Capt. Brian Erickson

Defense Leadership

Tapped as the U.S. Coast Guard’s first-ever Chief Data Officer in 2021, Capt. Brian Erickson was elevated in 2023 to serve as the organization’s first Chief Data & Artificial Intelligence Officer (CDAO). A licensed engineer and recent MIT Sloan Fellow, Erickson has served in multiple operational assignments including flying rotary fixed-wing aircraft to conduct search and rescue, law enforcement and other military missions. He strives to enable advancements in data management, integration, and AI to ensure safer, more efficient operations across the Guard.

Billy Mitchell

Written by Billy Mitchell

Billy Mitchell is Senior Vice President and Executive Editor of Scoop News Group's editorial brands. He oversees operations, strategy and growth of SNG's award-winning tech publications, FedScoop, StateScoop, CyberScoop, EdScoop and DefenseScoop. Prior to joining Scoop News Group in early 2014, Billy embedded himself in Washington, DC's tech startup scene for a year as a tech reporter at InTheCapital, now known as DC Inno. After earning his degree at Virginia Tech and winning the school's Excellence in Print Journalism award, Billy received his master's degree from New York University in magazine writing while interning at publications like Rolling Stone.

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