SESSION 1 : Emerging Technology and the Future of Warfare


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John Dvorak

Chair: Session 1
Chief technology Officer, VariQ

May 19, 2020 at 09:00


John Dvorak serves as VariQ’s Chief Technology Officer. He is responsible for charting VariQ’s capabilities roadmap, leading solutions development, advising mission customers, and curating alliance partners. He heads QLabs, VariQ’s
innovation center focused on customer-aligned research and development in cybersecurity, software development, cloud enablement, and data analytics.

John is a former FBI Senior Executive with roles that included the oversight of advanced data analytics, mission-focused software development, and law enforcement and intelligence community collaboration. At NIH, he was responsible for network and engineering services and led cybersecurity transformation efforts. Since leaving federal service, he has served as CIO for Salient CRGT and CTO for Information Innovators Inc, successfully supporting growth, M&A, and modernization initiatives.

John is an active angel investor and serves as an executive mentor, advisor, and board member for companies in the cybersecurity, AI, and emerging technology sectors. He is a University of Maryland alumnus, holds a leadership certificate from the Harvard Kennedy School, and is FAC PPM Senior Level certified.

Frank Konieczny

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

May 19, 2020 at 09:00


Frank Konieczny, a Senior Level executive, is the AF Chief Information Technology Officer, Office of Deputy Chief Information Officer, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C. He has primary responsibility is to advance the IT technology landscape of the Air Force. His current focus areas include the developing the future technical target baseline, mobility enterprise solutions, data management, ICAM access/claims management, mesh networks, artificial intelligence/quantum capabilities, cyber and technology innovation pathfinders and advancing the Joint Information Environment.

Mr. Konieczny has completed advanced degrees in computer science engineering and administrative science, and in 1987 he completed all coursework for a doctorate in computer science. He has extensive experience as a systems analyst and chief programmer, working with a variety of firms including Teledyne Brown Engineering, SAIC and General Research Corporation. He has supported the programming and analytical analysis for a wide spectrum of government projects including ballistic missile defense, network design, missile test analysis, radar systems analysis and simulation, and operations research and statistical analysis. Mr. Konieczny would go on to serve as a project manager, business unit manager, Chief Scientist and Chief Technology Officer. He has managed more than 20 significant government sector programs involving multiple large and small business subcontractors and academic institutions in areas of Army and Navy manpower, logistics, force structure, undersea warfare, real time statistical analysis, biometric authentication, enterprise architecture, work flow management, and simulation and modeling.

Prior to his current assignment, Mr. Konieczny was employed for 10 years with AT&T Government Solutions professional services business unit. He served as the CIO, CTO and Executive Director for Operations where he managed internal research and development efforts; multi-location infrastructure management and upgrade; process improvement and standardization; support organization coordination; and development of technical solutions for a wide spectrum of projects within the government sector.

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William Robinson

Chief Technology Officer
(Sec Army Staff for Acquisition Logistics and Technology)
US Army

May 19, 2020 at 09:00


Chief Warrant Officer Five (CW5) William Robinson serves as the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and Senior Technical Advisor at the Headquarters, Department of the Army, Office of the Chief Information Officer (CIO)/G-6.
As the CTO and Senior Technical Advisor, CW5 Robinson reports directly to the Army CIO/G-6. He assists in establishing and directing strategy, policy, guidance, planning, and functional proponency for Army worldwide current and future Command, Control, Communications, and Computers and Information Technology support during peacetime, crisis, contingencies and war.
CW5 Robinson is a third generation Soldier from a family with a long tradition of serving in the Army.

CW5 Robinson has served in numerous positions during his career, from a young enlisted Network Switching Systems Operator/Maintainer to Chief Technology Officer. Prior to his current assignment, he was the Command Chief Warrant Officer, 7th Signal Command. His previous assignments include Chief Technology Officer, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology; Senior Technical Advisor to TRADOC Capabilities Manager Network and Services, Senior Technical Advisor, 35th Signal Brigade, Task Force Odin, Senior Signal Warrant , S3 Network Operations Officer-in-Charge, 112th Special Operations (Airborne) and Battalion Network Plans Officer, 10th Signal Battalion, 10th Mountain Division. He also has five combat deployments to Iraq (4) and Afghanistan (1).

CW5 Robinson holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Information Systems. His military education includes the Warrant Officer Candidate School, Warrant Officer Basic & Advanced Courses, the Warrant Officer Staff Course, and the Warrant Officer Senior Service Education Course.
His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (one Oak Leaf Cluster (OLC)), the Meritorious Service Medal (four OLCs), the Army Commendation Medal (one OLC), and the Army Achievement Medal (one OLC), among others. He also holds the Army Parachutist & Army Air Assault Badges.
CW5 Robinson and his wife, CW4 (R) Angel Robinson, have three daughters, Alexis, Dashona, and Jasmine, and two sons, Shabazz and Alan.

Brigadier General Poul Primdahl

Danish Army

May 19, 2020 at 09:00


Poul Primdahl joined the Danish Army in 1987 in the Queen’s Life Regiment (mechanized infantry). From 1988 to 1990 he served as Military Police before he in 1991 joined the Officer’s Academy in Copenhagen. He was commissioned as 1st Lt. in 1994. Upon officer’s advanced training from 1998 to 2000 he was promoted to Captain. From 2003 to 2005 he joined the Army- and General Staff course upon which he was promoted to Major. In 2007 he was promoted to Lt. Colonel and in 2015 to Colonel. Upon assuming the position as ACOS Requirements Division in ACT in Sep. 2018, he is promoted to BGen.

Whilst serving with the Military Police, Primdahl was stationed in Namibia with the UN/UNTAG mission well over a year from 1989-90. From 1994 to 2003, he held various positions with the Jutland Combat Service Support Regiment; from Platoon leader, Company 2IC, Battalion S3 to Company Commander and teacher at the Army Logistics School. He was twice deployed to Bosnia on six months Op tours; in 1995 as Platoon leader in Sarajevo under UNPROFOR and in 2001 as Company Commander in Doboj under SFOR/NATO. From 2005-07 he served as SO in the Doctrine Branch of the Army operational Command.

From 2007 to 2011 Primdahl was stationed in Belgium at SHAPE as Head Planner in J5 within the ISAF team. In 2011 he was appointed CO and took command over 2nd Combat Service Support Battalion. In 2012 Primdahl assumed the post as Head of Logistics at Army Operational Command, Denmark, with a main task to plan and execute the redeployment of Danish forces from Helmand. Also, he was in charge of developing new joint organizations in regards to Strategic Movement and Transportation, Tactical Maintenance Capability and Military Police by merger of the three Services’ capacities. In 2014 he was deployed to Afghanistan as Director HQ Transition Team under NTM-A/ISAF and upon return he took up the position as J4 in the Danish Defence Command.

From 2015 to 2018 Primdahl has served with the Danish Military Representative to NATO as military adviser and team leader, responsible for policy and plans including the NATO modernization agenda such as NCS adaptation and a refocus on collective defence initiatives.

BGen Primdahl is for 25 years married to Linda and they have three children, a daughter of 23 (Ellen) and two sons of 21 and 17 (Jens and Lars). His interests include fitness level swimming and running, skiing, traveling with the family and current affairs

BGen Primdahl was in 2011 awarded Knight of the Danish Order of the Dannebrog.

Stephen M. Wallace

Systems Innovation Scientist,
Emerging Technology Directorate
Defense Information Systems Agency

May 19, 2020 at 09:00


Mr. Steve Wallace is Systems Innovation Scientist of the Emerging Technology Directorate at the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA). Previously, Mr. Wallace served as the Chief Technology Director and the Chief Engineer for DoD Enterprise Email and Defense Collaboration Services.

Prior to joining DISA, Steve was an employee of Computer Sciences Corporation as a government contractor. During this time he worked to build a variety of enterprise class collaboration, identity management, and authentication systems for the Federal Government.