Year after year, the MCPA facilitates learning for military cyber professionals by helping to organize gatherings in conjunction with one of the world's largest and most notable hacker conventions, DEF CON, held every summer in Las Vegas. Due to the pandemic, 2020's DEF CON is held in "Safe Mode" (virtually).

2020 is the first year of the DEF CON "Career Hacking Village", and MCPA being asked to lead a panel. The "National Service Panel: Career Opportunities Supporting the Country" highlights opportunities and challenges with national service, focusing on mostly new tech-related programs and organizations across the federal government. Since this panel is about sharing knowledge and expertise, it supports both the DEF CON founder's intent and the MCPA mission.

2020 Panelists:

Chris Pimlott

Engineer at the US Digital Service. LinkedIn.

Liz Popiak

US Army Cyber Direct Commissioning Program Co-Creator, recently retired Lieutenant Colonel in the US Army, and MCPA Augusta Chapter President. LinkedIn.

John Felker

Assistant Director of the Cyber and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and MCPA Advisor. LinkedIn.

Diane Janosek

Roman Vitkovitsky

US Marine Corps Cyber Auxiliary and recently retired Lieutenant Colonel in the USMC. LinkedIn.

Joe Billingsley

Panel organizer and moderator, Director of Strategic Engagement at the National Defense University's College of Information and Cyberspace, and MCPA Founder. LinkedIn.

Thanks, Travis!

A special thanks to MCPA member, Colonel Travis Hartman (seen here on the right being presented the Order of Thor medal in 2019 by the MCPA founder at National Defense University in Washington DC). As an organizer of the DEF CON Career Hacking Village, he made this opportunity possible for the MCPA. We appreciate it!

Thanks, DEF CON leaders!

We've had the pleasure of providing a venue for talks between members of the DEF CON leadership and staff, and the military cyber community. This has mostly come in the form of inviting them to provide an interactive presentation in our Lockdown Lunch and Learn (3L) series.