2015 Agenda

The 2016 agenda is currently being finalized. For more information on speaking opportunities, please contact Dan Parsons, Reporter, Defense Daily, at 703-522-5917 or dparsons@accessintel.com.

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.


Sponsored by:

Lockheed Martin

8:35 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.

Morning Keynote Presentation

Mr. Rory S. Kinney, Director of Architecture and Engineering, Office of Defense Department Chief Information Officer

9:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

Flag Officers Panel: Implementing Open Architecture on Programs

How are program executive officers implementing open architecture approaches on programs and how are obstacles being overcome? What has been accomplished under Better Buying Power what more must be done going forward? How are acquisition authorities capturing data rights and managing the contentious issue with industry? 

  • Pursuing commonality
  • Sharing best practices
  • Reducing cycle times
  • Re-competing and innovation

Speakers Include:

  • Moderator: Brad Hicks, VP of Business Development, Lockheed Martin Integrated Warfare Systems and Sensors

  • Vice Adm. William Hilarides, Commander, NAVSEA

  • James E. Thompson, Deputy Chief of Global Access Operations, National Security Agency 

  • Maj. Gen. Sarah Zabel, Vice Director, Defense Information Systems Agency

  • Col. Linda Jantzen, Acting Director, Army Architecture Integration Center and Army Chief Data Officer

10:45 a.m. – 11:10 a.m.

Networking Break

11:10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Panel 2: Collaborating to Forge Common Standards in Space and Avionics

The Air Force Research Laboratory’s Space Vehicles Directorate has established the Next Generation Space Interconnect Standard (NGSIS), a collaborative government and industry effort to create common architecture interfaces for space system components. Meanwhile, the Navy, Army and Air Force continue to work with industry to create commonality in avionics under a longer standing initiative known as the Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE). How are these initiatives helping? What are the lessons learned and how are they applied to other acquisition sectors? What are the remaining hurdles? How are varying interests accounted for?

  • Open architectures in high reliability environments
  • Common approaches throughout the acquisition enterprise
  • Cooperate on standards, compete on innovation
  • Collaborative partnerships

Speakers Include:

  • Moderator: Ms. Judy Cerenzia, The Open Group Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE™) Consortium Director

  • Candy Chesser, Program Manager, PMA209, Air Combat Electronics

  • Charles Collier, Senior Electrical Research Engineer, Space Communications Program, Air Force Research Laboratory Space Vehicles

  • Dr. Kevin Priddy, Avionics Division Chief, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center

  • Terry Carlson, Assistant Program Execuitve Officer (CIO/G6), Army PEO Aviation and Chair of FACE Steering Committee

12:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

Luncheon Keynote

Sponsored by:





Kristen Baldwin, Principal Deputy to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Systems Engineering 

1:50 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Panel 3: Coupling Open and Secure: Open Architectures in the Cyber Domain

Can open architecture systems operate securely in an increasingly interconnected and hostile cyber environment? Do open systems pose risks? Are closed systems more or less vulnerable? What are the solutions? How do open architectures enable rapid responses to evolving cyber threats?

  • Hazards
  • Solutions
  • Technology refresh
  • Rapid deployment

Speakers Include:

  • Moderator: David Lounsbury, Chief Technical Officer (CTO) and Vice President, Services for The Open Group

  • Vern Boyle, Director of Technology, Cyber Division. Northrop Grumman Information Systems

  • Captain John Zimmerman, NAVSEA Deputy Chief Information Officer

  • Shankar Chebrolu, Enterprise Security Architect, Red Hat

3:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Networking Break

3:45 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.

Panel 4: Open Architectures in Electronic Warfare

How can open architectures further be brought to bear in electronic warfare and how are they already being leveraged? What’s the role of COTS-based approaches? How are scalable open architecture designs being procured and implemented? How are open architecture solutions adapting to new threats?

  • Rapid deployment of hardware and software
  • Fielding new functionality
  • Changing threat environments
  • What are the new business opportunities?

Speakers Include: 

  • Moderator: David Hime, Incoming President, Association of Old Crows
  • Mike Meaney, Vice President of Advanced Systems for Northrop Grumman
  • Marvin Potts, Senior Technical Advisor, Spectrum Warfare Division, Air Force Research Laboratory Sensors Directorate
  • Ian Dunn, Vice President & General Manager, Embedded Products Group, Mercury Systems
  • Mark Tracy, Senior Program Manager in charge of Ground Forces Electronic Warfare Mission Solutions, Lockheed Martin
  • Richard WittstruckAssociate Director, Field Based Experimentation & Integration, U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center (Invited)


5:15 p.m. – 5:20 p.m.


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