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July 8, 2014 Luncheon
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Dr. Ryan J. Durante
Chief of the Cross Doman Solutions and Innovation Section at the Air Force Research Laboratory
Hardware Based Security - A Practitioner's Approach

Dr. Ryan Durante is the Chief of the Cross Domain Solutions and Innovation Section at the Air Force Research Laboratory, Information Directorate, Rome, NY. The laboratory conducts research, development, test and evaluation, and provides acquisition management services and logistics support necessary to keep Air Force weapons systems ready for war. Dr. Durante leads 25 civilian and military scientists and engineers in the development and deployment of information technologies to support decision makers and analysts across the Air Force, DoD and the National Intelligence Community. He helps manage the $1.2B IDHS portfolio and delivers innovation and system lifecycle sustainment operations for a globally deployed set of intelligence applications and infrastructure management solutions supporting real world operations in every Combatant Command AOR. Dr. Durante was commissioned in 1994 through the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps program at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY. He trained as an acquisition officer and transitioned to civil service in 2003.


1994 Bachelor of Science - Mechanical Engineering – Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY

1995 Master of Science - Mechanical Engineering – Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY

1999 Doctor of Philosophy - Mechanical Engineering – Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY

1999 Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE)

2000 National Intelligence Course

2005 Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)

2005 Financial Management of Intelligence

2005 Acquisition Professional Development Program Level III SPR&DE Systems Engineering

2008 Air War College (DL) Graduate

2011 Acquisition Professional Development Program Level III Science & Technology Management

2012 USAF STRAT I Civilian Leadership Course

2013 Acquisition Professional Development Program Level II Program Management


1. 1999-2000, Program Manager, CSE-SS, AFRL, Rome, NY

2. 2000-2002, Program Manager, Air Force DoDIIS Infrastructure, AFRL, Rome, NY

3. 2003-2009, Program Manager, DoDIIS Trusted Workstation, AFRL, Rome, NY

4. 2009-2010, Program Manager, SecureView, AFRL, Rome, NY

5. 2010-Present, Chief, Cross Domain Solutions & Innovation, AFRL, Rome, NY


1994 Aerospace Education Foundation – Dr. Theodore von Karman Graduate Scholarship Winner

1995 National Academy of Engineering & Sciences Fellow

2003 MVEEC Engineers Award for Organizational Productivity

2005 AFRL Nominee for John J. Welch, Jr. Excellence in Acquisition Award

2005 Honorable Mention, AFEI Excellence in Enterprise Integration Award

2005 Commander’s Cup Individual Award

2006 AFRL Nominee for AFA Aerospace Award

2007 John A. Graniero Award

2008 Sun Innovation in Government Technology Award

2012 Meritorious Civilian

Past Speakers
June 10, 2014 Luncheon
Mr. Matthew H. Swartz
Director, Assured Command and Control Division, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Dominance (N2N6)
Assured Command and Control
May 13, 2014 Luncheon
John D’Ambrosia and David Law
Chief Ethernet Evangelist in the CTO Office of Dell and Distinguished Engineer, HP Networking (respectively)
The Ethernet of Everywhere (The Future of Networking)
April 8, 2014 Luncheon
CAPT Eugene D. Costello and CAPT Doug Powers
Commander Naval Network Warfare Command and Commanding Officer Navy Cyber Defense Operations Command (respectively)
Understanding NETWARCOM and NCDOC Missions and Operations at the Global Network Operations Security Center (GNOSC)
March 11, 2014 Luncheon
RDML Diane Webber
Commander, Navy Cyber Forces
February 11, 2014 Luncheon
Vice Admiral Robert C. Parker
Commander, Atlantic Area / Commander, Defense Force East United States Coast Guard
Leveraging Technology in order to Meet Mission in the Face of Tightening Budgets and Increasingly Complex Operating Environments
January 14, 2014 Luncheon
Rear Admiral Scott B. Jerabek
Commander, Navy Warfare Development Command
Bridging the Gap Between Warfighters, Industry and Technologists: NWDC as a Hub For Grassroot Solutions
December 10, 2013 Luncheon
CAPT Mark Guzzo
Commander Carrier Strike Group 8 (CCSG 8) Assistant Chief of Staff for C4I
The Fleet C4I Perspective
November 12, 2013 Luncheon
Ms. Monica Shephard
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October 8, 2013 Luncheon
Dr. Stephen Gordon
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September 10, 2013 Luncheon
Mr. Francis A. “Skip” Hiser, III
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August 13, 2013 Luncheon
Captain John W. Chandler
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July 9, 2013 Luncheon
Rear Admiral Ann Claire Phillips
Commander, Expeditionary Strike Group Two
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June 11, 2013 Luncheon
Ms. Katerina Oskarsson
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Prospect for a Crisis in Post-2014 Afghanistan
No May 2013 Luncheon-Please attend JWC
No Chapter Luncheon
Please attend the EAST: Joint Warfighting Conference
April 9, 2013 Luncheon
RADM Terry Kraft
Commander, Navy Warfare Development Command, Norfolk
Rapid Naval Innovation
March 12, 2013 Luncheon
Colonel Michael “Strike” Messer
Senior Joint Fires, Maneuvers, and Cyberspace Analyst
C2 in and of Cyberspace
February 12, 2013 Luncheon
Dr. Thomas P. Russell
Director, Air Force Office of Scientific Research
Basic Research in the USAF
January 8, 2013 Luncheon
James G. Zumwalt
LTC (Retired) USMC
A Veteran's Journey Back to Vietnam Leads to Unexpected Treasure
December 11, 2012 Luncheon
Mrs. Lisette Diehl
Governor’s STEM and Technology Academy Coordinator, Landstown HS
November 13, 2012 Luncheon
Dr Starnes Walker
Chief Technology Officer & Technical Director, U.S. Fleet Cyber Command / U.S. TENTH Fleet
The Rising Tide of Cyber Challenges: S&T/RDT&E Opportunities Ahead
October 9, 2012 Luncheon
RADM Gordon Russell
Reserve Deputy Commander, Navy Cyber Forces, Commander, Information Dominance Corps Reserve Command
Operational Multiplier
September 11, 2012 Luncheon
Captain Danelle Barrett
Commanding Officer, Naval Computer and Telecommunications Area Master Station Atlantic (NCTAMS LANT)
Road Ahead for Shore Navy Communications
August 14th, 2012 Luncheon
Col Kenyon Gill
Marine Forces Command, G-6/CIO
C4 in the Marine Corps
July 10th, 2012 Luncheon
Mr. Rob Carey
Deputy Chief Information Officer
June 12th, 2012 Luncheon
CAPT Lourdes T. Neilan
Director, Cyberspace Operations
Innovation in Today's Navy
There will be no May 2012 Luncheon
No Luncheon - JWFC
There will be no May 2012 AFCEA Hampton Roads Luncheon Event due to the 2012 Joint Warfighter Conference. http://www.afcea.org/events/jwc/12/intro.asp
April 10th, 2012 Luncheon
CAPT David G. Wirth
Deputy Global Network Operations Officer
Cyber is about Mission Assurance
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