• 54. Combat Realities: Tech Innovation for Practical Needs with Thomas Hendrix

    Season 3, Episode 54. In this episode of All Quiet, Tyler is joined by Thomas Hendrix, Founder and Managing Partner at Decisive Point, to explore the intersection of venture capital and defense technology. Thomas shares his unique journey from a Special Forces officer in the Army to a finance professional on Wall Street, and ultimately to founding Decisive Point.  They dive into the nuances of bringing commercial technology to the defense sector, discussing the challenges and opportunities of dual-use technologies, and the importance of hardware and software integration. Thomas offers insights into the regulatory landscape, the role of government as a first customer, and the critical aspect of empathy and understanding in developing technologies for the defense community.


    What’s Happening on the Second Front:

    • The journey from military service to venture capital
    • The evolving landscape of dual-use technologies
    • Strategic partnerships and navigating government procurement processes
    • Understanding the regulatory hurdles in defense tech adoption


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    Website: secondfront.com

    S3 - 36m - May 21, 2024
  • 53. The Journey from Government Consulting to CEO of In-Q-Tel with Steve Bowsher

    Season 3, Episode 53. Today on All Quiet, Tyler sits down with Steve Bowsher, CEO of In-Q-Tel, to delve into the intricate world of venture capital as it relates to government needs. Steve shares his journey from government consulting to Silicon Valley and ultimately to leading In-Q-Tel. Throughout the episode, they explore the unique challenges and opportunities in aligning the goals of high-quality venture-backed startups with the mission requirements of government agencies. The conversation also touches on the evolving landscape of global threats, the strategic use of commercial technology in national security, and the ongoing efforts to maintain the United States' leadership in technology and defense.

    What’s Happening on the Second Front:

    • Critical insights on balancing quantity and quality in deal flow
    • The importance of proactive outreach
    • The real value of post-deal support in reducing friction for technology adoption 


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    Catch 2F’s Offset Symposium replay here.

    S3 - 20m - May 15, 2024
  • 52. Policy as Code: Rewriting the Rules of Defense Innovation with Jacqueline Tame

    Season 3, Episode 52. Today on 'All Quiet,' Tyler welcomes Jacqueline Tame, Executive Director at Silicon Valley Defense Group (SVDG) and Operating Partner at Playground Global, a pioneering venture capital firm specializing in deep tech. In a discussion that spans the intersection of technology, policy, and defense, Jacqueline shares her unique insights into the critical role of venture capital in national security. They delve into how non-dilutive funding and regulatory strategies can propel tech innovations from concept to deployment within government frameworks. Jacqueline discusses her groundbreaking work on GAMECHANGER at the DoD's Joint AI Center and her leadership in pioneering quantum computing initiatives at PsiQuantum. The conversation also covers the importance of bridging the gap between Silicon Valley innovation and Pentagon requirements, highlighting Jacqueline's pivotal role in fostering collaborations that enhance national security.

    What’s Happening on the Second Front:

    • Examining the impact of venture capital on national defense innovations
    • Strategies for navigating government policies to fast-track tech deployment
    • The role of artificial intelligence in policy and legal analytics
    • Insights into global technological advancements and their implications for security


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    Catch 2F’s Offset Symposium replay here. 

    S3 - 30m - May 7, 2024
  • 51. Pushing the Boundaries of Security and Compliance for Warfighters with Matt Conner

    Season 3, Episode 51. In this episode of All Quiet, Second Front Systems’ VP of Security Donnie Hasseltine hosts Matt Conner, chief information security officer (CISO) at Westinghouse Electric Company and independent board director at Second Front Systems. Matt shares his journey into the world of cyber security, from his start at Cape Canaveral Air Station working in information security to his tenure as CISO at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and beyond. The conversation delves into how the role of the CISO has evolved from a niche technical position to a key player in strategic business decisions, reflecting on how cyber security is a crucial component of modern military operations and corporate strategy alike.


    What’s Happening on the Second Front:

    • Exploring the intersection of cyber security and business strategy.
    • Insights into the transformation of cyber security roles over the past two decades.
    • The impact of cyber security on the efficiency and safety of military operations.


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    Catch 2F’s Offset Symposium replay here. 

    S3 - 30m - Apr 30, 2024
  • 50. Beyond Borders: Canadian National Security and Defense Investing with Glenn Cowan

    Season 3, Episode 50. In this episode of All Quiet, Tyler is joined by Glenn Cowan, CEO and founder of ONE9 Investments, Canada’s leading dual-use technology innovation ecosystem for critical infrastructure and national security. Glenn is a seasoned Canadian venture capitalist, retired special operations officer, and accomplished investor. Together they discuss Glenn’s journey from the Canadian Armed Forces to spearheading Canada's pioneering defense-focused venture capital fund. They shed light on the challenges and opportunities within the Canadian defense sector, particularly in developing and investing in technologies that address specific national security needs.

    What’s Happening on the Second Front:

    • Transitioning from military to venture capital
    • Strategic importance of Canadian investment in defense
    • Unique positioning of Canada in the global defense landscape
    • Modernizing Canada’s defense capabilities and infrastructure


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    Catch 2F’s Offset Symposium replay here. 

    S3 - 30m - Apr 24, 2024
  • 49. AI Spotlight: Use Cases in the Department of Defense

    Season 3, Episode 49. In this special episode of All Quiet, Tyler joins Alexis Bonnell (CIO and Director of the Digital Capabilities Directorate, Department of the USAF), Bonnie Evangelista (Acting Chief Digital and AI Officer for Acquisitions, DoD), Jason Preisser (Director of Mission Services Officer, DARPA), and George Jackson (VP of Events, GovExec) for GovExec’s AI Spotlight webinar series. This episode highlights the DoD's role in the emerging AI landscape in government and some of the ways AI is already being utilized in their work and mission activities.

    What’s Happening on the Second Front:

    • AI Adoption and Technological Challenges in the DoD
    • Improving Government Processes with AI
    • Cultural and Operational Shifts in Defense
    • Personal Experiences and Perspectives on AI

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    Catch 2F’s Offset Symposium replay here. 

    35m - Apr 16, 2024
  • 48. Frontiers of Conflict: AI, Policy, and the Future of Defense with Joseph Larson

    Season 3, Episode 48. In this episode of All Quiet, Tyler welcomes Joseph Larson, SVP and Chief of Staff at Anduril Industries, and former SES, Deputy Chief Digital and AI Officer (Algorithmic Warfare) at the DoD Chief Digital and Artificial Intelligence Office (CDAO). Joseph provides an in-depth analysis of the evolving landscape of modern warfare, the pivotal role of algorithmic warfare, and the intricate dance between rapid technological advancements and policy development. Drawing from his unique vantage point, Joseph discusses the integration of AI in defense mechanisms and the strategic shifts necessitated by recent global events, underscoring the importance of agility and innovation in national defense strategies.


    What’s Happening on the Second Front:

    • The impact and evolution of algorithmic warfare in modern conflict dynamics.
    • Integrating AI and machine learning to enhance defense capabilities.
    • Adapting defense policies to keep pace with rapid tech advancements.
    • Leveraging insights from global events to inform future defense strategies.


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    Catch 2F’s Offset Symposium replay here. 

    S3 - 29m - Apr 9, 2024
  • 47. Identifying and Funding Mission-First Founders with Joe Musselman

    Season 3, Episode 47. In this episode of All Quiet, Tyler is joined by Joe Musselman, the visionary founder of The Honor Foundation, America’s first career transition institute for Navy SEALs and the U.S. Special Operations community. Joe details the journey that led him to starting The Honor Foundation and SchoolHouse, underscoring their pivotal roles in guiding Special Operations veterans and tech entrepreneurs toward meaningful impacts in the defense ecosystem. Through these platforms, mission-first founders in national security are provided a clear process for professional development and a diverse ecosystem of world class support and technology. Listen as they discuss the importance of infusing the defense sector with top-tier talent and aligning cutting-edge technology with the mission to safeguard national security interests.


    What’s Happening on the Second Front:

    • The parallels between the Special Operations community and mission-first founders
    • The journey from the battlefield to the boardroom
    • Strategic mentorship and support networks that empower veterans in the tech sector
    • SchoolHouse's role in fostering a supportive community for mission-first founders
    • Venture capital’s role in accelerating tech solutions that enhance national security


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    Catch 2F’s Offset Symposium replay here. 

    S3 - 24m - Apr 1, 2024
  • 46. Transforming the World: DARPA and Quantum Computing with Dr. Joe Altepeter

    Season 3, Episode 46. Today, Tyler Sweatt is joined by Dr. Joe Altepeter from DARPA's Microsystems Technology Office. They discuss the enigmatic world of quantum mechanics, demystifying its complexities and exploring its potential to revolutionize our understanding of the universe and technology. Dr. Altepeter's expertise offers a rare glimpse into the cutting-edge work being done at DARPA and the exciting possibilities that quantum mechanics holds for the future of technology and defense.



    What’s Happening on the Second Front:

    • Simplifying complex quantum principles
    • DARPA’s role in innovation
    • Separating fact from fiction with quantum technology
    • When/how innovators, researchers, and entrepreneurs should engage with DARPA
    • Future of quantum technology & the potential applications and impacts


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    Catch 2F’s Offset Symposium replay here.


    This show is produced by Soulfire Productions


    S3 - 29m - Mar 26, 2024
  • 45. Maximizing Product Value for Warfighters in Defense Community with Garrett Smith

    Season 3, Episode 45. Today, Tyler Sweatt is joined by Garrett Smith, the talented mind behind Reveal Technology. Garrett dives into the transformative journey of bringing cutting-edge products into the defense and national security sectors, emphasizing a product-first approach. As Garrett explains, Reveal Technology specializes in software designed for the hyper-tactical environment. Their flagship product, Farsight, revolutionizes how ISR (Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance) data streams are converted into three-dimensional GIS (Geographical Information Systems) products, placing actionable intelligence directly into the hands of tactical operators. Garrett’s insights shed light on the nuanced process of introducing innovative products into the defense landscape, highlighting the necessity of user-centric design, strategic partnerships, and a deep understanding of defense acquisitions and funding mechanisms.


    What’s Happening on the Second Front:

    • Empathizing with defense end-users for impactful innovation
    • From problem identification to delivering tactical solutions
    • Navigating the defense acquisition maze with a multi-faceted strategy
    • Building strategic partnerships within the defense ecosystem
    • Aligning product development with defense budgeting and funding cycles


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    Catch 2F’s Offset Symposium replay here. 


    This show is produced by Soulfire Productions




    S3 - 31m - Mar 19, 2024
  • 44. Leveraging Capabilities for the Public Sector with Winston Chang

    Season 3, Episode 44. This week on All Quiet, Tyler is joined by Winston Chang who is the Global Public Sector CTO for Snowflake. Tyler and Winston engage in an enlightening conversation about utilizing public sector capabilities. Winston shares his deep expertise, offering valuable insights into effective leadership, the impact of technological advancements, and strategies for transforming government organizations. This episode offers an analysis into the complexities of public sector operations with valuable takeaways on fostering positive change and innovation.


    What’s Happening on the Second Front:

    • Exploring cutting-edge trends shaping public sector tech landscapes
    • Navigating hurdles, finding solutions in tech implementation challenges
    • Fostering partnerships, integrating capabilities for sector-wide success
    • Building resilience, embracing change in a dynamic tech environment
    • Leadership insights: driving innovation in the public sector


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    This show is produced by Soulfire Productions

    S3E44 - 25m - Mar 12, 2024
  • 43. Data-Centric Warfighting with Brigadier General John P. Cogbill

    Season 3, Episode 43. Welcoming Season 3 of All Quiet, Tyler Sweatt is joined by Brigadier General John P. Cogbill, a seasoned expert in military operations and innovation within the United States Central Command (CentCom). Together, they discuss the pivotal role of migrating combat power across theaters while mitigating risks, emphasizing global awareness, and shortening kill chains. BG Cogbill sheds light on the challenges faced by the Joint Staff in global force management and highlights the significance of digital targeting and data integration for enhanced military capabilities. The conversation delves into empowering tactical innovation, advocating for innovation centers at division levels, and creating pathways to scale good ideas.


    What’s Happening on the Second Front:

    • Enhancing global awareness and readiness for effective military operations
    • Empowering tactical-level innovation to solve problems efficiently
    • Leveraging digital targeting and data integration for operational effectiveness
    • Adopting new technology via the CTO & innovation task forces
    • Fostering collaboration through informal networks and platforms


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    This show is produced by Soulfire Productions



    S3 - 26m - Mar 5, 2024
  • 42. Offset Symposium 2024

    Season 2, Episode 42. Today on All Quiet on the Second Front, Tyler takes the mic to advocate Second Front Systems’ upcoming Offset Symposium, a cornerstone event driving innovation in national security technology. Reflecting on last year's insights from speakers Peter Dixon and Tyler Rowe, Tyler explores the event's origins and evolution into a platform for critical dialogues and partnerships. With this year's theme, 'Software-Defined Statecraft,' the symposium aims to spark a shift towards outcome-driven strategies and precision enablement.


    What’s Happening on the Second Front:

    • Origin and purpose of Offset Symposium
    • Offset Symposium's growth and evolution
    • Navigating authentic conversations and challenges
    • Embracing a focus on actionable outcomes
    • Unveiling the theme for the current year


    Register for Second Front Systems’ Offset Symposium 2024 here. 


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    This show is produced by Soulfire Productions

    S2 - 15m - Feb 27, 2024
  • 41. Glitter & Rage: All Quiet's Season 2 Recap

    Season 2, Episode 41. On this episode of All Quiet, Tyler revisits all of the dynamic defense tech discussions from Season 2 of All Quiet on the Second Front. Throughout the season, Tyler and guests navigated the intricate realm of defense innovation, exploring themes like cybersecurity, public and private sector collaboration, and cultural change. Thanks to insights from industry leaders and policymakers, Season 2 offered valuable perspectives on the evolving landscape of defense technology. From procurement strategies to geopolitical analysis, each episode offered a nuanced exploration of key issues shaping the future of national security. Tune in for a comprehensive recap of Season 2's captivating narratives and groundbreaking ideas.


    What’s Happening on the Second Front:

    • Assessing the current state of defense technology
    • Navigating public-private sector collaboration
    • Harnessing innovation ecosystems for defense solutions
    • Cybersecurity and risk management in defense
    • Cultural change and procurement paradigms in defense


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    Catch 2F’s Offset Symposium replay here.


    This show is produced by Soulfire Productions

    S2 - 28m - Feb 21, 2024
  • 40. The Power of Shared Outcomes in Cybersecurity with Chris Hughes

    Season 2, Episode 40. Today on All Quiet on the Second Front, Tyler welcomes Chris Hughes, President of Aquia, Chief Security Advisor at Endor Labs, and author of "Software Transparency." During the episode, Chris shares insights on the transformative power of technology, discussing its potential to bridge gaps and foster connections, and the challenges it poses to privacy and societal dynamics. From the ethics of technology to societal responsibilities, this episode offers an informative exploration of the digital frontiers we traverse daily, offering a renewed understanding of challenges and opportunities in our increasingly interconnected world.


    Today on Saved Rounds, Tyler and Enrique discuss FedRAMP draft guidance with optimism about the advisory board. They highlight resource constraints and make a call for automation and a shift in geopolitical strategy.


    What’s Happening on the Second Front:

    • Unveiling warfare evolution strategies
    • Technological transformation of military tactics
    • Safeguarding nations through cybersecurity
    • International cooperation & alliance diplomacy
    • Historical wisdom: lessons for future generations


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    Catch 2F’s Offset Symposium replay here.


    This show is produced by Soulfire Productions




    S2 - 27m - Jan 30, 2024
  • 39. People-Centered Data Practices with Dr. David A. Bray

    Season 2, Episode 39. Today on All Quiet on the Second Front, Tyler Sweatt is joined by  Dr. David A. Bray, a world-renowned tech leader and named one of "24 Americans Changing the World" by Business Insider. In the episode, Tyler and David share profound insights into the challenges posed by disinformation campaigns targeting public officials and emphasize the need for collaborative networks to counteract them. The conversation also weaves through the complexities of AI, data, and national security, with David shedding light on the significance of vetting data for reliability. Together, they examine the intersection of technology, governance, and societal trust for valuable perspectives on navigating the evolving landscape.


    Today on Saved Rounds, Tyler and Enrique discuss US-Australia collaboration in maritime autonomy, focusing on policy-driven outcomes and integrating tech from primes and startups.


    What’s Happening on the Second Front:

    • Defending against smear campaigns and rapid information flow
    • AI security challenges, data poisoning, and tech capabilities
    • Trusted data pools, vetting, and intentional naysayer pools
    • National initiatives in data, AI, and civilian services
    • Proactive communication, balancing generative AI and fact-checking


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    Referenced article: Three People-Centered Design Principles for Deep Learning


    Catch 2F’s Offset Symposium replay here.


    This show is produced by Soulfire Productions

    S2E39 - 32m - Jan 23, 2024
  • 38. Trends Around Crisis and Risk with Mike LeFever & Roderick Jones

    Season 2, Episode 38. This week on All Quiet, Tyler is joined by Concentric's CEO, Mike LeFever, and Executive Chairman, Roderick Jones. During the episode, Tyler, Mike, and Roderick explore the intricate intersection of geopolitics, capital markets, and cyber threats. They discuss a pivotal moment in U.S. public safety, the surge in defense technology investment, and the potential for private sector innovation. Mike and Roderick provide valuable insights into navigating uncertainty amid global conflicts and economic shifts, and they offer perspectives on trust-building and the evolving dynamics shaping our world today.


    Today on Saved Rounds, Tyler and Enrique discuss the Air Force's API standardization initiative, touching on its effectiveness and emphasizing the need for policy changes in data sharing.


    What’s Happening on the Second Front:

    • Decentralized decision-making and information flow
    • Public safety and technological innovation
    • Trust, culture, and decision-making
    • Distilling uncertainties in times of crisis
    • Mental and emotional well-being in uncertain times


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    This show is produced by Soulfire Productions

    S2E38 - 35m - Jan 16, 2024
  • 37. Defense Acquisitions: Data is In, Status Quo is Out with Tara Murphy Dougherty

    Season 2, Episode 37. Today on All Quiet, Tyler is joined by Tara Murphy Dougherty, CEO of Govini, a defense software company focused on the defense acquisition space. During the episode, Tara shares her unique journey, offering valuable insights into the challenges within the defense tech landscape. Tyler and Tara explore the pressing need for a paradigm shift, discussing the integration of modern technologies to enhance acquisition workflows. Tara's perspectives on the intersection of policy and technology, as well as the behavioral and cultural changes needed, provide a thought-provoking glimpse into the future of defense acquisitions.


    Today on Saved Rounds, Tyler and Enrique discuss emerging Indo-Pacific cyber threats, urging operational resilience and leader retraining, drawing insights from Ukraine.


    What’s Happening on the Second Front:

    • The challenge in defense acquisition: policy vs. process improvement
    • The need for cultural change and empathy in acquisition teams
    • Utilizing commercial technology and data for faster progress
    • Building a more agile and knowledgeable acquisition workforce
    • Addressing issues with FFRDCs and preserving commercial innovation


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    Catch 2F’s Offset Symposium replay here. 


    This show is produced by Soulfire Productions

    S2E37 - 29m - Jan 2, 2024
  • 36. The Future of Geopolitics and National Security with Vance Serchuk

    Season 2, Episode 36. This week on All Quiet, Tyler is joined by Vance Serchuk, Executive Director of KKR Global Institute. During the episode, they discuss the thought-provoking and multifaceted landscape of geopolitics and national security. Vance's profound insights illuminate the diverse strengths of America, encompassing innovation, entrepreneurial spirit, and unwavering patriotism. Amidst the challenges of divisive politics, Tyler and Vance’s conversation explores the global demand for American leadership and the intricate interplay between external threats and internal unity. Together, they engage in a nuanced exploration, gaining valuable perspectives on the evolving dynamics that shape the nation's pivotal role in the complex theater of geopolitics.


    Today on Saved Rounds, Tyler and Enrique share their perspectives on the modernization of the U.S. Navy's Undersea Fleet with Cloud Computing and AI, uncovering the exciting implications beneath the surface.


    What’s Happening on the Second Front:

    • Strengths of the US: Innovation, entrepreneurship, and military prowess
    • Geopolitical opportunities: demand for American leadership and global partnerships
    • Concerns about divisive domestic politics and negative discourse
    • Gap between rhetoric and action in addressing serious geopolitical challenges
    • Urgency in strengthening the defense industrial base for national security


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    Catch 2F’s Offset Symposium replay here. 


    This show is produced by Soulfire Productions

    S2E36 - 41m - Dec 19, 2023
  • 35. Going to Market in the Public Sector

    Season 2, Episode 35. In this episode, Tyler is joined by Nick Miller, AWS Marketplace Business Leader for the U.S. Federal Government. Together, they delve into challenges and opportunities in bringing commercial innovation to the public sector, and Nick shares sage advice for venture capitalists and non-traditional commercial ISVs entering defense, emphasizing alignment with hyper-scalers and streamlined procurement. Throughout the episode, Nick and Tyler reflect on the mission-driven nature of the public sector tech community and the unique challenges and opportunities within, including the strategic significance of partnerships, channels, and the power of collaboration.


    What’s Happening on the Second Front:

    • Aligning with hyper-scalers for procurement efficiency
    • Strategic role of channel partnerships in federal sales
    • Empowering startups: raising the micro-purchase threshold
    • Leaner procurement for startups: bridging the R&D to contract gap
    • Mission-driven technology adoption for national security


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    Catch 2F’s Offset Symposium replay here. 


    This show is produced by Soulfire Productions

    S2E35 - 23m - Dec 12, 2023
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