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  Our History
The Foundation for Innovation and Discovery was born out of the high demand from Government agencies for new ideas in mission solutions and tech discovery. The founders believed an organization dedicated to meet that demand was needed and that a distinguishing hallmark of the organization would be its transparency in the discovery of capabilities.  Further, this new organization would foster education and collaboration


Chuck Alsup


Mr. Charles (Chuck) Alsup is the Vice President for Policy at the Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA). Prior to retiring from government service, Chuck served with the Office of the Director of National Intelligence as the Associate Deputy Director of National Intelligence for Policy, Plans and Requirements (ADDNI/PPR).  Before joining the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Chuck served for 6 years with the Senate Armed Services Committee as an adviser to the Chairman and committee members on national security and intelligence issues.  Chuck is retired from the U.S. Army, having completed over 28 years of military service.  Chuck served on the Army Staff and completed his military service as the Assistant J2 on the Joint Staff in the Pentagon.

Senator Kit Bond


Christopher S. "Kit" Bond is Chairman of Kit Bond Strategies.  He is a former United States Senator from Missouri having served in the U.S. Senate from 1986 to 2011.  Senator Bond held positions as Vice Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, and Senior Member of the Senate Appropriations Committee.  Following his retirement from government service, Senator Bond became a partner at Thompson Coburn.  Before his career in the U.S. Senate, Senator Bond served two terms as Governor of Missouri, from 1973 to 1977 and from 1981 to 1985. He was previously State Auditor of Missouri from 1971 to 1973. Senator Bond also co-authored The Next Front: Southeast Asia and the Road to Global Peace with Islam, which outlines the importance of increased American engagement in the region and currently serves on a task force for the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) US ASEAN Strategy Commission.


Tina Jordan

Tina Jordan is the Vice President, Membership, AFCEA International. Ms. Jordan is responsible for strategy and planning for all membership affairs on the AFCEA staff. Tina Jordan also leads AFCEA’s Member Services Center which provides direct interface and support to all of AFCEA’s members in its call center. Prior to joining AFCEA Intl, Tina Jordan was the Director, Public Sector Alliances at CSC. From 2005-2008, Tina Jordan worked as CSC’s Defense Group Government Relations Executive. She also worked various Senior Staff positions reporting to the President of CSC’s Defense Division. Previously, Ms. Jordan worked as a Management Consultant specializing in Business Process Reengineering, Business Process Improvement and Strategic Planning engagements. Her clients included the many DoD and Government Agencies. In addition to her responsibilities at CSC, Tina Jordan served AFCEA’s Washington DC Chapter as President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, Scholarship Chair, Luncheon Chair and Chair of the DC Summer Gala.

Mark Lowenthal


Dr. Mark Lowenthal, President of the Intelligence & Security Academy has served as Assistant Director of Central Intelligence (ADCI) for Analysis & Production; Vice Chairman for Evaluation, National Intelligence Council; Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Intelligence; and Staff Director, House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI).  Dr. Lowenthal is the author of the standard college/graduate school textbook on intelligence, "Intelligence: From Secrets to Policy", now in its 5th edition (CQ Press).  He also serves as an adjunct professor at the Johns Hopkins University.  In 1988, Dr. Lowenthal was the Grand Champion on the television quiz show Jeopardy.

Linda Millis


Linda Millis is Senior Vice President of SolPass, LLC.  Most recently, she was the Vice President for Industry Programs at AFCEA International where she managed all corporate member activities. She was also Director of Private Sector Partnerships for the Director of National Intelligence and developed several creative programs that promoted information and expertise sharing between the intelligence community and the private sector.  A veteran of the intelligence community, she has held senior positions at the National Security Agency (NSA), Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the Intelligence Community Management Staff, as well as at the White House, where she served on the staff of the President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board and the Congressionally-mandated Aspin Brown Commission on the Roles and Capabilities of the Intelligence Community.

Aric Mutchnick

Aric Mutchnick is the President of Experior Group, Inc. He is a former Israeli paratrooper and has worked in the risk management consulting industry for over fifteen years. Aric has worked operationally as part of a security risk assessment and surveillance detection team for several Fortune 500 companies. He has traveled to over 40 countries to advise and train covert foreign national security forces tasked with identifying potential terrorist threats to U.S. Embassies and Consulates. He has designed security programs, crisis management initiatives, and conducted threat and vulnerability assessments for major consulting companies, NGO’s and UK/US government related programs. Additionally, Aric designed the unique Red Ball Drills® active shooter training program. Aric also serves on the board of advisors for GlobalSource LLC, a large international security and investigations firm.

Geoff Orazem

Geoff Orazem is the CEO and Founder of Eastern Foundry, an incubator for government contractors in Crystal City VA. Geoff is a former Marine infantry platoon commander who served in the invasion of Iraq in 2003. Following the Marine Corps he attended Harvard Law School after which he returned to Iraq as a Tribal Affairs officer with the Iraqi Transportation Network (ITN). Following the ITN he began working in McKinsey and Co.'s DC office as an Engagement Manager.

Ray Palumbo

Ray Palumbo is a founding member and senior partner of Venturi Solutions, LLC, a company that delivers winning solutions in the global security, aerospace, intelligence, and energy sectors. Ray is a retired US Army Lieutenant General who served thirty-four years leading conventional and special operations forces during peacetime and combat. His last job in the military was as the Pentagon’s Director for Defense Intelligence, a position in which he simultaneously led the department’s Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) Task Force. Ray has a bachelor’s of science degree in general engineering from West Point, a master’s of science in administration from Central Michigan University, and a master’s of strategic studies from the US Army War College. He is a master Army Aviator, attended the British Defence College in Shrivenham, England, and is a recipient of the 2015 Ellis Island Medal of Honor.

Dirk Rankin

Mr. Rankin served the U.S. Intelligence Community for more than 33 years, having held a wide variety of technical intelligence positions with the National Security Agency, National Computer Security Center, National Reconnaissance Office, Central Intelligence Agency, and the National Counterterrorism Center. He retired in November 2015 as Technical Director with CIA's Directorate of Science & Technology, following a nine-year detail in the aftermath of 9/11 to the National Counterterrorism Center, having served most recently as Chief Technology Officer. Mr. Rankin served the White House inter- agency policy committee on information sharing as Data Aggregation Working Group co-chair, working in partnership with the Department of Homeland Security. Mr. Rankin is the recipient of the Joint Meritorious Unit Award from the Secretary of Defense, the NRO Superior Service Medal, the NCTC Director's Award, and three NCTC Director's Team Awards. He was interviewed in 2014 by Federal News Radio for his work in data aggregation and multi-agency entity analytics, and was denoted a CIA Explorer in 2015 for leadership to an exploratory technology pathfinder initiative. Mr. Rankin earned a Bachelor of Science from Michigan State University and a Master of Science from the Johns Hopkins University.

Alan Wade


Mr. Alan Wade serves as the President of Wade Associates, Inc. and has a 35 year career in the Central Intelligence Agency where he held a series of senior positions including the Director of Communications, Director of Security, and Chief Information Officer. In his assignment as Chief Information officer, he was dual-hatted as the Chief Information Officer for the United States Intelligence Community. He is a recipient of the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal, the Director’s Medal, and the Distinguished Intelligence Medal. Alan retired from federal service at the end of 2005 after a thirty five year career in the Central Intelligence Agency. He retired as the Chief Information Officer, a position he held since 2001. Alan also serves on the Board of the organization of retired CIA officers.

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