Emerging Technology Meets National Security

NOVEMBER 7, 2019 

1616 Rhode Island Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036


NVCA’s Emerging Technology Meets National Security conference will facilitate dialogue between emerging technology investors, companies, and Washington security agencies and professionals. The event will enable venture capital firms and technology companies to better understand the interests of U.S. national security agencies, particularly as they relate to foreign investment, technology transfer, and misappropriation. It will help firms and companies better understand national security legal and policy issues that will impact their strategic decision-making, including CFIUS, cybersecurity, export controls, sanctions, and anti-money laundering (AML). The conference will allow national security officials to better understand emerging technology interests and operating realities by explaining how young companies innovate, their need for capital to grow, and the role of venture capital.


Washington’s national security establishment is impacting the venture capital and startup ecosystem in new and different ways. VCs and companies in emerging technologies (e.g. artificial intelligence, robotics, machine learning, cybersecurity, blockchain) as well as executive branch and Capitol Hill officials in national security areas are encouraged to attend.


NVCA members and Wilson Sonsini clients: $400

General public: $800

U.S. Government rate: $0



9:00 – 9:05am — Opening Remarks by Bobby Franklin (NVCA)

9:05-9:35 – Opening Fireside Chat with Dawn Meyerriecks (CIA) and George Hoyem (In-Q-Tel)

9:35 – 10:20am — Shifting Sands: Emerging and Foundational Technologies Under the New Export Control Regime

  • Speakers: Matt Borman (Commerce), Heidi Grant (Defense), Elizabeth Cannon (DOJ), and Moderator Melissa Mannino (WSGR)

10:20 – 11:05am — Foreign Money, Foreign Workers, Unfriendly Rules: Preparing Venture-Backed Companies for Export Control-Related Business Shifts

  • Speakers: Manny Stockman (Osage University Partners), William Reinsch (CSIS), Monica He (BIO), and Moderator Josephine Aiello LeBeau (WSGR)

11:05 – 11:25am — Break

11:25 – 11:55am — Fireside Chat: CFIUS discussion with Tom Feddo, Assistant Secretary for Investment Security and Stephen Heifetz (WSGR)

11:55am – 12:40pm — Networking Lunch

12:40 – 1:25pm — CFIUS 2.0: CFIUS Members Explain the New CFIUS Operating System

  • Speakers: Emily Kilcrease (USTR), Sanchi Jayaram (Justice), Christa Brzozowski (DHS), and Moderator Josh Gruenspecht (WSGR)

1:25 – 2:10pm — One Year In: Lessons Learned from a Year Under FIRRMA and the CFIUS Pilot Program

  • Speakers: Alicia Novak (F-Prime Capital), Catherine Passmore Jones (Eight Roads), Thilo Hanemann (Rhodium), and Moderator Jeff Farrah (NVCA)

2:10-2:55pm — Keynote: John Demers (Assistant Attorney General, National Security Division, Department of Justice)

2:55 – 3:40pm — Fireside Chat: Bridging the Government/Private Sector Divide with Peter Barris (NEA) and Michele Flournoy (WestExec)

3:40 – 4:00pm — Break

4:00 – 4:45pm — When the Government Really is Here to Help: Sourcing Innovation and Startup Tech for the USG

  • Speakers: Tom Foldesi (DIU), Ellison Anne Williams (Enveil), Susan Celis (DOD/Small Business Innovation Research), David Stapleton (Defense), and Moderator Don Dixon (ForgePoint Capital)

4:45 – 5:45 — Cocktail reception

1616 Rhode Island Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036


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About Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati is the premier legal advisor to technology, life sciences, and other growth enterprises worldwide. We represent companies at every stage of development, from entrepreneurial start-ups to multibillion-dollar global corporations, as well as the venture firms, private equity firms, and investment banks that finance and advise them. The firm’s broad range of services and practice areas are focused on addressing the principal challenges faced by the management, boards of directors, shareholders, and in-house counsel of our clients.


For event or registration questions, please contact Allyson Chappel at achappell@nvca.org or (202) 864-5917

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