Janelle Gatchalian Lor is a Research Fellow at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies. Ms. Lor supports the Center for Adaptation and Innovation (CAI), which identifies and defines new and potentially disruptive defense capabilities. Specifically, the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies established CAI to assist senior defense leaders grappling with the most demanding issues and problems posed by a complex and uncertain security environment.

From 2012-2014, Ms. Lor was assigned to the Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory’s Wargaming Division where she supported their experimentation and combat development efforts.  In addition to her role as Assistant Support Officer, she served as an analyst for the Naval Services Game, a series of wargames conducted annually at the behest of the Naval Board to focus on issues of Navy and Marine Corps concern, and to further Navy-Marine Corps integration.

Ms. Lor has over a decade of experience providing project management, research and analysis support, and technology assessment to a variety of projects and studies for the Office of Naval Research, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Engineer Research & Development Center, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Air Force.  Her broad area of work has ranged from small unit operations, experimentation and training to technology transition of successful S&T products.

She has contributed to many of the Institute’s research efforts and technical reports, including Operational Utility Assessment of the Common Ground Joint Capability Technology Demonstration, Counter-Insurgency: Past, Present & Future, New Concepts in Human Systems Integration I & II, Computer Science Futures II, Conflict in the 21st Century: The Rise of Hybrid Wars, Distributed Operations Architecture Study: A Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and U.S. Marine Corps Partnership, Shaping Science and Technology to Serve National Security, Technologically-Based Biodefense, and Defense Microelectronics. 

Additionally, Ms. Lor served as Assistant Editor for the 2004-2005 editions of the Review of Policy Research, an international peer-reviewed journal devoted to the dissemination of research and the outcomes and consequences of policy change in domestic and comparative contexts.

Ms. Lor attended the University of Virginia where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Political & Social Thought, a Distinguished Majors Program, with a minor in Anthropology.


Jennifer McArdle is a Research Associate and Fellow in the Center for Revolutionary Scientific Thought at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies. Ms. McArdle joined the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies in March of 2014. Ms. McArdle provides strategic planning guidance on cyber hardware and supply chain security for the Defense Microelectronics Activity and additionally works for the Cyber Readiness Index team building out a cyber readiness index that assess 125 states cyber readiness across 7 different indices. 

Prior to joining the Potomac Institute, Ms. McArdle worked at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in the Center for Science, Technology, and Security Policy on Indo-US science of cyber diplomacy. Ms. McArdle joined AAAS after serving as a Visiting Fellow from the U.S. National Defense University at two think tanks in New Delhi, India: the Observer Research Foundation and the Institute for Defense Studies and Analyses. 

Ms. McArdle received MPhil in Politics with honors from the University of Cambridge and a BA in Political Science from the University of New Hampshire, summa cum laude. Ms. McArdle’s work has featured in Real Clear World, the National Interest, the Pacific Standard, FierceGovernmentIT, GovInfo Security, among others. She is currently the chair of the Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP) cyber discussion group and has previously been selected by YPFP as one of the 99 most influential individuals under 33 in foreign policy.

Mike Fritze

Dr. Fritze joined PIPS in April of 2015 as a Senior Fellow.   He will be leading PIPS efforts in the area of US Government Trusted Microelectronics policy and also contribute his experience to helping Roadmap US Government Microelectronics R&D efforts for the future.  He currently performs strategic planning for DMEA and develops projects related to trusted microelectronics issues. His strong technical background in Microelectronics provides a wealth of experience to manage these efforts at the Institute.


Dr. Fritze was the Director of the Disruptive Electronics Division at the USC Information Sciences Institute (2010-2015). He also held a Research Professor appointment in the USC Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering (Electrophysics).  His research interests at ISI included Trusted Electronics, CMOS Reliability & Robustness, Low power 3DIC enabled electronics and Rad-hard electronics.  He was a Program Manager at the DARPA Microsystems Technology Office (MTO) from 2006-2010.  While at DARPA, Dr. Fritze was responsible for Programs in the areas of 3D Integrated Circuits (3DIC), Steep-Subthreshold-slope Transistors (STEEP), Radiation Hardening by Design (RHBD), Carbon Electronics for RF Applications (CERA), Silicon-based RF (TEAM), Ultra-low power Digital (ESE), Highly regular designs (GRATE) and Leading edge foundry access (LEAP).


Prior to joining DARPA, Dr. Fritze was a staff member from 1995-2006 at MIT Lincoln Laboratory in Lexington, Massachusetts, where he worked on fully-depleted silicon on insulator (FDSOI) technology development with an emphasis on novel devices. Particular interests included highly scaled, tunneling-based, and ultra-low power devices. Dr. Fritze also worked in the area of silicon-based integrated optics. Another research interest at Lincoln Laboratory was in the area of resolution-enhanced optical lithography and nanofabrication with particular emphasis on low volume technological solutions.

Dr. Fritze received a Ph.D. in Physics from Brown University in 1994, working in the area of compound semiconductor quantum well physics. He received a B.S. in Physics in 1984 from Lehigh University. Dr. Fritze is an elected member of Tau Beta Pi and Sigma Xi. He is a recipient of the Office of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service awarded in 2010.  He is a Senior Member of the IEEE and is active on the program committees of the EIPBN (3Beams, for which he served as Program Chair in 2012), GOMAC and IEEE S3S conferences. Dr. Fritze has published over 75 papers and articles in professional journals and holds several U.S. Patents.



The Institute welcomes back Jennifer Lato, a former intern and current Research Assistant in the CEO’s Office. Jennifer first joined the Institute in 2013, and provides analytic and research support for the Corrosion Policy and Oversight (CPO) and Defense Microelectronics Activity (DMEA) efforts. Jennifer also provides editorial assistance for Potomac Institute publications such as U.S. Health Policy: An Insider’s Perspective (2014).  Jennifer has a B.A.in History and Spanish from SUNY Geneseo as well as a M.A. in International Affairs from the George Washington Universities Elliott School of International Affairs. 

Jennifer brings an interdisciplinary perspective to policy analysis. Prior to joining the Potomac Institute, Jennifer worked in the Department of Treasury's Office of Financial Assets Control, where she assisted sanctions investigators as part of a as part of an executive order to combat transnational criminal entities. Additionally, Jennifer held a short-term post at the Bureau of Intelligence of Research (INR) at the State Department. In this position, Jennifer coordinated the review of strategic signals intelligence requirements with INR analysts.

Charles MuellerResearch Associate in the CEO’s office and a CReST Fellow at the Center for Revolutionary Scientific Thought.  Dr. Mueller works on identifying important S&T regulatory issues and developing sound regulatory policy solutions founded in the best available science.  Additionally, Dr. Mueller is the lead on a project with the Office of Corrosion Policy and Oversight within the Department of Defense  (DoD) that is attempting to optimize the DoD’s current Corrosion Prevention and Control strategies by applying regulatory science & engineering principles.

Prior to joining the Potomac Institute, Dr. Mueller obtained his doctorate in biochemistry from the University of Maryland’s Chemistry and Biochemistry Department in 2014.  His dissertation involved the characterization of two putative DNA metabolizing enzymes in the bacterium Deinococcus radiodurans and required a combination of molecular biology, cell biology, microscopy, and biochemical analyses.  Before obtaining his doctorate he obtained a B.A. in Chemistry from Elon University and then worked at the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health studying the effects of selenium on cancer using both live mouse models and tissue cultures.

Dr. Mueller is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Kathy GoodsonDr. Kathy Goodson is the Communications Director at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies.  Dr. Goodson joined the Potomac Institute as a Research Associate in the CEO’s Office and a CReST Fellow at the Center for Revolutionary Scientific Thought (CReST) in September of 2014. Dr. Goodson leads outreach and communications components of a joint Potomac Institute and Office of Corrosion Policy and Oversight effort.  

Prior to joining the Potomac Institute, Dr. Goodson was an Assistant Professor of Biological and Physical Sciences at the College of Southern Maryland.  She completed her studies for a doctorate in biochemistry from the University of Maryland, College Park, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry in 2012. Her dissertation research focused on spectroscopic determination of protein-DNA complex conformations using organic dye molecules. Her areas of graduate research study included biochemistry, physical chemistry, biophysical chemistry, and molecular biology. Dr. Goodson received her B.S. in Chemistry from Virginia State University.

Dr. Goodson is a member of the American Chemical Society and the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE).

Brian BarnettBrian Barnett is a Research Assistant at the  Potomac Institute for Policy Studies in the CEO’s Office.  Brian Barnett currently provides research and analytic support to guide discovery of innovative, non-traditional solutions and develop technology assessments for the Rapid Reaction Technology Office (RRTO) in its mission to enable new, affordable capabilities. He also performs research for the Center for Neurotechnology Studies (CNS), where he creates analyses and policy recommendations for leveraging the benefits of neuroscience. Brian organizes events, conferences, and discussions for both RRTO and CNS at the Institute and at other venues, by interfacing and coordinating with government officials, venture capitalists, commercial leaders and academics. He obtained his B.S. in Neurobiology & Physiology at the University of Maryland, College Park, where he completed an undergraduate thesis investigating the behavioral and neural components of an animal model of ADHD. He also contributed to publications on the valuation and representation of reward within the rat fronto-striatal​ circuit.

JennBussDr. Jennifer Buss is a Research Fellow and Director of the Center for Neurotechnology Studies, and Director of the Center for Revolutionary Scientific Thought at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies. She performs research and analysis to track and trend science and technology to create meaningful policy recommendations for the US Government. Dr. Buss manages a variety of OSD programs including an outreach effort for the Department of Defense to the start-up community across the country to find innovative technologies to meet the challenges faced by the Services and Government agencies, and an effort for the Corrosion Policy and Oversight office on corrosion education outreach and policy implications for corrosion mitigation strategies. Additionally, she provides research, analysis, strategy development, and program planning to the Defense Microelectronics Activity. She oversees the work in the CEO’s office for project development, office coordination, and task management.

She completed her studies for a doctorate in biochemistry from the University of Maryland Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.  Her dissertation was on iodide salvage in the thyroid and the evolution of halogen conservation in lower organisms.  She has performed graduate research in the areas of enzymology, bioinformatics, molecular and structural biology. Dr. Buss received her BS in biochemistry with a minor in mathematics from the University of Delaware.

She is a member of the American Chemical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.  She is a native of Annapolis, MD.

Kathryn Schiller WursterKathryn Schiller Wurster is Chief of Staff in the Office of the CEO at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies.  As Chief of Staff, she provides critical, high-level support to the CEO/Chairman of the Board of Directors and the other Corporate Officers, and serves as a liaison to the Board of Directors and Board of Regents.  Ms. Schiller Wurster exercises coordination authority on behalf of the CEO and the CEO’s Office.  In addition, she helps advance the organization's strategic priorities, manages the planning and operations of the CEO/Chairman, and works frequently with the organization's senior leadership and staff across all functional areas of the organization to manage projects and provide strategic support.

Ms. Schiller Wurster is currently supporting the Defense Microelectronics Activity on strategic planning efforts, supply chain risk management and trust issues for microelectronics parts. Her past research projects have included work for DARPA, DDR&E, Air Force, Congress, and other agencies.

Symposia and events she has managed include: “Color of our Economy: Why Green Resources Must Be Valued in the Next Administration,” “Global Climate Change and National Security: The Science and the Impact,” “Developing Ethics Guidelines for Research and Use of Neurotechnologies,” “Every Crisis is a Human Crisis: Disaster Preparedness,” and “Glaucoma Screening and Treatment: Driving Towards a Unified Federal and Private Sector Policy Approach.”

Ms. Schiller Wurster helped launch the Center for Neurotechnology Studies (CNS) and participated in drafting the National Neurotechnology Initiative legislation, and continues to assist CNS with seminars and workshops on ethical, legal, social and policy issues related to neurotechnology.

Ms. Schiller Wurster attended the University of Virginia as an Echols Scholar and graduated in 2002 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political and Social Thought. She joined the Potomac Institute in May 2005.

Robert Hummel

Dr. Robert Hummel serves as the Chief Scientist of the Potomac Institute in the CEO’s Office and is a member of the Center for Revolutionary Scientific Thought.  He is the author of the recent Potomac Institute book on “Alternative Futures for Corrosion and Degradation Research,” and is also serving customers in DARPA and OSD.  He is the principle author of the Institute’s forthcoming book on machine intelligence.  He is currently researching material sustainment of materiel that is subject to atomic degradation.

Prior to joining the Potomac Institute, he served as a program manager at DARPA for nearly nine years, managing and initiating projects in information exploitation, computer science, and sensor design.  Prior to joining DARPA, he was a tenured faculty member at NYU’s Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences in the Computer Science Department, where he did research in computer vision and artificial intelligence.  

Dr. Hummel’s PhD is from the University of Minnesota in mathematics, and he holds a B.A. from the University of Chicago, also in mathematics.

Michael Swetnam, CEO Michael Swetnam assisted in founding the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies in 1994. Since its inception, he has served as Chairman of the Board and currently serves as the Institute's Chief Executive Officer.

He has authored and edited several books and articles including: "Al-Qa'ida: Ten Years After 9/11 and Beyond," co-authored with Yonah Alexander; "Cyber Terrorism and Information Warfare," a four volume set he co-edited; "Usama bin Laden's al-Qaida: Profile of a Terrorist Network," co-authored with Yonah Alexander; "ETA: Profile of a Terrorist Group," co-authored with Yonah Alexander and Herbert M. Levine; and "Best Available Science: Its Evolution, Taxonomy, and Application," co-authored with Dennis K. McBride, A. Alan Moghissi, Betty R. Love and Sorin R. Straja.

Mr. Swetnam is currently a member of the Technical Advisory Group to the United States Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. In this capacity, he provides expert advice to the U.S. Senate on the R&D investment strategy of the U.S. Intelligence Community. He also served on the Defense Science Board (DSB) Task Force on Counterterrorism and the Task Force on Intelligence Support to the War on Terrorism.


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