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Wednesday May 20, 2015

08:30 – 09:00     Registration                            
09:00 – 09:10     Welcome by Dr Stephen Nash
Senior Associate Dean,
Nguyen School of Engineering, George Mason University
09:10 – 10:00     Keynote Address
David A. Cotton

Update on the Joint Environment — What’s Next for the Enterprise?



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

Session 1

What Are the Characteristics of an “Ideal” Warfighter IT Environment?

  Cliff Mangum, Vicky Huttar

  Vicky Huttar

1 – “What It Takes to Improve Tactical Communications”

  Alex Isaac
     National Security Programs
     MarkLogic Corporation

2 – “Interoperability Between Cloud Sources”

  David W. Stickley
     Services Executive, DISA

3 – “Better Collaboration Between DOD and the Vendor Community for

            Improved Acquisitions: The Cyber Challenge”

      Bio   slides   
  Dr. Jerry Cook
     Cyber Operations
     Office for C3-Tactical (PEO C3T)

4 – Panel Discussion:

     – Accessing big data in a bandwidth-constrained environment

     – Cloud challenges in providing data to the edge

     – Ways to provide Data that is configured and combined quickly so new data can be

            delivered and received from the field

     – Acquisition changes necessary to accommodate IT at the tactical edge??


12:00 – 13:00     Lunch in upstairs food court
13:00 – 14:30    

Session 2

Improving IT Infrastructure Performance and Agility

  Ken Nidiffer, Carey Bandler,
  Kaus Phaltankar, Amy Fadida

  Amy Fadida

1 – “What are the possibilities for an automated/self-healing infrastructure?”

      abstract & bio   slides   
  Phillip O’Reilly
     CTO, Brocade Federal

2 – “The State of Cloud Computing Adoption in C4I:
       The impact of cloud adoption on flexibility, resiliency, and security”

      abstract & bio   slides   
  Steven Spano
     General Manager,
     Defense and National Security
     for Amazon AWS Public Sector

3 – “Trust Management: It’s Time for a New Security Paradigm”

      abstract & bio   slides   
  Richard Spires
     Former CIO DHS and current
    CEO of Resilient Network Systems


14:30 – 15:00    
Closing Featured Speaker

  James G. Clark

Prototyping Success in Tactical Air Operations

ABSTRACT:The United States and its Partner Nations have been at war for over 14 years. The enemy has proven to be formidable and adaptive. Unfortunately, our acquisition paradigm has not been able to adapt largely due to its “risk avoidance” acquisition practices. This presentation will highlight the need for innovative thinkers who recognize that “risk taking” is an acceptable and realistic practice for wartime acquisition to include examples.
15:00 – 16:00     Networking Reception in exhibit area
16:00     End of Day 1

Thursday, May 21, 2015

09:00 – 10:00 Keynote Address

Dr. Tim Rudolph

IT Acquisition and Plugfesting with Other Transactional Authority (OTA)

ABSTRACT: Undeniably, the Air Force acquisition process is too rigid and slow to gain strategic, tactical, or economic advantage from rapidly evolving commercial technology. Meanwhile, weapon system program costs continue to rise and delivery schedules slip. These issues are particularly egregious when it comes to fielding C4I systems. Bending the Cost Curve (BTCC) Plug Fest Plus (PFP) is an acquisition strategy that responds to this untenable situation with a two pronged approach: an open system, modular, engineering model that uses “Plug Testing” for Analysis of Alternatives and Validation and Verification (V&V); and streamlined Other Transaction Agreements (OTA) with industrial consortia for executing rapid, evolutionary, developmental spirals.


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

Session 3

Agile IT Acquisition and Plugfesting

  Chris Gunderson  

1 – “Open System Acquisition (OSA)”

       bio   Gunderson slides   Mayhew slides
  Chris Gunderson
     Naval Postgraduate School

  Michael J. Mayhew

2 – “A NATO Success Story in C2-Simulation Interoperability”

      abstract & bio   slides   
  Dr. Rob Wittman

12:00 – 13:00     Lunch in upstairs food court
13:00 – 15:00    

Session 4

Controversial and Innovative Issues in C4I

  Greg Hanson and Mike Finn

  Dr. J. Greg Hanson

1 – Panel Discussion: “How do we innovate in a constrained environment?”

  Bill Marion
  Dave Wennergren
  Brian Fogg
     CTO, NCI Information Systems

2 – “How does the Internet of Things Apply in a Tactical Environment? ”

      abstract & bio   slides   
  Bobby Laurine
     Former NGA

3 – “Crowdsourcing for C4I: Pitfalls and Promise”

      abstract & bio   slides   
  Dr. Kathryn Laskey,
      C4I Center GMU

15:00     End of Symposium