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Executive Director, Asymmetric History & Strategy Center
Michael W. Kichman is currently a Counter Terrorism, Special Technology, and Special Operations independent consultant. Additionally, he is the current Chairman of the National Defense Industrial Association’s (NDIA) Special Operations and Low Intensity Conflict (SOLIC) Board where he works closely with United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) leadership and industry to support the Special Operations community.
Prior to his consultant work, Mr. Kichman was a Vice President at CACI focused on Special Law Enforcement and Special Operations support for over 12 years. While a CACI VP, he also acted as the United States Coast Guard (USCG) Senior Counter Terrorism Advisor. In this capacity, he was at the forefront of the development of the USCG and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Counter Terrorism capabilities in the post 9/11 world. Mr. Kichman was the principle architect of the USCG Maritime Security Response Team (MSRT) and the senior planner/advisor in the development of the Advanced Interdiction core competency within current USCG Force Structure.
A retired Army Special Forces Officer, Mr. Kichman was commissioned into the Infantry in 1982 after graduation from Gettysburg College. From 1983 to 1986 he served as a Company Grade Officer at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii until qualifying for US Army Special Forces (Green Berets) in 1986. In Special Operations he served in numerous Command and Staff positions across Joint and Special Operations units in Europe, Africa, Asia, and Southeast Asia. In addition to tours in various Army Special Forces units, he served in an exchange tour with the US Navy SEALs; was the J2 and Deputy J3/Special Programs/Special Technical Operations, Special Operations Command Korea; and was a Senior Staff Officer at the Joint Interagency Task Force West (JIATF-West). While at JIATF-West, he also deployed forward to Thailand as Commander, JTF 5 Forward.
After 9/11 he was recalled to the Pentagon to serve on the Joint and Army Staff until 2003 when he retired from active military service. After retirement, he joined the USCG as a consultant in the Maritime Domain Awareness Program developing the initial staff concept and structure. Upon completion of this task he began work on the USCG Counter Terrorism and Special Missions Program.
Today, he continues to work the integration of Joint Counter Terrorism, Special Law Enforcement Operations, and Special Missions capabilities across the interagency as well as focusing on bringing emerging technologies and capabilities to his government clients. He is a recognized expert in asymmetric and irregular warfare as well as the integration of law enforcement and defense or special operations into a comprehensive interagency solution.
Executive Director, Asymmetric Advisory & Training Center
Doug Wisnioski has amassed over 30 years of leadership, decision-making, management, and problem resolution skills gained in military/law enforcement special operations and security operations in 38 countries worldwide. He has led military special operations and federal law enforcement elements ranging in size from 12 to 500 personnel.
Mr. Wisnioski is a retired U. S. Army Special Forces Lieutenant Colonel, Gulf War veteran, and served as a Special Forces Commander during Operation Uphold Democracy in Haiti with responsibility for establishing a stable and secure environment for the entire Southern Claw of Haiti. He has conducted operations throughout Europe, Southwest Asia, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.
He served as the Federal Protective Service Police Area Commander, based in Miami, with responsibility for the physical security of over 150 Federal facilities in the four counties of South Florida, an area of over 6,122 square miles and encompassing 97 municipalities and 35,000 Federal Employees.
He was responsible for all Special Operations planning and execution throughout the Southeast U.S. for the agency. He was hand-picked to serve as the agency’s Incident Commander supporting FEMA for Mississippi and Alabama in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
Executive Director, Asymmetric Performance Center
Jared Ross was a member of the US Special Operations community for 24 years serving as a Green Beret and retiring as a Sergeant Major in 2014. Within the span of this career, Jared operated across all environments in a variety of unique positions while working with the entire spectrum of elite forces as well as multiple government agencies. Frequently in key leadership positions, Jared led and managed joint operations with combined disciplines to achieve exceptional results.
Throughout this same career, Jared was able to complete significant civilian education graduating Suma Cum Laude from the George Washington University in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science in Clinical Management and Leadership. Additionally, Jared is an Alumnus of the Harvard Business School completing the General Management Program in 2012. He also completed the World Executive MBA program at the George Washington University in 2013.
Following retirement, Jared has held executive positions across a range of industries serving the US government Special Operations and Intelligence communities. His professional career has included serving as the Director of Business Development for Alion’s Commonwealth Technology Division, Senior Engagement Manager for Adobe Public Sector’s National Security Services division, and the Vice President of Business Development for Calibre Systems. Jared chose to depart the corporate world in January 2019 leaving Calibre Systems to assume responsibility as Executive Director for the Asymmetric Operations Group (AOG), a 501c3 dedicated to recovering, regenerating, and repurposing veterans of the SOF community. As a nascent endeavor, AOG has found its first major opportunity for impact in partnering with the Consortium on Health and Military Performance (CHAMP) developing programs directed at improving decision making, resiliency, and behavioral health as well as finding more definitive ways to measure and understand the impact of these types of programs.
Jared has also been a member of the faculty in the George Washington University’s School of Medicine and Health Sciences’ Clinical Research and Leadership (CRL) department. Since joining the faculty at CRL Jared conceived of, led the development for, and brought into execution a Bachelor of Science program for the US Special Operations Command titled Leadership in Emergency Action and Disaster Response (LEADR). Jared worked with SMHS for 2 years to develop LEADR from a concept to a full bachelor’s program. LEADR was designed to link with service members’ unique experience to create greater post career options for the senior NCO’s from the USSOCOM community while repurposing their exceptional talents for continued service domestically. Jared also serves as adjunct faculty at the Joint Special Operations University (JSOU) where he lectures to each cohort of the Joint Special Operations Forces Senior Enlisted Advisor Course (JSOFSEA) about leadership responsibility in the context of PTSD and other behavior health issues facing the force today.
Keith Smith has been a member of the criminology faculty at the University of Lynchburg (VA) for the past four years and is a former U.S. Special Agent with Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). While with DEA, Mr. Smith served on numerous domestic and foreign assignments including tactical teams and special operations where he instructed and mentored foreign security forces of the countries of Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, Panama, Peru, Bolivia, Brazil, and Chile.
Mr. Smith worked and trained with the US Army Special Forces, US Coast Guard's International Training and Drug Interdiction Teams, and U.S. Border Patrol's Tactical Teams (BORTAC) in Central and South America along with working with the indigenous military ground, naval, and air forces of several Latin American countries. In addition to DEA, he served as an Air Marshal immediately after the September 2001 attacks and spent five years as a special agent with USAID Office of Investigations as a member of the U.S. Foreign Service conducting investigations in numerous countries. After retiring from the Foreign Service, Mr. Smith spent six years as an International Operational Advisor with U.S. Army Asymmetric Warfare Group providing services to U.S. military, foreign coalition military partners, and host nation security forces of various nations including Iraq, Afghanistan, Jordan, Mexico, Qatar, Colombia, and Germany.
During his career, Mr. Smith has worked in over 40 countries for the US Government as both an employee and a consultant. Before the federal government, he served nine years as a local police officer in both Portsmouth, VA and New York City, NY holding a variety of assignments. His professional service began with the U.S. Marine Corps, initially as a member of the 2nd Marine Division, and later as a member of the White House Staff providing presidential security at Camp David. Mr. Smith holds a Masters in Criminal Justice from Boston University, a BS in Governmental Administration and minor in Political Science from Christopher Newport University, and is a graduate of the Defense Language Institute (Spanish).
Chris Prusiecki has worked all over the world, primarily in oil and gas applications, for service providers and international oil companies focusing on the applications of new technologies in novel ways. He has a Physics degree from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland.
Always a leader in unconventional and out-of-the-box thinking, Mr. Prusiecki’s time at companies like Schlumberger and BP saw him tasked with challenging norms and being a positively disruptive influence.
Mr. Prusiecki was approached by Shell Technology Ventures (STVI), the venture capital arm of Shell, to found and lead a new oil company. This allowed STVI to generate oil and gas revenues and provided a test bed for new technologies under the venture capital group. Although deemed by many Shell executives to be the riskiest venture they had ever undertaken, the company had no accidents, no damage to the environment, and generated oil and gas revenues past expectation under Mr. Prusiecki’s leadership. He went on to be the Risk and Safety Officer for the entire investment portfolio valued at $1.2 billion.
At BP, Mr. Prusiecki was the Worldwide Drilling Optimization Manager building a new team to take on the toughest drilling problems, particularly with novel technology, remote monitoring, and augmented reality.
Lee Lawver is a technical writer with experience writing and editing for government, software, security, and finance. He is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University with a BA in Journalism.
Mr. Lawver has worked in a writing, editing, and project management role for multiple government contracts with the U.S. Navy handling detailed ship specifications and IT networking infrastructure. Throughout his career, Mr. Lawver has been entrusted to routinely handle confidential and sensitive information. He has created content used by some of the world's largest companies and is the sole writer for software documentation used by many of the United States' Departments of Transportation.