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Military Cyber Professionals Association Advisors gather for annual dinner at IWP

On December 2, the leadership of the Military Cyber Professionals Association (MCPA) gathered at IWP for its Annual Advisor’s Dinner Meeting. MCPA is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to developing American military cyber professionals and investing in our nation’s future through science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education.

Attendees at MCPA Dinner
(From left) Dr. Diane Janosek, J.D. (NSA Deputy Director for Compliance and MCPA Advisor), Amb. Aldona Woś, and Lieutenant General (Retired) Karen Gibson (Sergeant-at-Arms of the U.S. Senate and MCPA Advisor).

The event was organized in part by Joe Billingsley, who is the Founder of MCPA and also an Adjunct Professor at IWP, where he teaches a for-credit graduate course on Cyber Strategy Development. He also teaches a professional development seminar on the same topic for IWP’s Cyber Intelligence Initiative.

MCPA Board of Advisor Members
(From left) Major General (Retired) George Franz (Inaugural Commander of the Cyber National Mission Forces and MCPA Advisor), Major Pete Kapelanski (Cyber Protection Team Commander and MCPA Minnesota Chapter Vice President), Captain (Retired) Andy Stewart (former Commander of the Navy Cyber Warfare Development Group and Senior Federal Strategist at Cisco, a MCPA sponsor), Michaela Barnett (Founder of Blacks in Cybersecurity and MCPA Advisor), and Chris Cleary (Principal Cyber Advisor of the Department of the Navy and MCPA Director).

This dinner has been held at IWP annually since 2018, except for 2020, when it took place virtually due to the pandemic. The event serves as an opportunity for the MCPA Board of Advisors to reconnect, receive updates on the organization, and celebrate its top contributors.

Amb. Aldona Wos and Rob Spalding
Amb. Aldona Woś, M.D. (IWP President) and Brigadier General (Retired) Robert Spalding III, Ph.D. (IWP Research Professor and MCPA Advisor) at the reception.

Ronnie Bustamante of the MCPA Board of Directors opened the event and introduced Amb. Aldona Woś, M.D., President of The Institute of World Politics. Amb. Woś provided a warm welcome and explained the IWP mission of preparing the next generation of leaders in national security, intelligence, and international affairs. She also noted IWP support to this mission area through efforts like the Cyber Embassy Night series that recently featured the inaugural “Cyber Ambassador” of the U.S.

Cyber Strategy Development Course

Cyber Intelligence Initiative