CDR Zac Staples - Creator of HACKtheMACHINE

CDR Zac Staples started hacking computers at age nine and then thirteen years later was commissioned as an Ensign to begin his career as a surface warfare officer. He has served aboard the guided missile destroyers USS LABOON and USS O’KANE and the guided missile cruisers USS SOUTH CAROLINA and USS PHILIPPINE SEA. In 2007 he volunteered to serve as an Electronic Warfare Officer in Iraq to protect our forces from radio controlled explosive devices and has since sought to develop tactics and technology in support of advanced electronic warfare. Since 2013 he has served as a Military Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Naval Postgraduate School, and he is a distinguished graduate of the Naval War College.  He currently serves as Director of the NPS Center for Cyber Warfare (CCW) leading basic and applied research into the technical and organizational capabilities necessary to conduct cyber warfare.

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Vice adm. Jan Tighe

Vice Admiral Jan Tighe was born in Bowling Green, Kentucky, and raised in Plantation, Florida. Tighe is a 1984 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and was commissioned as a cryptologist. Tighes's previous tours include duty with Naval Security Group Activities in Florida, Virginia, Japan, Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron One, and Naval Informaon Warfare Activity. Tighe commanded more than 2,800 multi‐service and multi‐agency personnel at the National Security Agency/Central Security Service Hawaii in Kunia. In July 2016, she assumed dues as the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Warfare, and the 66th Director of Naval Intelligence. As a flag officer, Tighe served as commander, U.S. Fleet Cyber Command/ Commander, U.S. 10th Fleet; U.S. Cyber Command Deputy J3; Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (OPNAV) N2N6 director, Decision Superiority; Naval Postgraduate School interim president; and deputy commander, U.S. Fleet Cyber Command/U.S. 10th Fleet.


Rear Adm. Lorin Selby

Rear Admiral Lorin Selby was born in Baltimore and graduated from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Science in Nuclear Engineering.  He also holds a Master of Science and an engineer's degree in nuclear engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Selby conducted several deployments to the Western Pacific, Northern Pacific, Northern Atlantic and Arctic Oceans during three shipboard tours anda 2004‐2007 command of USS Greeneville (SSN 772). Ashore, Selby served in several leadership positions to include program manager for both the Submarine Imaging and Electronic Warfare Systems Program Office (PMS 435) and the Advanced Undersea Systems Program Office (PMS 394). He is currently the Chief Engineer for Naval Sea Systems Command.


Margaret G. Palmieri

Ms. Margaret G. Palmieri entered the Navy as a Presidential Management Fellow. She graduated from Rutgers University with a Master's degree in Public Policy and a Bachelor's degree in Political Science. Ms. Palmieri currently serves as the Director, Integrated Fires (OPNAV N2/N6F3) for the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Dominance (OPNAV N2/N6). The N2/N6F3 Division manages investments, training and policy for U.S. Navy integrated fires capabilities, including electronic warfare, cyber, and targeting.


Howard Shrobe, Phd

Howard Shrobe is a Principal Research Scientist at MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL).  He is a former Associate Director of CSAIL and is the Director of CSAIL’s CyberSecurity@CSAIL initiative.  Dr. Shrobe has served twice as a program manager at DARPA: from 1994 - 1997 he served as Chief Scientist of the Information Technology Office and led the Information Security Initiative; from 2010 - 2013 he served as a program manager in TCTO and then I2O, leading the CRASH and MRC programs.  He received his MS (1975) and PhD (1978) from MIT’s Artificial Intelligence Laboratory.