Director of Defense Innovation
Samuel Caccamo serves as Director of Defense Innovation for ARI and comes to the organization with 22 years of active military duty and 12 years of U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) contracting experience. Prior to joining ARI, Caccamo served as Chief Technologist, Senior Associate with Booz Allen Hamilton supporting anti-tamper and technology protection programs for the Department of the Navy. In that role, Caccamo was responsible for developing technical partnerships with the nation’s leading Technology Protection/Anti-Tamper capability providers, linking them to the Department of Navy’s Anti-Tamper Technical coordinator as well as with academic institutions in Indiana, including Purdue University and Indiana University.
Caccamo developed and led the HackIN hardware/firmware reverse engineering cybersecurity hackathons in 2019 and 2020. Both HackIN events brought together some of the nation’s most promising engineering and material sciences talent to solve real world technical challenges and assist in workforce development for NSWC Crane.
Caccamo has extensive experience in providing executive level operational planning, including Information Operations (IO) planning, most recently at the Navy Warfare Development Command in Norfolk, Virginia, USAFRICA Command and the former Joint Forces Command where Caccamo played key roles in campaign plan development and execution. Caccamo was the IO planning lead for the Chief Naval Officer’s Electro-magnetic Maneuver Warfare Campaign Plan which provided direction and an assessment framework for Navy Electro Magnetic Spectrum Operations. Caccamo also served as an Executive Advisor to the J3 for Cyber Operations US AFRICOM, Senior Advisor to the J39 IO Division USAFRICOM in Stuttgart, Germany. He led the Congressionally mandated Combatant Command IO assessments for all IO related activities in the USAFRICOM Area of Responsibility.
In addition, Caccamo served 22 years as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army in various operational assignments as a certified Joint, Army and NATO IO planner. His assignments included Key IO planning positions on the Army Staff, Combined Forces Command, Korea, and Eighth US Army Operations Directorate, Yongsan, Korea. Caccamo completed 22 years of commissioned military service in 2008, where he served as a graduate level certified Joint Professional Military Development and IO instructor at the Joint Forces Staff College in Norfolk, Virginia.