AFCEA/GMU Agenda for 2018


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2018 Symposium

Critical Issues in C4I


Schedule of Events

Tuesday May 22, 2018

08:30 – 08:55 Registration
08:55 – 09:00 Welcome:

Dr. Kenneth S. Ball
  Dean, Volgenau School of Engineering, George Mason University

Dr. Mark Pullen
  Director, C4I and Cyber Center of Excellence, George Mason University

09:00 – 10:00 Keynote Address

Roberta “Bobbie” Stempfley
   Director, Carnegie Mellon University’s Software Engineering Institute – CERT Division

Analytics and Situational Awareness

Ms. Stempfley will brief the audience on the current state of software development with an eye towards current cyber security vulnerabilities and countermeasures. She will also discuss the CERT Division’s role in and advocacy for continuous improvement of the security and resilience of computer systems and networks.


Bobbie Stempfley
bio  slides
10:00 – 10:30 Coffee Break in exhibit area
10:30 – 12:00

Session 1

Advances in Data Security

Insider Threat Risk Mitigation/Data Integrity

This prestigious group will discuss the current state of Data Security in a panel style presentation.
Key topics that will be discussed include protecting against insider threat, data loss or corruption
risk mitigation, and maintaining data integrity with a particular focus on the DoD secure
operating environment.

  Carey Bandler
  Director, Strategic Accounts
  -Nuix USG

1 – Panelist:

bio   slides
Randall Conway (invited)
 DoD Deputy Chief Information Officer  for Information Enterprise

2 – Panelist:

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Robert Patterson (invited)
Chief Security Infrastructure, Cyber & Enterprise Operations, DoD CIO

3 – Panelist:

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David Smith (invited)
Chief Information Security Officer, Nuix
12:00 – 13:00 
Lunch in adjacent facility

13:00 – 14:00 Keynote Address

Dr. Sean Manion (MD)
  Chief Executive, Science Distributed

Blockchain Impact of C4 Blockchain SME  
Critical Enabler for the US Economy and DoD

Dr. Manion will bring his extensive operational experience in DoD healthcare systems to bear on the issue of blockchain’s potential impact as a critical enabler for the US Economy and DoD. The audience will benefit from Dr. Manion’s insights – based on decades of medical research and a deep understanding of privacy and security issues and regulations.


        bio      slides
14:00 – 15:00

Session 2

Exploiting Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

This panel will concentrate on various ways that machine learning can be adopted and applied
to current human and technology driven challenges. The discussion will focus on the application
of machine learning in the DoD environment as a force enabler/multiplier.

  Allan Mink
Managing Partner, Systems Spirit
  Scott Winn

1 – Panelist

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Don Miner
Founding Partner, Miner & Kasch

2 – Panelist

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Karl MacMillan
15:00 – 15:30    Break in exhibit area
15:30 – 16:00

Session 3

Collaborative Community Resilience

Initiatives in Waging Peace

GMU’s new Community Resilience Lab coordinates a number of efforts to help build individual and community resilience to natural and man-made emergencies while increasing economic and other opportunities in under-served communities. Beyond just bouncing back, resilient communities can absorb shocks and yet provide improved services afterward– “Be prepared to bounce forward better.” The goal is to reduce pressures for migration and marginalization.The Lab is being incubated within the C4I & Cyber Center and draws on many of the Center’s resilience-building approaches.


Chair: Linton Wells, II
Principal Cyber Security Engineer  
George Mason University
16:00 – 17:00

Session 4

Internet of Things in National Security

Dr. Saunders will lead a discussion regarding the implication of IOT for national security. Real world case studies will be discussed with a specific focus on securing IOT systems in a large scale distributed environment.


Chair: John Saunders
Principal Cyber Security Engineer
MITRE Corporation

1- Title: “En Route to Smart Cities”

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Dr. Shubham Jain
Assistant Professor
Old Dominion University

2- Title: “Cybersecurity of the IoT”

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Dr. Angelos Stavrou
George Mason University
17:00       Reception



Wednesday, May 23, 2018

09:00 – 10:00             Keynote Address

Lt Gen Michael Hayden, USAF (retired)

Understanding Information Warfare

Lt Gen Hayden will explore with the audience his thoughts regarding the current threat of Information Warfare. He will provide some contextual background describing the current problematic environment and propose potential actions that can be taken to offset current threats.

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

Session 5

Understanding Information Warfare

This distinguished panel will follow up on Lt Gen Hayden’s opening remarks with a deep dive discussion on the current information warfare threat and mitigation tactics. The session will focus on both defensive as well as offensive capabilities in this space.


  John Dvorak
  CIO, Salient CRGT
  John Russack

1 – Panelist:

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Adm William O. Studeman, USN (Ret.)

2 -Panelist:

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Riley Repko (invited)
Strategic Advisor to Secretary of the Air Force and USAF COS

3 – Panelist:

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Jake Schaffner (invited)
OSD Staff

12:00 – 13:00     Lunch in adjacent facility

13:00 – 14:00             Keynote Address

Lewis Shepherd

Innovations in IT Acquisition Acquisition SME – OTA, etc.

Lewis will highlight current innovations in IT Acquisition that are greatly accelerating the deployment curve. Topics will include other transactional authority, COTS deployments, leveraging R&D investments and the potential for public private partnerships.

Shepherd bio slides

14:00 – 15:00

Session 6

Impact of Disruptive Technologies on the future Integrated Mobility

We will discuss advancements in AI expert systems, SDP, Spectrum agility, Big data, IOT and Cloud in C4I for Integrated Mobility. The future of mobility will have a far more consolidated, cognitive, integrated and transformational impact on defense, security and next generation of first responders whereby new incarnations of ‘armed force’ start doing different things in novel ways. COTS implementation to the tactical edge will enhance decision-support system during wartime/emergency wherein the time is a significant factor to communicate with warfighters, responders, autonomous vehicles, weapons, machinery, emergency equipment, etc. that need support with intelligence and quick response in the zone. The current trajectory of technology, ubiquitous connectivity, sensors, location-based services, social networks, machine learning, big data and IOT will have an even more profound impact on Mobility Integration. These present risks but also opportunities especially benefitting the Defense and Government to become SMARTER!


Chair: Anitha Raj
President, ARAR Technology
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Moderator: Tom Suder
President ATARC
   bio slides

1 – Title: Intelligent Mobile Agents

Present software solution on mobile devices that can work with cloud servers to push intelligence to the edge to provide actionable intelligence to the first responder/warfighter

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Dr. Edward Chow
Manager, Civil Program OfficeNASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

2 – Title: Advancement in Integrated Mobility

Finding new ways to integrate mobility, IoT, security, with SDP solutions and tools, permit us to reconsider what the Art of the Possible really can deliver during disasters.

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Jeffrey Schweitzer
Asymmetric Solutions ArchitectProduct and New Business Innovation Verizon

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