April 14, 2021

Former DARPA Director, Dr. Lee Buchanan joins Torch.AI Board

Former DARPA Director, Dr. Lee Buchanan joins Torch.AI Board

WASHINGTON, D.C. – April 14, 2021 – Torch.AI, a leading artificial intelligence (AI) platform that provides data fusion in real time, today announced that The Honorable H. Lee Buchanan, Ph.D. joined its Advisory Board. With more than 45 years of experience in the defense, aerospace, electronic warfare, and advanced technology industries, The Hon. Buchanan uniquely understands the challenges of federal and civilian groups working to protect U.S. intelligence and security interests. His perspective is vital as Torch.AI embraces growing demand for its Nexus™ platform among federal and commercial clients.

“For the past several years artificial intelligence and machine learning have progressed at an explosive rate and permeated almost every aspect of our lives,” said Buchanan. “Applications to our national security have lagged but are critically important. I am delighted to be able to work with Torch.AI to bring these new capabilities to our government.”

The Hon. Buchanan is former Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development, and Acquisition, responsible for all research development and procurement of defense systems for the Navy and the Marine Corps. He served 16 years in the Department of Defense, with roles such as the acting Director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and Chief Operating Officer for the Central Research and Development Organization. There, The Hon. Buchanan directed a program responsible for more than $2 billion in basic and applied research conducted by industry, universities, and national and military laboratories.

“Dr. Buchanan’s commitment to support the mission with the most advance engineering capabilities is helping us scale and rapidly evolve our technology to meet the critical needs of national security customers,” said Brian Weaver, founder, chairman and chief executive officer of Torch.AI. “He understands that when we unify data and forge previously unknown connections in real time, patterns and discoveries emerge that can strengthen our intelligence and security posture.”

During his career, The Hon. Buchanan served as interim Chief Executive Officer for Hypres, Inc., a developer of superconducting electronic systems. He also served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Arete, where he directed technology development and classified research incorporating complex data analytics, artificial intelligence and machine learning. In this leadership role, The Hon. Buchanan oversaw hardware design and fabrication of innovative and cost-effective remote sensing solutions for national security customers. Prior to Arete, The Hon. Buchanan was a venture partner with the Paladin Capital Group, making venture investments in the biotechnology and cyber security sectors.  

The Hon. Buchanan received numerous professional honors during his career including the Executive Excellence Award and Distinguished Civilian Service Award from the Secretary of Defense. He holds a doctorate in applied physics from the University of California, Berkeley, and earned a master’s degree and bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Vanderbilt University.

About Torch.AI

Torch.AI’s Nexus™ platform changes the paradigm of data and digital workflows, forever solving core impediments caused by the ever-increasing volume and complexity of information.  Customers enjoy a single unifying solution which begins by instantly deconstructing and describing any data, in real-time, at the earliest possible moment. Purpose built for massively scaled, ultra high-speed data processing, the platform comes equipped with security features, flexible data workloads, compliance capabilities, and drag and drop functionality that is unrivaled in today’s technology landscape.  The company’s solutions have helped to fight fraud, secure information, make better decisions of trust, evolve operational capabilities, and create better customer experiences.

To learn more about the company’s vision for unifying AI, visit the Torch.AI.com.

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