AFCEA_ GMU Agenda for 2020


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2020 Symposium

Critical Issues in C4I


Schedule of Events

Tuesday May 19, 2020

08:00 – 08:55 Registration and Continental Breakfast
08:55 – 09:00 Welcome to GMU–Dr. Michael Hieb
  Center of Excellence in Command, Control, Communications, Computing, Intelligence and Cyber
  George Mason University

09:00 – 10:00

Session 1 Part I

2nd Annual Department of Defense CTO Roundtable:
Emerging Technology and the Future of Warfare

These four Chief Technology Officers (or their equivalents) from the Services share their perspectives
on how emerging technology is changing the character of warfare, where services are prioritizing their
technology efforts, and what to expect from the future. After each panelist provides their opening talk,
we will host an interactive discussion panel where military, academic, and industry attendees
can explore topics with the panelists.

Chair: John Dvorak




1 – USAF Panelist


Frank Konieczny

Chief Technology Officer,
Office of Information Dominance,
Office of the Secretary of the Air Force


2 – USArmy Panelist

William Robinson
CIO / G6 Army Chief Technology Officer

3 – USNavy Panelist

Gregory Shaffer
Chief Technology Officer
Assistant Chief Engineer Mission  Architecture and Systems Engineering
Naval Information Warfare Systems


4 – USMC Panelist

Dan Corbin
Chief Technology Officer
Office of Information Dominance
Chief Technology Advisor, Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps


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


10:30 – 12:00

Session 1 Part II

CTO Discussion Panel

Chair and Moderator:
  John Dvorak

12:00 – 13:00  Lunch (on your own)

13:00 – 14:00 Keynote Address

Dr. Mark Lewis
 Director of Defense Research and Engineering for Modernization


New Defense Technology Challenges


Abstract    Bio
14:00 – 14:30                         Coffee Break in exhibit area

14:30 – 16:30

Session 2

Critical Technology Issues

Chair: John Dvorak




1 – Interoperability (CWIX) Panelist

            GMU has been part of a major NATO Science & Technology Organization effort to standardize
            Command and Control – Simulation interoperability for coalitions. This presentation will review
            the project and describe recent major results, including NATO CWIX testing and standardization.

            Abstract and Bio   

Michael Hieb

2 – Supply Chain (In)Security Panelist

Terry Dunlap

3 – Workforce Issues Panelist

William Halal

4 – Panelist

Sean Plankey


                        Reception in exhibit area

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

08:00 – 09:00   Registration and Continental Breakfast
09:00 – 10:00
Keynote Address

Dr. Walter S. Scott
      CTO of Maxar
Founder and CTO, Digital Globe

Commercial Satellite Imaging Discussion

Abstract    Bio
10:00 – 10:30                       Coffee Break in exhibit area

10:30 – 12:00

Session 3

Artificial Intelligence Issues for Defense Applications

  Brad Mascho


1 – Topic: Maintaining US Superiority in AI

Nathaniel Bastian
Major, USA of Search Joint Artificial Intelligence Center– JAIC

2 – Topic: Ethics in AI


3 – Topic: AI on the Tactical Edge


12:00 – 13:00                 Lunch (on your own)

13:00 – 14:00
Keynote Address

Andrés Irlando

 SVP & President Public Sector and Verizon Connect at Verizon

Wireless 5G Impact and Concerns

Abstract    Bio

14:30 – 16:00
Session 4

5G Cellular Impact Issues and Concerns for Defense

Chair: Randy Clark


Moderator: Sal D’Itri
Chair of Spectrum Consortium


1 – Where is 5G now?

Joe Evans
 5G R&E Spectrum – Former DARPA

2 – Impact on the Internet Of Things

COL Sean Branch

3 – Baseline reference Architecture Discussion



4 – ORAN: Open Radio Access Network

Terry Halvorsen

5 – Resiliency, Supply Chain Risk

David Simpson
 RADM (ret.) USN

                        End of Symposium