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George Mason University

GMU C4I Center-AFCEA Symposium
May 22-23, 2012


Solving Einstein's Dilemma with
a Rapid Integration, Innovation, Process (RI2P)
within a Multi-Agency Collaborative Environment (MACE)


RI2P: Einstein's Dilemma Suggests a Proven
      Commercial Solution

Andras Szakal
IBM Federal VP and CTO

May 23, 2012 at 13:00


In the status quo Defense IT acquisition process, large Defense contractors serve as integrators over a "waterfall" serial process in much the same way they do for traditional large weapons systems. That approach does not leverage the power of the COTS IT like successful commercial enterprises do. Experience as a COTS IT vendor, in both government and commercial markets, suggests how address that fundamental gap; i.e., optimize a Rapid Integration, Innovation, Process (RI2E) for Defense requirements, and catalyze a co-optive ecosystem around its value proposition and business model.


ANDRAS SZAKAL is Vice President and Chief Technology Officer IBM U.S. Federal. He is responsible for IBM's industry solution technology strategy in support of the U.S. Federal customer. Mr. Szakal was appointed IBM Distinguished Engineer and Director of IBM's Federal Software Architecture team in 2005. Before joining IBM in 1998, he was a Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff within Bell Atlantic's (Verizon) Federal Division and Broadband Systems. Mr. Szakal is an Open Group Distinguished Certified IT Architect, IBM Certified SOA Solution Designer and a Certified Secure Software Lifecycle Professional (CSSLP). Mr. Szakal leads a department of technologists responsible for developing e-Government software architectures using IBM technology and solutions. His team is responsible for designing and deploying solutions to enable smarter government by applying innovative approaches to secure service based computing and mission critical systems. He holds undergraduate degrees in Biology and Computer Science and a Masters Degree in Computer Science from James Madison University. Mr. Szakal has been a driving force behind IBM's adoption of government IT standards as a member of the IBM Software Group Government Standards Strategy Team and the team focused on secure product development and cybersecurity. Mr. Szakal represents the IBM Software Group on the Board of Directors of The Open Group and currently holds the Chair of the IT Architect Profession Certification Standard (ITAC). More recently he was appointed chair of the Open Group Trusted Technology Forum and leads the development of the Open Trusted Technology Provider Framework.


MACE: Not Your Father's System Command

John Snevely
     USD(I) DCGS Enterprise

Christopher Gunderson
     MACE TD

May 23, 2012 at 13:00


Multiple GAO and other watchdog reports have suggested that the Defense Enterprise needs a fundamentally more rapid and innovative IT acquisition process. What those reports don't provide, and what government laboratories have not implemented, is the fundamentally different acquisition environment required. In other words, what does a "Systems Command" optimized for RI2E look like? Lessons learned by the Counter IED Operations Integration Center (COIC) suggests it looks like the MACE - light weight government oversight over a commercial consortium formed around the RI2E value proposition.



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