• June 2, 2015
  • National Press Club
    Washington D.C.

Event Highlights

  • Major General Sarah Zabel, US Air Force
  • AJ Bognar, US Army
  • John Hale, DISA Cloud Portfolio Office
  • Robert Vietmeyer, Department of Defense
  • Roger Thorstenson, Department of Defense
  • John Bergin, DOD OCIO
  • Tom Chapin, OpenText
  • Leonel Garciga, JIDO
  • Manish Patel, US Army
  • Tommy Gardner, HP Federal
  • Frank Konieczny, US Air Force
  • Rear Admiral Kathleen Creighton, US Navy


On November 14th , Defense Systems held its Annual Defense Systems Summit, focused on discussing the emerging defense IT priorities, and the new cyber tools and tactics that are making it possible for DOD to make their operations and services more cost-effective and shift much-needed resources to warfighters working at “the point of the spear.” If you missed the event, you can download the event ebook below to learn more about this topic.

Cloud and Automation Support DOD’s Enterprise Approach to IT

The Department of Defense, (DOD) faces numerous challenges. Among them are increased cybersecurity threats, demands for more bandwidth and better connectivity, and a cumbersome IT acquisition process. The DOD is turning to agile acquisition, cloud computing, automation, and other technologies and approaches to improve how it manages and secures its systems to better deliver services.READ THE FULL SUMMARY HERE


Tuesday, November 14, 2017

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8:25 am - 8:30 am Welcome Remarks
8:30 am - 9:00 am Opening Defense Keynote: Cyber Strategies to Address Fast-Emerging Threats
9:00 am - 9:40 am Defense and Industry Panel I: The Future of Cloud in DoD
  • Attila J. (AJ) Bognar Chief, Army Data Center Consolidation and Cloud Transformation US Army
  • John Hale Chief DISA Cloud Portfolio Office
  • Robert Vietmeyer Associate Director for Cloud Computing and Agile Development, Enterprise Services & Integration Directorate, Office of the DoD Chief Information Officer Department of Defense
9:40 am - 9:55 am Networking Break
9:55 am - 10:25 am Defense Session: The Path Ahead for JIE
  • Roger Thorstenson Director of DoDIN Modernization Deputy CIO for Information Enterprise (DCIO (IE)), Department of Defense
10:25 am - 11:05 am Defense & Industry Panel II: DoD Modernization Strategies & Best Practices
  • John Bergin IT and Business Systems Reform Lead Department of Defense, Office of the CIO
  • Tom Chapin Principal Analyst, Business Value Consulting OpenText
  • Leonel Garciga J6 Chief and Chief Technology Officer, Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) Joint Improvised-Threat Defeat Organization (JIDO)
  • Manish Patel Chief Information Officer
    Program Executive Office, Enterprise Information Systems
    US Army
11:05 am - 11:35 pm Fireside Chat: Evolving Cyber Strategies
11:35 am - 12:05 pm Closing Defense Keynote: Shifting from an Administrative to Warfighting Mindset for Defense IT
12:05 pm Closing Remarks


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  • BMC
  • OpenText
  • HP