Benji Hutchinson

Benji Hutchinson
Vice President of Federal Operations
NEC Corporation of America

Benji Hutchinson is the Vice President of Federal Operations in the Washington D.C. office of the NEC Corporation of America’s Advanced Recognition Systems Division. He has 15 years of direct experience in the biometrics and identity technology industries supporting US national security and homeland defense agencies across the Department of Defense, Department of Justice, Department of State, Intelligence Community, and Department of Homeland Security. His current focus is building NEC’s U.S. federal advanced recognition solutions business in Washington, D.C. Mr. Hutchinson is also an adjunct professor of policy and privacy for identity analysis in the graduate program of the Forensics Department at George Mason University.

From 2012 to 2016, Mr. Hutchinson was the Senior Director for U.S. federal government national security accounts at MorphoTrust USA. From 2010 to 2012, Mr. Hutchinson served as a Senior Biometric and Identity Intelligence Technology Consultant for the Pentagon’s Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence. He co-led the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) technical team developing the “Standardization Agreement (STANAG) 4715 – NATO Biometrics Data, Interchange, Watch Listing, and Reporting Standard”.

From 2006–2010, Mr. Hutchinson served as a Biometric Standards Consultant for the US Army Biometrics Task Force. During his tenure there, he served as a subject matter expert for the US National (INCITS/M1) and the International (ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 37) Standards Bodies on Biometrics. He also chaired the US Interagency Department of Defense Biometric Standards Working Group. From 2004–2006, he served as a member of the technology team that implemented the US Department of State Consular Affairs multimodal biometric visa and passport issuance systems at various consulates and embassies around the globe.

Mr. Hutchinson holds a BA in International Economics and French, an MA in French Language and Literature, and an MA in International Affairs from the University of Kentucky. He also holds a certificate in Executive Management from the Darden School of Business Administration, University of Virginia, and a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt. He serves on the Advisory Board of the International Center for Biometric Research at Purdue University, Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for the Integrated Justice Information Systems Institute, and a Vice Chair of the Identification Technology Association. He is also a proud Kentucky Colonel!

Recent Events and Presentations

July 24, 2019

ITIF hosted a discussion about the benefits of using facial recognition for law enforcement and public safety, the current safeguards in place that govern its use, and the opportunities for policymakers to address legitimate concerns without limiting the potential of this technology.