Who We Are


Ken Spedden
Ken Spedden
Founder, Executive Committee Leader

Ken is the founder, leader, and visionary for the ISC. About 5 years ago he envisioned a platform where innovators from government, academia and industry could come together and collaborate to create actionable solutions to some of the most difficult challenges facing our world today. Through grassroots efforts he has made his dream a reality, and the ISC is facilitating the process of finding solutions to make the world a better and safer place.

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Rick Gordon
Advisory Board Member

Rick is working closely with the ISC Leadership to launch the Super Accelerator and Student Innovation Center. He has been instrumental in this initiative, bringing 15 years of experience  providing organizations with strategic growth, and currently serving as Managing Partner of MACH37, a cybersecurity accelerator developed by CIT. The ISC’s Accelerator will be opening early 2017.

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Raytheon Company is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, civil government and cybersecurity solutions. Founded in 1922, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration, capabilities in C5I (command, control, communications, computing, cyber and intelligence), sensing, effects and mission support services.

Raytheon is both a Mission Partner and Event Sponsor, and has been a key supporter of ISC STEAM initiatives.

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Created in April 2011, the ISC is a non-profit organization supported by volunteers from a broad range of disciplines who are dedicated to serving the public good. Our success depends upon maintaining a trust with our partners in Government, Industry and Academia. Our members strive to achieve innovation in their businesses and Government practices, with many of our corporate members from the ranks of America’s best and most innovative small businesses.

Our Executive and Advisory Boards work to ensure an appropriate balance between serving our partners and maintaining the independence of thought and action necessary to retain our reputation as an honest broker, serving to identify and solve the Nation’s greatest challenges.


The ISC was created in response to the need for meaningful collaboration and cooperation among industry as identified by government and private sector executives.

Broadly recognized pressures that inhibit innovation include:

  • Government downsizing and loss of key skills
  • Lack of a safe Community for the open exchange of innovation and ideas
  • The inability to recognize “disruptive” innovation being developed in small businesses
  • Lack of skill in federal contracting among emerging and small companies

ISC provided a Safe Community for Members to openly collaborate regarding challenges in US intelligence, defense, and homeland security missions. The Consortium exists today because of the coalition of thought-leaders who came together to create positive changes to make the world a better and safer place. Our members consist of a coalition of industry, academia, and government executives; all committed to advancing innovation and collaboration.

As an extension of our work to serve the local and global community, the ISC is committed to contributing to charities and giving back to the community through fundraising events and technology showcases that bring innovation to those in need.

To learn more about our accomplishments, see ISC’s relevant experience.


ISC is constantly evolving to better serve the needs of our government, society at large, and our members.

Ongoing and Future initiatives:

  • Establishment of a Super Accelerator and Student Innovation Center in Summer 2016 to help young companies gain access to the resources they need to succeed, and to allow grade level through college students access to the resources they need to create prototypes of their visions.
  • A public schools innovation challenge, working with Loudoun County Public Schools on their 2017 LCPS Technology Challege Fair, where K-12 students work to design solutions for their school district’s hard to solve problems.
  •  “Hard Challenge” Events with government agencies and universities, using our VIVID Framework, a proven, structured process for bringing best solutions to the global community.
  • Participation in the Maker Community, the next iteration of the Technology Age we live in, and will be hosting a number of events for Makers.
  • The protection of our Critical Infrastructures.
  • The Assistive Technology Conference and Showcase, working with George Mason University to bring innovations and technology to those with disabilities.
  • Active support for charitable causes and hosts both solution-oriented and fundraising events.

Enhanced Member Benefits:

  • The launch of a new website with expanded Member Services to enable Members to connect with each other.
  • Conducting Member-Only meetings to discuss technology integration, market opportunities, and for the shared pursuit of initiatives, funded by government or private enterprise.
  • Introducing a new Member Services Program to provide corporate members with pro bono services to reduce risk and increase their overall effectiveness.
  • Hosting social functions for our members, promoting executive networking.

To learn more about our Member Benefits and Services, see our Membership Page or contact Member Services.

ISC is incorporated as a non-profit and has tax-exempt status under Internal Revenue Service Code 501(c)(6).