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Plenary Speakers

Dr. Dane S. Egli, Johns Hopkins University
Dane Egli Dr. Dane Egli is a national security senior advisor at Johns Hopkins University and career Coast Guard officer who served on the White House National Security Council staff from 2004-06 as a director for counterterrorism, and as the President's advisor on hostages and global counternarcotics. He holds master's degrees from George Washington University and National Defense University in National Security Studies, and a doctoral degree from University of Colorado in public policy. He served as the senior maritime advisor to the COCOM Commander at NORAD/USNORTHCOM from 2006-08 and speaks nationally on maritime security, national preparedness, and critical infrastructure resilience issues. He is the author of the strategic report, "Beyond the Storms: Strengthening Security & Resilience in the 21st Century."

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Declan Ganley, Rivada Networks
Declan Ganley Declan Ganley, Irish Entrepreneur, Chairman & CEO Rivada Networks, a leading public safety communications business with operations in the US and Europe. Declan has built a number of businesses in the telecommunications and natural resources sector including Broadnet, which rolled out wireless networks in ten European countries. He rolled out a cable TV network, Cabletel, in Eastern Europe, and from 1991-1997 built what became the largest private forestry company in the Former Soviet Union. Declan is Founder & Chairman of The Libertas Institute, which has campaigned on European issues, starting with its successful referendum campaign against the first Libson Treaty in 2008. As a European federalist, he has campaigned for a democratic, solvent and federal European Union. He is a regular commentator/op-ed contributor on business and European affairs for international print and broadcast media.

Declan is a recipient of the Louisiana Distinguished Service Medal for what was cited as his life saving actions; leading Rivada Networks' delivery of communications capability for emergency responders post Hurricane Katrina. In 2008 he was awarded the Frode Jacobson Prize for Courage in Copenhagen and the Czech Republic's Michal Tosovsky Prize. He served for over twenty years with the 54th Field Artillery Regiment, Irish Army Reserve. Declan is co-author of 'What If Ireland Defaults' (Orpen Press 2012). He was the subject of media columnist Bruce Arnold's 2009 book 'The Fight for Democracy'. He is also the patented co-inventor of Dynamic Spectrum Arbitrage technology.

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Dr. Norman A. Whitaker, DARPA
Norman Whitaker Dr. Norman A. Whitaker serves as Deputy Director of the Information Innovation Office at DARPA. DARPA is the principal Agency within the Department of Defense for research, development, and demonstration of concepts, devices, and systems that provide highly advanced military capabilities.

Dr. Whitaker previously served as Special Assistant to the DARPA Director and was the Program Manager for the DARPA Urban Challenge autonomous vehicle program. He was also centrally involved in planning the 2005 Grand Challenge. Prior to his work at DARPA, Dr. Whitaker was CEO of the Escher Research Institute, which he co‚Äźfounded in 2003, CTO of Puritan Research, and a program manager at DARPA. From 1986 to 1997 he was on the research staff at AT&T Bell Laboratories.

Dr. Whitaker received his Bachelor of Science (1979), his Master of Science (1983) and his Ph.D. (1986) in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).