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Second Front Systems is a public benefit, venture-backed software company that equips defense and national security professionals for long-term, continuous competition for access to emerging technologies.
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for U.S. National Security
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OUR MISSION
To accelerate the delivery of emerging technologies to U.S. and Allied warfighters.
OUR VISION
To enable enduring strategic advantage for the U.S. and its allies through agile, responsive acquisition warfare.
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HISTORY
Our Story
While serving in the U.S. Marine Corps, our co-founders Peter Dixon and Mark Butler saw firsthand the damages done by an outdated acquisition system to those on the frontlines of defending our country. To address this critical issue, they formed Second Front Systems as a public benefit corporation with the mission of accelerating the transition of technology to U.S. and Allied warfighters.
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OUR TEAM
Our team is comprised of trailblazers dedicated to bridging the gap between the government and private sector.
OUR TEAM
BOARD MEMBERS
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PETER DIXON
CEO & Founder
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MARK BUTLER
President & Founder
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CHRISSY McGARRY
Chief of Staff & Vice President - Operations
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MICHAEL NEUMANN
Chief Data Scientist
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ENRIQUE OTI
Chief Technology Officer
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TYLER SWEATT
Vice President - Growth
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BRITTNEY MARTINO
Vice President - Mission
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JASON KNUDSON
Vice President - Product
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NATE HUGHES
Vice President - Research
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DAVID SCHIFF
Team Lead
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CAITLIN BOWERS
Mission Lead
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MATT SWAN
Business Development
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JOSH MUMMERT
Principal Software Engineer
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NILESH "NEIL" PARIKH
Principal DevSecOps Engineer
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CINDY LEE
Administrative Analyst
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JEFF GILMORE
Product Manager
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JORDYN FETTER
Marketing Analyst
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DAVID KOPET
Principal UX Designer
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AARON OWENS
Director of Cybersecurity
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TREVOR ALEXANDER
Technology Analyst
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MARIA CRIBBS
Research Analyst
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BIANCA LAMBERT
Technology Analyst
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NICOLE MAGNEY
Technology Analyst
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LEAH McCULLOUGH
Policy Analyst
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MELISSA TAYLOR
Principal Research Analyst
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GENERAL PETER PACE
Chairman
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GENERAL STAN McCHRYSTAL
Director
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ALBERTO YEPEZ
Director
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PETER DIXON
CEO
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AUSTIN WALNE
Director
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MARK BUTLER
Board Observer
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ALBERTO YEPEZ
Director
Co-founder & Managing Director, ForgePoint Capital, Inc. 

Alberto is one of the pioneers of the cybersecurity industry (founder enCommerce in 1995) and has played significant roles as a serial entrepreneur, public company CEO, board member and venture capital investor. He is recognized as one of the leading investors in cybersecurity and for his company building skills. 

Alberto spent 10 years at Apple, 2.5 years at Oracle and was CEO of enCommerce, Entrust and Thor Technologies. He co-founded ForgePoint Capital in 2015.

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AUSTIN WALNE
Director
Austin Walne is a Partner at Artis Ventures focused on investing in breakthrough technologies, primarily at the convergence of technology and biology. Before Artis Ventures, he advised institutional investors in the secondary market for private company shares and held positions in software development and product management in a variety of sectors. 

Previously, he managed political and public affairs campaigns at the state and federal level for candidates, interest groups, and corporations including serving as digital director for a major presidential campaign. Austin serves as a Board Director of Second Front Systems and is a Board Observer at Locus Biosciences

Previously, he was a Board Director at Stringify and a Board Observer at Looksharp. Austin received his B.A. in Communication Studies from the University of Tennessee and holds FINRA Series 62, 63, 65 licenses.

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Mark Butler
Director
Mark Butler is the President of Second Front Systems, a company focused on providing accelerated access to emerging dual-use technology being developed by venture-backed companies in a range of areas, including cybersecurity, advance analytics, machine learning, and open-source intelligence.Prior to joining Second Front, Mark had a 26-year career in the United States MarineCorps during which he served as a Harrier pilot, operational test pilot, requirements officer for the JSF, and squadron commander. During his final tour, Mark served as the Chief of Staff and Deputy Commander of the Marine Corps Cyberspace Command.

Mark earned a BS in Systems Engineering from the Naval Academy, an MS in Strategic Studies from the Air Force War College, and an MBA and MS inTechnology Management from the University of Maryland.
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Peter Dixon
CEO
Peter Dixon is the CEO and Founder of Second Front Systems, a venture-backed defense company building the next-generation acquisition platform and secure software factories for America’s armed forces. He is a co-founder of With Honor, a cross-partisan initiative that was successful in electing 19 veterans to Congress. 

Peter has worked in military venture capital, ran the federal practice at cybersecurity firm ThreatMetrix, helped to stand-up Defense Innovation Unit (experimental), and is a visiting fellow at George Mason University’s National Security Institute. A former major in the US Marine Corps, Peter left active duty at the Pentagon where he led an initiative to identify geopolitical shifts and rapidly transition disruptive technology to the battlefields of today and tomorrow. 

As a special advisor at the State Department he worked to combat cartel violence in Mexico, mass rapes in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and corruption in Afghanistan. Peter was a combat advisor to Iraqi security forces on the Syrian border and had the privilege to lead platoons of incredibly courageous scout sniper and infantry Marines in Afghanistan during intensive ground operations. Peter graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he was a vice-president for Carolina for Kibera, a non-profit organization that prevents ethnic violence through community-based development in the Kibera slum of Nairobi, Kenya. He lives in Portola Valley, CA with his wife Gina.

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GENERAL PETER PACE
Chairman
General Peter Pace retired from active duty on October 1, 2007, after more than 40 years of service in the United States Marine Corps.

General Pace was sworn in as sixteenth Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on Sep. 30, 2005. In this capacity, he served as the principal military advisor to the President, the Secretary of Defense, the National Security Council, and the Homeland Security Council. Prior to becoming Chairman, he served four years as Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. General Pace holds the distinction of being the first Marine to have served in either of these positions. 

Born in Brooklyn and raised in Teaneck, NJ, General Pace was commissioned in June 1967, following graduation from the United States Naval Academy. He holds a Master of Science Degree in Administration from George Washington University, attended the Harvard University Senior Executives in National and International Security program, and graduated from the National War College.

During his distinguished career, General Pace has held command at virtually every level, beginning as a Rifle Platoon Leader in Vietnam. He also served as Commanding Officer of 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment; Commanding Officer of the Marine Barracks in Washington, D.C.; Deputy Commander,Marine Forces Somalia; Deputy Commander, Joint Task Force Somalia; Director of Operations for the Joint Staff; Commander, U.S., Marine Forces Atlantic/Europe/South; and Commander in Chief, US Southern Command. 

In June, 2008, General Pace was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor a President can bestow. 

General Pace is currently serving on the Board of Directors of several corporate entities involved in management consulting, private equity, and cybersecurity. He has served on the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board, and the Secretary of Defense’s Defense Policy Board. From 2008 to 2010, he served as leader-in-residence and the Poling Chair of Business and Government for the Kelley School of Business, Indiana University, and as a Distinguished Visiting Research Scholar for Fordham University from 2011 to 2017. General Pace donates his time to teach at numerous professional military education programs, to include the Marine Corps and other services’ war colleges, and every class of Marine second lieutenants at The Basic School. 

General Pace is associated with a number of charities focused on supporting the troops and their families, to include: He is a long-standing member of the Board of Directors for the Marine Corps Law Enforcement Foundation, a charity that provides scholarship bonds to children of Marines or Federal law enforcement personnel who were killed while serving our country. He is the senior military adviser to the President George W. Bush Institute’s Military Service Initiative, which works to empower communities, military service organizations, businesses, and universities to support veterans and their families. He and his wife Lynne are longtime supporters of the Fisher House Foundation, which builds homes near VA and military medical centers, offering military families a place to stay while a loved one is receiving treatment; and they are both on the advisory board for Our Military Kids, an organization that supports children of deployed Guard and Reserve personnel with tutoring and enrichment activities. 

General Pace and his wife, Lynne, have a son, Peter; a daughter, Tiffany; a daughter-in-law, Lynsey Olczak Pace; and three grandchildren, Linden, Hadley, and Holden Pace.


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GENERAL STAN McCHRYSTAL
Director
A transformational leader with a remarkable record of achievement, General Stanley A. McChrystal was called “one of America’s greatest warriors” by Secretary of Defense Robert Gates. He is widely praised for launching a revolution in warfare by leading a comprehensive counter-terrorism organization that fused intelligence and operations, redefining the way military and government agencies interact. 

The son and grandson of Army officers, McChrystal graduated from West Point in 1976 as an infantry officer, completed Ranger Training, and later Special Forces Training. Over the course of his career, he held leadership and staff positions in the Army Special Forces, Army Rangers, 82nd Airborne Division, the XVIII Army Airborne Corp, and the Joint Staff.  He is a graduate of the US Naval War College, and he completed fellowships at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government in 1997 and at the Council on Foreign Relations in 2000. 

From 2003 to 2008, McChrystal commanded JSOC - responsible for leading the nation's deployed military counterterrorism efforts around the globe. His leadership of JSOC is credited with the 2003 capture of Saddam Hussein and the 2006 location and killing of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq. In June 2009, McChrystal received his fourth star and assumed command of all international forces in Afghanistan.

Since retiring from the military, McChrystal has served on several corporate boards of directors, that include Deutsche Bank America, JetBlue Airways, Navistar, Siemens Government Technologies, Fiscal Note, and Accent Technologies. A passionate advocate for national service, McChrystal is the Chair of the Board of Service Year Alliance, which envisions a future in which a service year is a cultural expectation and common opportunity for every young American. He is a senior fellow at Yale University's Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, where he teaches a course on leadership. Additionally, he is the author of the bestselling leadership books, My Share of the Task: A Memoir, Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World, and Leaders: Myth and Reality

General McChrystal founded the McChrystal Group in January 2011. Recognizing that companies today are experiencing parallels to what he faced in the war theater, McChrystal established this advisory services firm to help businesses challenge the hierarchical, “command and control” approach to organizational management.


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Peter Dixon
CEO & Founder
Peter Dixon is the CEO and Founder of Second Front Systems, a venture-backed defense company building the next-generation acquisition platform and secure software factories for America’s armed forces. He is a co-founder of With Honor, a cross-partisan initiative that was successful in electing 19 veterans to Congress. 

Peter has worked in military venture capital, ran the federal practice at cybersecurity firm ThreatMetrix, helped to stand-up Defense Innovation Unit (experimental), and is a visiting fellow at George Mason University’s National Security Institute. A former major in the US Marine Corps, Peter left active duty at the Pentagon where he led an initiative to identify geopolitical shifts and rapidly transition disruptive technology to the battlefields of today and tomorrow. 

As a special advisor at the State Department he worked to combat cartel violence in Mexico, mass rapes in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and corruption in Afghanistan. Peter was a combat advisor to Iraqi security forces on the Syrian border and had the privilege to lead platoons of incredibly courageous scout sniper and infantry Marines in Afghanistan during intensive ground operations. Peter graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he was a vice-president for Carolina for Kibera, a non-profit organization that prevents ethnic violence through community-based development in the Kibera slum of Nairobi, Kenya. He lives in Portola Valley, CA with his wife Gina.

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Mark Butler
President & Founder
Mark Butler is the President of Second Front Systems, a company focused on providing accelerated access to emerging dual-use technology being developed by venture-backed companies in a range of areas, including cybersecurity, advanced analytics, machine learning, and open-source intelligence.Prior to joining Second Front, Mark had a 26-year career in the United States Marine Corps during which he served as a Harrier pilot, operational test pilot, requirements officer for the JSF, and squadron commander. During his final tour, Mark served as the Chief of Staff and Deputy Commander of the Marine Corps Cyberspace Command.

Mark earned a BS in Systems Engineering from the Naval Academy, an MS in Strategic Studies from the Air Force War College, and an MBA and MS inTechnology Management from the University of Maryland.
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Michael Neumann
Chief Data Scientist
Michael Neumann is the Chief Data Scientist for Second Front Systems.  Michael strives to position Second Front Systems as the premier partner for facilitating informed and secure acquisitions that drive the Department of Defense and Intelligence Community towards being more proactive, machine driven, and integrated across business lines and data stores.   

Prior to joining Second Front Systems, Michael was the Director for the Central Intelligence Agency’s Silicon Valley Innovation Outpost, a public-private partnership focused on identifying, evaluating, and delivering transformative technologies to the intelligence community.  His 15 tenure in the intelligence community included tours with the Central Intelligence Agency, Office of the Director of National Intelligence, and the United States’ Department of State.  Michael was posted to Tripoli, Libya, at the outset of the Libyan Revolution.  

Michael holds multiple degrees from the University of Southern California, to include a Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Science, a Masters of Science in Geology , and  Bachelor of Science in Physical Science, Chemistry Minor.  He is a licensed United States Coast Guard Captain.


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Enrique Oti
Chief Technology Officer
Enrique Oti is the Chief Technology Officer of Second Front Systems, a company focused on providing accelerated access to emerging “dual-use” technology being developed by venture-backed companies in a range of areas, including cybersecurity, advanced analytics, machine learning, and open-source intelligence.

Prior to joining Second Front, Enrique had a 23-year career in the United States Air Force, during which he served in multiple assignments as a cyber warfare officer and China Foreign Area Officer.  Enrique commanded an intelligence support squadron in Korea, and was a co-founder of the Defense Innovation Unit in Silicon Valley.  He founded the Kessel Run software development program, and in his final assignment he was the commander of Air Force Lifecycle Management Center Detachment-12 (Kessel Run).

Enrique earned a BS in History from the US Air Force Academy, an MS inStrategic Intelligence from the Joint Military Intelligence College, and an MA inInternational Relations from Zhejiang University in China, where he studied as an Olmsted Scholar.



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Tyler Sweatt
Vice President - Growth
Tyler is the Vice President for Mission Integration at Second Front Systems, where he works to break down barriers between innovative technologies and national security organizations. Tyler is also a technical advisor at Pallas Advisors, a member of the national security advisory board at CalypsoAI, an advisor at GovCity, an advisor at Outland, and works with multiple early stage companies and entrepreneurs. 

Previously, Tyler was the Head of National Security for CalypsoAI, securing first revenue and growing YoY sales over 800%, driving the team through a successful A round of funding. Additionally, Tyler founded and sold consulting firm Future Tense and worked at futurist consulting firm Toffler Associates where he led the emerging technology and security practice. A graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, Tyler is a former military Officer.




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Chrissy McGarry
Vice President - Operations and Chief of Staff
Chrissy McGarry is Vice President and Chief of Staff for Second Front Systems, where she is committed to bring innovative, venture-backed technologies to bear on pressing national security challenges. Having worked alongside big brands with Red Bull, E&J Gallo Winery, Motorola Solutions, and Salesforce, Chrissy has spent the last decade helping organizations grow and scale in sales, marketing, and management efforts. 

While focused on accelerating the cycle of innovation that enables the Department of Defense and United States Government to access and operationally deploy emerging technologies, Chrissy has recently helped drive a successful $8.2 million Seed Round of funding for Second Front Systems. Additionally, Chrissy has her undergrad and MBA degrees from The University of Notre Dame, currently sits on the Board for Christ Child Society, and advises various technology startups.





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Brittney Martino
Vice President - Mission
Brittney Martino is the Vice President of Mission for Second Front Systems where she leads the delivery of Second Front software and solutions to address critical national security and military challenges. Prior to Second Front, she was an early team member at AFWERX, a Pentagon-headquartered Air Force innovation unit. Here, she led outreach efforts internal to the government and externally to academia and industry for enterprise-wide programs to acquire advanced technology in microelectronics, artificial intelligence, space, and other strategic areas supporting top priorities for the US Department of Defense. During her tenure, AFWERX was named in the top 20 most innovative places to work globally for innovators by Fast Company, the first time a government organization has been featured on the prestigious list.

Prior to joining AFWERX, Brittney led commercialization for a portfolio of over 50 inventions at the Center for Gaming Innovation at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas’ International Gaming Institute, the leading innovation and research institute for the gaming and hospitality industries globally. In addition to driving commercialization for the portfolio, she invented a number of solutions to pressing issues in gaming security and predictive analytics with two patents issued and three pending. Prior to working in the hospitality and gaming sectors, Brittney spent nine years in the healthcare industry. Brittney has an undergraduate degree in Sociology and Business and an MBA in New Venture Management from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.





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Jason Knudson
Vice President - Product
Jason Knudson is currently the Vice President for Product Development for Second Front Systems where he works to deliver solutions to government and industry to speed the delivery of relevant capability to the warfighters.  Previously, Jason was the founder and CEO of Vyzva Lab, a human centered design consultancy.  He was Head of Government Relations and Product Development for skyTran, a public transportation startup focused on elevated, personal vehicles and magnetic levitation technology. He sits on the boards of the Catalyst Campus Technology Incubator, and the Center for Technology, Research and Commercialization (C-TRAC) in Colorado Springs, CO, where he continues to work to bridge the gap between government and industry.  

Jason served in both enlisted and officer roles in the US Navy in submarines, cryptology, and as a Naval Special Warfare Combatant Crewman. His focus in the military was bringing innovation into the Department of Defense. In the military, he served as the Chief of Staff of the Chief of Naval Operations Rapid Innovation Cell and co-founded the Naval Innovation Advisory Council and Naval Innovation Network. He was the founder of the Seventh Fleet Innovation Network, worked as a program manager at the Defense Innovation Unit working on logistics IT transformation for US Transportation Command and Global Strategic Readiness for the Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff. While at DIU he founded and led the Human Centered Design practice where he trained and executed human centered design projects on behalf of the Navy, Air Force, Component Commands, and Joint Staff. He is active within the Defense Entrepreneurs Forum (DEF) where he served as the founder and director of DEF Far East in Japan.






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Nate Hughes
Vice President - Research
Nate Hughes is the Vice President for Research at Second Front Systems, where he leads a team of researchers working at the intersection of national security, technology, innovation, industry, and venture capital investment to deliver actionable insights to Second Front’s national security customers.

Prior to joining Second Front, Nate oversaw Research, Analysis, and Publishing operations at Strategic Forecasting, Inc. (STRATFOR), a geopolitical intelligence firm providing strategic analysis and forecasting of global events. He previously stood up STRATFOR’s military analysis practice. He is a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps.

Nate holds a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Computer Science from Georgetown University and a degree in English Literature from Lewis & Clark College.






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