Shift5 ADVISORS

VADM Ted N. Branch, USN (Ret.)

Ted Branch consults with the armed services, major defense contractors, and other businesses in high technology areas including cybersecurity and information technology, intelligence, aviation and unmanned systems. As senior vice president and general manager of the Navy and Marine Group for Peraton, Branch led more than 4000 professionals providing mission critical information technology services under the Next Generation Enterprise Network (NGEN) contract. Branch joined the public sector IT industry following more than 37 years of service in the U.S. Navy, with his last assignment as the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Warfare and the Director of Naval Intelligence. A naval aviator, his operational assignments included light attack and strike fighter squadrons and shipboard duty. He commanded Strike Fighter Squadron 15, USS Nimitz and Carrier Strike Group One. A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Branch earned a master’s degree in international relations from the Naval War College in Newport, R.I and completed executive education at UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School and the Harvard Kennedy School.


LTG Ed Cardon, USA (Ret.)

Ed Cardon’s service to our Nation spans over 36 years and includes extensive government experience establishing, leading, and transforming 14 very different organizations with diverse mission sets such as operations, education, cyber, and innovation. He both transformed and scaled Army Cyber Command into a world-class cyber force, while simultaneously standing up new cyber organizations to meet the demands of this contested domain. His last assignment was as the Director of Business Transformation for the Army, and he led the task force that helped create Army Futures Command responsible for modernizing the Army. Since retirement, Cardon has created a wide portfolio focusing on helping individuals and teams solve hard problems including serving as an Advisor to the Applied Research Laboratory for Intelligence and Security, Senior Advisor to The Cohen Group, Chair of Federal for C3 AI, and as founding partner and co-CEO of Touchstone Futures.     


VADM David A. Dunaway, USN (Ret.)

David A. Dunaway is a 34-year veteran of the U.S. Navy. He served as an operational FA-18 strike fighter pilot, Test Pilot, Program Manager, Deputy Program Executive Officer, Commander of Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, Commander Operational Test and Evaluation Force and Commander of the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR). As the commander of NAVAIR he managed over 4500 aircraft, 25+ type/model/series, $40b annual budget and 36,000 employees. After retiring from Naval Service, Dunaway became an independent entrepreneur focused on finding technologies with dual commercial and defense use. He sits on multiple boards of directors, advisory boards and is a founder or early advisor to multiple cutting edge technology companies.


Lt Gen Charles Moore, USAF (Ret.)

Charlie Moore is a proven strategic leader, innovator and communicator. He is a highly decorated retired Lieutenant General of the United States Air Force who is recognized as one of the most influential and impactful senior cyber leaders within the United States Military. During his 33 years of service, he held a variety of demanding command and staff positions. As Deputy Commander, United States Cyber Command, he and the Commander answered directly to the President of the United States and the Secretary of Defense as the agents responsible for the planning and execution of global cyberspace operations, activities and missions.As Director of Operations, United States Cyber Command, he led the efforts to establish the U.S. government’s cyber policy framework, the delegation of cyber authorities across the Inter Agency, the Department of Defense’s cyber strategy, and the execution of full spectrum, global cyberspace operations. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Air Force Academy, a Master’s of Human Resource Management from Troy State University and a Master’s of Military Operational Art and Science from Air University. Additionally, he was a National Defense Fellow at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs Harvard University, and completed the Executive Leadership Seminar at the Darden School of Business, University of Virginia. 


Col Ross C. Morrell, USAF (Ret.)

Co-founder of M2 Ventures, Ross Morell is a pioneering technology and cybersecurity executive with 25 years of experience leading mission critical operations, projects, teams within Department of Defense (DoD) organizations. Prior to retiring from the United States Air Force, served as the Chief Technology and Innovation Officer for North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and United States Northern Command (USNORTHCOM).


Maj Gen Ed Wilson, USAF (Ret.)

Ed Wilson served on active duty in the U.S. Air Force and as a senior government political appointee in the Department of Defense. He commanded at all levels from squadron to Numbered Air Force during his three-plus decades in the military putting him at the forefront of cyber and space operations. He then served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Cyber Policy supporting the Secretary of Defense and other senior government leaders with policies, strategies and plans to guide DoD’s operations in cyberspace.  After retiring from nearly four decades of government service, General Wilson founded Pinnacle Strategic Consulting, LLC, which is focused on consulting and board service in areas related to cyber, space and intelligence.  General Wilson graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and earned a M.S. in electrical/computer engineering from Northeastern University,  and a M.A. in airpower art and science from the Air Force’s School of Advanced Airpower Studies.  Ed has been married to Lisa for 36 years, they have two grown children.