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Wes O’Donnell

A veteran of both the US Army and US Air Force, Professor Wes O’Donnell is a highly sought-after presenter who has recently spoken at TEDx on Data Visualization and the US Air Force Academy on Leadership. He is noted for his fascinating, informative, dynamic and entertaining keynotes. Wes educates companies and government organizations on a number of topics ranging from emerging technology and big data visualization to veteran’s issues and leadership. Wes also owns Warrior Lodge and loves writing on topics of cybersecurity and military issues. Reach out to Wes on LinkedIn.

James Lint

James R. Lint recently retired as the (GG-15) civilian director for intelligence and security, G2, U.S. Army Communications Electronics Command. He is an adjunct professor at AMU. James has been involved in cyber espionage events from early after the turn of the century in Korea supporting 1st Signal Brigade to DHS Office of Intelligence and Analysis as the first government cyber intelligence analyst. He has 38 years of experience in military intelligence within the U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Army, government contracting and civil service. Additionally, James started the Lint Center for National Security Studies, a nonprofit charity that recently awarded the 43th scholarship for national security students and professionals. James was also elected as the 2015 national vice president for the Military Intelligence Corps Association. He has also served in the Department of Energy’s S&S Security Office after his active military career in the Marine Corps for seven years and also served 14 years in the Army. His military assignments include South Korea, Germany and Cuba in addition to numerous CONUS locations. James has authored a book published in 2013, “Leadership and Management Lessons Learned,” and a new book in 2016 “8 Eyes on Korea, A Travel Perspective of Seoul, Korea.”

Evan Stewart

Currently serving on active duty in the United States Marine Corps, Lt. Evan Stewart is pursuing his Masters Degree in Information Security. In addition, Evan works in an intelligence unit and has deployed to over 10 different countries. His articles are some of the most timely and relevant concerning issues of national security and cyber-defense.

Rob Griggs

For the past 15 years, Rob has played an integral role in boosting quality, profitability, and turnabout in large-scale organizations. His contributions have included propelling major organizations to meet complex and comprehensive goals by providing strategic planning, interdepartmental/agency coordination, and adept project management. Rob is currently an Operations Manager at Amazon and graduated from Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

David E. Hubler

David E. Hubler brings a variety of government, journalism and teaching experience to his position as a Quality Assurance Editor at APUS. David’s professional background includes serving as a senior editor at CIA and the Voice of America. He has also been a managing editor for several business-to-business and business-to-government publishing companies. David has taught high school English in Connecticut and at Northern Virginia Community College. He has a master’s degree for Teachers of English from the University of New Hampshire and a B.A. in English from New York University. David’s 2015 book, “The Nats and the Grays, How Baseball in the Nation’s Capital Survived WWII and Changed the Game Forever,” was published in paperback in May 2017 by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.

David Balaban

David Balaban is a computer security researcher with over 15 years of experience in malware analysis and antivirus software evaluation. David runs the Privacy-PC.com project which presents expert opinions on the contemporary information security matters, including social engineering, penetration testing, threat intelligence, online privacy and white hat hacking. As part of his work at Privacy-PC, Mr. Balaban has interviewed such security celebrities as Dave Kennedy, Jay Jacobs and Robert David Steele to get firsthand perspectives on hot InfoSec issues. David has a strong malware troubleshooting background, with the recent focus on ransomware countermeasures.





Brittany Lamon-Paredes

Brittany Lamon-Paredes is a professional in the defense and intelligence industries. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from Wellesley College in Political Science and Anthropology. She is finishing her Master’s Degree in Intelligence Studies at American Military University. She currently serves in the United States Navy as a Reservist. She has experience in tactical intelligence, with a focus on all-source intelligence analysis. Currently, she enjoys researching and writing on critical infrastructure protection and cyber deterrence used by the United States. She speaks French and Italian. Her passions align with volunteering as an undergraduate Admissions interviewer and learning more about other cultures. She served on the Board of Directors at Wellesley College as a Student Life Member. She is the Treasurer of the Student Veterans Association at American Military University and part of the Editorial Staff for the Society of Defense and Strategic Studies at American Military University. Her ultimate goal is to work for an intelligence agency in their operations departments.

Dan Williams

Dan Williams is an Information Security consultant with experience as a five year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and over 15 years in IT Operations. Dan’s career has spanned various specializations to include systems analysis, network monitoring and defense, software development, and cloud engineering solutions, all with a central theme of security administration and strategic cyber intelligence. He has a bachelor’s degree in Information Systems Security, a master’s degree in Cybersecurity Studies, and is a Systems Security Certified Practitioner through the (ISC) 2 . More recently Dan’s focus as a consultant has been on conducting research regarding DevOps security practices and cloud infrastructure penetration testing and vulnerability assessments to maintain pace with threats
towards advancing and quick-adopting technologies. On a volunteer basis, Dan mentors
future and junior cybersecurity personnel in both an academic setting and in the workplace to
offer guidance to the next generation of Information Security professionals.