Technology Hybrid Threats

Lead: Elizabeth Carter

Corporate Crisis Expert

Elizabeth Carter formerly served as Chief Security Officer of emergency response technology startup Armored Things. Carter is an expert in threat and risk assessment, crisis management and response, and emergency program management. She worked with the company’s clients to bridge the gap between cyber and physical security through software that protects large facilities and venues against risks and threats. 

Prior to joining Armored Things, Carter led crisis management for the Americas at Apple, where she was responsible for responding to incidents and protecting the company’s operations, personnel, and facilities throughout North and South America. Her experience also includes nearly five years as a Senior Director and Director with The Chertoff Group in Washington, DC, where she worked with public and private sector clients on issues related to counterterrorism, cyber security, crisis management, health preparedness, and infrastructure protection. She previously served as Plan Manager, Weapons of Mass Destruction, with New York City Emergency Management


Michael Breslin

Strategic Client Relations Director for LexisNexis Risk Solutions

Michael Breslin is the strategic client relations director for LexisNexis Risk Solutions, government. As strategic client relations director for federal law enforcement, he plays a critical role in further driving the expansion of executive relationships and innovative solutions designed to meet the evolving needs of law enforcement agencies. He has more than 20 years of federal law enforcement experience working with the United States Secret Service and the Department of Homeland Security. Before joining LexisNexis Risk Solutions, he served as deputy assistant director for the Office of Investigations for the Secret Service, where he oversaw the planning and coordination. Throughout his career, he has initiated and managed transnational cyber and financial crime investigations of network intrusions and the theft and safeguarding of data and information from corporate, financial, and government institutions. He helped develop security solutions that protected U.S. and foreign dignitaries and facilities including the U.S. president, vice president, and visiting heads of state. As the special agent in charge of the Criminal Investigative Division of the Secret Service, he led a staff of 153 administrative, professional, technical, and special agents working on counterfeiting, financial, electronic, and cyber crimes. He holds a bachelor of arts from St. John’s University, Queens, New York. He also holds a master of science degree in national security strategy and a graduate certificate in business transformation and decision making from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, as well as a master of public administration from John Jay College of Criminal Justice.


Donald Kim Erskine

Senior Infrastructure Resilience and Threat Analyst Decision and Infrastructure Sciences Division

Mr. Erskine currently is with Argonne National Laboratory.  Kim is a retired United States Navy SEAL Officer and National and Homeland Security professional.  He has more than thirty years of experience in counter-terrorism operations, intelligence, critical infrastructure protection and preparedness planning.

Following a distinguished Naval career, he served fifteen years as a consultant and Senior Federal Employee with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Prior to joining Argonne, he served as the Office of Infrastructure Protection Regional Director and Chief of Protective Security for Federal Region 1 (CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, VT). 

Mr. Erskine serves as a Civil Expert on Civil-Military Cooperation and Energy Infrastructure Security for NATO’s Civil Emergency Planning Committee and provides analysis of critical infrastructure vulnerabilities to hybrid threats for the Center of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats in Helsinki, Finland.


Joseph J. Leonard Jr.

Principal Consultant with the PENTA Consortium

CDR Joseph J. Leonard Jr. (USCG, ret.) is a 30-year veteran of the Coast Guard and is a Principal Consultant with the PENTA Consortium, LLC. He serves as the chair of the Greater Harris County Local Emergency Planning Committee and actively serves in the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. He holds designations as a Master Exercise Practitioner, Master Continuity Practitioner, Certified Emergency Manager, Certified Homeland Protection Professional, and Certified Port Executive.  He has a BA in History from the Virginia Military Institute and an MS in Engineering Technology from Murray State University.


Ron Vidal

Partner at Blackrock 3 Partners

Ron Vidal is a partner at Blackrock 3 Partners (BR3), a consulting firm specializing in building high performance incident response teams and processes. BR3 adapted the Incident Management System (IMS) from public safety into IT organizations and, in 2018, its customers generated $615 billion in revenue and $1.2 trillion in market cap. Ron’s career spans 35 years as a senior executive in seven critical infrastructure sectors: metro/long haul/subsea fiber optic networks, data centers, oil & gas, power systems and capital markets. Previously, Ron was a senior executive at Level 3 Communication, UUNet Technologies, MFS Communications and Kiewit Construction.

Ron led technical and operational due diligence teams on over $19 billion of telecommunications and Internet Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) transactions and led capital markets teams on the sale of $14 billion of public equity, debt and convertible debt securities. Ron led Level 3 Communications relief and recovery efforts in New York City after the 9/11 World Trade Center terrorist attack and previously served on Mayor Dinkins New York City Task Force on Network Reliability. Ron has advocated technology public policy before the U.S. House of Representatives Telecommunications and Internet Subcommittee, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and  Public Utility Commissions (PUC) in California, Illinois, Massachusetts and New York.