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Session 4: America’s New National Security Challenges

August 6th | 1pm ET / Noon CT

Many TVC federal partners provide leadership in addressing our nation’s national security challenges. Hear discussions about the scope of these threats and how our region’s expertise and technology address them.

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Convene & Welcome
Gard Clark, Vice President, Energy & Environment, Teledyne Brown Engineering

Sponsor Remarks
Sean Williams, President, Protection Strategies, Inc.

Keynote Address
Admiral Charles Richard, Commander, United States Strategic Command

Introduction of Panel Moderator
Sean Williams, President, Protection Strategies, Inc.

Roundtable
Ted Sherry, Senior Director, Consolidated Nuclear Security (CNS) [Moderator]
Blake Scott, Director, Lithium Transformation, CNS
John Stewart, President, Nuclear Fuel Services
Dr. Skip Bartol, Associate Dean of Research, Auburn University
Jason Coker, Vice Director, Arnold Engineering Development Complex

Closing Remarks
Sean Williams, President, Protection Strategies, Inc.

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Speaker Bios

Commander, United States Strategic Command

Admiral Chas Richard is a native of Decatur, Alabama and graduated with honors from the University of Alabama in 1982. He earned master’s degrees with honors from the Catholic University of America and the Naval War College.

His most recent assignment was Commander, Submarine Forces in Norfolk, Virginia. Other flag assignments include Deputy Commander, U.S. Strategic Command, Director of Undersea Warfare (OPNAV N97) at the Pentagon, Deputy Commander of Joint Functional Component Command for Global Strike at U.S. Strategic Command, and command of Submarine Group 10 in Kings Bay, Georgia.

His operational assignments include command of USS Parche (SSN 683) as well as Submarine NR-1, then the U.S. Navy’s only nuclear-powered, deep-submergence submarine. He also served aboard USS Portsmouth (SSN 707), USS Asheville (SSN 758), and USS Scranton (SSN 756).

Admiral Richard’s staff assignments include service as the executive assistant and naval aide to the Under Secretary of the Navy; chief of staff, Submarine Force Atlantic; and command of Submarine Squadron (SUBRON) 17 in Bangor, Washington. Other staff assignments include director of resources on the staff of the Under Secretary of Defense (Policy); squadron engineer on the staff of SUBRON-8 and duty on the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Submarine Warfare) staff. He has also served as a member of Chief of Naval Operations’ Strategic Studies Group XXVIII, studying the integration of unmanned systems into naval force structure.

Admiral Richard assumed his current duties in November 2019. As Commander, U.S. Strategic Command, he is responsible for one of 11 Unified Commands under the Department of Defense. USSTRATCOM is responsible for the global command and control of U.S. strategic forces to meet decisive national security objectives, providing a broad range of strategic capabilities and options for the President and Secretary of Defense.

President, Protection Strategies, Inc.

Mr. Williams is the majority owner and CEO of Protections Strategies Incorporated (PSI), in Knoxville, TN. PSI is a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) that provides high level security services to the US Government, State and local governments and commercial clients in the US and abroad. PSI is currently contracted to provide security management, consulting and related services to the FBI, HHS, DOD, DOJ, FERC, DOE and NNSA. 

Mr. Williams has 29 years of diverse business an executive leadership experience including successfully leading small, medium and large U.S. based companies. He has demonstrated a successful career, establishing public-private partnerships with federal and local government entities to solve complex security challenges and ensure the protection of critical infrastructure and assets at home, as well as abroad. After serving as a United States Air Force Pararescueman (PJ), he began working with one of the nation’s largest security contractors supporting the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Safeguards and Security mission and played a key role in leading contract operations for the Department of States Antiterrorism Assistance Program (DOS/ATAP), to fight terrorism abroad in the days following 9/11. Building on his work with DOE and DOS he has successfully provided critical security and support services to a broad base of other U.S. agencies including the

Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Federal Protective Services (FPS), National Aeronautical and Space Administration (NASA), Department of Justice (DOJ), Department of Defense (DOD), United States Marshals Service (USMS), Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Bureau of Prisons (BOP), Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and various state/ local governments.

Mr. Williams holds a Masters of Business Administration (MBA), with a concentration in Finance from the Anderson School of Business, a CPT certification from the International Society of Performance Testing and a broad range of certifications from both the Department of Defense and the Department of Energy. He is also a member of the TVC Board of Directors as Congressman Tim Burchett (TN 3rd District) appointed representative.

Vice President, Energy & Environment, Teledyne Brown

Gard Clark leads the Energy and Environment Business Unit, managing a portfolio of engineering, fabrication, and Management and Operations projects in the chemical, nuclear, environmental, and advanced energy fields.

Clark brings over 30 years leadership experience from the US Navy as a nuclear submarine Commanding Officer and US Department of Defense Major Program Manager. His expertise across operational, technical, and financial management roles provides the ability to successfully manage diverse and technically challenging and unique projects and programs for Teledyne. He is well-versed in both government and commercial business portfolio management as well as all phases of major project development and execution.

Clark joined Teledyne in 2013 as Uranium Laser Enrichment Manufacturing and Testing Plant Manager and Project Manager where he supervised design, manufacture, fabrication, assembly, and operation of advanced machinery and test equipment developed to commercialize the use of lasers to enrich uranium for nuclear power plant use.

Following this project, Clark became the Energy and Environment Business Unit Operations Manager leading execution of the diverse portfolioof commercial and government nuclear, chemical and advanced energy projects.

Recent awards achieved for Teledyne Brown Engineering include selection as 2018 Bechtel Large Business Subcontractor of the year, and winning team member for the 2019 Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer Interagency Partnership Award as well as a 2019 R&D 100 award in the Analytical/Test Category.

Prior to joining Teledyne, Clark served in the US Navy as a submarine officer, culminating with command of USS DALLAS (SSN 700). He also served as a Department of Defense Acquisition Professional and Naval Sea Systems Command Special Operations Forces Undersea Mobility Major Program Manager responsible for manned Deep Submergence Systems including miniature submersibles and support systems used by Special Operations Forces.

Clark holds an Associate’s Degree in Mathematics from Jamestown Community College, a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Science from the US Naval Academy, and a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from the US Naval Postgraduate School. He has also attended numerous military schools and is a graduate of the Defense Systems Management College Executive Program Managers Course.

Senior Director, Consolidated Nuclear Security

Ted Sherry is the vice president of Performance Excellence for Consolidated Nuclear Security, LLC, which is responsible for the management and operation of the Pantex Plant in Amarillo, Texas, and the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. In this role, he is responsible for the transformation of work practices and work conditions, institutionalizing the excellence activities and tools implemented by CNS, and establishing a robust continuous learning mindset with performance measures, reporting systems, and tools necessary to drive improvement.

In 2016, Sherry joined CNS as the senior director for Performance and Risk Management. In that position, he was responsible for the contractor assurance and enterprise risk management programs, advising the company on the organizational health of its sites.

From 2012–2015, Sherry worked at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Longenecker & Associates (Oak Ridge), and Los Alamos National Laboratory. At ORNL, he served as the director of homeland protection and advanced concepts, managing a team of program managers that directed national security–related efforts. As a senior manager at Longenecker & Associates, he was responsible for the company’s National Nuclear Security Administration business area and worked with clients to help solve their management and business challenges. He also served as associate deputy director of Los Alamos National Laboratory. He supported the laboratory director on high-priority institutional matters and managed LANL’s environmental management contract negotiations and transition.

From 1995–2011, Sherry worked for the National Nuclear Security Administration and the U.S. Department of Energy. He worked in various positions, including technical training manager; nuclear explosive safety program manager; and, for the last 10 years with NNSA, he was the deputy manager and manager of the Y-12 Site Office.

Before joining DOE, Sherry served in the U.S. Navy as a nuclear submarine officer (1986–1994).

Sherry holds a B.S. in electrical engineering from West Virginia University and an M.B.A. from the University of Maryland. He also is a U.S. Navy– certified engineer (nuclear power).

Director, Lithium Transformation, Y-12

Born in Gary, Indiana, Blake Scott holds an undergraduate degree in Aeronautical Astronautical Engineering from Purdue University and a Masters Degree in Material Science from the University of Virginia. Scott is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) with over 30 years of experience working in Department of Energy facilities.

In 1986 through 1990, Scott began his career as an intern at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory working on physics and engineering projects associated with the Superconducting Super Collider project.  Other projects included Muon beam tuning and cryogenic design and instrumentation.  

Following his internship, Scott began working for Babcock and Wilcox Space Nuclear Propulsion program as a finite element analyst concentrating on thin member perforated sheets used in compact fluid bed reactor engines – not just a rocket scientist, a nuclear rocket scientist.

Scott went on to volunteer for an assignment to assist in the cleanup of Weldon Springs Uranium Processing Facility near St. Louis, writing safe work plans for the disposition and demolition of uranium processing facilities.  Afterwards, he returned to B&W Lynchburg as a process engineer for naval nuclear fuel elements in the Modified Fuel Processing manufacturing facility and then as a lead engineer for AVLIS, the Atomic Vapor Laser Isotope Separation project. Returning to B&W Lynchburg, Scott managed the Nuclear Space Propulsion group and the company’s first Statistical Process Improvement Team – the SPIT Manager. 

In 2002, Scott accepted a position at Pantex as a program manager for the W80 nuclear weapon program and was promoted to senior program manager over the W76, B61 and W80 LEPs.  Later, he was assigned the program manager for Campaign’s Stockpile Readiness program, responsible for maturing and deploying technologies for weapon applications.  

Scott joined Y-12 in 2007 as the Campaign’s Stockpile Readiness program manager, in 2009 became the program manager for General and Administration as well as the Legacy program’s manager, and in 2011 took on the program manager role for the Materials Recycle and Recovery program responsible for the reclamation and material purification for Lithium and Highly Enriched Uranium.  

Scott is now the Lithium Transformation Manager, responsible for sustaining current Lithium operations through the implementation of a bridging strategy until the new Lithium Production Capability Facility is completed.

President, Nuclear Fuel Services / BWXT

John Stewart is president of Nuclear Fuel Services, Inc. in Erwin, Tennessee.

Stewart, who was named NFS president in June 2018, has more than 30 years of experience in the nuclear industry.

Before joining NFS, Stewart served as president and general manager of BWSR, LLC since 2012. He has led BWXT’s work to decommission former Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program sites at the Naval Reactors Facility in Idaho, Bettis Laboratory in Pennsylvania, and the Knolls Laboratory and Kesselring Site in New York. BWSR was recently awarded a $140 million contract extension by Bechtel Marine Propulsion Corporation (the prime contractor) to continue this work.

Prior to leading BWSR, he was chief of nuclear safety operations at Babcock & Wilcox Y-12 for three years. The safety records at both Y-12 and BWSR under Stewart’s leadership were outstanding.

He spent 25 years in the U.S. Navy, serving as a staff engineer at the Naval Reactors headquarters in Washington, D.C. and commanding officer of the Ohio-class submarine USS Tennessee before being promoted to deputy commander of Submarine Squadron Sixteen/Twenty and commanding officer of the Trident Refit Facility at Kings Bay, Georgia.

Stewart earned a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy and master’s degrees in engineering management and national resources management from the Catholic University of America and Industrial College of the Armed Forces, respectively.

Associate Dean of Research, Auburn University

Dr. Frank F. (Skip) Bartol is Professor and Associate Dean for Research at the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine (AUCVM). A Virginia native, he earned the B.S. degree from Virginia Tech, both M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Florida, and received advanced training in the Center for Animal Biotechnology at Texas A&M University. He joined the Auburn University faculty in 1983. Bartol serves as senior administrative coordinator and federal liaison for the AUCVM Canine Performance Sciences (CPS) program. The AUCVM-CPS program leads the nation in advancement of national security mission-driven detection canine sciences. The AUCVM-CPS team, working with partners in federal, private and academic sectors, is driving technological innovation and scientifically validated  ‘best practices’ to enable identification and mitigation of existing and emerging threats posed by explosives, chemicals, biologicals and electronics.

Vice Director, Arnold Engineering Development Complex, United States Air Force

Mr. Coker is the Vice-Director of the Arnold Engineering Development Complex (AEDC), headquartered at Arnold Air Force Base, Tenn. The complex employs more than 3,000 people and comprises more than 68 aerospace test facilities spanning eight states.  AEDC’s capabilities are unmatched in span and scope supporting development of the Nation’s key strategic systems as defined in the National Defense Strategy. AEDC offers a suite of test capabilities to simulate speed, temperature, pressure and other parameters over a wide range to meet the needs of aerospace test and technology development of hypersonic systems, directed energy, space, propulsion and more. All NASA manned spacecraft and every high performance aircraft, missile, most space launch systems and many military satellites in use by the Department of Defense today have been developed and tested at the Complex.

Mr. Coker began his civil service career in 1999 after spending 13 years in DoD industry where he supported developmental test and evaluation for numerous weapons programs across the Air Force and Missile Defense Agency. Mr. Coker has over 20 year of ground test experience where he served in multiple leadership roles from flight chief to Squadron Director. He has served in the Office of Secretary of Defense, Acquisition Technology & Logistics, Test Resource Management Center (TRMC) and Developmental Test & Evaluation (DT&E) Pentagon as the Assistant Deputy Director providing oversight for the U.S. Air Force Test Ranges and program oversight for multiple U.S. Air Force aeronautical programs.

Prior to his current assignment, he served as the Joint Staff, J5, Deputy Division Director for Space and Missile Defense Policy where he was responsible for informing Chairman’s Best Military Advice for U.S. and DoD policies and strategies involving space and missile defense.

Make sure you are registered and join us for next week’s closing session and celebration of the 2020 TVC Virtual Summit Series:

Meeting the TVC’s Workforce Challenges

Thursday, August 13th | 1pm ET / Noon CT

An educated and motivated workforce is the major challenge facing business and federal partners in the TVC. Hear discussions about workforce strategies creating local, state and federal partnerships, featuring a keynote address and Q&A session with Tennessee Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn.

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