Capt. Brian Erickson

Defense Leadership

Capt. Brian Erickson was the U.S. Coast Guard’s first Chief Data and Artificial Intelligence Officer (CDAO). He left the role on May 17 to serve as Deputy Director of the DHS Presidential Transition Office until he’s set to retire from government service in March 2025. An engineer by background, he has extensive experience in both aviation operations (search and rescue, law enforcement) and strategic planning. Erickson focuses on harnessing data and AI across the Coast Guard to improve decision-making and mission effectiveness. He holds a Master’s degree in both Aerospace Engineering and Business Administration.

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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