Stephen Rodriguez

VC investor | Defense policy

Washington, DC, USA

(GMT-05:00) America/New_York

About Stephen Rodriguez

Stephen Paul Rodriguez is the Managing Partner of One Defense, a next generation strategic advisory firm that leverages machine learning to identify advanced software and hardware commercial capabilities and accelerate their transition into the defense industrial base. He is also an investor at Refinery Ventures, an early-scale fund investing in dual-use technologies across the country.
Mr. Rodriguez began his career at Booz Allen Hamilton shortly before 9/11 supporting their National Security practice. In his capacity as an expert on game theoretic applications, he supported the United States Intelligence Community, Department of Defense, and Department of Homeland Security as a lead architect for the Thor’s Hammer, Schriever II/III and Cyber Storm wargames. He subsequently was a Vice President at a artificial intelligence company (Sentia Group) and served as Chief Marketing Officer for an international defense corporation (NCL Holdings). 
Mr. Rodriguez serves as a Board Director or Board Advisor of ten venture-backed companies (Duco, Edgybees, HatchApps, HighSide, Omelas, Uniken, Ursa Major Technologies, Vantage Robotics, WarOnTheRocks, and Zignal Labs) as well as two non-profit organizations (Public Spend Forum, and Training Leaders International). He is also Senior Advisor at the Atlantic Council and the Senior Innovation Advisor at the Naval Postgraduate School. 
Mr. Rodriguez received his B.B.A degree from Texas A&M University and an M.A. degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. He is published in Foreign Policy, WarOnTheRocks, National Review, and RealClearDefense. 
Mr. Rodriguez resides in Washington D.C. with his wife, Laura, a venture capitalist with Bulldog Innovation Group and their children, Fletcher, Violet, and Pierce. 

Media Portfolio

Aligning Security Force Assistance for the Next Large-Scale Conflict
The Cipher Brief
Aug 04, 2020
The future of trust and sensemaking: preserving ideals
The Atlantic Council
Jul 30, 2020
White House Names U.S. CTO Kratsios Pentagon’s Acting Tech Chief
The Wall Street Journal
Jul 13, 2020
To Protect Democracy, Protect the Internet
Foreign Policy
Jul 14, 2020
A candle in the dark: US national security strategy for artificial intelligence - Atlantic Council
Atlantic Council
To Shore Up the Defense-Industrial Base, Look to Norway | National Review
National Review
America Needs an AI Strategy. Just Ask Google.
National Review
Jul 18, 2018
America Needs a New Dreadnought Strategy
Jul 28, 2017

Defense logistics Technology
One Defense: Bridging the Pentagon and Silicon Valley
First World Problems: Defense Acquisition and the Competition for Ideas