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2011 Joint Warfighting Conference & Exposition


 

Co-sponsored by AFCEA International and the U.S. Naval Institute, with support from the NDIA Greater Hampton Roads Chapter and the AFCEA Hampton Roads and Tidewater Chapters.

 

The fifth annual Joint Warfighting Conference offers an East Coast companion to the popular AFCEA-USNI West conference held each year in San Diego, CA.  This conference provides a premier venue for engaging the warriors and industry leaders who are shaping the nation’s military strategies and warfighting platforms.

Registration is FREE for panel sessions and exhibits. Tickets are required for meals.

 

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Jointly Sponsored by AFCEA and the U.S. Naval Institute, the 2011 Joint Warfighting Conference is the East Coast version of the highly successful West Conference and Exposition now in its 20th year.

Reach the Largest Joint Forces Community in the World!

More than 120,000 Navy, Army, Marine Corps, Air Force and Coast Guard personnel combine to make the Hampton Roads region one of the world's most diversified and highly funded defense communities. The region includes the Joint Forces Command, Fleet Forces Command, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, Marine Forces Atlantic, U.S. Atlantic Fleet, Air Force Air Combat Command, Atlantic Area/U.S. Coast Guard 5th District/Maritime Defense Zone Atlantic and more!

Your company is invited to showcase its products and services before top decision-makers in the U.S. military and related government agencies.  These decision-makers hold the keys to a multi-billion dollar defense market.

Co-located with the 2011 Joint Warfighting Conference will be…

  • Conference Tracks Sponsored by the Department of the Navy CIO
  • The Department of the Navy’s Blue Coast Small Business Event

Top 5 Reasons to Exhibit at the Joint Warfighting Conference 

  1. Establish or expand your presence in this $7 billion market place.
  2. Introduce new products and services to hundreds of the area’s most influential buyers.
  3. Find new customers and develop business partnerships.
  4. Meet old and new buyers face to face. 
  5. Connect with military and industry experts.

Don't miss out on this concentrated opportunity to cultivate relationships and generate leads with members of the largest Naval and Joint Forces community in the world.

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To Reserve Your 2011 Joint Warfighting Conference Exhibit Space, Contact:

J. Spargo & Associates, Inc.

Tel: 703-631-6200 or 800-564-4220

Fax: 703-654-6931

Email: jointwarfighting@jspargo.com

DoubleTree Hotel – Virginia Beach
DoubleTree Hotel – Virginia Beach

1900 Pavilion Drive
Virginia Beach, VA

Hotel Room Blocks Available: Reference AFCEA/USNI Joint Warfighting Conference

Tel: 757-422-8900
Fax: 757-422-0039

Rates:
$89.00 Gov't/Military Per Diem
$129.00 Industry

Rates good for: May 8 - 13, 2011

Rate cut off: April 21, 2011 

Hampton Inn - North
Hampton Inn - North

3107 Atlantic Avenue
Virginia Beach, VA

Hotel Room Blocks Available: Reference AFCEA/USNI Joint Warfighting Conference

Tel: 757-428-7233
Fax: 757-491-1936

Rates:
$89.00 Gov't/Military Per Diem
$129.00 Industry

Rates good for: May 7 - 13, 2011

Rate cut off: April 24, 2011 

Hampton Inn - South
Hampton Inn - South

1011 Atlantic Avenue
Virginia Beach, VA

Hotel Room Blocks Available: Reference AFCEA/USNI Joint Warfighting Conference

Tel: 757-965-2300
Fax: 757-965-6633

Rates:
$89.00 Gov't/Military Per Diem

Rates good for: May 8 - 13, 2011

Rate cut off: April 22, 2011

Sheraton Oceanfront
Sheraton Oceanfront

3501 Atlantic Avenue
Virginia Beach, VA

Hotel Room Blocks Available: Reference AFCEA/USNI Joint Warfighting Conference

Tel: 757-425-9000
Toll free: 1-800-325-3535

Rates:
$89.00 Gov't/Military Per Diem
$149.00 Industry

Rates good for: May 8 - 13, 2011

Rate cut off: April 20, 2011

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Joint Warfighting Conference

Tuesday, 10 May 2011:

Kickoff Address by LtGen Robert E. Schmidle, Jr., USMC

 

Panel: Looking Ahead: What's Working That We Can Use in Full Spectrum Ops?

Moderator: LTG John R. "Bob" Wood, USA (Retired), former Deputy Commander U.S. Joint Forces Command

 

Luncheon Keynote Address by ADM John C. Harvey, Jr., USN, Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command

View the transcript of ADM Harvey's address.

 

Panel: Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief: What Can We Learn from Haiti and Pakistan?

Moderator: Dr. Linton Wells II, Ph.D., Director, Center for Technology and National Security Policy National Defense University

 

Plenary Session: China Factors: Are the Chinese Doing to Us What We Did to the Russians?

Moderator: Mr. David Hartman, Author and former Host, Good Morning America

 

Wednesday, 11 May, 2011:

Plenary Address by The Honorable Michael Wynne, former Secretary of the Air Force

 

Panel: Irregular Warfare: How Do We Achieve Dominance?

Moderator: LtCol Frank Hoffman, USMCR (Ret.), Senior Director, Naval Capabilities and Readiness Department of the Navy

 

Panel: Ballistic Missile Defense: How Do We Achieve the Right Balance Between Traditional Missions and Burgeoning Requirements?

Moderator: CAPT R. Robinson Harris, USN (Ret.), Director, Advanced Concepts Lockheed Martin Mission System and Sensor

 

Lunchon Address by GEN Ray Odierno, USA, Commander, U.S. Joint Forces Command

 

Panel: Cyber Warfare: How Do We Provide Assured Comms to the Warfighter?

Moderator: LTG Jeffrey Sorenson, USA (Ret.), former Chief Information Officer/G-6, Department of the Army

Printer Friendly Schedule

Tuesday, May 10, 2011
TimeTitle
8:30AM - 9:00AM Continental Breakfast
9:00AM - 10:00AM Kickoff Address
10:00AM - 10:30AM Break
10:30AM - 11:45AM Panel: "Looking Ahead: What's Working That We Can Use in Full Spectrum Ops?"
12:00PM - 1:30PM Luncheon Keynote
1:30PM - 2:00PM Dessert Break 
2:00PM - 3:00PM Panel: "Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief: What Can We Learn from Haiti and Pakistan?"
3:00PM - 3:30PM Break
3:30PM - 4:45PM Plenary Session: "China Factors: Are the Chinese Doing to Us What We Did to the Russians?"
  • Moderator: Mr. David Hartman, former Host of Good Morning America, and Author (Confirmed)
    • Panelist: The Honorable Wallace Gregson, former Assistant Secretary of Defense, Asian and Pacific Security Affairs; and Principal WC Gregson & Associates, Inc. (Confirmed)
    • Panelist: ADM Timothy J. Keating, USN (Ret.), former Commander, U.S. Pacific Command (Confirmed)
    • Panelist: Mr. Ronald O'Rourke, Specialist in National Defense Congressional Research Service; and Author of China Naval Modernization: Implications for U.S. Navy Capabilities (Confirmed)
4:45PM - 6:00PM Industry Interface: Reception on the Exhibit Floor
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
TimeTitle
8:00AM - 8:30AM Continental Breakfast
8:30AM - 9:30AM Opening Speaker
9:30AM - 10:00AM Break
10:00AM - 11:15AM Panel: "Irregular Warfare: How Do We Achieve Dominance?"
11:30AM - 12:30PM Panel: "Ballistic Missile Defense: How Do We Achieve the Right Balance Between Traditional Missions and Burgeoning Requirements?"
12:45PM - 2:15PM Luncheon Keynote
2:15PM - 2:45PM Dessert Break
2:45PM - 4:00PM Panel: "Cyber Warfare: How Do We Provide Assured Comms to the Warfighter?"
4:00PM - 5:00PM Networking
Thursday, May 12, 2011
TimeTitle
8:30AM - 9:00AM Continental Breakfast
9:00AM - 10:00AM Opening Speaker
10:00AM - 10:30AM Break
10:30AM - 11:45AM Panel: "The Budget: How Do We Use What We Have More Effectively?"
  • Moderator: The Honorable Dov S. Zakheim, Ph.D., Senior Advisor, Center for Strategic and International Studies; Senior Fellow, CNA Corporation: former Comptroller, Department of Defense (Confirmed)
  • Panelist: The Honorable Jay M. Cohen, RADM, USN (Ret.) , former Under Secretary for Science and Technology, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, former Chief of Naval Research (Confirmed)
  • Panelist: Mr. Raymond Haller, Senior Vice President and Director of The MITRE Corporation's Department of Defense Command, Control, Communications, and Intelligence Federally Funded Research and Development Center (Confirmed)
  • Panelist: COL Douglas Macgregor, USA (Ret.), Author of Breaking the Phalanx and Warrior’s Rage (Confirmed)
  • Panelist: LtGen Christopher D. Miller, USAF, Deputy Chief of Staff for Strategic Plans and Programs (A8), Headquarters U.S. Air Force (Confirmed)
12:30PM - 2:00PM Luncheon Keynote
2:00PM - 2:30PM Dessert Break 

VAdm Robert G. Cooling, UK Royal Navy
VAdm Robert G. Cooling, UK Royal Navy

Keynote Speaker

Chief of Staff, Supreme Allied Command Transformation

(Confirmed)

Bob Cooling joined the UK Royal Navy as a seaman officer in 1978 having graduated from Keele University with an honours degree in International Relations.  He has since enjoyed an enormously varied and rewarding series of appointments leading up to his current position as the Chief of Staff at NATO’s Supreme Allied Command HQ for Transformation (SACT) in Norfolk, Virginia (USA).

An experienced warfare officer and navigation specialist he has been involved in an extensive range of maritime, joint and combined operations over the last 30 years.  Having completed 15 tours at sea he has seen service in home waters, the Far East, the Gulf and Middle East region, the Atlantic, Caribbean and Arctic.  His time on the front line has included 4 warship commands: HMS SANDPIPER (patrol craft), HMS BATTLEAXE (Type 22 Frigate), HMS MONTROSE (Type 23 Frigate), and HMS ILLUSTRIOUS (Aircraft Carrier).  His tour in ILLUSTRIOUS incorporated the 1* role of Carrier Strike Group Commander, during which he led a coalition Task Group deployment to the Middle East and Gulf region. This included the operation to evacuate several thousand British citizens and other nationals from Beirut during the Lebanon crisis in 2006.  Between command tours he gained further operational exposure as the Chief of Staff to the Commander UK Task Group leading a joint battle staff in a wide variety of national, NATO and coalition operations. Latterly as a Rear Admiral he led NATO’s high readiness maritime battlestaff (Strike Force NATO) based in Naples Italy, including the staff’s preparation for duties in Afghanistan (ISAF) and subsequently Component Command in NATO’s Response Force.

Whilst ashore he has had an equally varied range of appointments, including a 2 year tour as an instructor at the US Naval Academy at Annapolis. He has previously worked in the central staff Resources and Programme (Plans) area in the MOD Head Office in London, and was the Director of the Naval Staff with a broad portfolio of policy issues, force development and defence diplomacy on behalf of the Navy Board.  His most recent assignment was as the Assistant Chief of the Naval Staff in London, the First Sea Lord’s deputy in the MOD, and responsible for a commensurately broad range of maritime issues. He is a graduate of the Joint Staff Defence College and the UK Higher Command and Staff Course.

Mr. David Hartman
Mr. David Hartman

Moderator

former Host of Good Morning America, and Author

(Confirmed)


For more than 35 years, David Hartman has produced, written and hosted scores of award winning documentaries for the networks, public television and cable TV. He regularly creates programs about aviation and space for EAA at Oshkosh; the Naval Air Museum, Pensacola; the Flight Test Historical Foundation at Edwards AFB; the Aviation Hall of Fame in Dayton and the Naval Institute at Annapolis. His profile of test pilots following the tragic crash of a B-1 bomber at Edwards in 1984 earned him the Aviation and Space Journalism Award and a National News and Documentary Emmy for writing. As the original host of Good Morning America, for over 11 years, he conducted more than 12,000 interviews with subjects ranging from world leaders to families in the American heartland. In March 2010, as panel moderator, he accompanied Neil Armstrong, Gene Cernan, Bob Gilliland, Jim Lovell and Steve Ritchie on a morale boosting tour visiting the troops in Southwest Asia and Northern Arabian Sea. In October, 2010 he accompanied the same three astronauts on another tour of SW Asia bases. He holds a BA in Economics and served three years active duty as an officer in the Strategic Air Command.

ADM John C. Harvey, Jr., USN
ADM John C. Harvey, Jr., USN

Keynote Speaker

Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command

(Confirmed)


Born and raised in Baltimore, Md., Adm. John C. Harvey was commissioned from the U. S. Naval Academy in 1973 and immediately commenced training in the Navy's Nuclear Propulsion program.

Harvey has served at sea aboard USS Enterprise (CVN 65), USS Bainbridge (CGN 25), USS McInerney (FFG 8), as reactor officer aboard USS Nimitz (CVN 68), and as executive officer on USS Long Beach (CGN 9). He commanded USS David R Ray (DD 971), USS Cape St. George (CG 71) and Cruiser-Destroyer Group Eight/Theodore Roosevelt Strike Group. He has deployed to the North and South Atlantic; the Mediterranean, Baltic and Red seas; the Western Pacific, Indian Ocean, and the Persian Gulf.

Ashore, he served three tours at the Bureau of Naval Personnel in a variety of billets including surface nuclear officer detailer, CGN/CVN placement officer, surface nuclear program manager in N13, legislative adviser to chief of naval personnel (CNP), executive assistant to CNP and as director, Total Force Programming and Manpower Management Division (OPNAV N12). He has also served as the senior military assistant to the under secretary of defense (Policy), and on the Navy staff as deputy for Warfare Integration (OPNAV N7F). Most recently, he served as the 54th chief of naval personnel/OPNAV N1 and as the director, Navy staff (OPNAV).

Harvey assumed command of U.S. Fleet Forces Command in July 2009.

Harvey's education includes Phillips Exeter Academy, 1969; U.S. Naval Academy, Bachelor's degree in Political Science, 1973; Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government Master's degree in Public Administration, 1988.

GEN Raymond T. Odierno, USA
GEN Raymond T. Odierno, USA

Keynote Speaker

Commander, U. S. Joint Forces Command

(Confirmed)

General Odierno serves as commander, U.S. Joint Forces Command (USJFCOM), located in Norfolk, Va. The command focuses on supporting current operations while shaping U.S. forces for the future.

The general oversees USJFCOM's roles in joint concept development and experimentation, joint capability development, joint training, and force provision and management as outlined in the Department of Defense's Unified Command Plan.

Prior to assuming his current duties, Odierno most recently commanded Multi-National Force – Iraq and then U.S. Forces – Iraq from September 2008 to September 2010.  He oversaw the transition from surge to stability operations and directed the largest redeployment of forces and equipment in 40 years. He assumed command of MNF-I less than seven months after completing a 15-month deployment with III Corps as commanding general of Multi-National Corps-Iraq from December 2006 to February 2008.

A native of New Jersey, Odierno graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1976 with a commission in field artillery. During more than 34 years of service, he commanded units at every echelon, from platoon to theater, with duty in Germany, Albania, Kuwait, Iraq, and the United States. After his first assignment with U.S. Army Europe, Odierno was assigned to the XVIII Airborne Corps Artillery at Fort Bragg, N.C., where he commanded two batteries and served as a battalion operations officer.

Following advanced civilian and military schooling, Odierno returned to U.S. Army Europe and the 7th Army, serving as a battalion executive officer, division artillery executive officer, and brigade executive officer, deploying in that capacity for Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm. He later commanded 2nd Battalion, 8th Field Artillery, 7th Infantry Division, and the division artillery of the 1st Cavalry Division. From October 2001 to June 2004, he commanded the 4th Infantry Division, leading the division throughout the first year of Operation Iraqi Freedom from April 2003 to March 2004. The unit was headquartered in the Sunni triangle north of Baghdad, and soldiers from the 4th Infantry Division captured former President Saddam Hussein near Tikrit in December 2003.

His other significant assignments include arms control officer, Office of the Secretary of Defense; chief of staff, V Corps; assistant division commander (support), 1st Armored Division; deputy commanding general, Task Force Hawk, Albania; director of force management, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations and Plans; and assistant to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in Washington, D.C., where he was the primary military advisor to Secretaries of State Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice. During this time, he accompanied the Secretary of State on all diplomatic journeys and state visits, traveling over 335,000 miles and visiting over 65 countries, while attending international events ranging from NATO and APEC Summits to Pakistan earthquake relief efforts.

He has a bachelor of science degree in engineering from West Point and master's degrees in nuclear effects engineering and national security and strategy from North Carolina State University and the Naval War College, respectively. He also is a graduate of the U.S. Army War College.

Odierno's awards and decorations include three Defense Distinguished Service Medals, two Army Distinguished Service Medals, the Defense Superior Service Medal, six Legions of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, four Meritorious Service Medals, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, and the Combat Action Badge. He has also received the highest award in the State Department, the Secretary of State Distinguished Service Medal, and recently the Romanian president awarded Odierno the Romanian Order of Military Merit. He is the 2009 recipient of the Naval War College Distinguished Graduate Leadership Award for his strategic leadership and insight.

ADM Gary Roughead, USN
ADM Gary Roughead, USN

Keynote Speaker

Chief of Naval Operations

(Confirmed)


Admiral Roughead is a 1973 graduate of the United States Naval Academy.

Among his six operational commands, Admiral Roughead was the first officer to command both classes of Aegis ships, having commanded USS Barry (DDG 52) and USS Port Royal (CG 73).

As a flag officer, he commanded Cruiser Destroyer Group 2, the George Washington Battle Group; and U.S. 2nd Fleet/NATO Striking Fleet Atlantic and Naval Forces North Fleet East.

Ashore, he served as Commandant, United States Naval Academy, the Department of the Navy’s Chief of Legislative Affairs, and as Deputy Commander, U.S. Pacific Command.

Admiral Roughead is one of only two officers to have commanded the fleets in the Pacific and Atlantic, commanding the U.S. Pacific Fleet and Joint Task Force 519, as well as U.S. Fleet Forces Command, where he was responsible for ensuring Navy forces were trained, ready, equipped and prepared to operate around the world, where and when needed.

Admiral Roughead's awards include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Navy Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, and various unit and service awards.

Admiral Roughead became the 29th Chief of Naval Operations Sep. 29, 2007.

LtGen Robert E. Schmindle, Jr., USMC
LtGen Robert E. Schmindle, Jr., USMC

Keynote Speaker

Deputy Commander, U.S. Cyber Command

(Confirmed)

Lieutenant General Robert E. Schmidle, Jr., USMC, serves as the first Deputy Commander for U.S. Cyber Command, Ft. George G. Meade, MD. As the Deputy Commander, he directs the forces and daily activities of U.S. Cyber Command. In this capacity, he also coordinates the Department of Defense computer network attack and computer network defense missions.

Lieutenant General Schmidle is a native of Newtown, Connecticut.

His command assignments include: Commanding General of First Marine Aircraft Wing, Commanding Officer of Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force (Experimental), and Commanding Officer of Marine Fighter/Attack Squadrons 251 and 115.

Previous operational assignments include multiple tours flying the F-4 and F/A-18 aircraft as well as serving as the operations officer and air officer of an Infantry Battalion, First Battalion 9th Marines.

Additionally, Lieutenant General Schmidle has served in the following key staff assignments: Assistant Deputy Commandant of the Marine Corps for Programs and Resources (Programs), Deputy Chief of Staff for Integrated Product Team 1 for the 2006 Quadrennial Defense Review and USMC lead for the 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review, Deputy Director for Resources and Acquisition in the Joint Staff J-8, Director of the USMC Expeditionary Force Development Center and the Military Secretary for the 32nd and 33rd Commandants of the Marine Corps.

Lieutenant General Schmidle graduated from Drew University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History. He also holds a Master of Arts in Philosophy from American University and is currently working on his doctorate at Georgetown University He is a distinguished graduate and prior faculty member of the Marine Corps Command and Staff College as well as a distinguished graduate of the Marine Corps War College. Additionally, he has been published on a range of topics from military history to social psychology and philosophy.

The Honorable Michael M. Wynne
The Honorable Michael M. Wynne

Keynote Speaker

former Secretary of the Air Force

(Confirmed)


Mr. Michael Wynne is currently serving as the Chairman of the Systems Engineering Research Center on behalf of The Stevens Institute; and on the Board of Advisors for the George Mason University Critical Infrastructure Protection Program. He is a Director on the Air Force Academy Endowment Board, and serves on the Board of Directors for two privately held firms and as well on the strategic advisory boards of energy, cyber, and multinational firms. He retired mid-2008 with 17 years of Federal Service, including service in the Air Force, and for the prior 7 years as the 21st Secretary of the Air Force, as well as the Undersecretary and Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics.  He is well published as a contributor across the spectrum of Defense. 

Mr. Wynne graduated from West Point, and has advanced degrees in Business and Electrical Engineering.  He spent 26 years in the aerospace industry, in the areas of Tactical Fighters, Submarines, Main Battle Tanks, and Launch Vehicles.  He retired as Senior Vice President from General Dynamics, and also spent some time with Lockheed Martin in the Launch Vehicle Industry. 

Before joining the prior Administration, Mr. Wynne was Chairman of two Internet driven companies, and a partner in the Northern Virginia based NextGen Technology Fund. 

While in Government, he initiated the Governments interest in Unique Identification for parts and material, he placed Cyberspace in the mission of the Air Force to highlight its importance to defense; and was a strong advocate for alternative fuels and energy sources within the federal government.  He remains a strong advocate of the need to share when it comes to data and information. 

Mr. Eric Bassel
Mr. Eric Bassel

Panelist

Director SANS Institute, and member of AFCEA Cyber Committee

(Confirmed)

After graduating from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Mr. Bassel deployed to combat with the 101st Airborne Division as an Assault Helicopter Platoon Leader. His platoon was part of the initial invasion into Iraq in Operation Desert Storm. Upon return from combat, he assessed and trained to become a Special Forces Pilot for the 160th Special Operations Regiment. He deployed on numerous special operation missions as an attack helicopter platoon leader and operations officer during his five years with the 160th. After nine years in the Army, Mr. Bassel left the service and attended Harvard Business School. Upon graduation, he went to work for Alcoa, serving in a variety of positions and was eventually named the president of a division with operations in the United States, Europe and China. After four years as division president, Mr. Bassel left Alcoa and joined SANS Institute, seeing it as an opportunity to serve his country once again as it faced threats in cyber terrorism.  Over the past five years at SANS, he has worked with all four services and other government agencies in developing innovative methods to train and prepare them for cyber warfare.

BG Joseph A. Brendler, USA
BG Joseph A. Brendler, USA

Panelist

Chief of Staff, Defense Information Systems Agency

(Confirmed)

Brigadier General Joseph A. Brendler is the Defense Information Systems Agency Chief of Staff. He coordinates the efforts of a 6,600-member organization and the management of a 6-billiondollar- plus budget. He directs staff efforts to provide effective global command, control, and combat support systems for the President, Secretary of Defense, Combatant Commanders, Joint Staff, military departments, and combat support agencies. He has been assigned as the Chief of Staff since July, 2009.

BG Brendler was born in Newport, Vt., and grew up in Chazy, NY.  He is a distinguished military graduate of Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, where he earned Bachelor of Science and Master of Engineering degrees in Electrical Engineering and a Regular Army commission.

BG Brendler is a graduate of the Signal Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, the Basic and Advanced Airborne Schools, the Command and General Staff College (CGSC), the School of Advanced Military Studies (SAMS), and the National Defense University (Industrial College of the Armed Forces). BG Brendler’s awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal (2), the Meritorious Service Medal (7), the Army Commendation Medal (4), the Army Achievement Medal (4), the National Defense Service Medal (2), the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terror Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terror Service Medal, the Humanitarian Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon (3), the Master Parachutist Badge, the Army Staff Identification Badge, and the Presidential Unit Citation.

BGen John W. Bullard, Jr., USMC
BGen John W. Bullard, Jr., USMC

Panelist

Prospective Deputy Commanding General, Marine Corps Combat Development Command

(Confirmed)

Brigadier General Bullard is a 1982 graduate of Virginia Tech with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Financial Management. He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant from Officers Candidate School. Upon completion of Basic School, he reported to NAS Pensacola for flight training and was designated a Naval Aviator in January 1985. Follow on CH-46 training was conducted at HMT-204 at MCAS New River, North Carolina.

Brigadier General Bullard has served in the following operational squadrons: HMM-263, HMM-161 and HMM-774, and was the Commanding Officer of HMM-161 from May 2000 to December 2001. Deployments include 26th and 24th Marine Amphibious Units (Special Operations Capable) aboard the USS Guadalcanal where he participated in operations against Libya in 1986 and operation EARNST WILL involving the re-flagging of Kuwaiti tankers in 1987. From 1989 to 1993, he was assigned to Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron 1 where he served as CH-46 division head and attached to HMM-161 for DESERT SHIELD and HMM-774 for DESERT STORM. In 1994, he deployed on USS Essex with 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (SOC) where he supported UN sanctions enforcement against Iraq and conducted operation UNITED SHIELD, UN withdrawal from Somalia. As Commanding Officer of HMM-161, he deployed on USS Tarawa as the Aviation Combat Element for 13th MEU (SOC) and participated in Humanitarian Assistance Operations in East Timor and DETERMINED RESPONSE, USS Cole recovery in Yemen. Upon completion of command, he was assigned as Executive Officer of Marine Aircraft Group 16.

His most recent operational assignment was the Commanding Officer of 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit from May 2005 to June 2008. He conducted two deployments on USS Peleliu and USS Tarawa to the US Central Command AO in support of operations IRAQI FREEDOM & ENDURING FREEDOM and participated in hurricane relief efforts for JTF Katrina and Cyclone Sidr relief efforts in Bangladesh during SEA ANGEL II.

His major staff tours include Headquarters Marine Corps in the Aviation Department’s Plans, Policies, Joint Doctrine, and Budget Branch where he served as congressional matters and budget Officer. Additionally, he served as Aide-de-Camp to Deputy Commandant for Marine Aviation. He was assigned to J5-Plans at US Central Command and deployed to the forward headquarters in support of operations IRAQI FREEDOM & ENDURING FREEDOM. His most recent staff assignment was Branch Head of Marine Aviation Weapons Systems Requirements Branch for Headquarters Marine Corps Aviation Department.

His first general officer assignment was Commander of NATO Headquarters Sarajevo under UNSCR 1895. His current assignment is Deputy Commanding General, MCCDC.

He earned a Masters of Business Administration from Webster University (1992), attended the Marine Corps Command and Staff College (1997), and received a Masters in Military Strategy from the Air Force War College (2003).

His personal awards include Defense Superior Service Medal with Gold Star, Legion of Merit with Gold Star, Meritorious Service Medal with Gold Star, Air Medal with Strike Flight, Navy/Marine Commendation Medal with Gold Star, and Navy/Marine Achievement Medal.

LTG Robert Caslen, USA
LTG Robert Caslen, USA

Panelist

Commanding General, U.S. Army Combined Arms Center at Fort Leavenworth

(Confirmed)

Lieutenant General Caslen currently serves as the commander of the Combined Arms Center at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, the command that oversees the Command and General Staff College and 17 other schools, centers, and training programs located throughout the United States.

The Combined Arms Center is also responsible for: development of the Army’s doctrinal manuals, training of the Army’s commissioned and noncommissioned officers, oversight of major collective training exercises, integration of battle command systems and concepts, and supervision of the Army’s Center for the collection and dissemination of lessons learned.

His prior deployments and assignments include serving as the Commanding General of the 25th Infantry Division (Light) and Commanding General of the Multi-National Division - North during OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM; Commandant of Cadets for the United States Military Academy at West Point; Deputy Director for the War on Terrorism, J-5, The Joint Staff; Assistant Division Commander (Maneuver), 3rd Infantry Division (Mechanized); Chief of Staff, 10th Mountain Division (Light); Chief of Staff, Combined Joint Task Force Mountain during OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM; Commander, 2nd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault); Chief of Staff, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault); Senior Brigade C2 Observer/Controller, Operations Group, Joint Readiness Training Center; Commander, 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry, 25th Infantry Division (Light); Executive Officer to the Deputy Commander in Haiti during OPERATION UPHOLD DEMOCRACY; J-3 in Honduras for Joint Task Force Bravo; Brigade Operations Officer, 3rd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault); Executive Officer, 2nd Battalion, 187th Infantry, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) during OPERATIONS DESERT SHIELD/DESERT STORM.

Lieutenant General Caslen’s awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster), the Legion of Merit (with three Oak Leaf Clusters), the Bronze Star Medal (with two Oak Leaf Clusters), the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, and the Meritorious Service Medal (with five Oak Leaf Clusters). He has earned the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge, and is Airborne, Air Assault, and Ranger qualified.

Lieutenant General Caslen graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1975. He earned Masters Degrees from Long Island University and Kansas State University.

The Honorable Jay M. Cohen, RADM, USN (Ret.)
The Honorable Jay M. Cohen, RADM, USN (Ret.)

Panelist

former Under Secretary for Science and Technology, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, former Chief of Naval Research

(Confirmed)

Jay M. Cohen is a native of New York. He was commissioned in 1968 upon graduation from the United States Naval Academy. He holds a joint Ocean Engineering degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and Master of Science in Marine Engineering and Naval Architecture from MIT.

His early Navy assignments included service on conventional and nuclear submarines. From 1985 to 1988 Cohen commanded USS HYMAN G. RICKOVER (SSN 709).

Following command, he served on the U.S. Atlantic Fleet as a senior member of the Nuclear Propulsion Examining Board, responsible for certifying the safe operation of nuclear powered ships and crews.

From 1991 to 1993, he commanded the submarine tender USS L.Y. SPEAR (AS 36) including a deployment to the Persian Gulf in support of Operation DESERT STORM.

After Spear, he reported to the Secretary of the Navy as Deputy Chief of Navy Legislative Affairs. During this assignment, Cohen was responsible for supervising all Navy Congressional liaisons.

Cohen was promoted to the rank of Rear Admiral in October 1997 and reported to the Joint Staff as Deputy Director for Operations responsible to the President and DoD leaders for strategic weapons release authority.

In June 1999, he assumed duties as Director Navy Y2K Project Office responsible for transitioning all Navy computer systems into the new century.

In June 2000, Cohen was promoted in rank and became the 20th Chief of Naval Research. He served during war as the Department of the Navy Chief Technology Officer (a direct report to the Secretary of the Navy, Chief of Naval Operations and Commandant of the Marine Corps). Responsible for the $2B+/year Navy and Marine Corps Science and Technology (S&T) Program (involving basic research to applied technology portfolios and contracting), Cohen coordinated investments with other U.S. and international S&T providers to rapidly meet war fighter combat needs. After an unprecedented five and a half year assignment as Chief of Naval Research, Rear Admiral Cohen retired from the Navy on February 1, 2006.

Unanimously confirmed by the US Senate, Cohen was sworn in as Under Secretary for Science & Technology at the Department of Homeland Security (responsible for DHS Research, Development, Test and Evaluation) on August 10, 2006 (the day of the British Airways liquid explosive plot in England). At the time of his assuming this position, the Fiscal Year (FY) 2007 U.S. Senate Appropriations Report described DHS S&T as “a rudderless ship without a clear way to get back on course”. Through Cohen’s leadership and the people and programs he put in place, the FY 2008 Senate Appropriations Report stated the committee “is pleased with the rapid progress S&T appears to be making…” and in FY 2009 the Congress added $63M to the nearly $1B DHS S&T budget and directed that Cohen be given acquisition authority over his responsible programs. The output focused, customer oriented transformation of DHS S&T (from the lowest morale federal government component in 2006 to amongst the highest in 2008) is a success story that is captured in Hill testimony, press articles, international partnerships and a recent National Geographic TV special “Hi-Tech War on Terror” that documents the high risk/high gain innovation portfolio which Cohen put in place to make the nation safer. The current administration continues to build on this solid foundation.

Since leaving government, Rear Admiral Cohen is now a principal in The Chertoff Group, serves on numerous corporate boards and as CEO of JayMCohen LLC is an independent consultant for science and technology in support of domestic and international defense, homeland security and energy issues and solutions.

Dr. Eric Cole, PhD
Dr. Eric Cole, PhD

Panelist

Author, Hacker's Beware

(Confirmed)



Dr. Eric Cole is an industry-recognized security expert with over 20 years of hands-on experience. Cole currently performs leading-edge security consulting and works in research and development to advance the state of the art in information systems security. Cole has experience in information technology with a focus on perimeter defense, secure network design, vulnerability discovery, penetration testing, and intrusion detection systems. Cole has a master's degree in computer science from NYIT and a PhD from Pace University with a concentration in information security. Dr. Cole is the author of several books, including Hackers Beware, Hiding in Plain Site, Network Security Bible, and Insider Threat. He is the inventor of over 20 patents and is a researcher, writer, and speaker. He is also a member of the Commission on Cyber Security for the 44th President and several executive advisory boards. Dr. Cole is the founder of Secure Anchor Consulting, which provides state of the art security services and expert witness work. Cole is actively involved with the SANS Technology Institute (STI) and SANS working with students, teaching, and maintaining and developing courseware. He is a SANS faculty fellow and course author.

VADM Peter H. Daly, USN
VADM Peter H. Daly, USN

Panelist

Deputy Commander, U. S. Fleet Forces Command

(Confirmed)

 

Vice Admiral Peter H. Daly, a native of Chicago, is a 1977 graduate of the College of the Holy Cross earning a Bachelor of Arts in Economics, and was commissioned through the NROTC program. In 1983, he earned a master's degree in Operations Analysis from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif.

Daly's sea duty assignments include USS Roark (FF 1053) as gunnery/anti-submarine officer and navigator; USS Stump (DD 978) as chief engineer; and as executive officer aboard USS Hercules (PHM 2) and USS Yorktown (CG 48). Daly commanded the destroyer USS Russell (DDG 59) from the early stages as a Pre-commissioning Unit through commissioning, culminating with a successful deployment to the Persian Gulf taking part in combat operations in support of Operation Desert Strike.

Daly commanded Destroyer Squadron 31 serving as sea combat commander for Abraham Lincoln Battle Group during Rim of the Pacific 2000, and throughout an Persian Gulf Deployment supporting OperationSouthern Watch.

Daly's shore assignments include flag aide to Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet, in the Surface Warfare Programs and Budget Division (OP-30); deputy executive assistant to the Vice Chief of Naval Operations, on the Joint Staff as a program analyst and executive assistant to the Director of Force Structure, Resources, and Assessments (J-8); executive assistant to the Commander of the Pacific Fleet; and, later, as executive assistant to the Commander of the U.S. Pacific Command.

As a flag officer, Daly served as deputy director for Resources and Acquisition (J-8) in the Joint Staff and then served as senior military assistant to the Secretary of the Navy.

Returning to sea, he served as commander, Carrier Strike Group 11. During this tour, he deployed to 5th and 7th Fleet Areas of Responsibility executing combat operations in support of Operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom.

Daly recently served as the assistant deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information, Plans and Strategy (OPNAV N3/N5). In August 2008, he reported for duty as deputy commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command.

Daly's personal awards include the Navy Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal (two awards) and, the Legion of Merit (three awards).

RADM Edward H. Deets III, USN
RADM Edward H. Deets III, USN

Panelist

Commander Naval Network Warfare Command

(Confirmed)

 

Rear Admiral Deets is a native of Charlottesville, Va. He graduated from Duke University in 1979 where he was commissioned an ensign via the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps.

Deets began his information warfare officer career at the Naval Security Group Activity Kunia, Hawaii. There he served as a direct support officer aboard a variety of ships in the Western Pacific, Indian Ocean, North Arabian Sea, and the Mediterranean. His next tour was at the Naval Security Group Activity Pyongtaek, Republic of Korea, as the executive officer. From there, he was assigned to the staff of commander in chief, United States Atlantic Fleet.

In 1991, he reported to commander, Carrier Group 2 aboard USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) as the staff cryptologist. He deployed to the Mediterranean Sea and also participated in several counternarcotics operations on various ships. In 1993, he became the cryptologic junior officer detailer at the Bureau of Naval Personnel in Washington, D.C. Next, he spent two years on the staff of the U.S. 6th Fleet in Gaeta, Italy, as the command and control warfare officer. He also attended the National War College at Fort McNair, Washington, D.C., where he graduated with honors in 1998. He served a follow-on joint assignment as the executive assistant to the National Security Agency chief of staff.

Deets’ personal awards include the Legion of Merit, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with gold star, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with two gold stars, the Army Commendation Medal, and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal. He holds a Master of Science degree in National Security Strategy with a concentration in Information Strategies.

Maj Gen Charles J. Dunlap, Jr., USAF (Ret.)
Maj Gen Charles J. Dunlap, Jr., USAF (Ret.)

Panelist

Visiting Professor of the Practice of Law Associate Director, Center on Law, Ethics and National Security, former Deputy Judge Advocate General, U.S. Air Force

(Confirmed)

Charles J. Dunlap Jr., the former deputy judge advocate general of the United States Air Force, joined the Duke Law faculty in July 2010.  His teaching and scholarly writing focus on national security, international law, civil-military relations, cyberwar, and military justice.

Dunlap retired from the Air Force in June 2010, having attained the rank of major general during a 34-year career in the Judge Advocate Corps. In his capacity as deputy judge advocate general from May 2006 to March 2010, he assisted the judge advocate general in the professional supervision of more than 2,200 judge advocates, 350 civilian lawyers, 1,400 enlisted paralegals, and 500 civilians around the world. In addition to overseeing an array of military justice, operational, international, and civil law functions, he provided legal advice to the Air Staff and commanders at all levels.

In the course of his career, Dunlap has been involved in various high-profile interagency and policy matters, highlighted by his testimony before the U.S. House of Representatives concerning the Military Commissions Act of 2006.

Dunlap previously served as staff judge advocate at Headquarters Air Combat Command at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia and at Headquarters Air Education and Training Command at Randolph Air Force Base in Texas, among other leadership posts. His other assignments include the faculty of the Air Force Judge Advocate General School where he taught various civil and criminal law topics. An experienced trial lawyer, he also served a two-year term as a military trial judge for a 22-state circuit. He served tours in the United Kingdom and Korea, and he deployed for operations in the Middle East and Africa, including those in support of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. He also led military-to-military delegations to Colombia, Uruguay, and the Czech Republic.

A prolific author and accomplished public speaker, Dunlap’s commentary on a wide variety of national security topics has been published in leading newspapers and military journals. His 2001 essay written for Harvard University’s Carr Center on “lawfare,” a concept he defines as “the use or misuse of law as a substitute for traditional military means to accomplish an operational objective,” has been highly influential among military scholars and in the broader legal academy. In 2010 he spoke about lawfare to the German Red Cross, NATO, Harvard University Law School, the University of Virginia National Security Law Institute, and the annual conference of the International Law Division of the Naval War College.

Dunlap’s legal scholarship has been published in the Stanford Law Review, the Yale Journal of International Affairs, the Wake Forest Law Review, the Fletcher Forum of World Affairs, the University of Nebraska Law Review, and the Tennessee Law Review, among others. His essay, “A Tale of Two Judges: A Judge Advocate’s Reflections on Judge Gonzales’ Apologia,” is forthcoming in the Texas Tech Law Review. He is the author of “The Air Force and 21st Century Conflicts: Dysfunctional or Dynamic?” in Lessons for a Long War: How America Can Win on New Battlefields (Thomas Donnelly and Frederick Kagan, eds., AEI Press, 2010), and “Airpower” in Understanding Counterinsurgency (Thomas Rid and Thomas Keaney, eds., Routledge, 2010). He also wrote the introduction to The War on Terror and the Law of War: A Military Perspective (Michael Lewis and Geoffrey Corn, eds., Oxford University Press, 2010).

The Honorable Wallace Gregson
The Honorable Wallace Gregson

Panelist

former Assistant Secretary of Defense, Asian and Pacific Security Affairs; and Principal WC Gregson & Associates, Inc.

(Confirmed)


The Honorable Wallace "Chip" Gregson was sworn in as the Assistant Secretary of Defense, Asian and Pacific Security Affairs May 13, 2009. From 2006 until assuming the duties of Assistant Secretary of Defense, Lieutenant General Gregson (USMC, Retired) was owner and president of WCG & Associates International, a foreign policy and military affairs consulting organization.

Previously General Gregson served as Chief Operating Officer for the United States Olympic Committee. From 2003 to 2005, he was Commanding General of the Marine Corps Forces Pacific and Marine Corps Forces Central Command, where he led and managed over 70,000 Marines and Sailors in the Middle East, Afghanistan, East Africa, Asia and the United States. From 2001 to 2003 he served as Commanding General of all Marine Corps forces in Japan, where he was awarded the Japanese Order of the Rising Sun, the Gold and Silver Star, and the Korean Order of National Security Merit Gukseon Medal. Prior to his time in Japan he was Director of Asia-Pacific Policy in the Office of the Secretary of Defense from 1998 to 2000. He has served in the Marine Corps since his graduation from the United States Naval Academy in 1968. A combat veteran of the Vietnam conflict, he earned the Bronze Star with Combat "V" device for valor and heroism, and was also awarded the Purple Heart.

General Gregson is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations; the Pacific Council on International Policy; the International Institute for Strategic Studies; the U.S. Naval Institute; and the Marine Corps Association.

His civilian education includes a Bachelor's degree from the U.S. Naval Academy, and Master's degrees in Strategic Planning from the Naval War College and International Relations from Salve Regina College.  He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Public Service by the University of Maryland University College.

Mr. Raymond Haller
Mr. Raymond Haller

Panelist

Senior Vice President and Director of The MITRE Corporation's Department of Defense Command, Control, Communications, and Intelligence Federally Funded Research and Development Center

(Confirmed)

Mr. Raymond Haller is senior vice president and director of The MITRE Corporation’s Department of Defense Command, Control, Communications, and Intelligence Federally Funded Research and Development Center (DoD C3I FFRDC). He is responsible for stakeholder and sponsor relations integration across the DoD C3I FFRDC work program, business operations, and advancing the Center’s overall strategy. 

Previously, Mr. Haller was senior vice president of the Command and Control Center (C2C), one of two operating centers in the DoD C3I FFRDC. In this role, he was responsible for integration, partnerships, and transformation, including the identification, initiation, and execution of joint activities. In addition, he initiated and led the C2C’s partnerships with other DoD FFRDCs.

In 2004, Mr. Haller was appointed senior vice president and general manager of the Washington Command, Control, and Communications (WC3) Center. In this position, he was responsible for the overall direction of work conducted for the U.S. Army, Navy, Defense Information Systems Agency, Missile Defense Agency, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and other members of the national security community.

From 2003 to 2004, he served as vice president of WC3, responsible for MITRE’s work for selected senior customers focused on DoD transformation. From 2001 to 2003, Mr. Haller was executive director of the WC3 Special Projects Office and was responsible for work related to DoD transformation, future naval capabilities, joint battlefield management command and control support to the U.S. Joint Forces Command, future space sensing architecture, and transformational communications.

From 1998 to 2001, he was director of the Economic and Decision Analysis Center, MITRE’s “center of technical excellence” for decision support, economic analysis, analysis of alternatives, business case analysis, acquisition support, information technology portfolio analysis, investment strategy development, and chief information officer support.

From 1997 to 1998, Mr. Haller was chief engineer of the Naval Systems and Technology Division. In this position, he helped to shape the division’s technical work program, increasing its overall quality and impact and strengthening connections between the work program and MITRE’s research activities.

Periodically, Mr. Haller has led special studies. In 2007, he led an independent technical review of a major classified DoD acquisition program, leading to significant program adjustments and added risk reduction funding. In 2000 and 2001, he served as the lead analyst on the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense C3I Information Superiority Investment Strategy initiative. This effort developed and executed a process for prioritizing needed capabilities and was used as a basis for input to the 2001 DoD Quadrennial Defense Review. Prior to that, Mr. Haller served as the co-leader of the ISR Mix Study in support of C4ISR Mission Assessment performed for the Office of the Secretary of Defense. The results were used in support of the 1997 Quadrennial Defense Review.

Mr. Haller received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Union College in 1976 and a master’s degree in electrical engineering from George Washington University in 1983. In the fall of 2001, Mr. Haller completed the Program for Management Development at Harvard Business School.

CAPT R. Robinson Harris, USN (Ret.)
CAPT R. Robinson Harris, USN (Ret.)

Moderator

Director, Advanced Concepts, Lockheed Martin Mission System and Sensors

(Confirmed)

 

Captain Harris retired from the U. S. Navy in 1998 after 30 years of commissioned service.  A Surface Warfare Officer, he served in a number of surface combatants and aircraft carriers. He commanded USS CONOLLY (DD 979) and Destroyer Squadron 32.

CAPT Harris’ shore assignments include: Assistant Professor, Department of Naval Science, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; Long Range Planner, Chief of Naval Operations Executive Panel; Executive Assistant to the Assistant to the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff; Director of Programs, SECNAV Office of Legislative Affairs; and, lastly, Executive Director, Chief of Naval Operations Executive Panel.

He was a key contributor to the development of the Maritime Strategy in the 1980s and From the Sea in the 1990s. He coauthored the Maritime Strategy.

Since retiring from the Navy, CAPT Harris has worked for Lockheed Martin where he is Director of Advanced Concepts. He chairs the Navy Strategy Seminar in DC; serves as an advisor to the Chief of Naval Operations Strategic Studies Group (SSG) at the Naval War College; is a Member of the Secretary of the Navy’s Naval Research Advisory Committee; and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Baltimore (MD) Council on Foreign Affairs.

CAPT Harris holds a bachelor’s degree with honors from Pfeiffer University in North Carolina. He holds an MA degree from the University of Georgia, and he earned his PhD Candidacy from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.  He is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology program for senior executives, SEMINAR 21; and he was a Fellow on the CNO Strategic Studies Group.

CAPT Harris is the author of over 30 articles in professional journals including the U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings and the Naval War College Review. Most recently he authored a chapter in the book Naval Gazing published by the Centre for Foreign Policy Studies of Dalhousie University (Canada).

RDML Sinclair M. Harris, USN
RDML Sinclair M. Harris, USN

Panelist

Director, Navy Irregular Warfare Office

(Confirmed)


Rear Admiral Sinclair M. Harris is a native of Washington D.C. He is a 1981 graduate of James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va., where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics. His early sea assignments include tours in USS Long Beach (CGN 9), USS Vincennes (CG 49), USS Jarrett (FFG 33), USS Coronado (AGF 11), and as commissioning executive officer in USS Benfold (DDG 65). He commanded USS Comstock (LSD 45) during Operation Enduring Freedom and Amphibious Squadron 4/Iwo Jima Strike Group during humanitarian assistance and disaster relief - Hurricanes Katrina/Rita in 2005 and non-combative evacuation operation of Lebanon in 2006.

Ashore, Harris’ assignments include tours in the Washington-area at the Institute for National Strategic Studies in the National Defense University; the Navy staff in the Assessment Division (OPNAV N81) Campaign Analysis, Modeling and Simulation branch; and the Joint Chiefs of Staff (J-5) Strategic Plans and Policy Directorate as the Global Security Affairs Division chief for Security Assistance . He was a senior fellow in the chief of Naval Operations Strategic Studies Group (SSG XXVI). In May 2008, Harris returned to the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations as the deputy director, Expeditionary Warfare Division (OPNAV N85B). He was most recently assigned as the commander, Expeditionary Strike Group 5. Harris now serves in the chief of Naval Operations staff as the director, Navy Irregular Warfare Office.

Harris earned a Master of Science degree in Operations Analysis from the Naval Postgraduate School in 1989 and is a graduate of the Armed Forces Staff College in Norfolk, Va. He also earned a Master of Arts degree in Defense and Strategic Studies from the University of Madras, India’s Defense Services Staff College in Tamilnadu, India.

Harris’ decorations include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and various other unit and campaign awards.

LtGen Dennis J. Hejlik, USMC
LtGen Dennis J. Hejlik, USMC

Panelist

Commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Command

(Confirmed)


Lieutenant General Hejlik enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1968, was honorably discharged as a sergeant in 1972 and commissioned through the Platoon Leaders Course Program.

He is a graduate of the Amphibious Warfare School, The Command and Staff College, and The Naval War College.

Lieutenant General Hejlik's command assignments include: Platoon Commander and Company Commander, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment. Platoon Commander Marine Barracks, Yorktown, VA; Commanding Officer, Weapons Company, 3rd Battalion, 8th Marines; Commanding Officer 1st Battalion, 2nd Marines; Commanding Officer Marine Barracks, Washington, DC; Commander 1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade, I Marine Expeditionary Force; Commander U. S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command; Commanding General, II Marine Expeditionary Force.

Lieutenant General Hejlik's staff assignments include: 3rd Marine Division aide-de-camp to the Commanding General; Battalion Logistics Officer (S-4) 3rd Battalion, 8th Marines; Tactics Instructor at Amphibious Warfare School; Executive Officer of the 2d Marine Regiment; G-3 Current Operations Officer, I MEF Operation Desert Storm; 2nd Marine Division G-1A; Enlisted Assignment Section, Manpower and Reserve Affairs; Senior Military Fellow with the Council on Foreign Relations; Military Secretary to the Commandant of the Marine Corps; Deputy Commanding General, I Marine Expeditionary Force; The Principal Director for Special Operations and Combating Terrorism in Special Operations in Low Intensity Conflict (SO/LIC), Office of the Secretary of Defense; U.S. Special Operations Command, Chief of Staff; Director, Center for Policy, Training and Readiness, U.S. Special Operations Command.

Lieutenant General Hejlik assumed command of U.S. Marine Corps Forces Command on 17 August 2010.

Lieutenant General Hejlik's personal decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal with Gold Star, Legion of Merit with Gold Star, Meritorious Service Medal with two Gold Stars, Navy Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, and the Leftwich Award. 

COL Timothy Hill, USA

Panelist

Director, Futures Directorate, U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command

(Confirmed)

Colonel Timothy P. Hill was commissioned as a Military Intelligence Officer and awarded a Bachelor of Science degree upon graduation from the United States Military Academy, West Point in 1983.

After commissioning, he was assigned to the 5th infantry Division (Mechanized) at Fort Polk, Louisiana. There he served in a myriad of tactical positions over six years to include: S2/Intelligence Officer for I-55th Air Defense Artillery Battalion, Platoon Leader, Company Executive Officer, and Battalion S-1 in the 105th Military Intelligence Battalion.  In 1988 he assumed command of A Company, 105th Military Intelligence Battalion.

Upon completion of command in 1990, he attended the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, where he received a Masters in Science Degree in Electronic Warfare Systems Engineering. He was then assigned to the advanced Technology and Concepts Division of Combat Development at Fort Huachuca, Arizona.

After attending Command and General Staff College in 1995, COL Hill served as the G2, XVIII Airborne Corps Artillery. He then served as the Executive Officer, 319th Military Intelligence Battalion (Operations) (Airborne) and he completed this tour as the Chief of the XVIII Airborne Corps Analysis and Control Element.

In 1998, he was assigned to the 704th Military Intelligence Brigade at Fort Meade, Maryland, as the Executive Assistant for the Director of Military Operations at the National Security Agency (NSA).  COL Hill commanded the 279th Base Support Battalion in Bamberg, Germany from November 2000 until July 2003.

After attending the National War College in 2003, where he received a Masters of Science degree in National Security Strategy, he served in NSA’s National Cryptologic Office in the Pentagon supporting DOD wide customers.

COL Hill deployed to Iraq in May 2005 and served as the Chief of the Intelligence Transition team assisting the Iraqi Ministry of Defense (MOD) Intelligence service. He completed this tour serving as the Director of the Strategic Intelligence Engagement Office.

He is now serving as the Director of the INSCOM Futures Directorate.

COL Hill’s military schools include: Military Intelligence Officer Basic and Advanced courses, CAS3, Command and General Staff College, Armed Forces Staff College, National War College, Airborne and Jumpmaster schools. His decorations include: the Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Metal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, and the Senior Parachutist Badge. 

LtCol Frank Hoffman, USMCR (Ret.)
LtCol Frank Hoffman, USMCR (Ret.)

Moderator

Senior Director, Naval Capabilities and Readiness, Department of the Navy

(Confirmed)

Lieutenant Colonel Hoffman is currently serving as the Senior Director, Naval Capabilities and Readiness in the office of the Deputy Under Secretary of the Navy (Plans, Policies, Oversight and Integration) in Washington DC. 

He began his public service career when he was commissioned out of the NROTC program at the University of Pennsylvania where he graduated as the Distinguished Military Graduate and was commissioned a 2ndLt, USMC.  

From 1978-1983, after graduating both the Basic School and Infantry Officer Course as an honor graduate, he served in a variety of line and staff positions in the Second and Third Marine Divisions.  In between tours in the Fleet Marine Force, he also was the Adjutant, Company commander and Head Tactics Instructor at the School of Infantry at Camp Lejeune.  

In 1983 he was assigned to the then Requirements and Programs Division at HQMC.  LtCol Hoffman served as a Defense Systems Analyst, Force Structure analyst and Supervisory Resource Analyst at Headquarters Marine Corps in R&P and in the Installations and Logistics Department until 1991.  During this time he was responsible for Marine force structure and manpower data studies and analyses.  In his two tours in R&P he served as editor of Marine Corps annual principal legislative document—Concepts and Issues.   

In 1992 LtCol Hoffman transferred to Quantico, where he served as a program analyst for the Training and Education Command.  Here he was responsible for successfully introducing ground simulators into the Marine Corps.  After graduating from the Naval War College with highest distinction in 1994 he transferred to the Studies and Analysis Division at Quantico as their historical analyst, and represented the Marine Corps on the Defense Science Board and at the Commission on Roles and Missions in 1995.

Up to 1998, LtCol Hoffman continued to serve at Quantico as the national security analyst and Director of the Marine Strategic Studies Group.  As a Marine Reservist he also worked at the HQMC Strategic Initiatives Group at the same time.  In 1999 LtCol Hoffman was named to the National Security Study Group which was the professional staff supporting the U.S. National Security Commission for the 21st Century.  There at the Hart-Rudman Commission LtCol Hoffman was responsible for crafting the Commission’s future security assessment, military strategy, and homeland security recommendations.

That appointment was concluded in 2001, and LtCol Hoffman returned to work at Quantico as a long range concept developer for the Marine Corps Warfighting Lab.  He ultimately took a position as a Research Fellow at the Center for Emerging Threats and Opportunities, at the Warfighting Lab where he was responsible for leading and conducting assessments and developing concept papers on future threats and emerging opportunities.  While at Quantico, LtCol Hoffman authored numerous Marine concepts on distributed operations, urban ops, and hybrid threats, as well as contributing to the Marine Corps newest vision and strategy, and penning chapters to the Army/Marine Corps COIN doctrine.  While at Quantico he has worked with JFCOM and our British, Australian and Israeli partners on alternative futures, distributed operations, hybrid threats and a number of wargames and experimentation activities.  

In addition to his formal duties, he has served on the 2004 Defense Science Board for Post-Conflict Stability Operations and lectured extensively at PME institutions here in the United States and Britain.  He has authored one book (Decisive Force; The New American Way of War, Praeger, 1996), over 100 essays and articles, and frequently contributes to the Naval Institute Proceedings and Marine Corps Gazette.  

RADM Joseph A. Horn, Jr., USN
RADM Joseph A. Horn, Jr., USN

Panelist

Program Executive, Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense

(Confirmed)


Rear Admiral Horn is a native of Philadelphia, Pa., and Audubon, N.J. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy in May 1980 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. Horn’s first duty assignment was in USS Sampson (DDG 10). Subsequent sea duty assignments include USS Robert G. Bradley (FFG 49), USS Ticonderoga (CG 47), and USS Anzio (CG 68). He commanded USS Stout (DDG 55) and USS Lake Erie (CG 70). While in command of Lake Erie, the ship conducted multiple successful ballistic missile engagements and won the Spokane Trophy, two Edward F. Ney awards, and two Battle Es. Horn has deployed to the Mediterranean Sea, Arabian Gulf, Red Sea, Indian Ocean, Eastern and Western Pacific, and conducted extensive operations in the Caribbean and Baltic Seas and Atlantic Ocean.

Ashore, Horn earned a Master of Science degree in Operations Research from the Naval Postgraduate School and is a Massachusetts Institute of Technology Seminar XXI alumni. He has served on the Joint Staff (J8) and the staffs of Joint Forces Command (J6), U.S. Fleet Forces (N8), and OPNAV (N86). His previous assignment was deputy director, Missile Defense Agency.

Horn’s personal awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal (Two Awards), Legion of Merit (Two Awards), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (Four Awards), Navy Commendation Medal (Two Awards), and Navy Achievement Medal (Two Awards).

ADM Timothy J. Keating, USN (Ret.)
ADM Timothy J. Keating, USN (Ret.)

Panelist

former Commander, U.S. Pacific Command

(Confirmed)


Admiral Timothy J. Keating retired in December 2009 after serving for three years as the Commander, United States Pacific Command, headquartered in Honolulu Hawaii. His area of responsibility included over 3.4 billion people and half the surface of the earth. While in command, Admiral Keating visited over 30 countries, meeting diplomats, military officials and commercial leaders to emphasize active engagement with national and international partners in preserving the security and stability upon which the Asia-Pacific region’s success depends.

Prior to his tour at Pacific Command, Admiral Keating was Commander of the United States Northern Command, responsible for protecting the United States homeland and providing support to federal, state and local officials in time of crisis. Simultaneously, he was Commander of the North American Aerospace Defense Command, providing aerospace warning, air sovereignty and defense for the United States and Canada.

Previous tours include service as the Director of the Joint Staff in the Pentagon, command of the United States Fifth Fleet and all naval forces in the United States Central Command headquartered in the Kingdom of Bahrain, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Plans, Policy and Operations) in the Pentagon, command of the USS Kitty Hawk Battle Group stationed in Yokosuka Japan, and Deputy Director for Operations (Current Operations) on the Joint Staff in the Pentagon.

Admiral Keating held command positions at the Naval Strike Warfare Center, a Carrier Air Wing and an F-18 Squadron. Admiral Keating is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy and was a Chief of Naval Operations Fellow with the Strategic Studies Group in Newport Rhode Island. He has accumulated over 5,000 hours of flight time in tactical jets and has landed on Navy aircraft carriers over 1,200 times.

In addition to numerous awards from the United States, he has received military decorations from Great Britain, Bahrain, Canada, Japan, the Republic of Korea, the Philippines, Taiwan and Singapore. He is a proud honorary Master Chief Petty Officer in the United States Navy.

Admiral Keating serves several organizations as an international consultant, is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and is a board member of a number of corporate and nonprofit entities.

LTG P. K. (Ken) Keen, USA
LTG P. K. (Ken) Keen, USA

Panelist

Commander, Joint Task Force Haiti, and Military Deputy Commander, Southern Command

(Confirmed)

Lieutenant General P. K. (Ken) Keen serves as the Military Deputy Commander of U.S. Southern Command, Miami, Florida. He is second-in-command of one of ten unified commands under the Department of Defense. Southern Command conducts military operations and promotes security cooperation throughout the 16 million square mile area of Latin America and the Caribbean.  Most recently, LTG Keen served as the Commander, Joint Task Force Haiti during Operation UNIFIED RESPONSE.  As Commander of all U.S. forces in Haiti, he led the largest U.S. military operation in support of foreign natural disaster.

LTG Keen is a native of Hyden, Kentucky and graduated as a distinguished military graduate from Eastern Kentucky University in December 1974. 

An Infantry Officer with 18 years on airborne status, LTG Keen has commanded Light Airborne Infantry, Ranger, Special Forces, Military Group and Army Component units.  His commands include a Special Forces Detachment (SCUBA) in 3rd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group; Company and Battalion Commands in the 82nd Airborne Division; Command of 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment; Command of the 75th Ranger Regiment; Command of U.S. Military Group in Bogota, Colombia; and Command of U.S. Army South (USARSO). 

LTG Keen participated in Operation JUST CAUSE as the Assistant S3 of the 75th Ranger Regiment and was Commander, Ranger Task Force during Operation DESERT STORM as part of a Joint Special Operations Command.

His experience in Latin America includes assignments as a Special Forces Officer in the Republic of Panama (1977-1980); Military Group Training Officer in Honduras (1980); Foreign Area Officer and Student at the Brazilian Command and General Staff College in Brazil (1987-88); Commander of U.S. Military Group in Colombia (2001-2003); and Commander of U.S. Army South (2005-2007).

From September 2007 to September 2009, he served as the Director of the U.S. European Command Plans and Operations Center and the EUCOM Chief of Staff.

LTG Keen’s education includes a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics; a Master of Arts in Latin American Studies from the University of Florida; the Brazilian Command and General Staff College; and the U.S. Army War College. 

His awards and decorations include the Army Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Special Forces Tab, Ranger Tab, Pathfinder Badge, Combat SCUBA Diver, Combat Infantry Badge, Expert Infantry Badge and Master Parachutist Badge. 

VADM Alexander Krekich, USN (Ret.)

Panelist

former President BAE Systems Ship Repair, former Commander Surface Forces Pacific

(Confirmed)

Alexander J. Krekich graduated from the United States Naval Academy in June 1964 and was commissioned an Ensign in the United States Navy.

His sea-duty assignments include tours of duty in USS Warrington (DD-843), and in USS John King (DDG-3).  He served as Commanding Officer of USS Ainsworth (FF-1090) and the guided missile cruiser USS Belknap (CG-28), flagship of the United States Sixth Fleet in the Mediterranean.  In addition, VADM Krekich served as Chief of Staff to the Commander of the Second Fleet.  He also served in Da Nang, Vietnam, with Coastal Division Twelve as an Officer-in-Charge of a fast patrol craft (SWIFT Boat).

His shore assignments include duty in the bureau of Naval Personnel; as a Senior Examiner on the United States Atlantic Fleet Propulsion Examining Board; as the Cruiser-Destroyer Program Coordinator for the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Surface Warfare; and as the Executive Assistant to the Vice Chief of Naval Operations.

VADM Krekich was promoted to Flag Rank in February 1992 and his first assignment as a Flag Officer was on the Joint Staff in the Pentagon.  He later served as Commander, Cruiser-Destroyer Group Two and as Director, Surface Warfare, on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations.  His last Navy assignment was as Commander of Naval Surface Forces, U.S. Pacific Fleet in San Diego, CA.

Following retirement from the Navy in 1998 he joined Southwest Marine in San Diego, CA, and after Southwest Marine acquired Norfolk Shipbuilding & Drydock Corporation (NORSHIPCO) in October 1998, he was named President and General Manager of NORSHIPCO.  Because of the company’s wide geographic coverage, the corporation was restructured, and the corporate headquarters was shifted to Norfolk, VA, and renamed United States Marine Repair (USMR).  In February 1999, VADM Krekich was also named President and Chief Operating Officer of United States Marine Repair, while retaining his responsibilities as President of NORSHIPCO.  United States Marine Repair was acquired by United Defense Industries in July 2002, and in turn, United Defense was acquired by BAE Systems, North America, in June 2005.  VADM Krekich was retained as President of BAE Systems Ship Repair and served in that capacity until his retirement in March 2008.

COL Douglas Macgregor, USA (Ret.)
COL Douglas Macgregor, USA (Ret.)

Panelist

Author of Breaking the Phalanx and Warrior’s Rage

(Confirmed)



Colonel Douglas Macgregor is a decorated combat veteran, an author of four books and a PhD. Macgregor was commissioned in the U.S. Army in 1976 after one year at the Virginia Military Institute and four years at West Point. Macgregor’s concepts from his groundbreaking books on transformation, Breaking the Phalanx (Praeger 1997) and Transformation under Fire (Praeger 2003) have profoundly influenced thinking about transformation inside America’s ground forces, NATO the Israeli Defense Force and the Chinese People’s Liberation Army. His books are available in Chinese and Hebrew. Macgregor is widely recognized as an expert on organizational design and grand strategy. He is also a frequent radio and television commentator on national security affairs. 

In 1991, Macgregor was awarded the bronze star with “V” device for valor for his leadership under fire of combat troops in the 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment for his personal leadership of the cavalry troops in Cougar Squadron (2nd Squadron, 2nd Cavalry) in the action that became known as the Battle of the 73 Easting, the U.S. Army’s largest tank battle since World War II. In 1993, Macgregor led the 1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry to a series of dramatic victories over the opposing force (OPFOR) at the U.S. Army’s National Training Center (NTC) unequaled before or since in the history of the NTC.

In November 1997, Macgregor was assigned to Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) as the J5, Director of Strategic Planning for the Balkans. He was responsible for the strategic planning that led to the Kosovo Air Campaign. In October 1998, Macgregor became the Director of the Joint Operations Center at SHAPE, a position from which he supervised the conduct and planning of operations on the strategic level during the Kosovo Air Campaign with a staff of 240 officers and noncommissioned officers from 19 NATO nations until January 2000.

In the fall of 2001, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld insisted that General “Tommy” Franks meet with Colonel Macgregor on 16-17 January 2002 to discuss a concept for intervention in Iraq involving the use of an armored heavy force of roughly 50,000 troops on two axes in a no warning attack straight into Baghdad followed by the commitment of 15,000 light infantry to control the city once it was taken. The plan assumed the Iraqi Army and national administrative structures would be retained assumptions that were subsequently over-turned. Though modified to include extensive air attacks, less armor and far more Army and Marine light infantry than Macgregor recommended, Macgregor’s offensive concept was adopted.

Macgregor’s newest book is Warrior’s Rage: The Great Tank Battle of 73 Easting (Naval Institute Press, September 2009). In it Macgregor explains how the failure to finish the battle with the Republican Guard along the 73 Easting in 1991 led to Iraq’s second major confrontation with the United States in 2003 resulting in two hollow "victories" and the tragic blood-letting that continues today in Iraq. 

CDR Bryan McGrath, USN (Ret.)
CDR Bryan McGrath, USN (Ret.)

Panelist

Director of Consulting, Studies and Analysis, a division of Delex Systems, Inc.

(Confirmed)

Bryan McGrath is the Founding Director of Delex Consulting, Studies and Analysis (CSA), a division of Delex Systems, Incorporated, headquartered in Reston, Virginia.  Delex CSA is a niche consultancy, specializing in Defense and National Security issues, including strategy and strategic planning, executive communications, and strategic communications.

A retired Naval Officer, Bryan spent 21 years on active duty including a tour in command of USS Bulkeley (DDG 84), a guided-missile destroyer homeported in Norfolk, Virginia.  His final duties ashore included serving as Team Lead and Primary Author of the U.S. Navy’s 2007 Maritime Strategy; A Cooperative Strategy for 21st Century Seapower.

Bryan earned a BA in History from the University of Virginia, and an MA in Political Science (Congressional Studies) from The Catholic University of America. He is a graduate of the Naval War College. 

LtGen Christopher D. Miller, USAF
LtGen Christopher D. Miller, USAF

Panelist

Deputy Chief of Staff for Strategic Plans and Programs (A8), Headquarters U.S. Air Force

(Confirmed)

Lieutenant General Christopher D. Miller is Deputy Chief of Staff for Strategic Plans and Programs, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C. In support of the Chief of Staff and Secretary of the Air Force, General Miller leads the development and integration of the Air Force’s long-range plans and the five-year, $635 billion U.S. Air Force Future Years Defense Program to ensure Air Force ability to build and employ effective air, space and cyber forces to achieve national defense objectives.

General Miller entered Air Force service as a distinguished graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1980, subsequently earning a master’s degree from Oxford University. His staff assignments include two previous tours at Headquarters U.S. Air Force in international affairs and plans and policy positions; and duty as policy adviser to the U.S. Ambassador to NATO. He was a Military Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations; the Director of Assignments at the Air Force Personnel Center; and Director of Plans, Policy and Strategy for North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command. The general is a command pilot with more than 2,700 flying hours in B-2, B-1 and T-38 aircraft. 

General Miller’s operational assignments include two wing commands, serving as the senior Air Force commander in Afghanistan, responsible for Airmen and aircraft conducting joint and coalition reconstruction and combat operations; and command of America’s only B-2 wing at Whiteman AFB, Mo. He was part of the B-1B initial cadre, and commanded at both squadron and group levels during maturation of the B-1’s global conventional strike capability.

Mr. Ronald O
Mr. Ronald O'Rourke

Panelist

Specialist in National Defense Congressional Research Service; and Author of China Naval Modernization: Implications for U.S. Navy Capabilities

(Confirmed)

Mr. O'Rourke is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the Johns Hopkins University, from which he received his B.A. in international studies, and a valedictorian graduate of the University's Paul Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, where he received his M.A. in the same field.

Since 1984, Mr. O'Rourke has worked as a naval analyst for the Congressional Research Service of the Library of Congress. He has written numerous reports for Congress on various issues relating to the Navy. He regularly briefs Members of Congress and Congressional staffers, and has testified before Congressional committees on several occasions.

In 1996, Mr. O'Rourke received a Distinguished Service Award from the Library of Congress for his service to Congress on naval issues.

Mr. O'Rourke is the author of several journal articles on naval issues, and is a past winner of the U.S. Naval Institute's Arleigh Burke essay contest. He has given presentations on Navy-related issues to a variety of audiences in government, industry and academia.

VADM Robert C. Parker, USCG
VADM Robert C. Parker, USCG

Panelist

Atlantic Area, U. S. Coast Guard; former Director Security and Intelligence, USSOUTHCOM

(Confirmed)

Vice Admiral Robert C. Parker assumed the duties as Commander, Coast Guard Atlantic Area (LANTAREA) in April 2010, where he serves as the operational commander for all U.S. Coast Guard missions within the half of the world that ranges from the Rocky Mountains to the Arabian Gulf and spans across five Coast Guard Districts and 42 states. He concurrently serves as Commander, Defense Force East and provides Coast Guard mission support to the Department of Defense (DOD) and Combatant Commanders.

Before assuming command of LANTAREA, he served as the U.S. Southern Command’s first Director of Security and Intelligence in Miami, Florida. As the first Coast Guard officer to serve as a Director in any DOD command, he directed U.S. military operations and intelligence efforts, and coordinated interagency operations in the Caribbean, and Central and South America.

Vice Admiral Parker was promoted to Flag rank in July 2006 and immediately assigned to serve as the Assistant Commandant for Capabilities in Washington DC, responsible for identifying and providing service-wide capabilities, competencies, and capacities; and for developing staffing and training standards, and for equipping, sustaining, maintaining, and employing Coast Guard forces.

He has over 12 years of sea duty, including 3 commands - USCGC CAPE HEDGE, in Morro Bay, California; USCGC TAHOMA in New Bedford, Massachusetts; and USCGC MELLON in Seattle, Washington – charged with conducting search and rescue operations during the winter crab fishing season in the Bering Sea, counterdrug law enforcement, migrant operations, and fisheries enforcement in the North Pacific, Gulf of Alaska, North Atlantic, Caribbean, and Eastern Pacific.

His assignments ashore have included: Operations Center Duty Officer for the Twelfth Coast Guard District and Pacific Area in Alameda, California; Security Assistance Liaison Officer in Monrovia, Liberia; Professional Development Branch Chief at the Coast Guard Academy; Chief, Pacific Area Operational Forces Branch in Alameda, CA; Chief of Operations, Eleventh Coast Guard District in Alameda, CA; and Chief of Staff, Thirteenth Coast Guard District in Seattle, Washington.

Vice Admiral Parker is a 1979 graduate of the United States Coast Guard Academy. Additionally, he holds a Master of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the United States Naval War College. He also completed a one-year National Security Fellowship at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in 1999.

His awards include a Defense Superior Service Medal, two Legions of Merit, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, four Meritorious Service Medals, the 9-11 Medal, two Coast Guard Commendation Medals, the Coast Guard Achievement Medal and various other personal and unit awards. 

Lt Gen William J. Rew, USAF
Lt Gen William J. Rew, USAF

Panelist

Vice Commander, Air Combat Command

(Confirmed)


Lieutenant General William J. Rew is Vice Commander, Air Combat Command, Langley Air Force Base, VA. He assists the Commander in organizing, training, equipping and maintaining combat-ready forces for rapid deployment and employment while ensuring strategic air defense forces are ready to meet the challenges of peacetime air sovereignty and wartime defense. ACC operates more than 1,000 aircraft, 22 wings, 13 bases, and more than 300 operating locations worldwide with 79,000 active-duty and civilian personnel. When mobilized, the Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve contribute more than 700 aircraft and 49,000 people to ACC. As the Combat Air Forces lead agent, ACC develops strategy, doctrine, concepts, tactics, and procedures for air and space power employment. The command provides conventional and information warfare forces to all unified commands to ensure air, space and information superiority for warfighters and national decision-makers. ACC can also be called upon to assist national agencies with intelligence, surveillance and crisis response capabilities.

General Rew was born in Savannah, Ga. He graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1979, receiving his commission and a Bachelor of Science degree in human factors engineering. He has a broad background of experience flying the F-16 in various operational locations and in operations Southern Watch and Enduring Freedom. He was an instructor at the U.S. Air Force Weapons School, and has served on air, combined, and joint staffs. During the initial major combat operations phase of Operation Iraqi Freedom, he served as the Director of the Combined Air Operations Center at Prince Sultan Air Base, Saudi Arabia. General Rew has commanded at the squadron, group and wing levels. 

MG Robert H. Scales, USA (Ret.)

Moderator

former Commandant, U.S. Army War College, and Author

(Confirmed)

Dr. Robert Scales was appointed President and CEO of Walden University in 2000. In December 2002 he was appointed as President of Capstar Government Services (CGS). Prior to joining the private sector Dr. Scales served over thirty years in the Army, retiring as a Major General. He commanded two units in Vietnam, winning the Silver Star for action during the battles around Dong Ap Bia (Hamburger Hill) during the summer of 1969. Subsequently, he served in command and staff positions in the United States, Germany, and Korea and ended his military career as Commandant of the United States Army War College. He has written and lectured on warfare to academic, government, military, and business groups in the United States, Australia, Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and South America. He is the author of two books on military history: Certain Victory, the official account of the Army in the Gulf War and Firepower in Limited War, a history of the evolution of firepower doctrine since the end of the Korean War. He was the only serving officer to have written books subsequently selected for inclusion in the official reading lists of two services; Certain Victory for the Army and Firepower for the Marine Corps. In addition he is an authority on contemporary and future warfare. Concepts and ideas contained in his writings and studies have significant influenced the course of contemporary modernization and reform within the military. He has written two books on the theory of warfare: Future Warfare, a strategic anthology on America's wars to come and Yellow Smoke: The Future of Land Warfare for America's Military. His latest work, The Iraq War: A Military History, written with Williamson Murray will be published by Harvard University Press in October 2003. He is a frequent commentator and consultant for the major media networks on issues relating to military history and defense policy. He is a graduate of West Point and earned his PhD in history from Duke University.

LTG Jeffrey A. Sorenson, USA (Ret.)
LTG Jeffrey A. Sorenson, USA (Ret.)

Moderator

former Department of the Army Staff's Chief Information Officer/G-6

(Confirmed)

Lieutenant General Jeffrey A. Sorenson’s 37 years of military service culminated with his assignment as the Army Chief Information Officer/G-6 from 2007-2010.  During his three years as the Army CIO/G6, he led the transformation of the network instituting an enterprise approach to information systems, technology and management, greatly expanding warfighting and institutional C4/IT capabilities.

LTG Sorenson has more than 20 years acquisition experience as a certified U.S. Army Materiel Acquisition Manager during which time he successfully developed, procured and delivered over 30 different military systems with different technologies ranging from battlefield intelligence automation systems to tactical intelligence equipment to night vision products and tactical missile systems for aviation, vehicle and individual platforms to large scale enterprise network and tactical communication systems. 

LTG Sorenson graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1973 and commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in Field Artillery.  In addition to a Bachelor of Science degree, Lieutenant General Sorenson holds an M.B.A. from Northwestern University, with concentrations in finance, accounting and decision sciences.  He also is a graduate of the Army War College, the Armed Forces Staff College and the Defense Systems Management College Program Manager and Executive Program Manager courses.  

His awards and decorations include 1998 Army Project Manager of the Year, the Defense Distinguished Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, the Legion of Merit with three oak leaf clusters, the Defense Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the Parachutist Badge, the Ranger Tab, and several other commendations and decorations.           

CAPT Evin Thompson, USN
CAPT Evin Thompson, USN

Panelist

Naval Special Warfare Branch Head, Expeditionary Warfare Division, Navy Staff

(Confirmed)

Captain Evin Thompson is a native of Iowa. He was commissioned in 1982 and completed Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL training with class121 in 1983. He is a qualified Naval Special Warfare Officer and holds the qualification as a Joint Specialty Officer. He is a graduate of the Army Command and General Staff College, and Armed Forces Staff College. He also holds a Masters Degree in Business from Webster University.

CAPT Thompson has served in a variety of Naval Special Warfare and Joint Special Operations assignments. He also served a tour as United Nations Observer in Lebanon which he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize as part of the United Nations Peace Keepers in 1987. He commanded Naval Special Warfare Unit FOUR, Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico, SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team ONE, Pearl Harbor, HI and Naval Special Warfare Group FOUR, Little Creek, VA.

Dr. Linton Wells II, PhD
Dr. Linton Wells II, PhD

Moderator

Director of the Center for Technology and National Security Policy at National Defense University

(Confirmed)

Dr. Linton Wells II is the Director of the Center for Technology and National Security Policy (CTNSP) at National Defense University (NDU). He is also a Distinguished Research Professor and serves as the Transformation Chair. Prior to coming to NDU he served in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) from 1991 to 2007, serving last as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Networks and Information Integration). In addition, he served as the Acting Assistant Secretary and DoD Chief Information Officer for nearly two years. His other OSD positions included Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Command, Control, Communications and Intelligence-C3I) and Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Policy Support) in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Policy).

In twenty-six years of naval service, Dr. Wells served in a variety of surface ships, including command of a destroyer squadron and guided missile destroyer. In addition, he acquired a wide range of experience in operations analysis; Pacific, Indian Ocean and Middle East affairs; and C3I. Recently he has been focusing on STAR-TIDES, a research project focusing on affordable, sustainable support to stressed populations and public-private interoperability.

Dr. Wells graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1967 and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in physics and oceanography. He attended graduate school at The Johns Hopkins University, receiving a Master of Science in Engineering degree in mathematical sciences and a PhD in international relations. He is also a 1983 graduate of the Japanese National Institute for Defense Studies in Tokyo, the first U.S. naval officer to attend there.

Dr. Wells has written widely on security studies in English and Japanese journals. He co-authored Japanese Cruisers of the Pacific War, which was published in 1997 and co-edited Crosscutting Issues in International Transformation, published in 2009. His hobbies include history, the relationship between policy and technology, and scuba diving. He has thrice been awarded the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service. 

The Honorable Dov S. Zakheim, Ph.D.
The Honorable Dov S. Zakheim, Ph.D.

Moderator

Senior Advisor, Center for Strategic and International Studies; Senior Fellow, CNA Corporation: former Comptroller, Department of Defense

(Confirmed)

Dov S. Zakheim is Senior Advisor at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and Senior Fellow at the CNA Corporation. Previously he was Senior Vice President of Booz Allen Hamilton where he led the Firm’s support of U.S. Combatant Commanders worldwide.

From 2001 to April 2004 he was Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) and Chief Financial Officer for the Department of Defense, serving as principal advisor to the Secretary of Defense on financial and budgetary matters, leading over 50,000 staff, developing and managing the world’s largest budgets, and negotiating five major defense agreements with US allies and partners. From 2002-2004 Dr. Zakheim was DOD’s coordinator of civilian programs in Afghanistan. He also helped organize the 2003 New York (UN) and Madrid Donors conferences for Iraq reconstruction.

From 1987 to 2001 he was both corporate vice president of System Planning Corporation, a technology and analysis firm based in Arlington, Va. and chief executive officer of its subsidiary, SPC International Corp. During the 2000 presidential campaign, he served as a senior foreign policy advisor to then-Governor Bush.

From 1985 until March 1987, Dr. Zakheim was Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Planning and Resources in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Policy), playing an active role in the Department's system acquisition, strategic planning, programming and budget processes. Dr. Zakheim held several other DOD posts from 1981 to 1985. Earlier, he was a principal analyst in the National Security and International Affairs Division of the Congressional Budget Office.

Dr. Zakheim serves on numerous government, corporate, non-profit and charitable boards. His membership of government boards and panels includes the United States Commission for the Preservation of America's Heritage Abroad (1991-93); the Task Force on Defense Reform (1997); the Board of Visitors of the Department of Defense Overseas Regional Schools (1998-2001); Defense Science Board task forces on "The Impact of DOD Acquisition Policies on the Health of the Defense Industry" (2000) and “Urgent Operational Needs” (2009) and the Secretary of the Navy’s Advisory Board (2008-2010). He chairs the National Intelligence Council’s International Business Practices Advisory Panel, and is a member of the Commission on Wartime Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan; the Chief of Naval Operations Executive Panel; the Council on Foreign Relations; and the International Institute for Strategic Studies. He is a Senior Fellow of the Defense Business Board, on which he served from 2004-2010, and which he helped establish.

A 1970 graduate of Columbia University with a B.A., summa cum laude, Dr. Zakheim also studied at the London School of Economics. He holds a doctorate in economics and politics at St. Antony's College, University of Oxford. Dr. Zakheim was an adjunct Senior Fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations and an adjunct Scholar of the Heritage Foundation. He has been an adjunct professor at the National War College, Yeshiva University, Columbia University and Trinity College, Hartford, CT, where he was Presidential Scholar. The author of a dozen books or monographs, and of numerous articles, Dr. Zakheim has lectured and provided print, radio and television commentary on national security policy issues domestically and internationally. He is the recipient of numerous awards for his government, professional and civic work, including the Defense Department’s highest civilian award in 1986, 1987 and 2004.

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