Board of Advisors

Vice Admiral Nancy E. Brown

United States Navy (Retired)

After completing over 35 years of service Vice Admiral Nancy E. Brown retired from her position on the Joint Staff as the Director, Command, Control, Communications and Computer Systems. She is on the Board of Directors of the United States Naval Institute, is the Chair of the Board of Directors of Homeward Deployed, and an Executive Committee Member of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA). In August 2004, she deployed to Iraq, becoming the first Multi-National Force–Iraq C6 headquartered in Baghdad and returned to the Joint Staff in April 2005. In August 2005, Vice Admiral Brown assumed the duties as J6 Director for both North American Aerospace Defense Command and United States Northern Command. In August 2006, she assumed her last active duty position as the Director, Command, Control, Communications and Computer Systems (C4 Systems), the Joint Staff. Ms. Brown earned a Master of Science degree in Communication Management from the Naval Postgraduate School, and a Master of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College.

Curt Hastings

Chief Technology Officer, PermissionBit

Dr. Hastings did his undergraduate studies at Yale University. He received his PhD from the California Institute of Technology and did postdoctoral work in biophysics at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. For over a decade, he developed and managed the computational analytic capabilities and databases of the Institute for Physical Science. He co-founded and is CTO of PermissionBit, a cybersecurity company. His research interests include using computational methods to address questions in the biological sciences, hard problems in political economy, and the application of machine learning techniques to cybersecurity issues.

Ronnie Mainieri

Chief Executive Officer, PermissionBit

Dr. Mainieri received his PhD from New York University for research on the interplay between statistical mechanics and dynamical systems. He was a postdoctoral fellow at Los Alamos National Laboratory and later a staff member after spending some time as a NATO and a Fulbright Scholar at the Niels Bohr Institute. He co-authored “Introduction to Quantum Computers” and early drafts of the “ChaosBook”. He co-founded the Institute for Physical Science, which focused on data-driven political science and PermissionBit, which uses machine learning to detect computer breaches.

Rear Admiral Norman T. Saunders (Retired)

United States Coast Guard (Retired)

Rear Admiral Norman T. Saunders is 35-year veteran of 35 years of the U.S. Coast Guard. Prior to taking on independent work, he served as Vice President for Corporate Development with Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), with responsibility for a number of Homeland Defense and Homeland Security programs, including Maritime and Port Security matters, as well as Coast Guard programs, projects, and a range of supporting technology efforts. Before retiring from active service in 1999, Admiral Saunders served as Commander, 7th Coast Guard District, where he exercised direct responsibility for the full spectrum of Coast Guard activities in the Southeast U.S. and the Caribbean, to include lifesaving, law enforcement, maritime security, and environmental missions. He is a Vietnam veteran. Admiral Saunders received a Master of Science in Operations Research from the Naval Post Graduate School, a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the U. S. Coast Guard Academy, and is a graduate of the National War College.