Defense Forum Speakers (20)
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.
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.
|Edward Thomas Morehouse, Jr. |
Principal Deputy, Operational Energy Plans and Programs,
U.S. Department of Defense
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thomas W. Hicks
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.
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.
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.
Dan Tunnicliff has more than 21 years of utility experience and has worked for Southern California Edison since 1999.
|Robert Tritt |
McKenna, Long & Aldridge LLP
With more than thirty years of corporate, real estate and energy legal practice, Robert E. Tritt brings a broad spectrum of experience to public-private partnerships. He is Co-Chair of the Military Base and Communities practice of MLA. He is actively engaged in the representation of the private sector and local redevelopment authorities in the redevelopment of closed and realigned military bases. He has skill in assisting the private sector in investments in and around expanding military bases, including through enhanced use leasing authority available to the Department of Defense, Department of Energy, Veteran’s Administration and other Federal departments. He also represents on base renewable energy projects.
Mr. Tritt is experienced in complex real estate development and redevelopment and the financing of those efforts through private and public finance and through tax incentives.
Mr. Tritt has further extensive experience in project development in the energy field and has represented independent power producers in the development and financing of gas and oil fired merchant power plants and cogeneration facilities and is now engaged in renewable energy projects.
Taite R. McDonald is a senior advisor with the government initiatives practice in the Washington, D.C., office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. Taite works with energy and clean technology companies to develop and execute strategies to access government grants, loans, and contracts across multiple states and federal agencies, including the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, the U.S Department of Agriculture, and the U.S. Department of Defense. She has been successful in helping companies obtain millions of dollars of funding across these agencies and has also played a pivotal role in helping companies forge key partnerships with federal agencies and other government-facing bodies.
Currently, Taite is helping companies in pursuing a variety of Department of Defense energy procurement and contract opportunities across a multiple clean technology sectors. She also assists with providing clients legislative insight and strategic advice into the areas of energy and clean technology. Taite works with all types of renewable energy technology companies, with a focus on biofuels, innovative materials, and solar energy technologies.
| Roger D. Feldman |
Andrews Kurth LLP
Roger Feldman's practice focuses on the project finance of all types of energy and related infrastructure projects. His particular current emphasis is on renewables and clean technology applications. In that regard, he also advises on the impact of regulatory matters and the formation of public-private partnerships. He has previously chaired the Project Finance groups of three major international law firms. Clients include project developers, financial institutions, purchasers and sellers of corporate assets, clean energy companies and parties dealing with the Defense Department and other Federal agencies. He represents energy and environmental companies in obtaining and contracting for federal financing assistance, purchase agreements and guarantees.
Roger has senior responsibility with respect to many of the firm's clean and renewable energy activities and projects. These have included development of renewable resources (biofuels, biomass, wind, solar and waste conversion), alternative energy sources (coal gasification, plasma applications; advanced alcohol fuels), climate change finance (carbon credit origination, aggregation and trading), energy storage and transmission reliability enhancement and energy efficiency securitization finance. This work has entailed preparation an analysis of construction energy sales and financing documentation. Roger has worked on projects for the integration of energy efficiency and environmental sustainability in China and other international settings.
His public service includes prior government positions such as Deputy Administrator for Finance and Environment, U.S. Federal Energy Administration, White House Staff, U.S. Dept. of Defense (Systems Analyst), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (Financial Advisory Board); ongoing professional activities (including Chair of several American Bar Association Committees in energy, environment and finance) and as a Director of the American Council on Renewable Energy.
Roger has worked on projects for the integration of energy efficiency and environmental sustainability in China and other international settings and also worked with international financing agencies in that regard.
He has been listed in Who's Who in American Law since 1990 and in Best Lawyers in America since 2006. In 2013, Martindale-Hubbell rated Roger as AV Preeminent, the highest possible rating in both legal ability and ethical standards.