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Offset Symposium

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Marines' Memorial Club & Hotel

609 Sutter Street

San Francisco, CA 94102

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Launched by Second Front in 2017, the Offset Symposium promotes constructive engagement between the venture-backed innovation ecosystem, traditional defense base, and national security mission users in order to accelerate discovery of and access to emerging commercial technologies.

This year's Offset Symposium theme is China, Silicon Valley, and National Security.

Keynote Speakers:

  • Michele Flournoy: Co-Founder and Managing Partner of WestExec Advisors, and former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy
  • Michael Brown: Director of the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) and former CEO of Symantec
  • Admiral (Retired) Michael Rogers: Former Commander, CYBERCOM and former Director, National Security Agency
  • Dr. James Crawford: Founder and CEO of Orbital Insight

The US federal government has recognized the potential threat Chinese and other foreign investment poses to our national security, passing significant legislative change in 2018 to expand the scope of review for the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States - CFIUS. These changes greatly expand the scope of review for foreign investment, adding regulatory burdens to both investors and start-ups alike. While advocates say that these changes will protect the US from dangerous tech transfer to China, opponents say it goes too far stifling innovation and capital flow in Silicon Valley. This balance - between national security and the free market, between innovation and protection - is delicate. The Offset Symposium will bring together experts from both DC and Silicon Valley to discuss all sides and aspects of this important issue - driving cohesive thought leadership from all parties to identify, assess, and debate new ideas to address this complicated problem.

The Offset Symposium is proudly supported by our sponsors.

  • Founding Presenting Sponsor: Orbital Insight
  • Corporate Sponsors:
    • AWS
    • Beacon Global Strategies
    • Booz Allen Hamilton
    • DCode
    • Ionic
    • Paxata
    • Redhorse
    • Qualys

Limited hotel rooms are available at the Marine Memorial Club. To reserve, use code "Offset Symposium 2019" when you call 800-562-7463.


Tuesday, March 5th:

  • 10:30 AM - Kickoff

  • 10:45 AM - Keynote: Michael Brown - Director, DIU, and former CEO of Symantec

  • 11:45 AM - China Fireside Chat: Strategic Superpower Competition

    • Josh Marcuse - Executive Director, Defense Innovation Board

    • Dr. Jonathan Ward - Founder, Atlas Organization

    • Moderator: Chris Bollinger - Vice President of Public Sector, Orbital Insight

  • 1:00 PM - Networking Lunch

  • 2:00 PM - CFIUS (Committee on Foreign Investment in the US) Panel: Perspective on Recent Changes

    • David Stapleton - Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Industrial Policy), Department of Defense

    • Samantha Clark - Special Counsel, Covington, and former Deputy Staff Director, SASC

    • Mark Plotkin - Partner, Covington

    • Ted Schlein - General Partner, Kleiner Perkins

  • 3:15 PM - Agile Government Organizations Panel: Opportunities to work with the Department of Defense

    • Dr. Matt Gratias - Pacific Regional Director, MD5

    • David Rothzeid - Director of Acquisition Pathways, Defense Innovation Unit

    • Jason Rathje - AFWERX

    • Gaurav Tanwar - CTTSO (Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office)

    • Moderator: Andrew McMahon - Chief Revenue Officer, DCode

  • 4:45 PM - Closing Remarks from Red Horse

  • 5:00 PM - Networking Reception

Wednesday, March 6th:

  • 8:45 AM - Welcome/Recap of Day One

  • 9:00 AM - Orbital Insight Fireside Chat:

    • Dr. James Crawford - Founder and CEO, Orbital Insight

    • Moderator: Lauren Bedula - Vice President, Beacon Global Strategies

  • 10:00 AM - Venture Capital Response to CFIUS Changes Panel:

    • Andy Bair - Partner, Sway Ventures

    • Scott Frederick - Director of Business Development of Federal, New Enterprise Associates

    • Ben Levy - Co-Founder, Bootstrap Labs

  • 11:30 AM - Networking Lunch

  • 12:30 PM - Keynote Fireside Chat:

    • Michele Flournoy - Co-Founder and Managing Partner, WestExec Advisors and former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy

    • Moderator: Lauren Dailey - COO, Second Front Systems

  • 1:30 PM - Cyber Focus Panel:

    • Admiral (Retired) Michael Rogers - former Commander, CYBERCOM and former Director, National Security Agency

    • Garrettson Blight - Director of DarkLabs, Booz Allen Hamilton

    • Moderator: Anna Wheeler - Vice President of Federal, Qualys

  • 2:30 PM - Networking Opportunity

  • 3:00 PM - National Security VC Funding Panel:

    • James Cross - Director, Franklin Venture Partners

    • Ben Walker - Co-Founder and Partner, Harpoon Ventures

    • Trae Stephens - Partner, Founders Fund

    • Hamlet Yousef - Managing Partner, IronGate Capital Advisors

  • 4:15 PM - Closing Remarks

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