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Defense IT Summit

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Hilton Arlington National Landing | 2399 Richmond Hwy, Arlington, VA 22202

The inaugural Defense IT Summit marked an insightful kickoff to our 2024 event season. Federal and industry leaders came together on February 9 to discuss how IT modernization programs are restructuring the defense landscape.

Senior leadership shared priorities and agency initiatives around artificial intelligence, CJADC2, data innovation and workforce development, giving attendees a glimpse into the latest blueprint for the future of national security.

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The Defense Department mandated that all DOD organizations procure their cloud capabilities using the recent Joint Warfighting Cloud Capability (JWCC) contract vehicle managed by DISA’s J9 Hosting and Compute. As DISA undergoes its own cloud and data-center modernization journey, its Deputy CTO for Compute and J9 HaC Senior Technical Advisor discusses the department’s challenges and priorities ahead of this quickly changing landscape to support warfighter readiness and connectivity globally.

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  • Korie Seville
    Korie Seville Deputy CTO for Compute and J9 HaC Senior Technical Advisor DISA

With more attention and resources put into software factories, the Defense Department is prioritizing keeping up with the fast pace of technology development in new ways. Hear how federal leaders are using DevSecOps and Agile development processes to modernize IT systems and infrastructure that are supporting new defense weapons systems and programs.

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  • Lt Col Charlie Bahk
    Lt. Col. Charlie Bahk Software Factory Director Marine Corps
  • Rob Vietmeyer
    Rob Vietmeyer Chief Software Officer DOD
  • Dave Lago
    Dave Lago Product Manager, Vulcan DISA Hosting and Compute Center

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The Defense Department’s major cloud contract vehicle, JWCC, is ushering in a new age of cloud modernization. Cloud leaders are touting its benefits in the partnerships it is creating in the intelligence community to bring cloud in at all levels — leading also to more efficient approaches in cybersecurity. This panel will discuss how the services are strategizing this new opportunity to bring security at the forefront of cloud migration.

Speakers

  • Donald Yeske
    Don Yeske Director, National Security Cyber Division DHS
  • Jay Bonci
    Jay Bonci CTO Department of the Air Force
  • Edmond Kuqo
    Edmond Kuqo DevSecOps Lead Engineer Naval Information Warfare Center (NIWC) Atlantic
  • Frank Reyes
    Frank Reyes TCS Cloud Solutions Leader Maximus

As the military services work more toward multi-domain operations, DOD is seeking to connect its multitude of networks and data points to ensure seamless command and control on the battlefield. Hear about the tech developments the services are working on toward these concepts and what they mean for the ongoing pursuit to connect all domains across air, land, sea, cyber and space.

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  • Keegan Mills
    Keegan Mills Engineering and Cyber Technology Lead Marine Corps Systems Command
  • Randy Young
    Randy Young Technical Management Department Director, PEO C3T Army

Language models and artificial intelligence tools have potential to transform how technology teams work. Learn about how these leaders view new technologies that will transform defense operations and how they see these breakthroughs impacting the future of national security.

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  • Dr. Amanda Bullock
    Amanda Bullock AI Lead Air Force Research Laboratory
  • Jaime Fitzgibbon
    Jaime Fitzgibbon AI/ML Program Manager Defense Innovation Unit
  • Bharath Nagaraj
    Bharath Nagaraj Field Technical Director, AI Cohesity
  • Angel Phaneuf
    Angel Phaneuf CISO Army Software Factory
  • William Streilein
    William Streilein CTO CDAO, DOD

Speaker

  • Leslie Beavers
    Leslie Beavers Principal Deputy CIO DOD

We’ll announce our Flywheel Award winners for each of the seven categories  recognizing distinguished leaders and their work in federal government.

The flywheel — a critical component in a machine to increase its momentum — is also a critical symbol representing our goal to keep federal IT decision-makers informed on technology’s impact on government. This momentum is what fuels the constant need for transformers to innovate around the defense systems, infrastructure and tools that are keeping our nation safe.

Categories include: Cyber Defender, Emerging Tech Innovator, Digital Transformer, Data Advocate, Rising Star, NextGen Champion and Cloud Innovator.

Finalists

  • Stephane Bouatene
    Cyber Defender Finalist Stephane Bouatene Chief, Enterprise Capabilities Division NGA
  • Anthony Giljum
    Cyber Defender Finalist Anthony Giljum Director, Engineering and Technology Transformation DHA
  • David McKeown
    Cyber Defender Finalist David McKeown Senior Information Security Officer, and Deputy CIO for Cybersecurity DOD
  • Dr. Lisa Costa
    Emerging Tech Innovator Finalist Dr. Lisa Costa Chief Technology and Innovation Officer Space Force
  • Jennifer Hay
    Emerging Tech Innovator Finalist Jennifer Hay Director Defense Digital Service
  • David Sanchez
    Emerging Tech Innovator Finalist David Sanchez Technical Director Air Force
  • Rebecca Clark
    Digital Transformer Finalist Rebecca Clark Digital Transformation Specialist NSWC Corona
  • Venice Goodwine
    Digital Transformer Finalist Venice Goodwine CIO Air Force
  • Jimmy Jones
    Digital Transformer Finalist Jimmy Jones STITCHES Warfighter Application Team Lead SAF/AQL
  • Douglas R. Bush
    Data Advocate Finalist Douglas R. Bush Assistant Secretary for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology Army
  • Dr. David M. Markowitz
    Data Advocate Finalist Dr. David M. Markowitz CDO Army
  • Eileen Vidrine
    Data Advocate Finalist Eileen Vidrine Chief Data & AI Officer Air Force
  • Major Ronisha Carter
    Rising Star Finalist Major Ronisha Carter Data and Artificial Intelligence Strategist Air Force
  • Nicole Thompson
    Rising Star Finalist Nicole Thompson Digital Services Expert Defense Digital Service
  • Heather Heben
    NextGen Champion Finalist Heather Heben COSMOS Project Manager NIWC Pacific
  • Cheryl Ingstad
    NextGen Champion Finalist Cheryl Ingstad Deputy Director, Digital Platforms and Developer Ecosystem DIU
  • Sharothi Pikar
    NextGen Champion Finalist Sharothi Pikar Deputy CDAO for Acquisitions DOD
  • Chris Harr
    Cloud Innovator Award Presenter Chris Harr DoD Program Director WIZ
  • Cloud Innovator Finalist Darren Turner Chief Technologist PEO Digital, Navy
  • Cloud Innovator Finalist Adarryl Roberts CIO Defense Logistics Agency
  • Cloud Innovator Finalist Ryan McArthur JWCC Program Manager DISA

Speakers

Speakers
  • Lt Col Charlie Bahk
    Lt. Col. Charlie Bahk Software Factory Director, Marine Corps
  • Leslie Beavers
    Leslie Beavers Principal Deputy CIO, DOD
  • Jay Bonci
    Jay Bonci CTO, Department of the Air Force
  • Dr. Amanda Bullock
    Amanda Bullock AI Lead, Air Force Research Laboratory
  • Jaime Fitzgibbon
    Jaime Fitzgibbon AI/ML Program Manager, Defense Innovation Unit
  • Chris Harr
    Chris Harr DoD Program Director, WIZ
  • Edmond Kuqo
    Edmond Kuqo DevSecOps Lead Engineer, Naval Information Warfare Center (NIWC) Atlantic
  • Dave Lago
    Dave Lago Product Manager, Vulcan, DISA Hosting and Compute Center
  • Keegan Mills
    Keegan Mills Engineering and Cyber Technology Lead, Marine Corps Systems Command
  • Bharath Nagaraj
    Bharath Nagaraj Field Technical Director, AI, Cohesity
  • Angel Phaneuf
    Angel Phaneuf CISO, Army Software Factory
  • Frank Reyes
    Frank Reyes TCS Cloud Solutions Leader, Maximus
  • Korie Seville
    Korie Seville Deputy CTO for Compute and J9 HaC Senior Technical Advisor, DISA
  • William Streilein
    William Streilein CTO, CDAO, DOD
  • Rob Vietmeyer
    Rob Vietmeyer Chief Software Officer, DOD
  • Donald Yeske
    Don Yeske Director, National Security Cyber Division, DHS
  • Randy Young
    Randy Young Technical Management Department Director, PEO C3T, Army
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