Engineering from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, a Bachelor of Business and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Science (Computing) from Charles Sturt University, and a Graduate Certificate in Strategic Procurement from Deakin University.
Robert Ryan is Vice-President, Canadian Commercial Corporation, Canada’s Foreign Military Sales agency, a government entity specializing in the aerospace and defense sectors, and in particular, the US Department of Defense. Mr. Ryan is responsible for the management of the international defense business, totaling over $1.5B annually. He is a member of the Corporation’s Executive Committee reporting to the President and is an Officer of the Corporation. Mr. Ryan joined the Canadian Commercial Corporation in October 2000 after 21 years of service with the Canadian Forces. Mr. Ryan has a BA and a Queen’s University MBA, and is the proud wearer of the Canadian Decoration, the Gulf and Kuwait Medal with maple leaf, the Canada 125 Medal, the Special Service Medal with bars, and the Canadian Peacekeeping Medal.
Guy Saint-Jacques was appointed Deputy Head of Mission at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, D.C. in February 2008. he also acts as Chargé d’Affaires in the absence of the Ambassador and coordinates the work of the Consulates General with that of the Embassy. After joining the Department of External Affairs in 1977, Mr. Saint-Jacques has had assignments abroad in New York (UNGA), Mexico, Kinshasa, Hong Kong , Beijing (twice), Washington (Energy Section) and London where he was the Deputy High Commissioner . In Ottawa, he has held various positions, the most recent as Director General of the Personnel Management Bureau. Mr. Saint-Jacques is a geology graduate of Montréal University and has a master’s degree in land planning and regional development from Laval University. He is also a graduate of the Chinese University in Hong Kong (Mandarin).
Alan R. Shaffer is the Director, Plans & Programs, Office of the Director, Defense Research and Engineering, Department of Defense. In this position, Mr. Shaffer is responsible for budget and planning oversight of the entire Department of Defense Science and Technology Program. Mr. Shaffer earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics from the University of Vermont in 1976, and was commissioned in the United States Air Force. He was then assigned to the University of Utah, where he earned a second Bachelor of Science Degree in Meteorology. He also earned a Master of Science in Meteorology from the Naval Postgraduate School (with distinction). In 1993, he was assigned to the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, Ft. McNair, D. C., where he was awarded a Master of Science in National Resource Management.
Dr. Jennifer Stewart is the Director General, Washington DC Region of the Department of Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) and Counsellor for Defence Procurement at the Canadian Embassy in Washington. Dr. Stewart’s office also supports the PWGSC International Cooperation Initiative, which facilitates knowledge and best practice sharing between Canada and the U.S. in the area of common services. Dr. Stewart is the current Chairman of the Foreign Procurement Group, a network of 25 countries who participate in the US Security Assistance Program. Dr. Stewart joined the Public Service in 1980. During her career, she has held various executive positions including Director, Human Resources Programs, PWGSC; Senior Program Advisor, Central Region, Department of Supply and Services (DSS); and Director of Evaluation, DSS. Dr. Stewart has a Ph.D. in English and Philosophy from McGill University.
Alfred G. Volkman is the Director, International Cooperation for the Under Secretary of Defense (Acquisition, Technology and Logistics). He is responsible for establishing international Armaments cooperation policy, ensuring that policy is properly implemented and engaging with US allies and friends around the world to achieve closer cooperation. Mr. Volkman has a long history in international cooperation beginning in the late 1970’s when he negotiated the initial agreements with the United Kingdom that resulted in the cooperative development of the AV-8B Harrier Aircraft. In the early 1980’s he served on the NATO Air Command and Control Systems team in Brussels, Belgium. Mr. Volkman has served in a variety of international staff positions for both the Department of the Navy and the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Mr. Volkman has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Valparaiso University and a Master of Business Administration from George Washington University.
Dr. Linton Wells II is a Distinguished Research Fellow, Center for Technology and National Security Policy, and serves as the Force Transformation Chair at National Defense University. Prior to this he was the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Networks and Information Integration). He assumed these duties on November 14, 2005 after serving as the Acting Assistant Secretary and DoD Chief Information Officer from March 8, 2004. He became the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Command, Control, Communications and Intelligence) on August 20, 1998, which became Networks and Information Integration in 2003. In twenty-six years of naval service, Dr. Wells served in a variety of surface ships, including command of a destroyer squadron and guided missile destroyer. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in physics and oceanography, U.S. Naval Academy, a Master of Science in Engineering degree in mathematical sciences and a Ph.D. in international relations, Johns Hopkins University.
David Whiteree is Chairman of IDEEA, Inc., a Virginia company founded in 1985. He is Chief Executive and Founder of the ComDef series of exhibitions and symposia. IDEEA, Inc. is a full service international business development and marketing company established in Washington DC. Mr. Whiteree is founder/publisher of “Common Defense Forum”.
Quentin Whiteree has been President and Chief Operating Officer of IDEEA, Inc. since 1 January, 1999. Prior to this, he was Vice President of the company, responsible for business focus, with an emphasis on emerging information and computer technologies. He joined IDEEA, Inc. in 1987 and has held a series of appointments within the company. He holds a joint BA honors degree in marketing from Strathclyde University, Scotland and is a past President of its Wine Appreciation Society. Mr. Whiteree is a member of the Defense and Air Transportation Security Committee of the British American Business Association, Committee Member of the Royal Aeronautical Society, Washington, DC Chapter and the National Press Club.
Brigadier General Mirco Zuliani was appointed to the position of Defense Attache, and Defense Cooperation Attache, Embassy of Italy, on 30 August, 2006. Promoted Brigadier General in January 2003, he was appointed Deputy Chief of Staff within the Air Force Command. In November 2003 he was promoted to Commander of the 2nd Division, Logistics Command (Aircraft, Weapons and Avionics – Technical and Logistical Support). General Zuliani was decorated with the Gold Long Service Air Navigation Medal, Gold Service Cross, Grand Officer of Merit of the Italian Republic, “Mauriziana” Medal, NATO Medals for service on operations in the former Yugoslavia and Kosova. He holds a degree in Science of Aeronautics from the University of Naples and a degree in International and Diplomatic Sciences from the University of Trieste.