Rebellion builds products using artificial intelligence and machine learning that serve the mission of national defense for the United States, United Kingdom, and our allies.
Based in Washington, D.C. and backed by premier Silicon Valley venture capital firms, Rebellion seeks to reduce obstacles to innovation, empower military and civilian leaders with better technical options, and fundamentally transform the way governments leverage technology.
Our people are passionate about creating a company where technologists empower the military and our civil servants to solve some of the hardest problems in government. We are hiring incredible software engineers and mathematicians to work on products that defend democracy, humanitarian values, and the rule of law.
Chris Lynch is the Chief Executive Officer of Rebellion Defense. Previously, he was the founding Director of Defense Digital Service (DDS), a SWAT team of exceptional software engineers focused on the Department of Defense's most critical technology challenges. He served three Secretaries of Defense, launching numerous high-impact programs, including Hack the Pentagon, JEDI Cloud, counter-drone solutions, and providing technical expertise on programs including the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, and next-generation GPS OCX. He was an early member of United States Digital Service and is a lifelong tech entrepreneur. Chris is a Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School Belfer Center, working with Secretary Ash Carter on ensuring new technology serves a public purpose and good. Chris also is a regular lecturer at Stanford's computer science department encouraging nerds to serve in government.
Nicole Camarillo brings to Rebellion a unique and diverse background in law, policy, and technology. As an attorney and strategist, she has worked in the private, public, and non-profit sectors — implementing and advising systemic organizational change in the areas of talent recruitment, acquisition, and management. Most recently, she served as a chief strategist for U.S. Army Cyber Command, crushing the cultural paradigms the military relies on to recruit, train, and retain technical talent. Her work reconciled dynamic, iterative technical cultures within a traditional hierarchical and bureaucratic military structure to allow for creation of strategically-critical, cutting-edge technologies. Nicole has a B.A. from Stanford University and a J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law.
Oliver Lewis led major efforts in reforming how the UK government prepares for emerging technology and is one of the few tech entrepreneurs who has twice deployed to Afghanistan. Oliver was deputy director of the UK Government Digital Service (GDS) and created a public sector business for the British unicorn Improbable. He is a senior research associate at the University of Oxford’s Changing Character of War Centre and a senior visiting fellow at the University of Southern California.
Bob Daigle most recently served as the Director of Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation in the Pentagon. Previously, he served on the House Armed Services Committee staff, was the Executive Director of the congressional Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission, and has held executive positions at several financial and research firms. He holds an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School, an M.A. in International Security Studies from Georgetown University, and B.A.s in economics and mathematics from the University of Vermont. He also served in the U.S. Army infantry.
Jonathan is a founding member of Rebellion and lead strategist for defense procurement. He served as a contracting officer at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency for 13 years, where he developed innovative methods to empower the intelligence community in acquiring agile development services and modern IT solutions. Jonathan is a co-author of the TechFAR Handbook, which is the authoritative guide on agile procurement for the entire federal government. Jonathan was subsequently recruited to join the U.S. Digital Service at the White House as an Acquisition Strategist and Bureaucracy Hacker, where he developed creative tools, policies, and statutes that continue to reinvent antiquated procurement with modern methodologies for buying and developing critical technology. Jonathan has an MBA from Strayer University-Maryland, and is an esteemed member of the Defense Acquisition Corps. He also presents weekly episodes of his experiences hacking through federal bureaucracy on his Youtube channel, Agile Acquisitions and Alcohol.
Eric is the technical advisor to the board of Alphabet, at which he previously served as the executive chairman. Prior to the establishment of Alphabet, Eric was the chairman of Google for four years, and before that was Google's chief executive officer, overseeing the company's technical and business strategy alongside founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page. Under his leadership, Google dramatically scaled its infrastructure and diversified its product offerings while maintaining a strong culture of innovation. Eric was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2006 and inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences as a fellow in 2007. Since 2008, he has been a trustee of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey. Since 2012, Eric has been on the board of the Broad Institute and the Mayo Clinic. Eric became the Chairman of the Department of Defense's Innovation Board in 2016 and was awarded the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service in January of 2017 by Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter.
Nick is a partner at Venrock, a venture capital firm that helps entrepreneurs build some of the world's most disruptive, successful companies. At Venrock, Nick focuses primarily on artificial intelligence, big data, software and fintech investments. He led the initial venture investments in a number of today's leading AI innovators including Dataminr, a real-time AI platform that identifies critical breaking information from publicly available data sets; Percipient.ai, an advanced computer vision analytics platform for national and corporate security; and Chisel.ai, an enterprise platform for a new class of intelligent insurance applications. Prior to joining Venrock, Nick was a General Partner at Matrix Partners and worked in the technology groups at McKinsey and Goldman Sachs.
The great irony and challenge is that the level of capability we expect from our personal-use technology is much harder to apply to a — granted, 3 million+ people — government organization like the Department of Defense.
Bridging the cultural divide is definitely a team effort. Personally, I believe I can contribute through the quality of my workmanship, building for scalability, and high standards of personal integrity that I also recognize across the company.
As an optimist, pacifist, and technologist from Seattle, I realized I couldn’t optimistically await someone else to solve the big tech problems looming over our military today. No one is coming to save us, it’s up to us to do the right thing and make change.
Our troops go to the front lines on our elected officials’ whims. Their safety, and the safety of the civilians in the areas they are sent, are only as good as the tools and data they possess. Just like every other product I’d made to date, their success also hinges upon being able to make informed decisions as quickly as possible — only theirs have tremendous life-altering implications.
I choose to help them sleep well at night knowing they’ve made the best decision they could in a heightened moment. Through Rebellion, I’ve found that technologists have a place in this fight to protect our nation’s ideals and freedoms. Securing this bedrock is more important now than ever before. There will be opportunities to create shiny magical trinkets in the future, and maybe I’ll go back to that comfy place, but for now, I’m honoring my duty as a designer and engineer where I can make a truly meaningful impact — The Rebellion.
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