Building a Community of National Security Entrepreneurs

The National Security Strategy and the National Defense Strategy each call for a strong National Defense Innovation Base comprised of the whole of American entrepreneurs, companies, industries, universities, research laboratories, and government agencies to act together as a network people, knowledge, and capabilities to keep America safe.

For one night only, the Georgetown University Security Studies Program Hacking for Defense graduate seminar and the Pentagon's MD5 National Security Technology Accelerator bring together national security innovation experts to discuss in depth the challenges and benefits of an aligned innovation strategy to ensure American and Allied leadership in a renewed great power competition.

Alumni and attendees not affiliated with Georgetown University must RSVP in order to attend. For current Georgetown students, faculty, and staff, an RSVP is preferred but not required if you have a valid GU ID. No bags allowed.


General Denis Mercier
NATO Supreme Allied Commander for Transformation

Maj. Gen. John Jansen
Commandant, Dwight D. Eisenhower School of National Security & Resource Strategy

Dawn Meyerriecks
CIA Deputy Director for Science & Technology

Morgan Plummer
Managing Director, MD5

Maj. Gen. Kim Crider
Chief Data Officer, US Air Force

Elsa Kania
Technology Fellow, Center for a New American Security

Hon. James “Hondo” Geurts
Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development, & Acquisition

Hon. Dr. Will Roper
Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Technology, & Logistics

Maj. Gen. Robert Scales
Secretary of Defense Close Combat Lethality Task Force Advisory Board

Chris Taylor
Moderator & Adjunct Professor of National Security Studies, Georgetown University

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Gaston Hall
37th and O St., N.W., Washington

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Academic Events, Special Events


Students, Faculty/Staff, Alumni, Public


Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Security Studies Program


Open to the public and the press?


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Jordan Moeny

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