Welcome New Widelity Advisory Board Member
REAR ADMIRAL JAY M. COHEN, USN (RET)
Widelity is pleased to announce the addition of a new Advisory Board member, Rear Admiral Jay M. Cohen, USN (ret.). He brings extensive military and government experience to Widelity, and will assist in defining Widelity’s mission in the areas of national security, cybersecurity, federal agency contracting, and program administration.
“Widelity is delighted that Admiral Cohen has joined our Advisory Board”, said Paul Altoz, CEO. “The Widelity executive team is confident that our newest advisor will be able to leverage our existing partnerships, wireless competencies, and his national security experience as the world expands its embrace of 5G technology and its attendant use cases”.
Rear Admiral Cohen became the 20th Chief of Naval Research in June of 2000, and after an unprecedented five-and-a-half-year assignment as Chief of Naval Research, retired from the Navy in early 2006. He served during wartime as the Department of the Navy Chief Technology Officer, responsible for the $2B+/year Navy and Marine Corps Science and Technology (S&T) Program involving basic research to applied technology portfolios and contracting; in this capacity, he coordinated investments with other U.S. and international S&T providers to rapidly meet warfighter combat needs.
Unanimously confirmed by the US Senate in August 2006, Cohen was sworn in as Under Secretary for Science & Technology at the Department of Homeland Security (responsible for DHS Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation). After leaving government, Rear Admiral Cohen became a principal in The Chertoff Group, and now serves on select corporate boards of companies focused on cutting edge cybersecurity, medical devices, and cancer treatments. He is also an independent consultant for science and technology for domestic and international defense, homeland security/cybersecurity, and energy. Cohen has served on a US National Science Foundation Advisory Panel, and in 2018, at the request of Secretary of Defense Gen. Mattis, USMC (ret.), Cohen participated in an effort to enhance base security and power resiliency with DoD and DoE.
Jay M. Cohen is a native of New York. He was commissioned in 1968 upon graduation from the United States Naval Academy, and holds a joint Ocean Engineering degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, as well as a Master of Science in Marine Engineering and Naval Architecture from MIT.
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