WASHINGTON, March 7, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Beacon Global Strategies (BGS), a leading strategic advisory firm specializing in global public policy, public markets, emerging technologies and geopolitical risk analysis, today announced the expansion of his practice of national security technologies. BGS has added former Chief Federal Information Officer (CIO) Ms. Suzette Kent, Cybersecurity expert Ms. Julie Grundmanresponsible for the procurement and acquisition of government technologies Ms. Elizabeth Hamptonformer Senate Budget and Intelligence Policy Director, Ms. Tara C. McFeely and former DoD science and technology expert Ms. Whitney McNamara who will bring decades of experience in cybersecurity, IT modernization, intelligence and defense innovation.
“We are thrilled to expand our national security and technology practice by welcoming such a respected group of experts and look forward to the value they will add to our team,” said Jeremy BashPartner and Managing Director at BGS.
BGS’s national security technology practice aims to enable collaboration between America’s technology innovators and the national security community. The practice is led by the Managing Director of BGS Lauren Bedula and backed by BGS senior adviser and former CIA deputy director Michael Moreland BGS Senior Advisors former DoD CIO Dana Deasyformer Vice Chief of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Sandy Winnefeldformer director of the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency Robert Cardilloformer Air Force Deputy Chief of Staff for ISR General Dash Jamiesonformer commander of Navy Cyber Command Admiral TJ Whiteformer Deputy Chief of Staff of the United States Army General Joe Anderson.
“The U.S. government understands that it needs to leverage disruptive technologies to maintain our competitive position,” said Lauren Bedula, BGS’s national security technology practice leader, “We know how to navigate government markets and team up with innovators to ensure the best technologies America has to offer are available to members of our national security community.”
M/s. Suzette Kent joins BGS as Senior Advisor. Prior to joining BGS, Ms. Kent served as Federal CIO. She joined industry government where she was a global leader in large-scale business transformation and worked with many of the world’s most complex organizations. His experiences cover a broad spectrum, which includes technology development, product design, customer service, mergers and acquisitions, technology and risk policy, and establishing new global industrial capabilities. Prior to serving as Federal CIO, Ms. Kent spent more than 29 years in the financial services industry where she was a Director at EY, a Partner at Accenture, Chairman and Consulting at Carreker Corporation and Managing Director at JPMorgan. Ms. Kent is currently a board member and senior advisor to companies and multiple technology organizations. She has been a frequent speaker at global industry forums, an editor of thought leadership articles and holds patents in banking processes.
M/s. Julie Grundman joins BGS as Vice President. Prior to joining BGS, Ms. Grundman was Senior Manager at PwC UK, where she led the Cybersecurity in Mergers & Acquisitions team. During her time at PwC, she was also seconded into a senior operational role, acting as an information risk manager for a business unit of a global oil and gas company. Ms. Grundman was previously an early employee of IronNet Cybersecurity, a tech startup. At IronNet, she managed early customer engagements and strategic alliances, and helped design and grow the business development and customer success functions. Prior to IronNet, Ms. Grundman oversaw the cybersecurity portfolio at Business Executives for National Security (BENS), working closely with government partners. She has also practiced cybersecurity, data privacy and corporate law. Ms. Grundman received a BA, with distinction, in political science from Grinnell Collegeand earned his law degree from Boston Collegewhere she graduated with honors.
M/s. Elizabeth Hampton joins BGS as Vice President. Prior to joining BGS, Ms. Hampton worked at the General Services Administration (GSA), Federal Acquisition Service, performing critical assisted acquisitions for Federal clients. She served as a GSA FEDSIM Manager within the civilian sector, supporting a variety of intelligence community and health and social services clients. In this role, Ms. Hampton was responsible for overseeing the successful acquisition and execution of many large and complex corporate contracts spanning information technology, professional services, managed services and logistics solutions. His expertise is in requirements gathering, market research, acquisition strategy, contract evaluations, and post-award execution, with a focus on performance-based contracts. Prior to joining FEDSIM’s leadership team, Ms. Hampton served as a Senior Project Manager with the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), where she led acquisitions that transitioned the organization to a new optimized portfolio of contracts. Throughout her tenure with the GSA, she has supported several critical government-wide initiatives to ensure effective solutions across the federal procurement landscape, including working with the GSA SmartPay program, the federal strategic procurement initiative, multi-schedule contracts and procurement transactions. Ms. Hampton holds a Masters Certificate in Project Management from the George Washington University School of Businessa bachelor’s degree from Dickinson College in Political Science and Sociology and his Masters in Business Administration from the Johns Hopkins University Carey School of Business.
M/s. Tara C. McFeely joins BGS as Vice President. Prior to joining BGS, Ms. McFeely was Deputy Director of the Intelligence Analytics Division at the Institute for Defense Analyzes (IDA) where she led the strategic development, management, and execution of intelligence-related research and analysis for the Institute. IDA in support of sponsors around the world. United States Government (USG). Ms. McFeely is also an assistant professor in the Foreign Service Master of Science program at Georgetown University Edmund A. Walsh School of the foreign service. Previously, she served as Budget Director for the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) where she led SSCI staff oversight of the US Intelligence Community (IC) and Defense Intelligence Enterprise annual budgets, programs and programs. (DIE). related policies as well as the annual Intelligence Authorization Act. Prior to joining SSCI, Ms. McFeely was a senior advisor to several IC and USG clients as a senior partner at Booz Allen Hamilton. Ms McFeely began her career in the United States Marine, initially serving as a surface warfare officer, managing over 120 officers and sailors within his ship’s engineering department. She later served as a naval intelligence officer and head of intelligence gathering at the Office Naval Intelligence and the Pentagon. Ms. McFeely holds a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from the United States Naval Academy and a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University.
M/s. Whitney McNamara joins BGS as Associate Vice President. Prior to joining BGS, Ms. McNamara served as Director of Science and Technology with the Defense Innovation Board (DIB) at the Department of Defence. Previously, she was an emerging technology policy expert with the Department’s CIO. Previously, she was a senior analyst at the national security think tank Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, focusing on emerging technologies, future operational concepts, information warfare and great power competition. She is a former National Security Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center and worked in the State Department’s Politico-Military Bureau and the Office of the Secretary of Defense for Middle East Policy. She earned her Masters in Strategic Studies and International Economics from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies where she was a Bradley Fellow and finalist for the Presidential Management Fellowship. Previously, she spent four years working in the Middle East as project manager and consultant.
About Beacon Global Strategies
Founded in 2013, Beacon Global Strategies is a bipartisan strategic consulting firm that provides clients with a deep understanding of national security decision-making to advance goals and solve problems in Washington and abroad. The Beacon team brings informed experience from years of service at the White House, State Department, Department of Defense, CIA, Department of Justice, Capitol Hill, and in the private sector.
BGS is led by Managing Directors and Partners Michael Allenformer Chief of Staff of the House Standing Select Committee on Intelligence and former Senior Director of the National Security Council under President George W. Bush; Jeremy Bash, former Chief of Staff to the Secretary of Defense and Director of the CIA; and Andre Shapiro, former Under-Secretary of State for Politico-Military Affairs; and general managers of BGS Lauren Bedula and Christine White.
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