David Carey is a 32-year veteran of the Central Intelligence Agency where he has held several senior positions including that of Executive Director, often referred to as the Chief Operating Officer, or No.3 person in the agency from 1997 to 2001. Before assuming that position, Mr. Carey was Director of the DCI Crime and Narcotics Center, the Director of the Office of Near Eastern and South Asian Analysis, and Deputy Director of the Office of Global Issues.

During his illustrious career, he earned the CIA Director’s medal, the DIA Director’s medal, CIA’s Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal and twice was awarded CIA’s Distinguished Intelligence Medal.

Mr. Carey served as Executive Director for Blackbird Technologies, Inc. where he assisted the company with state-of-the-art IT security expertise, business development and strategic planning expertise. Now, David is an independent consultant specializing in intelligence matters. Prior to joining Blackbird Technologies, Mr. Carey was Vice President, Information Assurance for Oracle Corporation.  Mr. Carey is a graduate of Cornell University and the University of Delaware.



Edward Hart is a 32-year veteran of the National Security Agency where he served in a wide variety of increasingly complex and responsible positions, beginning in research and development and culminating as Deputy Director heading one of two NSA mission operations where he developed timely and economical solutions for assured security for all classified information systems of the United States government.  Among his other assignments, he led NSA’s technical signals intelligence operations, directed their advanced reconnaissance activities and he served as director of the office of Congressional legislative affairs.

Subsequent to leaving government, Mr. Hart was Senior Vice President and Managing Director of the Center for Information Protection at SAIC. He is now founder/president of an information technology consulting activity serving government, high technology startups and Fortune 100 clients.

Mr. Hart has been the recipient of many high level awards and recognitions, among them:  the highest Presidential award conferred on members of the Senior Executive Service, the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal, and the NSA’s Exceptional Civilian Service Award.



Phillip Lago’s career spans more than 30 years in the CIA and intelligence community as a senior executive, manager, analyst and operations officer. He is nationally recognized in the fields of emergency preparedness, continuity of operations and continuity of government.

Mr. Lago was appointed by the President in 2005 to serve as the Executive Secretary of the National Security Council. In addition to his responsibility as chief of operations, Mr. Lago led the transformation of the White House Situation Room to a state of the art situational awareness center in support of the President, his top advisors and staff.

In response to the attacks of September 11th, 2001, Mr. Lago was named to the Director of Central Intelligence team (DCI) to relocate and brief the most senior US Government policy makers at an undisclosed location. He later formed the DCI Homeland Security Staff which strengthened DCI support to Homeland Security.

Mr. Lago received both the Director’s Award and the Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal from the Director of Central Intelligence (DCI). In his career, he has served as the chief of the Special Operations Division of NIMA and vice chief of NIMA (now NGA) where he provided operational support to the Special Operations Command, the Chairman of the Joint Chief’s targeting unit and the CIA’s directorate of operations.

In addition to his advisory role at Centrifuge, Mr. Lago is the founder and president of Lago & Associates LLC, a Virginia based consulting firm that specializes in the design, development and operation of situational awareness centers and operation centers that gather data to provide actionable intelligence for decision makers.



John Reis has more than 40 years of experience in the communications and information technology marketplace.  Prior to joining TrapWire, Mr. Reis was a Group Vice President at ChoicePoint and former President of i2 Inc. (acquired by ChoicePoint).  In these capacities he directed the sales, marketing, product marketing and business development activities of ChoicePoint Government Services and i2 and its award-winning software in the United States, Canada and Latin America.

Throughout his extensive career, Mr. Reis has held a variety of Director, Executive and CEO positions for publicly traded companies in enterprise security, network automation software and information technology services. Mr. Reis served as a Captain in the U.S. Army, and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics with a minor in Physics from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn.



Ben Shneiderman is a 40-year industry veteran, much lauded and published computer scientist, technologist and pioneer in the areas of information visualization, human-computer interaction, and user interface design.   Currently a tenured Professor of Computer Science at  the University of Maryland in College Park, Mr. Shneiderman is the Founding Director of the Human-Computer Interaction Laboratory, a member of the Institute for Advanced Computer Studies, and a member of the National Academy of Engineering.

Mr. Shneiderman’s pioneering research in information discovery led to the invention of the highlighted textual link in 1983, and it became part of Hyperties, a precursor to the web.   Mr. Shneiderman brings a wealth of technology innovation and commercial experience to the Centrifuge Advisory Board.  His recent work in information visualization has promoted the adoption of creative applications in applied sciences and medicine.

Mr. Shneiderman is also a highly published author, collaborator and technical advisor. His book, Leonardo’s Laptop: Human Needs and the New Computing Technologies (MIT Press), won the IEEE Award for Distinguished Literary Contribution in 2004. His most recent book, Analyzing Social Media Networks with NodeXL: Insights from a Connected World (2011), was co-authored with D. Hansen and M. A. Smith.   Mr. Shneiderman graduated from City College of NY with a degree in mathematics and physics, and has a M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from the State University of New York.