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

Thank You for Attending

The Defense Department, with 1.8 million uniformed and civilian personnel working in 5,000 locations across the globe, operates a vast and sometimes-disjointed IT ecosystem that is as complicated an enterprise as any that exists today. Throughout the department, IT teams manage operations, often piecemeal, by maintaining legacy systems alongside emerging technology. They work to sustain and integrate, to incorporate Agile and DevOps, find efficiencies in intelligent automation and robotics, and use analytics to make sense of endless data. Meanwhile, leaders follow the funding trails, aim for stability in budgets, and shape policy. The common thread throughout is the desire for speed, insight and security.

The 2018 Defense Systems Summit brought together thought leaders from throughout the DoD community to address these issues and more.

Topics of discussion included:

  • Changing culture and practices for modernization
  • Meeting increasing broadband demands
  • Big data/AI
  • Mission-driven analytics
  • Defensive cyber tools
  • Securing Internet-connected devices
  • Identifying and procuring emerging technologies
  • Migrating to the cloud


Wednesday, July 11, 2018

7 AM
8 AM
9 AM
10 AM
11 AM
7:55 am - 8:00 am Opening Remarks
  • Anne Armstrong President & Chief Content Officer 1105 Public Sector Media Group
8:00 am - 8:25 am Opening Keynote | National Security and Technology Transformation: The Road Ahead

Sponsored By: BMC

8:25 am - 9:05 am Defense and Industry Panel I | Extending Cloud to the Tactical Edge
  • Michael Kilcoyne Command Information Office – Cyber security division
    Naval Facilities Engineering Command
    Department of the Navy
  • Frank Konieczny Chief Technology Officer United States Air Force
  • Moderated By: Lisa Daniel Custom Editorial Director 1105 Public Sector Media Group
9:25 am - 9:55 am Fireside Chat | How Security and Cyber Tools are Changing in Today’s World
  • Tommy Gardner, Ph.D. Chief Technology Officer HP Federal
  • Thresa B. Lang, Ph.D. Director, SPAWAR Washington Operations
    Deputy Director, Department of the Navy Deputy Chief Information Officer (Navy)
    Senior Information Security Officer
    Department of the Navy
  • MG Garrett Yee Acting Deputy CIO/G-6 and Senior Information Security Officer Office of the Chief Information Officer (CIO)/G-6, Department of the Army
  • Lauren Williams Staff Writer FCW

Sponsored By: HP

9:55 am - 10:10 am Networking Break
10:10 am - 10:50 am Defense and Industry Panel II | Military Readiness in the Digital Age
  • Sharon Beermann-Curtin Deputy Director, Office of the Secretary of Defense Strategic Capabilities Office (SCO) Department of Defense
  • LtC Eric Frahm Experimentation Program Manager
    Air Force Strategic Development Planning and Experimentation
    United States Air Force
  • Frank Wakeham Director and Lead, Navy/Marine Corps Mission Readiness Booz Allen Hamilton

Sponsored By: Booz Allen Hamilton

10:50 am - 11:15 am Mission-driven Machine Learning
11:15 am - 11:35 am Next Generation Information Infrastructure
  • John Bergin IT and Business Systems Reform Lead Department of Defense, Office of the CIO
11:35 am - 11:55 am Government Keynote | Facing DOD’s Biggest Challenge – Building and Maintaining the Cyber Workforce
  • Wanda Jones-Heath Air Force Chief Information Security Officer (SAF/CIO A6Z) United States Air Force
11:55 am - 12:00 pm Closing Remarks
  • Anne Armstrong President & Chief Content Officer 1105 Public Sector Media Group


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  • Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Illumio