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Riki Ellison, one of the top Missile Defense Experts in the World, is Founder and Chairman of MDAA. He received his degree from the University of Southern California, including a Certificate in Defense and Strategic Studies. Mr. Ellison has more than twenty five years of experience as an advocate for the Deployment and Development of a Missile Defense System for missiles of all ranges. He has become an expert on the issue and is the Premier Spokesperson on the Nation’s Missile Defense Program.
Mr. Ellison was hired by the United Missile Defense Company in 1997, and was responsible for marketing and the business development for the lead systems integrator of the National Missile Defense System which was a requirement of the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization.
During the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on 9/11, in 2001, Ellison founded and developed the business strategy that would later become Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance in conjunction with the United States withdrawal from the anti-ballistic missile treaty and the decision by the President of the United States to deploy missile defense systems.
Mr. Ellison is a former NFL Football Player and three-time Super Bowl Champion who is a seasoned Public Speaker on the topics of Missile Defense, Defense, Football and Motivation.
Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, PhD, is a prominent scholar, practitioner, and entrepreneur, described by The International Herald Tribune as “a rising star in the counterterrorism community.” His career has focused on understanding how terrorist groups and other violent non-state actors (VNSAs) are changing the world, and helping governments and private clients fashion creative solutions to save lives and safeguard their interests.
Background Experience - Dr. Gartenstein-Ross is the founder and CEO of Valens Global and Valens Labs. He is a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, and an associate fellow at the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague. Previous positions he has held include senior advisor to the director of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Office for Community Partnerships, fellow with Google’s think tank Jigsaw, and adjunct assistant professor in Georgetown University’s Security Studies Program.
As a practitioner, some of Dr. Gartenstein-Ross' recent projects have included:
Litigation Support - Dr. Gartenstein-Ross has testified on his areas of core competency before the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives over a dozen times, as well as before the Canadian House of Commons. He has also served as an expert witness on terrorism and sub-state violence in numerous federal legal cases, including criminal, civil, and asylum cases.
Dr. Gartenstein Ross on Russian Hacking in the U.S. on CNN News
Speaking Engagements - Dr. Gartenstein-Ross is frequently a featured speaker at events throughout the globe, including delivering keynote speeches at the U.S. Army Special Operations Command Commander’s Conference, the University of Southern California’s National Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE), and the Global Futures Forum. Other venues where he has spoken include the Royal United Services Institute (London), the Kazakhstan Institute for Strategic Studies (Kazakhstan), the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), and the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.