August 4th, 2022 7:00am EST 2941 Restaurant, 2941 Fairview Park, Falls Church, VA 22042
In today’s geopolitical environment, the need for secure, reliable, real-time information dissemination is critical. As information warfare and gray zone tactics become more prevalent, the U.S. must push rapid command, control and communication modernization efforts to increase situational awareness, accelerate decision making capabilities and stay one step ahead of our adversaries.
The Department of Defense is targeting integrated network systems-of-systems technology to optimize and synchronize information sharing between sensors, shooters and systems in contested environments. In alignment with the Department’s JADC2 initiative, this technology leverages emerging electromagnetic capabilities like 5G and software defined networking to integrate disparate elements and systems into a resilient, interoperable network that can better support operators in the field.
ExecutiveBiz Events is bringing together government and commercial leaders for the platform’s Integrated Network Systems-of-Systems Technology Forum to examine the opportunities, innovations and potential applications of this emerging technology as Defense Department agencies and their commercial partners work to enhance connectivity across all domains.
Vincent P. DiFronzo is the Senior Vice President for Science Application International Corporation’s (SAIC) Air Force, Combatant Command and DoD Agency Business Unit. Mr. DiFronzo provides leadership for 2,122 SAIC employees and 145 programs spanning information technology, policy support, R&D, engineering, systems development and aircraft sustainment. He has 13 years of experience with industry in various program management and leadership roles, and 27 years of Active Duty Air Force service, retiring as a Colonel in 2007. Mr. DiFronzo commanded the 505th Command and Control Wing, the 23rd Fighter Group (A-10s) and the 58th Fighter Squadron (F-15Cs). Additionally, he was the 19th Air Force Vice Commander, Vice Wing Commander for the 455th Expeditionary Wing at Bagram AB, Afghanistan, and served as the AFCENT Combined Air Operations Center (CAOC) Combat Operations Director during the first year of Operation Enduring Freedom following the 9/11 attacks. Mr. DiFronzo also served two Pentagon tours, first as an Air Staff requirements action officer and as the Executive Officer for the Deputy Chief of Staff, Headquarters Air Force A3/5. Mr. DiFronzo has 3,600 flying hours including 198 hours of combat time in the F-15C and A-10. He is a United States Air Force Academy Graduate, National War College Graduate, and holds an MBA from Golden Gate University. Additionally he has a Masters Certificate in Project Management from Villanova University. He is married to the former Sherrie Jo Godkin of Ft Collins, CO and has one son and two dogs.
Dr. Timothy Grayson is the director of the Strategic Technology Office (STO). In this role, he leads the office in development of breakthrough technologies to enable warfighters to field, operate, and adapt distributed, joint, multi-domain combat capabilities at continuous speed. These technologies include sensing, communications, and electronic warfare technology and the supporting tools and decision aids needed to compose, integrate, and operate complex combat architectures. Grayson came to STO in 2018 from a varied career in government and industry. Most recently he was the founder and president of Fortitude Mission Research LLC, a consulting company specializing in organizational and operational strategy development and technology analysis related to defense, security, and intelligence. His primary client was DARPA, and in this role, he provided direct support to the Deputy Secretary of Defense’s modernization study, of which DARPA was the lead in the fall of 2017. Grayson helped spearhead the project that resulted in “A Blueprint for Winning,” a framework for how to modernize the Defense Department for the 21st century. Grayson has extensive government experience. He spent several years as a senior intelligence officer with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in the Directorate of Science and Technology and culminating in a tour at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. Prior to the CIA, Dr. Grayson was a program manager and senior scientist at DARPA. He initiated new programs in space situation awareness and networked sensing and also managed DARPA’s quick reaction program portfolio, successfully deploying technology to Afghanistan during the early days of Operation Enduring Freedom. Grayson holds a doctorate in physics from University of Rochester, where he specialized in quantum optics, and a Bachelor of Science in physics from University of Dayton with minors in mathematics and computer science
Andy Henson is the Vice President leading SAIC’s Artificial Intelligence (AI) Innovation Factory. Henson oversees the operationalization of SAIC’s AI ecosystem – including AI technical personnel, strategic partnerships and technology assets – the AI mission accelerator and the Koverse Data Platform. Henson joined SAIC in 2016 as a strategic hire for research and development, and has been a leading force in developing and delivering SAIC’s AI, machine learning (ML), data science and advanced analytics vision.
7:00am - 8:00am EST
8:00am - 8:05am EST
Welcome & Opening Remarks
8:05am - 8:45am EST
Keynote Address: Dr. Timothy Grayson
8:45am - 9:45am EST
Panel: Artificial Intelligence u2013 Enabling Faster and Better Decisions
9:45am - 9:50am EST