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Second Front Systems is a public benefit, venture-backed software company that fast-tracks government access to disruptive, commercially-proven, software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications for national security missions.
We’re here to
make an impact
for National Security
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OUR MISSION
To accelerate the delivery of critical software
for national security teams.
OUR VISION
To enable enduring strategic advantage for the U.S. and its allies through agile, responsive acquisition warfare.
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HISTORY
Our Story
While serving in the U.S. Marine Corps, our co-founders Peter Dixon, Mark Butler, and Nate Hughes saw firsthand the damages done by an outdated acquisition system to those on the frontlines of defending our country. To address this critical issue, they formed Second Front Systems as a public benefit corporation with the mission of accelerating the transition of technology to U.S. and Allied warfighters.
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Nate Hughes - Second Front - Vice President - Research
CORE TENETS
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MISSION
Relentless Pursuit and Passion for our Mission
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CURIOSITY
Exhibit Consistent Curiosity and Individual Growth
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FLEXIBILITY
Be flexible, adaptive, and comfortable with ambiguity
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Vigor
Attack problems immediately, comprehensively, and impersonally
OUR TEAM
Our team is comprised of trailblazers dedicated to bridging the gap between the government and private sector.
OUR TEAM
BOARD MEMBERS
Tyler Rowe
Tyler Rowe
Observer

Mr. Rowe is a Principal at AE Industrial and a member of AEI HorizonX, the venture capital investment platform formed in partnership with The Boeing Company. Mr. Rowe has been focused on early-stage investing for the last 12 years. Pulling from a deep experience in music, film, apparel and tech, Mr. Rowe helps identify, evaluate and lead unique early-stage venture investments across all of AEI HorizonX’s target markets. In addition, with his operational experience, Mr. Rowe provides direct support to AE Industrial’s portfolio companies to help create value in their leading innovation platforms.

Education

  • UCLA, MBA
  • Wharton’s Executive Ventures Program
  • University of Alabama, BA

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Tyler Sweatt
Tyler Sweatt
Chief Executive Officer

Tyler Sweatt is the CEO of Second Front Systems (2F). He works with government and commercial customers to reduce barriers between commercial technology and defense and national security communities. His focus is on changing how global government agencies identify, engage, and vet commercial technology companies and how commercial technology companies deliver software to government users.

He is also a Technical Advisor at Pallas Advisors, and a partner at the non-profit Silicon Valley Defense Group.

Previously, Tyler served as the Head of National Security at CalypsoAI and founded and sold technology advisory firm Future Tense. He also led the emerging technology and security practice at Toffler Associates, working with US and international governments and corporations to build strategies for rapidly changing technology and security landscapes. A graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, Tyler is a former U.S. Army officer.

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TJ Rowe
TJ Rowe
Chief Revenue Officer

TJ Rowe previously served as Second Front Systems’ VP of Sales, leading business development and sales while substantially propelling the company’s growth. In his previous capacity at 2F, TJ played a pivotal role in establishing and scaling the company's capability to rapidly deliver dual-use software to national security users at the speed of relevance. His track record of driving innovation and ensuring the timely execution of critical sales activities positioned him as the ideal candidate to spearhead 2F's growth initiatives as Executive Vice President.

Prior to joining 2F, TJ worked in the Corporate Strategy and Corporate Development Department for the newly-founded technology arm of Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL), an F200 commercial real estate firm. Drawing on his experience as a U.S. Army Officer, where he led both conventional infantry and Rangers on multiple combat deployments between Iraq and Afghanistan, TJ brings a unique blend of military precision and corporate acumen to his role.

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Sam Gray
Sam Gray
VP of Strategic Engagements
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Peter Dixon
Peter Dixon
Founder and Executive Chairman of the Board

Peter Dixon is the Founder and Executive Chairman of the Board of Second Front Systems (2F), a public benefit software company accelerating the delivery of mission-critical software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions to government. He is a co-founder of With Honor, a cross-partisan initiative that was successful in electing 19 veterans to Congress. 

Peter has worked in military venture capital, ran the federal practice at cybersecurity firm ThreatMetrix, helped to stand-up Defense Innovation Unit (experimental), and is a visiting fellow at George Mason University’s National Security Institute. A former major in the U.S. Marine Corps, Peter left active duty at the Pentagon where he led an initiative to identify geopolitical shifts and rapidly transition disruptive technology to the battlefields of today and tomorrow. 

As a special advisor at the State Department he worked to combat cartel violence in Mexico, mass rapes in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and corruption in Afghanistan. Peter was a combat advisor to Iraqi security forces on the Syrian border and had the privilege to lead platoons of incredibly courageous scout sniper and infantry Marines in Afghanistan during intensive ground operations.

Peter graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he was a vice-president for Carolina for Kibera, a non-profit organization that prevents ethnic violence through community-based development in the Kibera slum of Nairobi, Kenya. He lives in Portola Valley, CA with his wife Gina.

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Michael Neumann
Michael Neumann
Chief Product Officer

Michael Neumann is the Chief Data Scientist for Second Front Systems. Michael strives to position Second Front Systems as the premier partner for facilitating informed and secure acquisitions that drive the Department of Defense and Intelligence Community towards being more proactive, machine driven, and integrated across business lines and data stores.

Prior to joining Second Front Systems, Michael was the Director for the Central Intelligence Agency’s Silicon Valley Innovation Outpost, a public-private partnership focused on identifying, evaluating, and delivering transformative technologies to the intelligence community. His 15 tenure in the intelligence community included tours with the Central Intelligence Agency, Office of the Director of National Intelligence, and the United States’ Department of State. Michael was posted to Tripoli, Libya, at the outset of the Libyan Revolution.

Michael holds multiple degrees from the University of Southern California, to include a Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Science, a Masters of Science in Geology , and Bachelor of Science in Physical Science, Chemistry Minor. He is a licensed United States Coast Guard Captain.

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Brian MacCarthy
Brian MacCarthy

Brian MacCarthy is the tech exploration lead for Booz Allen Ventures, Booz Allen's corporate venture capital fund. In addition to building The Helix, Booz Allen's Center for Innovation, he leads tech scouting teams in San Francisco, Austin, and Washington, DC, focused on finding and vetting non-traditional venture-backed startups and helping those companies gain adoption in the federal government.

Brian is also managing partner for Booz Allen's $100 million Venture Capital Fund, which invests in dual-use startups across artificial intelligence (AI), cyber, defense tech, and deep tech. Brian’s mission-driven leadership bridges the gap between the venture-backed startup and commercial ecosystem and the nation’s most pressing defense and national security challenges.

Brian has 20 years of experience in commercial and government consulting, including in healthcare, e-commerce, defense, and national security. Before leading Booz Allen Ventures, Brian launched their tech scouting practice. Under his leadership, it has become an instrumental approach to solving Department of Defense mission challenges while providing critical research and recommendations to inform Booz Allen’s broader strategic priorities.

Before joining Booz Allen, Brian led sales organizations in New York and Washington, DC, focused on software, hardware, and telecom implementations.

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Matt Conner
Matt Conner
Chief Information Security Officer

Matt Conner joined Westinghouse Electric Company as the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) in September 2022. Mr. Conner leads the global cybersecurity program of WEC, and is responsible for cyber defense, risk management, policy, and cybersecurity governance.

Prior to Westinghouse, Matt served as CISO for the US Intelligence Community (IC). In this role, Mr. Conner was the principal advisor to the Director of National Intelligence for cybersecurity risk and governance. He was responsible for orchestrating the cybersecurity program for the eighteen agencies of the IC and defined the strategy and implementation plan for the people, processes, and technology to lead the IC into the future.

Matt previously served as the Chief Information Security Officer for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency in Springfield, VA between 2015 and 2020.  Mr. Conner and his family live in Northern Virginia.

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Marie Ketner
Marie Ketner
VP of Product
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Mamie Cruse
Mamie Cruse
VP of Partnerships & Alliances
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Jervis Williams
Jervis Williams
Chief Financial Officer

Jervis joins Second Front with over 25 years of finance leadership at public companies and venture-funded start-ups in the technology industry at leading companies such as Hughes Aircraft (F/A-18 Radar Systems Group), Apple, HP, Wind River, VMware and Citrix.

Most recently Jervis served as CFO for Legion Technologies where he led Finance, HR and IT.   Prior to Legion, Jervis served as CFO at Metawave where in addition to leading Finance and CFO, he initiated the company’s foray into the defense market with a SBIR award from the Air Force’s AFWERX Agility Prime program.  

Jervis earned his MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and his BA from UCLA.

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Enrique Oti
Enrique Oti
Chief Technology Officer

Enrique Oti is the Chief Technology Officer of Second Front Systems, a company focused on providing accelerated access to emerging “dual-use” technology being developed by venture-backed companies in a range of areas, including cybersecurity, advanced analytics, machine learning, and open-source intelligence.

Prior to joining Second Front, Enrique had a 23-year career in the U.S. Air Force, during which he served in multiple assignments as a cyber warfare officer and China Foreign Area Officer. Enrique commanded an intelligence support squadron in Korea, and was a co-founder of the Defense Innovation Unit in Silicon Valley. He founded the Kessel Run software development program, and in his final assignment he was the commander of Air Force Lifecycle Management Center Detachment-12 (Kessel Run).

Enrique earned a BS in History from the U.S. Air Force Academy, an MS in Strategic Intelligence from the Joint Military Intelligence College, and an MA inInternational Relations from Zhejiang University in China, where he studied as an Olmsted Scholar.

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Drew Podgorski
Drew Podgorski
Director

Drew Podgorski is a member of the investment team at Moore Capital Management, where he is responsible for Deep Tech, Defense, and Space sector coverage. Prior to joining Moore, Drew was an Associate at C5 Capital, a specialist venture capital firm focused on the Cyber, Space, and Energy sectors.

Previously, Drew was an investment banker and strategy consultant supporting M&A engagements across the Aerospace, Defense, & Government Services sectors as well as growth-stage tech companies at Renaissance Strategic Advisors and Bowen Advisors. He also serves as an Infantry Officer in the Army Reserve National Guard. Drew graduated from Macaulay Honors College at the City University of New York, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Global Economics and Middle Eastern Relations.

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Donnie Hasseltine
Donnie Hasseltine
VP of Security

Donnie Hasseltine is the Chief of Staff to the CEO at Second Front Systems (2F), a public benefit software company accelerating the delivery of mission-critical software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions to government. 

Donnie is a cybersecurity professional with deep experience in tech private equity and business to business software as a service (B2B SaaS) products. He formerly served as the Chief Security Officer at Xenon Partners, building the cybersecurity program and leading due diligence for acquisitions. He additionally led operations for ScoutAPM, before leading and growing TeamPassword and Packagecloud.

A 22-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, Donnie completed combat deployments to Kosovo, Iraq, and Afghanistan. His Marine Corps assignments included multiple infantry, recruiting, and staff positions, including command of the First Reconnaissance Battalion. 

Hasseltine currently serves as the information technology sector chief for the Bay Area chapter of Infragard, a public-private partnership with the FBI to protect critical infrastructure. He is a board member of the Marine Reconnaissance Foundation, which works to support reconnaissance Marines and their families, and an adviser to the Athena Leadership Project, which explores how gender-diverse teams shape national security. He was selected as a 2022 Presidential Leadership Scholar and a Veteran Fellow at the Hoover Institution for 2021-2022.

He holds a BA in history from the Virginia Military Institute, a diploma in strategic intelligence from the Joint Military Intelligence College, an MA in national security and strategic studies from the Naval War College, and an executive master’s degree in cybersecurity from Brown University.

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Daniel J Miller
Daniel J Miller

Miller is a Venture Associate with New Enterprise Associates (NEA) in Silicon Valley. He is also an independent consultant, working with leading high-tech leaders and teams. He was the Chief Revenue Officer at Tableau Software, a Salesforce company, from 2017 to 2022.

Miller’s career in high-tech has spanned more than 35 years, with Marketing, Business Development and Sales leadership roles at NBI, Sun Microsystems, Hewlett Packard, Juniper Networks, and Oracle, before joining Tableau. He has experience and success at every facet of Sales (commercial and enterprise, direct and channels, geography and verticals) and Go To Market operations overall including strategy/planning, services, support, customer success, and operations. He has been fortunate to have lived and worked with dynamic teams both domestically in multiple U.S. markets as well as internationally, including three years in Japan as the chairman and president of Sun Microsystems K.K.

Miller is an avid believer in the power of teams and culture, and has studied, written, and spoken about both extensively. He continues to focus on these areas, in addition to Sales and GTM consulting, formally at Qumulo, the leader in hybrid cloud file storage, as a Board of Directors member. He also works with LiveRamp, the company that makes it safe and easy for companies to use, control, access, and gain insight to their data, as an Advisor to the CEO and CRO. He does similar executive development work with Olo, the company that enables restaurant brands to scale online ordering and delivery.

Miller’s Bachelors degree is in business, with emphases in Information Systems and Marketing from the University of Colorado. Interests include travel, golf, fly fishing, skiing, and most of all, spending time with his family.

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Amanda Gregg
Amanda Gregg
VP of People Operations
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Aaron Jacobson
Aaron Jacobson

Aaron joined NEA in 2011 and currently partners with founders innovating in AI/ML, developer tools, cloud/data/app infrastructure, cybersecurity, and robotics. Prior to joining NEA, Aaron spent two years in M&A advisory at Qatalyst Partners, in San Francisco. Aaron graduated summa cum laude from the Jerome Fisher Program in Management &Technology at the University of Pennsylvania, where he earned dual bachelor of science degrees in economics and electrical engineering, and carried a minor in math.

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Aarti Sarin
Aarti Sarin
VP of Customer Success
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Austin Walne
Austin Walne
Observer

Austin Walne is a Partner at Artis Ventures focused on investing in breakthrough technologies, primarily at the convergence of technology and biology. Before Artis Ventures, he advised institutional investors in the secondary market for private company shares and held positions in software development and product management in a variety of sectors.

Previously, he managed political and public affairs campaigns at the state and federal level for candidates, interest groups, and corporations including serving as digital director for a major presidential campaign. Austin serves as a Board Director of Second Front Systems and is a Board Observer at Locus Biosciences.

Previously, he was a Board Director at Stringify and a Board Observer at Looksharp. Austin received his B.A. in Communication Studies from the University of Tennessee and holds FINRA Series 62, 63, 65 licenses.

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