Gray Zone Conflicts and Global Resilience


Major General Michael Lehnert, USMC (ret.)

Keynote Address
Major General Michael Lehnert, USMC (ret.)

Maj. Gen. Lehnert has a distinguished career. He served as the Assistant Deputy Commandant for Installations and Logistics. He took command of 2d FSSG in July 2001. In January 2002 he deployed to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba as Commander, Joint Task Force 160.

During this tour, JTF 160 constructed and operated the detention facilities for Taliban and Al Qaeda detainees. In 2003, 2d FSSG deployed to the CENTCOM Theater and participated in Operation Iraqi Freedom. As a Brigadier General, Lehnert served as Commander, Marine Logistics Command. He was subsequently assigned as Chief of Staff, United States Southern Command. In April 2005 he took command of Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California. On 21 October 2005 Major General Lehnert assumed command of the newly activated Marine Corps Installations West and its seven subordinate installations.

Decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster, the Legion of Merit with Gold Star, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with gold star, and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.

Mr. David Danelo

Mr. David Danelo
Field Researcher
Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime

Mr. Danelo graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1998 and was a Marine Corps infantry officer for seven years. In 2004, then-Captain Danelo served near Fallujah as a convoy commander, intelligence officer and provisional executive officer. Since 2008, he has conducted field research and global risk analysis for the US State Department, Defense Department, Homeland Security, the University of Maryland, Johns Hopkins University, and numerous private clients. From 2011-2012, he was the Executive Director, Policy and Planning, US Customs and Border Protection. He has also directed field research at the Foreign Policy Research Institute and is affiliated faculty at the University of Texas at El Paso.

Bob Rhodes

Mr. Bob Rhodes
Chief Technology Officer
Thomson Reuters Special Services

Mr. Rhodes is dedicated to the design and development of software and data solutions that address the critical needs of Law Enforcement, the Intelligence Community, and the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD). He is focused on insider threat detection, text analysis, big data technologies, machine learning, encryption, and information retrieval technologies and how they can be applied to real world problems. He works to bring people, technology, and data together in ways that help leaders to make the best and most informed decisions.

Ilona Teleki

Ilona Teleki
Chief Operating Officer
The Center for European Policy Analysis

Previously, she served as Deputy Director and Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) where she worked for more than 13 years on Central and East European (CEE) affairs. She has authored numerous publications on the CEE region. She holds a Master's degree from the School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES), University College London and a second Master's degree in communication and conflict resolution from George Mason University (GMU). Her main interest areas include the politics of national identity in the CEE region, as well as CEE relations with the European Union and the United States.

U.S. Ambassador Theodore Sedgwick

U.S. Ambassador Theodore Sedgwick

Former U.S. Ambassador to the Slovak Republic and a graduate of Harvard College, Ambassador Theodore Sedgwick has experience as a successful journalist, publisher, entrepreneur, and an active tenure with various non-profit groups. Prior to serving as U.S. Ambassador to the Slovak Republic, Sedgwick was a business executive with experience in the publishing and timber industries. He founded Pasha Publications, a specialty publisher focused on energy, defense and environment markets, and served as its chief executive for 20 years.

Mr. Jason Thomas

Mr. Jason Thomas
Chief, Innovation Thomson Reuters Special Services

A leading authority on the illicit use of technology, Mr. Thomas speaks extensively on a variety of emerging issues at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), U.S. Department of Defense (DOD), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), U.S. Department of State (DOS), U.S. Senate, U.S. House, World Bank, World Economic Forum, and others. He is an experienced intelligence professional with a practical understanding of terrorism, cybersecurity, data science, cryptocurrencies, identity, threat finance, and social data.

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