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OCTOBER 22, 2019

DAYTON, OHIO

PONITZ CENTER AT SINCLAIR COLLEGE

Join us for the 2019
Defense Innovation Symposium

The Defense Innovation Symposium is presented by AFIT, AFLCMC, AFRL, and NASIC. Join us for a one-day conversational forum of discussion and demonstration centered on taking innovation beyond talk into action.

The Defense Innovation Symposium provides the opportunity for key agencies and organizations to articulate their innovation priorities and engage in meaningful discussion on emerging topics of Artificial Intelligence, Distributed and Connected Capabilities, and Space-based Operations.

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No registration fee for active US government, military, and civilian personnel (ID Required). Food and beverages will be provided throughout the day.

There will be “in-kind contribution” boxes located throughout symposium facilities for active US government, military, and civilian personnel to make “in-kind contributions” to meet federal ethics mandates.

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$25 registration fee includes day-long innovation symposium, parking, continental breakfast, buffet-style lunch, and an afternoon of networking.

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Agenda

Tuesday, 22 October 2019
Sinclair College, Ponitz Center, Dayton, Ohio

Morning

7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.

Exhibit Hall

Registration Opens, Lite Breakfast, Trade Show Opens

8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

Main Stage – Symposium Executive Sponsor Welcome
Dr Adedeji B. Badiru (SES, AD-27)

Dean, Graduate School of Engineering and Management
Air Force Institute of Technology

8:30 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.

Main Stage – Opening Executive Keynote
Major General Allan E. Day

Director of Operations (J-3), Defense Logistics Agency

9:15 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Break / Transition

9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Main Stage – DoD Senior Leader Panel
Major General William T. Cooley

Commander, Air Force Research Laboratory

Ms Jacqueline Janning-Lask

Chief, AF Science and Technology Management

Mr Thomas A. Lockhart, SES

Director of Engineering and Technical Management
Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center

Colonel Paul K. Harmer, Ph.D.

Vice Commander, National Air and Space Intelligence Center

10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

Break / Transition to Breakout Session Rooms

10:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Breakout Rooms – Breakout  Sessions of Key Innovation Topics

Artificial Intelligence, Quantum Computing and America’s National Defense Strategy

--Mr Charles Varvaro & Dr Peter Santhanam, IBM

Offensive / Defensive Space-based Operations

--Dr Clark Groves, National Defense University

The Future of C3: Horizontal – Vertical Integration of Autonomous Assets

--Mr Ric VanderMeulen, ViaSat Inc.

The High-speed Multi-domain Battlespace: Operating at the Edge

--Mr Harry "Squat" Foster, The Telemus Group

Afternoon

11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Main Stage – Lunch and Executive Keynote
Mr Wesley Hallman

Senior Vice President, Strategic Programs & Policy
National Defense Industrial Association

12:45 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Break / Transition

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Main Stage – DoD Innovators’ Panel

Small Business Industry Partners

–Mr Mike Johnson, Anautics, Inc

–Mr Steve Tidwell, Keystone

–Mr Brian Callahan, Segue Technologies

2:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Break / Transition to Breakout Session Rooms

2:15 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Breakout Rooms – Breakout  Sessions of Key Innovation Topics

Artificial Intelligence, Quantum Computing and America’s National Defense Strategy

--Mr Charles Varvaro & Dr Peter Santhanam, IBM

Offensive / Defensive Space-based Operations

--Dr Clark Groves, National Defense University

The Future of C3: Horizontal – Vertical Integration of Autonomous Assets

--Mr Ric VanderMeulen, ViaSat Inc.

The High-speed Multi-domain Battlespace: Operating at the Edge

--Mr Harry "Squat" Foster, The Telemus Group

3:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Break / Transition

3:15 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Main Stage – Technology Demonstrations

Small Business Industry Partners

–Bionic Lift

–Discovery Machine

4:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

Break / Transition

4:15 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Main Stage – Closing Executive Keynote
Mr David Shahady

Air Force SBIR/STTR Program Director

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Exhibit Hall – Trade Show

Afternoon Executive Keynote Speaker

Mr. David Shahady is Director of the Air Force SBIR/STTR Program, which has a more than $650 million research budget focused toward qualified small businesses in the nation’s high-tech arena as critical source of innovative technologies for the air, space, and cyberspace force. Through a competitive awards process, the program enables small businesses to provide key solutions to Air Force needs while exploring their technological potential and profiting from commercialization. Under Shahady’s leadership, the Air Force SBIR/STTR Program manages nearly one-thousand yearly contract efforts sponsored by more than fifty Air Force organizations across the nation.

DoD Senior Leader Panel Speaker

Maj. Gen. William T. Cooley is the Commander, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. He is responsible for managing a $2.5 billion Air Force science and technology program and an additional $2.3 billion in externally funded research and development. He is also responsible for leading a government workforce of approximately 6,000 people in the laboratory’s nine component technology directorates and the 711th Human Performance Wing.

DoD Senior Leader Panel Speaker

Ms Janning-Lask currently serves as the Chief of the AF Science and Technology Management Division. She was previously the Director of Engineering for the Agile Combat Support. She has held numerous positions across the Air Force from early systems engineering and working in AFRL, to systems engineering and acquisition of major weapon systems. She has also served at the MAJCOM level supporting AF policy and guidance. Ms Janning-Lask received her MBA from MIT and graduated with BS/MS in Engineering from Wright State University.

DoD Senior Leader Panel Speaker

Col. Paul K. Harmer is the Vice Commander, National Air and Space Intelligence Center, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio. NASIC is the Air Force’s service intelligence center and provides a broad range of integrated, tailored assessments, products and services to joint operational forces, national policymakers and the acquisition community. NASIC employs more than 4,100 people and has an annual budget of more than $480 million.

Colonel Harmer entered the Air Force in 1996 as a distinguished graduate of the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps. He has served the Air Force and Joint warfighting community in a broad array of air, space, and cyberspace assignments. This included overseeing upgrades to America’s space launch capabilities at Vandenberg AFB, Calif., and Cape Canaveral AFS, Fla.; leading weapons integration and electronic warfare testing of the B-1B, B-2A, and B-52H aircraft; and developing advanced cyber capabilities for U.S. Cyber Command. He previously commanded the 57th Intelligence Squadron, at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas.

Prior to his current assignment, Colonel Harmer was Deputy Director of Engineering and Technical Management, Headquarters Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio. A graduate of the Air Force Test Pilot School, Colonel Harmer has flown over 35 aircraft types including F-15D/E, F-16B/D, T-38A/C, B-17G, B-52H, and KC-135R.

DoD Senior Leader Panel Speaker

Thomas A. Lockhart, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is the Director of Engineering and Technical Management, Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center, Hill Air Force Base, Utah. He enhances warfighter support as the center’s lead for nuclear systems and digital engineering, weapon system integrity, cyber security, test and evaluation, workforce development, technology insertion and multi-domain system support for Minuteman III, Air Launched Cruise Missile, Command and Control.

Morning Executive Keynote Speaker

Air Force Major General Allan E. Day is the Director of Logistics Operations (DLA J-3) for the Defense Logistics Agency, Fort Belvoir, Va. DLA Logistics Operations is responsible for the end-to-end supply chain management of DLA’s nine supply chains, providing logistics and material process management policy, guidance, oversight and monitoring supply chain performance. DLA Logistics Operations oversees the daily operation of DLA’s field activities in supporting 2,300 weapon systems and engages customers around the world to maximize readiness and logistics combat power by leveraging enterprise solutions.

Executive Sponsor

Prof. Badiru is SES-Equivalent Dean and senior academic officer for the Graduate School of Engineering and Management at the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT). With oversight for over $90 million annual budget, he is responsible for planning, directing, and controlling all operations related to granting doctoral and master’s degrees, professional continuing cyber education, and research and development programs. He was previously Professor and Head of Systems Engineering and Management at the AFIT, Professor and Department Head of Industrial & Information Engineering at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, and Professor of Industrial Engineering and Dean of University College at the University of Oklahoma, Norman. He is a registered professional engineer (PE), a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), a Fellow of the Institute of Industrial Engineers, and a Fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Engineering. He holds BS in Industrial Engineering, MS in Mathematics, and MS in Industrial Engineering from Tennessee Technological University, and Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Central Florida. His areas of interest include mathematical modeling, project modeling and analysis, economic analysis, systems engineering, and efficiency/productivity analysis & improvement. He is the author of over 25 books, 34 book chapters, 70 technical journal articles, 110 conference proceedings and presentations. He also has published 25 magazine articles and 20 editorials and periodicals. He is a member of several professional associations and scholastic honor societies.

Symposium Moderator

Dr. Paul L. Hartman is Executive Vice President, RGBSI Aerospace & Defense. In this capacity, Dr. Hartman is responsible for all RGBSI executive-level client engagement across the United States Federal Government, including the development of Agency- specific portfolio strategies for leveraging RGBSI’s engineering and engineering support services to achieve each Agency-defined engineering, manufacturing, and quality program objectives. Dr. Hartman has more than 30 years of professional experience supporting the United States Federal Government, most recently as Director, Center for Operational Analysis where he led a team of more than 100 multi-disciplinary PhDs and analyst focused on providing quantitatively defensible solutions to some of the United States Federal Government’s most complex issues. Dr. Hartman’s education includes BS from the University of Maryland, MA from the University of Dayton, both MS and Ph.D. from the Air Force Institute of Technology Graduate School of Engineering and Management, and a Certificate in Executive Leadership Development from the University of Notre Dame. Dr. Hartman’s honorarium includes five United States Department of Defense Meritorious Service Medals and the Department of the Air Force Meritorious Civilian Service Award.

Lunch Executive Keynote Speaker

Mr. Hallman is an experienced executive and thought leader working in the Nonprofit Organization industry. Skilled in Strategy and Policy Formulation, Government Relations, Crisis Management, Joint Military Operations, Intelligence Analysis, and Operations Management. Strong business professional with a Master of Science focused in Military National Resource Strategy and Policy from Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy.

Breakout Speaker

Harry Foster is a retired Air Force officer with extensive experience in nuclear operations, targeting, long-range conventional strike, stealth planning and employment, electronic warfare, cyber warfare, space operations, command and control, missile defense, and logistics. He was an instructor pilot in the F-16, B-1, and B-2 with combat tours in Desert Storm, Southern Watch, Allied Force and Enduring Freedom.

Breakout Speaker

Ric VanderMeulen is the Vice President of Government Satcom at ViaSat Inc. and he leads the Company’s efforts to transition commercial broadband network-centric satcom architectures and products to the government market. The group is developing the nexgen Government standard Satcom Modem and is integrating systems for DoD deployments in multiple theaters worldwide. Mr. VanderMeulen is working with the major DoD acquisition centers including the U.S. Army PEO EIS and PEO C3T, the U.S.A.F. ESC, the U.S. Navy PEO C4I & Space, DISA, and the OSD NII. He joined ViaSat in 2001. Previously, he served as Director, Business Development for Connexion by Boeing, where he led the venture development for this new high-speed Internet and Intranet data service for mobile travelers. In this role he also led the strategic planning for commercial new ventures for the Boeing Space and Communication Group.

Breakout Speaker

Dr. Clark Groves is an Associate Professor in the National Security and Industrial Base (NSIB) department at the Eisenhower School (ES) at National Defense University (NDU) in Washington DC. He is the faculty lead for the Space & Counterspace Industry Studies program, one of 18 industrial area studies in the college. He also directs the Science & Technology Policy course within the Senior Acquisition Course (SAC) concentration program. Prior to joining the faculty at the Eisenhower School (previously the Industrial College of the Armed Forces), Dr. Groves served in the United States Air Force, achieving the rank of Colonel before retiring after nearly 28 years of service. His military career centered on scientific and technical duties related to spacecraft acquisition and support to space operations. He has operational and staff experience at major command, headquarters, and interagency levels. Dr. Groves received his Ph.D. in space physics from Utah State University, and is a distinguished graduate of the Eisenhower School at NDU, including the Senior Acquisition Course certificate from Defense Acquisition University. He is a member of the American Geophysical Union, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and the Midwest Association of Public Opinion Researchers.

Breakout Speaker

Charles Varvaro’s background in driving digital transformation includes deep expertise in global corporate strategy development, corporate sales, marketing, data centers and cloud services. He is currently the worldwide leader for the Intellectual Property, Technology Alliances, Patent Licensing and Client Advocacy for IBM. Mr. Varvaro and his team focus on creating IP Income opportunities in Services for IBM’s most strategic clients. Some of the specific areas of focus are Quantum, Healthcare and Frontiers.

Breakout Speaker

Dr Santhanam started his undergraduate studies in Physics in 1970 and obtained a B.Sc. degree at Voorhees College of the University of Madras, India and an M.Sc. degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India. After a brief period in Biophysics research at the University of Madras, he moved to Hunter College of The City University of New York for another Masters degree in Physics where he worked on the electron correlation problem in atoms. Dr Santhanam switched to experimental low temperature physics and did a thesis on “Localization and Superconductivity in Thin Films and Narrow wires of Aluminum” towards a Ph.D. degree in Applied Physics at Yale University.

Dr Santhanam joined the Physical Sciences Department at the IBM T. J. Watson Research Center as a Research Staff Member in 1985. He was a part of a group of researchers at IBM working on the evolving new area of ‘Mesoscopic Physics’ which addressed the question of what happens to physical properties of conductors when the size of the sample size became smaller than the intrinsic length scales such as electron inelastic scattering length (typically 1 micrometer or 10,000 Angstroms at liquid Helium temperatures i.e. ~4K)!

Dr Santhanam started a new career in Software Engineering Research at IBM in 1993. Since then, he has worked on a wide variety of topics in software engineering particularly software metrics, various modeling approaches and testing. He is a member of the ACM and a Senior Member of the IEEE. Till 2014, he was the Senior Manager of the Software Engineering group. Then for three years he was the Program Director for the Cognitive Computing organization at IBM Research. In 2017, he moved to focus on the narrower scope of AI Engineering that leads to tools and practices supporting the AI Application Lifecycle activities. More recently, Dr Santhanam has taken an opportunity to work on enabling “AI Engineering” in government agencies and their ecosystem.

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Parking is included with every ticket purchase and is located below the Sinclair Ponitz Center. The link below will give you the exact location and directions to the parking area.

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Symposium Attire


Military Attendees: UOD
Industry:Relaxed Professional Business Attire (ex. Men – Jacket with Open Collar Shirt, No Tie; Women – Equivalent)