Admiral Guillermo Enrique Barrera-Hurtado (Retired) served the Colombian Navy for almost 40 years. Admiral Barrera’s service on board naval ships include tours on Destroyer Escort “Boyacá”, Destroyer “Santander”, Destroyer “7 de Agosto”, Missile Frigate “Caldas” and Missile Frigate “Almirante Padilla”. He commanded Riverine Patrol Boat “Fritz Hagale”, Buoy Tender “Gorgona” and Missile Frigate “Almirante Padilla”. His assignments as Flag Officer were: Commander of the Colombian Navy, Chief of Operations of the Navy, Commander Caribbean Naval Forces, and Chief of Integrated Action (J5) at the Joint Command of the Colombian Military Forces. In this position he executed the transformation of the department from Psychological Operations to Integrated Action, and prepared the final version of the Strategy of Integrated Action for the Military Forces. As Operational Commander and Commander of the Navy during the government of President Alvaro Uribe, he was part of the governmental team that transformed Colombia from the brink of failure to stability and democracy, with a people-centric approach. Admiral Barrera has a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Naval Sciences, both from the Colombian Naval Academy. He holds a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School, and he is a graduate of the Naval Command College, class of 1993 at the US Naval War College. Admiral Barrera is a “Distinguished International Fellow” at the U. S. Naval War College, where he teaches an elective in Political Warfare, works for Joint Military Operations, Strategy and Policy, Leadership and War gaming.
Mark “Droopy” Clark, MajGen USMC (Retired) is a native of South Dakota and Minnesota. He is a 1980 graduate of South Dakota State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Commercial Economics. He received his commission as a Second Lieutenant in June 1981 upon completion of Officer Candidate School. In 1983, 2ndLT Clark was designated a naval aviator. As a CH-53E pilot stationed at Marine Corps Air Station New River, NC, he spent numerous assignments at various squadrons to include several Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) deployments. In 2007 he was designated an MV-22 Osprey pilot. As a Platoon Commander for 2d Brigade Platoon, 2d Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company, Captain Clark was tasked with primary support to the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division and involved training support with SOF and the British Royal Marines.
As a Brigadier General, he was assigned to Headquarters Marine Corps in the Pentagon as the Director of Plans, Strategy and International Engagement. During this period he served as a member of the Inter-American Defense Board. His assignments with special operations range from the tactical level to the strategic level. His first assignment as a Captain/Major was as a MH-53J PAVELOW pilot with the 20th Special Operations Squadron at Hurlburt Field, Florida. Later he was assigned to Theater Special Operations Command (Central), Combined Special Operations Task Force South in Afghanistan, and later to Combined Forces Special Operations Command Central in Qatar. As a Colonel he was assigned to the Campaign Support Group/Center for Special Operations which was newly established by US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) to take the DOD lead for the global war on terrorism. BGen Clark was later assigned as the first Marine J3 at USSOCOM, with an extended assignment as the Chief of Staff and acting Deputy Commander. His most recent assignment with special operations was as the commander for Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command. His military education includes Aviation Safety, Aircraft Maintenance, two Masters in Military Studies, Seminar XXI Strategic Studies, and Doctorate in Public Service. Mark is married to the former Lisa Nicolos. They have three amazing children — Rachel, Nick and Mary.
Brigadier (Ret.) Lance Mans achieved a full career that included significant periods of specialist employment. He has filled military appointments up to strategic level, and latterly in Afghanistan as senior commander of a 2000-strong combat force from 17 Alliance nations. Prior to that he delivered strategic level major change programs for NATO through his key involvement in the initiation and direction of a newly evolved 29 nation NATO headquarters. He is now CEO of Syrus Insight Ltd, a leadership and capability development company, and is the Chairman of Robert Peel International Ltd, a law and order training and procurement company. He is a defence adviser to the private and public sectors, he has presented his leadership experience in support of UK police training, he has lectured for the U.S. Department of Defence’s Joint Special Operations University, and he is currently a Senior Mentor educator in NATO.
Mr. Keith Masback is the Chief Executive Officer of the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF). He leads the Foundation in its mission to promote the geospatial intelligence tradecraft and develop a stronger GEOINT community among government, industry, academia, professional organizations and individuals whose mission focus is the development and application of geospatial intelligence to address national security objectives.
Prior to joining USGIF, Mr. Masback spent over 20 years as an officer in the U.S. Army and in the government civilian service, culminating as a member of the Defense Intelligence Senior Executive Service at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA). He held a variety of positions at NGA primarily focused on strategic planning and programming. Prior to his service at NGA, he was a senior executive civilian on the Army Staff, responsible for planning the future of Army Intelligence and serving as the Army’s first Director of Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Integration.
Mr. Masback has served as a member of the Intelligence Task Force of the Defense Science Board, and currently serves as a member of the Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Advisory Committee on Commercial Remote Sensing (ACCRES) and the Department of Interior’s National Geospatial Advisory Committee. He is a Councilor of the American Geographical Society. He is also a United States Soccer Federation certified referee.
Mr. Masback holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Gettysburg College. He completed the Post-Graduate Intelligence Program at the National Intelligence University as well as executive education at the Kellogg School, Northwestern University and the Elliott School, George Washington University. Mr. Masback grew up in White Plains, NY, and he and his wife Allison have five children.
Major General (Retired) Michael S. Repass is the Chief Executive Officer of Able Global Solutions, LLC which he founded in 2013 after retiring from the Army. AGS focuses on discreet international business development to match emerging technology, unique capabilities, and proven products with potential clients. AGS also examines strategic trends in the international environment to provide clients actionable perspectives. AGS has supported an array of defense and government agencies plus commercial and educational entities with special operations advice, strategic assessments, and educational engagements.
Mike Repass’s military career began in 1980 upon graduation from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. He served as an infantry officer in multiple junior officer assignments in the 5 th Infantry Division (Mechanized) and 101 st Infantry Division (Air Assault), to include air assault infantry company commander. He subsequently spent over 30 years as a Special Forces officer, and commanded at every level from lieutenant to major general.
His Special, Forces assignments included the 5 th Special Forces Group, Battalion Commander in 1 st Battalion, 1 st Special Forces Group in Japan, and multiple positions to include Group Commander in the 10 th Special Forces Group. He was assigned to U.S. Special Operations Command as the Chief of the Ground Branch, Special Actions Division. As general officer, he served as the Deputy Commander of Special Operations Command-Europe, the Commanding General of the U.S. Army Special Forces Command, and the Commanding General of Special
International assignments have included Grenada and Egypt. He served with the NATO headquarters and the U.S Army Europe/7 th Army, both in Heidelberg, Germany. He commanded the 1 st Battalion, 1 st Special Forces Group, forward-stationed in Okinawa, Japan. He commanded the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force-Arabian Peninsula during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM during two combat tours. He twice served in Special Operations Command-Europe in Stuttgart, Germany as a general officer.
MG Repass received a bachelor’s degree in science from the USMA in 1980 and a master’s degree in strategic studies in 2003. Military schooling includes the Infantry Officer Basic and Advance courses, Ranger, Airborne and Air Assault Schools, Special Forces Qualification, Psychological Operations, Civil Affairs, and Regional Studies Courses, the Command and General Staff Officer’s Course, and the U.S Army War College.
His awards include: two Distinguished Service Medals (Army), Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, two Bronze Stars, two Joint Meritorious Service Medals, four Meritorious Service Medals, five Army Commendation Medals, one Joint Service Achievement Medal, and two Army Achievement Medals; the Combat and Expert Infantryman’s Badge, Parachutist’s and Air Assault badges, and Ranger and Special Forces Tabs. He has multiple foreign decorations, accomplishment badges, and honorary awards from the Czech Republic, Estonia, Germany, Hungary, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, and Slovakia.
A native of West Virginia, Mike Repass was raised in Orlando, Florida. He is married to the former Linda L. Rainey from Sheboygan, Wisconsin and they currently live in Orlando, Florida. They have one son who lives in Texas.
Lt General (Ret.) Tom Trask transitioned from the Air Force in 2017 after 33 years of service, retiring as the Vice Commander of United States Special Operations Command. He established and is President of SO&A Consulting LLC, providing full service consulting focused on defense industry strategy, Capitol Hill engagement, leading and managing large organizations. Tom is also a Senior Fellow with the Center of Naval Analysis, a Director for CAE USA Mission Solutions Inc., a member of the Military Advisory Board for FLIR Systems, and a member of the Professional Advisory Board for the College of National Security and Intelligence at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
Tom entered the Air Force in 1984 as an Air Force ROTC graduate from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He went on to fly Rescue and Special Operations helicopters accumulating more than 3200 hours and over 50 combat missions during
operations in Operation Just Cause in Panama, Operation Desert Storm in Kuwait, and numerous operations in the Balkans, Bosnia and Kosovo. Tom commanded at every level and his commands included the 20 th Special Operations Squadron, the 347 th Rescue Operations Group, the 58 th Special Operations Wing, the Air University Squadron Officer
College, and the Air Force Special Operations Command 23 rd Air Force. He has extensive experience in combined and joint planning, operations, programming and financial management, serving on the Joint Staff, HQ US Central Command, HQ US Special Operations Command, and HQ NATO AIRSOUTH.
Tom’s flying career included qualification as an Instructor Pilot in the UH-1N, Aircraft Commander in the MH-60, and Instructor and Evaluator Pilot in the MH-53. He flew numerous missions supporting Special Operations Forces in South and Central America, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East. He was credited with 17 lives saved to include the rescue of an F-14 pilot during Desert Storm that earned him and his crew the Mackay Trophy awarded by the Smithsonian Institution as the most meritorious flight of the year for 1991. Tom earned a Bachelor’s degree in Aeronautical Engineering from
Embry-Riddle in Prescott AZ, and three master’s degrees in the political science arena from Troy State University in Troy AL, the Naval War College in Newport RI, and Air University School of Advanced Airpower Studies (SAAS) in Montgomery AL. He is also a Ancien of the NATO Defense College in Rome Italy.
As head of Global Physical Security for JPMorgan Chase, Mr. Steve Wisotzki is responsible for managing all of the operations and teams involved with providing physical security to our employees, customers facilities and assets around the world, including crisis management, technical security, fire and life safety, and executive protection. Steve works closely with our global investigations and cybersecurity team and our partners in other functions to develop best-in-class security and safety practices, policies and procedures. Steve also partners with key external agencies in the U.S., Europe and Asia and ensures we remain in compliance with all regulations globally.
Steve has 28 years of leadership experience as a Special Warfare Officer in the United States Navy, specializing in the areas of security, special operations, global counterterrorism and policy development. Steve served in various roles throughout his career and represented U.S. Special Operations forces throughout the Middle East, the Pacific, Latin America, Europe and Africa.