ISOA Leadership

Howard (Howie) R. Lind

President

International Stability Operations Association

Howard Lind is serving as the President of the International Stability Operations Association that represents companies in Washington, DC, who support US government departments and agencies around the world.  Previously, Mr. Lind served as the Chief Operating Officer for Matlock & Associates, a woman-owned small business, specializing in engineering, construction, and logistics.  Matlock & Associates provides these services to US government clients domestically, as well as in the middle east, central Asia, and in Africa.  He previously served as a Washington DC representative for the Fluor Government Group in which he represented Fluor to many government organizations in the Washington DC area regarding Fluor’s work in the middle east and central Asia.  

Prior to joining Fluor, Lind served in the Departments of Defense and State in the offices of Iraq and Afghanistan reconstruction from 2003 to 2007.  He began with the Coalition Provisional Authority at the Pentagon in support of the US Ambassador to Iraq, Paul Bremer.  Lind then worked in the State Department’s Near East Affairs / Iraq Office (Secretariat for Political Affairs) for the Iraq Reconstruction Management Office. 

Following that assignment, Lind served again in the Pentagon in the office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology (ASA-ALT) as Deputy Director for the Iraq Project and Contracting Office which was responsible for overseeing the $21 billion Iraq Reconstruction Program for DoD.    

Mr. Lind began his professional career as a US Naval Officer.  After a 20-year career, he retired in 2000 at the rank of Commander having served in an array of leadership and technical assignments aboard five Navy ships of the line and at Navy installations worldwide.  Mr. Lind received a Bachelor of Science degree from Virginia Tech and a Master of Science degree from the Naval Postgraduate School.  

 

Doug Brooks

ISOA Founder and President Emeritus

Mr. Brooks advocates for effective utilization of private sector services in fragile environments and is a specialist in African security issues. He has written extensively on the regulation and constructive uses of the private sector for international stabilization, peacekeeping, and humanitarian missions.

Mr. Brooks has testified before the U.S. Congress, South African Parliament, appeared on numerous TV and radio programs including the BBC, CBS News, NBC News, Fox News, CNN International, National Public Radio, Voice of America, SABC in South Africa and the Lehrer News Hour. Mr. Brooks has been an Adjunct Faculty member at American University and an Academic Fellow and Research Associate with the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA), Johannesburg He has also lectured at Georgetown University, and Inter-American Defense College at Ft. McNair.

ISOA Board of Directors

The ISOA Board of Directors is responsible for financial oversight of the organization along with setting the strategic direction of the association and overseeing the association’s activities implemented by the staff, to ensure that programs align with the organization’s mission and strategic goals. Board members are volunteers and represent a broad range of organizations from the stability operations industry.

Gerald G. Goss

CHAIRMAN

MSA Security

Vice President, Business Development

With over two and a half decades of experience, Gerald Goss currently serves as the Vice President of Business Development as a part of the executive management team for MSA Security, an industry leader in high consequence threat protection and specialized training for corporate and government clients.
 
Before joining MSA Security, Gerald served on Triple Canopy’s executive management team as vice president of business development and brought a balanced mix of government, law enforcement and business entrepreneurial leadership skills while directing Triple Canopy’s commercial, defense and law enforcement business development initiatives. Prior to re-joining Triple Canopy in 2012, Gerald instituted over four and a half years of best practices while serving in the roles of deputy program director and operations manager in support of intelligence, asymmetric warfare and counter narcoterrorism programs at TASC/ Northrop Grumman. During this time, he led multiple programs and captured new business while providing oversight to a wide array of global mission support IDIQ contracts and task orders related to CENTCOM, NORTHCOM, AFRICOM and SOUTHCOM initiatives.
 
Gerald has worked with and provided support to a large network of defense, intelligence, law enforcement and industry-wide professionals in addition to having firsthand experience managing programs and leading teams on the ground in Iraq, Afghanistan, Honduras and other locations. Gerald has also served as a certified law enforcement officer and completed Cornell University’s High Performance and Executive Leadership programs. He previously attended the Department of Energy (DOE) Nonproliferation and National Security Institute (NNSI) supporting various security-oriented initiatives for a large prime contractor at DOE and is an honorably discharged veteran of the United States Marine Corps.
 
Gerald was appointed to the ISOA Board of Directors in 2015 and served as the Deputy Vice-Chairman.

Greg Craddock

VICE CHAIRMAN

Patriot Group International, Inc.

CEO

Greg Craddock has served as Chief Executive Officer of Patriot Group International, Inc. (PGI) a global expeditionary mission support services firm, for the past six years. As CEO, Greg provides strategic vision and direction to the organization and provides operational leadership to ensure that the company delivers consistent, outstanding services to customers while achieving its financial goals. Under his leadership, PGI has grown exponentially and has been recognized by Inc. Magazine as one of the fastest growing privately owned companies in the United States, Virginia, and Washington DC region in 2014 and again in 2015. PGI was also recognized by the Virginia Chamber of Commerce as recipient of the 2014 Vanguard Award for top business growth in the state. During this period of exceptional growth, PGI has also won supplier excellence recognition from Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, and a number of other government contracting companies.
 
Before joining PGI, Mr. Craddock served as an Anti-terrorism Force Protection (ATFP) consultant to the US government and managed sensitive programs worldwide. Prior to his time as a consultant, Mr. Craddock served in the Intelligence Community and was among the first personnel on the ground in Afghanistan and Iraq. During his time with the U.S. Army, Mr. Craddock served as a Ranger and Special Forces Soldier.
 
Mr. Craddock brings unique and practical perspective to ISOA, representing the mission support services business segment, and small business interests generally to the organization. He currently serves on the Ferrum College Business Advisory Board.

Scott Jacobs

Treasurer

New Century, US

President

Scott Jacobs the President of New Century US. New Century US (NCUS) is a global leader in building host nation law enforcement, military capacity and institutional reform. NCUS delivers programs that train vetted and approved civilian organizations on a range of policing tactics and security sector reform to enhance their ability to detect and dismantle criminal networks.
 
Prior to joining New Century US, Scott Jacobs has 27 years of management and leadership experience at the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS). From 2005-2008, he served as an Executive Assistant Director in charge of the Combating Terrorism Directorate, NCIS, overseeing all terrorism investigations and operations impacting Navy and Marine Corps personnel and assets worldwide.
 
Among his many accomplishments, Scott is credited with streamlining suspicious incident reporting processes and overhauling vulnerability assessments to better secure forces and critical infrastructure. He led efforts to create tools in order to quickly disseminate threat-based information to domestic and foreign law enforcement partners and expanded NCIS’ overseas presence in support of the Navy’s maritime strategy. In partnership with the FBI, he created the first multi-agency maritime security training program for federal law enforcement personnel.
 
In 2008, Scott served as acting director of the DoD counterintelligence efforts. As the principal advisor to the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence, he managed CIFA’s counterintelligence efforts in addition to directing the day-to-day operations. After retiring from the Federal government in 2009 he has worked in the private security sector, overseeing the management and leadership of a number of programs with emphasis on force protection, access control solutions, data fusion and analysis.

Pete Dordal

GardaWorld

Senior Vice President

 
Pete Dordal, Jr, is the President of GardaWorld Federal Services. He is an accomplished security management professional and business leader with over 35 years of experience gained in the U.S. military, private and public security, the intelligence community and entrepreneurial commercial endeavors. He’s been a senior executive at GardaWorld since 2008, having served in a number of progressive operational and leadership roles.
 
Pete joined GardaWorld from service with a select US government agency, where he provided highly specialized risk management services supporting the Global War on Terror. Earlier, Pete was the Director of Corporate Security at SPX Corporation, a multi-industrial Fortune 500 company, where he oversaw the security and risk management of 24,000 employees operating in 23 countries. In a dual-role he was also the President of SPX Security & Investigations, a commercial business unit that provided a range of security and investigative services to global corporate customers, the US government and other friendly foreign nations. In 1995, Pete founded The Potomac Group & Associates (PG&A), a boutique international security firm he grew to a multi-million dollar business and sold five years later to SPX Corporation.
 
He entered the private security industry in 1989 with Vance International, the premier executive protection and high-end security consultancy of its time. His professional career began in 1981 with his enlistment in the U.S. Marine Corps, serving eight years in special operations and training.
 
Pete has a Master’s Degree in Business from the McColl Graduate School of Business, and a degree in Security Administration. He is also a graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government International Security Program. Pete sits on the boards of the International Stability Operations Association (ISOA), Executive Security International (ESI), the Investigative Management Group and the US-Kurdistan Business Council (USKBC).

 

John Matlock

Matlock & Associates

Principal Engineer

Mr. John Matlock, P.E. a US Military Veteran, brings over 18 years of global experience to Matlock & Associates, including 10 years as a Program Manager in the C4ISR, Security Engineering and MILCON construction industries. John also has 13 years in the military serving in numerous engineering command and staff billets worldwide. John still serves as a United States Air Force Officer, and supports missions across the COCOM’s.
 
Mr. Matlock also is a principal owner of Matlock & Associates, which he actively runs with his partner Joelle Sedlacek. Mr. Matlock has extensive experience planning and implementing large OCONUS security construction projects for Government clients. In this capacity he is responsible for strategic planning, budget management, key leadership recruitment and integration, reporting, contract compliance, and policy development. He has led 24/7 programs in
the Middle East, Africa, and South America with many site locations in austere locations, comprising numerous Task Orders. Mr. Matlock has forged solid relationships throughout the State Department supporting Diplomatic Security, Bureau of Overseas Building Operations. Mr. Matlock also has strong ties and a solid track record with governmental security agencies and defense agencies.

Nick Forster

FSI Worldwide

Senior Vice President and Co-Founder

Nick Forster is the Senior Vice President and Co-Founder of FSI Worldwide, an international leader in ethical recruitment and labor solutions. Based in FSI's newly established office in Washington, DC, Nick engages directly with policy makers and industry to address labor trafficking challenges in government and private sector contracting and operations, as well as developing effective commercial solutions that protects employers, employees, and clients.
 
Nick has spoken at the UN General Assembly Dialogue on Migration and regularly speaks at UN conferences and workshops as a subject matter expert on human trafficking and labor migration. Nick holds multiple degrees in international business and languages and has amassed over 15 years experience in business consultancy and entrepreneurial ventures. 
 
FSI was originally founded to protect former Gurkha soldiers from becoming victims of debt bondage and corrupt recruitment practices in Nepal. FSI, headquartered in Dubai and with offices in 12 countries worldwide, now recruits from across the full skill spectrum as well as providing extensive support services. 

 

Michelle Quinn

VxL Enterprises

Vice President

Michelle Quinn is Vice President of VxL Enterprises, a Veteran Owned Small Business providing stability, security, and training solutions around the world for the Department of State, Department of Defense, and others.  At VxL, Michelle leads efforts to support these critical USG missions, by establishing relationships with the USG, security industry partners, and other organizations in both the U.S. and abroad.

Prior to her time with VxL, Michelle also served as Vice President of International Programs at A-T Solutions (now PAE); Operations Manager for TEDAC (a multi-agency Counter-Terrorism program operating out of the FBI Lab in Quantico, Virginia); and Manager of Operations and Training for the WPPS/WPPS II Program at DynCorp International.  At these organizations, Michelle focused on stabilization missions, Counter-terrorism initiatives, and police/military training needs.

Michelle also worked for several years on Capitol Hill, supporting House Congressional Committees on the issues, needs, and funding of USAID, IMF, World Bank, and other entities; and in the Executive Branch of the U.S. government, at the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB). 

Michelle holds a B.A. from The College of William and Mary, and an MBA from the University of Mary Washington. She is a member of Women in International Security, the Harvard Business Review Advisory Board, and local charitable organizations in Fredericksburg, Virginia.  As a member of the Board of ISOA, Michelle is committed to increasing ISOA membership and participation, by engaging both the many small security/training companies, and women, who work in the ISOA space and can contribute greatly to the ISOA mission.

 

Darryle Conway

PAE, Inc.

VP Expeditionary Logistics Business & VP of Business Development for GLSO

Darryle currently serves in two positions: Vice President of PAE’s Expeditionary Logistics Business Area, a rapidly expanding service line under PAE’s Global Logistics and Stability Operations (GLSO) business with annual sales of $700M.  In addition, Darryle also leads business development for GLSO, a role he assumed upon joining PAE in 2011.
 
Darryle is an accomplished executive with proven record of consistently delivering projects on time and within budget and developing and executing growth strategies. In addition to managing existing OCONUS programs in his Expeditionary Logistics portfolio, Darryle is successfully executing a growth strategy with recent awards of the Air Force Contractor Augmentation Program (AFCAP) and the Air Force Counter Narcotics and Global Threats (CN&GT) IDIQ contracts.   
 
Prior to joining PAE, Darryle spent five years with Raytheon, Darryle was Director of Strategic Planning and Business Development with the Corporate Homeland Security Office and then Business Development Executive for Global Security Solutions at Raytheon Technical Services Company.    
 
Prior to joining Raytheon, Darryle worked at SAIC in various roles of increasing responsibility, supporting both business development and contract execution.  Prior to departing SAIC, Darryle’s principal assignments included: Deputy Director, Homeland Security Accounts; Deputy to the senior vice president for corporate business development.
 
Darryle is a native of Washington D.C. and graduated with a B.S. in Biology from East Tennessee State University.  
 

Kelley DeConciliis

CHSi (Comprehensive Health Services)

Vice President, International Business Development

Currently, DeConciliis serves as Vice President of International Business Development at Comprehensive Health Services (CHSi) in Reston, VA.  DeConciliis brings over 15 years of healthcare, emergency preparedness, disaster response, and international global operations experience in federal and private sectors. DeConciliis is responsible for the company’s international business and operations in high-risk, austere environments located in Iraq, Afghanistan, Germany, Italy, Japan, Africa, and the United Kingdom.

Prior to CHSi, DeConciliis served as vice president of federal systems for Remote Medical International (RMI), who managed the executive oversight and operations for USAID’s $95M HIV Rapid Test Kit Program, the second largest supply chain for PEPFAR (President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief) in Africa. Prior to RMI, she served as VP of Federal at CliniComp Intl., overseeing the operations and successful deployment of Department of Defense (DoD) Military Health’s EMR to 60 Military Treatment Facilities (MTFs) that spanned over 3 continents and 7 countries worldwide.

She also worked for Microsoft Corporation in the Health Solutions Group (HSG). As inter-agency liaison at Washington Hospital Center in Washington, DC, DeConciliis worked on the "Federal ER One Project," a national prototype for the next-generation "all risks ready" emergency department. Her background experience also includes counter-bioterrorism training and simulation for clinicians and first-responders, while managing grant programs to aid in emergency response to Mass Casualty Incidents (MCI). DeConciliis holds a Neuro-psychology degree from The Catholic University of America

ISOA Advisory Council

The ISOA Advisory Council works closely with ISOA executive staff and BOD to develop and guide the strategic vision of the organization and to insure ISOA maintains critical linkages across industries and government sectors.

Ambassador Michael Ussery

Mongolia Holdings

Chairman

Since 1992, former U.S. Ambassador Michael Ussery has led major investments, business development and humanitarian projects in East Europe, Asia, the Mid-East, and the Caribbean. Ussery is a founder of companies and non-profit organizations, and he has been a strategic advisor to leading corporations and nine countries.  

Today, Ussery is Chairman of Mongolia Holdings, and he is Vice Chairman of Kima Communications. He is in his 12th year as a Board of Director of Safi Apparel, a U.S. military contractor in Afghanistan. Michael Ussery is Chairman of the Advisory Board of the CalErin Group, an investment advisory firm in East Europe and the Balkans.

Others he advises include: San Leon Energy, World Perspective, StatPoint Technologies, Advantiv, CorpsAfrica, Resonance, Constant Water, Philip Qiu Foundation for education, and the Nazarene Fund for refugees. He holds a current U.S. Government security clearance, and has been involved in Navy Seal evacuation training exercises.  

Michael Ussery has served previously on the boards of Terocelo, D’Sal Inc., Safe Security, and Dignity Products. He was a Co-Founder in 1997 of the Romania Moldova Direct Fund (RMDF) and Chairman of its Advisory Board. RMDF purchased and successfully turned around five distressed companies.   

From 2000 to 2014 Ussery was a Global Adviser to General Dynamics. He was appointed by the Governor of Virginia as Commissioner of the Vint Hill Economic Development Authority 2001 – 2007, turning a former U.S. military base into a commercial center. 

In international higher education, Michael Ussery is President of CAUA, planning and organizing American universities overseas. Previously, Ussery was Chairman and President 2002 – 2006 of the Coordinating Council for International Universities that planned the American University of Afghanistan, and he advised the government of Japan on higher education reform.

Michael Ussery was appointed by President Reagan on December 22, 1988 to be U.S. Ambassador to Morocco, at that time the youngest serving U.S. Ambassador. He was re-appointed by President Bush in 1989 and confirmed unanimously 98 – 0 by the U.S. Senate, serving at post until 1992, leading an embassy of 800 personnel and 10 federal agencies based in four cities.   

Ussery served as a political appointee at U.S. Department of State 1981 - 1992, including Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Near East and South Asia Bureau; Chairman of the twelve federal agency Libya Task Force during the U.S.-Libya confrontation; White House Liaison for the Department, and Director for Congressional and Media Relations in the International Organizations Bureau.

In 1988 he left State to serve as Senior Adviser to the Bush – Quayle Campaign in the office of Campaign Manager Lee Atwater, returning to State to serve as U.S. Ambassador.

After graduating from Newberry College, he was Chief of Staff 1979 to 1981 to U.S. Congressman Carroll Campbell (R-SC).    Tel: (1) 202-251-6943; Email: meussery@earthlink.net

Christopher Thomas Mayer

Armed Contingency Contractor Policy and Programs

Director

Christopher Mayer is the Director, Armed Contingency Contractor Policy and Programs in the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Program Support). His primary responsibility is to develop policy and manage Department-level oversight for private security contractors (PSCs) supporting U.S. contingency operations. His duties include advising Combatant Commands on matters relating to contract security in contingency operations, acting as U.S. Government Technical Representative in the development of industry standards for PSCs, and U.S. Government technical advisor for the International Code of Conduct for Private Security Service Providers. His portfolio also includes integration of human rights and anti-human trafficking policy into U.S. contingency contracting and lectures at the International Institute of Humanitarian Law on private security related issues, including rules for the use of force and the law of armed conflict.

Prior to his retirement from the U.S. Army in 2009, then-Colonel Mayer served under the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Global Security Affairs, where he was responsible for developing integrated approaches to post-conflict or disaster relief and recovery. He also represented the U.S. Government in drafting the Montreux Document for good practices regarding Private Military and Security Companies. Previous duty assignments include Senior U.S. Military Observer and Chief of Civil-Military Coordination to the UN Mission in Liberia (2007-2008); Chief of Staff for the Defense Reconstruction Support Office (2005-2007); and Chief of Staff, Iraq Program Management Office (2004-2005), responsible for the Coalition Provisional Authority-managed reconstruction of Iraq. In this capacity, he established an operations center to centrally manage Private Security Company support of reconstruction. A career armored cavalry officer, Christopher Mayer is also a qualified in Civil Affairs and certified in Defense acquisition and emergency management – including qualification as a search and rescue pilot.

His awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Medal for Exceptional Civilian Service, the Superior Civilian Service Award, the Commander’s Award for Civilian Service, the Commander’s Award for Public Service, and the United Nations Medal. Chris Mayer holds Master’s Degrees from the University of Louisville and the Army War College and is also a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Air War College. He is married to the former Debra Ann Hotho and has three sons.Christopher Mayer is the Director, Armed Contingency Contractor Policy and Programs in the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Program Support). His primary responsibility is to develop policy and manage Department-level oversight for private security contractors (PSCs) supporting U.S. contingency operations. His duties include advising Combatant Commands on matters relating to contract security in contingency operations, acting as U.S. Government Technical Representative in the development of industry standards for PSCs, and U.S. Government technical advisor for the International Code of Conduct for Private Security Service Providers. His portfolio also includes integration of human rights and anti-human trafficking policy into U.S. contingency contracting and lectures at the International Institute of Humanitarian Law on private security related issues, including rules for the use of force and the law of armed conflict.

Prior to his retirement from the U.S. Army in 2009, then-Colonel Mayer served under the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Global Security Affairs, where he was responsible for developing integrated approaches to post-conflict or disaster relief and recovery. He also represented the U.S. Government in drafting the Montreux Document for good practices regarding Private Military and Security Companies. Previous duty assignments include Senior U.S. Military Observer and Chief of Civil-Military Coordination to the UN Mission in Liberia (2007-2008); Chief of Staff for the Defense Reconstruction Support Office (2005-2007); and Chief of Staff, Iraq Program Management Office (2004-2005), responsible for the Coalition Provisional Authority-managed reconstruction of Iraq. In this capacity, he established an operations center to centrally manage Private Security Company support of reconstruction. A career armored cavalry officer, Christopher Mayer is also a qualified in Civil Affairs and certified in Defense acquisition and emergency management – including qualification as a search and rescue pilot.

His awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Medal for Exceptional Civilian Service, the Superior Civilian Service Award, the Commander’s Award for Civilian Service, the Commander’s Award for Public Service, and the United Nations Medal. Chris Mayer holds Master’s Degrees from the University of Louisville and the Army War College and is also a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Air War College. He is married to the former Debra Ann Hotho and has three sons.

Daniel F. Runde

Project on Prosperity and Development

Director

Daniel F. Runde is director of the Project on Prosperity and Development and holds the William A. Schreyer Chair in Global Analysis at CSIS. His work centers on the contributions of development assistance, the multilateral institutions, the private sector and good governance for creating a more free and prosperous world. 
 
A thought leader on international development, emerging markets and foreign policy, he has influenced many debates regarding the deployment of U.S. power in the world.  His work has been cited for preserving the Doing Business Initiative at the World Bank Group in 2013.  He shaped the conversation regarding U.S. participation in implementing the 2014 World Trade Organization’s Trade Facilitation Agreement.  In 2015, he advised the U.S. State Department in its preparations for the Financing for Development conference in Addis Ababa; Mr. Runde’s work led to the creation of the Sustainable Financing Initiative, an effort by the U.S. government to leverage additional local government revenue for health. He also was active in bringing the U.S. Congress and the U.S. Executive branch to an agreement on IMF Quota Reform in 2016.  He has directed and published dozens of papers and reports.  He speaks often at international fora and convenes dozens of conferences and roundtables every year.

Mr. Runde is a columnist at Forbes.com and hosts a podcast series called “Building the Future with Dan Runde.”  He blogs at Foreignpolicy.com. He has testified in front of the US Congress as well as the Australian and Canadian Parliaments.  He has been an advisor to the US Government, the Canadian, Australian, Korean, Danish and Japanese governments. He works closely with the World Bank Group, the Asian Development Bank, and the United Nations.

Prior to CSIS, he led teams of people, managed organizational change initiatives, and built cross sectoral partnerships for the International Finance Corporation, part of the World Bank Group, and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). At USAID, he was responsible for running the Global Development Alliance Initiative and was responsible for building 100 partnerships directly and another 300 indirectly through training and technical assistance that leveraged $4.8 for international development.

Mr. Runde worked for both CitiBank and BankBoston in Buenos Aires, Argentina.  He began his career in investment banking at Alex. Brown & Sons, Inc., in Baltimore.

He received an M.P.P. from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and holds a B.A., cum laude, from Dartmouth College. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Bretton Woods Committee.  He served on the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the United States from 2012-2016.  He serves on the board of the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES).

David Litt, Ambassador (ret)

Center for Stabilization and Economic Reconstruction

Executive Director

Ambassador Litt has served as CSER’s Executive Director since February 2008. The Center designs, organizes and runs professional education programs for diverse organizational cultures that operate in crisis environments. Among CSER program participants are military, government agency, private sector, NGO, and international organization personnel. CSER is part of the Institute for Defense and Business, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit education and research institute, affiliated with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 

Prior to that, Ambassador Litt served for 34 years as a career U.S. diplomat, specializing in the Middle East and Southwest Asia. In 2005-2006 he was the third-ranking officer at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq, with the title of Political-Military Counselor, providing policy advice to the U.S. Ambassador, and serving as liaison between the Embassy and the Multi-National Forces – Iraq. His final assignment as a Foreign Service Officer, 

prior to retirement in 2008, was as the Associate Director for International Liaison at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. Ambassador Litt entered the Foreign Service in 1974. He served as the U.S. Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates (1995-1998) and as Consul General in Dubai ten years prior. Ambassador Litt was Political Advisor to U.S. Central Command and U.S. Special Operations Command at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida (1998-2004). While at the Department of State, Ambassador Litt served as the Director of the Office of Northern Gulf Affairs (Iran and Iraq), and also as Desk Officer for Saudi Arabia. In addition to a tour as economic/commercial officer in Kabul, Afghanistan, in the late 1970s, he served twice as political officer in Damascus, Syria. Just prior to his recent service in Baghdad, he was the State Department’s Diplomat-in-Residence at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. 

Other assignments included Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Niamey, Niger, and as a consular officer in Palermo, Italy. Among several other languages, he speaks Italian, French, Arabic, and Afghan-Persian (Dari). 

Ambassador Litt was born on Dec. 27, 1949, in Pittsburgh, PA, and grew up in Miami, FL. He received a bachelor's degree with majors in history and French from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1971, and a master's degree in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, D.C. in 1973. At SAIS, he specialized in European affairs and international economics. He attended Harvard University's Program for Senior Executives in National and International Security at the John F. Kennedy School of Government in 2000. 

He is married to the former Beatrice Ilardi, and has two children, Barbara and Giorgio. 

Doug Brooks

Emeritus

Founder and President

ISOA Founder and President Emeritus Mr. Brooks advocates for effective utilization of private sector services in fragile environments and is a specialist in African security issues. He has written extensively on the regulation and constructive uses of the private sector for international stabilization, peacekeeping, and humanitarian missions. Mr. Brooks has testified before the U.S. Congress, South African Parliament, appeared on numerous TV and radio programs including the BBC, CBS News, NBC News, Fox News, CNN International, National Public Radio, Voice of America, SABC in South Africa and the Lehrer News Hour. Mr. Brooks has been an Adjunct Faculty member at American University and an Academic Fellow and Research Associate with the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA), Johannesburg He has also lectured at Georgetown University, and InterAmerican Defense College at Ft. McNair.

Dr. Ronald J. Clark

Spartan Strategy and Risk Management

CEO

Dr. Ronald J. Clark is the CEO of Spartan Strategy and Risk Management providing advisory services to public and private sector corporations on national security challenges. Previously, he served as the Deputy Under Secretary for the National Protection and Programs Directorate at the Department of Homeland Security. As Deputy Under Secretary, he oversaw the Office of Infrastructure Protection, the Federal Protective Service, the Office of Cyber and Infrastructure Analysis and the Office of Biometrics and Identity Management a combined team of over 16,000 law enforcement, civilian and contractedpersonnel. He also integrated the Office of Cybersecurity and Communications to ensure a holistic approach to infrastructure protection across physical and cyber risk activities. Dr. Clark previously served in the White House under both President Barack Obama and President George W. Bush.  With President Obama he served on the National Security Council Staff as a Director and Senior Director.  Under President Bush he served in the Executive Office of the President. Dr. Clark is also a retired Marine Corps infantry and force reconnaissance officer who led units in combat overseas and served as a senior advisor to the Multi-National Forces Iraq Commander and to the Commander of U.S. Central Command.  Dr. Clark was an Assistant Professor at the University of Virginia and later served as a White House Fellow concentrating on national contingency plans.  He participated in the NYC ‪9/11 Search and Rescue Operation and supported the launch of a Hurricane Katrina Emergency Operations Center in New Orleans. Dr. Clark is a member of numerous boards and advisory councils, to include the Milbank Memorial Fund. He is also a Council on Foreign Relations lifetime member.  Dr. Clark is the recipient of awards that include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Bronze Star Medal and the National Security Council Outstanding Service Award. Dr. Clark received a BA degree from the University of Rochester, and holds two MEd degrees and a PhD degree from the University of Virginia.

Eleanor R. Spector

Fluor Corporation

Vice President, Contracts and Supply Chain Management

Eleanor R. Spector has been Vice President for Contracts and Supply Chain Management at Fluor Corporation since March 2011. Mrs. Spector leads the contracting and subcontracting organizations for the Fluor Government Group. 

Prior to joining Fluor, Mrs. Spector was Vice President, Contracts for Lockheed Martin Corporation from 2000 to 2011. 

Between 1984 and 2000, she was the Director of Defense Procurement and Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Procurement. In those positions, Mrs. Spector was responsible for all matters related to procurement policy in the Defense Department, including directing the Defense Acquisition Regulations Council and developing policy for contract pricing and financing, contract administration, international contracting, and training of contracting personnel.  She was the principal advisor to the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Technology on major weapon system contracting strategies and was an advisor to the Defense Acquisition Board.

Mrs. Spector began her career as a Navy Management Intern.  Prior to joining the Office of the Secretary of Defense, she spent 13 years at the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR). There she was involved in all phases of airframe, radar, and missile contracting and pricing, progressing from Contract Specialist, Procuring Contracting Officer, and Contracting Branch Head, to the position of Director, Cost Analysis.

Her professional activities have included: Chair, AIA Procurement and Finance Council; Advisor and Fellow, National Contract Management Association; Director, Procurement Roundtable; Board of Advisors, Defense Systems Management College; Chair, Government-Industry Advisory Panel on Rights in Technical Data; and Chair, DoD Procurement and Contracting Training Board.

Mrs. Spector received numerous awards while she was at the Department of Defense, among which are the Presidential Distinguished Executive Rank Award (twice), the Presidential Meritorious Executive Rank Award (three times), the Distinguished Civilian Service Medal (three times), the National Public Service Award, and the Secretary of Defense Award for Excellence.

Frank G. Helmick

Senior Vice President for Mission Solutions Group

Lieutenant General (United States Army, Retired)

Lieutenant General (Ret.) Frank Helmick joined SOSi in 2012 after a distinguished 36-year military career in the U.S. Army. LTG Helmick serves as Senior Vice President for SOSi’s Mission Solutions Group.

LTG Helmick was the Commanding General of America’s only Airborne Corps (the XVIII Airborne Corps) and the nation’s largest military installation – Fort Bragg. He also served as the Deputy Commanding General for Operations with United States Forces – Iraq, and commanded the Multi-National Security Transition Command – Iraq and the North Atlantic Treaty Alliance (NATO) Training Mission – Iraq.

Additionally, LTG Helmick was Assistant Division Commander, Operations, for the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) when troops under his command successfully ended the hunt for Uday and Qusay Hussein.

LTG Helmick earned a bachelor’s degree in general engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point, and a master’s degree in management and organizational behavior studies from the Naval Postgraduate School.

James Lariviere

Health Net Federal Services

Vice President, Government Relations

James Lariviere is Vice President for Government Relations at Health Net Federal Services (HNFS), an industry leader in developing comprehensive managed care programs for military families. He joined HNFS after serving as ISOA Executive Director from 2015-2016.
 
A retired Major General in the Marine Corps Reserve, he most recently served as Deputy Director for Politico-Military Affairs (Africa), The Joint Staff. He has an extensive background in stability operations with service in Lebanon and Afghanistan as well as Commanding General of the 4th Marine Division.
 
He also brings in-depth legislative expertise having served in a number of positions on the staff of the US Congress including as Director of the House Veteran's Affairs Committee and as a professional staff member on the House Armed Services Committee's Defense Policy Staff. He also worked in the private sector as Senior Public Policy Advisor for Holland and Knight, LLC and as a member of The Spectrum Group.
 
James Lariviere holds a Master's degree in National Security Affairs from Georgetown University, a Bachelor’s degree in History from The Citadel and is a graduate of the Air War College.

Jeffrey M. Hermann

Air Combat Command, Acquisition Management and Integration Center (AMIC)

Deputy Director for Program Management at Headquarters

Mr. Jeffrey M. Hermann is the Deputy Director for Program Management at Headquarters, Air Combat Command, Acquisition Management and Integration Center (AMIC). He is responsible for providing ACC with a unique cross-functional activity charged program management of 16 SCAT I and II services acquisition programs valued greater than $ 6 B supporting Air Combat Command, various AF Commands, HAF, all 6 GCCs/SOCOM,

and other government agencies in over 22 countries spanning the globe. Leadership responsibilities of this unique multifunctional organization include cradle to grave acquisition and program management of services programs such as Predator/Reaper/Global Hawk & Relay Site Maintenance, War Reserve Materiel (WRM), 80+ task orders in support of the Counter Narcotics and Global Threats mission, North Warning System, 20+ task orders in support of AFCENT, AF Enterprise Wide PMEL , Aerial Targets, Nellis Backshop Maintenance, Air Traffic Control and Landing Systems, T-38 Companion Trainers, and other multifunctional services programs.

Mr. Hermann enlisted in the AF and was later commissioned via OTS as a second lieutenant. His officer and civilian career have been as an acquisition program manager and he has held a variety of weapons system and services acquisition positions to include T-6A and Glider Replacement program contracts manager, T-1A TCTO program manager, T-1A Ground Based Training System program manager, ACC Primary Training Ranges program manager, Forward Operating Locations-Base Operating Support program manager, and Counter Narcotics and Global Threats Division Chief. He completed his military service in July 2007 and then was briefly employed in the private sector prior to joining the civil service.

CAREER CHRONOLOGY

Present Deputy Director, Program Management, HQ ACC AMIC, Langley AFB, VA
2012 – 2016 Division Chief, Counter Narcotics and Global Threats, HQ ACC AMIC
2007 – 2012 Program Manager, FOL-BOS, HQ ACC AMIC, Langley AFB, VA
2005 – 2007 Program Manager, Primary Training Ranges, HQ ACC/A3A, Langley AFB, VA
2003 – 2005 Program Manager, T-1A GBTS, Training Aircraft Systems SPO, WPAFB, OH
2001 – 2003 Program Manager, T-1A TCTO, Training Aircraft Systems SPO, WPAFB, OH
2000 – 2001 Contract Manager, T-6/Gliders, Training Aircraft Systems SPO, WPAFB, OH
1995 – 2000 Environmental Controls, 355th Civil Engineering Squadron, DMAFB, AZ

EDUCATION/CREDENTIALS

MBA Wright State University
BS Management Park University
Project Management Professional Project Management Institute
Life Cycle Logistics, Level III Defense Acquisition University
Program Management, Level II Defense Acquisition University
Contracting, Level I Defense Acquisition University
Air Command and Staff College Air University (correspondence)
Squadron Officer School Air University
Air and Space Basic Course Air University
Master Certificate, Project Management Villanova University
Master Certificate, Government Contracting George Washington University/ESI
Lean Six Sigma Green Belt

Lynne M. Schneider

Ms. Schneider has extensive experience as an international strategy consultant in the defense industry and public/private sector economic development.  She served as the principal policy and oversight advisor (Highly Qualified Expert) to the Deputy Under Secretary of the Army on matters affecting Army Stability Operations.  She worked for IBM in their Global Business Services Division supporting Lean Six Sigma efforts. She currently supports the NRO as a contractor and volunteers at TAPS as the lead for establishing Project Hope: Support to the widows of the Afghan National Security Forces in Afghanistan- emotional support and micro-enterprise development. 

She has provided innovative strategy and policy solutions to senior officials/military on a global scale and has extensive knowledge of global innovation, policy/processes, crisis response, and economic development and microbusiness initiatives.  Successfully researched and re-engineered large enterprise-wide initiatives, across multi-functional, cross-disciplinary teams for the private sector and in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, US Army, European Command and IBM. She was the key contributor for the creation of the Chief Management Officer Act, Information Technology Management Reform Act and Government Performance and Results Act.

In 2010 she worked for the US Forces in Basrah, Iraq as the civilian Economic Advisor to the Commanding General for all of southern Iraq.  She was involved in rebuilding the private sector of the Basrah Governate developing and implementing public and private business partnerships in construction, oil and gas, steel, and other private entities utilizing private capital investments. Ms. Schneider has extensive private sector experience with NGOs and advises them to develop strategies and execute plans for private sector economic development.

Ms. Schneider started her own independent consulting firm in 1998 in order to apply knowledge innovation and economic development strategies to position clients for emerging markets and advising business incubators across Germany.  She has traveled extensively overseas and has international contacts and business partners in Europe and the Middle East.

Ms. Schneider is an honorary member of Entovation International – a global knowledge innovation strategy firm as well as a founder of Enterability which housed Entertech.  Enterability was an e-learning, curriculum and training company targeting entry level job and life skills training.  Entertech software was developed by UT Austin and was obtained through the technology transfer program at the Austin Technology Incubator.

Ms. Schneider served on active duty in Iraq in 2004 as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom.  Her team assisted the Iraqi populace in rebuilding an area on the south side of Baghdad.  Her second tour placed her in charge of civil military operations planning for the surge in 2007 for the entire Baghdad province, a population of over 7 Million Iraqi’s.  This position required extensive collaboration and integration with USG Inter-agency and non-USG players in economic development, governance, and the private sector. She received the Bronze Star Medal for her work.  Ms. Schneider is currently a Lieutenant Colonel and serves in the Army Reserve and is an expert on Civil Military operations.

She has spent 25+ years in the Army Reserve, is a Fellow at the Institute of Capital and Creativity (IC2) in Austin Texas.  She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, a Master’s Degree in Information Systems from George Mason University. Ms. Schneider volunteers on the Board for the Orphan Foundation of America, the Iraqi Children’s Foundation and One World Medical Relief.

She is co-author of six books including:  Non-traditional Warfare: 21st Century Threats and Responses; Knowledge Economics; and Business Process Engineering: Advancing the State of the Art; The Future of Innovation, as well as numerous articles.

Major General Jefforey A. Smith, U.S. Army Retired

Sallyport Global Holdings Inc.

Senior Vice-President

Major General Jefforey Smith (U.S. Army Retired) is the Senior Vice-President for Sallyport Global Holdings Inc. In this role, Mr. Smith develops, oversees and helps implement strategic initiatives and programs that support Sallyport's vision and short and long-term strategic plans. General Smith serves as a corporate senior member in engagements with clients, government officials and policy makers in the United States and internationally.

General Smith retired from the U.S. Army in July 2016 with 32 years of distinguished service. He has commanded organizations at every level of the U.S. Army with multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan leading troops in combat operations from company to division level. General Smith has operated at the highest levels within the Department of Defense, Joint Staff, and major combatant commands worldwide. While serving in U.S. Central Command, he provided strategic advice on the Central Asian States, Horn of Africa, Middle East and North Africa, including Israel and Lebanon. He later served in Iraq were he successfully led the governance, reconstruction and economic initiatives in all of Southern Iraq, working alongside U.S. Department of State and the Government of Iraq.

While serving on the Joint Staff, General Smith was the principal advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on matters relating to the Middle East and North Africa, including the Iranian Nuclear issue, crisis in Yemen and issues involving the Israelis and Palestinians. He later led a $6 billion dollar program to rebuild the Afghan National Police and Ministry of Interior. General Smith also served as a senior officer within the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), Afghanistan, where he led all operations and strategic planning in Afghanistan and participated in high level engagements between senior Afghan and Pakistan officials.

In one of his last military positions, General Smith led United States Army Cadet Command overseeing the education and training of over 330,000 students and cadets in the United States and abroad. He has built unparalleled subject matter expertise in strategic-level leader development and education in both the military and private sector.

Jeff has a Bachelor of Science Degree, two Masters Degrees, and is a graduate of the U.S. Army War College.

Ryan C. Berry

Chaintegrity LLC and Ward & Berry PLLC

Ryan Berry is a former Vice Chairman of the ISOA Board of Directors and its long-time legal counsel.  After years as a Shareholder in one of the world’s largest law firms, Ryan founded Chaintegrity, an innovative social entrepreneurship venture seeking to eradicate human trafficking in contractor supply chains.  He now serves as Chaintegrity’s CEO while also maintaining a sophisticated law practice as a founding partner of Ward & Berry PLLC. 

Ryan is an accomplished trial lawyer recognized as a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers. He has successfully handled significant cases for clients in the national security, technology, and sports/entertainment sectors.  In addition to his active litigation practice, Ryan is also a Certified Compliance & Ethics Professional (CCEP).  He assists companies in developing and improving their compliance and ethics programs, conducts internal investigations, and provides periodic training to clients on critical compliance topics.  Ryan is experienced in handling international disputes and investigations for government contractors and multi-national corporations.  His work in this area has been particularly focused on the False Claims Act (FCA), the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), and personal injury claims brought by foreign citizens against U.S. contractors.  Ryan has skillfully guided clients through investigations brought by federal agency IGs, Congressional investigations, suspensions and proposed debarments.

Ryan graduated from the Washington & Lee University School of Law.  Prior to practicing law, he was a management consultant for the Department of Defense, and earlier served as an active duty military officer.  Ryan earned his bachelor’s degree from the United States Military Academy.

William Imbrie

DynCorp International

Senior Director for International Programs

Mr. Imbrie is a US Navy veteran and former Senior Foreign Service Officer with tours in the Middle East and Europe.  His responsibilities at Dyncorp include government relations; training, advise and mentorship of foreign forces; contingency operations and international development.  He has extensive experience with the US Department of Defense, Department of State, USAID, Congress, the National Security Council, the U.N., as well as with the White House.  As a Foreign Service Officer, William was directly responsible for the UN Peacekeeping appropriation for the Department of State.  Mr. Imbrie served as ISOA’s Board Chairman from 2013 – 2015.

William N. Bryan

Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

Under Secretary (Acting) for Science and Technology

William N. Bryan assumed the role of Under Secretary (Acting) for Science and Technology at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on May 30, 2017. Prior to joining to S&T, Mr. Bryan was the President of ValueBridge International’s Energy Group in Reston, Virginia.

An Army veteran with 17 years of active military service and three years in the Virginia National Guard, Mr. Bryan brings a wealth of experience gained from multiple leadership roles in the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and Department of Defense (DoD).

Mr. Bryan served eight years with DOE, most recently as a Senior Advisor in the Office of International Affairs. There, he responded to pressing global energy challenges including energy security, market volatility and hazard/threat impacts. With his primary focus on Ukraine, he led several international delegations to help Ukraine overcome energy challenges, move toward energy independence and mitigate impacts from cyber events.

A former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Infrastructure Security and Energy Restoration in DOE’s Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, Mr. Bryan worked with the National Security Council, other U.S. government agencies, private industry and international partners to enhance the security and resilience of the nation’s critical energy infrastructure. He also facilitated the reconstruction and recovery of damaged or disrupted energy systems from a variety of threats and hazards.

Prior to his DOE activities, he served for five years as the Director for Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) in DoD’s Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, where he led all critical infrastructure and Defense Industrial Base (DIB)-related activities. He also advised DoD leadership on the relevance of current CIP and DIB capabilities, methodologies and technologies in support of military and civil homeland defense efforts deemed essential to national security.   

Mr. Bryan holds a Master of Science in strategic intelligence from the Joint Military Intelligence College in Washington, D.C. He also graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in logistics systems management from Colorado Technical University in Colorado Springs, Colorado.