• Stephen Rodriguez
    AI leader | VC investor | Defense policy
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Stephen P. Rodriguez is the founder of One Defense, an agile network of market-leading, non-traditional technology companies, venture capital firms and research universities dedicated to scouting advanced software and hardware applications and enabling their transition into the national security enterprise. He has also served as a Venture Partner supporting the above-market venture portfolio performance of SineWave Ventures, Scout Ventures, and Abundance Partners.

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 and DOD as the lead architect for the Thor’s Hammer, Schriever II/III and Cyber Storm wargames. He subsequently was a Vice President at a venture-backed artificial intelligence company (Sentia Group) and served as Chief Marketing Officer for a mid-size international defense corporation (NCL Holdings).

Mr. Rodriguez serves on the Board of CENSA, HighSide, ODL Services, Omelas, Public Spend Forum, Training Leaders International, Uniken, Vantage Robotics, and WarOnTheRocks. He is also the Innovation Chair at the Naval Postgraduate School and Senior Advisor to the Atlantic Council's Scowcroft Center.

Mr. Rodiguez 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, RealClearDefense, and National Review. 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.