HammerCon will have 3 tracks, a CTF, concluding reception, and other interesting surprises to be published.

  • CORE (aka Cyber Operations Readiness & Experiences) is the main track in the auditorium that seats over 300 personnel.
  • NERD (aka New Emerging Research & Development) is our scholarly research track that includes publishing in our journal's proceedings.
  • GIT (aka Growing Innovations in Tech) is our private sector solutions track.


Confirmed speakers below. Check back for more!

Thomas Wingfield, Esq.

Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (DASD) for Cyber Policy

Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD)


Mr. Thomas C. Wingfield was appointed the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Cyber Policy on November 25, 2019. In this capacity, he supports the Secretary of Defense and other senior Department of Defense leaders by formulating, recommending, integrating, and implementing policies and strategies to improve DoD’s ability to operate in cyberspace. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Wingfield was the Acting Chancellor and Dean of Faculty and Academic Programs at the College of Information and Cyberspace (CIC) at the National Defense University (NDU) in Washington, DC.

Beginning his career as a naval officer, he served as Squadron Intelligence Officer with an F/A-18 strike fighter squadron aboard USS Midway, based in Yokosuka, Japan. He also served as a Desk Officer at Headquarters, Office of Naval Intelligence, and then as Intelligence Liaison Officer at the Center for Naval Analyses, the Navy’s principal think tank. While in Washington, he served as a White House Social Aide and completed his law degrees at Georgetown.

Upon passing the Georgia bar exam, Mr. Wingfield transitioned to the naval reserve and took a position with a defense consulting firm to advise military and intelligence community clients in the areas of treaty compliance, use of force in cyberspace, and space law. In 2003, he became a Research Fellow of the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies, providing analysis to Congress and the Administration on the legal and policy aspects of emergent national security issues.

Appointed an Associate Professor at the US Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, Mr. Wingfield served in the Department of Joint, Interagency, and Multinational Operations. Mr. Wingfield then deployed to Afghanistan in 2009-10 as Rule of Law Advisor for COMISAF’s Counterinsurgency Advisory and Assistance Team. He served as Professor of International Law at the George C. Marshall European Center for Strategy Studies, where he directed the Program on Applied Security Studies, and was Professor of Law and Strategy at the newly-established United Arab Emirates National Defense College in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

Mr. Wingfield holds a B.A. in History and Russian Language (summa cum laude) from Georgia State University, and a Doctor of Laws (J.D.) and a Master of Laws (LL.M., with distinction, International and Comparative Law) from the Georgetown University Law Center. He is the author of The Law of Information Conflict:National Security Law in Cyberspace and is one of the drafters of the Tallinn Manual on the International Law Applicable to Cyber Warfare (Cambridge, 2013). A former Chair of the American Bar Association’s Committee on International Criminal Law, he is a member of the State Bar of Georgia, the District of Columbia Bar, and the Bar of the United States Supreme Court. His wife Kim is a Professor of Renaissance Art History, and they have two children. He is also a recipient of the Gold Order of Thor medal.

Master Gunnery Sergeant Scott Stalker

Command Senior Enlisted Leader (CSEL)

US Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM) and National Security Agency (NSA)


Master Gunnery Sergeant (MGySgt) Scott H. Stalker became the Command Senior Enlisted Leader of United States Cyber Command, and the National Security Agency on 16 March 2018. He is a native of Lebanon, New Hampshire and is married to Malerie B. Stalker.

MGySgt Stalker’s joint operational deployments include tours with the U.S. Army’s 25th Infantry and 101st Airborne Division, the U.S. Navy’s USS Guam LPH-9, USS Nassau LHA-4, USS Nashville LPD-13, and USS Blue Ridge LCC-19, and the U.S. Air Force 31st OSS.

His deployments with the Corps include tours with HMM-365, Marine All-Weather Fighter Attach Squadron 332, 26 MEU (SOC), 1st Bn 7th Marines, RCT-7, 1st Marine Division, 2nd Marine Division, and 3rd Marine Division. Additionally, he deployed multiple times to South East Asia while assigned to the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command.

His combat and contingency deployments include Operation Restore Hope in Somalia; Deny Flight & Provide Promise in Bosnia-Herzegovina; Silver Wake, conducting a Non-Combatant Evacuation Operation in Albania, Guardian Retrieval in the Democratic Republic of the Congo; a Unit Deployment Program, Okinawa, Japan and Operation Iraqi Freedom I, II, V, VII & VIII.

Additional garrison assignments include Joint Intelligence Center Pacific, Marine Corps Intelligence Activity, Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command, Marine Corp Forces Cyberspace Command, the Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Joint Chiefs of Staff J2, and most recently as the Command Senior Enlisted Leader of the Defense Intelligence Agency.

MGySgt Stalker is a graduate of the MAGTF Basic & Intelligence Chief’s Course (Honor Graduate); Marine Corps Martial Arts Green Belt Instructor Course, Army Air Assault School, SNCO Advanced and Career Course (Distinguished Graduate), Warfighter PME, Joint Advanced Cyber Warfare Course, Joint Senior Enlisted PME I&II, the National Defense University’s KEYSTONE, and is a Special Operations Capability Specialist. He earned a BA from American Public University in Intelligence Analysis, and was recently accepted into Harvard-Kennedy School of Government where he will complete a graduate program on leadership in June 2018.

Having served in a variety of theaters with multiple combat tours and contingency operations, MGySgt Stalker’s awards, badges, devices and decorations are consistent with those of most Marines who have had the honor to serve the U.S. over a period of decades and the good fortune to return home safely. He is also a recipient of the Gold Order of Thor medal and serves on the MCPA Board of Advisors.