About Us

Inspired by the work of Dr. Bill Perry and George Shultz, we are a startup non-profit, non-partisan network dedicated to building platforms and partnerships to bring game-changing applications of technology to global security. T4GS acts as an initiator and facilitator, working to design flexible international frameworks. We will engage cutting edge technologists and concerned people in the private sector to address the world’s most challenging security problems. While we regularly incorporate advice and technical guidance from government officials (current and former), we are not sponsored by any government or government agency.

Executive Director


ReinerP_WEB_HIGH.jpgPhilip Reiner is the Executive Director for Technology for Global Security, bringing decades of experience working with technology and security issues to lead the successful implementation of the Tech4GS mission. Since departing federal civil service in 2015, he managed a personal consulting business and served as an advisor on international security and business for both the private and public clients, to include as the Director for Advisory, North America at AETOS Strategy & Advisory; an Adjunct Senior Fellow for the Asia-Pacific Security Program at the Center for a New American Security; and an Affiliate at Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation.

Philip previously served as President Obama’s Senior Director for South Asia at the National Security Council, where he successfully led U.S. government efforts to revitalize the U.S.-India bilateral relationship. Philip served at the NSC for three years prior to his role driving the President’s South Asia policy, first as Director for Pakistan and then as Senior Advisor for Afghanistan and Pakistan. Prior to joining the White House, Philip worked in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy at the Pentagon, where he received the Office of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Civilian Service; and for a number of years at Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems

Philip has engaged in a broad range of both public and private sector roles throughout his career, utilizing strategic vision and executive-level problem solving experience to make the world a better place for all. His expertise is broad ranging, to include the nexus of technology and security policy, long-term strategic planning, crisis and risk management, strategic stability, contingency planning, counterterrorism, countering the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, and the role of economics, finance and trade as the underpinnings of international security. Philip obtained his Master's degree in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and a Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Religions with a minor in History from the University of California at Santa Barbara.

Board of Directors


Mike_M.pngMike McNerney is a cybersecurity strategist and startup advisor, based in Palo Alto, California. In this capacity, he supports public and private sector clients on corporate strategy, government policy, and cybersecurity risk management.

Before moving to Silicon Valley, Mike served as a Cyber Policy Advisor in the Office of the Secretary of Defense at the Pentagon, where he drafted and negotiated key pieces of federal legislation through the congressional process and worked with defense industry, internet service providers and tech companies to develop cybersecurity programs. While there, he also served as an attorney in the Office of the General Counsel focusing on telecommunications law.

Prior to that position, Mike was appointed as a Presidential Management Fellow in the U.S. State Department. As Foreign Affairs Officer, he pioneered a U.S. government detainee monitoring policy and drafted a national strategy for fighting corruption in Afghanistan. 

Mike is also a veteran of the US Air Force, a Lecturer of Political Science at California State University, East Bay, an Affiliate at the Stanford Center for International Security and Cooperation, and a Truman National Security Fellow. He graduated from the University of California, Davis, and earned his J.D. from American University, Washington College of Law. 


Deborah_G.pngDeborah C. Gordon is the Executive Director of the Preventive Defense Project at Stanford University, directed by former Secretary of Defense, William J. Perry. She currently serves Mayor Pro-tem on the Woodside Town Council and as Director, City/County Association of Governments of San Mateo County; Chair, San Mateo County Legislative Committee; Chair, San Mateo County Resource Management and Climate Protection Task Force; Vice-Chair, San Mateo County Regional Housing Needs Advisory Committee; Member, San Mateo County Housing and Community Development Committee; and Member, League of California Cities. Deborah has over 30 years of experience in algorithm design, signal processing, network design, and network ecurity and holds several U.S. and Canadian patents for her work in medical instrumentation. She has developed systems for telecommunications, banking, and medical applications for private industry and government agencies. Her business experience includes corporate division management and she was founder and president of InforMD, Inc. Deborah holds a BS in computer science from the University of Southern California. 


Devabhakyuni_S.pngDevabhaktuni “Sri” Srikrishna is founder of Patient Knowhow (www.patientknowhow.com) which is discovering the best patient education on YouTube for global health. Previously, he was founder and chief technology officer of Tropos Networks (acquired by ABB Group) which designs Wi-Fi mesh networks products for large scale, mission-critical outdoor network deployments and is deployed by more than 1,000 customers in over 50 countries around the world. During the Ebola Epidemic of 2014, he helped advise the international response efforts in Guinea. Sri has co-authored global security publications in The Lancet, The Nonproliferation Review, The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, and IEEE Communications Magazine and he has served on the board of the Federation of American Scientists.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Caltech and a master’s in electrical engineering & computer science from MIT.


Suzanne_S.pngSuzanne Shaw is a veteran news broadcaster who held lead anchor positions in San Francisco at the NBC and ABC television stations for more than twenty years. Her reporting earned a DuPont and four Emmy awards for breaking news and documentaries. Until 2013, she was Special Projects producer at NBC Bay Area and previously, served as Editorial Director, writing position statements on topics ranging from teacher tenure to legislative gridlock. Suzanne has also taught interviewing and reporting techniques at the university level.

During the tech boom of the 1990’s, Suzanne co-hosted the leading internationally syndicated technology show from the Silicon Valley along with reporting CEO profiles for the PBS Nightly Business Report. She was born and raised on the Monterey Peninsula and is a graduate of Stanford University. Suzanne cofounded T4GS due to her belief in the urgency of curbing the ever-rising risks posed by unsecured nuclear weapons.


Leslie_D.pngLeslie S. DeWitt has been deeply involved with non-profit ventures for the past twenty-five years, especially those focused on education programs for under served middle school students. He has also become a committed advocate for policies that mitigate the proliferation of nuclear weapons and fissile materials and has concentrated on connecting the corporate sector to those issues. Les is a native of Kalamazoo, Michigan and a 51-year resident of Atherton, California. A graduate of UCLA with a degree in Political Science, Les had a thirty-year career in food sales, securities advisement and real estate investments. He has climbed mountains on all seven of the world's continents, and has scaled five of the seven tallest continental summits, and 13 of California's fourteen 14,000' summits. He is an avid open water swimmer, and a former member of the San Francisco Bay Dolphin Club, as well as the Explorers Club. He has served upon many local non-profit Boards, and has spent over fifteen years in youth athletic coaching. He is married to Lezlie Geer of Woodland, California and they have three children.


Chris_B.pngChris Boskin is a highly respected veteran of magazine publishing, with a career that has included publishing and marketing positions with Worth Media, The New Yorker Magazine, Hearst Corporation, East West Network, and Knapp Communications. She currently serves as an advisor to OZY and on the boards of National Public Radio, Internews, College Track, the Gladstone Institutes, CALmatters, and Higher Ground. She was previously the Board Chair of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Chris has advised T4GS since 2013.


Peter_C.pngPeter received his BA degree in Chemistry from Harvard College and his MBA in Research and Development Management from the University of Chicago. He was a Smokejumper with the U.S. Forest Service and holds US Air Force and US Marine Corps Master Parachutists ratings and private pilot single engine, instrument and glider ratings. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1962 to 1968 with assignments with the Air Force Systems Command, 5th Force Reconnaissance Company (USMC), HQ 19th Air Force and as a Program Manager in the Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA). From 1968 until 1971 he was the Assistant Director of the Center for Materials Research at Stanford University and a doctoral student in Organizational Behavior at Stanford University Graduate School of Business. He subsequently served in the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and as the Deputy Executive Director of the U.S. Price Commission. He served as the Assistant Vice President for Medical Affairs and then Executive Director of the Stanford University Medical Center from 1973 to 1976. Peter was a Planning Commissioner in Palo Alto from 1974-78. He joined the ALZA Corporation in 1976 and retired as Executive Vice President in 1990.

Since 1990 he has served on more than a dozen non-profit Boards including Annual Reviews, InSTEDD, the United States International University-Kenya, and the Village Enterprise Fund. Peter was previously elected as a Director of the Fire District in 2001 and 2005 served from 2001 to 2009. He also served as an appointed Director to fill Board vacancies in 2001 and in 2010-11. He was reelected as Director in 2013.


Strategic Advisors


bill_coleman.pngBill Coleman is the Chief Executive Officer of Veritas. An industry veteran who has spent 25 years running prominent Silicon Valley companies, Coleman founded BEA Systems in 1995 and served as Chairman and CEO of the company from its founding through October 2001. During this time, BEA became the fastest software company to reach a billion dollars in annual revenue.

Following BEA, Coleman was Founder, Chairman and CEO of Cassatt, Inc. an enterprise cloud software company which was acquired by CA, Inc. in 2009, and has been a partner with Alsop Louie Partners, an early stage Silicon Valley venture capital firm, since 2010. During this time, he was also Chairman and CEO of Resilient Network Systems, a cyber security software company from Feb 2012 until Dec 2013. Prior to BEA, Bill held various management positions at Sun Microsystems, Inc.,where he co-founded Sun Federal; founded Sun Professional Services; and was VP System Software, where he led the initial development of Solaris and related products. He began his career in the USAF as chief of satellite operations, Office of the Secretary.

Coleman holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the U.S. Air Force Academy and master’s degrees in computer science and computer engineering from Stanford University. He also holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Colorado, where he founded the Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities. He is a member of the board of directors of Seagate, Avni Networks, Sapho, Virtual Power Systems, Dreamfactory, and iControl. Coleman is a Commissioner of the Trilateral Commission and a Trustee of Santa Clara University.


Karen_C.pngKaren Courington is the Manager for Product Data Operations within Facebook’s Community Operations organization. Karen previously served as Senior Defense Policy Advisor to Senator Tim Kaine after a year on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense. As a Presidential Management Fellow, Karen also served in the immediate office of the Deputy Secretary of Defense, at the White House Office of Management and Budget, the U.S. Embassy in Windhoek, Namibia, and for the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Plans. Karen has been an advocate for veterans and spearheaded Deutsche Bank’s Veterans on Wall Street program. She was a Major in the Air Force Reserve and served on active duty as a C-17 pilot.

Karen is a Truman National Security Fellow and a Council on Foreign Relations Term Member. She is a graduate of the University of Virginia and Georgetown University.


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