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Defense Forum Speakers (20)

Thursday, 24 January 2013 17:34

Joe Sikes

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Joseph Sikes
Director, Facilities Energy & Privatization (ODUSD(I&E))
Department of Defense


Mr. Sikes serves as Director for Housing and Competitive Sourcing in the office of the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Installations and Environment. He is responsible for policy and guidance in support of Commercial Activities programs in the Department of Defense (DoD), including implementation of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circular A-76. His office also provides policy and oversight of the Department’s military housing program, including the Military Housing Privatization Initiative.

A native of Augusta, Georgia, Mr. Sikes graduated from St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland, Ohio, and was appointed to the U.S. Naval Academy during the days when they always won the Army-Navy game. Following graduation with the class of 1968, he was designated a naval flight officer and received orders to Patrol Squadron Seventeen at Barbers Point, Hawaii, where he spent most of the next 18 years hunting for Red October. Other significant tours included Vietnam service, training of Imperial Iranian Air Force flight crews in 1975, exchange duty with the Royal New Zealand Air Force and command of Patrol Squadron Six from1984 to 1986.

Commander Sikes was then ordered to Washington for duty as Deputy to the Aviation Detailer in the Naval Personnel Command and subsequently attended the National War College. Following graduation in June 1988 he was assigned to the office of the Secretary of Defense as the Assistant Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Installations, a title which only took about six months to memorize. His responsibilities included military construction, base closures and the management of Defense installations. Immediately prior to his retirement in September, 1993, Captain Sikes helped set up the newly created Environmental Security organization while serving as Military Assistant to the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Environmental Security.

Following his retirement, Mr. Sikes was hired on the Secretary of Defense’s base closure staff to help implement President Clinton’s Five Part Community Reinvestment Plan announced as part of the BRAC 1993 round of closures. Immediately prior to his current assignment, while Deputy Director of the Housing Revitalization Support Office (HRSO), he helped implement the Military Housing Privatization Initiative, which authorized DoD to partner with the private sector to build and renovate military housing.


Thursday, 24 January 2013 17:34

Jeff Weiss

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Jeff Weiss
 Co-Chairman and Managing Director
Distributed Sun


Jeff Weiss oversees D-SUN’s investment companies. He leads capital formation and is active in development, strategy and governance for the Company. Mr. Weiss has led companies in cyber security, intelligence and corporate fraud mitigation, mission preparedness, software development, and transformational management. Companies include TSG, a $10MM strategic intelligence firm, Picture Network International (sold to Kodak in 1997), CDx (Certificate of Deposit Exchange), Verisign, Vista Information Technologies (a $100MM network services firm) and ASAP Ventures.

Mr. Weiss graduated from Cornell University and The Wharton School (MBA). He is an active alumni leader at Cornell on three boards, including the Cornell Center for Technology, Entrepreneurship and Commercialization. He is Director of Shenandoah National Park Trust and Washington Hebrew Congregation, is Washington Leadership Chairman of Business Executives for National Security (BENS), and is past Co-Chair of the Aspen Institute's Socrates Society.


Thursday, 24 January 2013 17:34

Edward Thomas Morehouse, Jr. (2)

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Edward Thomas Morehouse, Jr.
Principal Deputy, Operational Energy Plans and Programs,
U.S. Department of Defense
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Tom Morehouse was sworn in as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Operational Energy Plans and Programs on September 7, 2010.

As the Principal Deputy, Mr. Morehouse supports the Assistant Secretary, who is the principal advisor to the Secretary and Deputy Secretary of Defense on operational energy security and reports to the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics. He is the inaugural Principal Deputy of the office, which was created to strengthen the energy security of U.S. military operations. The mission of the office is to help the military services and combatant commands improve military capabilities, cut costs, and lower operational and strategic risk through better energy accounting, planning, management, and innovation.

Prior to his appointment, Mr. Morehouse served as a consultant to a wide range of government and private sector clients on issues related to energy, national security and industrial competitiveness. He was also with the Institute for Defense Analyses, providing thought leadership on military energy security. Mr. Morehouse was the lead author on the 2008 Defense Science Board Report, "More Fight - Less Fuel," which concluded that DOD's large dependence on fossil fuel dilutes military capability, increases operational risk and drives up costs. He also co-authored energy related studies for the Center for Naval Analysis. He is a former Air Force officer.

Thursday, 24 January 2013 17:34

Fred Schwartz

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Fred Schwartz
Senior Director Business Development
Northland Power


Fred is a renewable energy advocate with over thirty years of experience in solar, wind, hydro, and biomass implementation and development. Over his career he has developed renewable energy and storage technologies including hydroelectric turbines, wind-diesel technology, and high-speed flywheels, and he has developed and delivered efficiency programs for utilities and the public sector. From 2001 to 2005 he was Manager of Renewables and Advanced Generation for the City of San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, where he grew the PUC’s solar program and was involved in helping to grow the solar market in California. He has received awards from the US EPA and the President of the United States, and is featured in the film “The Power of the Sun” which was premiered in DC on the Hill a few years ago. His current Title is Senior Director, Business Development, Northland Power Inc.


Thursday, 24 January 2013 17:34

Barry McCullough

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Barry McCullough
Vice President of Business Strategy for Mission Systems and Training (MST)
Lockheed Martin


Bernard (Barry) McCullough was appointed vice president of Business Strategy for Mission Systems and Training (MST) in December 2012. In this capacity, Mr. McCullough is responsible for working across the MST enterprise to analyze the business’ strengths and opportunities. Mr. McCullough also serves as Business Development vice president of MST’s New Ventures line of business. In this role, he is responsible for increasing New Ventures’ presence in commercial and adjacent markets.

Most recently, Mr. McCullough served as vice president of Business Strategy for Lockheed Martin Mission Systems & Sensors (MS2) where he was responsible for growing MS2’s business strategy in core and adjacent markets.

Mr. McCullough joined Lockheed Martin in 2011 after serving more than 36 years in the U.S. Navy where he rose to the rank of Vice Admiral before retiring in October 2011. His final billet saw him serving as Commander, U.S. Fleet Cyber Command/Commander, U.S. 10th Fleet, where he oversaw the creation of the command and the development of Navy cyber capability from a supporting role to a supported operational domain. He served in many positions of increasing responsibility, including Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Integration of Capabilities (OPNAV N8) and Director of Surface Warfare (OPNAV N86). He had numerous commands at sea, including an Aegis cruiser and two carrier strike groups.

He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy with a bachelor’s of science degree in naval architecture and received a master’s of science degree in strategic resource management from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces at National Defense University.


Thursday, 24 January 2013 17:34

John Lushetsky

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John Lushetsky
Executive Director
Energy Initiatives Task Force
U.S. Army


In 2011, Mr. Lushetsky was selected as the Executive Director of the Army’s Energy Initiatives Task Force (EITF) which was chartered by the Secretary of the Army to lead the execution of the Army’s large scale renewable energy goals.  In this position, Mr. Lushetsky has responsibility for screening and development of candidate projects and preparation of competitive procurement and other actions to leverage up to $7 billion in private financing.

Mr. Lushetsky was previously the Director of the U.S. Department of Energy's Solar Energy Technology Program, where he had responsibility for DOE's program to develop and commercialize advanced solar technologies.  Mr. Lushetsky also held the position of Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency where he was responsible for programs for the deployment of advanced vehicle technologies and energy efficiency technology commercialization.

Previous to his government service, Mr. Lushetsky was with Corning, Inc. where he held a number of senior positions with responsibility for business operations, strategy and development.  He also initiated and managed venture capital investments to expand the company's access to new technologies.

Mr. Lushetsky holds an MBA in International Business from George Washington University and an M.S. and B.S. with High Honors in Engineering Science from the University of Florida.


Thursday, 24 January 2013 17:34

Ted Kniesche

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Ted Kniesche
 Vice President of Business Development
Fulcrum Bioenergy


Ted has been with Fulcrum since Fulcrum Bioenergy's inception and has been instrumental in developing its business strategies.  Overseeing the company's business development, project development and government relations activities, Ted has negotiated numerous long term MSW feedstock supply agreements totaling 13 million tons per year and has led the negotiations for several of Fulcrum’s commercial contracts and relationships. He also leads Fulcrum’s State and Federal Government and Regulatory affairs. Ted came to Fulcrum from US Renewables Group (USRG), where he helped acquire, develop and operate renewable power and clean fuel assets. Prior to USRG, Ted served in the investment banking group at Bear Stearns & Co. Inc. Ted has a B.A. in economics from the University of California, Berkeley and a general course certificate from the London School of Economics and Political Science.


Thursday, 24 January 2013 17:34

Tom Hicks

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Thomas W. Hicks
Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Energy)
Department of the Navy


Tom Hicks was appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Energy in March 2010. Mr. Hicks serves as the Secretariat focal point on all matters pertaining to the Department of Navy’s energy initiatives.

Mr. Hicks joined the Department of the Navy from the U.S. Green Building Council where he held several executive roles. As Vice President of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building rating system, Mr. Hicks led the development and implementation of all LEED rating systems. During his tenure, he led the three-fold growth of LEED activity as well as the expansion of the LEED family of rating systems from four to ten unique rating systems. As Vice President for International Programs, Mr. Hicks led the development of USGBC’s international enterprise quadrupling global activity in LEED in two years. Most recently, he spearheaded a new strategic venture on behalf of USGBC – the Building Performance Initiative – to ensure that all green buildings meet or exceed their energy and environmental performance goals.

From 1996 to October 2004, Mr. Hicks was a Senior Program Manager at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency within the Energy Star for Buildings program. In this role, Mr. Hicks served as the principal architect of the Energy Star commercial building rating system, the nation’s largest and best-known energy efficiency initiative which has been utilized to assess the energy performance of over 70,000 buildings totaling over 10 billion square feet of floor space nationally.

From 1992 to February 1996, Mr. Hicks led the formation of the energy efficiency program for the U.S. Navy Public Works Center Washington. In this capacity, Mr. Hicks created and led the team which performed energy audits on over 15 million square feet of floor space and completed energy efficiency upgrades totaling more than $50 million in value at various U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps installations.

Mr. Hicks received his bachelor’s of science in mechanical engineering from the Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland.


Thursday, 24 January 2013 17:34

Ryan Hamilton

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Ryan Hamilton
Manager, Federal Strategy & Programs
NRG Energy


Mr. Hamilton brings more than 15 years of experience in renewable energy and project finance to his role as Development Manager for all NRG Solar’s business development activities on behalf of Federal clients.  He is passionate about creating innovative, collaborative solutions for his clients and partners.  To date, Mr. Hamilton has developed more than 15 MW of solar PPA projects that have achieved successful commercial operation.  Prior to joining NRG, Mr. Hamilton led development efforts in California and Arizona on behalf of Solar Power Partners, a firm acquired by NRG Solar in November 2011.  He was responsible for Solar Power Partners and AECOM’s award of Contract N62583-09-R0085 with NAVFAC SW in 2009, the Navy’s first solar PPA IDIQ vehicle for renewable energy.  He holds a BS in International Development and Environmental Studies from the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and a MBA from the Walter Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.



Thursday, 24 January 2013 17:34

Kathy Ahsing

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Kathy Ahsing
Director for Planning and Development, Energy Initiatives Task Force
U.S. Army


In Sept 2011, Ms. Ahsing was designated Director for Planning and Development Division of the Energy Initiative Task Force, responsible for determining standard methodologies to analyze and identify large scale renewable energy opportunities; and manage a viable pipeline.

Prior to her current position, Kathy served as an Executive Strategic Initiatives Advisor to the Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management and Commander Installation Command working on a wide range of issues related to the organization and managerial policies, practices, and procedures governing Installation Management programs.

Ms. Ahsing has 30 years of service as a government employee with extensive knowledge of Department of Defense, installation management, organizational performance, and program/project management. She has held leadership positions at various levels of the Installation Command leading business transformation and organizational performance efforts at headquarters, and various regions; responsible for oversight of facilities and construction programs with the Deputy Chief of Staff for Engineering at US Army Pacific; oversight of information management operations for US Army Garrison Hawaii; and as a program/project manager with the US Army Corps of Engineers.

She is a licensed professional engineer in the State of Hawaii. Holds an M.S in Resourcing National Security Strategy from Industrial College of the Armed Forces, and a B.S. in Civil Engineering from University of Hawaii.

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