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NOTE: Alamo AFCEA is committed to providing professional engagement and professional development opportunities through virtual webinars while the country navigates COVID-19. While we will continue to make our live sessions available as a public service to the community, access to previous presentations and recordings, as well as expanded offerings, will be a benefit reserved for AFCEA members affiliated with the Alamo Chapter by 1 October.

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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...

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Salvador D’Itri, NSC Chairman

Salvador D’Itri is Chairman of the NSC and General Manager, Research and Development at Federated Wireless, Inc. He has served as Chief Marketing Officer and board member for the Wireless Innovation Forum and as an appointee to the Information Technology Advisory Commission for Arlington County, Virginia. His fields of experience include, spectrum management, cognitive radio, telecommunications and cloud computing.


The National Spectrum Consortium is a research and development organization that incubates new technologies to revolutionize the way in which spectrum is utilized, and 5G is playing a big part in that. Through collaboration between industry, academia, and Government agencies, we solve the toughest problems the nation faces to enable implementation of 5G, 5G based technologies, and spectrum access and sharing. NSC was kick-started through a 5 year, $1.25 Billion, Section 815 Prototype Other Transaction Agreement (OTA) with the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Emerging Capabilities and Prototyping (ODASD, EC&P). During this session, we'll provide an overview of the NSC, the importance of 5G to the national economy and security, past DoD/NSC efforts and future opportunities, including the DoD’s planned 5G experimentation at Joint Base San Antonio.

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Derrick Dickey Sr., Sales Specialist Data Protection and Insider Threat DOD, Forcepoint

Senior Sales Specialist supporting the Department of Defense at Forcepoint. Responsibilities for all Data protection, Zero Trust Architecture and Insider Threat. Prior service in both the Army and Navy supporting both the Signal Corps, Crypto needs of the Navy and a Submariner.

Robert Campbell, Director, Enterprise Data Security Sales at Forcepoint

Director, Enterprise Data Security Sales at Forcepoint. Currently leading a team of sales specialists with a focus on enabling growth for Forcepoint's data protection solution strategy leveraging RedOwl (now Forcepoint UEBA) as the enabler for a uniquely differentiated approach to supporting Global Government Insider Threat risk reduction and Sensitive Data protection challenges.

Nicolas Lessen, Principal Sales Engineer, Forcepoint

Principal Sales Engineer. Serving as a customer-focused technical sales professional specializing in User, Entity and Behavior Analytics, and Enterprise Data Protection. Responsible for providing high level pre-sales support and guidance to customers. recommend and develop appropriate cyber security solution offerings.


Data is at the center of the Zero Trust model for a reason. Levels of trust nuanced- must be unique on a user and mission requirements. Especially for government, sometimes the ability to share information to complete a mission is more important than security itself.

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Brigadier General Bradley L. Pyburn

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...

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Lieutenant Colonel John A. Priestly III

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...

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Drew Church, Senior Security Specialist, Splunk

Drew Church joined Splunk after almost a decade supporting the Department of Defense in various roles including security operations manager, vulnerability analyst, system administration, and application development. When he's not working, he's spending time with his wife and two school age daughters.


Today’s Defense and Intelligence agencies produce so much data that it’s impossible for humans to triage every alert or complete all tickets within SLA. What’s more, the optimal workflow for these operational tasks may not be a straight line or only involve a single team. For an employee this could take hours but with technology, minutes or seconds. Wouldn’t it be great if you could take the boring, monotonous, repeatable tasks out of the hands of smart, motivated people so they can be productive and excited about work again? During this session, we’ll discuss real use cases on how Defense organizations are successfully using automation to: * Work smarter by automating repetitive tasks allowing teams to better focus on mission-critical decisions * Respond faster with automated investigations and playbooks that execute at machine speed * Strengthen their defenses by integrating their infrastructure so each part is actively participating in the strategy.

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San Antonio - EMD & JBSA 5G Panel

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.

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Acquisitions Virtual Panel
Acquisitions: Past Challenges, Current Environment and Future Insights


Col A. Abel Carreiro
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 Bobby King
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
Mr. Chris Kinne

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




Col Jim Trachier
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...

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Keith Garred, Systems Engineer with Varonis Public Sector LLC, is a 25+ year IT Pro and INFOSEC specialist. Keith deals with the DOD helping them secure their most valuable assets; data.


Organizations need to understand the use of data. Where is it? How sensitive is it? Who has access to it? Has it leaked? This 1 hour presentation and demonstration will explain the most important aspects of a security solution and how the DOD protects and understands use of their data. Does your organization have mandates for Risk Management Framework (RMF) and Continuous Data Monitoring (CDM)? How does your organization plan to address changes in network architecture and access while moving to a Zero Trust model? Learn how to tackle these problems as well as automate much of these mandates.

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Flashpoint analysts summarized a few relevant topics they have researched and actioned regarding disinformation campaigns. They included:

  • Social media patterns: Narratives are often developed and spread to targeted influencers before reaching a wider audience
  • Venues for acquiring infrastructure: Illicit online forums and marketplaces where the infrastructure to conduct these campaigns - hijacked accounts, bots and botnets, social media manipulation panels, scam pages - is shared and sold, and where users in turn are often also influenced by disinformation narratives.

Disinformation campaigns are becoming an increasing challenge across various threat domains - physical, cyber, and public. Disinformation campaigns can be opportunistic or long-term, can use fabricated material (creation) or social engineering (curation), can prompt immediate physical security threats, or aim to create conditions conducive to cyber-attacks on a specific country or weak trust in public institutions.

By developing longstanding, reputable personas throughout the international cybercrime domain, Flashpoint analysts have gained unique and actionable insight into how cybercriminals are obtaining access, how they are abusing this access, and for how much they sell access. Utilizing these developed personas, Flashpoint analysts have observed and obtained information around threat actors unauthorized access to privileged environments in networks belonging to entities energy, maritime, aerospace, municipal, and other sectors. Some of this information has been obtained via sources who are believed to possibly have nation-state ties with countries adversarial to the United States and its allies


Bryan Oliver has been an analyst at Flashpoint for the last year focusing on Russian Cybercrime and Deep and Dark Web activity. Prior to coming to Flashpoint, he spent two years as a consultant in Moscow, Russia, where he had the privilege to work with some of Russia's largest companies in technology and finance. He received an MA from the University of Chicago in 2019 focusing on International Relations and Economics.

Mike Small, Mike Small, one of Flashpoint's intelligence directors, has been studying and operating in the cybercriminal underground for six years. Mike Small also served in the US military.

Andras Toth-Czifra is Flashpoint's analyst of European and Russian cybercrime and disinformation. Born in Hungary, he holds a master's degree in political science and economics from Corvinus University of Budapest. Previously, he worked in the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium as a policy advisor for members of parliament sitting in the S&D Group; as a fellow in the Berlin-based European Stability Initiative, one of Europe's leading public policy think tanks; as well as with European consultancies as a freelance political analyst. He specializes in Russian and Eastern European politics and policies and regularly writes on Russian affairs.

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Colonel Eulys B. Shell II
Director, Joint All Domain Command and Control (JADC2) Technical Division, U.S. Army Joint Modernization Command

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.

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Timothy Porter - Founder and CEO, Appddiction Studio

Timothy Porter is an Army veteran of 10 years. He achieved the rank of Sergeant First Class within 7 years. After being involved in a bomb explosion, Timothy was medically retired and began to pursue his passion: technology. In 2009, after teaching himself how to develop mobile apps, Tim was nationally recognized by the USA Network Channel as one of their USA Character Unite Award winners for developing an award-winning anti-bullying App for schools. Appddiction Studio was formed in 2011 and has since developed well over 200 commercial mobile apps. Appddiction has also become a leader in Enterprise transformations focusing on Agile and the SAFe Framework.

Timothy Porter has multiple degrees in Management Information Systems and holds an MBA. He is an SPC and RTE and has performed roles for Appddiction Studio as a Scaled program Consultant, Enterprise Coach and Trainer, Agile Coach, Release Train Engineer and Scrum Master. Timothy Porter has taught over 50 public and private SAFe classes and has submitted his packet to become an SPCT Gold Partner. He is certified at all levels of the SAFe Framework and can teach Leading SAFe, SAFe Scrum Master, Advanced Scrum Master, Lean Portfolio Management, Product Owner/Product Management, SAFe DevOps, and SAFe for Architects.

Appddiction Studio has been performing for programs supporting Gunter Air Force Base (AFB) as a Prime Contractor for Agile Coaching, EODIMS JST and EODIMS Backlog Burndown and now as a subcontractor on ACES FoS. Outside Gunter AFB, Appddiction Studio is a subcontractor to SAIC at the FAA and have helped launch multiple Agile Release Trains (ARTs). Appddiction Studio is the 8a organization training Air Force software developers at Kessel Run and is also a subcontractor to Utilligent/CPS Energy in San Antonio, Texas, where they have helped CPS Energy adopt the SAFe Framework


Agile project management is now a requirement for GSA contracts, making it imperative for small, medium and large businesses to get on board with agile. In this workshop, we will help you establish a baseline of vocabulary and knowledge about agile product development methods. We will also explain how this approach differs from traditional methods. Agile is a mindset, not a specific tool, methodology or process. In the workshop we will discuss leading Agile frameworks like Scrum, Scrum@Scale, Scaled Agile, LESS and Kanban, their values, terminology, roles, and ceremonies. We’ll also explore how you can start your journey toward adopting an agile approach. While Agile adoption at the organizational level creates a transparent, responsive, and flexible environment that is capable of handling change in the market, the reality is that not every project or product will benefit from an Agile approach. In this workshop we will also discuss which projects are a good fit for an agile approach and which are not.


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Dr. Paul Lieber
Mass Influence and Comms Author, IPA Chief Scientist, Former JSOU Faculty
Dr. Paul Lieber is an award-winning scholar and practitioner in global strategic communication and mass communication influence, with over five dozen scholarly publications and presentations on these topics. COLSA Corporation and the Information Professionals Association’s Chief Scientist, he’s served as the Command Writer for two USSOCOM Commanders, likewise Strategic Communication Advisor to the Commander of Special Operations Command-Australia. Within academic environs, Dr. Lieber was a full-time member of the Graduate faculty at Joint Special Operations University, Emerson College, University of South Carolina, and the University of Canberra, respectively. Within these roles, he taught across the entire strategic communication and influence curriculum, with a research emphasis on social media-based persuasion and methodological design.

Dr. Lieber holds a Ph.D. in Mass Communication and Public Affairs and a Masters of Mass Communication from Louisiana State University, likewise a B.S. in Broadcast Journalism from Syracuse University.


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L. Dean Worley
National Space Program Portfolio Director
National Security Engineering Center (NSEC)
DoD Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC)
Mr. Dean Worley is portfolio director for the National Space Program (NSP) portfolio in The MITRE Corporation’s NSEC. The NSEC is an FFRDC sponsored by the Department of Defense. Mr. Worley is responsible for developing, leading, and overseeing MITRE’s NSP overall strategy, work program, and business operations in direct support of the National Reconnaissance Office.

Before assuming the role of the NSP portfolio director, Dean was portfolio director of MITRE’s Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence (USD(I)) portfolio. In less than three years, he optimized MITRE’s effectiveness supporting the USD(I), especially in its highest strategic priorities such as artificial intelligence and machine learning, intelligence architectures and platforms, industrial protection and supply chain resiliency, joint hard target strategies, and innovation.

Dean joined MITRE in September 2015, as a strategist and analyst focusing on national security strategy development, information operations (IO), joint operational planning and execution, and the intelligence community (IC). He was the primary author of the well-received “Hybrid Warfare Deterrence Strategy” for the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering and was MITRE’s lead for its Counter Russian Aggression Strategic Initiative.

Mr. Worley retired from the USAF as a Colonel after 27 years of service in joint operations, electronic warfare, IO, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance, command and control, strategic planning, and the IC. He was a commander at squadron (755th Operations Support Squadron and 41st Expeditionary Electronic Combat Squadron); group (55th Electronic Combat Group); and wing (461st Air Control Wing) levels, including twice commanding a deployed squadron at Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan. A decorated combat veteran, he served in operations in the Pacific, Middle East, Central Asia, Caribbean, South America, and Europe. As a Navigator (Electronic Warfare Officer), Dean’s primary weapons systems were the EC-130H Compass Call and E-8C JSTARS. His flying and staff assignments included the USAF Weapons School; National Security Agency; Headquarters US European Command; Headquarters Seventeenth Air Force (Air Forces Africa); and Professor of Strategy at Air War College. He completed his military service on USD(I) staff dual-hatted as Deputy Director, Hard Target Program and Chief, Special Access and Space Programs Division.

Mr. Worley was handpicked as a member of the 2019 Defense Science Board Summer Study on “The Future of U.S. Military Superiority.” In 2019, he earned MITRE’s highest award, the Program Recognition Award, for the “Deliver Uncompromised” strategic study.

Dean earned a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from Virginia Tech, and master’s degrees in both Military Operational Art and Science (Air Command & Staff College), and Strategic Studies with Academic Distinction (Air War College). His executive development includes attending the Center for Creative Leadership, and the Enterprise Leadership Seminar at the Darden School of Business, University of Virginia.


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F. Austin Branch
Executive Director, Information Strategy and Programs, COLSA Corporation
Austin Branch joined the COLSA Corporation in July, 2015 after serving almost 30 years in Federal service as an Army Officer and Senior Civilian. He was commissioned as an Infantry Officer in 1986 from The Citadel, Charleston S.C. and went on to serve in multiple Command and Staff positions in conflict and in peace becoming the Army's first Information Operations Officer. Austin pioneered military operations in the information environment in key leadership positions in the Army and Joint Organizations across the globe.

Upon retirement from the Army, Austin joined the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence as the Deputy Director and Chief of Operations for the Defense Policy Analysis Office, and in 2008 was selected as a Defense Intelligence Senior Executive as Senior Advisor for Defense Information Operations.

In 2010, Austin was selected by the Secretary of Defense to lead the Information Operations and Military Information Support Defense Enterprise as the first Senior Director for this mission area in the Office of Policy and Special Operations and Low Intensity Conflict.

In 2013, Austin was again tapped to establish and lead a new organization at the National Counter Terrorism Center to address Domestic Counter Terrorism, Counter Violent Extremism, and Counter Terrorism Cyber Strategy and Policy in support of the National Security Council. Austin is also one of the founder's and President of the newly formed Non-profit, Information Professionals Association (IPA). IPA is a professional organization established to serve the interests of the broader Information community worldwide and for issues related to Cognitive Security.

Austin and his wife, Carol live in Bluffton, South Carolina and have three children. They have two sons serving as active duty Army Officers and a daughter at Elon University, North Carolina.


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Bob Pearson
Author, professor, digital consultant
Bob has played a key role in building two media firms that are ranked in the top 50 worldwide. He was employee #1 for GCI Health, where he and CEO of GCI, Bob Feldman, launched a new health division. Most recently, he was involved in building an 800-person firm, W2O Group, which is centered on algorithms, machine-learning and innovative media models that lead to insights-driven marketing communications campaigns. He has served as Chief Technology Officer, President and Vice-Chairman.

Prior to W2O Group, Bob worked as VP of Communities and Conversations at Dell to develop the Fortune 500’s first global social media function—an industry-leading approach to the use of social media, as highlighted in the best seller, GroundSwell. Before Dell, Bob was Head of Global Corporate Communications and Head of Global Pharma Communications at Novartis Pharmaceuticals in Basel, Switzerland, where he served on the Pharma Executive Committee and he held the role of Vice President of Media and Public Affairs for Rhone-Poulenc Rorer (now Sanofi).

He is an author, frequent speaker and blogger on digital marketing, as well as an adjunct professor at The University of Texas McCombs School, where he is teaching a new course on digital media models and developing a second course on persuasive selling. He is a Visiting Scholar at The University of Southern California, where he has designed a new graduate-level class that is focused on emerging analytics and digital models. Bob is also a guest lecturer at the U.S. State Department’s Marketing College with a focus on digital media and how to counter disinformation and extremism. He works in a digital media capacity as a contractor for OTI/USAID and the U.S. Agency for Global Media and serves as an advisor for the Global Engagement Center for the U.S. State Department.

He has written two digital media books (PreCommerce and Storytizing) based on key learning’s from the firm’s work with innovative companies and individuals. Bob’s third book, Countering Hate, explores how bias, hate and extremism forms and how we can counter it. His fourth book, Crafting Persuasion, was written with Kip Knight & Ed Tazzia about their learning’s in teaching companies and diplomats how to tell their story effectively. Bob is currently working on his first novel (a technology thriller) and putting together an outline for a future book about the “next generation” agency.

Bob currently serves as an investor and advisor for several media software companies and as CEO of the MedicAlert Foundation. He resides in Austin, Texas with his wife, Donna.


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Matt Venhaus
Executive Director, Information Professionals Association
He is a Senior Principal Cyber Operations Engineer with the MITRE Corporation where he leads, shapes, and manages MITRE’s support to USCYBERCOM. He develops and oversees execution of cross-cutting technical strategies to increase MITRE’s impact in advancing the effectiveness of cyber operations. He has a deep and abiding passion for the effective application of influence and persuasion in warfare as technological advancements drive new realities in the way that people consume and process information.

Previously, Matt served over 28 years in the U.S. Army primarily in the field of persuasive communications (PSYOP) to understand, inform, engage, and influence global publics in support of national policies and objectives. Matt conducted PSYOP on four continents across the full spectrum of peace and armed conflict. His initial service during America’s last period of intense near-peer competition, the Cold War, gave way to peacekeeping and humanitarian assistance throughout the 1990s, and later to the early stages of invasions in Afghanistan and Iraq where he designed, implemented, and managed multi-media campaigns across the Middle East to reduce terrorist recruiting effectiveness. His military service culminated in the Pentagon as the principal staff advisor to the Secretary of Defense for information operations.

A 1987 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, Matt is a plank-holder in the PSYOP Regiment and a Life member of the PSYOP Veterans Association. His published works include a special report entitled “Why Youth Join al-Qaeda,” which examined case studies of individuals who became foreign fighters to discern their behavioral motivations and seeks to establish a usable strategy to divert future generations from the path to extremism. He has also authored several classified reports on the application of persuasive communications against malicious cyber actors. He has also been awarded a Master's Degree in International Relations from Troy University, and Masters of Professional Studies in Strategic Public Relations from the George Washington University.


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Dr. Brian M. Pierce, PhD
Visiting Research Scientist, Applied Research Laboratory for Intelligence and Security (ARLIS), University of Maryland at College Park
Dr. Pierce is a Visiting Research Scientist at the Applied Research Laboratory for Intelligence and Security (ARLIS) at the University of Maryland at College Park. ARLIS is a University-Affiliated Research Center of the Department of Defense supporting the Intelligence Community.

Pierce is also a mediaX Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Stanford University for 2019-2020, and serves on the advisory board for sparks & honey, a “cultural intelligence” firm based in New York City that works with Fortune 100 companies, startups and others to help them visualize disruption scenarios and zone in on opportunities.

Prior to joining ARLIS, Pierce served on the leadership team of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), as Deputy Director and then Director of the Information Innovation Office (I2O) over 2014-2019. During his tenure at DARPA, Pierce contributed to the development and implementation of the strategy for I2O driving advances in artificial intelligence, data analytics and cyber. Additional DARPA experience includes serving as the Deputy Director (2005-2010) of the Strategic Technology Office (STO) with programs in space, cyber, strategic and tactical networks, counter-underground facilities, defense against weapons of mass destruction, small unit operations, maritime operations, and global ISR.

Pierce also has held leadership roles in the aerospace and defense industry, which included Technical Director for Advanced Concepts and Technology at Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems (2012-2014), and Executive Director for the Electronics Division at Rockwell Scientific Company (now Teledyne Scientific) (2002-2005).

Pierce has published 40 technical articles, and produced 28 U.S. Patents. Dr. Pierce holds a PhD and MS in Chemistry from the University of California at Riverside, and a BS in Chemistry and Mathematics (Summa Cum Laude) from the University of California at Riverside.


Information underpins competition and conflict. Accurate information is vital for situational awareness, planning and assessment. It is also an area of conflict itself, where it is used for influence, persuasion, deception, distraction and coercion. To effectively compete in this great power competition, DOD must evolve to effectively prepare, train, operate and win in this increasingly hostile environment.

IPA and Alamo AFCEA have assembled a panel with decades of experience as thought leaders and pioneers in operations in the information environment. Together they will outline emerging challenges and offer well-considered, candid recommendations for evolving US efforts to more effectively and proactively compete in the information environment.

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Nathan Stacey, Solutions Architect, Elastic

Nathan Stacey is a Principal Solutions Architect at Elastic. Several DOD circles call him Dr. House for fixing their data centers’ highest profile and toughest performance issues. He can still hear the servers humming from years of root cause analysis in data centers. Nathan started working in the Department of Defense in 2001. He has worked with numerous DoD community teams as they continually improve their value to the mission. Nathan has a bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University and a master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University. Email:


Elastic is for search. This kind of search can function well for common data center metrics and logs or for datasets unique to a specific mission. But data is data, and many users are realizing the same data can be used for different purposes: security, observability or mission use-cases. Sometimes this is called Dev/Sec/Ops. Monitoring and security are changing to work together.

Best practices have been well tested to synergize security and monitoring specific to common Space use cases. We will discuss these best practices for instance: one single agent with common schemas, error budgets, and how to extract 1553 data.

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Lieutenant General Timothy D. Haugh - Commander, Sixteenth Air Force

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...

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Nick Knize is the Geospatial Technical Lead at Elastic and is a Lucene PMC Member and Committer at The Apache Software Foundation. In his roles, he is responsible for geospatial indexing and search capabilities in core Elasticsearch and Apache Lucene. Knize is the former Chief Scientist for Thermopylae Sciences and Technology and has also held roles at Raytheon in the company’s Intelligence and Information Systems division.

He is the inventor of the XTree Hyperspatial indexing, an extension to MongoDB and Accumulo non-relational database systems, and SocialEyez TV for Google TV 2.0, the first SocialTV application for Google TV provides a show specific chat feed over LiveTV and enables users to connect through common TV interests.


In order to maintain its competitive edge, the US military depends on open source geospatial intelligence (GEOINT) to enable continuous innovation, knowledge sharing, and improved access for all users across the defense sector. Currently, the US Department of Defense faces two serious challenges when gathering and analyzing geospatial intelligence. First, the barrage of geodata sources like fleet sensors, mobile networks, and applications, and second, the lack of standardized collection and organization practices to make sense of it in time to deliver strategic advantage.

The power of open source maps and search engines is changing that. These technologies have made the analysis of GEOINT faster and more strategic, advancing to the point where personnel can apply layers from unique indexes into one centrally located dashboard and filter across them as the data is added, enabling them to search location data, from geopoints to geoshapes in real-time. This empowers defense analysts to query data faster than before, resulting in improved situational awareness, monitoring, tracking, and spatial analysis capabilities essential to the missions of our troops.

During this session, attendees will learn:

  • How the US military can better utilize geodata as a strategic asset
  • Ways in which open source accelerates GEOINT, specifically through leveraging emerging tech, democratizing data, and simplifying visualization
  • How DoD and intelligence organizations can be more innovative using open source
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Jim Perschbach - President & CEO, Port San Antonio

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.

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Continuous monitoring of application performance is essential to the DOD’s day to day operations, including delivery of mission critical support to key stakeholders. Join us for a training on best practices for monitoring the performance of all your agency’s applications, whether on-premises, hybrid, or in multi-cloud environments, including AWS®, Azure®, or private cloud environments. We’ll review a range of application deployment options for government, discuss challenges and suggestions for monitoring hybrid and multi-cloud environments, and demonstrate how an application monitoring solution like SolarWinds® Server & Application Monitor (SAM) can provide a unified view of application performance.

Attend this webinar to learn how to:

  • Monitor performance regardless of where applications are deployed
  • Leverage API integrations to monitor AWS and Azure environments
  • Deploy custom Windows® and Linux® agents to monitor hybrid or private cloud applications
  • Leverage templates to monitor hundreds of applications, including SaaS applications like Microsoft® Office 365®
  • Utilize monitoring data to improve troubleshooting and visibility to SLA metrics
  • Leverage database performance monitoring on-premises, virtualized, and in the cloud
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