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The George Washington University College of Professional Studies faculty comprises seasoned law enforcement professionals who provide realistic industry insight, preparing students for real-world scenarios. This dedicated team of professors combines industry knowledge with an interactive online curriculum, ensuring that students receive a unique, relevant education that only GW can offer. Classes are team oriented and include field-based learning to provide real-life context to the safety and security leadership program.

Elaine Lammert

Elaine Lammert Program Director

Ms. Lammert is the Interim Program Director of the Master’s degree programs in Homeland Security and in Cybersecurity Strategy and Information Management, instructing PSHS 6242 Civil Liberties and Securities and PSCS 6258 Information Sharing and Safeguarding. Ms. Lammert entered on duty as a Special Agent with the FBI in April 1986. She worked organized crime, drug, and terrorism investigations. Ms. Lammert served as the Newark Division’s Chief Division Counsel and served as a Special Assistant United States Attorney. Ms. Lammert retired as the Principal Deputy General Counsel, FBI Office of the General Counsel. She oversaw the legal advice in the areas of criminal law, national security, intelligence capabilities, cyber, science and technology, critical incidents and international operations. As the Chief of Staff to the General Counsel, Ms. Lammert also managed office operations including budget formulation, presentation, and execution.  She is the recipient of the FBI’s Director’s Award for the FBI’s Integrity and Compliance Program and the Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Executive in the Senior Executive Service.

Jeff Delinski

Assistant Director

Jeff Delinski retired from the Metro Transit Police Department in 2014 after 25 years of distinguished service. Jeff retired as the Deputy Chief of Patrol Operations. In this capacity, Jeff not only managed over 400 police officers and officials, but was integrated into the law enforcement community of the Washington D.C. region. This included an extensive working relationship of local, state and Federal executives. Earlier in his career, Jeff served in a variety of assignments such as the Training Division Commander, District Commander, Deputy Chief of Homeland Security, Intelligence and Investigation Bureau, Public Information Officer, Homeland Security Grant Administration and co-chair of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments Police Chief’s Committee.

Jeff received an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, a Bachelor’s Degree in Administration of Justice from George Mason University, and a Master’s Degree in Management from Johns Hopkins University. He graduated from the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy, Quantico, Virginia in 1998.

Jeff Delinski now serves as an Assistant Program Director for the Homeland Security and the Police and Security Studies Programs at The George Washington University, College of Professional Studies.

Connie Peterson Uthoff

Assistant Program Director

Connie Peterson Uthoff is the Assistant Program Director in the Cybersecurity Strategy and Information Management Program, instructing PSSL 6246 Cyber Intelligence and Strategic Analysis. She received her master’s degree in Intelligence Studies with a concentration in Competitive Intelligence from the American Military University and has written and lectured extensively in areas of national security, international relations and cyber concerns. She has participated in and led cyber tabletop exercises in the U.S and Europe and recently coordinated and presented cyber training in Spain to members of their new Cyber Command. With over ten years of physical and business security experience, she has taught courses to members of the DoD and private sector on topics including International Cyber Strategies, CND Fundamentals and Introduction to Cyber Warfare and Operational Design. Ms. Uthoff also sat on the Board of Directors for an agricultural management corporation for over 15 years. She has certificates in international peace studies from the Transcend Peace University, extensive overseas experience, and was the recipient of a 2007 Congressional Medal of Distinction Award. She was further recognized by the National Republican Congressional Committee by receiving a 2006 National Leadership Award and serving as an Honorary Chairman of the Business Advisory Council. She has memberships with the International Association for Intelligence Education, INSA, AFCEA and the AOC.

Scott D. Applegate

Lieutenant Colonel Scott D. Applegate is an Adjunct Professor in the College of Professional Studies, instructing PSSL 6244 Information Systems Protection and PSSL 6248 Introduction to Cyber Conflict. A career military officer with more than 22 years of experience in leadership, management, communications and security, LTC Applegate has served in a variety of positions in peacetime and war including two combat tours in Iraq. Among his assignments, LTC Applegate served as the Chief of the US Army Red Team conducting multidisciplinary, information warfare based vulnerability assessments of major military commands on three continents. LTC Applegate’s professional certifications include the CEH, CISSP and NSSTI/CNS 4011 certifications. LTC Applegate holds two Masters Degrees, one in Military Studies and one in Information Technology and Information Assurance, and is currently a PhD Candidate in Information Technology at George Mason University. He is a published author and a past speaker at a number of conferences including Hacker Halted and the International Conference on Cyber Conflict. His current research interests include information assurance, cyber conflict, cyber militias, security metrics and mobile device security.

Zal Azmi

Mr. Azmi is the Chief Executive Officer for Nexus Solutions LLC. He offers more than 30 years of leadership experience and demonstrated success in the development, nurturing, program management, performance management, organizational maturity, and operational integration of advanced technology systems and solutions to meet a variety of enterprise modernization needs. Nexus is dedicated to excellence in cybersecurity and Enterprise IT strategies as well as organizational transformation. Prior to joining the Nexus Solutions LLC, Mr. Azmi was a Senior Vice President at CACI International. He was primarily responsible for the Cyberspace Security Solutions and services that support the full life cycle of preparing for, protecting against, detecting, reacting to and actively responding to the full range of cyber threats. Earlier in his career, Mr. Azmi served for 25 years in a variety of leadership positions within DoD, Federal, and Intelligence agencies. In his last 10 years in the government he served as the CIO for United States Attorneys (2000-2004) and the FBI (2004-2009) where he established the CIO organizations, information assurance and cybersecurity programs, program management, portfolio and asset management capabilities and completely modernized the information technology infrastructures to support the mission. Mr. Azmi has received several prestigious awards including the Presidential Rank of Distinguished Executive Award, the President G.W. Bush Award for Excellence in Counter Terrorism Support, the Arthur S. Flemming Award for Excellence in Applied Science and Technology, Federal 100 award, two Bronze medals from the Department of Commerce, and numerous military service medals.

Todd Blanchard

Mr. Blanchard runs IT internal corporate audits for Nike at Nike world headquarters in Oregon, all audit reports are briefed to the Nike board of directors and all audit findings help shape the strategic path of Nike. Prior to working with Nike, Mr. Blanchard was a Senior Cyber Engineer with Northrop Grumman (NG). He worked for the Information Assurance (IA) section at the Defense Information Security Agency (DISA) out of Fort Meade, Maryland. He also led the Langley Air Force Integrated Network Operations and Security Center (INOSC), IA back shop NG cyber engineer team as the site lead, where he assisted the USAF with establishing a new approach to IA by proposing a manning plan, budget and strategy for their host based security system implementation. Mr. Blanchard also served as a program manager for two large USAF acquisition cybersecurity programs. It was through this experience that he was put in the position of USAF SME at the DoD level. He also worked as a software engineer working on building NATO Partnership for Peace exercises in HP-UX and Linux closed relational databases, as well as leading multi-national distributed exercises for the US Army in Europe. He also, designed and assisted in the implementation and operation of the USAF first Active Directory forest structure for all of the USAF in Europe.

Jeff Brown

Jeff Brown has over thirteen years of experience in information technology with seven years in computer network defense and cyber threat intelligence. He has worked in various large-scale security operations centers where he augmented analytical capabilities, conducted trainings/briefings to constituents across multiple sectors and advised leadership on security architecture and threat briefs. Previous experience includes advancing analytics at US-CERT by bringing passive DNS database access to analysts, conducted various training classes on current attack trends to security analysts and briefed organizations like the FS-ISAC, FIRST, DHS SOC, various other federal agencies and law enforcement on elements of APT and Cybercrime. He has developed curriculum and taught classes on information assurance for Regis University and is currently teaching Intro to Cyber Conflict at George Washington University.

Jeffrey Carr

Mr. Carr, the founder and CEO of Taia Global, is the author of Inside Cyber Warfare: Mapping the Cyber Underworld. His book has been endorsed by General Chilton, former Commander US STRATCOM and the Forward to the second edition was written by former Homeland Secretary Michael Chertoff. Mr. Carr has had the privilege of speaking at the US Army War College, Air Force Institute of Technology, Chief of Naval Operations Strategic Study Group, the Defense Intelligence Agency, the CIA’s Open Source Center and at over 60 conferences and seminars on cybersecurity.

Steven R. Chabinsky

Steven Chabinski completed a Juris Doctorate at Duke University in 1990. Mr. Chabinsky is currently working in the private sector as practitioner focusing on cyber-law and risk management. He previously served as the highest ranking civilian (non-law enforcement officer) in the FBI’s Cyber Division. In this capacity, he helped oversee all FBI investigative strategies, intelligence analysis, policy development, risk based management, and major cyber outreach. For more than ten years, Mr. Chabinsky helped shape and draft many of the most significant U.S. national cyber and infrastructure protection strategies. Mr. Chabinski teaches PSSL 6245: Cybersecurity Law and Policy.

Jonathan Gannon

Jonathan Gannon is an attorney in the legal department of AT&T, where he counsels the company’s network security group on security matters, including responses to cyber attacks, network design, and coordination with other private sector entities and the government. He also advises clients on Executive Branch initiatives and legislative proposals on cybersecurity matters. Prior to joining AT&T, Mr. Gannon worked in Office of Intelligence in the National Security Division at the U.S. Department of Justice, where he assisted in a variety of counterterrorism, counterintelligence, and cyber investigations, and at a law firm in Washington, D.C. He received his J.D. from Vanderbilt University and his B.A. from the College of the Holy Cross. He is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US). Mr. Gannon teaches PSSL 6258, Information Sharing and Safeguarding.

Dr. Jan Kallberg

Dr. Jan Kallberg is an Assistant Professor at Arkansas Tech University and a researcher at the Cyber Security Research and Education Center, The University of Texas at Dallas. He has been published in Strategic Studies Quarterly, Joint Forces Quarterly, Air and Space Power Journal, and IEEE Security & Privacy. Dr. Kallberg co-authored the 2013 forthcoming book titled: “Digital National Security – Cyber Defense and Cyber Operations”. His personal website is – a domain name registered in 1996. He holds a PhD in Public Affairs and MA in Political Science from The University of Texas at Dallas and JD/LL.M. from Stockholm University. Kallberg firmly believes that cyber research is to seek the unknown and find ways to utilize cyber as a policy option. Dr. Kallberg’s interest for cyber and cyber conflict started in the early 90s as a merger with his military experience and technical interest.

Dr. Charles Pak

Dr. Charles Pak earned his doctoral degree in Information Security from Nova Southeastern University, a MS in Network Security from Capitol College, and a BS in Electrical Engineering from Penn State University. He has taught Information Systems (IS) courses for over 25 years as an IS practitioner and professor. He has managed U.S. Federal Government data centers for over 20 years, including personnel. He has designed, tested, implemented, and maintained many of these enterprise network sites (largest in the world) that encompasses distributed sites across the U.S. as well as the international sites. He has managed state-of-the art systems for military and federal government missions for which he was deployed.

Paul Tiao

Paul is a partner in the Washington office of Hunton & Williams LLP. His practice focuses on investigations, litigation, regulations, policy and legislation relating to a wide range of homeland security and privacy issues, including cyber intrusions, data breaches, intellectual property violations, criminal cases, electronic surveillance, FOIA, and data privacy. Prior to joining Hunton & Williams, Paul served as Special Counsel and then Senior Counselor for Cybersecurity and Technology to the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. In that position, he advised the FBI Director on operational, policy and legal issues, and represented the FBI in discussions with other agencies, the White House, Congress and industry. Paul is an adjunct professor of cybersecurity law and policy at George Washington University, and an instructor at the National Institute for Trial Advocacy. He is a frequent speaker and author on cyber-related topics, and is sought after by media outlets and industry publications for his professional insights on cybersecurity and other national security issues.

Paul Wormeli

Mr. Wormeli was the first national project director of Project SEARCH, and was subsequently appointed by the President as Deputy Administrator of the Law Enforcement Assistance Administration (LEAA) in the U.S. Department of Justice. Mr. Wormeli helped design the first mobile computing equipment sold in this county to law enforcement agencies. At Project SEARCH, he led the development of a common protocol for interconnecting diverse proprietary protocols to enable the nationwide sharing of criminal history information. Mr. Wormeli managed the staff work and wrote much of the report for the Information Systems section in the report of the National Commission on Standards and Goals for Criminal Justice. He was the project manager for the development of the first crime analysis handbook published by the National Institute of Justice. He has been an advisor to the White House on security and privacy, participated in the drafting of Federal law on this topic, and responsible for the development of numerous state plans to implement the Federal and state laws on information system security and privacy. Mr. Wormeli created and was the first Chairman of the Integrated Justice Information Systems Industry Working Group (IWG), a consortium of over 100 companies which was formed in 1999 at the request of the U.S. Department of Justice. After the IJIS Institute was created as a non-profit follow-on to the IWG, he became the first full time executive director of the IJIS Institute. In this capacity, he was the first Chairman of the NIEM Communications and Outreach Committee. He has served on the technical advisory committee for the Harvard School of Government Innovator’s Network program for law enforcement and justice, and on the NASCIO Information System Architecture Working Group.