Professor Randall K. Nichols (Managing Editor* / Author)
Randall K. Nichols is a Professor of Practice in Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) – Cybersecurity at Kansas State University Aerospace and Technology Campus in Salina, Kansas. Nichols serves as Director, graduate UAS- Cybersecurity Certificate program at KSUP. Nichols is internationally respected, with 50 years of experience in leadership roles in cryptography, counterintelligence, INFOSEC, and sensitive computer applications. Throughout his career, Nichols has published eleven best-selling textbooks. Nichols has provided counsel to the United States government and is certified as a federal subject matter expert (SME) in cryptography and computer forensics. His most recent work involves creating masters and certificate graduate-level programs for KSU and Utica College. To wit:
Author/ Developer: MPT/ MS / Certificate in Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) -Cybersecurity
- Author/ Developer: BS Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) -Cybersecurity
- Retired Chair and Program Developer: MS – Cybersecurity –Intelligence and Forensics
- Retired Chair and Program Director: BS – Cybersecurity and Information Assurance
- Co-Author / Developer: MPS – Risk Assessment and Cybersecurity Policy
- Author / Developer: MS Cyber Surveillance and Warfare
Previously, Nichols was COO of INFOSEC Technologies, LLC, a consulting firm specializing in Counterterrorism, Counterespionage, and Information Security Countermeasures to support its 1700 commercial, educational, and U.S. government, clients.
Nichols served as CEO of COMSEC Solutions, a Cryptographic / Anti-virus / Biometrics Countermeasures Company, a public company acquired in 2000. He served as Vice President of Cryptography and Director of Research of the acquiring firm.
Nichols served as Technology Director of Cryptography and Biometrics for the International Computer Security Association (ICSA), President, and Vice President of the American Cryptogram Association (ACA).
Nichols holds a 3rd Dan Black Belt (R) in Moo Duc Kwan Tae Kwon Do and a permanent rank of 2nd Dan Black Belt (D). In Corpus Christi, TX, he taught self-defense courses for women. In 1994, Nichols was elevated to Ring Judge for the National Tae Kwon Do Championships held in San Antonio, TX.
Managing Editor / Co-author:
Disruptive Technologies with Applications in Airline, Marine, Defense Industries (2021)
Available as a free eBook at: https://newprairiepress.org/ebooks/38/
Unmanned Vehicle Systems & Operations on Air, Sea, Land (2020)
Available as a free eBook at: https://www.newprairiepress.org/ebooks/35/
Counter Unmanned Aircraft Systems Technologies and Operations (2020)
Available as a free eBook at: https://www.newprairiepress.org/ebooks/31/
Unmanned Aircraft Systems in Cyber Domain: Protecting
USA’s Advanced Air Assets, 2nd Edition (2019)
Available as a free eBook at: https://www.newprairiepress.org/ebooks/27
Areas of Expertise / Research Interests
- Counterterrorism / Counter- Intelligence /Counterespionage / Computer Security
- Countermeasures Asymmetric Warfare and Attack / Defense Scenarios against National Critical Infrastructure
- Computer Forensics and Cryptography SME & Federal Expert Witness (Federal Criminal Cases: Treason / Espionage)
- Risk Assessment / Threat Analysis / Vulnerabilities Analysis / Countermeasures
- Cybersecurity / Surveillance Technologies: Aerial, Infrared, Visual, Ultraviolet, Radio, Radar & Sonar
- SCADA – Advanced Cyber-weapons Creation / Deployment / Deployment / Defense
- UAS- Integrating Unmanned Aircraft Systems into National Airspace System
- Designing Acoustic Countermeasures against hostile-actor UAS SWARMS & developing dual-purpose IFF sound libraries.
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Dr. Hans C. Mumm (Co-Author)
Dr. Hans C. Mumm holds a Doctor of Management with a concentration in Homeland Security from Colorado Technical University (CTU) and an MS in Strategic Intelligence from American Military University (AMU). He gained notoriety during Operation Iraqi Freedom as the officer in charge of the “Iraqi Regime Playing Cards; CENTCOM’S Top 55 Most Wanted List,” which was touted by the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) as one of the most successful Information Operations (IO) in the history of Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA). Dr. Mumm is the former Division Chief for Cyber Security at the Office of The Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), programming and executing a budget of over $140M. Dr. Mumm has earned twenty-three personal military ribbons/medals, including six military unit medals/citations and two Directors Awards, from the DIA. In 2016 he was awarded the People of Distinction Humanitarian Award. He was granted a US Patent and Trademark for How to Harmonize the Speed of Innovation and Change with the Human Spirit’s Need for Leadership. In 2005, Dr. Mumm was recognized as one of the “Ten Outstanding Young Americans.” In 2003, he was awarded the National Defense PAC “American Patriot Ingenuity Award” for his service during “Operation Iraqi Freedom.”
He co-authored an international best-selling book titled “Lightning Growth” which is a follow-up to his best-selling book in 2015 titled “Applying Complexity Leadership Theory to Drone Airspace Integration.”
He is a published researcher in both the scientific and social science arenas and has won grants and contracts to further test and evaluate his original research. He has notable experience in research and systems engineering, including contracts for UAV research and creating an advanced multiple fuel system that operated the world’s first and only helicopter that can fly on five separate fuels without engine modifications. His research extends into emerging and disruptive technology for offensive and defensive missions supporting US and coalition operations. His UAV and robotics expertise has focused on determining the specific uses, exceptions, and allowances for robotics operations, including studying the unintended consequences, future use, and misuse of such technologies. Dr. Mumm’s presentations and publications support his research into autonomous systems in the virtual and physical worlds. Additionally, he serves as an adjunct professor at the California University of Pennsylvania (CALU), instructing Homeland Security courses in the Criminal Justice Department.
Wayne D. Lonstein, Esq. CISSP (Co-Author)
Wayne Lonstein holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from Wilkes University, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Cyber Forensics and Information Security from Syracuse University – Utica College, A Master of Science Degree in Homeland Security with a concentration in Information Security from The Pennsylvania State University and a Juris Doctor Degree from Pace University School of Law. Additionally, he holds a CISSP Certification from The Pennsylvania State University. He is a member of the state bars of New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania, as well as being admitted to over 30 United States District Court Bars, The Court of Veterans Appeals, the United States Tax Court, and the bar of the United States Court of Appeals of the 2nd, 3rd, and 5th Circuits.
In addition, Mr. Lonstein has practiced law nationally since 1987 in technology, intellectual property, sports, and entertainment and has litigated over 2000 cases. He is also a member of the New York State Magistrates Association and has served as a Magistrate Judge in the Town of Wawarsing, New York, since 1989.
He is a member of Signal law PC, the Co-Founder, and CEO of VFT Solutions, a member of the Forbes Technology Council. He has authored numerous articles, including: “Why Industry and Government Leaders Need to Realize Vulnerabilities of the Cloud.”
Published on June 16, 2017, on LinkedIn; ‘Identifying The Lone Wolf Using Technology,” on LinkedIn, Published on July 3, 2015; “Are Social Media Companies Using ToS And Safe Harbor To Profit From Infringement, Crime And Terror?,” Forbes.com, April 28, 2017; “Weaponizing Social Media: New Technology Brings New Threat,” Forbes.com, July 7, 2017; ‘Pay No Attention To That Man Behind The Curtain’: Technology vs. Transparency,” Forbes.com, October 17, 2017; and “Drone Technology: The Good, The Bad And The Horrible,” Forbes.com, January 10, 2018.
Dr. Julie J.C.H. Ryan, D.Sc. (Co-Author / Foreword Disruptive Technologies Book 5)
Julie J.C.H. Ryan, D.Sc., is the CEO of Wyndrose Technical Group, having retired from academia in 2017. Her last position in academia was Professor of Cybersecurity and Information Assurance at the U.S. National Defense University. Before that, she was tenured faculty at George Washington University and a visiting scholar at the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST).
Dr. Ryan came to academia from a career in an industry that began when she completed military service. Upon graduating from the U.S. Air Force Academy, Dr. Ryan served as a Signals Intelligence Officer in the Air Force and then a Military Intelligence Officer with the Defense Intelligence Agency. Upon leaving government service, she worked in various positions, including systems engineer, consultant, and senior staff scientist with Sterling Software, Booz Allen & Hamilton, Welkin Associates, and TRW/ESL, supporting various projects and clients.
She is the author /co-author of several books, including Defending Your Digital Assets Against Hackers, Crackers, Spies, and Thieves (McGraw Hill 2000), and a Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS). At Wyndrose Technical Group, she focuses on futures forecasting and strategic planning, focusing on technology surprise and disruption.
Professor Candice M. Carter (Co-Author)
Ms. Candice Carter is a cybersecurity expert with over 15 years of hands-on experience in counterterrorism, counterintelligence, and cybercriminal investigations. She conducts Classified/Unclassified briefings in the areas of Terroristic Cyber Capabilities using Social Media and Counterterrorism for the Intelligence Community (IC). Ms. Carter conducts research and constructs Asymmetric Warfare and Attack / Defense Scenarios against National Critical Infrastructure. She is the Team Lead for NASA Aeronautics Research Institute for Transformative Vertical Flight (TVF) Commercial Intra-City On-Demand VTOL group. Ms. Carter is an invited speaker for key organizations, including BSides London and (ISC)2 Security Congress. She is an Assistant Professor/Chair MSc Cybersecurity program at Wilmington University. Ms. Carter holds an MSc in Cybersecurity Forensics and Intelligence from Utica College, Utica, NY, and a PMT Cybersecurity UAS from Kansas State University.
Aris Theocharis (Co-Editor)
Aris has 30+ years of IT experience and earned a BS in Cybersecurity from Utica College, Utica, NY, working full time. He has provided editing skills for Professor Nichols for ten years now. His approach is all-encompassing, as opposed to strict grammar rules. Reading ease, topic flow, clarity, and being succinct are the focus.
Kurt Barnhart, Ph.D. (Associate Dean & Foreword to 1st Edition)
Dr. Barnhart is Professor and currently the Associate Dean of Research at Kansas State University Salina. In addition, he established and serves as the executive director of the Applied Aviation Research Center. He oversees the Unmanned Aerial Systems program office. Dr. Barnhart previously served as the Head of the Aviation Department at Kansas State University.
Dr. Barnhart is a member of the graduate faculty at K-State. He is eminently qualified with 1) a commercial pilot certificate with instrument, multi-engine, seaplane, and glider ratings; 2) a certified flight instructor with instrument and multi-engine ratings; 3) an airframe and power plant certificate with inspection authorization.
Dr. Barnhart’s educational pedigree is outstanding: an A.S. in Aviation Maintenance Technology from Vincennes University, a B.S. in aviation administration from Purdue University, and MBAA from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and a Ph.D. in educational administration from Indiana State University.
Dr. Barnhart’s Research plan focuses on aviation psychology and Human Factors and on integrating Unmanned Aircraft Systems into the National Airspace System. His industry experience includes working as an R&D inspector with Rolls Royce Engine Company. He worked on the RQ-4 Unmanned Reconnaissance Aircraft development program and served as an aircraft systems instructor for American Trans-Air airlines. Formerly, Dr. Barnhart was an Associate Professor and Acting Department Chair of the Aerospace Technology at Indiana State University. He was responsible for teaching flight and upper-division administrative classes. Courses taught include Aviation Risk Analysis, Citation II Ground School, King Air 200 Flight, Air Navigation, Air Transportation, Instrument Ground School, etc.
CPT John-Paul Hood USA (Co-Author)
CPT John-Paul Hood is a researcher focused on developing future counter unmanned aircraft technologies, theories, and best practices for government and civilian applications. CPT Hood has commanded in the US Army Field Artillery with a background specializing in coordinating and delivering conventional/smart munitions and achieving desired battlefield effects by integrating lethal and non-lethal assets. CPT Hood holds a BS in Geospatial Information Systems from the United States Military Academy, West Point, NY, and a Professional Masters in Technology UAS from Kansas State University.
Dr. Alysia Starkey (CEO & Dean Kansas State University Polytechnic; 2nd Ed. Foreword)
Dr. Starkey is a Professor and currently serves as the CEO and Dean of the Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus. As Dean, she oversees the College of Technology and Aviation academic programs and campus research centers. Dr. Starkey holds an A.A. in Social Work from Colby Community College, a B.S. in Psychology from Fort Hays State University, an M.L.S. from the University of North Texas, and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Kansas State University. Joining Kansas State Polytechnic in June 2002 as a technical services/automation coordinator and assistant professor, Starkey was promoted to the library director and associate professor in 2007 and assistant dean of continuous improvement and distance education in 2010. She was named associate dean of academics and promoted to full professor in 2014. She gained the additional duties of interim CEO and Dean in June 2018 and continues in that capacity today.
Joel D. Anderson Colonel USMC (Ret), OVPR, C-UAS Foreword
Mr. Anderson has over 30 years of experience in the military, industry, and academia. He currently serves as Development Director for Kansas State University within the Office of Research Development (ORD). Before joining KSU, he served as a Technical Director, Innovation Evangelist, and Senior Subject Matter Expert for ManTech International in support of HQMC Intelligence Department and its Tactical Exploitation of National Capabilities (TENCAP) office and Technology and Innovation Directorate; and as the Director for Mosaic ATM, Inc.’s Autonomous Systems Group. Between 1984-and 2010, he served in the United States Marine Corps, where he rose in rank from Private to Colonel. During his career, he served as an (0231) intelligence analyst while enlisted, where he was meritoriously promoted to Corporal. As an officer, he held military occupational designations as an (0202) Marine Air-Ground Task Force Intelligence Officer, (0240) Imagery Officer, (0540) Space Operations Officer, and (8058) Acquisition Professional earning DAIWIA Level III Certification as Program Manager and member of the acquisition community while PM-Marine Intelligence Systems for the Marine Corps Systems Command. He held command positions as a Surveillance and Target Acquisition Platoon Commander, Commander of the 2nd Force Imagery Interpretation Unit (FIIU), and Commanding Officer Company E. Marine Security Guard Battalion (Department of State). He served as the Marine Corps Senior Departmental Requirements Officer (DRO) and as the Imagery and Collections Section Head while serving with the Marine Corps Intelligence Activity; as the Branch Head for HQMC Intelligence Departments Imagery and Geospatial Plans and Policy Branch, and concluded his career as a Strategic Intelligence Planner for the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence (OUSD-I) and as the Chief of Staff for Secretary Gates Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Task Force (ISRTF). He has served at every operational level of the Marine Corps from Battalion, Regiment, Division, Wing, MEU, and MEF; within the Marine Corps supporting establishment, HQMC, and on the OUSD-I staff. Mr. Anderson has spent a career supporting efforts to address the complexities of the intelligence community and interagency information management, decision making, talent acquisition, and educational and operational environments.
His awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal; Bronze Star; Meritorious Service Medal with four gold stars instead of the 5th award; Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal; Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal; Joint Meritorious Unit Citation; Meritorious Unit Citation; Navy Unit Citation; Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal; National Defense Medal with one device instead of the second award; Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal; Southwest Asia Service Medal with three stars instead of additional awards; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Sea Service Deployment Ribbon with three stars instead of additional awards; Overseas Deployment Ribbon with one device; Marine Security Guard Ribbon; Kuwaiti Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia); Kuwaiti Liberation Medal (Kuwait).
Jeremy S. Shay, PMP (Co-Author) USAF SMSGT (Ret)
Jeremy is an expert in aerospace maintenance, manufacturing, modification, and maintainability. He specializes in advanced composite structural maintenance and advanced coatings. He recently completed the requirements to earn his PMT Cybersecurity UAS from Kansas State University. His other academic holdings are a Graduate Certificate in Unmanned Aircraft Systems Information Assurance and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Technology Management with a focus on Engineering Technology which is ABET-accredited from Kansas State University, an Associate of Science in Aviation Maintenance and Professional Managers’ Certification from the Community College of the Air Force, and Project Manager Professional certification from Project Management Institute.
Jeremy currently serves as a Senior Principal Manufacturing Engineer at Northrop Grumman. He recently retired from the United States Air Force as a Senior Master Sergeant with 26 years of service. He served as a Structural Maintenance and Low Observables mechanic on F-111, F-15, F-16, and B-2 aircraft.
Dr. Mark J. Jackson (Co-Author)
Doctor Mark James Jackson is the McCune and Middlekauff Endowed Professor and University Faculty Fellow at Kansas State University. Born in Widnes, Lancashire, England, in 1967, Doctor Jackson began his engineering career in 1983 when he studied O.N.C. part I examinations and first-year apprenticeship-training course in mechanical engineering. After gaining an Ordinary National Diploma in Engineering with distinctions and an I.C.I. prize for achievement, he studied for a degree in mechanical and manufacturing engineering at Liverpool Polytechnic. He spent periods in the industry working for I.C.I. Pharmaceuticals, Unilever Industries, Anglo Blackwells, Unicorn International, and Saint-Gobain Corporation. After graduating with the Master of Engineering (M. Eng.) degree with Distinction under the supervision of Professor Jack Schofield, M.B.E., Doctor Jackson subsequently conducted research for the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph. D.) degree at Liverpool in the field of materials engineering focusing primarily on microstructure-property relationships in vitreous-bonded abrasive materials under the supervision of Professors Benjamin Mills and H. Peter Jost, C.B.E., Hon. F.R.Eng. Subsequently, he was employed by Unicorn Abrasives’ Central Research & Development Laboratory (Saint-Gobain Abrasives’ Group) as a materials technologist, then technical manager, responsible for product and new business development in Europe university liaison projects concerned with abrasive process development. Doctor Jackson then became a research fellow at the Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge, working with Professor John Field, O.B.E., F.R.S., and Professor David Tabor, F.R.S., on condensed matter physics and tribology before becoming a lecturer in engineering at the University of Liverpool in 1998. At Liverpool, he attracted several research grants to develop innovative manufacturing processes. He was jointly awarded an Innovative Manufacturing Technology Centre from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council in November 2001. In 2002, he became an associate professor of mechanical engineering and faculty associate in the Centre for Manufacturing Research, Centre for Electric Power, and Centre for Water Resources and Utilization at Tennessee Technological University (an associated university of Oak Ridge National Laboratory) and a faculty associate at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Dr. Jackson was the academic adviser to the Formula SAE Team at Tennessee Technological University. At Tennessee Technological University, Dr. Jackson established the NSF Geometric Design and Manufacturing Integration Laboratory. Dr. Jackson collaborated with Nobel Laureate Professor Sir Harold Kroto, F.R.S., editing a book on ‘Surface Engineering of Surgical Tools and Medical Devices’ and a special issue of the International Journal of Nanomanufacturing on ‘Nanofabrication of Novel Carbon Nanostructures and Nanocomposite Films.’ Dr. Jackson was appointed a member of the United Nations Education, Scientific, and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) International Commission for the Development of the ‘Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems’ Theme on ‘Nanoscience and Nanotechnologies’ (http://m-press.ru/English/nano/index.html), and still serves in this capacity. The encyclopedia’s first edition was published in 2009, and the second edition was published in 2018. In March 2017, the degree of Doctor of Science (D. Sc.) in mechanical engineering was conferred upon Dr. Jackson in absentia by the congregation for sustained contributions made in mechanical engineering and advanced manufacturing over twenty years.
Research Technologist – Randall W. Mai (Co-Author)
Randall grew up on the family farm in rural Kansas near Tribune. He spent a large sum of his summers helping on the family farm that his great-grandfather established in 1929. Before graduating high school, Randall was nominated to the United States Naval, Military, and Merchant Marine Academies by Congressman Keith G. Sibelius and Senator Bob Dole. Randall earned an A.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology and a B.S. in Biology / Chemistry minor. Graduating Magna cum Laud. Randall has worked as an engineer in agriculture equipment mfg., an Analytical Chemist / Validation Analysis of computer/software validation for Abbott Labs, and currently works as a Research Technologist for Kansas State University. He is now establishing himself in the Cybersecurity field as he stands on his knowledge of Computer / Software Validation experience gained within the Pharmaceutical field. He was responsible for leading the 21CFRpart11 program at the Abbott Labs facility in McPherson, Ks. He was also responsible for validating the Laboratory LIMS and Millenium32 software. The validation encompassed network security and disaster recovery.
Randall will complete a Master’s program at Kansas State University in May 2020 in Professional Masters of Technology with a concentration in UAS and Cybersecurity.
Kurt J. Carraway, Col, USAF (Ret) (Foreword)
After serving 25 years with the United States Air Force, retired Colonel Kurt J. Carraway is the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Department Head and Executive Director of the Applied Aviation Research Center (AARC) at Kansas State University’s Polytechnic Campus. As Department Head, Carraway leads UAS faculty in the university’s UAS program, including a Bachelor of Science in Aviation Technology program, a UAS Minor, and a UAS Certificate program. He also serves as a member of the graduate faculty on the campus. As Executive Director, Carraway provides strategic leadership in advancing Kansas State University’s UAS program goals. He directs the execution of research activities involving UAS through the AARC. Carraway also directs flight operations development and maturation of the UAS training program through direct supervision of the Flight Operations staff. He manages highly skilled UAS professionals that perform hundreds of UAS flights per year in civil airspace. He sets policies and procedures for unmanned flight operations. He serves as Principal Investigator (PI) on UAS activities through the AARC and is the University PI representative to ASSURE, the FAA’s UAS Center of Excellence.
Before arriving at Kansas State Polytechnic, Carraway was stationed at Camp Smith in Oahu, Hawaii. He served first as Joint Operations Director and then Division Chief of Current Operations, both for the U.S. Pacific Command. Carraway worked with the Global Hawk UAS as an evaluator and instructor pilot and later became commander of the Global Hawk squadron. Carraway established standard operating procedures and composed technical manuals for the military’s use of the Global Hawk.
A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Carraway received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Missouri Science and Technology in Rolla before entering the Air Force. During his service, Carraway also completed a Master of Science in Systems Engineering at the Air Force Institute of Technology on the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio, and a Master of Arts in Management from Webster University St. Louis, Missouri.
Bart Shields (Co-Author)
Bart Shields, BS in Computer Science-Scientific Option, MS in Computer Science-Thesis Option, Chief Technology Officer, Inventor, Co-founder
Bart Shields is a serial entrepreneur, long-time innovator, deeply technical product architect, and has over 25+ years of technical and engineering management. He has designed systems from concept to deployment for various verticals. Still, He has focused mainly on data communication, with multiple wireless communication products to his credit ranging from commercial wireless broadband routers to tactical radios for the U.S. government.
Bart is a highly innovative technology expert, having designed multiple MAC layer protocols, including designing and implementing a Wi-Max-like protocol (WCOPP) in the late 90s and, more recently, a Sensor Node MESH network MAC based upon Distributed Queuing. Bart has five patents to his credit, two for Wireless MACs based on Distributed Queuing and three for his recent cybersecurity protocol and cryptographic key management system, Autonomous Key Management (AKM).
Bart has built multiple engineering teams and entire departments from scratch and overseen all engineering aspects, including fabless ASIC design, communication systems algorithm development, and RF transceiver design and development.
Bart is an expert in embedded development and has spent his entire career designing and developing embedded systems, including mission and safety-critical systems. Bart has focused the past six years entirely on cybersecurity and solving many issues plaguing security today, with simple and elegant solutions built around his highly innovative technology, AKM.
Dr. Suzanne Sincavage, (Co-Author)
On April 20, 2021, Dr. Suzanne Sincavage founded and Co-Chairs the Foundation for Biodefense Research, a non-profit 501 (c)(3) devoted and dedicated to promoting the biodefense intelligence tradecraft and developing a stronger biodefense community with government, industry, academia professional organizations, and individuals who assess, develop, and apply biodefense intelligence research to address national security challenges.
From 2020- 2021, Dr. Suzanne Sincavage served as the Executive Director for the Institute for Biodefense Research (IBR). A nonprofit devoted to advancing the science of microbial forensics.
Dr. Sincavage, a Ph.D. in public health epidemiology with a focus on biological terrorism preparedness and response, has led her consultancy, IDIQ Inc., since 2008, focusing on CBRNE Subject Matter Expertise in facilitating and integrating innovative emerging and converging technologies that counter biological terrorism.
Dr. Sincavage received her Ph.D. in Public Health and Epidemiology with a specialization in Biological Terrorism from Union Institute & University. Dr. Sincavage’s career encompasses 16 years of experience in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry, serving as a field scientist supporting R & D, medical and regulatory affairs, and commercial operations covering therapeutic areas of infectious disease, virology, and oncology, hematology, urology, and immunology.
Dr. Sincavage is an SME for the National Institute of Science and Technology (NIST), the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA), and DHS. She has held senior management positions in Watson Pharmaceuticals, Department of Medical & Regulatory Affairs; Wyeth-Ayerst Laboratories, G.D. Searle; Hoffman-La Roche Laboratories; Sacred Heart Medical Center, and for fun, served as Executive Director of the La Jolla Symphony & Chorus.
Dr. Sincavage holds certifications:
SAM (CCR); SBA 8 (m)
DD 2345 Military Critical Technical Data Agreement
DTIC STINFO Manager
InfraGuard – Infrastructure Liaison Officer
ONR – Counterterrorism
NDIA Legislative Committee
NDIA National Small Business Conference
NRO ASP Industry Working Group
INSA Acquisition Management Council
USGIF Small Business Working Group
WOSB 8(m) Working Group, SPAWAR HQ, San Diego
Troy Harding Associate Dean (Foreword)
Troy Harding is a Professor in computer systems technology and Department Head of Integrated Studies at Kansas State University Salina Aerospace and Technology Campus. Professor Harding earned a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and Computer Science from Bethany College and a master’s degree in Chemistry from the University of Virginia. Before joining K-State, he worked as Technical Director at Aquarian Systems in Orange, VA, Programmer/Analyst and Network Coordinator at Associated Colleges of Central Kansas, and Director of I.S. at Kansas Wesleyan University. At K-State, he has received the Marchbanks Award for Teaching Excellence, the McArthur Faculty Fellow Award, and the endowed McCune & Middlekauff Fellowship.
Robert McCreight (Co-Author)
Dr. McCreight spent 27 years in federal service and 23 years concurrently in US Army Special Operations, working on various national security projects and special defense programs associated with nuclear, chemical, and biological defense matters. He has supported and served as a periodic advisor on the Chemical Weapons Treaty and Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention during a career at the State Department, along with programs enabling satellite verification of arms control treaty compliance. He helped draft HSPD-10 and contributed to the issuance of HSPD-21, also serving as a contributing White House assistant on nuclear policy and strategy exercises. Upon retirement, he has published on advanced weapons systems, WMD issues, crisis management, emergency response issues, and neuroscience topics. Periodically he has been a guest lecturer at NDU on future weapons systems and taught graduate school at seven different universities during the last 15 years in his designated areas of interest, on national security issues, CBRN matters, and emerging convergent technology threats.
Brenda Alexandra Andrews (Visual Communications Specialist)
Visual Communications Specialist / International Exhibition Artist
Led artistic direction, exhibition space planning, construction oversight, academic programming, and cross-functional teams. Developed programs, symposiums, lectures, and philanthropic ventures. She secured educational advancement and scholarships.
- Re-Envisioning, A World Beyond Borders (San Diego). Showcase Installation featuring real-time cell phone and digital photo imagery from participants worldwide- over 5,000 entries. Images were transmitted wirelessly, uploaded to a global website, and showcased as an Art & Technology Installation at International Art Fair. Partners: QUALCOMM, SDUSD, UCSD, KPBS, Worldwide Community.
- Mapping Rockwell’s World (Orange County). International project using Conextent technologies brings Rockwell International Family together in real-time video lectures. Culminated in the large-scale installation of painted map abstractions displayed a globally interconnected world. Installation became a corporate holiday card and annual report cover. Partners: Rockwell, Conextant, OCMA, and Visionaries.
- Art of the Book (Orange County | San Diego Founder of Artist in Residence Teaching Program for OCMA and Orange County high schools. Lectures and in-studio art projects. Culminating in Museum Exhibition practices, awards, and scholarship programs. Partners: OCMA, Dana Hills High School, Ryman Arts (Walt Disney Imagineering), various established Artists. Repeated in San Diego County- SDMA.
- Exhibition driven programming for OCMA, Orange County Museum of Art; SDMA: LACMA; Delaware Contemporary Museum, and numerous University Museum spaces. Focused on fundraising and grant support.
- International Exhibition Artist
Mike Monnik (Co-Author)
As CEO at DroneSec, Mike enables organizations to protect people and drones from malicious drones and people. National security roles have included the Australian Department of Defense and BAE Systems. He has lectured on Computer Crime & Digital Forensics at Deakin University and sits on the IT Advisory board. Mike crystallized his knowledge as a consultant conducting offensive technical cyber and physical security engagements. Mike has led high-performing teams in Red Team, Penetration Testing, Open-Source Intelligence, and Drone engagements in a variety of challenging environments.
Mike is a long-time global conference speaker and advocate for drone security and has presented to the FBI, INTERPOL, NSW Government, and European Commission at closed-door presentations. Mike has experience coordinating large teams, such as the Table-Top Threat exercise for the 2018 Commonwealth Games. He has several hall-of-fame contributions for protecting the technology and customers of organizations such as DJI, Parrot, AirData, Aloft, and Fortem Technologies.
Specializing in Red Team operations, Mike has used drones in simulations against critical infrastructure, government buildings, and private facilities to highlight the potential threats and evaluate their response. Mike has trained hundreds of students in offensive and defensive drone security measures, counter-drone operations, and UAS Threat Intelligence gathering. Mike continues to lead DroneSec in building drone threat intelligence and drone security software to protect the future of mobility, delivery, and transport.
William Slofer (Co-Author)
Bill is an IT Project Management and security professional with over 30 years of IT and management experience. He holds PMP, Scrum, and Scaled agile certifications with expertise in application development, systems/infrastructure integration, high-speed video/data communications, and IT security. His technical and management expertise has been employed by federal, state, and local governments and various industries in the private sector. Bill’s strong management, interpersonal, and communications skills have enabled him to lead high-impact teams nationally and in Europe, South/Central America, and Asia. Bill is a member of Infragard and has career accomplishments involving implementing corporate-wide fortifications for perimeter defense, Lateral Segmentation, and Data Loss Prevention measures to protect sensitive data assets.
Formal education includes:
- MS, Cybersecurity / Cyber Terrorism
- MS, Management, Management Information Systems
BS, Business Administration / Computer Science