Startup Meets .MIL – EvoNexus SIG Event

Seating will be limited so secure your ticket today!



The PEO (Program Executive Officer) is responsible for providing warfighter requirements. He is responsible for the cost, schedule, and performance. In short, he buys and integrates technology for the warfighter.

At this MilSig you hear from Rear Admiral Kurt Rothenhaus, PEO C4I (Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence). Admiral Rothenhaus will discuss his lessons learned in obtaining war-winning technology and provide insights into future needs.



  • Early-stage companies developing technology with a potential military use
  • University-based teams developing dual-use technologies
  • Commercial technology teams exploring military markets for their applications
  • DoD-targeting companies seeking to incorporate promising early-stage innovation
  • Venture funding & grant entities with an interest in dual-use case companies


Program Executive Officer, Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence

(PEO C41)

Rear Adm. Kurt Rothenhaus received his commission in 1992 upon graduating from the University of South Carolina where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree. He earned a Master of Science in Computer Science and a Ph.D. in Software Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School and transferred into the Engineering Duty Officer community in 2003. His operational assignments include serving as the combat systems/C5I officer on USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) and chief engineer on USS O’Brien (DD 975). He served on the staff of Destroyer Squadron 15 and on USS Fife (DD 991) and a tour in Baghdad, Iraq.

His experience includes: program manager for PMW 160, the Navy’s Tactical Networks Program Office, at PEO C4I, and commanding officer of Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific. He also served as the deputy program manager for the Navy Communications and GPS Program Office (PMW/A 170), the assistant program manager for the Consolidated Afloat Network Enterprise Services (CANES) in PMW 160, and the Maritime Tactical Command and Control (MTC2) assistant program manager in the Navy Command and Control Program Office (PMW 150).




Chairman & Founder of XSITE, LLC;
Retired Rear Admiral James H. Rodman Jr.XSITE’s Chairman, served as the company’s CEO from inception to April 2022. XSITE, LLC specializes in systems engineering, technical services and integrated solutions to government and commercial industries. As Chairman, he focuses his attention on expanding the business portfolio within the DoD and Intelligence Community.
 Admiral Rodman has over 30 years of civilian, Reserve and Active Duty experience in the design, development, systems engineering, integration and operations of the nation’s national security space constellation. Prior to his retirement from the Navy in October 2014, he served as the Chief Engineer of Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command.


Vice Admiral Walt Davis USN (Ret.): Co-Founder, EvoNexus

Dr. David Whelan: Chief Scientist, Cubic Corporation

Mike Knowles: VP/GM C5ISR Systems, Curtiss Wright Defense Solutions

Mike Kelly: Dir. Sustainment Operations, Advanced Development Programs (Skunk Works), Lockheed Martin

Brandon Newell: Founder, DCI Next, Fmr. Dir. SoCal Tech Bridge, NavalX

Rear Admiral John Neagley USN (Ret.): Consultant & Fmr. PEO Unmanned & Small Combatants

Rear Admiral James Rodman USN (Ret.): Chairman XSITE LLC


An RSVP is required due to limited seating.

Beer, wine, soft drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be served.

New EvoNexus Location:

5015 Shoreham Place, Suite 150

San Diego, CA 92122

Date: October 19, 2022

Doors open: 5 PM

Panel begins: 5:30 PM

Networking: 6:30 – 7 PM

About EvoNexus

EvoNexus, California’s leading not-for-profit technology incubator, enables motivated entrepreneurs to turn their transformative ideas into fundable, commercially-viable companies. Our up to two-year residency program allows startups to build their teams, develop their minimum viable product, refine their go-to-market strategy, secure venture capital, and collaborate with potential customers and key strategic partners.