On July 25th – Partnership for a Secure America held an off-the-record dinner with Peraton Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer Dr. Reginald Brothers and Director for the Center for Security and Emerging Technology at Georgetown Dr. Jason Matheny. PSA Board member Ronak Desai moderated. The discussion focused on artificial intelligence and national security with specific attention to offensive capabilities, defensive challenges and operational difficulties. Drawing on their experience in research, development, and deployment Dr. Brothers and Dr. Matheny discussed the history of these technologies, their role in the national security apparatus, and the future implications of their use. Around 75 of our esteemed alumni attended the event.

This was a closed event for alumni of the Congressional Partnership Program.

This event was made possible by the generous support of Intel, Venable LLP, and the Carnegie Corporation of New York.


Dr. Reginald Brothers

Dr. Reginald Brothers

Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Peraton

Dr. Reginald Brothers, as CTO, leads a new organization responsible for strategic planning, technology solutions, business development, and mergers and acquisitions (M&A) for the company Peraton.

Most recently, Reggie was a principal with The Chertoff Group, a premier global advisory firm focused on security and risk management. Prior to that role, he served as Under Secretary for Science and Technology, Department of Homeland Security, where he was responsible for a science and technology portfolio that included basic and applied research, development, demonstration, testing, and evaluation with the purpose of helping DHS operational elements and the nation’s first responders achieve their mission objectives.

From 2011 to 2014, Reggie served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Research, Department of Defense, where he was responsible for policy and oversight of the Department’s science and technology programs and laboratories. Earlier in his career, Reggie held senior technology leadership roles in the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and the Communications and Networking business area at BAE Systems.

Reggie earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Tufts University, a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Southern Methodist University, and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering and computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Dr. Jason Matheny

Dr. Jason Matheny

Executive Director of the Center for Security and Emerging Technology, Georgetown University

Jason Matheny is founding director of the Center for Security and Emerging Technology at Georgetown University. Previously he was Assistant Director of National Intelligence, and Director of IARPA, responsible for the development of breakthrough technologies for the U.S. intelligence community. Before IARPA, he worked at Oxford University, the World Bank, the Applied Physics Laboratory, the Center for Biosecurity, and Princeton University, and was the co-founder of two biotechnology companies. He is a member of the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence and the National Academies’ Intelligence Community Studies Board; is a recipient of the Intelligence Community’s Award for Individual Achievement in Science and Technology, the National Intelligence Superior Service Medal, and the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers; and was named one of Foreign Policy’s “Top 50 Global Thinkers.”

He has served on various White House committees related to artificial intelligence, biosecurity, high-performance computing, and quantum information science. He co-led the National AI R&D Strategic Plan released by the White House in 2016 and was a member of the White House Select Committee on AI, created in 2018. He holds a Ph.D. in applied economics from Johns Hopkins University, an M.P.H. from Johns Hopkins University, an M.B.A. from Duke University and a B.A. from the University of Chicago.

Ronak Desai

Ronak Desai

PSA Board Member

Ronak Desai is a Law and Security Fellow in New America’s International Security program. Desai is a recognized scholar in the fields of law and foreign policy. He has published extensively in these arenas, focusing primarily on U.S.-India relations, diaspora politics, international security and law, sanctions enforcement, global governance, and corruption.

Over the past decade, he has garnered exhaustive experience in the legislative branch, including with several congressional committees. In 2006, Desai was involved in efforts to help secure Congressional approval for the landmark U.S.-India Civilian Nuclear Deal, which was signed into law by President George W. Bush that same year. He routinely advises members of Congress on foreign policy matters.

Desai is an affiliate at the Belfer Center’s India and South Program at Harvard University, a member of the Aspen India Strategy Group, and a fellow at the Truman National Security Project. He holds teaching positions at the Johns Hopkins University where he teaches a popular course on U.S. foreign policy toward South Asia.

Desai earned his bachelors of arts degree in international studies at the Johns Hopkins University where he was elected Phi Beta Kappa. He earned joint public policy and law degrees from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and the Harvard Law School, from which he graduated magna cum laude.