AFCEA/GMU Agenda for 2017

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   2017 Symposium Theme:

Technology Challenges in Defense and Intelligence  

Schedule of Events

Wednesday May 24, 2017

08:30 – 08:55    

08:55 – 09:00     Welcome by Kenneth S. Ball and Dr. Mark Pullen

 Dean, Volgenau School of Engineering, George Mason University

 Director, C4I and Cyber Center Excellence, George Mason University
09:00 – 10:00     Keynote Address

Dr. Paul Nielsen

The Challenges of Building and Transitioning Increasingly Autonomous Systems

Autonomous functionality is increasing in systems and products.  From drones to self-driving cars, from voice controlled devices to Watson, autonomy is increasing.  The effective transition of increased autonomy depends upon trust—trust that these systems will be safe, trust that they will have appropriate cybersecurity, trust that they will perform within ethical boundaries.  Establishing trust for complex systems is hard.  Establishing trust for non-deterministic systems and for systems that continuously learn is even more challenging.   Managers, chief engineers, and boards need to be aware of these challenges and strategies to overcome them.

Nielsen photo

10:00 – 10:30     Coffee Break in exhibit area
10:30 – 12:00    

Session 1

Modernization of the Global C4ISR Enterprise

To support today’s Mission/Operational challenges, a new approach is required in developing C4ISR Systems.  Today’s modern C4ISR Systems need to address a broad range of challenges including processing an ever-increasing amount of data, technical and mission interoperability, resiliency from cyber-attacks, and ensuring support to the tactical edge.  This panel of technical leaders across representative Services and Combat Support Agencies will share their challenges, solutions, and lessons learned.

  Ki Lee
  Principal, Booz Allen Hamilton

1 – Panelist

      “Supporting the DIA CTO in shaping the future state and building the technology road map”

  Doug Cate
     Deputy CTO DIA

2 – Panelist

      “Experience developing large complex software solutions to very complex business problems
      in very complex organizations”


  Joaquin Martinez de Pinillos

3 – Panelist

      “US Army Acquisition CORPS Certification”

  Alan Hansen
     Division Director Army I2WD

12:00 – 13:00     Lunch in upstairs food court

13:00 – 14:00 Keynote Address

Maj Gen (Ret) USAF Robert Wheeler

Moving the Nation Forward in Spectrum Usage—
 Critical Enabler for the US Economy and DoD

Outlining a national approach to spectrum utilization for both the US economy and the federal government. How to move forward both from a policy and technical perspective in spectrum usage and capability.


14:00 – 14:30     Break in exhibit area
14:30 – 15:30    

Session 2

Military Simulation

  Dr. Mark Pullen
  C4I&Cyber Center, GMU

1 – Breakthroughs in Military Simulation

      bio and abstract      
  Dr. Michael Hieb
     C4I & Cyber Center

2 – Government Solutions to the Optics of ISR

      bio and abstract      
  LTC Chad Bates, USA
     GMU PhD student

15:30 – 16:30    

Session 3


This panel will focus on innovative & emerging solutions and remaining challenges in the cybersecurity of industrial control systems ICS/SCADA. Representatives from government and infrastructure providers will talk about major efforts that are providing greater levels of protection for our Critical Information Infrastructure. New levels of collaboration, technology that reaches well beyond current solutions, and the generation of new resiliency tactics will be offered. Remaining challenges for work in both government and industry will also be addressed.

  John Saunders
  Principal Cyber Security
  The MITRE Corporation

1 – Panelist

      “Generation of cyber range requirements and the DoD processes and integrate capabilities
     needed to systematically track, analyze, secure and report facility energy and related data”

  Mr. Daryl Haegley     
     DoD Program Manager,
     OASD for Energy,
     Installations and Environment

2 – Panelist

      “Artificial Intelligence, Decision Support, and Cybersecurity of Critical Infrastructure”

  Dr. John H. Saunders  
     Cyber Security Engineer
     MITRE Corporation

3 – Panelist

      “System integrator for Industrial Control Systems (ICS) for 26 years providing SCADA systems
       for utilities, industrial and chemical processes”

  Mr. Craig Lightner
     System Integrator
     Industrial Control Systems (ICS)
     Washington Gas

4 – Panelist

      “Incident response for cyber-attack of critical infrastructure and coordinates isolation,
       eradication, and forensics for cyber-related event on U.S. industrial control systems”

  Mr. Jonathan Homer
     Cyber Security Analyst
     U.S. Department of Homeland

16:30     Reception

Thursday, May 25, 2017

09:00 – 10:00 Keynote Address

Mr. Paul Tilghman

DARPA Collabrative Spectrum Grand Challenge

The speaker is the Program Manager for the DARPA Spectrum Collaboration Grand Challenge, has the premise that collaborative use of spectrum can make this scarce resource more available to everybody. He will begin his talk with an overview of the DARPA Grand Challenges, including the Robotics and Cyber Challenges, and will include insights form his expertise in the areas of electronic warfare and software defined radios.

Tilghman photo

10:00 – 10:30 Coffee Break in Exhibit Area
10:30 – 12:00

Session 4

Cloud Migration and Interoperability Panel

  • The current state of DoD Cloud
  • Key decision factors for migrating to the Cloud
  • The current State of Cloud hosting
  • Identifying hurdles and technical solutions

  Al Mink
Managing Partner, Systems

1 – Panelist

      “Has overseen the deployment of enterprise medical systems that support the provision of
      medical care to warfighters, families and retirees around the world.”

  Robert Foster     
     Deputy Director,
     Information Operations
     Defense Logistics Agency

2 – Panelist

      “Enhancing operational effectiveness, cross-organizational collaboration, and cyber-security”

  John Hale     
     Chief, DISA Cloud Portfolio and
     Defense Information Systems Agency

12:00 – 13:00 Lunch in upstairs food court
13:00 – 13:45 Presentation

Brian Seagrave and David Bridgeland
                    Introduction by Amy Fadida

A New Approach to Industry-Government Dialog

This talk will explain how Open-book Modeling & Simulation enables buyers of solutions for complex systems to understand the changes that will have the greatest impact towards their objectives; and how this method enables industry to craft, test, and present alternative applications of their offerings to resolve government requirements – during the market survey phase of procurements.

13:45 – 15:00    

Session 5

Secure Mobility Challenges

Security and hacking trends change overnight and how do we take proactive steps to eradicate or mitigate the vulnerabilities? For all the government and industry more and more organization are moving towards securing the mobile computing environment whether it is for internal mission, public applications, or defending our nation. The role of mobility is driving workplace efficiency, flexibility, and this transition is leading to more challenges for the safety and integrity of government data. How can we be smarter to secure mobility and outsmart the bad ones?

  Anitha Raj

  President, ARAR Technology

  Mike Wilkerson

  Senior Director, End User Computing,
  Federal VMware, Inc.


1 – “Enabling mobility challenges”

  Rob Anderson
     DoD Mobility Solutions at IBM

     IBM GBS, Cyber and Biometrics

2 – “Higher Learning Needs for Security Capabilities in Mobility”

  Rick Walsh
     ‎PM Army Mobile Innovation Lead
     at US Army

3 – “Mobility Product Security Certification Processes”

  Greg F Youst
     ‎DISA Chief mobility engineer
     ‎Mobility Division, Cyber Directorate,

4 – “Road to Secured mobility in Defense & Intel”

  Lawrence Taylor
     AVP Mobility – AT&T Global Business
     Public Sector Solutions

15:00     End of Symposium