Andrew F. Bass

Robert Bigman

Douglas Callen

Jerry Edgerton

Rear Admiral Edward “Sonny” Masso, USN ,Retired

William V. Parker

Jeffery S. Simpson

Gary L. Winkler

Andrew F. Bass

Has served as a technical contributor and leader in digital and analog communications technologies including wired, wireless, and satellite for over thirty years. His decades of serving numerous federal civilian and military organizations enables him to provide critical insights into their technical needs, previous experiences, and organizational dynamics. He further shares his knowledge to students, serving on the faculty of George Mason University for over twelve years, George Washington University for over six years, and the US Navy for over 22 years. He is a member of various Technical Advisory Committees and holds multiple patents in digital communications.

Robert Bigman

Recently retired from the position of Chief Information Security Officer to the Central Intelligence Agency, a position he has held for the past 15 years. As the Agency CISO, his responsibilities included cryptography, information security policy/processes, standards and requirements, testing and network defense/response.  He also served as the Agency’s designated officer for all discussions with the information security industry and its commercial partners. A pioneer in the field of classified information protection, Mr. Bigman developed technical measures and procedures to manage the nation’s most sensitive secrets and has worked in every area of information and data security.  His earlier assignments at the CIA included participation in the technical design of the Intelligence Community’s first counterterrorism database and delivery of the Agency’s first secure TCP/IP local and wide area network for the Counterintelligence Center.  In recognition of his expertise and contributions, Mr. Bigman has received numerous CIA and Director of National Intelligence awards.

Douglas Callen

Retired Chief Security Officer (CSO) of the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Transportation Security Administration (TSA) where he served as a Senior Executive and founding member of TSA. Mr. Callen managed the agency’s internal security programs including physical, personnel, and information security as well as security policy and awareness. Prior to joining TSA, he served as the Director of Intelligence at the US Department of Transportation where he served in national security matters such as counter-terrorism as well as threats to the nation’s transportation infrastructure and the traveling public. He earlier served in the U.S. Secret Service for 21 years where he gained extensive experience in executive protection, criminal investigations, intelligence, and inter- agency collaboration. Mr. Callen graduated from the University of Nebraska and later completed an advanced senior management program at the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government. He currently serves in numerous advisory committees, councils, and associations.    

Jerry Edgerton

Has advanced information technology adoption and implementation for over 30 years in federal agencies such as the General Services Administration, SSA and Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Federal Aviation Administration, the Legislative Branch, The Department of Interior, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Department of Defense. To help these organizations as well as those of large corporations, he mobilized leading system integrators such as IBM, HP, CSC, Perot Systems, and EDS. He served as President of Government Markets at Core180. Additionally, he provides advice and governance to General Communications Inc., The Washington Home and Hospice, United Service Organization of Washington, Artel Inc., and Magor Communications Corporation.

Rear Admiral Edward “Sonny” Masso, USN ,Retired

Over twenty-five years of experience in large, high-technology organizations in many disciplines such as operations management, business development, customer relations, change leadership, and strategic planning. RADM Masso retired from the US Navy in 2009 as Commander Navy Personnel Command after two tours of duty with previous service as Assistant Deputy Chief of Naval Operations and Vice Commander of Naval Surface Forces Command. He has worked in the private sector in various leadership positions at SAIC, Anteon Corporation, Logicon- Syscon, Scientific Atlanta, Unisys, and General Electric. His mix of public and private sector experiences affords him unique insights into implementing information technology transformations in large organizations. He received a BAE in History and Education from the University of Mississippi with an array of academic additions throughout his career. He is a frequent speaker and industry advisor on matters of national security particularly with respect to IT infrastructure and cybersecurity. He was recently named as a Senior Fellow at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies in their Cyber Security arena.

William V. Parker

Currently serves as Vice President for International Operations at 21 Century Systems, Inc. where he leads expansion into the international public and private sector markets. He has established various immediate technological and long-term solutions in the international and domestic marketplace and in the professional circles of force/border protection and disaster management. He is also developing a long-term international business engagement strategy for information technology and training services. Mr. Parker is also special adviser - international affairs for the Space Foundation. He is principal of Global Engagement Solutions, LLC, an international management consulting firm, and an Adjunct Fellow for National Security Analysis at John Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab. Parker completed a 31-year foreign service career at the rank of minister-counselor with the Department of State supporting the United States Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM); Department of State / Bureau of Information Programs; United States Embassy in India; U.S. Information Agency Office; and many other U.S. embassies abroad. He earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and international Affairs from Thiel College, in Greenville, Pa., and has done advanced training at the National Security Space Institute (NSSI) and the National Foreign Affairs Training Center.

Jeffrey S. Simpson

Features over 30 years of experience directing the enterprise financial function in various stages of development and condition. Mr. Simpson has successfully implemented a wide range of financial funding strategies including IPO, venture finance, and bank credit facilities as well as financial management including working capital management, value creation strategies, tactics incorporating accounting policies and controls, forecasts, cash management, credit relationships, performance drivers, and financial reporting. He currently serves as CFO at WorldCell, Inc. and has previously done so at Telarix, Inc., Gigamedia Access Corporation, Marketswitch Corporation (sold to Experian), US Inspect, ACE*COMM Corporation, and Compucare Company (sold to Quadramed). His prior experiences includes other financial positions at US Spring, Touche Ross & Co., MCI Telecommunications Corp., and American Management Systems. He has an MBA in Finance from the University of Georgia and a Bachelors in Science for Accounting from the University of Tennessee.

Gary L. Winkler

Founded Cyber Solutions & Services Inc. in 2011, and is currently acting as the company’s CEO and President. Mr. Winkler has over 25 years of executive achievements that span DoD Project Management and Private Industry and include experience across all Military Departments, DoD Agencies, OSD, Congress and Congressional Staff. He is the former Program Executive Officer of U.S. Army PEO EIS where he commanded a $4 billion/year budget and led 40 major programs supporting finance, logistics, personnel, communications infrastructure, biometrics, medical and war fighting functions. He was promoted into the Senior Executive Service in 2003 and reported to the Army’s CIO/G-6 as the Army’s first Chief Knowledge Officer and Principal Deputy for Governance and Acquisition, where he established Army IT Policy, Processes and Personnel Development Programs. Mr. Winkler’s federal service awards include multiple Presidential Rank Awards; the Secretary of the Army’s Decoration for Exceptional Civilian Service (2011, 2006), the Army’s Superior Unit Award, the Army’s Meritorious Civilian Service Award, and the Army’s Superior Civilian Service Award (2000, 1996). He has an MBA from William & Mary, an MPA in Acquisition and National Resource Strategy from the National Defense University and degrees in Electrical Engineering and Mathematics from Virginia Tech.