Speakers

As the analytics offering family lead at Perspecta, Patrick Biltgen leads research and development efforts for machine learning, artificial intelligence, modeling and Internet of Things (IoT) capabilities.

Recognized for unconventional ideas and unique perspectives, Biltgen is a thought leader who has supported data fusion and modeling efforts for multiple intelligence clients. read more...

Barclay P. Butler, Ph.D., MBA, serves as the J4, Component Acquisition Executive (CAE), and the Head of Contracting Actions (HCA), for the Defense Health Agency (DHA) as a member of the Senior Executive Service (SES). As the J4, Dr. Butler is responsible for oversight and approval of all acquisition matters for the DHA, including those undertaken by the Program Executive Officers, as well as the Agency’s directorates and offices. Prior to this he was the Director of Healthcare Technology Integration for the DHA, and served as the Acting Chief for Infrastructure and Operations (I&O), Health IT Directorate, DHA. As a health technology integrator, he was responsible for progress towards a fully interoperable healthcare record for the DoD through coordination efforts with Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the National Coordinator (ONC), other federal agencies, private sector health delivery organizations, and Standards Development Organizations (SDOs). In support of Infrastructure and Operations, Dr. Butler was responsible for designing, deploying, securing, operating, and maintaining the IT environment supporting all healthcare operations in the DHA. In his prior roles, Dr. Butler served as the Director for the Interagency Program Office developing the interoperable medical record for the Department of Defense (DoD) and Veterans Affairs (VA). read more...

Brig. Gen. Gregory Gagnon is the Director of Intelligence, Headquarters Air Combat Command, Joint Base Langley­Eustis, Virginia. As ACC's senior intelligence officer, he advocates for intelligence policy and weapons system requirements to enable combat-ready air, space, cyber and intelligence forces to ensure rapid deployment and employment globally. The command provides conventional and information warfare forces to all unified commands to ensure air, space, cyber, and information superiority for warfighters and national decision-makers. Prior to this assignment, he served as the joint commander of the National Security Agency/Central Security Service in Texas.

Brig. Gen. Gagnon was commissioned through ROTC from Saint Michael's College in Winooski, Vermont. He is a career intelligence officer with an extensive background in intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance and cyberspace operations. The general has commanded at the squadron, group and joint wing levels with one combat command tour in Afghanistan. He is a fully-qualified joint staff officer. His staff tours include Pacific Air Forces, Air Force Space Command, and U.S. Strategic Command. He has deployed on multiple occasions in support of joint air and special operations. read more...

Major General Pete Gallagher serves as the Director of Architecture, Operations, Networks, and Space in the Army Chief Information Officer/G-6; responsible for strategy, policy and guidance to enable mission command across the Army’s Global Enterprise Network.

MG Gallagher commissioned as a Distinguished Military Graduate from Pittsburg State University. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Physical Education and holds a Master’s degree in National Security Strategy from the National War College. read more...

Colonel Jeffrey J. Gomes is the Commander, 624th Operations Center, 16th Air Force, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. He directs 250 active duty, reserve, and civilian cyberspace professionals in accomplishing the unit’s mission—command and control cyberspace forces who deliver full-spectrum cyberspace capabilities and outcomes for the Air Force, joint force and nation. Col Gomes is also responsible for developing strategy and options to support evolving U.S. Cyber Command missions. His team provides command and control for the $14 billion Air Force Information Network, and oversees execution of USCC and 16 AF operational orders supporting 10 major commands at 150 locations worldwide. Col Gomes was commissioned into the Air Force through the Reserve Officer Training Corps at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1998. His staff experience includes tours at Headquarters, U.S. Central Command; NATO Headquarters Supreme Allied Command Transformation; Headquarters, Air Force; and the Defense Intelligence Agency. He also served as Chief Mission Director in support of Presidential travel while assigned to the Presidential Airlift Group. Col. Gomes’ operational experience includes command of the 85th Engineering Installation Squadron, assignment to an Air Force Space Command launch wing, and deployments to Bosnia, Qatar, and various countries in the CENTCOM area of responsibility. Prior to his command tour, Col. Gomes was the Chief, Combat Operations Division at the 624th Operations Center.

Arthur G. Hatcher, Jr., a member of the Senior Executive Service, is the Director of Cyber Capabilities and Compliance, Office of Information Dominance and Chief Information Officer, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va. He is responsible for oversight and reporting the Air Force’s multi-billion dollar Information Technology budget; performing Air Force IT system portfolio management analysis; and facilitating, validating, and reporting compliance with all federal/Department of Defense/Air Force IT policy, Congressional mandates, and legal obligations. He serves on the AF Board corporate structure and is also the Air Force Senior Agency Official for Records Management and the Service Component Official for Privacy. read more...

Lt. Gen. Ronnie D. Hawkins, Jr. (USAF) Ret., is the former Director of the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) and Commander, Joint Force Headquarters – Department of Defense Information Networks (DODIN). In his latest role he led a global organization of military and civilian personnel who plan, develop, deliver, and operate joint, interoperable, command and control capabilities and a global enterprise infrastructure in direct support of the President, Secretary of Defense, Joint Chiefs of Staff, Combatant Commanders, Department of Defense components, and other mission partners across the full spectrum of operations.

General Hawkins received his commission as a distinguished graduate of the ROTC program at Angelo State University in 1977. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Angelo State University; a Master of Science degree in management and human relations from Abilene Christian University; a Master of Science degree in national resource strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, National Defense University; and a Master of Divinity degree in church ministries from Liberty Theological Seminary.

General Hawkins commanded Cadet Squadron 24 at the U.S. Air Force Academy; the Air Combat Command’s Computer Systems Squadron and Communications Group; and the Air Force Officer Accession and Training Schools at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala. He served as the Director of Communications and Information, Headquarters Pacific Air Forces; Director of Communications Operations, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Installations and Logistics, Headquarters U.S. Air Force; and Director, Infrastructure Delivery, Office of Warfighting Integration and Chief Information Officer, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force. General Hawkins served as Deputy Chief of Staff, Communications and Information Systems, Multi-National Force-Iraq, and as Vice Director, Defense Information Systems Agency, Fort Meade, Md., Prior to his DISA assignment, General Hawkins was the Deputy Director, Command, Control, Communications and Computer Systems (C4), Joint Staff, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.

Among his many awards, General Hawkins has been awarded the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, and the Meritorious Service Medal.

Brig. Gen. Michelle L. Hayworth is the Vice Commander, Twenty-fourth Air Force; Vice Commander, Air Forces Cyber, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. She is responsible to the commander for the Air Force's component Numbered Air Force providing Air Force component and combatant commanders with trained and ready cyber forces which plan and conduct cyberspace operations. Twenty-fourth Air Force and AFCYBER personnel build, operate, secure, defend and extend the Air Force portion of the Department of Defense global network. Joint Force Headquarters-Cyber personnel perform operational planning as part of coordinated efforts to support Air Force component and combatant commanders and, upon the approval of the President and/or the Secretary of Defense, the execution of offensive cyberspace operations. The general assists the commander in directing the activities of two cyberspace wings and the 624th Operations Center, all headquartered at JBSA-Lackland, Texas. read more...

Gen. James M. "Mike" Holmes is the Commander, Air Combat Command, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia. As the commander, he is responsible for organizing, training, equipping and maintaining combat-ready air, space, cyber and intelligence forces for rapid deployment and employment while ensuring strategic air defense forces are ready to meet the challenges of peacetime air sovereignty and wartime defense. The command operates more than 1,000 aircraft, 35 wings, 11 bases, and 1,348 units at more than 300 operating locations worldwide with 159,000 total force military and civilian personnel. As the Combat Air Forces lead agent, ACC develops strategy, doctrine, concepts, tactics, and procedures for air-, space-, and cyber-power employment. The command provides conventional and information warfare forces to all unified commands to ensure air, space, cyber, and information superiority for warfighters and national decision-makers. The command can also be called upon to assist national agencies with intelligence, surveillance and crisis response capabilities. read more...

Erin Joe is an attorney and senior FBI cyber professional who served as the Section Chief of Cyber Operations at FBI before joining CTIIC as its second Director. Ms. Joe has more than 22 years’ experience in national security and criminal operations as a Special Agent in FBI, most recently leading the Bureau’s strategy and response to nation-state cyber threats emanating from the Middle East and Africa and to cyberterrorism threats worldwide.

In 2015, Ms. Joe became the first Section Chief of FBI’s Office of Partner Engagement, responsible for managing FBI’s Domestic Director of National Intelligence program; engaging with federal, state, and local partners; and addressing issues common to both law enforcement and the IC—including emerging cyber threats. read more...

Tina Jordan is the Vice President, Membership, AFCEA International. In this capacity, Ms. Jordan serves the over 32,000 members of AFCEA through its 140 Chapters across 30 countries and the more than 1,600 corporate members that comprise AFCEA’s industry membership. Ms. Jordan is responsible for strategy and planning for all membership affairs on the AFCEA staff. Tina Jordan also leads AFCEA’s Member Services Center which provides direct interface and support to all of AFCEA’s members in its call center. AFCEA’s Professional Development Center also falls in to Ms. Jordan’s portfolio providing Continuous Education opportunities and valuable course content for AFCEA members. read more...

Col Kevin J. Kirsch, Jr. is the commander of the 690th Cyberspace Operations Group. The group employs nine operational units across the globe with nearly 1,700 personnel who conduct DODIN operations and defensive cyberspace operations within Air Combat Command’s largest weapon system, the Cyberspace Security and Control Weapon System. The weapon system delivers responsive combat support to guarantee command and control, global connectivity, and information assurance to 860,000 users across 233 sites in 180 countries. In addition, the group assures classified intelligence network operations and network warfare capabilities enabling global cyber and Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance missions and enduring command and control of classified network core and mission services in support of ten major commands and eleven combatant commands across the world. read more...

Brig. Gen. Laura L. Lenderman is the Commander, 502nd Air Base Wing and Joint Base San Antonio, Texas, which unifies 11 geographically distinct locations including JBSA-Fort Sam Houston, JBSA-Lackland, JBSA-Randolph and JBSA-Camp Bullis. The 8,000-person 502nd ABW executes 49 installation support functions to enable the largest joint base in the Department of Defense, consisting of 266 mission partners, 80,000 full-time personnel and a local community of more than 250,000 retirees. The 502nd ABW also manages and provides oversight for major projects, facilities and infrastructure worth $37 billion.

Prior to assuming her current position, Brig. Gen. Lenderman served as Deputy Director (Military), Strategic Plans, Policy and Logistics, U.S. Transportation Command, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. read more...

Scot Lippenholz has over 25 years of experience working in Information Technology, including 13 years of Information Security experience for the Federal Civil Government, Intelligence Community, Department of Defense, Fortune 500, and Defense Industrial Base organizations. For the past 12 years Scot has responded to and managed large-scale intrusion investigations and conducted forensic examinations for counterintelligence and counter-terrorism investigations. As a Manager at CrowdStrike Services, he has developed and performed many proactive security services and manages and performs analysis on many cyber incidents each year.

Prior to joining the CrowdStrike team, Scot performed incident response, malware hunting, and digital forensics for Mandiant\FireEye and Booz Allen Hamilton. While performing incident response, he worked with the FBI, US-CERT, and various OSI organizations. Previously, Scot was the Senior Manager for Security Operations for a Fortune 100 company providing him valuable insight into how information security can operate harmoniously with business processes.

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Ron Nirenberg is the mayor of San Antonio, one of the nation’s fastest growing cities with the 7th largest population in the United States.

He was raised in Austin, Texas, and attended college in San Antonio. Nirenberg is the son of an immigrant from Southeast Asia and the grandson of immigrants from Eastern Europe who passed through Ellis Island. Through his personal experiences, Mayor Nirenberg developed a core commitment to civic participation and the universal values of liberty, justice, and equal opportunity for every person.

He is focused on making key infrastructure investments necessary to accommodate the growth of San Antonio, which is expected to nearly double in population by 2040. This forward-looking approach drives the mayor’s vision of a compassionate community with a globally competitive economy.

Brig. Gen. Bradley L. Pyburn is the Director, Cyberspace Operations and Warfighter Communications, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance and Cyber Effects Operations, Headquarters Air Force, Arlington, Virginia. He also leads a matrixed directorate under the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations. As Director, Brig. Gen. Pyburn is responsible for integrating cyberspace warfare capabilities into the joint fight through strategic vision, policy, guidance and resource advocacy.

Prior to assuming his current position, Brig. Gen. Pyburn served as the Senior Executive Officer to the Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force. As the Vice Chief’s trusted advisor, he interfaced daily with senior officials from the Air Staff, Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Office of the Secretary of Defense on the total spectrum of Department of Defense issues. read more...

Brig. Gen. Chad D. Raduege is the Director of Cyberspace and Information Dominance, and Chief Information Officer, Headquarters Air Combat Command, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia. He leads a staff and four subordinate units responsible for delivering strategic and enterprise-level cyberspace efforts to increase the U.S. Air Force's ability to provide combat forces to Combatant Commanders. Brig. Gen. Raduege provides the strategic vision, policy, guidance and advocacy to drive the engineering and integration to build, extend, operate, secure and defend the Air Force portion of the Department of Defense global network. He is responsible to organize, train and equip cyberspace capability and communications for the command’s 34 wings, 700 aircraft, 19 bases and 70 worldwide operating locations with 98,000 total force military personnel. read more...

As the deputy program manager and transition lead for the $905 million U.S. Army Cyber Command (ARCYBER) Cyberspace Operations Support contract, Mark Westergren helps lead Perspecta’s support to ARCYBER’s cyberspace operations mission and oversees management of its future transition to Fort Gordon.

Westergren is a retired major general in the U.S. Air Force with more than 34 years of executive experience leading large, complex defense, intelligence and cyber organizations. His military career spanned scientific, intelligence and foreign area career fields and encompassed a wide variety of operational, staff, command and joint assignments in Asia, Europe, Middle East and U.S. read more...

Army Major General Garrett S. Yee is the assistant to the director of the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA). In this role, he helps to lead a global organization of approximately 8,000 military and civilian personnel who plan, develop, deliver, and operate joint, interoperable, command and control capabilities and a global enterprise infrastructure in direct support of the president, secretary of defense, joint chiefs of staff, combatant commanders, Department of Defense components, and other mission partners across the full spectrum of operations.

Prior to this assignment, MG Yee served as the Military Deputy to the Army CIO/G-6 and Senior Information Security Officer in the Office of the Chief Information Officer (CIO)/G6, Headquarters, Department of the Army in the Pentagon. read more...

Chris Young is CEO of McAfee, LLC, the device-to-cloud cybersecurity company. He works side by side with the industry’s best and brightest to protect all that matters through leading-edge cyber technologies. In 2014 he joined Intel, and later led the initiative to spin out McAfee, one of the largest, pure-play cybersecurity brands in the world. As a standalone company, McAfee has a clear mission and roadmap for the future—to drive limitless innovation, securely. Under Mr. Young’s leadership, McAfee protects mission-critical systems and data for eight of 10 Fortune 100 firms and is in more than two-thirds of the Global 2000. Governments and organizations of every size also rely on McAfee, as do nearly 500 million consumers. read more...