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20 October 2020

DISA's Emerging Technology, Infrastructure Upgrades, and 4th Estate Network Optimization

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Carlen Capenos
Director - Office of Small Business Programs, Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA)

Carlen Capenos serves as the Director of the Office of Small Business Programs for the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA). She leads the office to ensure small businesses are provided with maximum opportunities to participate at both the prime contract and subcontract levels. In fiscal year 2019, DISA awarded $1.86 billion in prime contracts to small businesses. These 6,522 contract actions represented 29.1% of all contracts awarded by the agency.

Before this, she was the Chief of the Acquisition Resources Branch for DISA’s Defense Information Technology Contracting Organization (DITCO). She led and managed two teams providing contracting services to various customers throughout DISA and the Department of Defense. She was a working Contracting Officer with an Unlimited Warrant and was the Contracting Officer for the $7.5B Systems Engineering, Technology and Innovation (SETI) multiple award contract vehicle. read more...

Llewellyn "Don" Means, Jr.
National Leadership Command Capabilities Executive

Don Means is the National Leadership Command Capabilities (NLCC) Executive, Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA). He oversees the Joint System Engineering and Integration Office (JSEIO), Compartmented Enterprise Services Office (CESO) and the NLCC Services and Infrastructure Office (NSIO) to provide unified services and technical authority for Presidential/Senior Leader Communications; Nuclear Command, Control, and Communications (NC3); Continuity of Operations/Continuity of Government (COOP/COG) Communications and Special Access Program (SAP) stakeholders. He is responsible for establishing goals, priorities, and measures of effectiveness to ensure that DISA and Department of Defense (DoD) Chief Information Officer (CIO) driven information technology policy and objectives are achieved across the NLCC and SAP communities of interest. read more...

Christopher A. Paczkowski
Senior Technologist, Executive, Infrastructure, Directorate, Defense Information System Agency

Chris Paczkowski is the Infrastructure Directorate Executive for the Defense Information Systems Agency Operations Center. He is responsible for planning, resourcing, sustaining, and evolving the Department of Defense Information Network core. The DoDIN core consists of satellite communication gateways, optical, aerial and undersea transport, organizational messaging and networks (Nonclassified Internet Protocol Router Network, Secret Internet Protocol Router Network, and coalition). His responsibilities also include senior national leadership communications and U.S. Secret Service (USSS) support. The networks provide information superiority and a global enterprise infrastructure in direct support to the President, Secretary of Defense, Joint Chiefs of Staff, Combatant Commanders, DoD components and other mission partners. Additionally, Mr. Paczkowski is the senior network expert for the Defense Information System Network and the DISA executive for satellite communication. He provides executive oversight for development, management and operationally responsive solutions that enable joint warfighting. read more...

Stephen M. Wallace
Systems Innovation Scientist, Emerging Technology Directorate

Mr. Stephen Wallace is Systems Innovation Scientist for the Emerging Technologies (EM) Directorate at the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA). Wallace focuses on delivering innovative processes, services, and capabilities across the agency. The EM Directorate develops, executes, prioritizes, and collaborates EM-based needs such as browser isolation, Software Defined Networking and Assured Identity.

Previously, Mr. Wallace served as the Technical Director of DISA’s Development and Business Center. In this role, he worked on integrating commercial and government-owned technologies in support of the Agency’s emerging technologies, such as Software Defined Networking and Assured Identity. Wallace’s other former roles within DISA include Chief of Cyber Innovation and chief engineer for DoD Enterprise Email. read more...

Major General Garrett S. Yee
Assistant to the Director Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA)

Army Maj. Gen. 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 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, 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.

Yee, a native of Fremont, California, received his commission in the Army upon graduation from Santa Clara University. He later earned a Master of Business Administration from Golden Gate University and Master of Science in Strategic Studies from the Army War College. read more...


15 September 2020

Brigadier General Bradley L. Pyburn

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Brig. Gen. Bradley L. Pyburn is the Deputy Commander, Sixteenth Air Force (Air Forces Cyber), Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. He is responsible for the operations of more than 44,000 personnel conducting worldwide operations. Sixteenth Air Force Airmen deliver multisource intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance products, applications, capabilities and resources. The Sixteenth Air Force includes the 9th Reconnaissance Wing, 55th Wing, 67th Cyberspace Wing, 70th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Wing, 319th RW, 363rd ISRW, 480th ISRW, 688th CW, Air Force Technical Applications Center and all Air Force cryptologic operations.

Prior to assuming his current position, Brig. Gen. Pyburn served as 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, the Pentagon, Arlington, Virginia. As Director, Brig. Gen. Pyburn was responsible for integrating cyberspace warfare capabilities into the joint fight through strategic vision, policy, guidance and resource advocacy.

Brig. Gen. Pyburn received his commission as a distinguished graduate of Officer Training School in 1995. A career cyberspace warfare officer, his commands include the 67th Cyberspace Wing, the 624th Operations Center, and the 332nd Expeditionary Communications Squadron in Iraq. Brig. Gen. Pyburn has also held diverse operational and staff positions, including Air Staff, Air Combat Command and Joint Task Force-Global Network Operations. read more...


18 August 2020

Lieutenant Colonel John A. Priestly III

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Lieutenant Colonel John A. Priestly III is the Program Manager and Materiel Leader for the Unified Platform Program and the Director of the LevelUP Code Works software factory located in San Antonio, TX. The Unified Platform is the central node of the Joint Cyber Warfighting Architecture that supports offensive and defensive cyber operations for the Department of Defense. LevelUP Code Works is the principal software factory delivering the Unified Platform and other cyber capabilities.

Lieutenant Colonel Priestly commissioned in May of 2005 through the Reserve Officer Training Corps program at the Rochester Institute of Technology, New York, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. He began his active duty career at Lackland Air Force Base as a Network Defense Engineer and led the development and sustainment of the Air Force’s primary organic network defense capability. Later he was assigned to the National Reconnaissance Office, where he managed the Reconnaissance System Office next generation mission payload development program, and later transitioned to the Space Vehicle Division and led space vehicle integration, test, launch, and initialization. Lieutenant Colonel Priestly also served as a Program Manager at the Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office, where he was responsible for all aspects of system development for multiple classified programs. Prior to taking on his current role, Lieutenant Colonel Priestly was the Chief, Advanced Programs Operations Division at Headquarters Sixteenth Air Force. There he was responsible for development, production, fielding, sustainment, and modernization of specialized Information War capabilities supporting U.S. Cyber Command and Special Operations Forces missions worldwide. read more...


21 July 2020

San Antonio - EMD & JBSA 5G Panel

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Colonel Michael J. Lovell, USAF, Executive Director, JBSA-EDI (San Antonio)

Colonel Michael J. "Apollo" Lovell is the Executive Director for Joint Base San Antonio's Electromagnetic Defense Initiative and Fifth-Generation (5G) Communications Experimentation Site. He leads a task force with over 70 organizations and 330 volunteers for the largest Joint Base in DoD consisting of 11 installations, 266 mission partners, and 80,000 employees to harden utilities from Electromagnetic Pulse effects and implement 5th Generation Cellular technologies. In addition, Colonel Lovell is dual-hatted as the Director of Intelligence, Texas Air National Guard.

DoD recently selected JBSA as one of the bases where it will conduct 5G communications technology experimentation and testing. DoD's efforts focus on large-scale experimentation and prototyping of dual-use (military and commercial) 5G technology that will provide high speeds, quicker response times and the ability to handle many more wireless devices than current wireless technology. JBSA's primary focus in 5G experimentation and testing will be Augmented Reality Support of Medical Training and Telemedicine along with 5G Core Security Experimentation.

Colonel Lovell received his commission, following nine years of distinguished enlisted service, through the Academy of Military Science in 1994. He is a Certified Public Accountant and has a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Master of Science in Executive Leadership from Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont. Col Lovell serves on the Department of Homeland Security Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency's Power Resilience Workgroup and DoD's Electromagnetic Pulse Executive Order Subgroup

Jody T. Little, Manager, Information Exploitation, Southwest Research Institute

For over 40 years, Mr. Little has led research, development, production, and sustainment of advanced information systems using distributed artificial intelligence, machine learning, knowledge-based technologies to deliver automated, intelligent C4ISR capabilities. Mr. also has a long and successful background in leading and managing electromagnetic spectrum and military communications programs. As a manager of research and development, Mr. Little provides direction, oversight, and leadership for technologies and programs supporting dynamic spectrum access, military communications systems, information exploitation, contextual data fusion, and ontology- based reasoning. His primary focus is on development and operations of automated C4ISR and information exploitation systems as well as intelligence dynamic spectrum access radio networks. Over the past year, Mr. Little has been leading the Domestic Electromagnetic Spectrum Operations (DEMSO) Steering Committee and Working Group for the San Antonio Electromagnetic Defense Initiative. Mr. Little is also co-chair of San Antonio Electromagnetic Defense Initiative’s 5G Steering Committee.

Mr. Little has been the principle investigator and lead systems engineer for the development of high-performance and real-time ISR applications. Mr. Little has also led large advanced SIGINT-related research and development programs that saw information technologies for SIGINT automation transition from basic research to operations. Most recently, he served as the Principal Investigator for Southwest Research Institute’s Context Information Fusion IR project. He was the Lead Systems Engineer for research and development of the Multi Agent System for Actionable Information for the Office of Naval Research. Mr. Little was also the Program Manager and Lead Systems Engineer for the National Spectrum Consortium’s Spectrum Sharing Architecture which implements Dynamic Spectrum Access (DSA) through ontology-based radio technology. Currently, Mr. Little is leading and performing research in machine learning for information exploitation and analytics automated and autonomous information systems, and secure and trusted 5G Next Generation technologies.

In his past, Mr. Little has served in various executive management roles in the defense industry as Vice President of Vice President of R&D, Vice President of Strategic Development, and Vice President of Intelligence Programs, and Vice President of ISR Business Development. In these positions, Mr. Little successfully led and grew the strategic and tactical business for technology development in the ISR, SIGINT, MILCOM and wireless communications, Cyber, and C2 segments.

Fred W. Bonewell, Chief Security Safety & Gas Solutions Officer CPS Energy

Fred W. Bonewell, A senior leader with complete foundational knowledge of Security and Industrial Health/Safety that recognizes that taking calculated risks are required to achieve the end state vision. Has the unique ability of being able to form a pragmatic vision for the end state, clearly communicate this vision, and gain the necessary consensus and “buy in” required for success from stakeholders. A results driven leader with a proven record of delivering improved results to the bottom line by addressing performance gaps through the implementation of cutting edge targeted solutions.

Leadership and Management: Experienced building and directly managing teams up to 600 people. Transparent and effective leader that escalates issues early when signs indicate high risk and exposure to the Company. Has the ability to communicate with his team in a calming manner amidst change. He is able to listen and adapt to workplace changes. Achieves highest employee engagement scores amongst his peers. Clearly articulates how a task or function integrates within the larger business initiatives including crises such as COVID 19 to obtain desired results (as of April 21, preventative measures implemented have resulted in no positive COVID 19 team members in the organization).

Innovation: Ability to derive greater or different value proposition from existing resources, and controls needed to generate new revenue and enable the organization to grow while significantly reducing asset liability risk.

Technical Prowess: Deep and broad understanding of multiple security and safety technologies including digital, cloud, analytics, security operations center, data center & networking. Hands on experience with sensor, awareness training, alignment with business partners to mitigate associated risks.

Product Development: Quickly identified proactive ways to grow the gas business such as, renewable natural gas, long term investment in hydrogen to expand our natural gas product portfolio in an environmentally responsible way.


16 June 2020

Acquisitions Virtual Panel

Acquisitions: Past Challenges, Current Environment and Future Insights
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Col A. Abel Carreiro

Colonel Allan Abel Carreiro is the Senior Materiel Leader (SML) of the Cryptologic and Cyber Systems Division which falls under the Program Executive Officer (PEO), Command, Control, Communications, Intelligence and Networks (C3I&N) Directorate, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Air Force Materiel Command. He leads a team of 1,204 military, civil service, and contract support personnel, acquiring and providing depot support for $3 billion in worldwide assets, with an acquisition and sustainment budget of $4.5 billion (FYDP) for the Department of Defense and national space systems. As the SML, Colonel Carreiro directs cryptologic and information assurance products’ lifecycle management of national and international communications security and signal intelligence systems with operations located at Joint Base San Antonio – Lackland TX.

Colonel Carreiro enlisted in the Air Force in 1986 and earned his Commission in 1996 as a graduate of Officer Training School. His career has spanned a variety of acquisition positions including assignments in space and cyberspace systems acquisition, Air Staff, the Defense Contract Management Agency, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and the U.S. Congress. Colonel Carreiro deployed to Kosovo in 2001 for Operation JOINT GUARDIAN, to Afghanistan in 2006 for Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, to Iraq in 2011 for Operation NEW DAWN and NATO Training Mission-Iraq, and in 2011 he was the Theater Head of Contracts for Operation UNIFIED PROTECTOR air operations over Libya. read more...

 

Col Robert F. King 

Colonel Robert Franklin King, “Bobby,” is the Senior Materiel Leader for the Enterprise IT and Cyber Infrastructure Division, Hanscom Air Force Base, MA. The 800+ person Division is the program management office for the $6B AF Intranet, Information Transport System, Deployable Communications, and commoditized infrastructure programs. The Division delivers AF-wide network management and network defense solutions and fields the wired, wireless, and hosting infrastructure for over 300 AF and ANG installations worldwide.

Colonel King was commissioned in 1995 as a graduate of the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps at University of Arkansas. He’s held a variety of assignments in aircraft maintenance/munitions, information technology and space systems acquisitions, space systems programming, and satellite operations. This includes service as a Squadron Operations Officer, Materiel Leader for IT Infrastructure, and Space Operations Support Squadron Commander within the National Reconnaissance Office. He has also served in the Pentagon three times; first as an Air Force Intern, then as a Space Superiority Programmer and Executive Officer to the Deputy Chief of Staff for Strategic Plans and Programs (HAF/A8), and finally as Chief of the Information Technology, Cyber, and Business Systems Division, Information Dominance Programs, Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition. He deployed to Qatar in 2008 and served in the Combined Air and Space Operations Center on the Director of Space Forces (DIRSPACEFOR) staff where he was responsible for integrating space capabilities into combat operations. Colonel King has four children; Parker, Kayla, Jonathan, and Naomi. read more...

 

Mr. Chris Kinne

Federal Cyber Programs at Accenture Federal Services, San Antonio, TX

 
Col James M. Trachier 

Colonel James M. Trachier is the commander of the 38th Cyberspace Engineering Installation Group at Tinker Air Force, Oklahoma.

Colonel Trachier enlisted in the Air Force in 1991 and was selected for the Airman Education and Commissioning Program in 1994. After completing his undergraduate degree, he reported to Officer Training School and received his commission in 1997. He is a career Communications/Cyberspace Operations officer and graduated squadron commander who has also served at the agency, Joint Task Force, and Combatant Command headquarters level, as well as with the Office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He is a fully-qualified Joint Service Officer. Colonel Trachier is married to the former Donna Rhea. read more...


19 May 2020

Colonel Eulys B. Shell II

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Colonel Eulys “Bert” Shell II, U.S. Army Signal Corps, is the Joint Modernization Command’s Director of JADC2, assigned in July 2016. In this capacity COL Shell leads a team charged with improving Joint, Interorganizational, and Multinational Interoperability and JADC2 to posture the Joint Force for success in Multi-Domain Operations. From June 2015 to June 2016, COL Shell served as the Assistant Chief of Staff, G6, Executive Officer to the Commanding General, and U.S. Senior National Representative, Allied Land Command, North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), Izmir, Turkey. COL Shell’s G6 team planned and synchronized Communications and Information Systems and Cyber operations, and interoperability for NATO’s land forces.

From October 2012 to June 2014, COL Shell served as the Deputy Brigade Commander, 516th Signal Brigade, Fort Shafter, Hawaii, where his team supported U.S. Army Pacific and U.S. Pacific Command with strategic, operational and tactical communications throughout the Pacific Theater. From May 2011 to October 2012, he commanded the 58th Signal Battalion, Okinawa, Japan, where his team provided strategic and operational communications to Joint warfighters throughout the Pacific Theater. COL Shell commanded Soldiers, Civilians and Japanese Employees throughout Okinawa and Guam, and provided the primary satellite hub throughout the Pacific with a dualstep teleport and regional hub node. In October 2012, COL Shell inactivated the 58th Signal Battalion due to U.S. Army restructuring initiatives. From August 2009 to April 2011, he served as the Brigade S3, 11th Theater Tactical Signal Brigade, Fort Huachuca, Arizona, where he led his team to ensure the training and readiness for five Expeditionary Signal Battalions, and prepared all units for expeditionary operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Other previous assignments include: Operations Branch Chief, NATO CIS Services Agency (NCSA), SHAPE, Belgium (2006-2009); NCSA Liaison Officer to the Commander ISAF, Afghanistan (2008); Brigade S6, 35th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, Korea (2003-2005); Company Commander, U.S. Army Recruiting, Frederick, Maryland (2001-2003); Company Commander, A/17th Signal Battalion, Kitzingen, Germany (1999-2001); Deputy G6, Operations, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Georgia (1997-1998); Battalion S6, 1-41 Field Artillery Regiment, Fort Stewart, Georgia (1996-1997); and Platoon Leader, Radio Teletype Platoon, Korea (1995-1996). COL Shell is a former enlisted Soldier, and served as a Communications Team Chief, 24th Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Georgia (1986-1988); and Battery Communications NCO, 1-133 Field Artillery Regiment (1988-1993). COL Shell is a graduate of the US Army Signal Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, US Army Branch Automation Officer Course, the US Army Command and General Staff College, and the Department of Defense Chief Information Officer Program. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Texas at El Paso, and a Master of Science in Strategic Studies from the US Army War College. COL Shell is married to Rebecca from El Paso, Texas, and they have two adult daughters.


21 April 2020

Lt. Gen. Timothy D. Haugh

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Lt. Gen. Timothy D. Haugh is the Commander, Sixteenth Air Force; Commander, Air Forces Cyber, and Commander, Joint Force Headquarters-Cyber, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. General Haugh is responsible for more than 44,000 personnel conducting worldwide operations. Sixteenth Air Force Airmen deliver multisource intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance products, applications, capabilities and resources. In addition, they build, extend, operate, secure and defend the Air Force portion of the Department of Defense global network. Furthermore, Joint Forces Headquarters-Cyber personnel perform operational planning as part of coordinated efforts to support Air Force component and combatant commanders and, upon approval of the President and/or Secretary of Defense, the execution of offensive cyberspace operations. In his position as Sixteenth Air Force Commander, General Haugh also serves as the Commander of the Service Cryptologic Component. In this capacity, he is responsible to the Director, National Security Agency, and Chief, Central Security Service, as the Air Force’s sole authority for matters involving the conduct of cryptologic activities, including the spectrum of missions related to tactical warfighting and national-level operations. The general leads the global information warfare activities spanning cyberspace operations, intelligence, targeting, and weather for nine wings, one technical center, and an operations center.

General Haugh received his commission in 1991, as a distinguished graduate of the ROTC program at Lehigh University. He has served in a variety of intelligence and cyber command and staff assignments. The general has commanded at the squadron, group, and wing levels, and served on the staffs at a numbered Air Force, major command headquarters, and combatant command headquarters. Prior to his current position, General Haugh was the Commander, Cyber National Mission Force. read more...


07 April 2020

Jim Perschbach

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Jim joined the Port in 2014 as Executive Vice President of Business Development—leading a team that provides strategic support to grow advanced industries on the 1,900-acre campus. He assumed the role of President & CEO in June 2018. Since that time, over 3,500 new jobs have been created at the Port in fields that include aerospace, cybersecurity, robotics and other advanced technologies.

Previously he worked as an attorney in private practice, where he counseled clients in sectors that include aerospace and advanced manufacturing. He is a past chair of the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce’s Aerospace Committee and the Alamo Academies—Alamo Colleges’ renowned program that prepares young people for careers in aerospace, cybersecurity, manufacturing and other advanced fields. He is also past chair of Alamo Colleges’ Scobee Education Center / Challenger Learning Center. Jim is currently an ex-officio board member of the Dee Howard Foundation and sites on the board of the United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County. In 2018 he was appointed Honorary Commander of the 502nd Airbase Wing at Joint Base San Antonio. He has also been named by the Business Journals as one of the country’s top 100 executives to watch. Jim holds an undergraduate degree in business administration from The George Washington University and earned his law degree from The University of Houston Law Center.


18 February 2020

Mitchel H. Butikofer

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Mitch is Vice President of Workforce Digital Services at USAA, one of America’s leading financial services companies. Headquartered in San Antonio with regional offices in the U.S. and Europe, USAA has served military families since 1922 and provides insurance, banking and financial advice and planning to more than 13 million members.

Mitch is a visionary executive and operational leader with cyber security and information technology expertise, experienced in managing multi-billion dollar, global enterprises. He has specific expertise driving collaboration, change management, and security best practices across multiple global organizations ranging in size from 35 to 16,500 personnel with budget authority up to $780 million annually.

He is an experienced leader and communicator with extraordinary organizational management skills and a proven record of accountable results in complex, ambiguous, and evolving environments, both in the United States and abroad.

At USAA he leads the Workforce Digital Services team that aims to transform the USAA end-user technology experience by globally delivering consistent, high-performing services and solutions. Superior capabilities are delivered to an increasingly mobile and distributed workforce, balancing leading-edge technologies with thoughtful stewardship.

Mitch joined USAA in 2018 after a distinguished 29-year career in the United States Air Force, where he served as an operational leader at the Squadron, Group, Wing, and Numbered Air Force levels within the Information Technology, Cyber Security, and Cyberspace Operations Domains.

For his second career, Mitch wanted to continue to serve our nation’s military personnel. He found that opportunity at USAA.

Mitch and his wife Leslie are the proud parents of three daughters, Abby, Erin and Jamie.


21 January 2020

Colonel James V. Hewitt

Colonel James V. Hewitt is the Commander, 318th Cyberspace Operations Group, 67th Cyberspace Wing, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. In this capacity, he leads more than 800 professionals across five total force squadrons and three detachments in the conduct of cyber warfare and Information Operations training, operational testing, weapons and tactics development, exercise planning, cyber range development, and cyberspace capabilities integration into Air Force Warfare Center exercises for Air Force and joint warfighters. Prior to this assignment, he served as a National Security Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

Colonel Hewitt was born in San Jose, California. He enlisted in the Air Force in 1992 as an Information Manager. He received his commission through Officer Training School upon graduation from Colorado Christian University in 1998. He is a career communications/ cyber professional who has commanded at the squadron, detachment, and flight levels and has participated in contingency operations in Southwest Asia and Europe. read more

10 December 2019

Guy Walsh

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Founding Executive Director, National Security Collaboration Center at The University of Texas at San Antonio

Former Strategist with United States Cyber Command, I am now the Founding Executive Director of the National Security Collaboration Center, located at The University of Texas San Antonio (UTSA).

Over 20 years of executive level management in national defense and Domestic Operations (DOMOPS) including Cyber, counter-insurgency and disaster relief leadership roles. Innovative and motivational leader of complex organizations including Commander, 175th Wing, Maryland Air National Guard and Commander, 451st Air Expeditionary Wing, Kandahar, Afghanistan. Managed Title 10/32 forces, civil service, state employees and DoD contract personnel. Command pilot with 4,500 flying hours in numerous military aircraft. Technical Advisor for Glenn L. Martin Aviation Museum and Aerospace Education Center. Advisor to National Guard Freestate Youth Challenge program and Maryland Civil Air Patrol.

Specialties: National Guard and Reserve Joint capabilities and authorities. Crisis management (State and Federal level operations), . Technical advisor for military systems and hardware, International Relations and Strategic Studies, Homeland Defense, Critical Infrastructure Protection, Joint military operations, Strategic Planning, Interagency coordination, Title 10/Title 32 Command and Control.  read more...


15 October 2019

Colonel Ty S. Gilbert

Colonel Ty S. Gilbert is the Commander of the 543d Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Group, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. The 543d’s 850+ Airmen conduct deployed and garrison Cyber, Engineering, and ISR operations for Air Force and National commands. The unit conducts intelligence and cyber operations at the National Security Agency in Texas as well as provides worldwide engineering, configuration, and installation of national security systems.

Colonel Gilbert has served in a variety of intelligence operational, staff, and command assignments, to include MAJCOM, Numbered Air Force levels as well as Chief, Intelligence Officer Assignments, Air Force Personnel Center. Most recently Colonel Gilbert served as the Chief, ISR Division, 603d Air Operations Center, Ramstein Air Base, Germany.

Colonel Gilbert’s operational assignments have been in the CENTCOM and EUCOM theaters of operations and largely involve intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance duties, command and control and cyberspace operations. His deployments include rotations with the 5th Allied Tactical Air Force, Vicenza, Italy, the 455th Expeditionary Operations Group, Bagram, Afghanistan, the NATO AOC, Riga, Latvia and several deployments to the 609th AOC, Al Udeid, Qatar. read more...


17 September 2019

Maj. Gen. Timothy T. Lunderman

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Maj. Gen. Timothy T. Lunderman serves as the Air National Guard Assistant to the Commander, 24th Air Force and Air Forces Cyber, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. Twenty-fourth Air Force personnel build, extend, operate and defend the Air Force portion of the Department of Defense global network. The general provides assistance to the commander on behalf of the Air National Guard with cyberspace capabilities facilitating combatant commanders with trained and ready cyber forces which plan and conduct cyberspace operations. Twenty-fourth Air Force comprises the 67th and 688th Cyberspace Wings, as well as the 624th Operations Center.

Maj. Gen. Lunderman earned his commission from Rochester Institute of Technology, Reserve Officer Training Corp in 1989. After serving in the United States Air Force as an F-15C Instructor/Evaluator, Maj. Gen. Lunderman joined the New York ANG in 1999 where he has commanded frontline F-16C combat units. He has been integrally engaged with the National Guard Bureau, Department of Defense Joint Staff, United States Cyber Command, Headquarters Air Force, Air Force Space Command, the National Reconnaissance Operations Center and Interagency leadership.

Maj. Gen. Lunderman has commanded over 2,200 flight hours in the T-37, A/T-38, F-15C and F-16 aircraft. He has flown combat missions in support of operations Northern Watch, Southern Watch, Noble Eagle, Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.  Read More...


20 August 2019

Erin Joe - Director, CTIIC

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.

In addition, Ms. Joe served as Assistant Special Agent in Charge, FBI Los Angeles, where she oversaw intelligence, surveillance, and aviation programs; established collection priorities; directed operations; and integrated intelligence and operations across the office’s areas of responsibility. Ms. Joe has served in FBI Field Offices in Oklahoma City, Salt Lake City, and New Haven, where she was Acting Special Agent in Charge. Before joining FBI, Ms. Joe served as an administrative law judge in Dallas, Texas.

Ms. Joe has completed senior executive leadership courses at the Naval Post Graduate School, Kellogg School of Business, Carnegie Mellon, and Harvard. Ms. Joe earned a BA in English, with high distinction, from the University of Illinois and a JD from Ohio State University. She is a member of the Oklahoma Bar Association and the State Bar of Texas.

Ms. Joe succeeds Tonya Ugoretz, a career FBI intelligence analyst who served as CTIIC Director for almost three years.


16 July 2019

COL Wade Johnston

Colonel Wade Johnston received his commission as a 2nd Lt. from the Reserve Officer Training Corps program at the University of South Dakota in 1993. His assignments include the 304th Signal Battalion, Camp Red Cloud, South Korea; the 18th Field Artillery Brigade (ABN) at Fort Bragg, North Carolina; the 3rd Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82d Airborne Division; the 75th Ranger Regiment; HHC, 82d Signal Battalion; the Mission Support Squadron; the 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment – Delta; commander of the Mission Support Squadron; the J6 Chief of Operations for the Joint Special Operations Command; commander of the Joint Communications Unit; COL Johnston’s last assignment was the commander of the Joint Communications Support Element.

He is a graduate of the Signal Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, Combined Arms and Services Staff School, Command and General Staff College, Army War College, Basic Airborne School, Ranger School, Survival Evasion Resistance and Escape School, Military Freefall and Jumpmaster School. Johnston’s awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Valorous Unit Award, and the Meritorious Unit Citation.

Johnston has been married to his wife, the former Ms. Ann Hauk, for 22 years and they have one son, Nathan.


18 June 2019

Maj. Gen. Kevin B. Kennedy

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Maj. Gen. Kevin B. Kennedy is the Assistant Deputy Chief Information Officer, Digital Transformation and Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff for Cyber Effects Operations, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Arlington, Virginia. As the Cyberspace Operations and Support Career Field Functional Manager, General Kennedy is responsible for the development of 36,000 officer and enlisted personnel. He balances costs and risks for Air Force Enterprise Information Technology programs in light of all legislative, Department of Defense and joint policies and directives. Additionally, General Kennedy is responsible for integrating U.S. Air Force air, space and cyberspace effects operations capabilities into the joint fight by informing policy, synchronizing relevant efforts and advocating for resources to provide secure, reliable and timely information to the joint warfighter.

General Kennedy received his commission from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1990. Following graduation, he served in a variety of flying positions including U.S. Air Force Weapons School Instructor, 34th Bomb Squadron Commander, 28th Operations Group Deputy Commander and 28th Bomb Wing Commander at Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota. Additionally, he served as the Vice Commander for the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing in Southwest Asia. His staff experience includes service with the Headquarters U.S. Air Force staff, the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

General Kennedy is a command pilot with more than 3,400 flying hours in the B-1 and T-38, including combat over Afghanistan. Read More...


21 May 2019

Colonel Todd M. B. Vician

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Col. Todd Vician is the Commander of the Air Force Public Affairs Agency, Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas, a field operating agency of the Secretary of the Air Force Office of Public Affairs, with more than 350 people at eight locations worldwide. Colonel Vician leads the agency that is responsible for Air Force Combat Camera operations; oversees archiving and distribution measurement and analysis for all PA products; manages licensing and branding of Air Force trademarks; deploys crisis response teams providing Air Force PA support to contingencies; conducts research and establishes guidance on emerging technologies for future PA operations; assists with managing career field force development training; provides standards and evaluations guidance for PA activities; and field tests and purchases future equipment systems for the public affairs career field. read more...


16 April 2019

Brigadier General (ret) Gregory J. Touhill

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Greg Touhill, President of the Cyxtera Federal Group, is one of the nation’s premier cybersecurity and information technology senior executives. Selected by President Obama as the US government’s first Chief Information Security Officer (CISO). He previously served as DHS Deputy Assistant Secretary and Director of the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center. Greg is a retired Air Force general officer, a highly-decorated combat leader, an adjunct professor at Carnegie- Mellon University, an accomplished author and public speaker, a former American diplomat, and a senior executive with documented high levels of success on the battlefield and in the boardroom.


19 March 2019

Colonel Scott O’Malley

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Colonel Scott O’Malley is the Vice Commander, 688th Cyberspace Wing, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. In this capacity, he leads over 3,300 professional Airmen across four groups with 26 units at 15 locations worldwide. He ensures the readiness and employment of Airmen to build, operate, secure, defend and extend classified and unclassified networks through the employment of four cyberspace weapon systems and various engineering and expeditionary capabilities. He delivers resilient and integrated cyber infrastructure in garrison as well as in deployed environments, directing the training, mobilization and deployment of Airmen, communications and computer systems to enable the combat effectiveness of combatant commanders, joint task forces and Air Force component headquarters contingency operations.

Colonel O’Malley was commissioned in 1997 from the University of Iowa's ROTC program. He has held numerous operational, staff and academic positions, and has completed two long and two short overseas tours. He commanded the 673rd Communications Squadron. His operational cyberspace experience is shaped by base-level planning, programming, and information systems positions with the 15th and 8th Communications Squadrons, systems and database engineering at U.S. Strategic Command, and academics to include research focused on artificial intelligence, multi-level security system implementations, and cyber deterrence strategy, in addition to instructing undergraduate-level computer science courses for the next generation of officers and cyberspace operators. Further, he has held a number of staff positions to include serving as a liaison to the Iraqi government on C4I issues, executive officer to the Dean of the Faculty, U.S. Air Force Academy, speech writer for Commander, Pacific Air Forces, executive officer to the Commander, Pacific Air Forces, and executive officer to the Deputy Undersecretary of the Air Force (Space).  Read more...


19 February 2019

Lieutenant Colonel Kristofor D. Kelly

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Lieutenant Colonel Kristofor “IKE” Kelly is the Space-ISR Coordinator for 25th Air Force and is qualified as a Senior Duty Officer of the 625th Operations Center, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. Lt Col Kelly coordinates 25 AF ISR support to Space Operations and 25 AF ISR from Space activities with AF Space Command and AF/A2. As a Senior Duty Officer, Lt Col Kelly conducts operational level command and control and advise and assist of global USAF ISR and Electronic Warfare operations.

Prior to this assignment, Lt Col Kelly served as the Commander, 29th Intelligence Squadron, 70 ISRW, Ft Meade Md. In this capacity, he lead over 270 Airmen executing 24/7 Air Force, Joint, and National SIGINT operations.

In addition, Lt Col Kelly has served as the Air Force’s Consolidated Cryptologic Program Monitor at AF/A2R, where he oversaw 6,800 manpower positions and an annual budget of $154M.

Lt Col Kelly has served as an Operation’s Adjutant in an F-16-CJ Squadron tasked with Suppression of Enemy Air Defense Systems, as a Command Intelligence Briefer to Commander USTRANSCOM and Commander, Air Combat Command, and as an intelligence policy officer with the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency. Within the Air Force’s Cryptologic Enterprise, he has served as a flight commander in the 93rd Intelligence Squadron, a cyber flight operator at NSA-Texas, and as the Director of Operations for the 35th Intelligence Squadron. Lt Col Kelly was also selected to be the executive officer to the Commander, Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Agency from 2011-2013. Lt Col Kelly deployed to Baghdad, Iraq in 2011 providing intelligence support to counter-terrorism operations.

Lt Col Kelly is a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park, with a degree in German Language and Literature, and also graduated from the National Intelligence University with a Master’s of Science in Strategic Intelligence.


15 January 2019

Maj. Gen. Mark E. Weatherington

Maj. Gen. Mark E. Weatherington is the Deputy Commander, Air Education and Training Command, Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas. The command is responsible for the recruiting, training and education of Air Force personnel and includes Air Force Recruiting Service, two numbered air forces and Air University. AETC operates more than 1,400 trainer, fighter and mobility aircraft, 23 wings, 10 bases and five geographically separated groups. Its approximately 60,000 active-duty, Reserve, Guard, civilian and contractor personnel train more than 293,000 students per year. Read More...


11 December 2018

Lt. Gen. (retired) Michael J. Basla

Lt. Gen. (retired) Michael J. Basla is Senior Vice President and Client Executive for CACI International. As such, he maintains an informed understanding of Defense Department requirements in Space, Cyberspace, Business Systems, Enterprise IT, Intelligence Services, Logistics and Material Readiness. He uses that understanding to match user requirements against CACI proven solutions and provide government representatives with information on comprehensive capabilities to meet their national defense needs.

General Basla concluded his U.S. Air Force career as the Chief, Information Dominance and Chief Information Officer, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C in November of 2014. In that capacity, General Basla was responsible for leading four directorates and supporting 77,000 cyber operations and support personnel across the globe, with a portfolio valued at $17 billion. He had overall responsibility for cyber security policy and workforce development, networks and network-centric policies, communications, information resources management, information assurance, and related matters for the Department of the Air Force. read more...


16 October 2018

Robert H. Cole

Robert H. Cole is Executive Director, 24th Air Force, Air Force Space Command, Joint Base San Antonio - Lackland, Texas. In this position, Mr. Cole serves as the cyber plans, programming and policy advisor to the Commander in his/her role as the Air Force Network Operations Commander, Commander Air Forces Cyber and Commander Joint Force Headquarters-Cyber (AFCYBER) to United States Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM). Mr. Cole provides expert and high-level leadership for operations, especially on issues requiring broad-based and multi-disciplinary understanding of cyberspace policy, doctrine and capabilities. He leads and facilitates program planning and operations that require intensive collaboration among internal and external cyber partners to include Department of Defense and other Federal Government agencies, foreign allies and elements of Counterintelligence and the Defense Industrial Base.

Mr. Cole is a native of Fort Worth, Texas and is married to former Kristan Jane Shipp. They have two daughters: Sierra, Haley. read more...


18 September 2018

Brigadier General George M. “Moose” Reynolds

Brigadier General George M. “Moose” Reynolds is Vice Commander of the 25th Air Force, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. He is responsible to the commander for providing multisource intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance products, applications, capabilities and resources; electronic warfare and integrating cyber ISR forces and expertise. The 25th Air Force includes the 70th, 363rd and 480th ISR Wings, the 9th Reconnaissance Wing, 55th Wing, 319th Air Base Wing, the Air Force Technical Applications Center and all Air Force cryptologic operations. These units include more than 29,000 Airmen worldwide providing flexible collection, analysis, weapons monitoring and operational intelligence to joint warfighters and the national intelligence community. read more...


21 August 2018

Colonel Jeffrey A. Sorrell

Colonel Jeffrey A. Sorrell is a Deputy Director for Operations and Communications, Headquarters Air Education and Training Command, Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas. He is the functional leader for 7,000 communications professionals, providing information technology services to over 67,900 personnel at 12 major installations. He leads a staff comprised of 150 military and civilian personnel. Colonel Sorrell is responsible for formulating and providing policy and guidance for all communications budgeting, programming, operations, and maintenance activities within the command, as well as executing a $35M annual operations budget. Col Sorrell also executes AETC's Chief Information Officer responsibilities. In this capacity, he is responsible for planning, developing, and implementing policies for integrating information technology across AETC. Colonel Sorrell began his career as an information management officer, with assignments at Tinker AFB, Oklahoma and Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea. He transitioned to the Communications career field in 1997, with subsequent assignments at 5th Combat Communications Group, Headquarters U.S. Air Force in Europe staff, 355th Communications Squadron commander at Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona, the Joint Staff J-39 Directorate, 36th Communications Squadron commander and 36th Mission Support Group deputy commander at Andersen AFB, Guam, a Branch Chief on the Secretary of the Air Force Chief Information Officer A6 staff, Commander North Atlantic Treaty Organization Communications and Information Agency, Ramstein AB, and most recently Vice Commander, 17th Training Wing at Goodfellow AFB, Texas. Colonel Sorrell was born and raised in Irving, Texas. He entered the Air Force in 1992 as a graduate of the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps at the University of North Texas. read more...


17 July 2018

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19 June 2018

Maj. Gen. Christopher P. Weggeman

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Maj. Gen. Christopher P. Weggeman is the Commander, 24th Air Force and Commander, Air Forces Cyber, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. General Weggeman is responsible for providing Air Force Component and Combatant Commanders with trained and ready cyber forces which plan, direct and execute global cyberspace operations.

Twenty-fourth Air Force and AFCYBER personnel build, extend, operate, secure and defend 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 approval of the President and/or Secretary of Defense, the execution of offensive cyberspace operations. The general leads the activities of two cyberspace wings and the 624th Operations Center, all headquartered at JBSA-Lackland, Texas, as well as the 5th Combat Communications Group at Robins Air Force Base, Ga.

General Weggeman is a 1987 graduate of Purdue University, where he was commissioned through Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps as a distinguished graduate. Prior to this assignment, General Weggeman was the Director, Plans and Policy, U.S. Cyber Command at Fort George G. Meade, Md. He is a combat-proven F-16 pilot who has commanded at the squadron, group and wing level.  read more...


15 May 2018

Colonel Michael L. Cote

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Colonel Michael L. Cote is the Director of Communications for Headquarters Twenty-Fifth Air Force and the Commander of the 625th Air Communications Squadron, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. Twenty-Fifth Air Force provides full-spectrum decision advantage to warfighters and national leaders through globally integrated intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, electronic attack, information operations and strategic command and control. As the Director, he is responsible for formulating, disseminating, and managing communications policy, procedures, regulations, resources, and architectures for command and control, communications, computers, and ISR operations across 5 wings, the Air Force Technical Applications Center and operating locations around the world. As the Commander, he is responsible for cyberspace planning, implementation, operations, security and maintenance for the AFJWICS enterprise, 25 Air Force HQ and AF intelligence community systems to enable worldwide intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.

Colonel Cote enlisted in the Air Force in 1986 and received his commission in 1992 as a distinguished graduate of the University of New Hampshire Reserve Officer Training Corps Program. He has held a wide variety of positions at base, Major Command, Air Staff and Joint Staff levels. He also deployed to Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and twice to Iraq, including a 1-year command tour at Joint Base Balad. read more...


17 April 2018

Chief Master Sergeant Michelle M. Stavig

Chief Master Sergeant Michelle M. Stavig serves as the Superintendent, 26th Cyberspace Operations Group, 67th Cyberspace Wing, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. She is the principle enlisted adviser to the Group Commander ensuring the group’s 850 cyber warfighters are mission ready to provide dynamic and integrated network defense capabilities and response actions in the Air Force Information Network (AFIN) worldwide. These defense capabilities guarantee freedom of maneuver and mission assurance directly supporting warfighting operations around the globe.

Chief Stavig has served in multiple enlisted career fields to include Ground Radio Maintenance, Computer Systems Programming, and Cyber Warfare Operations. As a Cyber Warfare Operator, she earned the National Security Agency’s second highest operational certification, completed over 850 cyberspace missions, and was vital to one of the most successful cyberspace operations in the history of the Department of Defense. She has held positions in Maryland, Texas, Virginia, and Nevada.

Prior to assuming her current position, she served as the 624th Operations Center Superintendent where she led a team of 180 Airmen providing centralized command and control of Air Force Cyber (AFCYBER) forces comprised of over 800 operators executing 7 weapon systems in 12 units across the globe. read more...


20 March 2018

Special Agent Raymond Martinez, FBI - Cyber Squad

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Special Agent Raymond Martinez has been with the FBI since 2009. He has a Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Information Systems from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Prior to joining the FBI he worked in the private sector as a Technical Coordinator.SA Martinez worked in the Los Angeles Field Office for over 8 years working Cyber investigations to include his assignment on the Los Angeles Electronic Crime Task Force. SA Martinez recently transferred to the San Antonio Field Office and is currently assigned to the Cyber Squad.


20 February 2018

Colonel Steven J. Anderson, 318th Cyberspace Operations Group, 688th Cyberspace Wing

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Colonel Steven J. Anderson is Commander, 318th Cyberspace Operations Group, 688th Cyberspace Wing, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. In this capacity, he leads more than 800 professionals across seven total force squadrons and two detachments in the conduct of cyber warfare and Information Operations training, testing, tactics development, exercise planning, and cyberspace protection for Air Force and joint warfighters. Prior to this assignment, he served as Division Chief, Cyberspace Strategy and Policy, Office of the Chief, Information Dominance and Chief Information Officer, Pentagon, Washington D.C.

Colonel Anderson enlisted in the Air Force in 1993 and served as a ground radio maintenance technician while completing his undergraduate degree in management, computer information systems. He was commissioned in April 1999 as a distinguished graduate and Col Dick Scobe Leadership award recipient from Officer Training School. He immediately attended Basic Communications & Information Officer Training (BCOT) at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi. Colonel Anderson has served in various organizations and leadership positions at the squadron, group, wing, numbered air force, agency, Air Staff, Joint, and Office of the Secretary of Defense. He is a graduated squadron commander. read more


16 January 2018

Peter Bosse, 335th Signal Command Commanding General

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Major General Pete Bosse enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1980 and served on active duty as a radio-teletype operator (O5C) at Fort Campbell, KY. He graduated from the Reserve Officer Training Corps program at Michigan State University in June 1984 and he was commissioned in the Signal Corps as a Second Lieutenant. His degrees include a Bachelor’s degree in Retail Marketing Management from Michigan State University, a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Michigan, a Master of Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College and a Doctor of Philosophy degree (PhD) in Business Administration from Northcentral University. Major General Bosse is an Advanced Joint Professional Military Education and CAPSTONE graduate and a Joint Qualified Officer. read more


12 December 2017

Paul Williams, Senior Director Of Security Architecture and Engineering at Rackspace

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Leverages technologies and shapes business processes to transform the total business enterprise. Builds and operates multibillion-dollar global cyber security, network operations, and enterprise IT service organizations by purposefully optimizing technology and data security strategies and workforce capabilities to assure customer IT capabilities in high threat environments. Works well with peers, subordinates, superiors and customers in pulling together and leading cross-organizational teams to conquer organizational challenges and accomplish assigned missions.


17 October 2017

Brigadier General William Spangenthal, Director - Plans, Programs, Requirement & Assessments HQ AETC

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Brig. Gen. William A. Spangenthal is the Director of Plans, Programs, Requirements and Assessments, Headquarters Air Education and Training Command (AETC), Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas. He assists the AETC Commander in planning and programming $6.5 billion annually supporting 60,000 personnel across 22 bases charged with recruiting, training, and educating for the United States Air Force and our international partners. He develops the Education and Training Core Function Support Plan and AETC’s inputs to the Program Objective Memorandum, leads AETC Strategic Planning, manages flying training and technical training operational capability requirements and oversees the Air Force’s only studies and analysis squadron.

General Spangenthal graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1992. He has commanded at the squadron, expeditionary group, and wing levels. Additionally, he has held a variety of joint, major command and headquarters staff positions. General Spangenthal is a command pilot with more than 3,500 flying hours in the T-37, T-38, C-12, KC-135 and C-17.

Prior to his current assignment, he served as the Director, Secretary of the Air Force and Chief of Staff of the Air Force Executive Action Group, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.

 


19 September 2017

Colonel DeLange is the Commander, 688th Cyberspace Wing, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas.

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In this capacity, he leads over 2,100 professionals at seven different locations in conducting defensive cyberspace operations; developing, training, exercising and testing Information Operations tactics, techniques and procedures; analyzing and mitigating U.S. cyberspace vulnerabilities; integrating emerging Information Dominance capabilities in support of Air Force, Joint and Department of Defense warfighters; engineering, deploying and delivering survivable and resilient cyber infrastructure (deployed and in-garrison); and integrating communications and computer systems designed to increase the combat effectiveness of Air Force and Department of Defense elements.

Colonel DeLange is originally from Los Angeles, California and received his commission upon graduation from the United States Air Force Academy in June 1993. Since his commissioning, Colonel DeLange has held a variety of communications and cyber operations officer positions at the Squadron, Group, Numbered Air Force, Major Command, Headquarters Air Force, Joint Force Headquarters and Joint Staff levels. He is married to Stacy DeLange formerly of Mesa, Arizona and they have four children.

 


15 August 2017

Zachary Walker, Defense Innovation Unit Experimental (DIUx)

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Zach is an operational and technical leader with over 15 years of experience in information security, intelligence, and cyber operations. He is an Air Force Reserve officer, combat veteran, and Bronze Star recipient. He has led distributed cyber intelligence operations for both the Army and the NSA, and he was commended for "leading transformational change" for operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Syria.

Zach has also advised senior Pentagon and Intelligence Community leaders on offensive cyberspace operations, collection strategies, information operations, insider threat mitigation, organizational policy, and other areas. He currently leads the Austin office of the Defense Innovation Unit Experimental (DIUx), charged with accelerating commercial innovation for national defense.

 


11 July 2017

Brigadier General Mark E. Weatherington

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Brig. Gen. Mark E. Weatherington is the Director, Cyberspace Operations, North American Aerospace Defense Command and United States Northern Command. In this capacity, General Weatherington provides integrated C4 capabilities to support the full spectrum of assigned missions and to facilitate the vital information sharing and command and control needs of both commands. Additionally, he prioritizes and oversees defense of cyber key terrain as well as the activities of assigned cyber mission forces.

General Weatherington earned his commission in 1990 following graduation from the U.S. Air Force Academy. He has served in a variety of operational and staff assignments, including command of the 28th Bomb Wing, Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota, where he led all aspects of B-1 and MQ-9 operations and installation support activities. His staff experience includes various doctrine, strategy, and warfighting requirements positions within Air Forces Central Command, the Joint Staff, and the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

General Weatherington is a command pilot with more than 2,400 flying hours, including combat over Afghanistan.


20 June 2017

Major General Garrett S. Yee

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Major General Garrett S. Yee has led Army network modernization for the Chief Information Officer/G-6 since July 2015, while simultaneously serving as the Acting Director, Cybersecurity Directorate, since February 2017. MG Yee reports directly to the CIO/G-6, and assists in the development of strategy, policy, and guidance for the Army's ongoing effort to modernize and improve the network and cybersecurity.

Prior to joining CIO/G-6, Major General Yee was the Commander, 335th Signal Command (Theater) (Provisional) at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, where he concurrently served as the G6 for U.S. Army Central Command, the CJ6 for Coalition Joint Forces Land Component Command, and the Director of Cyber Information Systems for the Combined Joint Task Force - Operation INHERENT RESOLVE.

Previous assignments include serving as the Deputy Commanding General for Mobilization, Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois; Deputy Commander, 335th Signal Command (Theater) (Provisional) during Operation ENDURING FREEDOM in Afghanistan; Commander, 505th Theater Tactical Signal Brigade in Las Vegas, Nevada; Commander, 650th Regional Support Group in Las Vegas, Nevada; Theater Observation Detachment Officer with the Center for Army Lessons Learned during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, where he authored a handbook on provincial reconstruction teams; and Commander, 3/356th Logistics Support Battalion at Fort Bliss, Texas.

His military education includes the Infantry Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, the Combined Arms and Services Staff School, the Command and General Staff College, the Army War College, and CAPSTONE.

Major General Yee is a native of Fremont, California. He received his commission upon graduation from Santa Clara University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in combined science. He later earned a Master of Business Administration from Golden Gate University and a Master of Strategic Studies from the Army War College.

Major General Yee’s awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the NATO Medal, the Parachutist Badge, and the German Armed Forces Badge for Military Proficiency. He is also a recipient of the Signal Corps Bronze Order of Mercury.


16 May 2017

Major General Bradford Shwedo

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Maj. Gen. Bradford J. “B.J.” Shwedo is the Commander, 25th Air Force, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. General Shwedo is responsible for nearly 30,000 personnel that conduct worldwide operations. Twenty-fifth Air Force airmen deliver multisource intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance products, applications, capabilities and resources. In addition, they conduct electronic warfare; strategic command and control; and they integrate cyber ISR teams and expertise into the country’s cyber mission forces. The 25th Air Force includes the 70th, 363rd and 480th ISR wings; the 9th Reconnaissance Wing; the 55th Wing and the Air Force Technical Applications Center. In his position as 25th Air Force Commander, General Shwedo also serves as the Commander of the Service Cryptologic Component. In this capacity he is responsible to the Director, National Security Agency, and Chief, Central Security Service, as the Air Force's sole authority for matters involving the conduct of cryptologic activities, including the spectrum of missions directly related to both tactical warfighting and national-level operations.

General Shwedo graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1987, earning a Bachelor of Science in Military History. Prior to his assignment to 25th Air Force, General Shwedo was the Director for Capability and Resource Integration (J8) at U.S. Cyber Command. General Shwedo's other staff assignments include Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Special Programs Division; Joint Chiefs of Staff, J-3, Special Activities Division; intelligence support to SAF/AQ; Executive Assistant to the Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, the Director for Cyber Planning and Operations within the Office of the Secretary of Defense for Policy and the Air Combat Command, Director of Intelligence, A2. General Shwedo's previous commands include Detachment 2, 18th Intelligence Squadron, Osan Air Base, South Korea, and during the initiation of Operation Iraqi Freedom, he commanded the 566th Information Operations Squadron, which provided direct combat support through the National-Tactical Integration Program. General Shwedo's group and wing commands were within the 67th Network Warfare Wing, whose mission was to operate, manage, and defend the U.S. Air Force's global networks. Within the 67th NWW, General Shwedo also commanded the 67th Network Warfare Group, whose mission was to train and ready Airmen to execute computer network exploitation and attack. Throughout his tenure at the 67th NWW, this unit was in direct support of operations Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom, and the greater war on terror. General Shwedo also led an intelligence team to Al Kharj, Saudi Arabia in support of Operation Desert Shield/Storm.


18 April 2017

Colonel Bradley L. Pyburn

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Colonel Bradley L. Pyburn is the Commander of the 67th Cyberspace Wing (67 CW), Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. The 67 CW is the Air Force’s newest combat wing, serving as AFCYBER’s execution arm for generating, projecting, and sustaining combat power through 5 cyberspace weapon systems. Colonel Pyburn leads over 2,500 Airmen, civilians, and contractors across three operations groups with 31 units at 17 locations worldwide. He also ensures the readiness and employment of Airmen to conduct network ops, defense, attack, exploitation and telecomm monitoring for the Air Force, combatant commands, and national agencies.

Prior to assuming his current position, Colonel Pyburn was the Director of Communications, Headquarters Air Combat Command, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia. In this role, he was responsible for cyberspace and communications policy, resource advocacy, program management, and cyberspace support for the command’s 34 wings, 1,300 aircraft, 19 bases, and 70 worldwide operating locations with 94,000 active-duty and civilian personnel.

Colonel Pyburn received his commission as a distinguished graduate of Officer Training School in 1995. A career cyberspace operations officer, he has held diverse operational and staff positions, including the Air Staff and Joint Task Force-Global Network Operations. Colonel Pyburn’s commands include the 624th Operations Center, where he provided command and control for two Cyberspace Wings and seven cyberspace weapon systems, while directing operations and defense of the $14 billion Air Force Network. He also commanded the 332nd Expeditionary Communications Squadron, where he was responsible for the largest command and control network in Iraq supporting a joint base of 25,000 personnel.


21 March 2017

Vic Diaz - Assistant Vice President, Cyber Security Operations

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As part of USAA’s Enterprise Security Group, Vic Diaz leads the Cyber Security Operations area, which includes the Cyber Threat Operations Center, Cyber Threat Prevention and Cyber Security Infrastructure. He joined USAA in 2011 after more than 26 years of service in the United States Air Force, and has significant experience in several technical and leadership positions with information systems, command/control networks, and communications.

Vic earned a Bachelor’s degree from the U.S. Air Force Academy and a Master’s degree in Space Science from the University of North Dakota. He worked several engineering teams that installed global command-and-control networks throughout the U.S. Air Force, and then served as the U.S. Air Force exchange officer working for the Venezuelan senior network officer on the design and implementation of Venezuelan Air Force networks. Subsequently, he had multiple assignments over 13 years working in cyberspace security and operations at multiple network operations and security centers in the U.S. Air Force. These centers supported Middle East, Pacific and U.S.-based cyber security operations, including support to Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) missions. His last position in the U.S. Air Force was to lead the AF Cyberspace Operations Center, which was responsible for the cyber defense of all Air Force networks globally, and the employment of cyberspace capabilities globally to support ongoing combat operations.


21 February 2017

Brigadier General Mitchel H. Butikofer

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Brigadier General Mitchel H Butikofer is the Vice Commander, Twenty-fourth Air Force; Deputy Commander, Air Forces Cyber; and Deputy Commander, Joint Force Headquarters–Cyber, Joint Base San Antonio–Lackland, Texas. General Butikofer 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, extend, operate, secure and defend 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 Joint Base San Antonio–Lackland, Texas, as well as the 5th Combat Communications Group at Robins Air Force Base, Georgia.

General Butikofer received his commission in 1989 through the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps at Utah State University, Utah. His career highlights include two squadron commands; two group commands; wing command; various headquarters staffs; and the Air Staff and the Office of Secretary of Defense Staff. Prior to his current assignment, General Butikofer was the Director, Command, Control, Communications and Cyber (C4) Systems and the Deputy Director of Operations for Cyberspace, U.S. Transportation Command, Scott AFB, Illinois.


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