LOWER MANHATTAN, NY, NEW YORK, U.S. October 5th, 2021 /Press Release/
Accrete is pleased to announce the appointment of Brian Drake as Federal Chief Technology Officer for its government-facing subsidiary, Accrete AI Government. Brian will be located in Accrete’s Alexandria, VA office and report to Bill Wall, CEO of Accrete AI Government. Brian will leverage over a decade of experience gained at the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), where he served in several operational and technical roles countering malign influence, violent extremism, and adversary intelligence services. Drake was the DIA’s first Director of Artificial Intelligence and recently departed as the Chief of the Senior Leadership and Technology Team at the Pentagon. Brian will be instrumental in helping Accrete expand and convert federal opportunities; assess the competitive landscape and identify greenfield opportunities; help navigate complex procurement processes; and help establish congressional standards around AI performance, explainability, bias, and ethics.
Prashant Bhuyan, Founder and CEO of Accrete said, “We are very excited about Brian’s decision to join Accrete. It’s incredibly validating because Brian has vetted hundreds, if not thousands, of AI and machine learning companies looking to work with the DoD, and he has deep experience with overhyped AI products that fail to add real-world value. While Brian’s experience will help us expand our footprint within the government, his compassionate nature and sense of purpose will be a guiding light as we work to bolster national security and work with Congress to standardize AI performance, explainability, and ethics. It’s an honor to have Brian onboard and we look forward to doing important work together.”
Federal CTO, Brian Drake said of his decision to join Accrete, “What excites me is leveraging technology made for a commercial problem and applying it to the public sector. Accrete occupies a unique space in the AI/ML market. By adjusting our commercial offerings, we can bring innovation to government problems faster and offer solutions vetted and tested by Fortune 500 companies with billions of dollars at stake. I can’t think of a better way for the government to manage risk while quickly deploying AI capabilities to counter our adversaries. I look forward to continuing the advancement of our nation’s security goals with Federal, state, local and tribal partners.”
Bill Wall said, “Beyond his unmatched analytic experience, strong technical acumen, depth of knowledge of government requirements and his passion for helping solve the government’s most challenging data and analytical problems, Brian is simply a high-quality individual, personally and professionally, with an unmatched passion and dedication to the mission and people who serve our government. There are very few people with his unique combination of a deep understanding of AI and years of experience in applying innovative technology to analytic tradecraft. We believe that Brian is one of the keys to scaling products such as Argus across the government to support a myriad of missions. I am equally happy and humbled that Brian chose to join our team.”
Brian Drake has more than twenty years of experience in the management consulting, defense, intelligence, and security industries. He served as the Chief of the Leadership and Technology Intelligence Briefing Team for the Secretary of Defense, Deputy Secretary, the Undersecretary for Policy, and other “E Ring” principals. Prior to this, he was the Director of Artificial Intelligence in the Future Capabilities and Innovation Office where he managed a portfolio of AI capabilities for the Defense Intelligence Enterprise. In 2021, he was named by Federal Computer Week as one of the Federal 100 for his work in Artificial Intelligence. Brian is a passionate philanthropist and is President and CEO of the Defense Intelligence Memorial Foundation which distributes scholarship funds to the families of Defense Intelligence officers killed in the line of duty. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Mercer University and a Masters in Security Studies from Georgetown University.
Accrete is a leading enterprise AI company headquartered in Lower Manhattan. Accrete’s continuously learning AI platform transforms underutilized data and expertise into artificial intelligence. Accrete has been enabling leading organizations in industries including defense, media and entertainment, finance, real estate, health care, and collectibles to boost ROI by increasing efficiency and producing novel insights and competitive advantages for decision-makers.