• Stephen Rodriguez
    AI leader | VC investor | Defense policy
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Stephen Rodriguez is the founder of One Defense, a technology scouting organization dedicated to identifying advanced software and hardware commercial capabilities and accelerating their transition into the national security enterprise. He has also served as a Venture Partner supporting the above-market venture portfolio performance of multiple New York and Washington DC venture capital firms.

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 Vice President at an 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 seven venture-backed companies (Duco, HighSide, ODL Services, Omelas, Uniken, Vantage Robotics, and WarOnTheRocks) as well as four non-profit organizations (CENSA, Daniel Morgan Graduate School, 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. Notably, his graduate thesis on conflict resolution in the Caucasus resulted in an invitation to join incoming Secretary of Defense Robert Gates transition team in late 2006.

Mr. Rodriguez resides in Washington D.C. with his wife, Laura, a venture capitalist with Bulldog Innovation Group and their children, Fletcher and Violet.