About NUARI

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Norwich advances research on national and global challenges and facilitates open intellectual exchange and knowledge sharing through its affiliated centers, institutes, and events.

Norwich University Applied Research Institutes (NUARI) serves the national public interest through the study of critical national issues and the development of related educational and training programs. We conduct rapid research, develop and deploy needed technologies, address related policy and technology issues to enhance a national capability for preparedness and response. NUARI was federally chartered under legislation sponsored by Sen. Patrick Leahy in 2002 and is funded in part through the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Defense. NUARI is dedicated to pursuing the ideals of Norwich University founder Captain Alden Partridge to participate in the building of this nation and to prepare its graduates to deal with threats to an American way of life and builds on the University's status as a National Security Agency Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education.


Our Mission

NUARI is co-located with Norwich University in beautiful Northfield, Vermont. NUARI, a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, serves the national public interest through the study of critical national issues and the development of related educational and training programs; by conducting rapid research, development and deployment of needed technologies; and by addressing related policy, information management and technology issues to enhance a national capability for preparedness and response. NUARI accomplishes its mission through development of strategic alliances, partnerships, collaborations, and outreach programs with diverse public and private sector stakeholders; communities of governmental and non-governmental organizations, academic and research institutions; and business and industry associations and entities..


Our Institutes

Established in 2002, Norwich University Applied Research Institutes (NUARI) studies and develops solutions to critical national and global issues. NUARI partners with a broad range of stakeholder organizations, including the federal government, the U.S. military, NGOs, and business associations. NUARI is made up of five institutes:
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Our Team

Phil T. Susmann

President, NUARI; Vice President of Strategic Partnerships, Norwich University

Phil Susmann is the President of Norwich University Applied Research Institutes (NUARI). NUARI serves the national public interest through the study of critical national issues and the development of related educational and training programs. NUARI conducts rapid research, develops and deploys needed technologies and addresses related policy and technology issues to enhance the national capability for preparedness and response. NUARI is a non-profit corporation organized by the Trustees of Norwich University. NUARI accomplishes its mission through the development of strategic alliances and teams, partnerships, and outreach programs with diverse public and private sector stakeholders. NUARI to date has received more than $62M in applied research funding. NUARI has active projects in Cyber Security, Defense Technologies, and Educational Technology and Delivery.

NUARI continues to develop the DECIDE® Platform, a strategic decision-making and communication exercise tool set. The DECIDE® Platform provides an unparalleled cyber threat experience to simulate a broad range of cyber threats and incident scenarios in a dynamic online environment. DECIDE® helps organizations exercise and experiment response plans and technical solutions, honing the real time decision-making capabilities, strategic communications’, critical infrastructure security, and sector level coordination that prevent cyber incidents from becoming a business disaster. NUARI created the financial sector exercises Quantum Dawn© operated in conjunction with industry institutions, associations, law enforcement, homeland and national security, and financial sector regulators. NUARI has executed DECIDE® events internationally including Singapore, South Africa, and the European Union.

NUARI is a member of the National Cybersecurity Preparedness Consortium, NCPC http://www.cyberpreparednessconsortium.org/, organized around the Cyber Security Maturity Model (CCSMM) to provide cyber security training and education to “whole communities”. NCPC has been awarded Continuing Training Grants in support of these efforts by the Federal Emergency Management Agency in 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016. NUARI works closely with NCPC members in the development and delivery of cyber security curriculum and education and training courses.

NUARI has developed cyber security education and training technologies for hands-on experiences, partnering with industry tool developers and emerging technologies to prepare cyber security professionals. Phil Susmann is also Vice President of Strategic Partnerships at Norwich University. He is responsible to the President of the university for government relations, strategic cyber security business development, and supporting the Board of Trustees New Business Initiatives and Strategic Planning Committee. Phil has been at Norwich University for 30 years as a faculty member, Chief Information Officer, and was responsible for the creation of the Cyber Security Programs, and the research and development activities that became NUARI in 2002.

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Eric Brigham

Vice President of Operations, NUARI

Colonel (Retired) Eric Brigham is the Vice President of Operations at NUARI, where he leads organizational efforts as it serves the national public interest through the study of critical national issues and the development of related educational and training programs. This includes enhancing national capability for preparedness and response through development of strategic alliances, partnerships, collaborations, and outreach programs with diverse public and private sector stakeholders; communities of governmental and non-governmental organizations, academic and research institutions; and business and industry associations and entities.

Before joining NUARI, Colonel Brigham served as the Army Professor of Military Science, and Dean of the College of National Services at Norwich University. He also concurrently served as the Professor of Military Science for Army ROTC at Dartmouth College.

Before returning to Norwich University and arrival at NUARI, Colonel Brigham served as Chief of Staff, Alaskan Command and Joint Task Force Alaska.

Colonel Brigham has held a wide variety of staff and leadership positions during his 28 years of active service.

His staff experience includes assignments in the 4th Infantry Division in Colorado, the 6th Infantry Division in Alaska, the 25th Infantry Division in both Hawaii and Afghanistan, and numerous assignments in Northern Virginia and the Pentagon.

His command experience includes Company Command, Battalion Command, and Brigade Command.

Colonel Brigham holds a bachelor of science degree from Norwich University, is a graduate of the Army’s Command and General Staff College, and holds two master’s degrees, one in Administration from Central Michigan University, and one in National Security Strategy from the National War College.

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Suzanne Kecmer

Vice President of Business Development, NUARI

Suzanne Kecmer is the Vice President of Business Development at NUARI, where she is managing the array of DECIDE Platform’s offerings and services for diverse customers across the globe. Before her role at NUARI, she served as a Director at Teneo Capital, a New York-based merchant bank. She co-led the cybersecurity practice and was actively engaged on several private placements and sell side transactions. She also served on the CSIS Cyber Policy Task Force, co-chaired by Chairman Michael McCaul and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse.

Prior to joining Teneo, Ms. Kecmer was Vice President at KippsDeSanto & Co., as a member of the Senior Team focused on cybersecurity sell side transactions.

Ms. Kecmer then spent eight years with the Raytheon Company as a member of the Washington, DC based Corporate Strategy operation. In this role, she served as a liaison among Raytheon senior executives, Business Units, the United States Government, investment banks, key members of the scientific customer set, and Raytheon’s Strategic Advisory Board. She led the enterprise-wide strategy for Information Operations/ Information Assurance, including the stand-up of this new business area, and led the enterprise-wide strategy for federal information technology.

Ms. Kecmer has also served as an Assistant Vice President within Merrill Lynch’s Equity Research Department.

Ms. Kecmer received a B.A. in International Affairs from Lafayette College as well as an M.B.A. from Columbia University.

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Andy Zybas

Project Manager, Defense Technologies Research Institute, NUARI.

The Defense Technologies Research Institute (DTRI) was established to leverage technology as a significant enabler to enhanced performance on a complex, asymmetrical battlefield. Our battle-experienced personnel provide a unique link between the current user and the private sector provider of an emerging technology. Specifically, DTRI promotes research and development of advanced man portable systems in the areas of visual augmentation, sensors, mobility equipment, communications and information assurance, and force protection by seeking to adopt, adapt, or modify existing or new technologies that provide expanded capabilities to US forces.

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Dr. Robert R. Greene Sands, Anthropologist

Director and Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Culture and Language(ISCL) at Norwich University, NUARI

Dr. Sands teaches in the Norwich University College of Graduate and Continuing Studies and is Editor of the ISCL's online Journal of Culture, Language and International Security (JCLIS). From 2008 to 2011, Dr. Sands was Culture Chair, then Chair, of the Cross-Cultural Competence Department, and Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the Air Force Culture and Language Center (AFCLC) and Air University at Maxwell AFB, AL. He was also Director of the Minerva Initiative for Energy and Environmental Security during his tenure at Air University. Dr. Sands is a consultant supporting the development of culture and cross-cultural competence programs across the Department of Defense. He is also an accomplished presenter and speaker and has presented to organizations such as AFRICOM, 17th Air Force, the US Air Force Expeditionary Center, the Joint Chaplains College, Special Operations Command, the JAG School, Advanced Air Mobility Operations, Joint Military Attaché School, Joint Foreign Area Officer Phase One course, Defense and National Intelligence professionals, among others. Dr. Sands has authored seven books and numerous chapters and articles on topics such as cross-cultural competence, environmental security, building partnerships and sustainability, sport and culture, ethnographic theory, and the cognitive origins of religion. His seventh book (co-authored with Allison Greene-Sands) is Cross-Cultural Competence for a 21st Century Military Culture: the Flipside of COIN (2013, Lexington Books). Dr. Sands holds a BA from Illinois State University, an MA from Iowa State University and a PhD from University of Illinois, all in anthropology.

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Dr. Ashok Vaseashta

Institute for Advanced Sciences Convergence and Int'l Clean Water Institute. NUARI

Dr. Vaseashta previously served as a Foster Fellow to the Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation, working with the Office of Weapons of Mass Destruction and with the Terrorism and Foreign Consequence Management Program. He has also been a professor of physics at Marshall University's Graduate Program in Physical Sciences, where he was the Director of the Nanomaterials Processing & Characterization Laboratories. He holds a visiting professorship at the 3 Nano-SAE Research Centre, University of Bucharest, Romania and is visiting scientist at the Helen and Martin Kimmel Center of Nanoscale Science at the Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel. Dr. Vaseashta has earned several other fellowships and awards for his meritorious service including 2004/2005 Distinguished Artist and Scholar award. Dr. Vaseashta's research interests include counter-terrorism; advanced and nanomaterials for development of chemical-bio sensors/detectors; water safety and security; environmental pollution monitoring, detecting and remediation; and green nanotechnology. Dr. Vaseashta is one of the leading researchers in the field of green nanotechnology. Dr. Vaseashta has authored over 200 research publications, edited/authored four books on nanotechnology, presented many keynote addresses and lectures worldwide on nanotechnology, environmental risk-assessment, and water safety and security. He served as the Director of three NATO Advanced Study Institutes and co-chair of an International Symposium on Nanotechnology. He also joined the U.S. Department of Commerce, NIST, and ANSI delegation to the U.K. representing the U.S. position on Standards in Nanotechnologies at the inaugural meeting of the ISO/TAG to TC-229. He is a member of NATO-SET-040, an exploratory team panel investigating security and surveillance applications of nanotechnology. He serves as an expert counsel to the UNESCO, ObservatoryNANO, and COSENT – south-east consortium on Nanotechnologies on NANO-Science and Technologies. He is an active member of several national and international professional organizations. He earned his Ph.D. from Virginia Tech,, a Master's Degree in Materials Technology from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, and a Bachelor's degree in Physics from the University of Delhi. Dr. Vaseashta speaks Japanese and French..




Our Board

William T. Goodman

Will Goodman is the Vice President for Policy at the National Defense Industrial Association. Formerly Will was the Association's Director of National Security Issue Development and Legislative Policy. Will leads and manages NDIA's policy staff, reports directly to NDIA's Chairman of the Board and its President and CEO, and is responsible for Association-wide policy initiatives as well as managing the Association's activities through several of its divisions. Will serves as the lead interface between NDIA and government leaders.

Previously, Will served as the Senior Defense Adviser to Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont, the most senior member of the Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee and the Co-Chair of the Senate National Guard Caucus. In this capacity, Will offered Senator Leahy advice and assistance in all matters pertaining to defense appropriations and policy, intelligence collection and analysis, international trade, space exploration, and a variety of other issues.

Before joining Senator Leahy's staff, Will worked in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy as the Assistant for Plans to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense and Americas' Security Affairs. Will was responsible for the policy formulation of certain combatant command plans from planning guidance through final approval by the Secretary of Defense. Will wrote and coordinated an original DoD Instruction on the Pentagon's participation in the National Exercise Program (DoDI 3020.47) and helped in the preparation and approval of domestic counterterrorism policy.

Will is a recipient of the Office of the Secretary of Defense Exceptional Civilian Service Award, the National Guard Bureau's Minuteman Trophy, the NGAUS Patrick Henry Award, and the EANGUS Patriotism Trophy. He has a master's degree with honors from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and a bachelor's degree, honors and Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Florida.

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General Alfred M. Gray, USMC (Ret.)

"Retired Gen. Alfred Gray was the 29th Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps from 1987-91. As Commandant, General Gray assisted in the formulation of national and international policy, and strategy. He also served as a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, as well as being military advisor to the President, the National Security Council and the Secretary of Defense. In 1991, after 41 years of service, General Gray retired from the U.S. Marine Corps and joined Garver International Associates.

General Gray holds a B.S. degree from the State University of New York. He is the recipient of two honorary Doctor of Law degrees, one from Lafayette College and the other from Monmouth College. He is also the recipient of a Doctor of Military Science degree from Norwich University and a Doctor of Strategic Intelligence degree from the Defense Intelligence College."

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Frederick M. Haynes, PhD (NU'58)

Frederick M. Haynes, Norwich University Class of 1958, has given generously of his time, talent and treasure to benefit his beloved alma mater. A natural leader and gifted statesman, he enriched the university through 25 years of faithful service on the Board of Trustees, serving as vice chairman of the board from 2003 to 2011. He also served as chairman of the university's "Leadership Campaign" from 1996 to 2001. An outstanding athlete and captain of the football team, he was inducted into the Norwich Athletic Hall of Fame for both football and hockey in 1988.

Fred, together with his wife, RoxAnn, have opened their hearts and their home to countless Norwich graduates, serving as hosts and mentors. They continued to demonstrate their loyalty to Norwich by supporting the project to renovate Sabine Field.

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Joel Kobert (NU'65)s

Joel A. Kobert is recognized as one of the most esteemed lawyers in New Jersey. Indeed, he has been named as a Super Lawyer in New Jersey Super Lawyer in the field of Land Use/Zoning. His other principal area of practice involves commercial and residential real estate development.

Mr. Kobert has a long history of service to the New Jersey State Bar Association, having been its President and the President of the Board of Trustees of the New Jersey Lawyer. He also served his country with honor during the Vietnam War, obtaining the rank of Captain in the United States Army and being awarded the Bronze Star. He worked in the administration for two Governors of New Jersey and was appointed to numerous Supreme Court committees. Mr. Kobert is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, a member of Who's Who in American Law, a Trustee for Blair Academy and the Vice-Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Norwich University.

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William M. Lasky (NU'69)s

Thomas Leavitt

Prior to joining NUARI when it was formed in Jan 2003, Eric Braman served as Deputy Commandant for the Norwich University Corps of Cadets. His tenure at Norwich followed a military career spanning over 32 years, culminating as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, National Guard Bureau. His academic degrees include a MA in National Security & Strategic Studies, a MS in Business Management and a BA in Political Science.

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Robert O. Lindefjeld (NU'86)

Rob Lindefjeld is the General Counsel and Chief Intellectual Property (IP) Counsel of the nanotechnology firm Nantero—the number one semiconductor manufacturer in America and the first to send carbon nanotubes into space. In August 2013 he'll become the Chairman of the American Bar Association Section of IP Law, the largest organization of IP lawyers in the world, helping formulate our country's national policy in the area of patents, trademarks, and copyrights. A Lifetime member of the Partridge Society, Rob is a past president of the NUAA.

Norwich has been without a doubt the foundation upon which I have built my career and life. The things that I learned at Norwich—whether it's the Honor Code, whether it's perseverance, whether it's the requirement to look out after each other, or whether it's leadership training—all have benefited me and made me who I am today.

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Chairman, Robert B. Mack
Chairman for the NUARI Board of Directors

Robert B. Mack is a Norwich University Trustee Emeritus and chairman for the NUARI Board of Directors. His business career is in healthcare management, private investing in startup in health insurance companies and HMOs, and former CEO of HMO. Spouse is Tammie. Trustee Emeritus Robert B. Mack received an honorary Doctor of Business Administration degree at Norwich University's May 14, 2006 Commencement ceremony.

E. Tarry Polidor (NU'64) President and Chief Executive Officer Optical Gaging Products Inc

Polidor graduated from Norwich University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1964. He attained a Master of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from M.I.T. in 1966, and currently is the president and CEO of Optical Gaging Products in Rochester, New York. Polidor served on the Norwich University Board of Trustees from 1998 to 2004.

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Richard W. Schneider, PhD

Dr. Richard W. Schneider, rear admiral USCGR (Ret.) 23rd president of Norwich University

Dr. Richard W. Schneider proudly carries on the tradition of developing citizen-soldiers started in 1819 by Norwich University founder Alden Partridge. Through his experience in the military and academia, Schneider epitomizes Norwich's special and unique traditions.

In July 1992, he became the 23rd president of Norwich. Since then, Schneider has championed Norwich's advancement in academic, student life and financial matters, positioning the University for continued growth and success in the new millennium.

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Phil T. Susmann

President, NUARI; Vice President of Strategic Partnerships, Norwich University

Phil Susmann is the President of Norwich University Applied Research Institutes (NUARI). NUARI serves the national public interest through the study of critical national issues and the development of related educational and training programs. NUARI conducts rapid research, develops and deploys needed technologies and addresses related policy and technology issues to enhance the national capability for preparedness and response. NUARI is a non-profit corporation organized by the Trustees of Norwich University. NUARI accomplishes its mission through the development of strategic alliances and teams, partnerships, and outreach programs with diverse public and private sector stakeholders. NUARI to date has received more than $62M in applied research funding. NUARI has active projects in Cyber Security, Defense Technologies, and Educational Technology and Delivery.

NUARI continues to develop the DECIDE® Platform, a strategic decision-making and communication exercise tool set. The DECIDE® Platform provides an unparalleled cyber threat experience to simulate a broad range of cyber threats and incident scenarios in a dynamic online environment. DECIDE® helps organizations exercise and experiment response plans and technical solutions, honing the real time decision-making capabilities, strategic communications’, critical infrastructure security, and sector level coordination that prevent cyber incidents from becoming a business disaster. NUARI created the financial sector exercises Quantum Dawn© operated in conjunction with industry institutions, associations, law enforcement, homeland and national security, and financial sector regulators. NUARI has executed DECIDE® events internationally including Singapore, South Africa, and the European Union.

NUARI is a member of the National Cybersecurity Preparedness Consortium, NCPC http://www.cyberpreparednessconsortium.org/, organized around the Cyber Security Maturity Model (CCSMM) to provide cyber security training and education to “whole communities”. NCPC has been awarded Continuing Training Grants in support of these efforts by the Federal Emergency Management Agency in 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016. NUARI works closely with NCPC members in the development and delivery of cyber security curriculum and education and training courses.

NUARI has developed cyber security education and training technologies for hands-on experiences, partnering with industry tool developers and emerging technologies to prepare cyber security professionals. Phil Susmann is also Vice President of Strategic Partnerships at Norwich University. He is responsible to the President of the university for government relations, strategic cyber security business development, and supporting the Board of Trustees New Business Initiatives and Strategic Planning Committee. Phil has been at Norwich University for 30 years as a faculty member, Chief Information Officer, and was responsible for the creation of the Cyber Security Programs, and the research and development activities that became NUARI in 2002.

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Mark D. Young

Board NUARI

Experience

Mark D. Young President and General Counsel Ronin Analytics, LLC July 2013 – Present (2 years 11 months)

  • Executive Director United States Department of Defense March 2011 – July 2013 (2 years 5 months)
  • Special Counsel for Defense Intelligence U.S. House of Representatives February 2007 – March 2011 (4 years 2 months)
  • Senior Staff Officer National Security Agency April 1999 – February

Education

Norwich University B.A., Political Science 1988 – 1992

University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law Juris Doctor, Law 2002 – 2006

Joint Military Intelligence College MSSI, Strategic Intelligence 2000 – 2002

  • Activities and Societies: Student Bar Association, Moot Court Board, Appellate Advocacy Clinic



About NUARI

Norwich University Applied Research Institutes (NUARI) was federally chartered under legislation sponsored by Sen. Patrick Leahy in 2002 and is funded in part through the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Defense. NUARI has a national center to address cyber incident management challenges through research, training programs and technology development and has been a global leader for more than a decade in developing cyber war gaming, distributed learning technology, distributed simulation technology, critical infrastructure exercises, and cyber security curriculum.

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