DANIEL CASTRO is director of the Center for Data Innovation and vice president of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation. In 2015, he was appointed to the U.S. Commerce Data Advisory Council. He previously worked as an information technology (IT) analyst at the Government Accountability Office where he audited IT security and management controls at various government agencies. He worked as a visiting scientist at the Software Engineering Institute in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he developed virtual training simulations to provide clients with hands-on training of the latest information security tools. He has a bachelor’s degree in foreign service from Georgetown University and a master’s degree in information security technology and management from Carnegie Mellon University. Featured on Page 36.
STEVE KACHILLA serves as the Red Team leader and strategic effects advisor for U.S. Army Pacific (USARPAC) headquarters where he provides analytical support to planning, operations, assessments and future concepts. As a member of the Futures Division team, he manages war-gaming and exercise events as part of the Multi-Domain Task Force Pilot Program. Prior to joining USARPAC, he served as assistant Navy liaison to the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) where he consulted program managers and other service liaison officers on the unique defense issues in the Pacific theater and coordinated with Navy research institutions concerning transition of DARPA programs to the Navy. He received an undergraduate degree in political science from Texas A&M University in 1991 and a graduate degree in diplomacy and military studies in 2005 from Hawaii Pacific University. Featured on Page 38.
MARY MARKOVINOVIC has served as the chief of public affairs for the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (DKI-APCSS) since May 2005. She manages the center’s public affairs program and serves as an adjunct faculty member lecturing on topics such as media relations, crisis communications and new media. Prior to working at DKI-APCSS, Markovinovic served as chief of media relations for the U.S. Army Pacific, working on such issues as Stryker brigade deployment, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, Pacific Armies Management Seminar and the Army Transformation in the Pacific. Featured on Page 46.
VICE ADM. ACHMAD TAUFIQOERROCHMAN is the head of Indonesia’s Maritime Security Agency, known as BAKAMLA. He was born in Sukabumi, West Java, and graduated from Naval Military Academy Class in 1985. He was commissioned as an operations officer following his graduation from the Indonesian Naval Academy. He led Indonesia’s Red and White (Merah Putih) Task Force in a 2011 mission to free the Indonesian crew of the M/V Sinar Kudus after Somali pirates seized the ship. The Merah Putih Task Force had support from Indonesia’s Marine Corps and Army Special Forces (Kopaska and Kopassus). After selection for flag rank in 2011, Vice Adm. Taufiqoerrochman became vice governor of the Indonesian Naval Academy, and then governor in 2014, followed by appointment as commander in chief of the Western Fleet. During his tenure, he established the Western Fleet Quick Reaction Force that contributed to reducing armed robberies in the straits of Malacca and Singapore. Featured on page 52.