Cybersecurity experts with over decades of collective experience are at the helm of DECIDE® Platform, ensuring that it best prepares organizations across all critical infrastructure sectors to effectively respond in the face of a cyberattack.


decide_presidentPhil Susmann is the President of Norwich University Applied Research Institutes (NUARI). NUARI serves the national public interest through the study of critical national issues and the development of related educational and training programs. NUARI conducts rapid research, develops and deploys needed technologies and addresses related policy and technology issues to enhance the national capability for preparedness and response. NUARI accomplishes its mission through the development of strategic alliances and teams, partnerships, and outreach programs with diverse public and private sector stakeholders. NUARI to date has received more than $62M in applied research funding. NUARI has active projects in Cyber Security, Defense Technologies, and Educational Technology and Delivery.

NUARI continues to develop DECIDE® Platform, a strategic decision-making and communication exercise tool set. DECIDE® Platform provides an unparalleled cyber threat experience to pose a broad range of cyber threats and incident scenarios in a dynamic online environment. NUARI created the Quantum Dawn© financial sector exercises, operated in conjunction with industry institutions, associations, law enforcement, homeland and national security, and financial sector regulators. Phil also has managed execution of DECIDE® events internationally, including in Singapore, South Africa, and the European Union.

NUARI is a member of the National Cybersecurity Preparedness Consortium, NCPC, organized around the Cyber Security Maturity Model (CCSMM), which provides cyber security training to “whole communities.” NUARI works closely with NCPC members to develop and deliver cyber security curriculum and education and training courses.

Phil Susmann is also Vice President of Strategic Partnerships at Norwich University. He is responsible to the President of the university for government relations, strategic cyber security business development, and supporting the Board of Trustees New Business Initiatives and Strategic Planning Committee. Phil has been at Norwich University for 30 years as a faculty member and Chief Information Officer. He was also responsible for the creation of the Cyber Security Programs and the research and development activities that became NUARI in 2002.

ERIC BRIGHAM, Vice President of Operations


Colonel (Retired) Eric Brigham is the Vice President of Operations at NUARI, where he leads organizational efforts as it serves the national public interest through the study of critical national issues and the development of related educational and training programs. This includes enhancing national capability for preparedness and response through development of strategic alliances, partnerships, collaborations, and outreach programs with diverse public and private sector stakeholders; communities of governmental and non-governmental organizations, academic and research institutions; and business and industry associations and entities.

Before joining NUARI, Colonel Brigham served as the Army Professor of Military Science, and Dean of the College of National Services at Norwich University. He also concurrently served as the Professor of Military Science for Army ROTC at Dartmouth College.

Before returning to Norwich University and arrival at NUARI, Colonel Brigham served as Chief of Staff, Alaskan Command and Joint Task Force Alaska.

Colonel Brigham has held a wide variety of staff and leadership positions during his 28 years of active service.

His staff experience includes assignments in the 4th Infantry Division in Colorado, the 6th Infantry Division in Alaska, the 25th Infantry Division in both Hawaii and Afghanistan, and numerous assignments in Northern Virginia and the Pentagon.

His command experience includes Company Command, Battalion Command, and Brigade Command.

Colonel Brigham holds a bachelor of science degree from Norwich University, is a graduate of the Army’s Command and General Staff College, and holds two master’s degrees, one in Administration from Central Michigan University, and one in National Security Strategy from the National War College.

Board of Directors

William T. Goodman

GEN Alfred M. Gray, USMC (Ret.)

Frederick M. Haynes, PhD (NU’58)

Joel Kobert (NU’65)

William M. Lasky (NU’69)

Thomas Leavitt

Robert O. Lindefjeld (NU’86)

Robert B. Mack (NU’64), Chair

E. Tarry Polidor (NU’64)

Richard W. Schneider, Vice Chair

Philip T. Susmann (NU’81)

Mark Young (NU’92)

NUARI Officers

Philip T. Susmann, President

Eric W. Brigham, Vice President

Michelle M. Leslie, Corporate Secretary

Marsha Hopkins, Treasurer