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2014 WEST Conference


Mark your calendars - West 2014 will be held 11-13 February at the San Diego Convention Center.

WEST 2014 is the largest event on the West Coast for the Sea Services and the contractors that support them. Senior leaders, including the three Sea Service Chiefs, will address “The New Maritime Strategy: How Do We Make It Work?” The timing of WEST 2014 gives active duty U.S. and allied military, government, industry and academia decision-makers the opportunity to engage on multiple levels to discuss the ways, means and ends of the new strategy. Now in its 22nd year, WEST 2014 is co-sponsored by the U.S. Naval Institute and AFCEA International, both non-profit, non-lobbying membership associations. Registration is free for military and government.

About the Co-Sponsors:

AFCEA International

AFCEA International, established in 1946, is a non-profit organization serving its members by providing a forum for the ethical exchange of information, and dedicated to increasing knowledge through the exploration of issues relevant to its members in information technology, communications and electronics for the defense, homeland security and intelligence communities. www.afcea.org, (800) 336-4583, ext. 6158 or (703) 631-6158

The U.S. Naval Institute
The U.S. Naval Institute is the Nation’s premier independent forum for critical thinking on issues of defense. Its books, Proceedings and Naval History magazines, professional conferences and other initiatives help service members and fellow citizens better understand modern security dilemmas. www.usni.org, (800) 233-8764

 


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Exhibit Questions: Contact west@jspargo.com

 

Embassy Suites San Diego Bay Hotel
Embassy Suites San Diego Bay Hotel

601 Pacific Highway
San Diego, CA

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Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel
Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel

1 Park Blvd.
San Diego, CA

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Hilton San Diego Gaslamp Quarter Hotel
Hilton San Diego Gaslamp Quarter Hotel

401 K St.
San Diego, CA

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Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego Hotel
Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego Hotel

1 Market Pl.
San Diego, CA

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Omni San Diego Hotel
Omni San Diego Hotel

675 L St.
San Diego, CA

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San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina Hotel
San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina Hotel

333 West Harbor Dr.
San Diego, CA

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The Sofia Hotel
The Sofia Hotel

150 West Broadway
San Diego, CA

To make hotel reservations please click here. 

 


Change/Cancellation Policy:

All reservation changes must be made online or submitted in writing to westhousing@jspargo.com via the Housing Center by 12:00pm EST Friday, January 17, 2014. After 12:00pm EST, Friday, January 17, 2014 you must contact the hotel directly. All cancellations must be received, three days (72 hours) prior to your scheduled check-in date.

Please Note: Please be sure to verify your arrival date.  If you do not arrive on your confirmed arrival date, your room will not be held for the remainder of your stay; and you will be assessed a fee equal to one night's room and tax. Government ID is required at check-in for government-rated rooms. Government rates are based on the prevailing government per diem rate and are subject to change.


Questions?
AFCEA West Housing Center
11208 Waples Mill Road, Suite 112
Fairfax, VA 22030
Toll-Free: (888) 273-5706

Phone: (703) 449-6418

Fax: (703) 574-8332
E-mail: westhousing@jspargo.com

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General Registration Information

For attendee registration please click here to register.

Registration Fees

Government/Military/Federally Reimbursed Contractors

(Includes all three days except luncheons and reception; meals available for separate purchase, see below)

FREE

  

Small Business Member

(Defined as employees of companies meeting SBA size standards/Includes all 3 days, luncheons and revception)

$275.

  

Industry Member

(Includes all three days, luncheons and reception)

$345.

  

Industry Non-Member

(Includes all three days, luncheons and reception)

$445.

  

Exhibit Hall Only Pass

FREE

 

Meal Ticket Fees

Government/Military/Federally Reimbursed Contractors

$20.

  

Small Business Member

$75.

  

Industry Member

$75.

  

Industry Non-Member

$75.

  

Member Registration Discounts
Please note that you must be an active AFCEA individual member or designated associate member of an AFCEA corporate member company, or a U.S. Naval Institute member, to receive the member rate for conference registration. If you sign up for the member rate and do not meet the criteria, you will be charged the correct rate.

Need to Verify Current Membership Status?
Would You Like to Join AFCEA Today?

Contact AFCEA Customer Service at (800) 336-4583, ext. 6158,
(703) 631-6158, E-mail or go to www.afcea.org/membership.

For U.S. Naval Institute...

Contact U.S. Naval Institute Member Services at (800) 233-8764
Email – E-mail or go to http://www.usni.org/membership

Cancellation Policy
Refunds must be requested in writing and received no later than January 31, 2014. Written cancellations received by that date will be refunded in full. Substitutions are welcome. No shows will be invoiced for all conference fees.

For registration questions or to request a refund, please contact:

AFCEA/USNI West 2014 Registration Center
11208 Waples Mill Road, Suite 112
Fairfax, VA 22030
Phone: 703-449-6418
Fax: 703-631-7258
Email: westregistration@jspargo.com

 

Media Registration
For media registration, please Click here or contact Tobey Jackson by Email or (703) 631-6189


 

Printer Friendly Schedule

Tuesday, February 11, 2014
TimeTitle
8:30AM - 9:30AMMorning Keynote
9:30AM - 10:00AMExhibit Break
10:00AM - 11:15AMWhat Does the U.S. Experience in Afghanistan Teach Us about the Future?
11:15AM - 12:00PMExhibit Break
12:00PM - 1:30PMLuncheon Keynote
1:30PM - 2:30PMExhibit Break
2:30PM - 3:30PMJoint Strike Fighter: What Do the Pilots Who Are Flying It Today Have to Say?
3:15PM - 4:00PMExhibit Break 
3:45PM - 5:00PM"Best of the Best: What Will It Take to Keep Them?"
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
TimeTitle
8:30AM - 9:45AMInformation Dominance Rountable
  • Moderator: Mr. David M. Wennergren, Vice President, Enterprise Technologies and Services, CACI and former Assistant Deputy Chief Management Officer, Department of Defense (Confirmed)
9:30AM - 10:00AMExhibit Break
10:00AM - 11:15AMHow are the Senior Operators Going to Execute the Strategy?
11:15AM - 12:00PMExhibit Break
12:00PM - 1:30PMLuncheon Keynote
1:30PM - 2:15PMExhibit Break
2:30PM - 3:45PMHow Do We Regain the Skills for the High End War Fight?
3:15PM - 4:00PMExhibit Break
Thursday, February 13, 2014
TimeTitle
8:30AM - 9:45AMWhat Are the Industrial Base Issues That Need to be Considered in any Strategy?
  • Moderator: Mr. Alfred Grasso, President and CEO, the MITRE Corporation (Confirmed)
    • Panelist: Ms. Ellen Lord, President and CEO, Textron Systems Corporation (Confirmed)
    • Panelist: Mr. Jeffrey T. Napoliello, Vice President, Strategy and Business Development, Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Training (Confirmed)
    • Panelist: Mr. Mike Petters, CEO and President, Huntington Ingalls Industries (Confirmed)
9:45AM - 10:00AMExhibit Break
10:00AM - 11:15AMWhat About China?
  • Moderator: RADM James G. Foggo III, USN, Assistant Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Operations, Plans and Strategy, N3/N5) (Confirmed)
    • Panelist: CAPT David A. Adams, USN, Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet (Confirmed)
    • Panelist: CAPT Stuart Belt, USN, Deputy Assistant Judge Advocate General (International and Operations Law), Office of the Judge Advocate General (Confirmed)
    • Panelist: CAPT James Fanell, USN, Director of Intelligence and Information Operations, U.S. Pacific Fleet (Confirmed)
    • Panelist: Dr. James R. Holmes, Professor, Strategy and Policy, U.S. Naval War College and co-author Red Star over the Pacific (Confirmed)
    • Panelist: CAPT Dale Rielage, USN, Director, Navy Asia Pacific Advisory Group (Confirmed)
11:15AM - 12:00PMExhibit Break
12:00PM - 2:00PMLuncheon Town Hall:  What Do the Sea Service Leaders Want to See in a New Maritime Strategy?

Gen James F. Amos, USMC
Gen James F. Amos, USMC

Keynote

Commandant of the Marine Corps

(Confirmed)

On October 22, 2010 General James F. Amos assumed the duties of Commandant of the Marine Corps. A graduate of the University of Idaho, General Amos has held command at all levels from Lieutenant Colonel to Lieutenant General. 

General Amos’ command tours have included: Marine Wing Support Squadron 173 from 1985-1986; Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 312 – attached to Carrier Air Wing 8 onboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) – from 1991-1993; Marine Aircraft Group 31 from 1996-1998; 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing in combat during Operations IRAQI FREEDOM I and II from 2002-2004; II Marine Expeditionary Force from 2004-2006; and Commanding General, Marine Corps Combat Development Command and Deputy Commandant, Combat Development and Integration from 2006 to 2008. Additional operational tours have included Marine Fighter Attack Squadrons 212, 235, 232, and 122.  

General Amos’ staff assignments include tours with Marine Aircraft Groups 15 and 31, the III Marine Amphibious Force, Training Squadron Seven, The Basic School, and with the MAGTF Staff Training Program. Additionally, he was assigned to NATO as Deputy Commander, Naval Striking Forces, Southern Europe, Naples Italy where he commanded NATO’s Kosovo Verification Center, and later served as Chief of Staff, U.S. Joint Task Force Noble Anvil during the air campaign over Serbia. Transferred in 2000 to the Pentagon, he was assigned as Assistant Deputy Commandant for Aviation. Reassigned in December 2001, General Amos served as the Assistant Deputy Commandant for Plans, Policies and Operations, Headquarters, Marine Corps. From 2008-2010 General Amos served as the 31st Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps.

ADM Mark E. Ferguson III, USN
ADM Mark E. Ferguson III, USN

Keynote

Vice Chief of Naval Operations

(Confirmed)

Following graduation from the U.S. Naval Academy with the Class of 1978, Adm. Ferguson completed nuclear power training prior to entering the fleet as a surface warfare officer.

His afloat assignments include service on board USS South Carolina (CGN 37), USS Fife (DD 991) and USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). He commanded the USS Benfold (DDG 65) and Destroyer Squadron 18.

In addition to various staff assignments, he served as a Special Assistant to the Supreme Allied Commander, Europe, in Mons, Belgium. He has also served as the assistant commander, Navy Personnel Command, chief of legislative affairs, and chief of naval personnel.

Ferguson holds a master's degree in computer science from the Naval Postgraduate School and completed a National Security Fellowship at the Harvard Kennedy School. His awards include the Navy Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal, and various unit and campaign awards.

 

Ms. Christine Fox
Ms. Christine Fox

Keynote

Acting Deputy Secretary of Defense

(Confirmed)

Christine H. Fox was appointed by President Obama as Acting Deputy Secretary of Defense on December 5, 2013. With her appointment, Ms. Fox becomes the highest-ranking female official in history to serve in the Department of Defense.

Ms. Fox most recently served as a Senior Advisor to the National Security Analysis Department at The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) from August 2013 through November 2013.

Prior to joining APL, Ms. Fox served as the Director, Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. She was appointed to that position in November 2009. A Presidential appointee confirmed by the United States Senate, Ms. Fox served as the principal staff assistant to the Secretary of Defense for analyzing and evaluating plans, programs, and budgets in relation to U.S. defense objectives and resource constraints.

Ms. Fox possesses three decades of experience as an analyst and research manager focusing on defense issues, with a special emphasis on operations. She formerly served as the President of the Center for Naval Analyses (CNA), a Federally Funded Research and Development Center, and as the scientific analyst to the Chief of Naval Operations. Prior to her appointment as President of CNA, Ms. Fox was the Vice President and Director of CNA’s Operations Evaluation Group, responsible for approximately 85 field representatives focused on helping operational commanders execute their missions. She oversaw CNA’s analysis of real-world operations, including the operations in Bosnia and Kosovo in the 1990s, operations in Afghanistan immediately following the September 11th attacks, and the operation in Iraq in early 2003.

Ms. Fox served as a member of NASA’s Return to Flight Task Group, chartered by the NASA Administrator to certify the recommendations made by the Columbia Accident Investigation Board. She was also a member of the Advisory Board of the Applied Physics Laboratory, University of Washington from 2007 until 2009.

Ms. Fox holds an M.S. in Applied Mathematics, George Mason University, and a B.S. in Mathematics, George Mason University.

ADM William E. Gortney, USN
ADM William E. Gortney, USN

Keynote

Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command

(Confirmed)

Admiral Gortney graduated from Elon College in North Carolina, earning a Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science in 1977. He entered the Navy as an aviation officer candidate, received his commission in the United States Naval Reserve in September 1977, and earned his wings of gold in December 1978.

Gortney commanded on three occasions in the U.S. Central Command area of operations supporting Maritime Security Operations and combat operations for Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom (OIF). These include U.S. Naval Central Command / U.S. 5th Fleet / Combined Maritime Forces, NSA Bahrain, 2008-2010; Carrier Strike Group 10, onboard USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), 2007-2008; and Carrier Air Wing 7, onboard USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67), 2002-2003. Additional command tours include Strike//Fighter (VFA) Squadron 106, the East Coast FA-18 Fleet Replacement Squadron, Naval Air Station (NAS) Cecil Field, Fla., 1996-1997; and VFA-15, 1994-1995, onboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71).

Fleet assignments include Attack (VA) Squadron 82, 1981-1984, onboard USS Nimitz (CVN 68); VFA-87, 1988-1990, onboard USS Theodore Roosevelt; Executive Officer, VFA-132, 1991-1992, onboard USS Forrestal (CV 59); executive officer, VFA-15, 1992-1994, onboard USS Theodore Roosevelt; and deputy commander, Carrier Air Wing Seven, onboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69).

Overseas assignments include deputy for Current Operations, Joint Task Force Southwest Asia, Eskan Village, Saudi Arabia, 1999; chief, Naval and Amphibious Liaison Element to the Combined Forces Air Component Commander, U.S. Central Command, for the opening months of OIF at Prince Sultan Air Base, Saudi Arabia; and chief of staff, Commander U.S. Naval Forces Central Command / U.S. 5th Fleet, Naval Supply Activity Bahrain, 2003-2004.

Shore assignments include Training (VT) Squadron 26, NAS Beeville, Texas, 1978-1980; VFA-125, NAS Lemoore, Calif., 1984-1988; aide and flag lieutenant to the Assistant Chief of Naval Operations (Air Warfare), Washington D.C., 1990-1991; Joint Staff, J-33 Joint Operations Department U.S. Central Command Division, 1998-1999. He is a 1996 graduate of the Naval War College, earning a Master of Arts in International Security Affairs. His first flag tour was as the deputy chief of Staff for Global Force Management and Joint Operations, Fleet Forces Command, Norfolk, Va., 2004-2006. His last assignment was as director, Joint Staff, 2010-2012.

Gortney has flown over 5,360 mishap free flight hours and 1,265 carrier-arrested landings, primarily in the A-7E Corsair II and the FA-18 Hornet. He is authorized to wear the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Navy Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (four awards), Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), Air Medal (three awards: Gold Numeral One, two Strike/Flight), Defense Commendation Medal (three awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Sea Service Ribbon (8 awards), and the Overseas Service Ribbon (2 awards).

ADM Harry B. Harris Jr., USN
ADM Harry B. Harris Jr., USN

Keynote

Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet

(Confirmed)

Admiral Harris was born in Japan and raised in Tennessee and Florida. Following graduation from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1978 and designation as a naval flight officer, he was assigned to VP-44. His subsequent operational tours include tactical action officer aboard USS Saratoga (CV 60); operations officer in VP-4 at Barbers Point, Hawaii; three tours with Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 1 at Kami Seya, Japan; Director of Operations for U.S. 5th Fleet at Manama, Bahrain; and Director of Operations for U.S. Southern Command.

Harris commanded VP-46, Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 1, Joint Task Force-Guantanamo, the U.S. 6th Fleet, and Striking and Support Forces NATO.

Harris has served in every geographic combatant command region, and participated in the following major operations: S.S. Achille Lauro terrorist hijacking incident, Attain Document III (Libya, 1986), Earnest Will (Kuwaiti reflagged tanker ops, 1987-88), Desert Shield/Desert Storm, Southern Watch, Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom, Willing Spirit (Colombia hostage rescue, 2006-7), and Odyssey Dawn (Libya, 2011). For Odyssey Dawn, he served as the Joint Force Maritime Component Commander afloat.

Harris’ graduate education focused on East Asia security. He attended Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service, and Oxford University. He was a MIT Seminar 21 fellow.

Harris’ staff assignments include aide to Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Japan; chief speechwriter for the Chairman of the JCS; and three tours on the Navy Staff, including as an action officer in the Strategic Concepts Branch, director for the current operations and anti-terrorism/force protection division, and Deputy CNO for Communication Networks (OPNAV N6).

In October 2011, he was assigned as the Assistant to the Chairman of the JCS where he served as the Chairman’s direct representative to the Secretary of State and as the U.S. roadmap monitor for the Mid-East Peace Process.

Harris was promoted to Admiral and assumed command of the U.S. Pacific Fleet in October 2013.

Harris has logged 4,400 flight hours, including more than 400 combat hours, in maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft. His personal decorations include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Distinguished Service Medal (two awards), Defense Superior Service Medal (three  awards), Legion of Merit (three  awards), the Bronze Star (two awards), the Air Medal (one strike/flight), and the State Department’s Distinguished Honor Award. He is a recipient of the Navy League’s Stephen Decatur and the Who’s Who in Asian American Communities’ Spirit awards.

ADM Robert J. Papp, Jr. USCG
ADM Robert J. Papp, Jr. USCG

Keynote

Commandant, U.S. Coast Guard

(Confirmed)

Admiral Robert J. Papp, Jr. assumed the duties of the 24th Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard on May 25, 2010. He leads the largest component of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), comprised of 42,000 active duty, 8,200 Reserve, 8,000 civilian and 31,000 volunteer Auxiliarists.

 

The Coast Guard is “Semper Paratus” – Always Ready – to use its distinctive blend of military, humanitarian and law enforcement capabilities to save lives and property at sea, protect and maintain our ports and maritime transportation system, secure our borders, respond to natural disasters, protect our marine environment and defend our Nation. The Coast Guard is also America’s oldest continuous seagoing service and one of the Nation’s five armed services. We trace our history back to August 4th, 1790, when the first Congress authorized the construction of ten vessels to enforce tariff and trade laws and to prevent smuggling. Our people are committed to the Coast Guard’s core values of Honor, Respect and Devotion to Duty.

 

As a flag officer, Admiral Papp served as Commander, Coast Guard Atlantic Area, where he was operational commander for all U.S. Coast Guard missions within the eastern half of the world and provided support to the Department of Defense; as the Chief of Staff of the Coast Guard and Commanding Officer of Coast Guard Headquarters; as Commander, Ninth Coast Guard District, with responsibilities for Coast Guard missions on the Great Lakes and Northern Border; and as Director of Reserve and Training where he was responsible for managing and supporting 13,000 Coast Guard Ready Reservists and all Coast Guard Training Centers.

 

Admiral Papp has served in six Coast Guard Cutters, commanding four of them: RED BEECH, PAPAW, FORWARD, and the training barque EAGLE. He also served as commander of a task unit during Operation ABLE MANNER off the coast of Haiti in 1994, enforcing United Nations Sanctions. Additionally, his task unit augmented U.S. Naval Forces during Operation UPHOLD DEMOCRACY.

 

He is a 1975 graduate of the United States Coast Guard Academy. Additionally, he holds a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the United States Naval War College and a Master of Science in Management from Salve Regina College.

 

Admiral Papp is the 13th Gold Ancient Mariner of the Coast Guard. The Gold Ancient Mariner is an honorary position held by an officer with over ten years of cumulative sea duty who has held the qualification as a Cutterman longer than any other officer. 

 

CAPT David A. Adams, USN
CAPT David A. Adams, USN

Panelist

Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet

(Confirmed)

Captain Adams is Director, Captain’s Initiatives Group, US SEVENTH FLEET. He is the son of Army Sergeant Major, enlisted in the Navy in 1985, and was commissioned through the Nuclear Enlisted Commissioning Program in 1991 after earning a Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

Captain Adams served and deployed on the USS Tennessee (SSBN 734B), USS Santa Fe (SSN 763), and USS Honolulu (SSN 718). From January 2007 to April 2008, he commanded the Joint Provincial Reconstruction Team Khost, Afghanistan that was recognized by the Secretary of Defense as “a model” of counterinsurgency success during his tour and the team earned an Army Meritorious Unit Commendation for their service.

Captain Adams commanded USS Santa Fe (SSN 763) from January 2010 to November 2012, completing a highly successful Western Pacific Deployment for which the crew was recognized with a Navy Unit Commendation and received the highly coveted 2011 Submarine Squadron Seven Battle Efficiency Award.

Ashore he served as an Associate Fellow on the CNO’s Strategic Studies Group, as Aide to Deputy Captain, Fleet Forces Command, and as a Special Assistant to the Chief of Naval Operations and the Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Captain Adams is a graduate of the Royal Navy’s “Perisher” Submarine Command Course. He earned his Masters in Strategic Planning with highest academic achievement from Naval Postgraduate School. His essays have merited the prestigious Vincent Astor, Colin Powell, Arleigh Burke (2) and Alfred Thayer Mahan Awards.

Captain Adams’ decorations include the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal (3) and Combat Action Ribbon.

Gen John R. Allen, USMC (Ret.)
Gen John R. Allen, USMC (Ret.)

Panelist

former Commander, International Security Assistance Force and U.S. Forces Afghanistan

(Confirmed)

General John R. Allen assumed his duties as the Commander, International Security Assistance Force - Afghanistan and United States Forces - Afghanistan on 18 July 2011.

Following commissioning, he attended The Basic School and was assigned to Second Battalion, 8th Marines where he served as a platoon and rifle company commander. His next tour took him to Marine Barracks 8th and I, Washington D.C. where he served at the Marine Corps Institute and as a ceremonial officer. General Allen then attended, and was the Distinguished Graduate of the Postgraduate Intelligence Program of the Defense Intelligence College. He would serve subsequently as the Marine Corps Fellow to the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). He was the first Marine Corps officer inducted as a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Returning to the Fleet Marine Force in 1985, he commanded rifle and weapons companies and served as the operations officer of Third Battalion, 4th Marines. During this period he received the Leftwich Leadership Trophy. In 1988, General Allen reported to the Naval Academy where he taught in the Political Science Department and also served as the Jump Officer and Jump Master of the Academy. In 1990, he received the William P. Clements Award as military instructor of the year.

General Allen reported to The Basic School as the Director of the Infantry Officer Course from 1990-1992 and was subsequently selected as a Commandant of the Marine Corps Fellow, serving as a special assistant on the staffs of the 30th Commandant and the Commanding General, Marine Corps Combat Development Command. In 1994, he served as Division G-3 Operations Officer for the Second Marine Division and subsequently assumed command of Second Battalion, 4th Marines; re-designated as Second Battalion, 6th Marines. This unit served with JTF 160 in Operation SEA SIGNAL during Caribbean contingency operations in 1994, and as part of the Landing Force of the 6th Fleet in Operation JOINT ENDEAVOR during Balkans contingency operations in 1995-1996.

Following battalion command, General Allen reported as the Senior Aide de Camp to the 31st Commandant of the Marine Corps, ultimately serving as his Military Secretary. He commanded The Basic School from 1999 to 2001, when he was selected in April 2001 to return to the Naval Academy as the Deputy Commandant. General Allen became the 79th Commandant of Midshipmen in January 2002, the first Marine Corps officer to serve in this position at the Naval Academy.

General Allen's first tour as a General Officer was as the Principal Director, Asian and Pacific Affairs in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, a position he occupied for nearly three years. From 2006-2008, General Allen served as Deputy Commanding General, II Marine Expeditionary Force (MEF) and Commanding General, 2d Marine Expeditionary Brigade, deploying to Iraq for OIF 06-08, serving as the Deputy Commanding General of Multinational Force - West (MNF-W) and II MEF (Forward) in the Al Anbar Province. General Allen's most recent tour as a General Officer was as the Deputy Commander, U.S. Central Command, a position he held from July 2008 - June 2011.

General Allen graduated with military honors from the Naval Academy with the Class of 1976, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Operations Analysis. He is a 1998 Distinguished Graduate of the National War College. He holds a Master of Arts degree in National Security Studies from Georgetown University, a Master of Science degree in Strategic Intelligence from the Defense Intelligence College, and a Master of Science degree in National Security Strategy from the National War College. Personal decorations include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal, and the Legion of Merit with three Gold Stars in lieu of four awards.

Foreign awards include the Mongolian Meritorious Service Medal, First Class; the Gold Medal of the Polish Armed Forces; the Polish Afghan Star Medal; and the Taiwan Order of the Resplendent Banner with Special Cravat

CDR Luke Barradell, USN
CDR Luke Barradell, USN

Panelist

Officer-in-Charge, Fleet Integration Team and Operations Officer, Carrier Air Group ELEVEN (CVW-11)

(Confirmed)

Commander Luke Barradell graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1996 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering.  After earning his Naval Flight Officer wings of gold in May 1998, he reported to the “Grim Reapers” of VF-101 at NAS Oceana for Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) and Radar Intercept Officer training in the F-14 Tomcat.

CDR Barradell’s first operational tour was with the “Tomcatters” of VF-31 from 1999-2001 where he deployed on the USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72) in support of Operation SOUTHERN WATCH.  During this tour, he served in various positions including Legal, Maintenance Branch & Division, Reconnaissance and Quality Assurance Officer.  In 2001, he was selected in the first wave of the re-instated NFO-TO-PILOT program.  After earning his Aviator wings of gold in August 2003, he reported back to VF-101 for pilot training in the F-14 Tomcat.

His second operational tour was with the “Black Lions” of VF-213 from 2004-2007 where he deployed on the USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN-71) for the “Tomcat Sundown” in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM.  During this tour, he served as a Division, Assistant Operations and Safety Officer.  Following this deployment, he transitioned the “Black Lions” to   VFA-213 flying the first Actively Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) F/A-18F Super Hornets.

Reporting back to the “Tomcatters” of VFA-31 from 2007-2009 flying the F/A-18E, he was assigned to all four departments, as Safety, Administration, Maintenance and Operations Officer.  As the Maintenance Officer, he led the “Tomcatters” through a combat deployment on the USS THEODORE ROSSEVELT (CVN-71) in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, earning the 2009 Atlantic Fleet Battle “E” and RADM C. Wade McClusky Awards.

From July of 2010 until December 2013, he was assigned to the F-35C Fleet Integration Team based at Eglin AFB.  While serving as Assistant and then Officer-In-Charge, he was tasked with all aspects of introducing the F-35C Lightning II aircraft Navy wide.  His long view efforts helped re-activate the “Grim Reapers” of VFA-101, and brought operational F-35C Fleet Replacement Squadron pilot and maintenance training to life.

CDR Barradell is currently assigned as the Carrier Air Wing ELEVEN Operations Officer.  His awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Strike/Flight Air Medal (4), Navy Commendation Medal (2), Navy Achievement Medal and numerous unit and campaign medals. 

 

RADM Paul B. Becker, USN
RADM Paul B. Becker, USN

Panelist

Director for Intelligence (J2), Joint Chiefs of Staff

(Confirmed)

Rear Adm. Becker has been the Director for Intelligence (J2) on the Joint Chiefs of Staff since September 2013. Previous flag assignments include Director for Intelligence with United States Pacific Command in Hawaii, Vice Director of Intelligence for the Joint Chiefs of Staff in Washington, D.C., and Director of Intelligence for the International Security Assistance Force Joint Command in Afghanistan.

Born in New York City in 1961, he is a graduate of Long Island’s Deer Park High School and commissioned an intelligence officer upon graduation from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1983. Significant afloat assignments include intelligence officer with Attack Squadron 35 (A6E/Intruder) aboard USS Nimitz (CVN 68), temporary assignment aboard battleship, USS Iowa (BB 61), intelligence operations officer for the United States 6th Fleet aboard cruiser, USS Belknap (CG 26) and N2 with Carrier Strike Group 7 aboard USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74).

Shore assignments include: analyst at the Chief of Naval Operations Intelligence Plot; flag aide to the director of Naval Intelligence; intelligence branch/assignments officer at the Bureau of Personnel; Federal Executive Fellow at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy; the American Embassy in Paris as the assistant U.S. Naval Attaché; temporary assignment with the American Embassy in Skopje, Macedonia as the assistant Defense Attaché (during Operation Allied Force), and the director of Operations at the Joint Intelligence Center Pacific, Hawaii.

In addition to service in Afghanistan from 2009 to 2010, his duty with U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) since 9/11 includes: Commanding Officer of CENTCOM’s Joint Intelligence Center in Tampa, Fla., from 2007 to 2009; Director of Intelligence (N2) for U.S. Naval Forces Central Command in Bahrain from 2005 to 2007; Intelligence Watch Officer in the Combined Air Operations Center at Prince Sultan Air Base in Saudi Arabia in 2003 during early Iraqi Freedom operations; and, N2 for the U.S. Navy’s Task Force 50 in the Northern Arabian Sea from 2001 to 2002 during early Enduring Freedom operations.

Becker holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government (2001), and diplomas from the Defense Language Institute (1991), the Naval Command and Staff College (1993), and Armed Forces Staff College (1996).

Becker is the recipient of the National Military Intelligence Association’s Rufus Taylor Award for Leadership, the U.S. Army’s Knowlton Award for Military Intelligence and the Office of Naval Intelligence’s Edwin Layton Award for Leadership. He has authored several articles on military intelligence and leadership that have been published in Proceedings, Naval Intelligence Professionals Quarterly, Vanguard and Jewish War Veterans magazines.

 

CAPT Stuart Belt, USN
CAPT Stuart Belt, USN

Panelist

Deputy Assistant Judge Advocate General (International and Operations Law), Office of the Judge Advocate General

(Confirmed)

Captain Stuart Belt currently serves as the Deputy Assistant Judge Advocate General, U.S. Navy, for international and operational law.  In that position, he provides advice to senior leaders of the U.S. Navy on matters related to international agreements, law of the sea, national security law and law of armed conflict. 

Prior to his current position, he was assigned as Fleet Judge Advocate for Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet (CPF) in Honolulu Hawaii.  During that tour, he deployed to Japan in support of Operation Tomodachi as the senior legal advisor to Commander, Joint Support Force, Japan.  CAPT Belt has also served as Commanding Officer of Region Legal Service Office, Japan, and was a Deputy Staff Judge Advocate at U.S. Pacific Command, where he participated in Military Maritime Consultative Agreement (MMCA) talks with China. 

Captain Belt is a member of the Kentucky Bar.  He graduated in 1989 with a Juris Doctor degree from Northern Kentucky University, Salmon P. Chase College of Law and in 2000, he graduated from George Washington University School of Law with a Master of Laws in International and Comparative Law. 

 

VADM Ted N. Branch, USN
VADM Ted N. Branch, USN

Panelist

Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Dominance, N2/N6, and Director of Naval Intelligence

(Confirmed)

Vice Admiral Branch, a native of Long Beach, Miss., graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1979 and earned a master’s degree in International Relations from the Naval War College in Newport, R.I.

A naval aviator, his operational assignments include Light Attack Squadrons 15 and 37, USS Forrestal (CV 59), and Strike Fighter Squadron 37. He served as executive and commanding officer of Strike Fighter Squadron 15, executive officer in USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), commanding officer in USS Coronado (AGF 11) and USS Nimitz (CVN 68), and commander of Carrier Strike Group One/Carl Vinson Strike Group. During those tours, Branch deployed with both the Atlantic and Pacific Fleets and has logged combat time in A7s and F18s over Grenada, Lebanon, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Iraq. He participated in Operations Urgent Fury, Earnest Will, Southern Watch, Deliberate Force, Iraqi Freedom, and led the initial Navy efforts for Haiti earthquake relief in Operation Unified Response.

Ashore, Branch has served as an instructor in the A7 and F18 Fleet Replacement Squadrons, the Joint Staff in Washington, completed Navy Nuclear Power Training, served as executive assistant to the Commander U.S. Pacific Fleet, Director of Operations and Plans (N31) on the Chief of Naval Operations staff in Washington, and Commander of Naval Air Force Atlantic. He was appointed to the rank of Vice Admiral in July 2013 as he assumed office as Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Dominance, and the 65th Director of Naval Intelligence.

Branch's decorations include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Strike Flight Air Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Combat “V”, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and various unit and campaign awards.

 

LCDR Michael Burks, USN
LCDR Michael Burks, USN

Panelist

F-35 ITF Operations Officer, VX-23

(Confirmed)

Lieutenant Commander Michael Burks graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1998 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Aeronautical Engineering.  After earning his wings of gold in February 2000, he reported to the “Grim Reapers” of VF-101 at NAS Oceana for training in the F-14 Tomcat.   

LCDR Burks’ first operational tour was with the “Red Rippers” of VF-11 from 2001-2004 where he twice deployed.  First on the USS JOHN F. KENNEDY (CV-67) in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM and second on the USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN-73) in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM.  During this tour he served in various positions including Schedules Officer, Readiness Officer, and Air-to-Air WTO and qualified as a FAC(A).

In 2004 LCDR Burks was selected to attend the U.S. Navy Test Pilot School (Class 127).  After graduation he received orders to VX-23 where he led more than 40 developmental test projects.  His test and evaluation efforts included: flying qualities and performance of the F/A-18G, F/A-18 weapons separation, F/A-18 and T-45 carrier suitability.            

During his test tour, LCDR Burks earned a Master of Science in Systems Engineering from Johns Hopkins University.  Before reporting for department head duty, he attended the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth, KS.

LCDR Burks reported to the “Bounty Hunters” of VFA-2 in 2009.  His assignments included Administration Officer, Operations Officer and Maintenance Officer.  As the Operations Officer he led the Bounty Hunters through a demanding workup cycle and combat deployment on the USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72) in support of Operations ENDURING FREEDOM and NEW DAWN, earning the 2011 Pacific Fleet Battle “E” and RADM C. Wade McClusky Awards.

LCDR Burks is currently assigned as an F-35 test pilot at VX-23 in Patuxent River, MD.  As the Operations Officer for the F-35 Integrated Test Force he is responsible for the operations of nine unique F-35B/C developmental test aircraft and a diverse test team of over 900 personnel.

LCDR Burks’ awards include the Strike/Flight Air Medal (2), Navy Commendation Medal (2), Navy Achievement Medal (2) and numerous unit and campaign medals.  LCDR Burks has accumulated over 2900 total flight hours and piloted more than 30 different aircraft.  He has flown 65 combat sorties, amassing over 340 combat hours and 550 carrier arrested landings.

CAPT David C. Burton, USMC
CAPT David C. Burton, USMC

Panelist

Assistant Operations Officer, 9th Communication Battalion

(Confirmed)

Captain David C. Burton was born in Dallas, Texas.  His father is a Marine and his wife is a prior Navy, and now civilian Nurse.  He attended The Ohio State University where he received his commission from the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) in August 2005.  He earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a focus on Management Information Systems.

Captain Burton graduated from The Basic School in June of 2006 where he received assignment as a communications officer.  He attended Basic Communications Officer’s Course from July-Dec of 2006.  Afterward, he was assigned to the 2D Marine Logistics Group for immediate assignment as the Combat Logistics Battalion 8 (CLB-8) S-6 officer.

In August 2007, Captain Burton deployed to Camp Fallujah as the Battalion Communication Officer for CLB-8 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom 06-08.2.  Upon return from Iraq in March 2008, Captain Burton was assigned as the Headquarters Company Commander in addition to his responsibility as the S-6.  When the regiment received orders to deploy as well, Captain Burton was transferred to Combat Logistics Regiment 2 for assignment as the Regimental Communications Officer.

In March 2009, Captain Burton deployed to Helmand Province, Afghanistan as the S-6 for the Landing Force Shore Party, 2D MEB.  He planned and supervised the installation and operation of the initial communications architecture for 2D Marine Expeditionary Brigade for a period of 2 months.  In May, he transitioned back to CLR-2 where he resumed duties as the Regimental Communications Officer.  He redeployed with CLR-2 in March 2010 and executed PCS orders in June to Quantico Virginia for assignment as an instructor at Communications School.

During his time at Communications School, Captain Burton held billets as a Faculty Advisor, Primary Instructor, and Operations Officer. 

In July 2012, Captain Burton transferred to Expeditionary Warfare School. During this time he attended Advanced Communications Officer’s Course.  In May 2013, Captain Burton executed PCS orders to Camp Pendleton, California.  He currently serves as the Assistant Operations Officer at 9th Communications Battalion.

VADM David H. Buss, USN
VADM David H. Buss, USN

Panelist

Commander, Naval Air Forces, and Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet

(Confirmed)

Vice Admiral Buss is a native of Lancaster, Pa. and graduated with distinction from the United States Naval Academy in 1978.  He was designated a naval flight officer and completed initial training in the venerable A-6 Intruder in 1979.

Buss’ early flying assignments include aircraft carrier-based squadron tours aboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), USS Nimitz (CVN 68) and USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71).  He commanded Attack Squadron 34, the “Blue Blasters,” embarked in USS George Washington (CVN 73) in 1995-96.  The “Blasters” were one of the Navy’s last A-6 squadrons.  Following squadron command, Buss completed Naval Nuclear Propulsion training and served as executive officer in Nimitz.

He commanded USS Sacramento (AOE 1) during the opening stages of Operation Enduring Freedom following the terrorist attacks on 9/11.  Buss then commanded USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), our nation’s 7th Nimitz-class carrier, from 2003 through 2006.

As a flag officer, Buss has served twice on the Chief of Naval Operations’ (CNO’s) staff as well as serving 14 months in Baghdad, Iraq as Director, Strategy/Plans/Assessments (J-5).  He commanded Carrier Strike Group 12, USS Enterprise Carrier Strike Group, and commanded Task Force 20 while also serving as Deputy Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command in Norfolk, Va.

Buss has been privileged to serve with teams that excelled in combat operations and he wears the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit (5 awards), Distinguished Flying Cross (with Combat V), Bronze Star Medal, and Air Medal (5 individual, 4 strike/flight awards) as representative of those teams.

Vice Admiral Buss became Naval Aviation’s 6th “Air Boss” in October 2012.

 

Mr. Ward Carroll
Mr. Ward Carroll

Moderator

Editor-in-Chief, Military.com

(Confirmed)

Ward spent the first 17 years of his life traveling wherever his father's job as a Marine Corps attack pilot sent the family, a series of journeys that took them from California to Holland to Washington, D.C. with dozens of stops to attempt some semblance of normal life in between. His destiny was revealed to him during the summer of 1972 at a Who concert in Amsterdam; however, the ill-timed popularity of disco killed his fledgling rock star career in his late teens and pushed him into the United States Naval Academy from which he graduated in 1982. After a few years of flying around the world in the backseat of U.S. Navy jet fighters, Ward returned to the world of rock n’ roll, fronting The Cheaters, a three-piece alternative band based in Pensacola, Florida. Besides dominating the local club scene, The Cheaters are best remembered as the band who had their smash hit, "The Politics of Surfing," played once on radio station TK-101 and for, in the course of one Meat Puppets cover, driving hundreds of Marines and their dates out of the Pensacola Civic Center the evening of their birthday ball in 1988.

The Cheaters disbanded early in 1989, and Ward became the editor of Approach, the Naval Aviation Safety Review. He used the job as an opportunity to fully explore his cartoon artistry, and “Brownshoes in Action Comix,” a regular feature on the back cover of Approach, became and remains a cult hit among naval aviators. Ward fed off of the creative energy that surrounded the production of Approach and began freelance writing. His work has appeared in Hits, Golf World, and Proceedings. He was on the staff of Flash, a regional entertainment magazine, for four years, a job that made him enough money to buy new golf clubs and increased his CD collection one thousand fold. He also got to talk to real rock stars on the phone a lot and, in a moment of uncharacteristic altruism by his editor, was comp'd front row seats to an Indigo Girls show at Chrysler Hall in Norfolk.

Desert Storm forced Ward back into the cockpit, and, although by the time he arrived with the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) the war was over, he did enjoy the peace enough to spend the next seven years attempting to preserve it.

Ward left the action of the seagoing life in 1998 and worked for four years as sage mentor to the next generation of leadership matriculating at Annapolis. He taught English and ethics. In 2001 his first novel, Punk's War, was published to wide critical acclaim.

His fifth novel, Militia Kill, was released by Signet during the summer of 2006 before quickly finding its way to eBay and other after-market holes in the Internet.

Ward is currently working as the editor of Military.com. He is also (slowly) writing his next novel, working title August of the Sea Wolves, about a group of Annapolis classmates who decide to sail up the Chesapeake for their 25th class reunion after the sudden death of another classmate.

VADM Tom H. Copeman III, USN
VADM Tom H. Copeman III, USN

Panelist

Commander, Naval Surface Forces, and Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet

(Confirmed)

Vice Admiral Copeman graduated from high school in Honolulu after which he attended Creighton University in Omaha, Neb., where he received a bachelor’s in Biology in 1981. He was commissioned April 2, 1982, at Officer Candidate School in Newport, R.I.

Copeman has served aboard cruisers and destroyers in both the Atlantic and Pacific Fleets. His first assignment was as electrical officer and main propulsion assistant aboard USS Leftwich (DD 984). His second division officer tour was as a gas turbine inspector for Pacific Fleet Propulsion Examining Board. Following his graduation from Surface Warfare Officer School Department Head Course in 1987, he reported aboard USS Philippine Sea (CG 58) as the commissioning engineer officer in participation of combat operations in the Persian Gulf War. Subsequent sea tours include, executive officer aboard USS Lake Champlain (CG 57) and commanding officer aboard USS Benfold (DDG 65). Following a tour as fleet operations officer in U.S. 2nd Fleet, Copeman commanded Destroyer Squadron 28 where he deployed as the sea combat commander, in the George Washington Carrier Strike Group to the Arabian Gulf in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.

While ashore, Copeman served in the U.S. Strategic Command, Omaha, Neb., as an action officer in the Current Operations Directorate (J31). His next shore tour was as a requirements officer in the Theater Air Warfare Branch in the Surface Warfare Directorate (N76), Office of the Chief of Naval Operations. He served as executive assistant to the Deputy Commander and Chief of Staff, U.S. Atlantic Fleet; the director of Navy Senate Liaison in the Office of Legislative Affairs; and the chief of staff for Naval Surface Forces, San Diego. He served as deputy chief of staff for Operations and Training for U.S. Pacific Fleet. His next assignment was commander, Joint Task Force, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and his most recent assignment was chief of legislative affairs.

Copeman is a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff Course, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. He has a Master of Science in Administration from Central Michigan University. He also completed the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Seminar XXI program on National Security Affairs.

Copeman has been awarded the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, as well as various unit and campaign awards.

VADM Peter H. Daly, USN (Ret.)
VADM Peter H. Daly, USN (Ret.)

Moderator

CEO, U.S. Naval Institute

(Confirmed)

Peter Daly is the Chief Executive Officer of the U.S. Naval Institute, one of the most respected professional associations and thought leaders in the country.  Comprising almost 50,000 members, the Institute has served for 140 years as an independent forum that fosters increased understanding of the sea services and their enduring contributions to the Nation. The Naval Institute supports and advances the naval profession and the development of those who serve.

Prior to accepting the CEO post in 2011, Vice Admiral Daly served as Deputy Commander and Chief of Staff, U.S. Fleet Forces Command. His Navy career, spanning more than 30 years, includes command of the destroyer USS Russell (DDG 59), Destroyer Squadron 31, and Carrier Strike Group 11 – Nimitz Strike Group.  During each of these commands, he deployed to the 5th and 7th Fleet Areas of Responsibility – participating in Operation Desert Strike in 1996 in Russell and as Sea Combat Commander for the Lincoln Battle Group in the Gulf immediately after the attack on USS Cole in 2000.  As Nimitz Strike Group Commander in 2005, he led Task Forces 50, 152 and 58 in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom and maritime intercept operations in the Arabian Gulf.

Shore assignments include executive assistant and program analyst, J-8, Joint Staff; executive assistant to the Commander, Pacific Fleet; and executive assistant to the Commander, U.S. Pacific Command. As a flag officer, he served as Deputy for Resources and Acquisition (J-8) Joint Staff; Senior Military Assistant to the Secretary of the Navy; and as Deputy N3/N5 (Operations, Plans and Strategy) in the Navy Staff. 

Vice Admiral Daly is a Life Member of the Naval Institute and former member of the Institute’s Editorial Board.

He is a native of Chicago, a graduate of the College of Holy Cross (A.B. Economics), receiving a regular commission through the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps program. He holds a Master’s degree in Operations Analysis from the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California.

 

The Honorable Richard Danzig
The Honorable Richard Danzig

Moderator

Vice Chair of the Board, RAND Corporation and former Secretary of the Navy

(Confirmed)

Mr. Danzig was sworn in as the 71st Secretary of the Navy on November 16, 1998. He served as Under Secretary of the Navy between November 1993 and May 1997. In the period between these two jobs, he and his wife lived in Asia and Europe while Mr. Danzig served as a Traveling Fellow of the Center for International Political Economy and as an Adjunct Professor at Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenship & Public Affairs.

Mr. Danzig was born in New York City in 1944. He received a B.A. degree from Reed College, a J.D. degree from Yale Law School, and Bachelor of Philosophy and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. Upon his graduation from law school, Mr. Danzig served as a law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Byron White.

Between 1972 and 1977, Mr. Danzig taught contract law at Stanford and Harvard Universities. He also was awarded a Prize Fellowship of the Harvard Society of Fellows, and a Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship. From 1977 to 1981, he served in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, first as a Deputy Assistant Secretary and then as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Manpower, Reserve Affairs and Logistics. In these roles, he contributed particularly to the development of the Department's ability to mobilize manpower and material for deployment abroad. In 1981, he was awarded the Defense Distinguished Public Service Award.

From 1981 to 1993, Mr. Danzig was a Washington, D.C., partner of the national law firm of Latham & Watkins. He served as Deputy Chair of the firm's International Practice Group, and also as Director of its Japan Group. He was also a Director of the National Semiconductor Corporation, a Trustee of Reed College, and interim Director of Litigation and then Vice Chairman of the International Human Rights Law Group. During this time, Mr. Danzig was co-author of the book, National Service: What Would It Mean?, that contributed to the development of America's present civilian National Service system.

As Secretary of the Navy, Mr. Danzig has particularly emphasized four themes: treating Sailors and Marines as skilled workers (ridding the Services of "a conscript mentality") and directing new capital investments and personnel systems to better support them; achieving better synergy between the Navy and Marine Corps; strengthening the ability of the sea services to influence events on shore; and embracing information age and other new technologies that can better achieve these goals.

Programs developed or expanded during his tenure of which he is especially proud include: The Navy College Program (college credits for all Navy training); Smart Ship (greatly enhanced automation on ships); Smart Work (use of civilian teams for painting ships and providing better tools and working conditions for Sailors and Marines); Electric Drive and Integrated Power Systems for the next class of ships; the Navy and Marine Corps Foreign Area Officers and the Marine Corps "Year Out" programs; and Lifelines and the Navy-Marine Corps Intranet (programs using internet technology to make data consistently accessible throughout the Department). During his time in office, the Navy and Marine Corps have met recruiting and end strength goals, substantially reduced unfilled billets at sea and improved pay, benefits and living conditions for Sailors and Marines.

Mr. Danzig and his wife, Andrea, reside in Washington DC where Mrs. Danzig has an active practice as a psychotherapist. They have two adult children, David and Lisa.

 

RADM Robert E. Day Jr., USCG
RADM Robert E. Day Jr., USCG

Panelist

Assistant Commandant for C4IT & Commander, U.S. Coast Guard Cyber Command

(Confirmed)

Rear Admiral Robert E. Day Jr. assumed the duties as the Assistant Commandant for Command, Control, Communications, Computers & Information Technology and the Commander, Coast Guard Cyber Command in July 2009. RADM Day holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from the United States Coast Guard Academy and a Master of Science Degree in Telecommunications Systems Management the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.

Rear Admiral Day’s assignments include Coast Guard Cutter DUANE as the Damage Control Assistant until April 1982. U. S. Coast Guard Headquarters, Washington D.C. as the Electronics Project Officer for the construction of the 270 foot Medium Endurance Cutters and 110 foot Island Class Patrol Boats. Telecommunications Officer for the Thirteenth Coast Guard District in Seattle, Washington; during this tour, he performed extensive temporary duty including assignment as the Administrative Officer to the Federal On-Scene Coordinator for the Exxon Valdez disaster. Commanding Officer, Communications Station Boston, where he prepared the facility for remote operations under the Communication System 2000 project. Chief of Planning and Budget for the Electronics Systems Division at Maintenance and Logistics Command (MLC) Pacific. RADM Day commanded the Coast Guard's largest Electronic Systems Support Unit, ESU Boston where the command provided electronics and communications support to the John F. Kennedy Jr. aircraft crash, the Egypt Air 900 air disaster, and the response to the September 11th World Trade Center terrorist attack.

From July 2002 until May 2007, RADM Day was assigned as the Chief of Pacific Area's Command, Control, and Communications Division in Alameda, California. Additionally, RADM Day traveled throughout the Pacific Rim as a key United States representative to the North Pacific Coast Guard Forum.

From June 2007 until June 2009, he served as the Deputy and eventually the Commander of Maintenance and Logistics Command (MLC) Pacific.

Rear Admiral Day's military awards include two Legion of Merit, three Coast Guard Meritorious Service Medals, the 9-11 medal, three Coast Guard Commendation Medals, Letter of Commendation, and six Meritorious Team Awards.

CAPT James Fanell, USN
CAPT James Fanell, USN

Panelist

Director of Intelligence and Information Operations, U.S. Pacific Fleet

(Confirmed)

Captain Jim Fanell, a native of California, is a graduate from San Diego State University in 1985 with a B.A. degree in History and Political Science and the University of Hawaii with a M.A. in History in 1997.

Commissioned through OCS in 1986, he graduated from Naval Intelligence Officer Basic Course in Virginia in 1987.  He reported as a plankowner to Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 141 and deployed to the Mediterranean aboard USS Coral Sea (CV 43) with VAQ-133. During that deployment CAPT Fanell was diagnosed with cancer and underwent chemotherapy and surgery in Madigan Army Hospital in Tacoma, Washington.

Upon recovery, he was assigned to the Intelligence Center of the Pacific (IPAC) at Camp H.M. Smith, Hawaii, where he was assigned to the Targeting Division, responsible for Soviet Far East air defense targets. As a distinguished graduate of the USAF Combat Targeting Officer Course, he was a team chief for one of Pacific Command’s bomb damage assessment (BDA) teams responsible for BDA reporting of Iraqi targets during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.

In 1991, he reported as a plankowner to the Joint Intelligence Center, Pacific (JICPAC), where he was selected as one of the first Chinese maritime watch officers, was one of the last Soviet bastion watch officers and served as the operations intelligence officer, responsible for the current operational intelligence support to all of Pacific Command’s deployed forces.

In 1993, CAPT Fanell again reported as a plankowner, this time to the Joint Intelligence Training Activity, Pacific (JITAP) where he developed joint training courses, instructed Targeting, BDA and JFACC courses and served as the assistant operations officer for JITAP and the collocated Fleet Intelligence Training Center, Pacific (FITCPAC). He also conducted a four-month temporary assignment as the Joint Task Force Southwest Asia (JTF-SWA) J2’s chief of targets supporting Operation Southern Watch during the summer of 1994.

From 1996 to 1998, he was assigned to Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 11 as the intelligence officer, with deployments to the Arabian Gulf aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) and aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). From 1998-1999, CAPT Fanell was a distinguished graduate of the USAF Air Command and Staff College, earning a Master of Military Operational Art and Science degree. From 1999 to 2003 he was assigned to the staff of Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet Intelligence Directorate as the Fleet Support, Intelligence Readiness, and as a plankowner for Joint Task Force 519 as its first targeting officer.

From 2003 to 2005 he served as the Carrier Strike Group 5 intelligence officer again aboard Kitty Hawk this time with the Forward Deployed Naval Forces (FDNF) home-ported in Yokosuka, Japan. CAPT Fanell continued his analysis of China and their navy as a national security affairs fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University from 2005 to 2006.

From 2006 to 2008 he served as the Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI)’s China senior intelligence officer. CAPT Fanell returned to the Far East when from 2008 to 2010 he served as the assistant chief of staff for intelligence to Commander U.S. 7th Fleet aboard USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19).

CAPT Fanell is the moderator of the defense and academic related Red Star Rising information service dedicated to monitoring the rise of China and its impact upon U.S. national security interests throughout Asia. He has also authored several articles in the Hoover Digest, Proceedings, and Naval Intelligence Professionals Quarterly.

He most recently served as the deputy director for the Navy’s Information Dominance Corps Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Capabilities Division. He has earned his Private Pilot, Single Engine Land (SEL) license and completed Ironman Australia.

VADM Kenneth E. Floyd, USN
VADM Kenneth E. Floyd, USN

Panelist

Commander, THIRD Fleet

(Confirmed)

Vice Admiral Floyd hails from Lewisburg, W.Va., and was commissioned through the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill NROTC program in May 1980. He was designated a naval flight officer in August 1981 and completed training in the F-14A at Fighter Squadron (VF) 101 in May 1982.

Floyd served in several F-14 Tomcat squadrons including tours with the Jolly Rogers of VF-84, the Grim Reapers of VF-101 as an instructor, and the Red Rippers of VF-11. He participated in Operation Desert Storm while serving as a department head with the Starfighters of VF-33. He served as the executive officer and subsequently the commanding officer of the VF-32 Swordsmen from November 1994 to September 1997.Subsequent sea tours include a tour as the executive officer of USS Constellation and deputy commander of Carrier Air Wing 7 where he participated in Operation Enduring Freedom. He commanded Carrier Air Wing 7 from February 2003 to July 2004.

Ashore Floyd served on the staff of the Naval Space Command in Dahlgren, VA as aide to the commander and subsequently as flag lieutenant, commander Carrier Group 8. He also attended the Naval War College graduating with a Master of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies and served as the chief staff officer on the Fighter Wing, U.S. Atlantic Fleet staff. He completed a tour on the staff of the United States military representative to the NATO Military Committee in Brussels, Belgium, served as the deputy operations officer on the staff of Joint Task Force Southwest Asia in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and served as chief of staff to commander, Naval Air Forces. He has served flag tours as director, Aviation and Aircraft Carrier Plans and Requirements (OPNAV N880) and deputy director, Air Warfare Division (OPNAV N88B) prior to assuming command of Strike Force Training Pacific in February 2009. He returned to the OPNAV staff in June 2010 as director, Air Warfare Division (OPNAV N88) followed by Warfare Integration (OPNAV N9I), and Deputy Assistant Chief of Naval Operations for warfare systems (N9B).  In June 2013, he assumed command of U.S. THIRD Fleet headquartered in San Diego.

His awards include the Navy Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medals, Air Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal and various campaign, unit, and service medals.

RADM James G. Foggo III, USN
RADM James G. Foggo III, USN

Moderator

Assistant Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Operations, Plans and Strategy, N3/N5)

(Confirmed)

RADM Foggo is a 1981 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and a native of Virginia. He is also an Olmsted Scholar and Moreau Scholar, earned a master’s degree in Public Administration at Harvard University, and a Diplome d’Etudes Approfondies in Defense and Strategic Studies from the University of Strasbourg, France.

His sea duties include tours aboard USS Sea Devil (SSN 664), USS Mariano G. Vallejo (SSBN 658) and USS Narwhal (SSN 671). He commanded the attack submarine, USS Oklahoma City (SSN 723) in 1998, which was awarded the Submarine Squadron Eight Battle Efficiency award and the Commander Fleet Forces Command Admiral Arleigh Burke Fleet Trophy for being the most improved ship in the Atlantic Fleet. Foggo completed his major command tour of Submarine Squadron Six in 2007.

Ashore, he has served as Special Assistant in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Technology; Senior Member of the Atlantic Fleet Nuclear Propulsion Examining Board at Commander Fleet Forces Command; Executive Assistant to the Director of Naval Nuclear Propulsion (NAVSEA 08); Division Chief, Joint Staff (J5) for Western Europe and the Balkans; Director, Strategic Actions Group (SAG), OPNAV N3/N5 where he was responsible for publication of the Tri-Service Maritime Strategy released in the fall of 2007; Executive Assistant to Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Executive Officer to the Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR) and Commander, United States European Command.

In Naples, Italy, he served as Commander, Submarine Group Eight; Commander, Submarines, Allied Naval Forces South; Deputy Commander, U.S. 6th Fleet, and Director of Operations, Intelligence (N3), U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa. During this period, he served as the Operations Officer (J-3) for Joint Task Force Odyssey Dawn (Libya). Additionally Foggo was a NATO CTF Commander in Joint Task Force Unified Protector (Libya).

Foggo’s awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, NATO Meritorious Service Medal and various unit and service awards. In addition, he was awarded the 1995 Admiral Charles A. Lockwood Award for Submarine Professional Excellence and the State of Oklahoma Distinguished Service award by The Adjutant General. In 2006, he was awarded the Chevalier de l’Ordre National de Merité by the French government for his role in improving Franco-American relations. Foggo is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Mr. William C. Gigliotti
Mr. William C. Gigliotti

Panelist

F-35 Lighting II, FW Site/Production Lead Test Pilot, Lockheed Martin

(Confirmed)

A graduate of the US Naval Academy, Bill is a combat proven U.S. Navy fighter and test pilot.  He is a graduate of both the US Navy Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN) and the US Naval Test Pilot School.  

Bill joined Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company as a project pilot for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program in December 2003 following 14 years of active duty service in the US Navy and 4 years as a commercial airline pilot. He has since retired from the US Navy Reserves. He was part of the initial cadre of Lockheed Martin test pilots and was the 11th pilot to fly the F-35.  He is involved in all aspects of engineering design, flight test and production operations.  Currently, he is the Fort Worth Site Lead Test Pilot and Production Lead Test Pilot. Additionally, he is the LM Chief Air Show Pilot for the F-16 and routinely performs acceptance, delivery, test support, and air show flights on all models of the F-16 aircraft. He has accumulated over 6,000 hours of flight time on over 25 different aircraft types and has logged over 400 carrier landings.

 

 

LtCol Steve E. Gillette, USMC
LtCol Steve E. Gillette, USMC

Panelist

Commanding Officer, VMFA-121

(Confirmed)

LtCol Gillette attended the University of Nebraska, receiving a Bachelors of Science degree in Economics in 1996.  Upon completion of The Basic School in May 1997, Second Lieutenant Gillette reported to Pensacola, Florida for flight training and earned his Naval Aviator Wings in June of 1999.  He underwent fleet replacement training at VMFAT-101 in Miramar, California, completing his F/A-18 pilot training in the summer of 2000. 

Captain Gillette reported to VMFA-232 for operational flying in September 2000.  He held various jobs in the squadron to include Schedules Officer and Assistant Aircraft Maintenance Officer.  He deployed to the Persian Gulf in support of OIF I in 2003. In July of 2003, he attended the resident Expeditionary Warfare School in Quantico, Virginia. In August of 2004, Captain Gillette joined VMFA(AW)-242 as the Pilot Training Officer.  He deployed in September of 2004 to Al Asad air base Iraq in support of OIF II.

Captain Gillette attended the Weapons and Tactics Instructor course in the spring of 2005 and the Strike Fighter Tactics Instructor course (TOPGUN) during the summer of 2005. In August 2006, Major Gillette reported to Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron One as an FA-18 instructor pilot.  During this tour, Major Gillette held the billets of Assistant Operations Officer and the F/A-18 Division Head.

In August of 2009, Major Gillette attended the Marine Corps Command and Staff College in Quantico, Virginia where he was a distinguished graduate.  Additionally, he earned a Masters Degree in Military Science. In July of 2010, he reported to VMFAT-501 at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. During his tour with the “Warlords,” Major Gillette completed his transition training to the F-35B, and held the billet as Executive Officer.

In September of 2013, LtCol Gillette reported to MAG-13, located at MCAS Yuma, Arizona.  LtCol Gillette is currently the Commanding Officer of VMFA-121.

His awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, Naval Commendation Medal with Combat V, and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement medal.

Mr. Alfred Grasso
Mr. Alfred Grasso

Moderator

President and CEO, the MITRE Corporation

(Confirmed)

Mr. Alfred Grasso is president and CEO of The MITRE Corporation. He is responsible for developing and leading the corporation's overall strategic and business operations for its federally funded research and development centers (FFRDCs). He also serves on MITRE's Board of Trustees.

Mr. Grasso has held several leadership and management positions within MITRE since joining the company in 1986, culminating with his appointment as president and CEO in 2006. He previously was executive vice president and director of the Command, Control, Communications, and Intelligence FFRDC, now known as the National Security Engineering Center (NSEC). From April 2012 until May 2013, he served as both director of NSEC and MITRE's CEO.

He held positions as senior vice president and general manager of MITRE's Washington Command, Control, and Communications Center and vice president and CIO. Earlier, he was technical director for the Battlefield Systems Division at MITRE's Fort Monmouth, N.J., site.

Under Mr. Grasso's leadership, MITRE has received several prestigious awards for its commitment to public service and technical excellence, including the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service (2008); the Air Force Association's Theodore von Karman Award (2008); and the National Aeronautic Association's Collier Trophy (2007). The company has also been recognized for its innovative culture, its workplace environment, and its knowledge management capabilities. Fast Company named MITRE one of the "World's 50 Most Innovative Companies" (2010); Computerworld has named MITRE to its "100 Best Places to Work in IT" (2005-2012); Aviation Week named MITRE a "Best Place to Work" for aerospace and defense professionals (2009); and MITRE was on FORTUNE's list of "100 Best Companies to Work For" for a decade (2002-2011). MITRE received the North American Most Admired Knowledge Enterprises (MAKE) award in 2009 and 2011.

Mr. Grasso is an appointed member of the Defense Science Board. He is chairman of AFCEA International's Board of Directors and was vice chair from 2010 to 2012. He is a special adviser to the STRATCOM Strategic Advisory Group and is a member of the Stevens Institute Systems Engineering Research Center Advisory Board, the University of Virginia's Department of Systems and Information Engineering Advisory Board, and Howard University's College of Engineering, Architecture, and Computer Sciences Board of Visitors. Mr. Grasso is a board member of the Northern Virginia Technology Council, the country's largest technology council. In addition, he is the former president of the Board of the National GEM Consortium, a nonprofit that promotes the participation of under-represented groups in the STEM fields. He previously served for seven years on the Army Science Board.

Federal Computer Week presented Mr. Grasso with its prestigious Eagle Award in 2012. Eagle Award recipients are chosen from among the winners of the Federal 100 Award, which recognizes individuals who have made a significant impact on federal IT. Mr. Grasso was cited for his work leading studies on acquisition management and resilient system architectures and for his leadership roles on advisory boards. In 2012, the Lido Civic Club of Washington, D.C., an Italian-American civic organization, named Mr. Grasso its Man of the Year for his longstanding commitment to advancing educational opportunities for young people. In 2013, STEMconnector® named him to its 100 CEO Leaders in STEM list.

Before joining MITRE, Mr. Grasso was with ARINC Research Corporation and with the Westinghouse Electric Corporation. He holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and a master's degree in computer science from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He is a graduate of the Program for Management Development at Harvard Business School.

Mr. Terry Halvorsen
Mr. Terry Halvorsen

Panelist

Chief Information Officer, Department of the Navy

(Confirmed)

Terry Halvorsen was appointed in November 2010 to serve as the Department of the Navy (DON) Chief Information Officer (CIO). In this capacity, he is the DON’s senior official and advisor on matters related to Information Management (IM), Information Technology (IT)/cyberspace (including national security systems) and Information Resources Management (IRM). He develops strategies, policies, plans, architectures, standards and guidance, and provides process transformation support for the entire DON. Additionally, he ensures that the development and acquisition of IT systems are interoperable and consistent with the Department’s objectives and vision. Mr. Halvorsen also serves as the Department’s Cyber/IT Workforce Community Leader, Critical Infrastructure Assurance Officer and the Senior Military Component Official for Privacy and Civil Liberties.

Prior to becoming the DON CIO, Mr. Halvorsen was the Deputy Commander, Navy Cyber Forces. He began serving in this position in January 2010 as part of the Navy Cyber reorganization. Previous to this, Mr. Halvorsen served as the Deputy Commander, Naval Network Warfare Command. He provided leadership for over 16,000 military and civilian personnel, supporting over 300 ships and approximately 800,000 computer network users, all globally dispersed. In this position he was responsible for the business performance of Navy network operations, space operations, information operations and knowledge management. Mr. Halvorsen was directly involved in establishing governance structure, processes and mechanisms to optimize over $8 billion in Navy resources.

Mr. Halvorsen entered the Senior Executive Service in July 2004 as the Executive Director, Naval Personnel Development Command. Mr. Halvorsen was selected as the Director of Task Force Excel Atlantic, charged with improving the effectiveness and efficiency of Navy training. He also served as the Manpower, Personnel, Training and Education CIO and Acting Executive Director, Naval Education and Training Command.

Mr. Halvorsen entered Federal Civil Service in 1985 as the Curriculum Instructional Standards Officer for Navy Cryptology Training. He has held numerous positions in the training community to include Deputy for C41 Training, Director Training Policy and Standards, and Director of Assessment, where he was one of the principal architects of the Navy's training reengineering efforts.

He graduated with honors from Widener University with a degree in History. He was a distinguished military graduate and a George C. Marshall award winner. Following graduation, Mr. Halvorsen was commissioned a Regular Army 2LT in May 1980 and later obtained a Master's Degree in Educational Technology from the University of West Florida.

Mr. Halvorsen's served several active and reserve tours with the Army, and was recalled to active duty numerous times in support of Operation Just Cause, Desert Storm and Joint Task Forces in Central and South America.

RDML Robert Hennegan, USN (Ret.)
RDML Robert Hennegan, USN (Ret.)

Panelist

former Commander, Naval Mine and Anti-Submarine Warfare Command

(Confirmed)

Rear Admiral Hennegan recently retired from the U.S. Navy. He is a 1980 graduate of the United States Naval Academy and a native of New London, Connecticut.

A submariner, his tours at sea include assignments in USS Haddock (SSN 621), USS James Madison (SSBN 627), and USS Grayling (SSN 646). Hennegan commanded USS Buffalo (SSN 715), Submarine Squadrons Six and Eight, Submarine Group Nine, and Naval Mine and Anti – Submarine Warfare Command. 

Ashore, he served on the staffs of the secretary of defense, the chief of naval operations, and the director, Naval Nuclear Propulsion. He served in fleet support positions on the staff of Commander, Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet and at Submarine Squadron 16. He also served as the deputy chief of Legislative Affairs for the Navy, on the Department of Defense Transition Task Force in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and as the Deputy Commander, Joint Functional Component Command for Global Strike at U.S. Strategic Command.

Hennegan completed studies in the Navy’s Nuclear Propulsion Program. He earned a Master of Science degree in Operations Research from the Naval Postgraduate School, completed the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program, the National Securities Studies Program at George Washington University, and the Seminar XXI Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

His awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, and the Vice Admiral Stockdale Award for Inspirational Leadership.

Dr. James R. Holmes
Dr. James R. Holmes

Panelist

Professor, Strategy and Policy, U.S. Naval War College and co-author Red Star over the Pacific

(Confirmed)

James Holmes is professor of strategy at the Naval War College and senior fellow at the University of Georgia School of Public and International Affairs. A former U.S. Navy surface warfare officer and combat veteran of the first Gulf War, he served as a gunnery and engineering officer in the battleship Wisconsin, engineering and damage-control instructor at the Surface Warfare Officers School Command, and military professor of strategy at the Naval War College.

Jim is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Vanderbilt University (B.A., mathematics and German) and completed graduate work at Salve Regina University (M.A., international relations), Providence College (M.A., mathematics), and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University (M.A.L.D. and Ph.D., international affairs), where he was the A. Eiken Hohenberg Scholar. He earned the Naval War College Foundation Award, signifying the top graduate in his Naval War College class.

His most recent books (with long-time coauthor Toshi Yoshihara) are Red Star over the Pacific and Strategy in the Second Nuclear Age. Designated an Atlantic Monthly Best Book of 2010, Red Star over the Pacific has been named to the Navy Professional Reading List as Essential Reading. Copies have been placed aboard every major ship, squadron, and shore installation in the U.S. Navy. Translations have appeared in Germany, China, and South Korea and are in progress in Taiwan and Japan.

Jim has published over 20 book chapters and 100 scholarly essays, along with hundreds of opinion columns, think-tank analyses, and other works. He blogs as the Naval Diplomat and is an occasional contributor to Foreign Policy, The National Interest, CNN, and the Naval Institute Proceedings. He has been quoted or cited in outlets ranging from the Washington Post to Xinhua, and has appeared on NPR and the BBC World Service.

He has been a visiting scholar at National Chengchi University, Taiwan, and the Institute for Defense Studies & Analyses, India. He has testified before the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission and spoken at such institutions as Duke, Harvard, and Vanderbilt universities; the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington, DC; the French Institute of International Relations (ifri), Paris; the Clingendael Institute of International Relations, The Hague; and the Chinese Council for Advanced Policy Studies, Taipei.

In October 2013 he addressed the International Fleet Review in Sydney, Australia. On Memorial Day 2013 he was keynote speaker at a Medal of Honor ceremony convened by the American Legion to celebrate the life of Chief Gunner's Mate George Brady.

VADM Richard Hunt, USN (Ret.)
VADM Richard Hunt, USN (Ret.)

Moderator

former Director, Navy Staff, Naval Operations

(Confirmed)

Vice Admiral Hunt (Ret) is a former Navy Surface Warfare Officer with over 37 years of service.  He Is a University of Wisconsin – Madison graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Bacteriology.  He also has a Master of Science from Naval Postgraduate School in Telecommunications Systems Management.

He has served in a number of surface ships, including command of USS CROMMELIN (FFG 37) and USS PHILIPPINE SEA (CG 58).  His major staff command assignments include Carrier Strike Group SIX, THIRD Fleet, and Naval Surface Forces.  Additionally, he was the first Navy commander of Combined Joint Task Force, Horn of Africa, headquartered in Djibouti.

He has had multiple Pentagon tours on both Joint and Navy staffs.  Flag assignments include Deputy Director, Strategy and Policy (J5); Director, Programming Division (N80); and most recently Director, Navy Staff.

VADM Hunt recently joined Raytheon as Vice President of Navy and U.S. Marine Corps Programs.

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

Moderator

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.

LT Paul M. Leon, USCG

Panelist

Maritime Safety and Security Team San Diego, U.S. Coast Guard

(Confirmed)

Lieutenant Paul M. Leon is a native of Phoenix, Arizona and a graduate of the University of Phoenix.  He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice Administration.  LT Leon originally enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard from 1998 to 2006, in the rate of Machinery Technician (MK).  He received training and qualified as a Boarding Officer, Boat Crewmember, Boat Engineer, and Coxswain.  LT Leon earned his Advanced Boat Forces qualification as a Second Class Petty Officer.  He was selected for Officer Candidate School (OCS) in 2006 while serving as the Assistant Engineering Petty Officer at USCG Station New Haven, Connecticut.  His enlisted assignments include Group San Francisco, California and Station San Francisco, California.  LT Leon was awarded the Coast Guard Commandant’s Leadership Award for his performance and guidance at OCS.  LT Leon’s first assignment after receiving his commission in February 2007 was at the Pacific Tactical Law Enforcement Team (PACTACLET) based in San Diego, California from 2007 through 2010, where he was the Officer in Charge and Deployable Team Leader of four Law Enforcement Detachments (LEDETs); along with serving as the unit Training Officer.  This was his first assignment to the Deployable Specialized Forces (DSF) community.  During his tour at PACTACLET, LT Leon deployed aboard eight U.S. Navy frigates and one Dutch frigate in support of U.S. strategic and global counter-drug (CD) efforts in the eastern Pacific and Caribbean Oceans.  LT Leon is credited with conducting 25 high-risk boardings that resulted in 18 seizures, 25 smugglers apprehended, and 21 metric tons of cocaine interdicted worth an estimated $651 million.  In 2009 LT Leon was selected as the National Defense Industrial Association’s (NDIA) Special Operation/Low Intensity Conflict (SO/LIC) award winner.  That same year LT Leon was awarded the USCG’s Tactical Operator of the Year.

His subsequent tour was as a Command Duty Officer and a Search and Rescue (SAR) Controller for the District Thirteen Command Center, based in Seattle, Washington from 2010 through 2013.  LT Leon provided oversight to three command centers within the District, which encompassed 460,000 square miles, ensuring USCG, DoD, OGA, and foreign surface and air assets were properly deployed and utilized in support of mission objectives and commander’s intent.  LT Leon is credited with the management of 1,800 multi-mission incidents, including 1,000 SAR cases that resulted in 65 lives saved.  LT Leon served as the District law enforcement subject matter expert during the international M/V SUN SEA incident.  His support of the District Incident Management Watch included key advice on the adaptive force package, which ultimately assisted the interdiction of 500 Sri Lankan migrants.  LT Leon also supported the boarding of the M/V CALISTO by expediting national protocols and procedures, which resulted in the seizure of military grade rifles, and ammunition destined for Colombia.

In 2013, LT Leon received orders back to the DSF community.  He is currently assigned to the Maritime Safety and Security Team (MSST) 91109, based out of San Diego, California.  He serves as the Team Leader and Assault Force Commander for the Maritime Law Enforcement/Force Protection (MLE/FP) Team One.  He currently leads a force of 19 assaulters, highly trained and skilled in Close Quarters Combat (CQC) and other operations in support of national defense strategies.  LT Leon’s skill sets also include fast rope, hook & climb, advanced breaching, and advanced CQC tactics, techniques, and procedures, which can also be employed within a chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosive (CBRNE) threat environment.  He has been tasked with establishing the first Short-Notice Maritime Response (SNMR) assault force on the west coast, which will ultimately become Direct Action Section (DAS) Team One.

Though serving in a highly demanding and deployable billet, LT Leon is currently a graduate student at the American Military University, where he is near completion of his Master of Arts in National Security Studies.  His personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, two Coast Guard Commendation Medals, two Coast Guard Achievement Medals, Navy Achievement Medal, Coast Guard Presidential Unit Citation, Coast Guard Unit Commendation, three Coast Guard Meritorious Unit Commendations, eight Coast Guard Meritorious Team Awards, two Coast Guard Good Conduct Medals, National Defense Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal, DOT 9/11 award, three Coast Guard Special Operations Service awards, Coast Guard Sea Service award, Navy Sea Service Deployment award, Coast Guard Basic Training Honor Graduate, Expert Rifleman Medal, and Expert Pistol Medal.

RDML Andrew L. Lewis, USN
RDML Andrew L. Lewis, USN

Panelist

Commander, Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center

(Confirmed)

Rear Admiral Lewis is a native of Los Altos, Calif., and a 1985 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy. He was designated a naval aviator in April 1987.

His command tours include Carrier Air Wing 3 deploying in USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 106 aboard Naval Air Station Oceana, and VFA 15 deploying in USS Enterprise (CVN 65) and USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71).

Lewis’ sea tours include a division officer tour in Attack Squadron 72 deploying in USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67), as an exchange pilot/tactics instructor in 800 Naval Air Squadron deploying in HMS Invincible (R05), and as a department head in VFA 192 deploying in USS Independence (CV 62). Other deployed tours have been as a battle director at the Combined Air Operations Center in Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar and as the Maritime Operations Center Director at Naval Forces Central Command, Bahrain.

Ashore, Lewis served as an instructor pilot in Air Training Squadron 23, as a branch chief at the Joint Warfare Analysis Center, as the executive assistant to the Chief of Naval Air Force, and as the executive assistant for the Director, Joint Staff. Presently, he is the commander of Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center in Fallon, NV. He is a graduate of Air Command and Staff College, the Armed Forces Staff College, and holds a Master of Arts degree in Military History from the University of Alabama.

He has flown over 100 combat missions in Operations DESERT SHIELD, DESERT STORM, SOUTHERN WATCH, DENY FLIGHT, ENDURING FREEDOM, and IRAQI FREEDOM. He has accumulated over 5,200 flight hours and 1,100 arrested landings. He was the recipient of the Naval Air Forces Pacific Pilot of the Year in 1996.

Lewis’ personal awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (4 awards), Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal (7 Strike Flight and 4 Individual with Combat “V”), 3 Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals (2 with Combat “V”), and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, as well as various service and campaign awards.

Ms. Ellen Lord
Ms. Ellen Lord

Panelist

President and CEO, Textron Systems Corporation

(Confirmed)

Ellen Lord is president and chief executive officer of Textron Systems, a Textron Inc. company, as well as a member of the Textron Executive Leadership Team.

Prior to taking this position in October 2012, Lord was senior vice president and general manager of Textron Defense Systems, an operating unit of Textron Systems. Lord took over the leadership of Textron Defense Systems after serving three years as the senior vice president and general manager of AAI Corporation, another operating unit of Textron Systems. Prior to joining AAI, she served as vice president of integration management for Textron Systems. In that position, she led the team responsible for managing the integration of AAI into the Textron family of businesses.

Earlier in her career, Lord was vice president of Intelligent Battlefield Systems at Textron Defense Systems, where she was responsible for a business line including unattended networked ground sensor and munitions systems. She also served as vice president of strategy for Textron Systems, in addition to other tactical and strategic business and operations positions. Lord started her Textron career managing proprietary and patented plastics technology for Textron Automotive Technology Center in Dover, N.H. She led teams that developed a new family of engineering thermoplastics for automotive interiors with Dow Plastics, as well as commercialized Bright Trim™ — a revolutionary coating used by the U.S. Big Three automakers that looks like chrome and behaves like plastic.

Lord earned a masters degree in chemistry from the University of New Hampshire, as well as a bachelor of arts in chemistry from Connecticut College. She also is a Textron Six Sigma certified Black Belt, specializing in Design for Six Sigma.

Lord serves on the board of directors of the Greater Baltimore Committee, the Maryland Business Roundtable for Education, the Massachusetts High Technology Council, Inc., the Defense Technology Initiative and the National Defense Industrial Association.

Mr. Tobias Naegele
Mr. Tobias Naegele

Moderator

Vice President and General Manager, Defense News and Armed Forces Journal

(Confirmed)

Tobias Naegele is the senior executive overseeing the Defense News product line, including US and international editions, the Defense News.com Web site and associated newsletters, and the world’s only all-defense weekly TV news program, Defense News With Vago Muradian.

A 25-year defense journalism veteran, he moved into the publisher’s office in 2013 after 12 years as Editor in Chief for all of Gannett Government Media’s products, where he led the world’s largest independent military and government newsroom and the four Military Times publications (Army Times, Navy Times, Air Force Times and Marine Corps Times), Defense News, Federal Times, and Armed Forces Journal. In that role, he helped lead post-9/11 coverage of the Afghanistan war and later the invasion of Iraq for the entire Gannett Company, bringing together USA Today, the Military Times and Gannett’s local papers and coordinating as many as a dozen embedded journalists at a time. He was the founding editor of Marine Corps Times (first as an edition of Navy Times in 1993 and later as a stand alone newspaper in 1999) and of Military & Aerospace Electronics (1989), and helped establish the Military Times Hall of Valor and Honor the Fallen web sites, in addition to brining Defense News to television.  He is a three-time top editor within Gannett, America’s biggest newspaper company, and in 2004 was named Gannett’s editor of the year for his leadership role in covering the Iraq war.

A native of New York City, Mr. Naegele graduated from Stuyvesant High School and the University of Delaware.

BGen Kevin J. Nally, USMC
BGen Kevin J. Nally, USMC

Panelist

Director, C4/Chief Information Officer of the Marine Corps

(Confirmed)

Brigadier General Kevin Nally is currently serving as the Director, C4/CIO for the Marine Corps.

Brigadier General Kevin Nally was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Marine Corps in May 1981, after graduating from Eastern Kentucky University with a Bachelor of Science in Agronomy and Natural Resources. 

After completing The Basic School and Communications Officer Course, he was assigned to the 1st Marine Amphibious Brigade where he served as a Communications Platoon Commander for the Marine Service Support Group-37 and later as a Communications Platoon Commander for the Brigade Service Support Group.  During this tour, Brigadier General Nally attended SCUBA School, Pearl Harbor where he served in an additional duty capacity as a search and rescue diver.

In 1985, he was reassigned to Marine Corps Recruiting Station, Los Angeles, California where he served as an Officer Selection Officer.

In 1988, Brigadier General Nally attended Command, Control, Systems Course in Quantico, Virginia.  After graduating in 1989, Brigadier General Nally was assigned to the 2nd Tank Battalion, 2nd Marine Division where he served as the Communications Platoon Commander during Desert Shield and Desert Storm.  Following this, he was assigned to Communications Company, Headquarters Battalion, 2nd Marine Division as the Executive Officer.

In 1992, Brigadier General Nally was assigned as the Operations Officer, Recruit Training Regiment, Marine Corps Recruit Depot/Eastern Recruiting Region, Parris Island.  In 1995, Brigadier General Nally was transferred to the 3rd Marine Division where he served as the S-6, then the S-3, and finally as the Executive Officer for the 4th Marine Regiment.  In 1996, he served as the Commanding Officer, Communications Company, Headquarters Battalion, 3rd Marine Division.

In 1998, Brigadier General Nally was assigned as the Deputy Director, J6, United States Forces, Japan and completed a Masters in Information Systems Management.

From 2000 to 2002, Brigadier General Nally was the Commanding Officer of Support Battalion, MCRD/ERR, Parris Island.  From May of 2002 to July 2003, Brigadier General Nally was the Director, Marine Corps Martial Arts Program.

Brigadier General Nally is a 2004 graduate of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces with a concentration in Information Strategy.  Following this assignment, he served from 2004 until 2006 as the Deputy Director for C4, United States Central Command where he deployed twice in support of OIF/OEF.  In 2006, Brigadier General Nally was transferred to Camp LeJeune, NC, where he served as the II MEF AC/S G-6 and subsequently as the II MEF Chief of Staff.  From 2007 until 2009, he served as the Commanding Officer, Marine Corps Communications-Electronics School in 29 Palms, CA.   He served as the AC/S, G-6, MCAGCC/MAGTF-TC from  2009 until 2010.

His personal decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with two gold stars, the Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal with three gold stars, the Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and the Combat Action Ribbon. 

 

Mr. Jeffrey T. Napoliello
Mr. Jeffrey T. Napoliello

Panelist

Vice President, Strategy and Business Development, Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Training

(Confirmed)

Jeffrey (Jeff) Napoliello is Vice President of Strategy and Business Development for the 18,000 employee Lockheed Martin’s Mission Systems and Training Business Area.  In this capacity Jeff is responsible for leading all aspects of Business Development including Strategy, Customer and Market Intelligence, Organic Growth and Development Initiatives.

Jeff had previously served the company in various capacities including:

Vice President Corporate Strategic Development. In this capacity Jeff was responsible for leading Lockheed Martin’s strategy, strategic planning, M&A, corporate ventures and the  international offset portfolio.

Vice President of Mission Systems & Sensors’ (MS2) New Ventures line of business.  In this P&L role, Jeff was responsible for identifying opportunities to apply MS2, Lockheed Martin, and partner technologies in new markets.  His line of business then served to develop and execute these new business endeavors.   

Vice President of Business Development and Strategic Planning for the $2.3B Lockheed Martin Systems Integration business.  In this role, Jeff supported the integration of the business with Mission Systems & Sensors and developed expansion strategies for the business’s product line both domestically and internationally.

Vice President of Business Development for MS2’s $1.8B Surface & Sea Based Missile Defense Systems Line of Business, Development lead for the Littoral Combat Ship program, and Director of MS2 Strategic Planning.

Mr. Napoliello’s experience prior to his tenure at Lockheed Martin spanned engineering, operations, strategy, and business development. He served as a Nuclear Surface Warfare Officer, various roles in technology start-ups and as strategy and marketing consultant to Fortune 100 companies.

He holds Business and Engineering degrees from The Wharton School, Old Dominion University, the U.S. Naval Nuclear Power School, and the U.S. Naval Academy.

Mr. Mike Petters
Mr. Mike Petters

Panelist

CEO and President, Huntington Ingalls Industries

(Confirmed)

Mike Petters is president and chief executive officer of Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII), America's largest military shipbuilder.

Petters assumed this role on March 31, 2011, when Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding began operating as the newly formed and publicly owned Huntington Ingalls Industries in a spin-off from Northrop Grumman Corp. He is also a member of the HII board of directors.

Petters is responsible for leading the design, construction and overhaul of conventionally powered surface combatants, amphibious and auxiliary ships, and nuclear-powered submarines and aircraft carriers, as well as business opportunities in adjacent markets. Prior to this appointment and since 2008, Petters served as president of Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding. Previous to this, he served as president of Northrop Grumman's Newport News sector.

Petters joined Newport News Shipbuilding in 1987 in the Los Angeles-class submarine construction division. He held a number of increasingly responsible positions throughout the organization, including production supervisor for submarines, marketing manager for submarines and carriers, vice president of aircraft carrier programs, vice president of contracts and pricing, and vice president of human resources.

A native of Florida, Petters earned a bachelor's degree in physics from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1982, served aboard the nuclear-powered submarine USS George Bancroft and spent five years in the U.S. Naval Reserve. In 1993, he earned a master's degree in business administration from the College of William and Mary.

Petters serves on the Commonwealth of Virginia's Advisory Council on Revenue Estimates, the board of directors for the U.S. Naval Academy Foundation, and the board of directors and board of trustees of the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation. He also serves on the distinguished advisory board for the Dolphin Scholarship Foundation and the advisory council for the Naval Historical Foundation.

LCDR Victorio Ramirez, USN
LCDR Victorio Ramirez, USN

Panelist

Executive Officer, Naval Special Warfare Support Activity ONE

(Confirmed)

In December 1998 LCDR Ramirez earned his commission through the NROTC program at The University of Arizona.  After completing Surface Warfare Officer School in Newport, RI in August 1999, he reported aboard USS JOHN S. MCCAIN (DDG-56) in Yokosuka, Japan where he qualified as a Surface Warfare Officer and completed a deployment to the Arabian Gulf.  In July 2000 he reported aboard USS BONHOMME RICHARD (LHD-6) in San Diego and participated in the ship’s pre-deployment workup.  In August 2001, he reported to Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) Training in Coronado, CA, and graduated with BUD/S class 238 and completed SEAL Qualification Training in 2002. In 2003, he reported aboard SEAL Team ONE as Platoon Assistant Officer-in-Charge and deployed in 2004 in support of COMSOCPAC’s Theater Security Assistance Program and USPACOM contingency plans.  In 2004, he reported aboard Naval Special Warfare Group ONE as Assistant Operations Officer and deployed numerous times to Southeast Asia in support of counter-terrorism efforts to include a deployment to U.S. Embassy Jakarta as a PACOM augment to the Country Team. In 2006 he reported aboard SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team ONE (SDVT-1) as Platoon Commander and deployed in 2007 to Malaysia for a Joint Combined Exchange Training event, and in 2008 as Mission Commander for an undersea Special Operations mission. He also served as Operations Officer at SDVT-1 and deployed again in 2008 as the Task Unit Commander for an undersea Special Operations mission.  In 2009 he reported aboard SEAL Team THREE and deployed in 2010 to Iraq as Task Unit – Ramadi Commander in support of Operations IRAQI FREEDOM and NEW DAWN.  In 2011 he reported to the Indonesian Navy Command and Staff College as part of the foreign officer exchange program.  In 2012 he reported aboard Naval Special Warfare Support Activity ONE where he is currently serving as Executive Officer. 

LCDR Ramirez’s personal decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, and various service and campaign awards.

 

CAPT Dale Rielage, USN
CAPT Dale Rielage, USN

Panelist

Director, Navy Asia Pacific Advisory Group

(Confirmed)

Captain Rielage began his career as a surface warfare officer, serving on USS STARK (FFG-31) as communications officer, assistant navigator and damage control assistant. Redesignated as a Special Duty (Intelligence) officer, he has served afloat on the staff of the Commander, U.S. SECOND Fleet, and as the Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff for Intelligence at the U.S. SEVENTH Fleet in Yokosuka, Japan. Ashore, he served in the Pentagon as Deputy Executive Assistant to the Director of Naval Intelligence, and in the U.S. Embassy, Berlin, Germany, as the assistant naval attaché. From 2006 to 2008, he led the Contingencies Branch of the U.S. Pacific Fleet Intelligence Directorate. During 2011, he served as Senior Intelligence Officer for China at the Office of Naval Intelligence, a position normally held by a Defense Intelligence Senior Leader. Since December 2011, he has served in the Navy Asia Pacific Advisory Group.

Off-duty, Captain Rielage enjoys writing on history and naval intelligence. His book Russian Supply Efforts in America during the First World War was published in 2002. He has had articles and book reviews in the Naval War College Review, Proceedings, Naval History, Marine Corps Gazette, Fire Chief, Fire Engineering and the Naval Intelligence Professionals Quarterly. His September 2013 Proceedings article “Parsing the Chinese Challenge” was awarded the 2nd place Silver Medal in the U.S. Naval Institute’s annual “Author of the Year” judging.

RDML James H. Rodman Jr., USN
RDML James H. Rodman Jr., USN

Panelist

Chief Engineer Directorate, SPAWAR Systems Command

(Confirmed)

Rear Admiral Rodman is a native of West Berlin, N.J.  He received his Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering from West Virginia University in 1984, his Juris Doctor  from the Villanova University School of Law in 1991, and his Executive Masters in Technology Management from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and School of Engineering & Applied Science in 2005.

After receiving his direct commission into the Engineering Duty Officer (EDO) program in 1985, Rodman reported to Philadelphia Naval Shipyard 104 as an EDO in training and assistant ship superintendent. In 1988, he reported to Naval Ship Systems Engineering Station 104 as a project officer and completed his EDO qualification. Rodman transferred to Naval Weapons Station, Earle, N.J., in 1993 where he served as ordnance safety officer and commanding officer of WEAP STA Earle Det 601 EOT. In 1996 he joined the Space and Naval Warfare Program and was assigned to Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) 0366 at the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) serving as the gaining command liaison officer for NRO’s Operational Support Office.

In 2001, Rodman received orders to Naval Network and Space Operations Command (NNSOC) 0766 where he served as operations and executive officer. In 2003, he returned to the NRO as executive officer of SPAWAR 0866.  He assumed command of Naval Network Warfare Command (NETWARCOM) Network Engineering (formerly NNSOC 0266) in 2004 providing architecture, systems engineering, and integration support to NETWARCOM’s worldwide space and terrestrial communications enterprise. In 2006, Rodman assumed command of SPAWAR 0466 supporting Program Executive Officer Space Systems and SPAWAR PMW-146 in the Assembly, Integration, and Testing of the Mobile User Objective System. In 2008, he served as Space Domain director on the national staff of the Navy Net-Centric Warfare Group (NNWG) and, in 2009, was named NNWG’s vice commander.  He returned to active duty in 2011 as SPAWAR’s Chief Engineer.

In his civilian career, Rodman has held various systems engineering, management, and leadership positions in private industry in the operations, development, testing, and system-of-systems integration of specialized aerospace applications critical to national intelligence and defense. As a Senior Program manager, he provides Systems Engineering and Integration support to multiple Intelligence Community and Department of Defense agencies. He is also licensed to practice law in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Rodman’s decorations include Meritorious Service Medal (2 gold stars); Joint Service Commendation Medal; Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (3), and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.

RADM Thomas S. Rowden, USN
RADM Thomas S. Rowden, USN

Panelist

Director, Surface Warfare Division, N96, OPNAV

(Confirmed)

A native of Washington, D.C., and a 1982 graduate of the United States Naval Academy, Rear Admiral Rowden has served in a diverse range of sea and shore assignments.

Rowden's sea duty assignments include duty in cruisers, destroyers, and aircraft carriers in both the Atlantic and Pacific Fleets. During these tours, he deployed to the Arabian Gulf, Western Pacific, Sea of Japan, South China Sea, East China Sea, Philippine Sea, Mediterranean Sea, Indian Ocean, Black Sea, and Gulf of Guinea/West Africa areas of operation. He commanded USS Milius (DDG-69), served as reactor officer in USS George Washington (CVN-73); commander, Destroyer Squadron 60; commander, Carrier Strike Group Seven; and commander, USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) Strike Group. His most recent assignment was commander, Carrier Strike Group 11, and commander, USS Nimitz (CVN-68) Strike Group.

Ashore, he has served on the Joint Staff as an action officer in the Defense and Space Operations Division (J38); on the chief of naval operations staff as the theater missile and air defense branch head for the Director, Navy Missile Defense (N71), and as the executive assistant to the Director of Surface Warfare (N76). He completed a tour as Surface Warfare Officer (nuclear) assignment officer at the Bureau of Naval Personnel Command, and served as commanding officer of Surface Warfare Officers School Command, Newport, R.I., where he oversaw the training of every officer en route to duty on ships at sea. His first flag assignment was commander, U.S. Naval Forces Korea.

Rowden earned his Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College. His current assignment is on the Chief of Naval Operations Staff as director, Surface Warfare Division.

Rowden's decorations include the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and other personal, unit, and campaign awards.

LCDR Bryan Schneider, USN
LCDR Bryan Schneider, USN

Panelist

Force Personnel Officer, Naval Surface Forces

(Confirmed)

Lieutenant Commander Schneider was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. He is a 2002 graduate of the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD, earning a Bachelor’s degree of Science in Economics with a minor in Russian.  He is also a 2008 Graduate of the Naval War College in Newport Rhode Island, earning a Masters in National Strategic Studies.

After attending Surface Warfare Officer’s School in Newport, RI, Lieutenant Commander Schneider reported aboard USS ROSS (DDG 71) in Norfolk, VA, serving as CIC Officer.  During this tour, LCDR Schneider earned his designation as Surface Warfare Officer.  Thereafter, LCDR Schneider fleeted up in USS ROSS (DDG 71) serving as Navigator from 2005 - 2006. 

Ashore, LCDR Schneider served as an instructor of Seamanship and Navigation at the U.S. Naval Academy where he was able to earn his Craftmaster qualification.  From 2007-2008, he served as the Executive Assistant to the Director of Professional Development. Following Department Head School, LCDR Schneider was served as Engineering Officer in USS HALSEY (DDG 97), then as Operations Officer in USS CHANCELLORSVILLE (CG 62). 

LCDR Schneider is currently serving as Force Personnel Officer at Commander, Naval Surface Force Pacific headquarters. He lives here in San Diego with his wife Jennifer and son Teague.

LT Joshua Starr, USN

Panelist

Aircraft Maintenance Quality Assurance Officer, Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 41

(Confirmed)

Lieutenant Joshua Starr hails from Winslow, New Jersey and attended college at Boston University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in International Relations in 2004.  

In March 2005, Lieutenant Starr reported for Aviation Preflight Indoctrination in Pensacola, FL and completed primary flight training in Corpus Christ, TX.  He selected helicopters, continued with advanced flight training in Milton, FL and earned his Naval Aviator wings in April of 2007.

After winging, Lieutenant Starr received initial training at HSM-41 onboard Naval Air Station North Island flying the SH-60B.  Lieutenant Starr reported for sea duty at HSL-43 and served as Ground Safety Officer, Legal Officer, Detachment Operations Officer, Detachment Maintenance Officer, and Squadron NATOPS Officer.  As a “Battlecat”, he deployed twice with Detachment FOUR aboard USS FORD (FFG-54) and USS RODNEY M. DAVIS (FFG-60) in support of U.S. FOURTH FLEET and JOINT INTERAGENCY TASK FORCE – SOUTH conducting Counter Illicit Trafficking operations.

Lieutenant Starr was selected as HSL-43 “Pilot of the Year” in December 2011 and received orders to return to HSM-41 as a Fleet Replacement Flight Instructor.  While at HSM-41, he qualified in the Navy’s newest helicopter, the MH-60R and served as the Limited Duty Coordinator and Operations Schedules Officer.  He currently serves as the Quality Assurance Officer and was selected as the HSM-41 “Officer of the Year” in December 2013.

Lieutenant Starr has been awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal along with multiple unit and service awards.

ADM James G. Stavridis, USN (Ret.)
ADM James G. Stavridis, USN (Ret.)

Panelist

former Supreme Allied Commander, Europe Commander, U.S. European Command and Dean, The Fletcher School, Tufts University

(Confirmed)

Admiral James Stavridis assumed duties as Commander of the United States European Command and as the Supreme Allied Commander, Europe in early summer 2009.

Stavridis is a 1976 distinguished graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and a native of South Florida.

A Surface Warfare Officer, he commanded the Destroyer USS Barry (DDG-52) from 1993-1995, completing UN/NATO deployments to Haiti, Bosnia, and the Arabian Gulf. Barry won the Battenberg Cup as the top ship in the Atlantic Fleet under his command.

In 1998, he commanded Destroyer Squadron 21 and deployed to the Arabian Gulf, winning the Navy League's John Paul Jones Award for Inspirational Leadership.

From 2002-2004, he commanded Enterprise Carrier Strike Group, conducting combat operations in the Arabian Gulf in support of both Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.

From 2006-2009, he commanded U.S. Southern Command in Miami, focused on Latin America and the Caribbean.

Ashore, he served as a strategic and long range planner on the staffs of the Chief of Naval Operations and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He has also served as the Executive Assistant to the Secretary of the Navy and the Senior Military Assistant to the Secretary of Defense.

Stavridis earned a PhD and MALD from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University in International Relations in 1984, where he won the Gullion Prize as outstanding student. He is also a distinguished graduate of both the Naval and National War Colleges.

He holds various decorations and awards, including the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal and five awards of the Legion of Merit. He is author or co-author of several books on naval shiphandling and leadership, including Command at Sea and Destroyer Captain.

He is currently Dean of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, from which he holds a PhD.


 

LtGen John Toolan, USMC
LtGen John Toolan, USMC

Panelist

Commanding General, I Marine Expeditionary Force

(Confirmed)

Lieutenant General John A. Toolan Jr. was commissioned in October 1976 and reported to Okinawa as an Infantry Officer with 1st Battalion, 9th Marines. Following this tour, he spent three years at MCRD San Diego, California, and was subsequently reassigned as a Company Commander with 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines.

Lieutenant General Toolan served as the Marine Officer Instructor at the University of Pennsylvania from 1984 to 1987. He was then transferred to the II Marine Expeditionary Force in Camp Lejeune as the Staff Secretary and then to 2nd Light Armored Infantry Battalion as Operations Officer and Executive Officer from 1987-1991; Operations DESERT SHIELD and DESERT STORM highlighted his tour with the Carolina MAGTF. Manpower Officer Assignments was his next posting until 1994 when selected for command of 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, “Wolfpack”, in 29 Palms from 1994-1997.

Following Battalion command, Lieutenant General Toolan attended Air Force War College in Montgomery, Alabama, and was subsequently assigned as the Deputy J5 at Supreme Allied Headquarters, Mons, Belgium. Bosnia and Kosovo, particularly Operation ALLIED FORCE, consumed his attention during this tour.

From 2000-2002 he commanded Weapons and Field Training Battalion in Camp Pendleton and then joined the 1st Marine Division as the Operations Officer for Operation IRAQI FREEDOM.

In March 2003, Lieutenant General Toolan took command of Regimental Combat Team 1 and led the RCT in the march up to Baghdad. His RCT returned to Al Anbar Province, Iraq for OIF II in 2004. Following Regimental command, he was assigned as the Director of the Marine Corps Command and Staff College in Quantico, Virginia.

Promoted to Brigadier General in 2006, he was assigned as the Principal Director for Asia/Pacific Affairs, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy in Washington, DC with follow on assignment as Deputy Commander, U.S. Forces Japan from 2008-2010. He was promoted to Major General in 2009.

In July 2010, Lieutenant General Toolan was assigned as the Commander of the 2nd Marine Division. In March 2011, he deployed as the Commanding General, II MEF (Fwd) to Helmand Province, Afghanistan for duties as Commander, Regional Command (South West) until March 2012.

On September 7, 2012, Lieutenant General Toolan was promoted to his current rank and assumed command of the I Marine Expeditionary Force.

Mr. David M. Wennergren
Mr. David M. Wennergren

Moderator

Vice President, Enterprise Technologies and Services, CACI and former Assistant Deputy Chief Management Officer, Department of Defense

(Confirmed)

Mr. David M. Wennergren is Vice President, Enterprise Technologies and Services, at CACI International Inc. He has over 30 years of leadership experience in information technology and change management and has served in a number of senior positions across the Department of Defense (DoD) and federal government, including DoD Assistant Deputy Chief Management Officer, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Information Management, Integration and Technology/Deputy Chief Information Officer, Department of the Navy Chief Information Officer and Vice Chair of the U.S. Government’s Federal CIO Council.

In his last assignment, he served as the DoD Assistant Deputy Chief Management Officer, where he was the principal deputy to the DoD Deputy Chief Management Officer and championed efforts to optimize business operations across the entire Department of Defense.  He previously served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Information Management, Integration and Technology/Deputy Chief Information Officer, where he led information technology and information management efforts for the Department of Defense.  In addition to these duties, Mr. Wennergren served for five years as Vice Chair of the U.S. Government’s Federal CIO Council, and also served as Chair of the Committee for National Security Systems and Chair of the DoD Identity Protection and Management Senior Coordinating Group, where he championed the successful deployment of the DoD Common Access Card.  He also served as the Director of the DoD Business Transformation Agency, served for four years as the Department of the Navy (DON) Chief Information Officer, during which time he also served as the DON’s Critical Infrastructure Assurance Officer and also served as the DON Deputy CIO for Enterprise Integration and Security.  Other past assignments within the DON included redesigning the Navy’s shore installation management structure, the Navy’s Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) teams for BRAC-93 and BRAC-95, the Commercial Activities (OMB Circular A-76) Program and working as a management analyst at Naval field activities.

He received his B.A. in Communications/Public Relations from Mansfield University, and received the University’s Alumni Citation Award in 2012. He was a recipient of a Secretary of the Navy Civilian Fellowship in Financial Management, culminating in a Master of Public Policy (MPP) from the University of Maryland's School of Public Affairs.

Mr. Wennergren’s awards include the Department of Defense Distinguished Civilian Service Award, the Department of the Navy Distinguished, Superior and Meritorious Civilian Service Awards, the Secretary of Defense Meritorious Civilian Service Award, and the Office of the Secretary of Defense Exceptional Civilian Service Award.  He was elected as a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration in 2013. Other honors include:  the 2012 Roger W. Jones Award for Executive Leadership (American University), the TechAmerica Terman Award  2010 Government Technology Executive of the Year, the  Federal CIO Council 2008 Azimuth Award winner, the Federal Computer Week 2006 Eagle Award (Government Leader of the Year), the 2006 John J. Franke Jr. Award from the American Council for Technology, the Government Computer News 2005 Defense Executive of the Year, three Federal Computer Week Fed 100 Awards, the Computerworld Premier 100 Award, and the 2008 General James M. Rockwell AFCEAN of the Year. A huge believer in the “power of team,” he is also honored to have worked in two organizations that were awarded the Department of the Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation.

 

Theater Presentations on Exhibit Floor
 

Cyber Issues Theater

(Exhibit Hall B; start of the 1400/1500 aisles)

Tuesday, February 11

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner

1 CEU CompTIA Network+, Security+ and CASP

Mr. Craig Brown

Principal Technical Writer

Global Knowledge

Synopsis: During the one hour presentation, we will examine Microsoft's security approaches to: virtualization, enterprise storage, secure comprehensive solutions, and advanced authentication techniques.

Tuesday, February 11

2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Addressing Security Vulnerabilities of Mobile Computing: A Managerial Perspective

1 CEU CompTIA Security+ and Mobility+ and1 GIAC CMU

Dr. Amjad Ali, Ph.D.

Associate Vice President

Cyber Security Advisor to the President

University of Maryland University College

Synopsis: The popularity of mobile computing in organizations has increased significantly over the past few years. Mobile devices such as notebooks and laptop computers provide the necessary computing power and mobility for executives, managers, and other professionals. However, such advantages come with a price for the security of the organizational networks: increased cyber security vulnerabilities. Major mobile computing vulnerability categories: physical, system, and network access are examined and a managerial framework is presented to deal with such vulnerabilities.

Wednesday, February 12

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Ensuring Cyber Resilience in Acquisition

1 CEU CompTIA Security+ and 1 GIAC CMU

Ms. Lisa Young

Senior Engineer, Computer Emergency Readiness Team (CERT)

Carnegie Mellon University, Software Engineering Institute

Synopsis: The concepts of cybersecurity and resilience receive a lot of attention after systems are deployed, but little has been done to improve acquisition practices to ensure that systems are designed and built to achieve their missions through evolving cyber environments.  This presentation will discuss the current challenges and shortfalls of addressing resilience in acquisition and suggest a roadmap for improvement.   Particular attention is paid to cyber resilience as it relates to maritime security, interoperability, and integration in support of the Maritime Strategy.

Wednesday, February 12

2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Competition-Based Learning Supports DoD Cyber Warrior Workforce Training

1 CEU CompTIA Security+ and 1 GIAC CMU

Mr. Steve Silva
Chief Technology Officer

Cypherpath

Synopsis: This session will provide an overview of the competition-based learning (CBL) activities currently being piloted across the Services, the goals/objectives, status and timeline of the project, as well as a quick demonstration of the ability to virtualize cyber infrastructure using the CyberFire© toolset which will be piloted by DoD during FY2014.  The use of CBL is intended to better prepare DoD cyber warriors to operate and defend their networks in an increasingly threat-based environment.

 

Thursday, February 13

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Topic: TBD

Dr. Michael Orosz
Resarch Associate Professor

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

University of Southern California

IEEE Computer Society

Synopsis: TBD

 


SPAWAR Issues Theater

(Exhibit Hall B; end of the 1600 aisle)

Tuesday, February 11

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

SSC PAC R&D Poster Sessions

Speaker:

CAPT Kurt Rothenhaus, USN

Synopsis:

A SPAWAR Systems Center Pacific hands-on Science and Technology snapshot.

Tuesday, February 11

2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Doing Business with SPAWAR

Participants:

Faye Esaias

Mark McLain

Synopsis: Hot to do business with SPAWAR.

Wednesday, February 12

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Operating in the New Cyber-now

Moderator:

Pat Sullivan

Panelists:

TBD

Synopsis:

This panel will discuss our current threats today and tomorrow's immediate threats and what we need to work on to keep our data and war fights safe.

Wednesday, February 12

2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Ask The Acquisition Experts

Moderator:

Faye Esaias

Panelists:

TBD

Synopsis:

A Roundtable Q&A with SPARWAR's Acquisition Leadership.

Wednesday, February 12

3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Meet the SSC PAC Portfolio Management Board

Host:

Carmela Keeney

Participants:

Mark Blocksom

Josh Caplan

Wadad Dubbelday

Linda Kusumoto

James Reed

Joe Summa

Bryan Tollefson

Synopsis:

Portfolio Managers discuss their top initiatives.

Thursday, February 13

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

C4ISR Kill Chain

Moderator:

RDML Christian "Boris" Becker, USN

Program Executive Officer

Command, Control, Communications, Computers,
and Intelligence
(PEO C4I)
and
Program Executive Officer
Space Systems
(PEO Space Systems)

Panelists:

TBD

Synopsis:

Operator discuss the offensive and defensive roles of C4I in combat.


Operational Issues Theater

(Exhibit Hall C; end of the 800/900 aisles)

Tuesday, February 11

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Aegis BMD Update

Speaker:

VADM James D. Syring, USN

Director

Missile Defense Agency

Tuesday, February 11

2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

The ATHENA Project - Fostering and Spreading a Culture of Creativity in the Navy

Participants:

CTR1(SW) H. Lucien Gauthier III, USN

Member, CNO's Rapid Innovation Cell, NIOC MD

LT William Hughes, USN

Navigator

USS BENFOLD (DDG 65)

CDR Rich LeBron, USN

Commanding Officer

USS BENFOLD (DDG 65)

ENS Robert McClenning,USN

MP Division Officer

USS BENFOLD (DDG 65)

LT Dave Nobles, USN

Weapons Officer

USS BENFOLD (DDG 65)

FC2 Michael Owen, USN

CIWS Technician

USS BENFOLD (DDG 65)

STG2 Gina Stevens, USN

Sonar Technician, USS BENFOLD (DDG 65)

Synopsis:

Athena is an innovation-fueled initiative founded on USS BENFOLD (DDG 65) to make the Navy better through powerful ideas, unique solutions and intellectual courage. With the fourth installment set for February, Athena is focused on building a cadre of Junior Sailors and Young Officers that think differently, approach problems in a different way, and have the courage to stand up and say it.

Tuesday, February 11

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Evolving the Relationship of the ARG/MEU & SOF

Speaker:

Col Matt G. Trollinger, USMC
Commanding Officer

11th Marine Expeditionary Unit

Synopsis:

This presentation will highlight the USMC/USSOCOM initiative to better leverage the complementary capabilities of deploying Marine Air Ground Task Forces (MAGTF) and the Global Special Operations Forces (SOF) Network in support of Geographic Combatant Commander (GCC) objectives.

Wednesday, February 12

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Rebalance the Fleet - Strategy and Challenges

Speaker:

RADM Patrick Lorge, USN

Commander

Navy Region Southwest

Synopsis:

1. Describe the current strategies being employed to manage asset shifts and identify associated requirements needed to support those shifts.

2. Discuss Warfare Enterprise engagement in the decision making process.

3. Discuss the integrated challenges facing decision makers in executing long range plans and programming funds to support those decisions.

 

Wednesday, February 12

2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Committed and Engaged Leadership

Speaker:

MajGen Steven W. Busby, USMC

Commanding General

Third Marine Aircraft Wing

Wednesday, February 12

3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Title: TBD .

Speaker:

CAPT Randy Garner, USN

Commodore of LCSRON ONE

Thursday, February 13

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Title: TBD

Speaker:

TBD


 
 

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