Advisory Board

Advisory Board

Charlie Allen
Under Sec. for Intelligence Analysis

Charles E. Allen retired from the CIA after more than 40 years of distinguished service. His career covered the gambit from program management, analysis and production, collection management and warning. He was the Assistant DCI for Collection and chaired the National Intelligence Collection Board. More recently, Mr. Allen served the Director of Homeland Security as the Under Secretary for Intelligence Analysis and Assistant Secretary for Information Analysis and Intelligence.

Jim Barnett
Executive Director

Jim Barnett completed a 30-year career in the U.S. Navy, where he served a variety of command and leadership positions at sea, overseas and in the United States. His more than 12 years in the Pentagon on the staffs of the Chief of Naval Operations, Secretary of the Air Force, Secretary of Defense and the Joint Chiefs of Staff exposed him to every aspect of Defense planning and programming as well as crises management and contingency execution.Upon his retirement from the Navy, Mr. Barnett joined the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence as a professional staff member. He began as the cross portfolio manager and the research and development monitor and later oversaw the National Reconnaissance Program portfolio before assuming responsibility for the Cryptologic Resource and Special Reconnaissance Programs.

As the Staff Liaison to Senators Mike DeWine (R-OH), Olympia Snowe (R-ME), Jim Inhofe (R-OK), Trent Lott (R-MS) and Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Mr. Barnett covered a variety of bipartisan issues and acted as a subject matter expert. He later became the corporate relations director for Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance programs, products and capabilities for a defense contractor.

Mr. Barnett has a Bachelor of Science degree in Naval Science from the U.S. Naval Academy and a Master of Science degree in Business Management from the University of Laverne.

Eric Fiel
Retired Air Force Lieutenant General and Former Commander of Air Force Special Operations Command

General Eric Fiel entered the U.S. Air Force in 1981 as a graduate of Officer Training School. He has held a variety of assignments and has commanded at the squadron, group and wing levels. Additionally, he has held a variety of staff positions at major command, unified command, Air Staff and Secretary of the Air Force levels. Before his current assignment, he was the Vice Commander, Headquarters U.S. Special Operations Command, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.General Fiel has significant experience in combat and leadership positions in major joint contingency operations. He commanded a special operations squadron during Operation Deliberate Force in Bosnia and Operation Noble Anvil in Kosovo operations. He was forward deployed as the Joint Special Operations Air Component Commander in Operation Enduring Freedom and as a Task Force Commander multiple times for operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.

In 2011, General Fiel was nominated by the Pentagon to replace Donald Wurster as the commander of Air Force Special Operations Command.

Rhett A. Hernandez
Retired Army Lieutenant General and former commander of U.S. Army Cyber Command

Lieutenant General Rhett A. Hernandez is a retired officer in the U.S. Army and the former commander of the U.S. Army Cyber Command, the Army’s service component to the U.S. Cyber Command. He was promoted to lieutenant general in 2011.As head of U.S. Army Cyber Command, Hernandez was responsible for planning, coordinating, and integrating the network operations and defense of all U.S Army networks. He also was tasked with conducting cyberspace operations in support of Army operations through his command of approximately 21,000 soldiers and civilians.

Hernandez oversaw a command that brought an unprecedented unity of effort and synchronization of all Army forces operating within the cyber domain. Under his leadership, the command concentrated its efforts on operationalizing cyberspace and improving Army capabilities in the cyberspace domain. As a first step, the command established the Army Cyber Operations and Integration Center, collocating intelligence, operations, and signal staffs, together with a critical targeting function, and bringing a new synergy to Army cyberspace operations.

Cindy Moran
Former Director for Network Services at DISA

Cindy E. Moran is the President and Managing Partner for Pikes Way LLC, an information technologies consulting company experienced in national and international infrasturctures and capabilities.Previously, Ms. Moran held executive and senior leadership positions within the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA). Before DISA, she held multiple positions supporting Department of Defense IT systems, including hands-on network and system administration jobs. This experience at every level of implementation, operation, management, performance, and security provided a sound foundation and comprehensive knowledge of the dependencies of information systems and how to ensure that these dependencies are accommodated for in information system implementation.

Ms. Moran received her undergraduate degree in Information Systems Management from the University of Maryland, European Division. She also received her graduate certificate in Information Security Management from The George Washington University.

Al MunsonFormer Deputy Director of Acquisitions, DNI

Alden V. Munson, Jr., recently served as the Deputy Director of National Intelligence for Acquisition. Previously, he had a distinguished industry career leading numerous space, intelligence and information technology organizations and activities.The National Reconnaissance Office named Mr. Munson in the first group of Pioneers of National Reconnaissance, and he has received the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal.

He continues to consult and advise a wide variety of U.S. Intelligence agencies and industry.

Bill StudemanRetired Navy Admiral, Former Director NSA, Former Deputy Director CIA

Admiral William Oliver Studeman retired from the U.S. Navy after more than 35 years of distinguished service. His service included extended periods as Acting Director of Central Intelligence, Deputy Director of Central Intelligence, Director of the National Security Agency and Director of Naval Intelligence.

He spent 10 years in industry and continues to serve on various government, university and corporate advisory boards. He has been awarded two honorary doctorate degrees and many commendations and citations.