Thursday | October 19

8:00 AM – 8:30 AM


First introductions begin for this filled day of Seminars. Complimentary breakfast and coffee will be provided as you network with your other Defense Colleagues. Let the Sessions begin!
8:30 AM – 8:45 AM

Opening Remarks

The Defense Daily Team will lead introductions for the day's activities and introduce our Speakers.
Moderated By:
  • Dan Parsons, Editor, Defense & Open Architecture, Defense Daily
8:45 AM – 9:15 AM

Morning Keynote

In matters of National Security, compatibility of systems are most essential when it comes to running operations efficiently. Without the Open Systems Approach, computer systems would be outdated, technology would be in the past, and 24/7 operability would not be an option.
Speakers Include:
  • Mr Craig A. McCarter, National Security Agency (NSA)
9:15 AM – 10:30 AM

Flag and General Officers Panel

Senior service officials will provide an update on how open architectures are being written into requirements for major programs and the advantages and challenges of implementing the modular, open systems. Flag and general officers will discuss the converging insistence from both DoD and Congress to require open systems and the impact it has had on service-specific acquisition, technical refresh and speed to field.
Speakers Include:
  • Major General Niel E. Nelson, Assistant Deputy Commandant for Combat Development & Integration and Deputy Chief of Marine Corps Combat Development Command, Marine Corps
  • Maj. Gen. Sarah Zabel, Director of IT Acquisition Process Development, U.S. Air Force
  • Ricky Smith, Deputy Chief of Staff, G-9, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, U.S. Army
Moderated By:
  • Jim Keffer, Director of Cyber at Lockheed Martin Government Affairs (LMGA), Lockheed Martin Corp
10:30 AM – 11:00 AM

AM Break

11:00 AM – 12:15 PM

Enabling Future Capabilities

A common element of future development projects that will eventually replace legacy military platforms is an early insistence by the services on modularity and open architecture systems that can be rapidly upgraded at the pace of technological advancement. Industry and government program manager discuss how OA will enable future platforms to keep up with evolving threats and emerging technologies.
Speakers Include:
  • Eric “Delta” Burke, Avionics Lead for Future Vertical Lift, Harris Corp.
  • Marcell Padilla, Army OA Program Manager and Senior Engineer, CRL Technologies, Inc.
  • Daniel Hebert, Air Force on BMC2 & Survelliance, The MITRE Corporation
  • Mitch Miller, Technical Advisor Avionics and Cyber Resiliency, U.S. Air Force
Moderated By:
  • Judy Cerenzia, FACE™ Consortium Director, The Open Group
12:15 PM – 1:45 PM

Keynote Lunch

Speakers Include:
  • William Bray, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy (DASN), RDT&E at Department, U.S. Navy
1:45 PM – 3:00 PM

Industry Panel: Getting Everyone On Board

The government, industry and Congress agree rhetorically and in principal that open architecture systems are necessary for military hardware to remain relevant, but the rubber has not met the road in a meaningful way even as the concept is enshrined in the current defense authorization law. What are the disconnects between industry and government over intellectual property rights? How can the government incentivize industry to relax its insistence on proprietary technology?
Speakers Include:
  • Dr. Steven A. Davidson, Director, Product Family Development and Open Systems Architecture, Raytheon Space & Airborne Systems
  • Jeffry A. Howington, Principal Business Development Manager, Rockwell Collins Government Systems
  • Angel Salinas, Senior Principal Systems Engineer, CACI Intl Inc
  • Ken Stanka, Lead Engineer, Avionics Architecture, PMA209 NAVAIR, NAVAIR
Moderated By:
  • Nick Guertin, Senior Systems Engineer, Systems Planning and Analysis Inc.
3:00 PM – 3:30 PM

PM Break

3:30 PM – 4:45 PM

Sustainment In the Future

A continually uncertain budgetary environment has the military services squeezing every year and month out of the service lives of legacy combat systems, requiring retrofits of emerging technologies that resuscitate designs approaching obsolescence. That requires configuring entire fleets of combat vehicles and aircraft to common configurations and then upgrading capabilities incrementally until truly next-gen or leap ahead platforms come online.
Speakers Include:
  • Maj. Gen. David G. Bassett, Army Program Executive Officer for Ground Combat Systems, U.S. Army
  • Scott Davis, Army Combat Support and Combat Service Support (CS&CSS), U.S. Army
  • John C. Bowling, Technical Expert, Avionics Architectures and Interoperability AFLCMC/EZAC, U.S. Air Force
  • Jamie Stevenson, Advanced Solutions CTO, Leidos Defense and Intelligence
  • Ian Dunn, Vice President of Sensor and Mission Processing, Mercury Systems
Moderated By:
  • Brian R Womble, IWS 9.0, Zumwalt Combat Systems
4:45 PM – 5:00 PM

Closing Remarks

Moderated By:
  • Dan Parsons, Editor, Defense & Open Architecture, Defense Daily
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