Panelist Speakers and Moderators

Achieving Information Dominance at the Edge

Kathleen “Kat” Cassedy

Moderator Biography

Kathleen “Kat” Cassedy, Senior Consultant, Xanda Digital Platform at VOS Intelligence

Kathleen Cassedy is a career specialist in open source and commercial intelligence matters, currently working on the launch of VOS Intelligence’s Xanda Digital Platform. Kat’s current research focus is on modern political warfare, geopolitical micro-aggression, gray zone conflict, and plutocratic insurgency. She is the co-creator of an analytic methodology designed for 21st century complex problem sets. She has written repeatedly on contemporary intelligence issues for The Cipher Brief and for Divergent Options. She co-authored the chapter “Who are the Great Powers in 2021?” in The Great Power Competition Volume 2 from Springer International Press and has co-authored additional chapters forthcoming in Volumes 3 and 4 of the same series. Kat holds a B.A. in English Literature from St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY.

LTC (Ret.) Quay Barnett

Speaker Biography

LTC (Ret.) Quay Barnett, Executive Vice President at Striveworks, Inc.

Quay Barnett is the Executive VP of Striveworks, an AI/ML Model Ops company focused on the operational deployment of AI/ML models at scale. Quay has been leading teams to achieve impact at scale across the Department of Defense, Special Operations Forces and multiple corporate sectors for 22+ years.

At Striveworks, Quay has responsibility for strategic growth, revenue operations, partner ecosystem, and AI/ML business solutions for clients. Prior to joining Striveworks, Quay was the President and co-owner of a defense contracting company focused on security and intelligence. He was the senior consultant for implementing commercial edge and IoT architecture on a multi-billion-dollar smart city, safe city endeavor. Quay consistently advises leaders and organizations within DoD on organizational data maturity advancements.

Before his corporate experience, Quay spent 16 years in Special Operations and 10 years in Joint Special Operations conducting dynamic and agile decision making in combat using data analytics, risk mitigation heuristics, and strategy development. During his 12 overseas deployments, he led several emerging technology operational developments. He also informed DoD policies and best practices for employing drone and edge operational devices.


CW4 Shawn E. Petermann

Speaker Biography

CW4 Shawn E. Petermann, Senior Technical Advisor, JSOC J6, U.S. Army

Chief Warrant Officer 4 Shawn Petermann is a native of Tucson, Arizona. He entered active duty in May of 1996 as a 19K (armored crewman), in May of 2000, CW4 Petermann changed his military occupational specialty to 25B (Information Systems Analyst); eight years later, in May of 2008, he was appointed Warrant Officer with the specialty of 255A (Information Systems Technician). He has served in various leadership and technical positions across conventional, special operations and Joint Service elements throughout his career including M1A2 gunner, training non-commissioned officer (NCO), team chief, section sergeant, Automated Information Systems NCOIC, Information Systems Staff NCO, Combat Service Support Automation Management Office (CSSAMO) / Sustainment Automation Support Management Office (SASMO) Officer-in-Charge (OIC), Brigade Signal Systems Technician, Data Systems Engineer, Chief of Engineering, Senior Technical Advisor with duties as Command Chief and most recently as the Senior Technical Advisor, J6 Development, Joint Special Operations Command.

CW4 Petermann’s enlisted assignments include the Headquarters, 2nd Brigade and 2nd Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas; 45th Corps Support Group (Forward), Schofield Barracks, Hawaii; 86th Signal Battalion, 11th Signal Brigade, Fort Huachuca, Arizona. As a US Army Warrant Officer, CW4 Petermann’s assignments include the 115th Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division and 4th Sustainment Brigade, 3rd Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), Fort Hood, Texas; the Joint Communications Unit, Joint Special Operations Command, Fort Bragg, North Carolina; the Joint Communications Support Element (Airborne), Joint Enabling Capabilities Command, MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, and currently the Joint Special Operations Command, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, serving as the Senior Technical Advisor, J-6 Development.

CW4 Petermann has multiple deployments in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom including 2006 with the 86th Signal Battalion, 3rd Signal Brigade; 2009 with the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division and 2011 with the 4th Sustainment Brigade, 310th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) along with numerous operational deployments in support of the Joint Special Operations Command.

CW4 Petermann’s awards and decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal (1OLC), Bronze Star Medal (3OLC), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal (5OLC), Army Achievement Medal (3OLC), Good Conduct Medal (3rd Award), Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Meritorious Unit Citation (1OLC), Meritorious Volunteer Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal (4 campaigns), Overseas Service Ribbon with numeral 4, NCO Professional Development Ribbon with roman numeral 2, Korean Defense Service Medal, Drivers Badge and Parachutist Badge.

CW4 Petermann’s military schools include One-station unit training (19K), Primary Leadership Development Course, Advanced Individual Training (25B), Basic Non-Commissioned Officer Course, Army Recruiting Course, Basic Instructor Training, Army Equal Opportunity Leaders Course, Airborne School, Warrant Officer Candidate Course, Warrant Officer Basic Course – 255A and Warrant Officer Advanced Course – 255A, and Warrant Officer Intermediate Level Education.

CW4 Petermann’s certifications include Security+, Network+, CCNA, MCP, MCITP, MCSA 2008/2012, RCSA-W, RCSP-W, and CISSP #300100.

CW4 Petermann has three children; Karina, Bryce and eldest son, SGT Shawn Bryant Petermann whom is currently serving in the Army, stationed in Stuttgart, Germany.

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Thomas "Tom" Holschuh

Speaker Biography

Thomas “Tom” Holschuh, Manager of the Spectrum Innovation Department at Idaho National Laboratory

Tom Holschuh is the Manager for the Spectrum Innovation Department at the US Department of Energy, Idaho National Laboratory. He joined INL in November 2018 after working for DOD for 35 years. 21 of those years were active duty in the US Army (Special Forces and Military Intelligence) and 14 years as a DOD civilian. He worked at the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Acquisition, Technology & Logistics National Assessment Group (9 years), conducting assessments of new capabilities to be fielded to the Special Operations community, ranging from radio frequency jammers, tactical radios and special communications devices to small mobility platforms and UAVs. Prior to joining INL, he was the Deputy Director for Communications (J6), Special Operations Command Europe.

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CW5 Jeramy Cosner

Speaker Biography

CW5 Jeramy Cosner, Chief Technology Officer, N-CFT, Army Futures Command

Chief Warrant Officer 5 Jeramy Cosner is the Chief Technology Officer for the Network Cross-Functional Team, Army Futures Command at Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD.

He enlisted in the Army in 1999 and attended basic training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. He continued to Satellite Communications Operator/Maintainer (31S) Advanced Individual Training (AIT) at Fort Gordon, Georgia. His enlisted assignments include: Tactical Satellite Communications Operator/Maintainer, 229th Signal Company, Camp Carroll, Korea; Tactical Satellite Communications Assistant Team Chief, 112th Signal Battalion (A), Fort Bragg, NC; Message Center NCOIC/Senior RTO, 3/3 Special Forces Group (A), Fort Bragg, NC; and 25S (Satellite Communications) Instructor/Writer, Fort Gordon, GA. He received his appointment to Warrant Officer in May 2005 upon graduation from Warrant Officer Candidate School.

His previous assignments include: Network Management Technician, 86th Signal Battalion, Fort Huachuca, AZ; Circuit Engineering Officer/Forward Network Engineer, Joint Communications Unit, Fort Bragg, NC; Senior Network Management Technician, 112th Signal Battalion (A), Fort Bragg, NC; Level II Engineer, Training With Industry – IntelSat General, Ellenwood, GA; Enterprise Satellite Communications Gateway Officer In Charge, USASA-Camp Roberts, Camp Roberts, CA; and Network Officer, Joint Special Operations Command, Fort Bragg, NC.

CW5 Cosner has deployed on numerous combat tours including Philippines, Kuwait, Iraq, Afghanistan, Qatar, Jordan, and various countries in Africa.

CW5 Cosner’s schools include the Warrant Officer Basic, Advanced, Staff, and Senior Service Education courses; Survive, Evade, Resist, and Escape (SERE) (High-Risk); and Joint Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence/Cyber Staff and Operations Course (JC4ICSOC). He holds a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology – Security from Western Governors University and a Masters of Science in Network Technology from East Carolina University.

CW5 Cosner’s awards and decorations include: Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal w/ 2 OLC, Meritorious Service Medal w/ 2 OLC, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal w/ 5 OLC, Joint Service Achievement Medal, and Army Achievement Medal w/ 4 OLC among others to include the Parachutist Badge and the Bronze Order of Mercury.