Past INSA Achievement Award Recipients


2016 INSA Achievement Award Recipients

Joan A. Dempsey Mentorship Award

Cynthia M. Epler
Defense Intelligence Agency
Over the last year, Cynthia Epler, deputy division chief for CENTCOM J2, twice deployed to Afghanistan in response to by-name requests from U.S. commanders in the field. She has shown an exceptional ability to join a work group and immediately shape them into a high-performing team with a common sense of purpose and drive to match her own. While deployed in southwest Asia, Cynthia trained, motivated, and brought out the best in individuals working together from coalition nations and didn't skip a beat when she returned to CENTCOM. She is an advocate for the Defense Intelligence Agency in community forums, where she is recognized both nationally and with our international partners for her expertise. She also expends considerable energy bringing new voices to the forefront, championing new talent and enabling young analysts with an opportunity to gain valuable experience in support of policy makers and deployed forces. As an active participant in DIA's Diversity and Inclusion Implementation Initiative (DI3), she helps ensure that combatant command equities and the unique experiences of intelligence professionals outside of the National Capital Region (NCR) and on deployment are represented. Cynthia is a dedicated professional focused on mission and doing the right thing for the people who work for her, the people she works for, her command and her agency.
 
Dr. Satyabrata Sen

Sidney D. Drell Academic Award

Dr. Satyabrata Sen
Research Scientist
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Dr. Satyabrata Sen has provided tremendous guidance to a pair of projects supported by the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) for advancing network fusion algorithms for detection and localization of low-level radiation sources. This problem is challenging because potential radiation threat sources have signatures that are almost indistinguishable from background radiation. Dr. Sen systematically analyzed datasets from indoor and outdoor scenarios, with sources of varying strengths and multiple network configurations, which were collected during DNDO’s Intelligent Radiation Sensor Systems (IRSS) program. His analyses demonstrated that no simple rules and guidelines exist for designing and implementing effective network detection algorithms. Based on his work showing the need for deeper understanding of the networked detection algorithms, Drs. Sen and Rao of ORNL developed a comprehensive research project to address these open issues. A multi-year project was approved by DNDO in 2013. Dr. Sen’s work on this project involves the development of radiation detection and localization algorithms to prevent the introduction of radioactive threat sources. This potentially enables continuous vigilance to ensure the safety and security of the U.S. homeland. In addition, the benchmark datasets developed in these projects can be used by any researcher to characterize a proposed algorithm using real data, promoting continued research and development in this national security field.
 
DEA

Richard J. Kerr Government Award

Candace P. Sharkey
Intelligence Research Specialist
Drug Enforcement Administration
DEA Intelligence Research Specialist (IRS) Candace Sharkey, currently stationed at the U.S. Embassy in Vienna, Austria, is recognized by her peers and DEA regional management as a subject matter expert in Balkan and Italian transnational criminal organizations, including their areas of influence, trafficking routes, and organizational structure. IRS Sharkey has developed an outstanding competence in collecting and analyzing large amounts of information, producing written intelligence products, disseminating that intelligence throughout the agency, and coordinating overlaps to ensure the greatest disruptive impact on drug trafficking organizations. Over the past year, IRS Sharkey has played a key role in the multilateral investigation of the cocaine trafficking and money laundering activities of the Italian transnational criminal organization, ‘Ndrángheta, culminating in numerous arrests. The detriment to this criminal organization’s infrastructure, top-tier management, and contacts with corrupt port workers has left them without a command-and-control element, severely disrupting their ability to distribute narcotics throughout Europe. Most significantly, her intelligence support during this operation led to multiple spin-off investigations being conducted in the United States, resulting in the identification and targeting of significant sources in South America that are sending multi-ton loads of cocaine to the U.S. and are therefore a threat to national security.
 
Zalenda Cyrille

Edwin H. Land Industry Award

Zalenda Cyrille
Senior Program Manager
Vencore
Ms. Zalenda Cyrille is an asset to Vencore, Inc., managing over 30 engineers and a multimillion-dollar contract portfolio. Ms. Cyrille adapts, teaches, and implements industry best practices for software development across the Intelligence Community (IC). As a certified program consultant in Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe), Ms. Cyrille is instrumental in educating both government and industry development teams and leaders on the principles behind improving development efforts under this agile methodology. In 2015 alone, Ms. Cyrille has instructed over 200 people across multiple offices and organizations to become certified practitioners, helping to revolutionize the way software development is performed at the government level. In addition to teaching the certification courses, Ms. Cyrille works closely with the development teams to stand up and instill tailored processes to meet specific team needs.
 
Lt. Jared McGuire

William O. Studeman Military Award

Lt. Jared McGuire
Executive Officer
U.S. Coast Guard Cryptologic Unit Colorado
LT Jared McGuire has dramatically advanced the maritime domain awareness (MDA) capabilities of the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) and the broader Intelligence Community (IC). He has been the driving force in the development of automated processes to integrate national intelligence sources into a comprehensive maritime picture recognized as the IC-sanctioned ship-tracking tool of choice. He has worked closely with IC partners to identify and operationalize new data feeds and analytic capabilities on behalf of the tool’s development. In addition, he has provided over 100 hours of training to SOUTHCOM, JIATF-S, CG Intelligence Coordination Center (ICC), Maritime Intelligence Fusion Center Pacific, and other IC elements.

Thanks to LT McGuire’s efforts, a robust maritime analytic capability once attainable only through the use of highly trained specialists is now broadly available to analysts. This has generated significant analytic efficiencies, enabling the reinvestment of high-end analytic capital on truly hard problems. It also has assisted operational successes in the counterdrug, international sanctions enforcement, global MDA, search and rescue, and living marine resources mission areas. The degree of technical competence, sound judgement, and overall scope of responsibility demonstrated by LT McGuire far exceeds that typically expected of someone in his paygrade and is a testament to the extraordinary nature of his achievements.
 
Robert A. Lagnado

John W. Warner Homeland Security Award

Robert A. Lagnado
Senior Protective Intelligence Research Specialist
U.S. Secret Service
SPIRS Robert A. Lagnado of the Protective Intelligence and Assessment Division specializes in protective intelligence in support of the U.S. Secret Service’s (USSS) mission to protect the country’s highest leaders, candidates, and visiting foreign dignitaries. Part of his responsibility is to understand how attacks on individuals are or could be perpetrated and to identify trends in weapons and methods of attack. SPIRS Lagnado was among the first individuals in the USSS to recognize the growing and immediate danger of small unmanned aerial systems (UASs) to protective operations. He was the first to dedicate himself to UAS intelligence reporting and acquiring an expertise of this emerging technology’s nefarious potentials, which only recently gained wider acceptance, largely due to advances in the areas of UAS miniaturization and cost reduction. His extensive knowledge of UAS types, payloads, control methods, range, capabilities, tactics and UAS-related threat reporting has allowed him to interact in an advisory capacity with other USSS divisions such as the Office of Protective Operations , the Technical Security Division, Legal Division and the Special Operations Division/Airspace Security Branch, as they devise and implement policies and procedures. He wrote recommended guidelines for USSS special agents and Uniformed Division officers to follow when dealing with unauthorized UAS operations in protected areas. He also has coauthored legal guidance on dealing with UAS at protected sites with the Chief Counsel’s office. Robert has served on working groups in the Intelligence Community and Department of Defense dealing with UAS issues and has spoken on UAS security issues to senior law enforcement, Intelligence Community and defense audiences. All of these activities have had an impact far above and beyond SPIRS Lagnado’s current job scope as a protective intelligence analyst.
2014 INSA Achievement Award Recipients


Joan A. Dempsey Mentorship Award

SSA Amy  B. Pittman
Supervisory Special Agent
Federal Bureau of Investigation


Supervisory Special Agent Amy B. Pittman served as a Team Leader and Lead Interrogator of a Mobile Interrogation Team assigned to the High Value Detainee Interrogation Group (HIG), an interagency unit administered by the FBI. Selected to deploy on one domestic and four international missions, SSA Pittman led teams consisting of analysts, interrogators, subject matter experts, reports officers, and linguists from across the Intelligence Community (IC). The intelligence reports produced and disseminated by the HIG under SSA Pittman’s leadership were amongst the most impactful in the IC. A certified FBI Intelligence Officer with more than 17 years of experience specializing in international terrorism and HUMINT operations, SSA Pittman has amassed a strong understanding of intelligence operations, crucial knowledge that continues to inform her mentorship of junior agents and guidance in their professional development.

Sidney D. Drell Academic Award

Craig J. Wiener
Principal Consultant for Strategic Planning and Analysis
National Nuclear Security Administration


Mr. Craig J. Wiener, Principal Consultant For Strategic Planning and Analysis at the Department of Energy (DOE)/National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has made significant contributions to the Intelligence Community as a scholar and practitioner that have helped strengthen the IC workforce while demonstrating a great breadth of technical and scholastic acumen. His initiatives include implementing enhanced performance assurance oversight, qualitative improvements to staff training and facilitating cross domain interoperability between security, intelligence and counterintelligence elements within DOE/NNSA -- all of which have improved the security of the nation's nuclear arsenal. Mr. Wiener is a doctoral candidate in Biodefense & International Security at George Mason University's Graduate School of Policy, Government and International Affairs with a master's degree in Biodefense & Homeland Security. He also serves as a graduate teaching assistant for security and intelligence, providing lectures on CBRN/WMD proliferation and counterproliferation, computer network attack and the utilization of open source intelligence. Mr. Wiener directs research and provides analytic guidance to students in areas of counter terrorism, failed or failing states, intelligence collection methods, counterintelligence operations and foreign intelligence services.

Richard J. Kerr Government Award

David Wilson
National Security Agency


Mr. David E. Wilson has made significant technical contributions to mission analytics, generating cross-organizational impact at the National Security Agency (NSA) and across the Intelligence Community (IC). His exceptional aptitude for delivering high-quality software and resolving issues within a disparate set of missions has resulted in significant mission successes. His teaming efforts across the NSA and IC have delivered state-of-the-art data analysis, enabling customer organizations to execute missions faster and better. His technical expertise is recognized across the NSA and IC, and has been invaluable in furthering the capabilities of mission analytics.

Edwin H. Land Industry Award

Joshua Markow
Chief Engineer, Army Programs for Airborne & Terrestrial SIGINT Operating Unit
Northrop Grumman Corporation


Mr. Joshua Markow distinguished himself through exceptional support for Northrop Grumman’s ongoing operations with the U.S. Army RC-12X Guardrail Tactical Airborne SIGINT system. An expert on technical and operational aspects of the Guardrail system, Mr. Markow pioneered new capabilities for rapid calibration of the system that are deployed already and have resulted in a major positive impact on system availability while significantly reducing overall logistical costs. A true leader with the rare combination of practical engineering and forward-reaching theoretical expertise, Mr. Markow’s contributions to the advanced R&D realm will help advance IC operations for years into the future.

William O. Studeman Military Award

Lt. William Fox
Team Lead – Maritime Strategy & Plans
Nimitz Operational Intelligence Center, Office of Naval Intelligence


Lt. William B. Fox received the William O. Studeman Military Award for significant contributions in providing warfighters and leading decision makers with comprehensive intelligence analysis and support on naval operations. His insight and clarity have given the U.S. Navy and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) the tools necessary for understanding critical threats. Lt. Fox’s analysis prompted national leadership to address vulnerabilities, potentially saving substantial resources and ensuring better protection against a serious threat. Lt. Fox has personally briefed the Director of National Intelligence, underscoring the profound impact he has had as a junior Naval Intelligence Officer on the strategic calculus of the U.S. Navy, Department of Defense and ODNI.

John W. Warner Homeland Security Award

IS2 Tyler Sherman,
Intelligence Specialist
U.S. Coast Guard


As the sole intelligence professional assigned to Air Station Sacramento, IS2 Tyler J. Sherman had a significant and direct impact on the country’s overall efforts to stem the flow of illegal narcotics. IS2 Sherman’s analysis informed operations by providing real-time tactical intelligence to the station’s operational commanders. IS2 Sherman also took the initiative to plan and execute networked intelligence briefings that helped paint accurate pictures of relevant surface assets and air contacts for related interagency missions. He further engaged with multiple federal agencies, including the U.S. Navy, Customs and Border Protection, and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, to enhance intelligence assessments that have proved instrumental to law enforcement and intelligence operations along the West Coast and U.S.-Mexico border. 

2013 INSA Achievement Award Recipients


Joan A. Dempsey Mentorship Award

Dr. Amber Aiken
U.S. Army National Ground Intelligence Center

Dr. Amber Aiken serves as a Senior Intelligence Officer for Technologies and has been the primary champion of the Mentoring and Coaching Program at the US Army National Ground Intelligence Center (NGIC) for the last five years. In 2008 she led a small tiger team that pulled in members from other parts of the organization, including NGIC’s Council of Rookie Employees and Human Capital Officers, to examine best practices. In 2010 her approach transitioned to a directorate-wide program and in 2012 it became an established Center-wide Mentorship Program. One of the mentoring best practices that she uncovered was leadership “shadowing,” a concept that was subsequently adopted by NGIC senior leaders. This practice has illuminated how NGIC functions for many analysts and allowed NGIC leadership to “reverse shadow” these analysts in their own spaces, better understanding their requirements. Amber’s investment in the Center has contributed to an enviable employee retention rate: annual turnover averages are less than five percent. In addition to championing the mentorship program, Amber has tirelessly implemented the basic tenets of the program in her own daily work. Her dedication to the people of NGIC and to the Mentoring and Coaching Program has had a profound impact on the development and retention of a motivated and well-prepared workforce. Her zeal for mentorship is extraordinary and she truly exemplifies the intent of the Joan A. Dempsey Mentorship Award.

Click here to read the INSA Achievement Awards feature about her at WashingtonExec.

Sidney D. Drell Academic Award

Lieutenant Colonel Ian McCulloh
U.S. Army Central Command

Professor Ian Andrew McCulloh worked as an Assistant Professor at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point from 2004 – 2011, where he taught over fifty different courses and developed an outreach program to conduct advanced computational methods for improved targeting in support of US Special Operations Command, the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization, and the National Security Agency. The effort grew into the Network Science Center at West Point, which is now one of the largest research centers at the academy with over 50 faculty researchers. Ian left West Point to establish the Advanced Network Analysis and Targeting (ANAT) course, providing advanced intelligence training in Iraq and Afghanistan and was assigned as Chief of Counter IED Operations in US Forces - Iraq. Currently, Ian leads a multi-million dollar research effort to conduct quantitative research and assessment to design and measure effectiveness of US CENTCOM IO operations, actions and activities. At the same time, Ian is very active in the scientific community; he is on the editorial board of an international research journal, published 39 peer-reviewed articles, authored a text book, works as Research Fellow at Curtin University in Australia and is an Adjunct Professor at the Naval Postgraduate School. LTC McCulloh also continues to maintain a relationship with West Point where he sponsors cadet research projects and supervises summer internships. LTC McCulloh is a one-of-a-kind example for bridging worldwide research with on-the-ground military operations and is well deserving of the Sidney D. Drell Academic Award.

Richard J. Kerr Government Award

Trey Smith
Central Intelligence Agency

Trey Smith is one of the highest performing technical analysts at CIA. His leadership, analytical abilities and work ethic far exceed his grade level and have made him a role model to other junior analysts.  Since joining CIA in 2011, Mr. Smith has made significant contributions to our nation’s understanding of the threats posed by a range of high-priority strategic weapon systems, including precision strike weapons.  Mr. Smith worked closely with the Pentagon on these issues, as these systems pose a direct and lethal threat to U.S. assets, placing the lives of thousands of service members at risk.  Thanks to Mr. Smith’s in-depth engineering assessments of weapon performance and his work with collectors, he has made significant contributions to the Pentagon’s efforts to address our adversary’s weapons.  He briefed his findings to a range of high-level customers in the U.S. Government including the Office of Secretary of Defense, and Senior Department of Navy officials, all of whom were extremely impressed and appreciative of the insight that he provided. His exemplary service to the United States Government personifies the principles of the Richard J. Kerr Government Award.

Edwin H. Land Industry Award

Dr. Anton Pfeiffer
Northrop Grumman

Anton Pfeiffer, PhD, a Research and Development Principal Investigator for Northrop Grumman, distinguished himself by pioneering new mission management ideas that are challenging conventional thinking and traditional CONOPS within the Intelligence Community (IC). Anton architected and developed the underlying mathematical model for a novel decentralized resource coordination concept, which may revolutionize how the IC uses its collection resources. This concept provides the capability to rapidly and efficiently satisfy intelligence needs across the Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance enterprise and is dramatically different from today’s linear approach. In addition, Anton is spearheading a technology development program to demonstrate affordable ways to manage a new class of agile payloads; enabling significant new mission capabilities. He is a strong advocate for creating non-traditional solutions to currently unsolved problems in mission management. He promotes and fosters a mission planning prototype system that uses multi-player online strategy video gaming to optimize the performance of human mission planners. Through a series of technology-oriented projects, Anton has proven these ideas to an ever-widening IC audience. Recently, IC technology leadership recognized Anton’s expertise by selecting him to chair the mission management panel at a prestigious IC conference. He is described by his customer as a “perpetual visionary with a knack for not only seeing the future, but also the path to get there.” Anton’s commitment to making significant and enduring contributions to the Intelligence and National Security communities exemplifies the Edwin H. Land Industry Award. 

Click here to read the INSA Achievement Awards feature about him at WashingtonExec.

William O. Studeman Military Award

Gunnery Sergeant James Brenneis
United States Marine Corps

While serving as a Special Collections Team Chief and Operator, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command, GySgt Brenneis was directly responsible for saving the lives of countless Coalition Force members through the timely and accurate reporting of indications and warnings. He was the first SIGINT professional to provide national SIGINT architecture to the Afghan Commando mission, which directly resulted in the success of 28 named operations against insurgent fighters. The national SIGINT architecture implemented by GySgt Brenneis significantly enhanced the precision and detail of their mission planning and provided accurate targeting information on complex networks associated with the insurgent strongholds in the Helmand River Valley. The resulting operations led to a significant and measurable decrease in insurgent operations throughout the area. In addition to his work as a SIGINT operator, GySgt Brenneis developed and provided instruction on intelligence tactics, techniques and procedures to team members and partner-nation forces. His mentorship greatly increased both his team’s ability to fuse intelligence with operational planning as well as the partner-nation force’s ability to operate independently of Coalition support. GySgt Brenneis has since assumed greater responsibilities as the Special Collections Team Chief for Direct Support Team Bravo where he continues to exceed expectations in preparing his team for their mission essential tasks. Peers, seniors and subordinates recognize him as an exceptional and superior intelligence operator, leader, planner, collector and subject matter expert across all intelligence disciplines. His exemplary service in the Marine Corps embodies the intent of the William O. Studeman Military Award.

John W. Warner Homeland Security Award

Lindsay Hovis
Pennsylvania State Police

As an intelligence analyst within the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) Critical Infrastructure/Key Resource (CI/KR) unit, Lindsay M. Hovis has repeatedly demonstrated her dedication to and expertise in her field. From the inception of the CI/KR unit, Lindsay realized that the unit’s primary mission is to educate and inform the partners of potential threats or known risks to their sectors in order to protect the Commonwealth’s infrastructure, environment and citizens from terrorist actions or threats. Due in large part to the work of Lindsay, the unit has engaged with over 2,500 partners, ranging from CEOs of companies to volunteer firemen. Her tireless efforts to foster coordination with the owners and operators of the state’s critical infrastructure have enhanced the unit’s ability to prepare for and respond to threats. As an example of her ability to work through the partnerships Lindsay established, she recently led an interagency team of state and federal partners to develop a threat assessment for the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg that had an estimated attendance of 200,000. With such a large event taking place in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings, she worked with local business owners and residents in the town of Gettysburg to reduce fear while helping law enforcement prepare for potential critical incidents. Her substantial body of work also includes the 2011 and 2012 “Pennsylvania Threat Assessment” and she has researched and played a significant role in implementing the requirements for an all-hazards fusion center. Lindsay’s commitment to excellence has certainly enhanced the national security of the United States and exemplifies the spirit of the John W. Warner Homeland Security Award.

Click here to read the INSA Achievement Awards feature about her at WashingtonExec.

2012 INSA Achievement Award Recipients


Joan A. Dempsey Mentorship Award

Margaret Dobrydnio
Defense Intelligence Agency

Within the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), Margaret Dobrydnio serves as a Senior Intelligence Analyst and liaison officer for the Intelligence Community Prisoner of War/Missing in Action (POW/MIA) Analytic Cell. She is the architect of the Cell’s Liaison and Engagement Strategy, creating the Strategy’s processes, networks and links, uniting congressional staff, the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Joint Staff and the combatant commands into a high-functioning POW/MIA community of interest. Her efforts have substantially expanded our nation’s body of knowledge and understanding of the issues and challenges involved in this complex environment. In her work, Margaret is consistently focused on collaboration, leadership and mentorship. She has built invaluable relationships with U.S. Africa Command, the Office of Naval Intelligence, the Central Intelligence Agency and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and she has provided essential intelligence support to in-theater special operations commands. Margaret demonstrates a remarkable passion for working with junior analysts; she regularly identifies opportunities for them to produce intelligence products and participate in engagement activities to ensure they develop into successful analysts in their own right. Her colleagues and junior analysts consistently seek her out for guidance and mentorship on all matters ranging from production, training, engagement and policy related to the POW/MIA Analytic Cell. Margaret has helped to develop the next generation of analysts while serving as a role model and leading all-source analytic efforts and production on this issue for her agency.

Sidney D. Drell Academic Award

Dr. Jurgen Pfeffer
Carnegie Mellon University

As a Post-Doctoral Associate – and recently as an Assistant Research Professor – at Carnegie Mellon University, Dr. Jürgen Pfeffer has combined his background in business informatics and computer science to contribute to open source exploitation. Significantly, his work on scalable k-centrality metrics has enhanced the Intelligence Community’s ability to identify key actors and issues in large data sets such as those present in online networks. His work allows analysts to handle full data streams as opposed to samples, which is meaningful to large data sets like Twitter feeds. Furthermore, Dr. Pfeffer is engaged in research projects that analyze data from emerging conflicts in North Africa and the Middle East. His projects aim to describe and detect changes within networks consisting of persons, organizations, subjects and companies of specific countries, as well as the outside involvement from international groups. Dr. Pfeffer’s influence and role extend beyond his research and post-doctoral position at Carnegie Mellon. He has taught at Carnegie Mellon and various international universities on social network analysis and computational visualization approaches to analysis. In addition, he is involved with the Computational Analysis of Social and Organizational Systems summer institute, an annual program training participants in social and organizational network analysis that is often attended by members of the Intelligence Community. Dr. Pfeffer’s continued dedication to educating and improving the technological expertise of intelligence analysts has bettered the Community as a whole.

Richard J. Kerr Government Award

Jessica McKeon
Department of the Treasury

Jessica McKeon was with the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Intelligence and Analysis for less than one year before volunteering for a challenging overseas tour in the Middle East. Serving as a Treasury officer detailed to a U.S. embassy for four months, Jessica quickly proved her dedication to mission and demonstrated her strong collaborative spirit. She not only reached across the embassy to unify the necessary interagency partners required to accomplish her task, but worked directly with the host government to raise the profile of terrorist financing issues within the country. As a direct result of her hard work, host government officials were further sensitized to terrorist financing concerns, and consequently a major terrorist-affiliated charity remained cut off from a key funding stream. Following this success, Jessica continued to improve the collaboration and understanding between the host government and embassy officials. Today, the Department of the Treasury continues to reap the benefits of Jessica’s leadership and determination. Her work continues to improve the department’s financial intelligence capabilities and enhance relationships with international partners. Jessica’s success demonstrates how a single, dedicated individual can impact the effectiveness of an entire organization and strengthen the country’s ability to tackle some of the most challenging national security issues.

Edwin H. Land Industry Award

Matthew Matechik
Frontline Solutions, A Division of ASI Government

Matthew Matechik has distinguished himself through his outstanding contributions to Frontline Solutions, a Division of ASI Government, as a Junior Intelligence Analyst. Matthew is the leading authority for reporting to senior leadership on top priority missions for his client, the Department of Defense (DoD). Matthew’s reports and expertise in his field have been utilized not only by DoD, but also by high-level executive officials, military commands and the President of the United States. His reports identified critical information leading up to and during operations and were directly responsible for the success of several high priority military operations. Matthew graduated early from the DoD’s Analyst Development Program due to his mastery of technical, critical thinking, reporting, research and leadership skills. Matthew’s leadership and expertise go beyond delivering top-notch products to Frontline Solution's clients. He has also utilized his strong analytic background and experience working in the public and private sectors to mentor and coach new analysts. He is totally dedicated to the mission as he freely shares his knowledge with his team members to increase the technical expertise of his team as a whole. Matthew’s team mentality and dedication to providing high quality support for mission success serve as models for all serving in intelligence and national security professions.

William O. Studeman Award

CPT Christa Martin
U.S Army

As both the Commander of the Bravo Company, 14th Military Intelligence Battalion and the Chief of the Theater Intelligence Group (TIG) Collection Management and Dissemination Section in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, Captain Christa Martin was integral to the resounding success of her unit’s operation. Her efforts and innovative spirit led to a vast improvement in the reporting of information collected by the TIG in Afghanistan, and she was identified by her commanders as one of the most technically proficient and professional leaders in her battalion. In her position, CPT Martin was able to bring together a disparate group of soldiers, airmen and civilians and create a cohesive and effective team. CPT Martin grew the TIG’s intelligence collection and analysis capabilities and developed the planning concepts to build an effective Document and Media Exploitation center with processes in place to better share time-sensitive force protection information with partners. Her section published over 180 force protection reports, significantly increasing the situational awareness and safety of guard forces and personnel. Furthermore, CPT Martin’s efforts greatly increased the visibility of TIG’s reporting and its incorporation in subordinate units’ intelligence products. Her diligent oversight, boundless enthusiasm and technical competence had a measurable impact on flow of information from the TIG to tactical commands and the larger Intelligence Community. CPT Martin will redeploy from Afghanistan knowing that the structures she championed helped to better exploit and disseminate intelligence information to policymakers on a mission of considerable operational and strategic importance to the United States.

John W. Warner Homeland Security Award

Jordan Renga
Department of Homeland Security

As a visionary intelligence analyst within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Intelligence and Analysis, Jordan S. Renga has demonstrated time after time his dedication to and expertise in his field. His efforts to foster interagency coordination have enhanced the Department’s ability to respond to and recover from threats. He has tailored interagency threat briefings to satisfy the needs of the target audience of Joint Terrorism Task Forces, Customs and Border Protection, local law enforcement and first responders. His exceptional foresight and commitment to information sharing directly supported operational elements in key cities to take appropriate protective actions and informed the actions taken by DHS elements including the Office of the Under Secretary for Management and Office of Health Affairs. His initiative, expertise and knowledge of DHS’ unique customers motivated him to identify and build -- on his own time after business hours -- a realistic mockup of a terrorist device. His model has been a key teaching tool in briefings on threats and has been presented to DHS’ senior leadership, state and local officials, and it has been used to teach new DHS personnel. In addition, Jordan has worked to foster greater communication within his own agency by serving as President of the DHS Office of Intelligence and Analysis’ Employee Advisory Council, a forum for identifying employee concerns that should be brought to leadership. Jordan’s commitment to going beyond the call of duty to protect the homeland has certainly enhanced the national security of the United States.

2011 INSA Achievement Award Recipients


Joan A. Dempsey Mentorship Award

Christine Chow

As the Senior Intelligence Analyst deployed in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM assigned to the Combined Joint Intelligence Operations Center – Afghanistan Headquarters, Ms. Christine Chow served in direct support of the Commander of the International Security and Assistance Force (COMISAF). Her leadership led to the recognition of her group as the premier all-source intelligence shop for field commanders and national policy makers. A consummate leader and mentor, Ms. Chow leads by example, utilizing her tradecraft expertise and work ethic to guide junior analysts to deliver exceptional analytic products. The steady hand with which she guided her team in Afghanistan allowed them to craft thoughtful analysis that helped commanders decide on the correct placement of troops on the battlefield, generate requests for additional assets, and combat enemy forces effectively.  She is able to maintain a singular focus on mission objectives and produce quality analysis while fostering an atmosphere of cooperation and collaboration. Her sense of humor helps diffuse the most sensitive situations within her group, her agency, and among related interagency organizations. Ms. Chow’s example highlights to entry- and mid-level analysts the importance of immersing oneself in intelligence doctrine and practices in order to fully develop as a contributing member and competent leader in the Intelligence Community. She understands that she can best support the success of her agency and mission accomplishment by sharing the lessons she has learned from mentors, past and present, with the next generation of analysts.  Ms. Chow’s outstanding leadership and commitment to the personal and professional development of her people reflect great credit on her, the Defense Intelligence Agency, and the Intelligence Community.

Sidney D. Drell Academic Award Recipient

Dr. Christopher Griffin

Dr. Christopher Griffin, a faculty member at The Pennsylvania State University, performs leading-edge research and applies advanced mathematical modeling techniques to solve critical national security problems. His work has been recognized by the Department of Defense and various intelligence agencies as ground-breaking and unique, impacting the work of intelligence professionals and the lives of servicemen and women. Within the Colleges of Science, Information Sciences and Technology, and the Applied Research Laboratory at Penn State, Dr. Griffin is engaged in a number of cross-disciplinary activities at both the classified and unclassified levels. His work on information fusion and automated decision-making systems directly supports intelligence and national security work in the United States. This year, Dr. Griffin successfully transitioned a program for predicting the future tracks of ships to the Joint Interagency Task Force – South (JIATF-S). This tool provides predictive capabilities to help JIATF-S in executing its mission of protecting the U.S. southern maritime border from illicit narcotics trafficking and terrorist incursions. In addition, Dr. Griffin has developed ground-breaking techniques in Deep Social Network Analysis that have the potential to revolutionize the way open source data is analyzed and exploited by the Intelligence Community. Dr. Griffin actively mentors students involved in defense and intelligence-related research and is a prolific writer, publishing seventeen academic papers over the past three years. He is an outstanding contributor in his discipline, and his ability to motivate those around him will enhance the intelligence field for years to come.  Dr. Griffin’s extraordinary scholarship, leadership, and creativity are a credit on himself, the Pennsylvania State University, and the outstanding academic sector of our great nation.

Richard J. Kerr Government Award Recipient

Meghann Green

In October 2011, FBI Staff Operations Specialist (SOS) Meghann Green completed a one-year special assignment to Nairobi, Kenya as a member of the U.S. Embassy-Nairobi African Fusion Cell. Kenya is the epicenter of counterterrorism activity in the Horn of Africa. SOS Green has been vital in coordinating the seamless flow of intelligence from this cell, which seeks to act as a cohesive unit of intelligence capabilities. She also served as the de facto liaison officer between the Nairobi Station and the U.S. Embassy Legal Attaché, greatly enhancing intelligence cooperation between both offices. SOS Green’s outstanding work ethic, interpersonal skills, and professionalism enabled her to build a sense of trust between members of different organizations that helped set the benchmark for how cooperative fusion cell environments should operate. Her proficiency and leadership proved themselves in June 2011 when her efforts culminated in the identification and closure of the investigation of HarunFazul, an operational planner of the attacks on U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998 and one of the FBI’s most wanted terrorists. SOS Green is emblematic of the FBI objective to be a proactive, intelligence-driven, and integral part of the U.S. Intelligence Community. Her subject matter expertise and leadership abilities make every stakeholder feel appreciated and important to the mission. Ms. Green sets the example and has set a high standard for future intelligence professionals both within the FBI and the Intelligence Community writ large.

 

Edwin H. Land Industry Award

David Linnstaedt

The Edwin H. Land Industry Award for contractors or non-government employees is awarded to David Linnstaedt of ITT Exelis, a scientist who has provided technical expertise in chemistry, production processes, and chemical signatures and provided critical technical support to analysts, development teams, and warfighters in support of military operations.

William O. Studeman Military Award Recipient

IS2 Brian J. Maffucci

While working as a Senior Analyst in the National Security Agency (NSA) Hawaii Maritime Analysis Support Team (H-MAST), Intelligence Specialist 2nd Class Brian Maffucci, U.S. Coast Guard demonstrated unparalleled leadership by working across his organization to coordinate analysis, build relationships, and guide fellow analysts. As a junior specialist focused on the threats stemming from international terrorism, proliferation, WMD, and illegal drug trafficking, his creativity and technical expertise directly influenced H-MAST’s selection as the NSA/CSS Hawaii’s “Operations Team of the Year” for 2010. He focuses on achieving mission objectives and requirements by delivering responsive, reliable, effective, and expert Signals Intelligence to help the United States and its allies gain the decisive advantage. The direct analytic support IS2 Maffucci provided was critical in enabling success for the United States Coast Guard, Drug Enforcement Administration (Special Operations Division), Canadian Intelligence Partners, and the MAST Community of Interest. To further enhance his value to the NSA, IS2 Maffucci took the initiative to become qualified in reporting, enrolling in a number of courses to learn new skills that improve H-MAST reporting standards. He developed and implemented reporting templates and has drafted numerous reports since becoming Lead Analyst. His new templates help team members exchange information on targets of interest and lead to more timely and accurate releases of information and intelligence to the NSA, the larger IC, and operational partners. IS2 Maffucci continuously demonstrates his excellence as a leader, analyst, and service member by upholding the highest traditions of the U.S. Coast Guard, the NSA, and the Intelligence Community.

John W. Warner Homeland Security Award Recipient

Michael A. Brown

Mr. Michael A. Brown serves as a Supervisory Desk Officer in the Office of Global Strategies for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). He is responsible for developing and implementing transportation security strategy, as well as monitoring day-to-day operations for the Europe region portfolio between headquarters and attachés stationed abroad. Previously, Mr. Brown served as a team leader in the TSA Office of Inspection, where he oversaw reviews, inquiries, and vulnerability assessments that assessed the effectiveness of national programs. He provided senior homeland security officials with key information on high risk areas and warnings of potential operational issues. Mr. Brown also assisted in executing unannounced tests and field inspections of airport checkpoints, and served as a strategic advisor to an insider threat task force created to prevent, detect and deter security breaches. A dedicated member of the INSA Homeland Security Intelligence Council (HSIC), Mr. Brown brings years of experience in strategic planning, communications, and risk management to the homeland security sector. He also brings his expertise to bear as a distinguished graduate of the Naval Postgraduate School, where his scholarly work was recognized as exceptional. His thesis focused on the ripples created by the release of a convicted terrorist into society. The topic was drawn from personal experience; Mr. Brown lost his father as a young boy when an ETA member executed a terrorist attack against government officials in Spain. This year, he mentored young adults who lost family members from terrorist attacks worldwide, exemplifying the selfless dedication and commitment to service that he brings to his work every day. Mr. Brown’s noteworthy dedication, competence, and leadership reflect great credit upon himself, the TSA, and our nation.