Common Threads Fort Meade-Defense is the New Offense: Cybersecurity and Hunt Forward Operations

June 26 to 27, 2024 Annapolis Junction, Maryland

Registration Fees

June 26 Unclassified
All registrants are gratis!

June 27 Classified (TS/SCI)

INSA BoD/AdCom: $175
Members: $175
Nonmembers: $225
Gov't/Mil: Gratis!

Nightwing Sponsorship

Event Contact

Toya Rich

Secure your spot today for our Common Threads Fort Meade unclassified and classified programs, taking place June 26-27.

The focus, Defense is the New Offense: Cybersecurity and Hunt Forward Operations, looks at how industry can best support U.S. Cyber Command/NSA, including:

  • strengthening DIB security
  • insights from persistent engagement and hunt forward operations and
  • cybersecurity best practices.

June 26 | 4:00-7:00 pm | BWI Marriott, Linthicum, MD

Join us for a gratis slate of programming including Career Conversations (in partnership with, followed by a Welcome Reception & Keynote with MajGen Melvin "Jerry" Carter, USMC, Deputy Director for Combat Support, Cybersecurity Directorate, NSA, and closing with a dessert reception. 

June 27 | 8:30-10:30 am |ARLIS, College Park, MD

This (TS/SCI) classified breakfast and panel discussion will take a deeper dive into Hunt Forward Operations and how industry can best support USCYBER/NSA efforts, with speakers from NSA and Cyber National Mission Force.

Thank You To Our Supporting Partners

New for 2024! Career Conversations

Join INSA and for an exciting addition to this year’s program - a GRATIS networking/career fair on Wednesday, June 26, from 4:00-6:00 pm.

Don’t miss out on this terrific chance to connect with some of the IC's top employers. You will gain insights into in-demand skillsets, learn about opportunities in the DMV area, and build valuable professional relationships.

Get details and secure your spot today!


Keynote Speakers

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Wednesday June 26 | 4:00-7:00 pm
Career Conversations, Welcome Reception & Keynote

BWI Marriott
1743 W Nursery Rd
Linthicum Heights, MD 21090

4:00-6:00 pm - Career Conversations - career fair and networking reception in partnership with ClearanceJobs
5:00-5:45 pm - Registration and Networking Reception
5:45-6:30 pm - Welcome Remarks and Keynote Address by MajGen Melvin "Jerry" Carter, USMC
6:30-7:00 pm - Dessert Reception

Gratis onsite parking


Thursday, June 27 | 8:30-10:30 am
Breakfast and Panel Discussion
TS/SCI Clearance Required!

7005 52nd Ave.
College Park, MD 20742

8:30-9:15 am - Registration and Breakfast
9:15-9:20 am - Welcome Remarks
9:20-10:25 am - Panel Discussion and Q&A
10:25-10:30 am - Closing Remarks



  • Small Business

  • Eagle (Unclassified)

  • Registration

  • Community Champion

  • Welcome Reception

  • Patriot (Classified)

  • Digital Recap

  • Breakfast

  • Small Business