Agenda 2016

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   2016 Symposium Theme: Innovation in C4I

Schedule of Events

Wednesday May 18, 2016

08:30 – 08:55     Registration                            
08:55 – 09:00     Welcome by Kenneth S. Ball, Dean

Volgenau School of Engineering, George Mason University
09:00 – 10:00     Keynote Address
Vint Cerf

Challenges of Innovation

The eminent “Father of the Internet” will get us started on the theme of Innovation in C4I, based on his deep experience in innovation and wide-ranging experience in C4I and related commercial technologies.

Abstract & Bio

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

Session 1

State of C4I: Critical Aspects

  Vicky Huttar

1 – “Command and Control (C2) and Communications–New C4ISR and Operational Implications”

      Abstract & Bio   slides   
  Dr. Linton Wells II
     Executive Advisor, GMU C4I Center

2 – “Computer/Cyber Technologies and Intelligence”

      Abstract & Bio   slides   
  Joseph Witt
     Senior Director of Engineering

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

13:00 – 14:00     Keynote Address
Ben Gibson

Impact of Failure to Innovate

This talk will focus on examples of “What went wrong” resulting in failure to innovate. The situation is rarely as simple as it might seem. Examples will be drawn from experience with Kodak.


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Abstract & Bio

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

Session 2

Innovation Building on Commercial Technologies

  Amy Fadida

  Amy Fadida

1 – “The Future of Technology”

      Abstract & Bio   slides   
  Bob Gourley
     Cognitio Corp

2 – “Changing Missions, Changing IT”

      Abstract & Bio   slides   
  Stephen J. Wallo
     Chief Solutions Architect

15:30 – 16:30    

Session 3 – Panel Discussion

How Cyber Concerns Impact C4I Innovation

Cyber issues are among today’s most compelling. Not only do they impact security concerns; they also get in the way of innovation. This session will address issues such as speed of development versus security, global C4I reach with complete security, advantages of first strike in the new cyber field of battle, and how the need to control conceal info impedes progress and may keep new offensive capabilities from serving as a deterrent.

  Gil Duvall

1 – Panelist: Tom Patterson

  Tom Patterson     
     Unisys Chief Trust Officer and
     VP of the Global Security business

2 – Panelist: Arlette Hart

  Arlette Hart  
     Chief Information Security Officer
     Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)

3 – Panelist: Travis Rosiek

  Travis Rosiek
     Federal Architect

16:30     Reception

Thursday May 19, 2016

09:00 – 10:00     Keynote Address

LTG Rhett Hernandez, US Army (retired)

Increasing Operational Effectiveness through Innovation

Since the beginning of time, people have developed capabilities to increase their ability to fight from a distance. Today, time and space have converged and global threats can impact our national security through cyberspace in milliseconds. Through innovation we must adjust the man-machine balance by investing in people and technology to increase operational effectiveness. Our national security demands more innovative approaches.

Abstract & Bio

10:00 – 10:30     Break
10:30 – 12:00    

Session 4

Future Key C4I Technologies

  Kathryn B. Laskey

1 – “IARPA’s Crowdsourcing Evidence, Argumentation, Thinking and Evaluation (CREATE) Program”

      Abstract & Bio      slides
  Steve Rieber

2 – “Securing the Internet of Things (IoT)”

      Abstract & Bio      
  Davitt Potter
     Enterprise IT Security
     Architecture and Design

3 – “IT, Digital Economy, and Change: Highlights from the TechCast Project”

      Abstract & Bio   slides   
  Dr. William Halal
     Chairman of TechCast Global

12:00 – 13:00           Lunch in upstairs food court
13:00 – 13:30      Keynote Address

   Lt Gen Arnold W. Bunch, Jr

   Bending the Cost Curve

Weapon system acquisition costs and schedules are trending
exponentially, and unsustainably, up and to the right.
The Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition is
committed to bend down that cost/schedule curve.
However, we will measure our effectiveness in terms of a
third variable, namely “warfighting value delivered.”


Abstract & Bio

13:30 – 14:30    

Session 5

C4I Acquisition Reform

  Chris Gunderson

1 – “Assuring Greater Acquisition Value Per Cost”

      Abstract & Bio   slides   
  Major Steven Nielson
     Program Manager for
     Information Directorate at
     Rome Research Labs, New York

2 – “Acquisition Valuation Methodology”

      Abstract & Bio   slides   
  Tod Levitt
     George Mason University

14:30               End of Symposium