Alycia Farrell is the founder and sole proprietor of Gray Tarian, a consulting firm that specializes in federal budgeting and policy within the cybersecurity, defense, and aerospace industries. She provides expertise to other government relations firms and defense companies who seek to work with and understand the DoD acquisition and Federal appropriations processes.
Ms. Farrell worked for 14 and a half years as a Professional Staff Member on the Senate Appropriations Committee, Subcommittee on Defense where her portfolio focused on missile procurement for the Army, Navy, and Air Force; funding and policy for the Missile Defense Agency; and individual component work on strategic systems. She is proficient at researching program elements within DoD justification materials and analyzing Federal code and law that directs space and national security policy. She has an M.A in International Relations, Cyber Diplomacy (Technical Track) from Norwich University, and wrote her thesis on making a case for standardizing cybersecurity protocols on interconnected weapon systems within the NATO Alliance. She is currently studying for her Offensive Security Certified Professional (OSCP) certification. She also has taken courses at the Defense Acquisition University and through the Naval War College Fleet Seminar Program in National Security studies.
Ms. Farrell serves as a core organizational member and the current Acting Treasurer of the Association of US Cyber Forces (AUSCF), where she fully supports the mission to advance national security cybersecurity practices and the education of cybersecurity concepts to Members of Congress and congressional staff. She believes having a policy, budget, and technical understanding of cybersecurity policies, practices, and toolkits will help make more informed national security decisions within the Legislative and Executive branches of government and better support the national defense industrial base from U.S. evolving threats and adversaries.