Jennifer Lato

Jennifer Lato

Jennifer Lato is a Research Assistant in the S&T Policy Division at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies. 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). Jennifer also provides editorial assistance for Potomac Institute publications, such as U.S. Health Policy: An Insider’s Perspective (2014).  She has a History and Spanish from SUNY Geneseo, and a M.A. in International Affairs from the George Washington University, Elliott School of International Affairs. 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 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. Ms. Lato can be reached at: jlato@potomacinstitute. org.

James Richardson, PhD

James Richardson

Dr. Richardson has held many positions in research, development and engineering in government, academia and the private sector.  He is a former Deputy Director for Research, Development, and Engineering for the US Army Missile Command, Director of the Land Systems Office at the DARPA, Scientific Advisor for the Conventional Forces in Europe Treaty in Vienna, Austria, and Vice President for Research and Chief Scientist at Potomac Institute for Policy Studies, where he is currently a Senior Fellow. Dr. Richardson can be reached at: jabrichardson @

Paul Syers, PhD

SyerspDr. Paul Syers is a Research Associate at the Potomac Institute, joining in September 2015. His current interests focus on hardware trust and policies related to the research and development of materials. For example, he is a member of the Regulatory Science and Engineering Center, which is currently looking at regulations on corrosion. He is also a Fellow of the Center for Revolutionary Scientific Thought (CReST). Dr. Syers received his PhD in Physics from the University of Maryland, having researched methods for improving the material quality of topological insulators. He has also received an M. Phil. from the University of Cambridge for research on high temperature superconductors, and spent some time in Germany researching wear and tear on commercial train tracks. Prior to that, Paul received a B.S. in Physics from Emory University. Dr. Syers can be reached at: psyers@

Gerold Yonas, PhD

Gerold YonasDr. Gerold Yonas joined the Mind Research Network in 2009, as the director of neurosystems engineering. In his current work, he is dedicated to creating the new fields of neurosystems engineering that links advances in neuroscience with systems engineering through interdisciplinary teams that focus on the development of solutions to complex system problems.

Previously, Yonas worked at the Sandia National Laboratories, where he served as vice president of Systems, Science and Technology, and later became Sandia’s principal scientist and initiated Sandia’s Advanced Concepts Group. Yonas served as the acting deputy director and chief scientist during the implementation of the Strategic Defense Initiative. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. He has received numerous honors including the US Air Force Medal for Meritorious Civilian Service and the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service.

Yonas serves on several defense boards and is senior fellow and member of Board of Regents at the Potomac institute for Policy Studies. He has also taught as an adjunct professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of New Mexico and has published extensively in the fields of intense particle beams, inertial confinement fusion, strategic defense technologies, technology transfer, and “wicked engineering.” Yonas received his PhD in engineering science and physics at the California Institute of Technology. Dr. Yonas can be reached at: gyonas @aol. com.

Alden V. Munson, Jr.

Alden V. Munson, JrMr. Munson is a Senior Fellow and Member, Board of Regents at Potomac Institute for Policy Studies, has served on the Defense Science Board and is an advisor to government and industry in defense and intelligence matters. He was the Deputy Director of National Intelligence for Acquisition from May 2007 until July 2009. Previously he was a consultant in defense, space, and intelligence and was associated with the investment-banking firm Windsor Group. He was Senior Vice President and Group Executive of the Litton Information Systems Group, leading information technology, command and control, and intelligence businesses for defense, intelligence, civil, commercial, and international customers. Mr. Munson was Vice President at TRW, in the System Integration Group, the Space and Electronics Group, and the Information Systems Group (the former TRW Credit Business). In these assignments, he led numerous space, intelligence, and information technology organizations and activities. He began his career at the Aerospace Corporation, where he provided system-engineering support to many space and intelligence programs. Mr. Munson received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from San Jose State University (SJSU) and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.

Charles Mueller, PhD

Charles MuellerDr. 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 attempt- ing 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).

Jennifer McArdle

Jennifer McArdleJennifer 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. Jennifer is a PhD candidate at Kings College London, Department of War Studies. Her academic research focuses on national perspectives of information warfare.alysts. 

Ken Hamilton

Ken HamiltonKen Hamilton, a Senior Research Fellow at the Potomac Institute, has had a distinguished career as a naval officer and as an expert in DoD acquisition management. He is the founder of KTMG, an engineering management-consulting firm supporting major DoD Acquisition Programs and industry clients. He has served as the principle strategic management advisor to ACAT I acquisition programs, and is a founding member for OSD’s Systems of Systems Center of Excellence. Mr. Hamilton is the co-founder of Mission Technology Systems LLC, a manufacturer of small tactical unmanned aerial systems. Previously, he specialized in rapid acquisition for the US Navy SEALs and for the Joint Special Operations Forces (SOF), including serving as the senior advisor to the Commander, USSOCOM, and program management of NRO and ONR projects. CAPT Hamilton’s military career includes 30 years of active and reserve service following graduation from the US Naval Academy.

Brian Barnett, Research Assistant

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

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