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CARVERCON is a unique annual conference based around the concepts of the CIA's CARVER Target Analysis and Vulnerability Assessment Methodology.  As such, it has grown into a highly-popular security forum.  Attendees can expect to gain insight into:

  • Emerging national security threats
  • Sharing best practices for security and intelligence professionals
  • Evolving new ideas and technologies
  • Providing peer-to-peer networking opportunities
  • Spreading the word about the value of the CARVER Method
  • Being highly-informed, while being entertained

Benefiting the USF Office of Veterans Success!

CARVERCON is honored to be associated with the men and women of the USF Office of Veterans Success.  Your fully tax- deductible contribution benefits those students who also serve in uniform.   

Yes, It Really Delivers All That!

As the fifth anniversary of CARVERCON, this will no doubt be our most spectacular event yet.











The Premier Threat & Vulnerability Assessment Conference

Friday, November 4th, 2022

at The University of South Florida Military Leadership Conference Center, Tampa, Florida

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Keynote Speaker: General Frank McKenzie, USMC (Retired)

General Kenneth F. "Frank" McKenzie heads the University of South Florida Global and National Security Institute, as well as the Florida Center for CyberSecurity.  General McKenzie recently retired after 42 years of military service.  His final assignment was leading US Central Command (USCENTCOM).  

The CARVERCON Cyber Power Panel

CARVERCON is pleased to welcome three leading cyber security experts, who will be discussing denial, deception, and misdirection in the cyber world.  This is a can't miss session!

Check out the CARVERCON 2022 promotional video below...  


Just some of the speaker topics include...

  • How some world leaders successfully use "denial" to forward their objectives
  • How hostile foreign intelligence services use "deception" to trap unsuspecting targets
  • One of Canada's top magician's demonstrates how "misdirection" can be used to fool people in their daily lives
  • Much, much more...

Knowing how to protect yourself, utilizing tools like the CARVER Method, could save you from future harm.

Watch a LIVE Demonstration of How Hostile Foreign Intelligence Services Break into Your Hotel Room Overseas! 

A Fan Favorite is Back: General Leacock's "Through Our Enemy's Eyes" Briefing

Back by popular demand, Major General Edward Leacock, US Army (Retired) will give his analysis of the United States through the eyes of our enemies.  See how America's adversaries perceive the US economy, political system, military capabilities, and overall public morale, via a different perspective.  An eye-opening briefing from a top intelligence expert. 

Lee Sansum, Former Head of Security for Princess Diana of Wales

Lee Sansum is an ex-Royal Military Policeman, martial arts champion, and expert in close protection who found his way to the top of his profession, protecting the most famous woman in the world, Princess Diana. Through his assignment as protection for Mohamed and Dodi al-Fayed, he became guard and confidante to the Princess of Wales and the young princes, particularly Harry.

CARVERCON 2022 Schedule 

Joint Military Leadership Center on the campus of the University of South Florida in Tampa

Friday, November 4th, 2022


8:00AM - Registration/Coffee

8:30AM - Welcome/Presentation of the Colors

9:00AM - The Science of Denial and Deception Using CARVER, Luke Bencie

9:45AM - BREAK

10:00AM - KEYNOTE, General Frank McKenzie, USMC (retired)

10:45AM - BREAK

11:00AM - How Misdirection Works in Magic and in Life, Magician/Mentalist, Mike D'Urzo


12:15PM -Misdirection: Securing Princess Diana of Wales, Lee Sansum

12:45PM - Covert Hotel Room Intrusion Demonstration, USF GSOC  Students & USF Hospitality Students

1:30PM - Through Our Enemy's Eyes, Major General Edward Leacock, US Army (Retired)

2:00PM - Break

2:15PM - Denial, Deception, and Misdirection Online, Cyber Power Panel, Brandee Daly (CEO, Knightswan), Teresa Carlson (Corp. VP, Microsoft), Dawn Meyerriecks, (Former Deputy Director, CIA Directorate of Science & Technology), Dr. Jennifer Hesterman (retired USAF Colonel and former Vice Commander for Andrews AFB)

3:45PM - 85 Years of CARVER, Leo Labaj

4:00PM - Closing Remarks


More Info About CARVERCON V...


Who is the MC for the event this year?  

We are pleased to announce that this year's MC is former fan favorite from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and TV personality, Mark Royals. 


Where will the event be held this year?

Located on the USF Tampa campus, the Joint Military Leadership Center is an ideal venue which holds upwards of 200 attendees, plus has large hallways for sponsor displays.


Who Should Attend CARVERCON V?

CARVERCON is open to anyone with and interest in security, intelligence, and strategic thinking.  Typical attendees come from: 

  • Military
  • Law Enforcement
  • Intelligence Community
  • Private Security
  • Academia

CARVERCON is also a great networking opportunity for those interested in sharing ideas with industry peers.


Will Leo Labaj be there?

Absolutely, Leo "The Godfather of CARVER" Labaj, former CIA bomb tech and co-creator of the CARVER Methodology, will be on-hand to share stories of how the assessment process evolved. 


Take Your Picture with Bond

Award-winning Sean Connery lookalike (and stand in for Mr. Connery's movies), John Allen, will be around to take photos with CARVERCON guests. 



The CARVER Target Analysis and Vulnerability Assessment Methodology is an assessment tool made famous by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) during the 1970s and has been used extensively by the US Special Operations Community.  CARVER is an acronym for the following vulnerability assessment criteria: Criticality, Accessibility, Recognizability, Vulnerability, Effect, and Recoverability.  The CARVER Methodology is an extremely well-suited tool, which can be used to both evaluate the potential vulnerabilities of Critical Infrastructure and to prioritize critical assets based upon their probability of being attacked (i.e., target attractiveness).  It is also utilized to determine susceptibility of intelligence targets (i.e., recruiting spies), exploiting cybersecurity vulnerabilities, identifying human weaknesses, etc.. 

The CARVER Methodology was originally developed as an offensive target assessment tool, allowing to evaluate the vulnerabilities of enemy assets, and to determine how best to exploit those vulnerabilities to attack a target. The methodology had its early roots in World War II, where bomber pilots used its precursor, known back then simply as “CARVE,” to identify attractive targets to bomb.  Fast forward over seventy years and CARVER is still being used by the Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security,  Department of Justice, NATO, as well as private organizations. 

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NOTE - Students and uniformed or properly ID'd military, law enforcement, and emergency response personnel are welcome to attend CARVERCON in-person FREE of charge.  

"There is no better process for identifying vulnerabilities than CARVER!"

- Leo "The Godfather of CARVER" Labaj

"The CARVER Methodology is one of the most effective tools that a security professional can use."

- General James L. Jones, Former U.S. National Security Advisor

"Due to its common sense approach, the CARVER Methodology shifted into the private sector from the Intelligence and Special Ops Communities, following the attacks of 9/11."

- Luke Bencie, Managing Director of Security Management International