A discussion with:
Mylea Charvat
Founder and CEO
Savonix, Inc.

Gary Gysin
President and CEO
Liquid Robotics, Inc.

John De Santis
Chairman and CEO
Hytrust, Inc.

With remarks by:
The Hon. Robert Gelbard
Board Director
Atlantic Council

Moderated by:
Steven Grundman
M.A. and George Lund Fellow
Atlantic Council 

Please join the next Atlantic Council Captains of Industry event, featuring a discussion with three business leaders from Silicon Valley whose companies are responding to Secretary of Defense Carter’s outreach to the commercal technology sector, on Tuesday, 19 April, from 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

One of Ashton Carter’s first trips outside Washington as Secretary of Defense was to Stanford University, in the heart of Silicon Valley, where he launched an initiative to rekindle the “partnership that has long existed between America’s technology sector and its government and defense institutions.” The initiative aims to “bring in new people with the talent and expertise we need…to contribute to our mission” and “expand our ways of investing in…new technologies and capabilities.” Implementation of the initiatives and its reception have been mixed, reflecting the scope and complexity of the challenge. 

The purpose of this event is to get behind the atmospherics of this outreach initiative and talk directly with entrepreneurs who are its object about the promise and prospects for engaging the commercial technology industry to solve the challenges of national security: 

  • Mylea Charvat is the Founder and CEO of Savonix, “the world’s first mobile, clinically valid and reliable, neuro-cognitive assessment and brain health platform.”
  • Gary Gysin is the President and CEO of Liquid Robotics, which “designs and manufactures…the first wave and solar powered autonomous ocean robots…making ocean data collection and communications easier, safer, and real-time.”
  • John De Santis is the Chairman and CEO of HyTrust, which “enables organizations to monitor and secure their virtual infrastructure to reduce operational risks and proactively maintain continuous compliance.”

The Atlantic Council Captains of Industry Series is a platform for senior executives in aerospace and defense to address the public interests their companies serve and the public policies that shape these markets. By engaging the perspective of business leaders about issues at the interface of defense ministries and industries, the series is cultivating a constituency for practical solutions to these problems.

Be sure to join us on Twitter by following @ACScowcroft and using #ACDefense for this event!

This event is open to press and on the record.