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    EAST: Joint Warfighting 2013


     

    The world is changing; our Nation is changing; and our Services are changing. At EAST: Joint Warfighting 2013, active duty professionals have a say in how the profession of arms will change. This three-day professional development event allows active duty military, government, industry and academia to collaborate on the key issues critical to defense and have the opportunity to engage on multiple levels to help set the agendas for future operations, training, and force structure. Keynote speakers and local command leaders will address the overall theme Innovation in an Era of Austerity: What Capabilities Do We Need to Operate in a Non-Permissive Environment?

    Top 5 Reasons to Attend EAST: Joint Warfighting 2013

    1. Hear from senior military and industry leaders and get your questions answered
    2. Participate in panel sessions on timely issues in today’s military
    3. Earn CEUs and maintain your DoD 8570.01-M credentials (link to http://www.afcea.org/events/jwc/13/ceu.asp)
    4. See and touch the best and newest equipment industry has to offer in the exhibit hall
    5. Engage and network with speakers, panelists, industry representatives, and other attendees

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

    May 14-16, 2013
    Virginia Beach Convention Center

     

    Virginia Beach Convention Center (Website)
    1000 19th Street
    Virginia Beach, VA 23451

    When traveling from routes northwest of the Hampton Roads region, motorists are encouraged to use a faster, alternate route via I-664 Monitor Merrimac Memorial Bridge Tunnel (MMMBT), off of I-64 East, to make getting here a breeze. While the mileage to reach the beach could be greater, I-664 tends to be less congested and the time spent idling in traffic is statistically reduced. Simply take I-64 East, to I-664 (Exit # 264), to I-264 (Exit # 15 A), which will lead to the oceanfront. When leaving to return home, take I-264 West to I-664 North (Exit #299) to I-64 West (Exit #1 A).

    When approaching from the west, other routes are Interstate 64, U.S. 460 or U.S. 58. From the north and south, convenient routes include Interstates 85 or 95, U.S. 17 and U.S. 13 (crossing the world-famous Chesapeake Bay-Bridge Tunnel, a 17-mile span connecting Virginia's Eastern Shore with Virginia Beach). These routes intersect with Interstate 64, which connects with the Virginia Beach-Norfolk Expressway, Interstate 264, and leads directly to the Virginia Beach oceanfront.

     

    Conference Hotels

    Available Hotels (Room Rates available until the middle of April)

    • Courtyard Marriott - North Virginia Beach
    • Doubletree by Hilton - Virginia Beach
    • Fairfield Inn and Suites - Virginia Beach Oceanfront
    • Hampton Inn - Oceanfront North
    • Ramada - On the Beach
    • SpringHill Suites - Virginia Beach Oceanfront
       

    Please note that in order to receive conference rates for the hotels, reservations must by made through the East: Joint Warfighting 2013 housing site.

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    Innovation in an Era of Austerity: What Capabilities Do We Need to Operate in a Non-Permissive Environment

    Tuesday, May 14, 2013
    TimeTitle
    8:00AM - 8:30AMCoffee Break
    8:30AM - 9:30AMOpening Keynote
    9:30AM - 10:00AMBreak
    10:00AM - 11:15AMPanel: A Contested Environment: How Do We Provide Effective Command & Control to the Operators?
    11:15AM - 12:00PMBreak
    12:00PM - 1:30PMLuncheon Keynote
    • Keynote: Mr. Frank Kendall, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics (Confirmed)
    1:30PM - 2:00PMBreak
    2:00PM - 3:15PMPanel: After the Cliff: Where did the Budgets Land and What Does It Mean?
    3:15PM - 3:45PMBreak
    3:45PM - 5:00PMPanel:  Cyber:  How Much Should be Militarized?
    5:00PM - 6:00PMReception on Exhibit Floor
    Wednesday, May 15, 2013
    TimeTitle
    8:00AM - 8:30AMCoffee Break
    8:30AM - 9:30AMMorning Keynote
    9:30AM - 10:00AMBreak
    10:00AM - 11:15AMPanel: Coalition: Is It All Talk or How Do We Make It More Action?
    11:15AM - 12:00PMBreak
    12:00PM - 1:30PMLuncheon Keynote
    1:30PM - 2:00PMBreak
    2:00PM - 3:00PMPanel: Operating in a New Environment: What do the Operators Think?
    3:00PM - 4:00PMNetworking Break
    4:00PM - 5:00PMPanel: Incremental Change or Radical Change: How Do We Develop the Right Mindset for the Future?
    Thursday, May 16, 2013
    TimeTitle
    8:00AM - 8:30AMCoffee Break
    8:30AM - 9:30AMMorning Keynote
    • Moderator: Dr. John Nagl, Non-Resident Senior Fellow, Center for A New American Security and Minerva Research Fellow, U.S. Naval Academy (Confirmed)
    9:30AM - 10:00AMBreak
    10:00AM - 11:15AMPanel: Acquisition: What Can Government Do to Speed Delivery of the Right Stuff to the Operators?
    • Moderator: LTG Jeffery Sorenson, USA (Ret.), former U.S. Army CIO and Partner, A.T. Kearney Public Sector & Defense Services LLC (Confirmed)
    • Panelist: RADM Terry B. Kraft, USN, Commander, Navy Warfare Development Command (Confirmed)
    • Panelist: Mr. Ken Mahler, Vice President of Navy Programs at Newport News Shipbuilding, Huntington Ingalls Industries (Confirmed)
    • Panelist: Mr. Allan Resnick, Director, Analysis & Integration Directorate Army Capabilities Integration Center (ARCIC), U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (Confirmed)
    • Panelist: Mr. James H. Smerchansky, Deputy Commander, Systems Engineering Interoperability, Architecture & Technology (SIAT). Marine Corps System Command (Confirmed)
    11:15AM - 12:00PMBreak
    12:00PM - 1:30PMLuncheon Keynote
    1:30PM - 2:00PMBreak and Exhibits Close

    GEN Mieczyslaw Bieniek, Polish Army
    GEN Mieczyslaw Bieniek, Polish Army

    Keynote

    Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)

    (Confirmed)

    General Bieniek was born in Krapkowice, Poland, on 19 June 1951. He joined the Polish Army as an Officer Cadet in 1969. Following commissioning, he served in 7th Reconnaissance Battalion of 10th Armoured Division, starting as platoon leader, through long range reconnaissance company commander, and staff officer of the battalion.

    From 1978 to 1981 he attended the Polish Armed Forces General Staff Academy. Upon graduation he served as chief of G-3 Plans of 6th Airborne Division. In 1983 he was assigned as COS of battalion of 6th Airborne Division, and in 1985 he assumed a command of the battalion where served until 1989.

    Promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in 1989, he was appointed as COS and then CO of the Polish Contingent in the UN Mission -UNDOF until 1991. Then following a tour of duty as Section Chief in OPS Division of Cracow Military District, he served as Chief Logistics Officer in another UN Mission - MINURSO until 1993.

    In 1994, upon his promotion to Colonel, he assumed the command of 6th Air Assault Brigade in Cracow. The following year he attended the Royal College of Defence Studies in London graduating in 1996, followed by command of 25th Air Cavalry Division. The same year he was promoted to the rank of Brigadier General. In 1997 he attended the Senior Defence Management Course in Monterey.

    In 1999 General Bieniek took over Nordic-Polish Brigade Command in SFOR, and successfully commanded the Brigade for over 7 months. In 1999 he became the Chief of Crisis Management Division in Polish MOD. At the end of the year he was assigned as Chief of Exercise, Education and Training Branch in SHAPE.

    In May 2002, he became Deputy Commander of 3rd Corps NRDC-Turkey. From January to July 2004 he successfully commanded Multinational Division Central-South in Iraq during the operation "Iraqi Freedom". Then, he was appointed as 2nd Mechanized Corps Commander. On the 15th August 2004 he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant General. Between January and August 2007 he was assigned as a Special Envoy of the SACEUR in Afghanistan, where he served as an advisor to Minister of Defense.

    From October 2007, he served as a senior military advisor to the Polish Minister of Defense. In April 2009 General Bieniek was appointed as the Polish Military Representative to the NATO and European Union Military Committees. Most recently he was nominated and on 29th September 2010 assumed the position of Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Transformation. On the 10th of November 2010 he was promoted to the rank of General.

    General Bieniek's education includes the Polish Army Academy and Polish Armed Forces General Staff Academy as well as Royal College of Defence Studies in London. He also holds a Master of Arts Degree from Cracow Physical Education Academy and a PhD in International Security from Polish NDU.

    In addition to English he is also fluent in Russian.

    General Bieniek has been awarded the Officer's Cross and Commander's Cross of the Order of Rebirth of Poland, Golden Cross of Merit, US Bronze Medal of Merit, medals for operations and many others. His interests include history, literature and sports, especially tennis, snowboarding, windsurfing and parachuting. He holds the Jump Master qualification for both military and civilian parachuting, with more than 3000 jumps under his belt.

    Moreover he is qualified to jump together with US, UK and Belgian Airborne Units.

    Gen Robert W. Cone, USA
    Gen Robert W. Cone, USA

    Keynote

    Commanding General, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command

    (Confirmed)

    General Robert W. Cone assumed duties as Commander, United States Army Training and Doctrine Command on April 29, 2011 after serving as Commander, III Corps and Fort Hood, Texas and Deputy Commanding General - Operations for U.S. Forces - Iraq.

    General Cone graduated from the United States Military Academy and was commissioned as an Armor Officer in June 1979. His first duty assignment was in the 2nd Armored Division, Fort Hood, Texas, from January 1980 until December 1984. He served as a Cavalry Platoon Leader and Troop Executive Officer in 2nd Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment, Aide-de-camp to the Assistant Division Commander, Battalion Motor Officer, followed by command of Combat Service Support Company and then Delta Company, 1st Battalion, 67th Armor. He then attended the Infantry Officer Advanced Course in January 1985.

    In July 1985, General Cone began studies at the University of Texas, Austin, earning a Master's Degree in Sociology and upon completion in 1987 was assigned to the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership at West Point. He performed duties as an instructor, and later assistant professor in the department before attending the Command and General Staff College in summer 1990. In May 1991, General Cone reported as the Operations Officer, 2nd Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment where he deployed in support of Operation Desert Storm. Upon redeployment, he served as the Regimental S-3, then Regimental Executive Officer until the Regiment's inactivation in March 1994. General Cone was then assigned as Regimental Executive Officer, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, Fort Bliss, Texas, and then assumed command of 1st Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment in October 1994. General Cone then attended the Naval War College in 1997 earning a Master's Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies.

    In summer 1998, General Cone returned to Fort Hood and was assigned as the G-3, 4th Infantry Division and then assumed command of 2nd Brigade, 4th Infantry Division. In July 2001, he was assigned to the Joint Staff with duty as Military Director, Joint Advanced Warfighting Program, Institute for Defense Analyses. He deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in March 2003 leading Joint Forces Command's Lessons Learned Collection Team and was subsequently assigned Director, Joint Center for Operational Analysis. In September 2004, General Cone was assigned as Commander, National Training Center, Fort Irwin, California. In June 2007, General Cone deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom as Commander, Combined Security Transition Command. Upon redeployment in December 2008, he served briefly as Special Assistant, Commanding General, Training and Doctrine Command before assuming command of III Corps in September 2009. General Cone deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation New Dawn from March 2010 to February 2011.

    His awards and decorations include: the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal (1 OLC), Legion of Merit (2 OLC), Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (2 OLC), Army Commendation Medal (2 OLC), Army Achievement Medal, Parachutist Badge, Ranger Tab, and the Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge.

    Mr. Frank Kendall
    Mr. Frank Kendall

    Keynote

    Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics

    (Confirmed)

    Senate Confirmed in May 2012, Mr. Frank Kendall currently serves as the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics (AT&L).  In this capacity, he is responsible to the Secretary of Defense for all matters pertaining to acquisition; research and engineering; developmental testing; contract administration; logistics and materiel readiness; installations and environment; operational energy; chemical, biological, and nuclear weapons; the acquisition workforce; and the defense industrial base.  He is the leader of the Department of Defense’s efforts to increase the Department’s buying power and improve the performance of the defense acquisition enterprise.  Prior to this appointment, from March 2010 – May 2012 he served as the Principal Deputy Under Secretary and also as the Acting Under Secretary.

    Mr. Kendall has over 40 years of experience in engineering, management, defense acquisition, and national security affairs in private industry, government, and the military.  He has been a consultant to defense industry firms, non-profit research organizations, and the Department of Defense in the areas of strategic planning, engineering management, and technology assessment.  Mr. Kendall was Vice President of Engineering for Raytheon Company, where he was responsible for management direction to the engineering functions throughout the company and for internal research and development.  Before assuming his current position, Mr. Kendall was a Managing Partner at Renaissance Strategic Advisors, a Virginia-based aerospace and defense sector consulting firm.

    Within government, Mr. Kendall held the position of Director of Tactical Warfare Programs in the Office of the Secretary of Defense and the position of Assistant Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Strategic Defense Systems.  Mr. Kendall is a former member of the Army Science Board and the Defense Intelligence Agency Science and Technology Advisory Board and he has been a consultant to the Defense Science Board and a Senior Advisor to the Center for Strategic and International Studies.  Mr. Kendall also spent ten years on active duty with the Army serving in Germany, teaching Engineering at West Point, and holding research and development positions.

    Mr. Kendall is an attorney and has been active in the field of human rights, working primarily on a pro bono basis. He has worked with Amnesty International USA, where he served as a member of the Board of Directors, with Human Rights First, for which he was an observer at Guantanamo, and with the Tahirih Justice Center, where he was Chair of the Board of Directors.

    Over the course of his career as a public servant, Mr. Kendall was awarded the following federal civilian awards:  Defense Distinguished Civilian Service Medal, Secretary of Defense Meritorious Civilian Service Medal, Presidential Rank Award of Distinguished Executive (Senior Executive Service), Presidential Rank Award of Meritorious Executive (Senior Executive Service), and Army Commander’s Award for Civilian Service.  He also holds the following military awards (US Army): Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, Army Commendation Medal, and National Defense Service Medal.

    Mr. Kendall is a Distinguished Graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and he holds a Masters Degree in Aerospace Engineering from California Institute of Technology, a Master of Business Administration degree from the C.W. Post Center of Long Island University, and a Juris Doctor degree from Georgetown University Law Center.

    The Honorable Robert O. Work
    The Honorable Robert O. Work

    Moderator

    former Under Secretary of the Navy, Chief Executive Officer, Center for a New American Security

    (Invited)

    Robert O. Work was confirmed as the Under Secretary of the Navy on May 19, 2009. In this capacity, Work serves as the deputy and principal assistant to the secretary of the Navy and acts with full authority of the secretary in the day-to-day management of the Department of the Navy. Work was a distinguished graduate of the Naval Reserve Officers Training Course at the University of Illinois, and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps in August 1974. During his 27-year career, Work held a wide range of command, leadership, and management positions. He commanded an artillery battery and artillery battalion, and was the base commander at Camp Fuji, Japan. His last assignment was as Military Assistant and Senior Aide to the Honorable Richard J. Danzig, 71st secretary of the Navy.

    After retiring from the Marine Corps, Work joined the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA), first as the senior fellow for maritime affairs, and later as the vice president for strategic studies. In these positions, he focused on defense strategy and programs, revolutions in war, Department of Defense transformation, and maritime affairs. He wrote and spoke extensively on U.S. Navy and Marine Corps strategies and programs; directed and analyzed war games for the Office of Net Assessment and Office of the Secretary of Defense; contributed to Department of Defense studies on global basing and emerging military missions; and provided support for the 2006 Quadrennial Defense Review.

    In addition, he studied and prepared several reports on future defense challenges, including the changing nature of undersea warfare, power projection against regional nuclear powers, and power projection against future anti-access/area denial networks. During this time, Work was also an adjunct professor at George Washington University, where he taught defense analysis and roles and missions of the armed forces.

    In late 2008, Work served on President Barack Obama’s Department of Defense Transition Team. In this role, he was the leader of the Department of the Navy issue team, and served on the defense policy, acquisition, and budget teams.

    Work earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Illinois; a Master of Science in Systems Management from the University of Southern California; a Master of Science in Space System Operations from the Naval Postgraduate School; and a Master in International Public Policy from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. He is a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS).

    VADM Herbert A. Browne, USN (Ret.)

    Panelist

    Former President and CEO, AFCEA International and former Deputy Commander, U.S. Space Command

    (Confirmed)

    Proud of his Texas heritage, but wanting to see the world, VADM Browne enlisted in the Navy in 1964; and see the world he did.  Trained as a Naval Flight Officer, he commanded two attack aircraft squadrons; two ships, including the aircraft carrier, USS John F Kennedy; a Carrier Battle Group; and the U.S. Third Fleet. He deployed to Viet Nam in the 60s; the Mediterranean and the Caribbean in the 70s; the Atlantic and Indian Oceans in the 80s; the Red Sea and Pacific Ocean in the 90s.

    Ashore, he commanded Naval Space Command. When he retired in October 2000, he was Deputy US Space Command. His assignments in space were key to his choice of C4I (command and control, communication computers and intelligence) as his profession in the private sector.

    After his retirement from the Navy, VADM Browne spent one year at GRCI, an AT&T company.

    In October 2001, he was asked to join AFCEA International as President and CEO. During his five and one-half years at the helm of AFCEA, VADM Browne charged the association to provide great service to both government and the information technology (IT) community. The association remains the IT professional’s association of choice. During his tenure, the association membership grew, annual revenue increased 80% and over $6,000,000.00 in scholarships was awarded to students enrolled in technology curricula.

    Since retiring from AFCEA in March 2007, VADM Browne has remained active on C4I advisory boards and panels for the Navy (N-6), Air Force Research Lab (VS), MITRE Corporation, Georgia Tech Research Institute, the National Reconnaissance Office, and the American Small Business Coalition.

    He and his wife, Jill, are active horsemen and are members of several horse related associations. They support AFCEA International, the US Navy League, and the Association of Naval Aviation.

    While serving in the Navy, Vice Admiral Browne was awarded the American Spirit Honor Medal, The Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal, and the Navy Achievement Medal. For his work with the Intelligence Community, he received the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) Medal of Distinguished Service and the National Imagery and Mapping Agency (NIMA) Medallion for Excellence. In 2004, he was selected to the “The Federal 100” for his support of government/industry partnerships.

    MG Peter C. Bayer Jr., USA
    MG Peter C. Bayer Jr., USA

    Panelist

    Deputy Chief of Staff, Strategic Plans and Policy, Supreme Allied Command-Transformation

    (Confirmed)

    Major General Peter C. Bayer, Jr. was commissioned a Lieutenant of Armor in 1984 after graduation from Lehigh University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marketing. He has served in a variety of command and staff positions in the United States, Germany and the Middle East and is currently assigned as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Strategic Plans and Policy, Headquarters Supreme Allied Command Transformation, NATO.

    His staff assignments include Observer Controller on the Armor (Cobra) Task Force Training Team at the National Training Center; 1st Brigade 1st Cavalry Division S3 and 1st Cavalry Division Deputy G3 at Ft. Hood; Plans Officer for the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies; 3rd Infantry Division G3 during Operation Iraqi Freedom; Chief of Staff Multi-National Force Northwest during Operation Iraqi Freedom; Executive Officer to the Commanding General TRADOC; Deputy Commanding General and Assistant Commandant of the U.S. Army Armor Center and Ft. Knox; Chief of Staff I Corps and Ft. Lewis and Chief of Staff Multi-National Corps Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Director of Strategy, Plans and Policy, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff G3/5/7, Headquarters Department of the Army. Major General Bayer had the privilege to command C Company and Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 69th Armor in Kitzingen Germany; 2nd Battalion 69th Armor at Ft. Benning and in Kuwait as well as the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment at Ft. Irwin and in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

    He is a graduate of the Armor Officer Basic Course, the Infantry Officer Advanced Course, The Canadian Land Forces Staff Course, the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and the U.S. Army War College. His awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, Silver Star, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal and Meritorious Service Medal.

    Major General Bayer and his wife, Lhoryn are the proud parents of two children, Kathryn and Ross.

    Capt Glenn Berdela, USMC
    Capt Glenn Berdela, USMC

    Panelist

    Aide-de-Camp to the Commander, U. S. Marine Corps Forces Command and Commander, U. S. Marine Corps Forces, South

    (Confirmed)

    Capt Berdela earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and Information Technology from DeSales University in May 2006. He is currently enrolled in Expeditionary Warfare School (Distance Education Program Seminar).

    He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in August 2006 and graduated from The Basic School (TBS) in Quantico, VA in March 2007.  He graduated the Basic Communications Officer Course (BCOC) in Quantico, VA in December of 2007.

    Upon graduation from BCOC, Second Lieutenant Berdela was ordered to 8th Communication Battalion (8th Comm), II Marine Expeditionary Force (MEF), Camp Lejeune, NC and served as the S-3 Assistant Operations Officer, Training Officer and Information Technology Officer.  In June 2008 he was transferred to Bravo Company, 8th Comm, and assumed the duties as the Data Platoon Commander and Help Desk Officer-in-Charge (OIC). In this capacity, First Lieutenant Berdela deployed to Iraq in January 2009 with II MEF (FWD) in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF)-09.

    After returning from Iraq in August 2009, First Lieutenant Berdela was selected to be the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) Communication Platoon Commander for Charlie Company, 8th Comm.  In March 2010, he was attached to the 26th MEU and served as the 26th MEU Joint Task Force Enabler (JTFE)/Network Operations OIC. He deployed with 26th MEU in August 2010 and supported real world operations in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Libya.

    Capt Berdela returned from the 26th MEU deployment in May 2011 and in July 2011 reported to United States Marine Corps Forces Command (MARFORCOM), Norfolk, VA, and served as the Amphibious Command, Control, Communications and Computers (C4) Operations Officer for the Assistant Chief of Staff G-6 until Aug 2012.

    Capt Berdela’s personal decorations include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, the 2012 AFCEA DC Marine Corps Officer Leadership Award, and the 2011 AFCEA/USNI Copernicus Award.

    VADM William R. Burke, USN
    VADM William R. Burke, USN

    Panelist

    Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Warfare Systems, N9, OPNAV

    (Confirmed)

    Vice Adm. Burke, a native of Hornell, N.Y., graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1978 with a Bachelor of Science in Systems Engineering. In 1985, he completed a Master of Business Administration at Marymount University. In 1999, he earned a Master of Science degree in National Security Strategy at the National War College in Washington, D.C. He is a graduate of Massachusetts Institute of Technology Seminar 21 Program in International Politics.

    His submarine assignments include USS Lafayette (SSBN 616), USS Key West (SSN 722), USS Omaha (SSN 692), USS Cavalla (SSN 684), and command of USS Toledo (SSN 769). He commanded Submarine Squadron Two from July 2001 to July 2003.

    His Washington D.C. shore assignments include a tour in chief of naval operations’ Attack Submarine Division; assistant deputy for House Liaison in the Navy Office of Legislative Affairs; chief of Training, Doctrine, and Assessment; assistant deputy director for Combating Terrorism (JCS J34); and, head of Warfighting Assessments Branch (N812) followed by a tour as the executive assistant to the Vice Chief of Naval Operations.

    Promoted to Rear Admiral in September 2005, his flag assignments include commander, Logistics Group Western Pacific/commander, Task Force 73/commander Navy Region Singapore; director, Assessment Division (N81/N00X) and the director, Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR/N00X).

    In April 2010, he was promoted to vice admiral and reported for duty as deputy chief of naval operations for Fleet Readiness and Logistics (N4). He is currently assigned as deputy chief of naval operations for Warfare Systems.

    Burke wears the Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (three awards), Meritorious Service Medals (three awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards), and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two awards). While onboard Cavalla, he received the Admiral Chick Clarey Award for the 1992 Outstanding Navy Officer Afloat from the Honolulu Council of the Navy League.

    LCDR Paul Cassutti, USN
    LCDR Paul Cassutti, USN

    Panelist

    Combat Systems Officer, USS Vella Gulf

    (Confirmed)

    LCDR Cassutti is originally from Northport, New York.  He graduated from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee in 2002 with a Bachelor’s Degree in History.

    Upon graduation he was commissioned an Ensign and reported to USS DONALD COOK (DDG 75) for his first Division Officer tour.  He served as First Lieutenant and Main Propulsion Assistant.  He remained in Norfolk, Virginia and reported to Commander Amphibious Squadron SIX as the assistant N6.  While onboard he deployed to Fifth Fleet and stood watch as Battle Watch Captain during piracy operations off the Horn of Africa.

    After his Division Officer tours, he reported to Maritime Expeditionary Security Group ONE as the Training Department’s Boat Division Officer.  While on shore duty he deployed to Central America and the Caribbean Sea for six months in HSV-2 SWIFT as embarked training staff during the pilot deployment of “Global Fleet Stations”. 

    Following this tour he attended the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island graduating in 2010 with a Masters Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies.  He also completed Phase 1 of his Joint Professional Military Education. Upon graduation, he reported to SWOS for the Department Head Course.

    LCDR Cassutti reported to USS FITZGERALD (DDG 62) in June 2010 as Chief Engineer for his first Department Head tour.  During this tour he earned distinction as the 2010 COMDESRON 15 Junior Officer Tactician of the Year and for the Navy and Marine Corps Society 2011 Leadership Award. 

    In May 2012, LCDR Cassutti reported to USS VELLA GULF (CG 72) while deployed to the Mediterranean Sea as Chief Engineer.  Following deployment LCDR Cassutti assumed the billet of Combat Systems Officer.  During this tour he earned distinction as Commander Naval Surface Forces Atlantic’s Surface Warfare Officer of the Year.

    His personal awards include the Navy Commendation Medal (3 awards), Navy Achievement Medal (4 awards), and various service awards and unit citations.

    VADM William Douglas Crowder, USN (Ret.)
    VADM William Douglas Crowder, USN (Ret.)

    Moderator

    President, Crowder Strategies & Solutions LLC and former Deputy Chief of Naval Operations, Operations, Plans and Strategy

    (Confirmed)

    Vice Admiral Doug Crowder retired from the Navy on 1 January 2010.  His last assignment was as the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Operations, Plans and Strategy (N3/N5), the senior advisor to the Chief of Naval Operations on joint operations and strategies, strategic planning, international politico-military matters, and security assistance.

    Admiral Crowder has commanded at sea at every level, including command of USS KIDD (DDG-993), DESTROYER SQUADRON TWENTY FOUR, and the USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN CARRIER STRIKE GROUP.  Additionally, he served as Commander, Combined Support Group Indonesia, during the 2004-05 tsunami relief operations.

    From 2006-2008, Admiral Crowder served as the Commander of the US SEVENTH FLEET, commanding all US Navy forces throughout Asia and the Western Pacific.  The 7th Fleet’s Area of Responsibility encompasses more than 48 million square miles and includes 35 maritime countries and the world’s five largest foreign armed forces.  At any given time, there are 60-70 ships, 200-300 aircraft and 40,000 Sailors and Marines assigned to the fleet.

    Ashore, Admiral Crowder served 10 different assignments in the Pentagon including duty on the Joint Staff, Secretary of the Navy’s staff, and seven tours on the Chief of Naval Operations’ staff, most in the politico-military and strategic planning arena.  He also served as the Executive Assistant to the Commander-in-Chief, US PACIFIC FLEET.

    Admiral Crowder is a 1974 graduate of the US Naval Academy, graduating with distinction with a Bachelor of Science degree.  In 1980, he was selected an Olmsted Scholar and studied European Economic and Political Affairs at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland. 

    Admiral Crowder is currently the President, CROWDER STRATEGIES & SOLUTIONS LLC; an independent consultancy focused on leadership, management and international security affairs.  Admiral Crowder and his wife, Susan, have three children and four grandchildren and live in the Annapolis, Maryland area.

    MG Karen E. Dyson
    MG Karen E. Dyson

    Panelist

    Director of Army Budget, ASA (FM&C)

    (Confirmed)

    Major General Karen E. Dyson serves as the Director of Army Budget, with responsibility for formulating, submitting to Congress, and executing the Army’s current and planned budgets.  The goal is to accurately reflect budgetary requirements and manage appropriation spending to enable the Army to deliver mission support to Combatant Commanders and the Nation. 

    Major General Dyson has commanded finance units in contingency operations at all organizational levels, having led the 66th Finance Detachment in the101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Headquarters Company of the 7th Finance Group (Operations Desert Shield/Desert Storm), the 208th Finance Battalion (Operations Joint Guard and Joint Forge) and the 266th Finance Command (Operation Iraqi Freedom/Enduring Freedom).  She also supported the nation’s initial governing organization in Iraq as Chief of the Coalition Provisional Authority Support Team.

    Major General Dyson’s staff positions include assignments Assistant Professor of Military Science at Shippensburg University; Executive Officer and Deputy Finance Officer for 7th Finance Group, VII Corps in Germany; Budget Officer and Program Analyst in the Program Analysis and Evaluation Directorate at Department of the Army Headquarters; S3/Operations Officer and Deputy Commander of the 266th Finance Command in Germany; Chief of Staff/Director of Financial Management and Comptroller for the White House Military Office; Executive Officer to the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Financial Management and Comptroller) and Executive Officer to the Under Secretary of the Army;  Director of Operations and Support, Army Budget Office; and Director, Business Operations at Army Headquarters.   

    A graduate of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, Major General Dyson holds Masters Degrees in Business Administration and National Resource Strategy.  She is most proud of the Meritorious Unit Commendation awards achieved by exceptional teamwork of Soldiers she’s been privileged to serve with and lead.  Her awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit (with three Oak Leaf Clusters), the Bronze Star Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster), the Meritorious Service Medal (with five Oak Leaf Clusters), the Parachutist Badge and the Presidential Support Badge.

    Major General Dyson is married to James C. Chamberlain, Colonel, Retired, United States Air Force.  

    LT D. F. Flusche, USCG
    LT D. F. Flusche, USCG

    Panelist

    Commanding Officer, USCGC BLOCK ISLAND (WPB-1344)

    (Confirmed)

    Lieutenant Trey Flusche is currently the Commanding Officer of USCGC BLOCK ISLAND (WPB-1344), a 110ft Island Class patrol boat homeported in Atlantic Beach, NC. He and the 17-person crew routinely patrol the 5th CG District area of responsibility from New Jersey to North Carolina while responding to search-and-rescue cases assisting mariners in distress, enforcing federal laws, protecting living marine resources, and ensuring the safety of the region’s ports, waterways, and coastal areas.
    A native of Dallas, TX, he enlisted in the Coast Guard in 1992, attended Recruit Training at Cape May, NJ, and reported to USCGC DEPENDABLE (WMEC-626) in Galveston, TX. After attending Quartermaster “A” School at Yorktown, VA in 1994, LT Flusche completed tours aboard USCGC THETIS (WMEC-910) in Key West, FL, USCGC CLAMP (WLIC-75306) in Galveston, TX, and at USCG Group-Air Station Atlantic City, NJ while advancing to Petty Officer First Class.
    In 2004, LT Flusche earned his commission after attending Officer Candidate School at New London, CT, and reported to USCGC ALEX HALEY (WMEC-39) in Kodiak, AK as a Deck Watch Officer patrolling the Bering Sea and Gulf of Alaska. In 2006, LT Flusche was selected to serve as the Commanding Officer of the 87ft Marine Protector Class patrol boat, USCGC MARLIN (WPB-87304) in Fort Myers Beach, FL. He and his 11-person crew patrolled the Gulf of Mexico and Straits of Florida while assisting mariners in distress, interdicting illegal immigrants at sea, disrupting drugs and other illegal contraband from reaching US shores, and enforcing federal boating and fishery laws. He then reported to the 5th District Command Center in Portsmouth, VA as a Command Duty Officer where he planned and coordinated responses to Coast Guard missions throughout the Mid-Atlantic States and Western Atlantic Ocean.
    In 2011, LT Flusche reported to USCGC BARANOF (WPB-1318) as Commanding Officer, forward deployed to Coast Guard Patrol Forces Southwest Asia in the Kingdom of Bahrain. Here he led the 22-person crew of the 110ft Island Class patrol boat in conducting maritime security operations and maritime infrastructure protection missions in support of Operations NEW DAWN and ENDURING FREEDOM throughout the Arabian Gulf.
    LT Flusche graduated from Excelsior College, Albany, NY with a Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies in 2010. His personal awards include: 2 Coast Guard Commendation Medals, the Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal, 2 Coast Guard Achievement Medals, 3 Coast Guard Commandant’s Letters of Commendation, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, and the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal.

    Brig Gen Robert P. Givens, USAF
    Brig Gen Robert P. Givens, USAF

    Panelist

    Inspector General, Air Combat Command

    (Confirmed)

    Brigadier General Robert P. Givens is Inspector General, Headquarters Air Combat Command, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va. He leads more than 160 experts responsible for conducting more than 60 inspections annually. By spearheading both a rigorous inspection schedule and an open-complaint resolution process, General Givens ensures combat readiness, regulatory compliance, and complaint oversight for more than 225 active and gained units and more than 130,000 Airmen.

    General Givens graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy, and was commissioned in 1986. He has completed a variety of operational assignments in both the F-16 and A-10, is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Fighter Weapons School and flew as the Right Wing for the USAF Thunderbirds.

    He is a command pilot with more than 3,700 flying hours in the F-16 and A/O A-10. The general has more than 100 career combat sorties in operations Desert Storm, Southern Watch and Iraqi Freedom, and was twice decorated with the Distinguished Flying Cross for heroism in action in Iraq. His commands include the 35th Fighter Squadron, the 56th Operations Group and the 8th Fighter Wing.

    General Givens' previous joint assignments include the Director of the Air Land Sea Application Center, Special Assistant to the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations U.S. Forces Korea and Director, Combined Air and Space Operations Center, U.S. Air Forces Central Command, Southwest Asia.
     

    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).

    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.

    MG William C. Hix, USA
    MG William C. Hix, USA

    Panelist

    Director, Concept Development and Learning, Army Capabilities Integration Center

    (Confirmed)

    Major General Hix assumed duties as Director, Concept Development and Learning Directorate, Army Capabilities Integration Center in March 2012.

    He came to Training and Doctrine Command from Afghanistan where he served as Director, Future Operations, International Security Assistance Force Joint Command, from 2011 to 2012. Earlier wartime service includes assignments as Commander, Afghan Regional Security Integration Command-South, from 2008 to 2009, with responsibility for developing and advising all Afghan Army and Police forces in southern Afghanistan, Chief of Staff, Combined Security Transition Command, Afghanistan, from 2007 to 2008, and Chief of Strategy, Multi-National Force, Iraq, from 2004 to 2005.

    Major General Hix has served in a variety of strategy and planning positions, including as Director for Operational Plans and Joint Force Development, Joint Staff J-7, from 2009 to 2010, Strategy Division Chief, Joint Staff J-5, principal special assistant to Commander, U.S. Joint Forces Command, Supreme Allied Commander, Atlantic, and Supreme Allied Commander, Transformation, and as a staff officer at Combined Forces Command, Korea.

    Previous operational assignments include command and staff positions in the 82d Airborne Division, 1st Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne), and the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), with operational tours spanning peacekeeping missions in the Sinai and the Western Sahara and command in Desert Shield and Desert Storm.

    Born in Washington, D.C., Major General Hix was commissioned as an infantry officer following graduation from the U.S. Military Academy in 1981. He holds a Masters of Military Art and Science, was a National Security Affairs Fellow at the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace at Stanford University and is a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies.

    Major General Hix is a master parachutist and has earned the Combat (with Star) and Expert Infantryman Badges, Special Forces and Ranger Tabs, and Military Freefall, Pathfinder and Air Assault Badges. His awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal (with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters), Legion of Merit (with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster), Bronze Star Medal (with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters), Southwest Asia Service Medal (with 2 Bronze Service Stars), Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, NATO non-Article 5 Medal, and United Nations Medal (MINURSO).

    RADM Mark A. Handley, USN
    RADM Mark A. Handley, USN

    Panelist

    Commander, First Naval Construction Division and Naval Construction Forces Command

    (Confirmed)

    Rear Admiral Handley assumed command of the 1st Naval Construction Division Oct. 23, 2009. He previously served as vice commander Navy Installations Command and director of Shore Readiness for deputy chief of naval operations (Logistics) in Washington DC.

    Handley was commissioned through the Naval Reserve Officer Training program at Villanova University in 1981 where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. He earned a Masters of Engineering (Construction) in 1986 from Stanford University, and attended the University of Michigan’s Executive Management Program in 2002.

    Handley’s early duty assignments include Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 3, Port Hueneme, Calif.; activity civil engineer for the Naval War College, Newport, R.I.; Western Division, Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC), as accessions officer, assistant acquisition officer and head of Environmental Contracts.

    In June 1989, Handley attended the Defense Language School in preparation for his assignment as resident officer in charge of construction (ROICC), Vicenza, Italy. In March 1993, Handley reported to ROICC MIDPAC overseeing construction and contract management throughout the MIDPAC region. Reporting to the Pentagon in May 1996, Handley served as the head, Real Property Maintenance and Energy Branch for the deputy chief of naval operations (Logistics). He was then assigned as executive assistant to the commander, Naval Facilities Engineering Command and chief of Civil Engineers.

    Returning to the Seabees in 1999, Handley was the commanding officer of NMCB 5, Port Hueneme, Calif. NMCB 5 received both the Pacific Fleet Battle “E” and the Peltier Award for outstanding military engineering services. He then served as executive officer of the Navy Public Works Center, San Diego from August 2001 to May 2003. From May 2003 to June 2005, he served as the commodore of the 22nd Naval Construction Regiment homeported in Gulfport, Miss. During this tour, he deployed as a regimental element with the First Marine Expeditionary Force to Fallujah, Iraq, for Operation Iraqi Freedom. He took command of NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic, Norfolk, Va., and became regional engineer for commander, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic June 3, 2005.

    Handley’s personal awards include the Legion of Merit (two awards), Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal (five awards), the Navy Commendation Medal (two awards), and the Navy Achievement Medal. He is designated as a Seabee Combat Warfare Officer, a member of the Defense Acquisition Professional Community, and is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Washington.

     

    VADM Michelle Howard, USN
    VADM Michelle Howard, USN

    Panelist

    Director, Combined Joint Operations, Sea Centre of Excellence (CJOS COE)

    (Confirmed)

    Vice Admiral Michelle J. Howard is a 1978 graduate of Gateway High School in Aurora, Colorado. She graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1982 and from the Army's Command and General Staff College in 1998, with a Masters in Military Arts and Sciences.

    Howard's initial sea tours were aboard USS HUNLEY (AS 31) and USS LEXINGTON (AVT 16). While serving on board LEXINGTON, she received the secretary of the Navy/Navy League Captain Winifred Collins award in May 1987. This award is given to one woman officer a year for outstanding leadership. She reported to USS MOUNT HOOD (AE 29) as chief engineer in 1990 and served in Operations DESERT SHIELD and DESERT STORM. She assumed duties as first lieutenant on board the USS FLINT (AE 32) in July 1992. In January 1996, she became the executive officer of USS TORTUGA (LSD 46) and deployed to the Adriatic in support of Operation JOINT ENDEAVOR, a peacekeeping effort in the former Republic of Yugoslavia. Sixty days after returning from the Mediterranean deployment, Tortuga departed on a West African training cruise, where the ship's Sailors, with embarked Marines and U.S. Coast Guard detachment, operated with the naval services of seven African nations.

    She took command of USS RUSHMORE (LSD 47) on March 12, 1999, becoming the first African American woman to command a ship in the U.S. Navy. Howard was the commander of Amphibious Squadron Seven from May 2004 to September 2005. Deploying with Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 5, operations included tsunami relief efforts in Indonesia and maritime security operations in the North Arabian Gulf. She commanded Expeditionary Strike Group Two from April 2009 to July 2010. In 2009, she deployed to CENTCOM theater, where she commanded Task Force 151, Multi-national Counter-piracy effort, and Task Force 51, Expeditionary Forces. In 2010, she was the Maritime Task Force commander for BALTOPS, under 6th Fleet.

    Her shore assignments include: J-3, Global Operations, Readiness, Joint Staff from 2001-2003; executive assistant to the Joint Staff director of Operations from February 2003 to February 2004; deputy director N3 on the OPNAV staff from December 2005 to July 2006, deputy director, Expeditionary Warfare Division, OPNAV staff from July 2006 to December 2006, and senior military assistant to the secretary of the Navy January 2007-January 2009.

    She most recently served as Chief of Staff to the director for Strategic Plans and Policy, J-5, Joint Staff.

    She currently serves as Deputy Commander U.S. Fleet Forces Command/Deputy Commander Fleet & Joint Operations U.S. Fleet Forces Command/Commander Task Force Two Zero and she is the Director of the Combined Joint Operations From The Sea Centre of Excellence .

    VADM Thomas J. Kilcline Jr., USN (Ret.)
    VADM Thomas J. Kilcline Jr., USN (Ret.)

    Moderator

    former Commander, Naval Air Forces and Vice President of Naval Programs Unit, TASC

    (Confirmed)

    Tom Kilcline directs TASC’s systems engineering, integration and decision support services for our Navy, Marine Corps, and other Department of Defense (DoD) customers. The business unit’s portfolio of services includes operational intelligence support, joint capabilities integration and development support, operational and developmental test and evaluation services, acquisition management support and mission engineering services. The TASC Defense Busines Unit supports customers in the DC Metro area, Quantico, Patuxent River, Virginia Beach, Charleston, Camp LeJeune, Bath, Pascagoula, Port Hueneme and the San Diego region.

    Since joining TASC, Mr. Kilcline has served as Vice President of Naval Programs and most recently as Deputy of the TASC Defense Business Unit.  Prior to joining TASC, Mr. Kilcline served as a naval officer and naval aviator.  He retired in 2010 as a Vice Admiral and Commander, Naval Air Forces.

    Mr. Kilcline, a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, received his Master of Science degree in Systems Management from USC.  In addition, he received an M.A. in Strategic Studies and National Affairs, with distinction, from the U.S. Naval War College and his M.S. in National Security Strategy while assigned as CNO Chair to the National War College.

     

    The Honorable Franklin Kramer
    The Honorable Franklin Kramer

    Moderator

    former Assistant Secretary of Defense, International Security Affairs and Board Director, Atlantic Council

    (Confirmed)

    The Honorable Franklin D. Kramer is a national security and international affairs expert, and has multiple appointments, including as chairman of the board of the World Affairs Council.  Mr. Kramer has been a senior political appointee in two administrations, including as Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs for President Clinton, Secretary Perry and Secretary Cohen; and, previously, as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs.

    In the non-profit world, in addition to being WAC-DC chairman, he is a Distinguished Fellow at CNA which operates the Center for Naval Analysis and the Institute for Public Research, is a Vice Chairman of the Atlantic Council board of directors and a member of the Strategic Advisors Group; is a Capstone Professor at the Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, and has been a Distinguished Research Fellow at the Center for Technology and National Security Policy of the National Defense University. In the private sector, Mr. Kramer is a director and consultant and has been a partner at the law firm of Shea and Gardner.

    Among his current activities, Mr. Kramer is the principal editor and has written several chapters for the book “Cyberpower and National Security,” is the principal editor and chapter author of the book “Civil Power in Irregular Conflict,” and is the co-author and was co-project director of “Transatlantic Cooperation for Sustainable Energy Security.” At George Washington University, he teaches a course on “The Department of Defense and Winning Modern War.” He has written numerous articles on international affairs, including “Cyber Security: An Integrated Governmental Strategy for Progress,” “NATO Initiatives in an Era of Global Competition,” and “Recasting the Euro-Atlantic Partnership.”

    Mr. Kramer received a JD magna cum laude from Harvard Law School and a BA cum laude from Yale University.

     

    RADM Terry B. Kraft, USN
    RADM Terry B. Kraft, USN

    Panelist

    Commander, Navy Warfare Development Command

    (Confirmed)

    Rear Admiral Kraft was raised the son of a Navy captain. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1981 and was designated a naval flight officer in 1982. He was a federal executive fellow at Harvard University Kennedy School of Government 1999-2000. He holds a Master’s degree in Political Science from Auburn University at Montgomery and is a graduate of the Navy Nuclear Power Program and MIT Seminar XXI.

    His sea duty tours include Attack Squadron (VA) 55 embarked in USS Coral Sea (CV 43), VA-115 embarked in USS Midway (CV 41), and VA-95 embarked in USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). He also served as executive officer in USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). During those tours, he participated in Operations Eldorado Canyon, Desert Storm, Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Enduring Freedom (OEF).

    Kraft commanded Electronic Attack Squadron 131, amphibious transport dock USS Shreveport (LPD 12), the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), and the Enterprise Carrier Strike Group 12. He participated in both OIF and OEF during all four tours. He assumed command of Navy Warfare Development Command in October 2011.

    Shore tours for Kraft have included duty in VA-128, Air Command and Staff College, Current Operations Directorate (J31), U.S. Pacific Command, and the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Cambridge, Mass. After flag selection, he reported to the Pentagon, chief of naval operations staff, first in N88 as head of Maritime Aviation, Unmanned Aerial Systems and Aviation Training Plans and Programs, then in N2/N6 as director, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Capabilities.

    Kraft has over 3,700 hours and 1,000 carrier-arrested landings in the A-6E, EA-6B and F/A-18F aircraft. He is authorized to wear the Legion of Merit with three gold stars, Distinguished Flying Cross (with combat V), the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with two gold stars, and multiple individual and strike-flight air medals.

    Dr. Eric Labs
    Dr. Eric Labs

    Panelist

    Senior Analyst for Naval Weapons and Forces, Congressional Budget Office

    (Confirmed)

    Eric Labs is Senior Analyst for Naval Forces and Weapons at the Congressional Budget Office in Washington, D.C.  He specializes in issues related to the procurement, budgeting, and sizing of the forces for the Department of the Navy. 

    Dr. Labs has testified before Congress several times and published numerous studies under the auspices of the Congressional Budget Office as well as a number of articles and papers in academic journals and conferences, including the U.S. Naval Institute’s Proceedings, Sea Power magazine, and the Naval War College Review.  He has given presentations to a variety of industry, government, and academic audiences. 

    He was awarded CBO’s highest honor, the Director’s Award for Exceptional Achievement, in 2001, 2003, and 2007.  He received his doctorate in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and graduated from Tufts University, summa cum laude, in 1988.  He has worked for the Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis in Cambridge, Massachusetts and, from 1994 to 1995, as a Visiting Scholar at the Center for International Security Studies at the University of Maryland.  Dr. Labs has been with the Congressional Budget Office since 1995.

     

    Brigadier T. J. Lai, British Army
    Brigadier T. J. Lai, British Army

    Panelist

    Assistant Defence Attache / Military Attache Washington

    (Confirmed)

    Tim Lai was born in Paris, France in 1963, to parents in diplomatic service. He grew up in New York, Geneva and London, and was educated at the Montesori School in Manhattan, the Êcole Internationale de Genève and Berkhamsted School in Hertfordshire. He completed a Masters degree at St Andrews University, during which time he spent summers working in industry, city banking and local government. He attended the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, and was commissioned into the Army Air Corps in 1986, from whence he subsequently transferred to the Royal Irish Rangers. His early years in the Army were spent at regimental duty in Germany and England, and on operations in Northern Ireland, as platoon commander, company second-in-command, Regimental Signals Officer and Adjutant. An initial Grade 3 staff appointment in the G3 branch of Headquarters Land Command was followed by promotion to Major in 1996 and company command.

    He attended the Advanced Command and Staff Course at the Joint Services Command and Staff College from 1996-98, gaining Masters Degrees in Defence technology from Cranfield University and in Defence Studies from Kings College, London. He then served as Chief of Staff at Headquarters 20th Armoured Brigade in Germany and on operations in Bosnia, and as a company commander with 1st Battalion, The Black Watch, in Germany and on operations in Kosovo. Promoted Lieutenant Colonel in 2002, he was posted to the United Nations Assistance Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL) as Chief Operations Officer for the military force, prior to transferring to, and assuming command of, 1st Battalion, The Highlanders, in Scotland, on operations in Bosnia, and in Germany. Following command, he was a Grade 1 staff officer in the Directorate for Strategic Plans at the Ministry of Defence, with responsibility for the Asia Pacific region, including cross-Whitehall coordination on Afghanistan. During this time, he began reading law with the Open University, obtaining a Bachelors Degree in 2011.

    He was promoted to Colonel in 2007 and deployed on operations with the Combined Security Transition Command – Afghanistan, a US-led organisation responsible for the reform and development of Afghan security forces and ministerial institutions. Here he was Chief of the J5 Plans and Policy branch, also responsible for inter-agency coordination and mentoring in the Afghan Ministries of Defence and Interior. He was awarded the Bronze Star. On his return to the UK, he assumed an appointment as Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff for J5 Policy and Plans at the Permanent Joint Headquarters at Northwood, where he covered the Asia Pacific region, with a particular focus upon Afghanistan, Pakistan and Counter-Terrorism.

    Promoted again in 2009, to Brigadier, he was seconded and deployed to the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) as Senior Military Advisor to the Special Representative of the Secretary General, where he worked to strengthen UNAMA’s cooperation with the International Security Assistance Forces and the Office of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation’s Senior Civilian Representative.

    Brigadier Lai is the United Kingdom’s Assistant Defence Attaché and Military Attaché in Washington DC. He assumed his post in October 2010.

    Mr. Ken Mahler
    Mr. Ken Mahler

    Panelist

    Vice President of Navy Programs at Newport News Shipbuilding, Huntington Ingalls Industries

    (Confirmed)

    Ken Mahler is vice president of Navy Programs at Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries, located in Newport News, Va. Named to this position in 2008, Mahler is responsible for aircraft carrier construction, aircraft carrier refueling and overhaul programs, aircraft carrier inactivation programs, Virginia-class submarine construction, and other fleet support operations for the Navy.

    Mahler began his career in Newport News in 1985 as a co-op student and then began a full-time career with the sector in 1986 as an engineer in the machinery design section of the aircraft carrier engineering division. He has held positions of increasing responsibility in the aircraft carrier division including engineering supervisor, construction superintendent, program manager for the overhaul and refueling of the USS Nimitz (CVN 68) and program director for planning and executing multiple aircraft carrier overhaul and new construction programs. He also served as vice president of aircraft carrier overhaul programs.

    Mahler earned a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va. and is licensed as a professional engineer. He serves on the board of directors for the USO of Hampton Roads and the Educational Foundation of Old Dominion University.

    Mr. James McAleese, Esq., LL.M.
    Mr. James McAleese, Esq., LL.M.

    Panelist

    Principal, McAleese & Associates, P.C.

    (Confirmed)

    James McAleese founded McAleese & Associates, P.C., a government contracts consulting and legal firm, in 1992. His vision was simple: to help organizations of all sizes understand the myriad requirements for doing business with the Federal government, and to provide legal and consulting services that would enable them to maximize value from those contract opportunities.

    Since then, Jim has dedicated his career to mastering the intricacies of the government contracting process and to maintaining credibility with various stakeholders at all levels of the Federal government. This experience, combined with his in-depth understanding of the political environment and his propensity for analyzing budgets and policies line-by-line, allows him to assist companies in securing money for existing programs or new technologies, help find remedies for troubled programs, and realign companies’ relationships with their most valuable customer—the Federal government.

    A lifelong interest in military and defense issues—further kindled by an internship with the U.S. Army’s contract appeals division early in his career— has established Jim and McAleese & Associates as expert defense industry consultants and analysts. Now a respected authority on the Department of Defense (DoD) budget process and acquisition cycle, Jim is regularly sought out by DoD and industry decisions makers, as well as by the investment community, to comment on the impact a policy decision might have and on what strategies might most effectively leverage that impact on industry trends.

    Not surprisingly, a large portion of McAleese’s clients hold—or are seeking—Federal government contracts with DoD and with the Departments of Homeland Security (DHS) and State (DoS). Still, Jim’s training and experience as a government contracts attorney ensures that he can work with companies in other industries and with other Federal government agencies on any aspect of government contract work, including compliance, awards, pricing and disputes.

    Prior to founding McAleese & Associates, P.C., Jim McAleese was a practicing attorney in government contracts law, based in Washington, D.C. He remains actively involved in several professional organizations, all of which vigorously support the defense and intelligence interests of the United States. He also holds a number of leadership and board positions within those groups.

    James McAleese founded McAleese & Associates, P.C., a government contracts consulting and legal firm, in 1992. His vision was simple: to help organizations of all sizes understand the myriad requirements for doing business with the Federal government, and to provide legal and consulting services that would enable them to maximize value from those contract opportunities.

    Since then, Jim has dedicated his career to mastering the intricacies of the government contracting process and to maintaining credibility with various stakeholders at all levels of the Federal government. This experience, combined with his in-depth understanding of the political environment and his propensity for analyzing budgets and policies line-by-line, allows him to assist companies in securing money for existing programs or new technologies, help find remedies for troubled programs, and realign companies’ relationships with their most valuable customer—the Federal government.

    A lifelong interest in military and defense issues—further kindled by an internship with the U.S. Army’s contract appeals division early in his career— has established Jim and McAleese & Associates as expert defense industry consultants and analysts. Now a respected authority on the Department of Defense (DoD) budget process and acquisition cycle, Jim is regularly sought out by DoD and industry decisions makers, as well as by the investment community, to comment on the impact a policy decision might have and on what strategies might most effectively leverage that impact on industry trends.

    Not surprisingly, a large portion of McAleese’s clients hold—or are seeking—Federal government contracts with DoD and with the Departments of Homeland Security (DHS) and State (DoS). Still, Jim’s training and experience as a government contracts attorney ensures that he can work with companies in other industries and with other Federal government agencies on any aspect of government contract work, including compliance, awards, pricing and disputes.

    Prior to founding McAleese & Associates, P.C., Jim McAleese was a practicing attorney in government contracts law, based in Washington, D.C. He remains actively involved in several professional organizations, all of which vigorously support the defense and intelligence interests of the United States. He also holds a number of leadership and board positions within those groups.

    Maj Jeremy Lushnat, USAF
    Maj Jeremy Lushnat, USAF

    Panelist

    Chief Strategy & Planning, Air Combat Command

    (Confirmed)

    Prior to becoming the Strategy & Planning Branch Chief for Air Combat Command’s Plans, Programs, & Requirements Directorate, Major Jeremy R. Lushnat spent two years at Air University attending Air Command and Staff College and the School of Advanced Air and Space Studies.  As an advanced studies graduate, he is charged with applying “the art and science of air, space, and cyberspace power to defend the United States and protect its interests.”

    Major Lushnat received his commission upon graduation from the United States Air Force Academy in June 1999.  He has served in three F-15 squadrons as an operational and Formal Training Unit F-15 instructor pilot and weapons officer and is a graduate of the USAF Weapons School.  Major Lushnat has deployed in support of Operation Southern Watch and has planned and executed numerous security operations in support of Operation Noble Eagle. 

    Major Lushnat is a senior pilot with more than 1,300 hours in the F-15.

    EDUCATION

    1999    Bachelor of Science degree in engineering mechanics, USAF Academy, CO

    1999    Graduate, Aerospace Basic Course, Maxwell AFB, AL

    2005    Graduate, Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, AL

    2008    Graduate, USAF Weapons School, Nellis AFB, NV

    2010    Master of Business Administration degree, Florida State University, Panama City, FL

    2011    Master of Military Operational Art and Science degree, Maxwell AFB, AL

    2012    Master of Philosophy in Military Strategy degree, Maxwell AFB, AL

    ASSIGNMENTS

    1. June 1999 –  February 2000, operations systems officer, Andrews AFB, Maryland
    2. February 2000 – April 2001, student, Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training, Vance AFB, Oklahoma
    3. April 2001 – March 2002, student, USAF F-15C Basic Operational Training Course, Tyndall AFB, Florida
    4. March 2002 – December 2004, F-15C mission commander, executive officer and resource advisor, Kadena AB, Okinawa, Japan
    5. January 2005 – December 2007, F-15C instructor pilot, academic instructor, flight commander and Chief of Weapons and Tactics, Tyndall AFB, Florida
    6. January 2008 – June 2008, student, USAF F-15C Weapons Instructor Course, Nellis AFB, Nevada
    7. July 2008 – July 2010, F-15C instructor pilot and Chief of Weapons and Tactics, Langley AFB, Virginia
    8. July 2010 – June 2011, student, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Alabama
    9. June 2011 – June 2012, student, School of Advanced Air and Space Studies, Maxwell AFB, Alabama
    10. June 2012 – present, Capabilities Chief and Chief of Strategy & Planning, Langley AFB, Virginia

    FLIGHT INFORMATION

    Rating:  Senior Pilot

    Flight Hours:  More than 1,600 hours 

    Aircraft Flown:  F-15C/D, T-38, T-37

    MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS

    Meritorious Service Medal

    Air Medal

    Air Force Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster

    Air Force Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters

    ACHIEVEMENTS / DATES OF PROMOTIONS

    Second Lieutenant – June 2, 1999

    First Lieutenant – June 2, 2001

    Captain – June 2, 2003

    Major – February 1, 2009

    CPT Michael McCrory, USA
    CPT Michael McCrory, USA

    Panelist

    Commander, HHC, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command

    (Confirmed)

    Originally a native of Georgia, Captain Michael A. McCrory Jr attended Valdosta State University and obtained a Bachelor’s of Business Administration with a degree in Finance in 2005.  He was later commissioned in May of 2008 in the Quartermaster Corps from the Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, GA.   After completing the Quartermaster Basic Officer Leadership Course, he was assigned to the 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division. Upon arriving, he was responsible for preparing the Fuel/Water Platoon (83 Soldiers) as a  no notice Consequence Management Reaction Force (CCMRF) capable of deploying to any disaster that might occur in CONUS in conjunction with a deployment to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn.  During his deployment to Operation Iraqi Freedom, he was a Convoy Commander for Alpha Company, 3rd Brigade Support Battalion.  After his Platoon Leader time he was assigned as the Maintenance Control Officer (MCO) for Task Force 1-41 Field Artillery.  The MCO position afforded him the opportunities to broaden his experience in the Ordnance Corps, as well as the Field Artillery branch. 

    Upon redeployment from Operation Iraqi Freedom and New Dawn, he was assigned as the Deputy Support Operations Officer and promoted to Captain.  He was then sent to the Combined Logistics Captain’s Career Course (CLC3) at Fort Lee, VA.  After CLC3 he was transferred to Fort Eustis to be the Company Commander for HQs TRADOC and Installation Fort Eustis. A Four-Star Headquarters with 950 Soldiers and 960 DA Civilians.

    He is married to Moneth, a native of Valdosta, Georgia. They have two little girls, Amelia (6) and Layla (15 months). 

    His military awards and decorations include: Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal with one Oak Leaf, Global War on Terrorism Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, and the Meritorious Unit Commendation.  Additionally, he has earned the Army Parachutist Badge and Combat Action Badge.

    Dr. John Nagl
    Dr. John Nagl

    Moderator

    Non-Resident Senior Fellow, Center for A New American Security and Minerva Research Fellow, U.S. Naval Academy

    (Confirmed)

    Dr. John Nagl is a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Center for a New American Security and the Minerva Research Fellow at the U.S. Naval Academy as part of the Department of Defense Minerva Initiative program.  He was previously the President of CNAS. He is also a member of the Defense Policy Board, a Visiting Professor in the War Studies Department at Kings College of London, a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Veterans of Foreign Wars and a member of the International Institute of Strategic Studies.  Dr. Nagl has testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the Commission on Wartime Contracting and served on the 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review Independent Panel (the Hadley/Perry Commission).  He sits on the advisory boards of Mission Essential Personnel, the Spirit of America and the Journal of the Royal United Services Institute.  Dr. Nagl is also a member of the Joint Force Quarterly Advisory Committee, a Young Leader of the French-American Foundation and the American Council on Germany and a member of the Diplomatic Finnish Sauna Society of Washington.

    Dr. Nagl was a Distinguished Graduate of the United States Military Academy Class of 1988 who served as an armor officer in the U.S. Army for 20 years.  His last military assignment was as commander of the 1st Battalion, 34th Armor at Fort Riley, Kansas, training Transition Teams that embed with Iraqi and Afghan units.  He led a tank platoon in Operation Desert Storm and served as the operations officer of a tank battalion task force in Operation Iraqi Freedom, earning the Combat Action Badge and the Bronze Star medal.  Nagl taught national security studies at West Point’s Department of Social Sciences and in Georgetown University’s Security Studies Program and served as a Military Assistant to two Deputy Secretaries of Defense.  He earned his Master of the Military Arts and Sciences Degree from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, where he received the George C. Marshall Award as the top graduate, and his doctorate from Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar.

    Dr. Nagl is the author of Learning to Eat Soup with a Knife: Counterinsurgency Lessons from Malaya and Vietnam and was on the writing team that produced the U.S. Army/Marine Corps Counterinsurgency Field Manual. His writings have also been published in The New York Times, Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Foreign Policy, Parameters, Military Review, Joint Force Quarterly, Armed Forces Journal, The Washington Quarterly, and Democracy, among others. He was profiled in The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times Magazine.  Dr. Nagl has appeared on The News Hour with Jim Leher, National Public Radio, 60 Minutes, Washington Journal and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. He has lectured domestically and internationally at military war colleges, the Pentagon's Joint Staff and Defense Policy Board, the Office of the Secretary of Defense, major universities, intelligence agencies and business forums.

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

    Panelist

    Commander, Atlantic Area and Commander Defense Force East

    (Confirmed)

    Vice Admiral Robert C. Parker assumed the duties as Commander, Coast Guard Atlantic Area (LANTAREA) in April 2010, where he serves as the operational commander for all U.S. Coast Guard missions within a geographic region that ranges from the Rocky Mountains to the Arabian Gulf and spans across five Coast Guard Districts and 40 states. He concurrently serves as Commander, Defense Force East and provides Coast Guard mission support to the Department of Defense (DOD) and Combatant Commanders.

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

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

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

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

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

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

    LTG Dave Perkins, USA
    LTG Dave Perkins, USA

    Panelist

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

    (Confirmed)

    Lieutenant General Perkins became the 21st Commander of the US Army Combined Arms Center on November 22, 2011, assuming the lead for the synchronization of leader development across the Army, the management of the the Army’s training support and training development enterprises, and the development and integration of the doctrine the Army uses to fight and win our Nation’s wars.

    Prior to this assignment, Lieutenant General Perkins served as the Commanding General of the 4th Infantry Division (Mechanized) where his primary mission was to assist and develop the Iraqi Security Forces in US Division-North to take security responsibility upon the transition of US Forces. Lieutenant General Perkins also served as the Brigade Commander for the 2nd Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division (Mechanized) during the invasion of Iraq, commanding the unit’s “Thunder Run” into Baghdad and subsequent stability operations in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, where he earned the Silver Star, the nation’s third highest award for valor.

    Lieutenant General Perkins was commissioned into the armor branch upon graduation from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1980. In addition to the posts noted above, he held leadership positions in armor and mechanized infantry units in Europe, the United States, and the Middle East. He also held a number of key staff assignments, including Deputy Chief of Staff for Strategic Effects for Multi-National Forces-Iraq, Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations for United States Army Europe, and Special Assistant to the Speaker of the House, United States House of Representatives.

    Lieutenant General Perkins holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Military Academy, a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan, and a Masters Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College.

    Lt Gen Christopher D. Miller, USAF (Ret.)

    Panelist

    former Deputy Chief of Staff for Strategic Plans and Programs, U.S. Air Force

    (Confirmed)

    Lieutenant General Christopher D. Miller served as Deputy Chief of Staff, Strategic Plans and Programs from 2009 through 2012. In that capacity, he led US Air Force long-range planning (including Total Force integration) and the development of several five-year, $600+ billion dollar budgets to provide effective air, space, and cyber forces to achieve national security objectives. His operational record includes expeditionary wing leadership as the senior Air Force commander in Afghanistan, and command of America’s only B-2 wing at Whiteman AFB, Missouri. He was part of the initial cadre on the B-1B, serving in flying command assignments at squadron and group levels from the Cold War through conventional maturation of the weapon system; he also served as a T-38 pilot training instructor.  Joint duties included Director, Plans, Policy and Strategy (J5) for the North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command during a period of rapid growth and consolidation of US and Canadian homeland defense and civil support planning, and expansion of military relationships with Mexican armed forces. As Air Component Coordination Element Director to CJTF-76 and CJTF-82, he ensured effective airpower operations as part of US and ISAF campaigns; and as policy advisor on defense planning to the US Ambassador to NATO, he was directly involved with the initial round of NATO enlargement and negotiation of the 1999 NATO Strategic Concept.

    He also served tours at Air Force headquarters in strategy, plans and international relations and on the personal staff of the Secretary of the Air Force; as the Director of Assignments at the Air Force Personnel Center; and as a Military Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, New York, in 2001-2002.


    General Miller is a distinguished graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, was the top graduate in his class at the College of Naval Command & Staff, earned a master's degree in International Relations as a Rhodes scholar at Oxford University, and is a graduate of the George C. Marshall Center.

    Mr. Allan Resnick
    Mr. Allan Resnick

    Panelist

    Director, Analysis & Integration Directorate Army Capabilities Integration Center (ARCIC), U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command

    (Confirmed)

    Mr. Resnick was appointed to his present position in the Senior Executive Service in April 1996. He is responsible for TRADOC plans, policies, procedures, and programs for Capability Developments and requirements-related functions, maintaining their relevancy and directing execution across the entire command. He provides senior level representation to Headquarters, Department of the Army, external agencies, and industry. He maintains regular dialogue with TRADOC Centers of Excellence capability developers to ensure the needs of the user are fully represented. He also has been instrumental in bringing a Warfighter's operational focus to development of the Mission Command Network.

    Mr. Resnick served on active duty from 1969 to 1995, serving in a wide variety of Field Artillery command and staff assignments in Germany, Vietnam, and the United States. Included among his operational assignments were command of field artillery firing batteries on three occasions, operations staff officer at various echelons, chief of the REFORGER planning group, and command of a field artillery battalion.

    Additionally, while on active duty as an Operations Research Systems Analyst, Mr. Resnick was assigned to the TRADOC a total in excess of 12 years, including 10 years in Combat Developments at a proponent school, an integrating center, and a major subordinate command. He has participated and managed numerous high priority studies and materiel cost and operational effectiveness analyses.

    Mr. Resnick retired from the Army in 1995 and worked in the private sector, assisting newly-formed companies with strategic planning, financial, and marketing development.

    Mr. Resnick graduated from New York University with a Bachelor in Metallurgical Engineering and received a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Oklahoma.

    Mr. Resnick has received several military awards for meritorious service, the Meritorious Presidential Rank Award and has been published and presented papers in numerous military, management, and Operations Research fora. He is a recognized leader in reforming the definition of requirements and the use of analyses. He is an active member of the Military Operations Research Society and the Institute for Management Science.

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

    Moderator

    Vice Commander, Air Combat Command

    (Confirmed)

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

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

    The Honorable Andrew J. Shapiro
    The Honorable Andrew J. Shapiro

    Panelist

    former Assistant Secretary for Political-Military Affairs, Department of State

    (Confirmed)

    Andrew J. Shapiro was sworn in as Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs on June 22, 2009 (term of appointment: 6/22/2009 – 4/22/2013). Mr. Shapiro previously served as Senior Advisor to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. Prior to joining the State Department with the Secretary, he served from 2001 to 2009 as Senator Clinton's Senior Defense and Foreign Policy Advisor. In this position, he was Senator Clinton's primary policy advisor on national security issues including Senator Clinton's work on the Senate Armed Services Committee. Mr. Shapiro also traveled with Senator Clinton extensively overseas, joining her on visits to the Iraq and Afghanistan areas of operation. He also served as a member of the Obama-Biden Department of Defense Agency Review Team before shifting to Secretary of State Clinton's confirmation and transition team once she was officially named.

    Previously, Mr. Shapiro was counsel to the Justice Department's International Competition Policy Advisory Committee, and was an associate at the Washington, DC law firm Covington & Burling. He received a B.A. cum laude with honors distinction in Diplomatic History from the University of Pennsylvania and a joint law/master's in international affairs degree from Columbia University where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. Prior to attending law and graduate school, he worked as a senior research assistant at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy. Andrew Shapiro is a recipient of the Gold Star Wives of America Appreciation Award and the National Guard Association’s Patrick Henry Award. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the International Institute of Strategic Studies.

    Mr. James H. Smerchansky
    Mr. James H. Smerchansky

    Panelist

    Deputy Commander, Systems Engineering Interoperability, Architecture & Technology (SIAT). Marine Corps System Command

    (Confirmed)

    Mr. James (Jim) Smerchansky was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in August 2006 and currently serves as the Deputy Commander, System Engineering, Interoperability, Architectures and Technology (SIAT) for Marine Corps Systems Command (MCSC). As the Deputy Commander, SIAT,
    Mr. Smerchansky is responsible for leading Marine Air Ground Task Force (MAGTF) systems engineering and integration efforts, ensuring Marine Corps systems interoperability with coalition and Joint forces, and identifying and pursuing science & technology transition opportunities for Marine Corps
    systems. Mr. Smerchansky also serves as the Systems Engineering Competency Director, the Technical Authority Deputy Warranting Officer, and the lead for the Marine Corps Engineering Community of Interest.

    Prior to reporting to Marine Corps Systems Command, Mr. Smerchansky served as the Director for Above Water Sensor and the Director of Technology Development and Transition in Program Executive Officer, Integrated Warfare Systems (PEO-IWS) from 2006-2009.  Preceding Mr. Smerchansky’s appointment to the Senior Executive Service, he served as the Deputy Executive Director for Undersea Technology at the Naval Sea Systems Command from 2004- 2006. From 2002-2004, he was the Science and Technology Advisor to the Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet in Pearl Harbor, Hi. Prior to that he was assigned as the Deputy Program Manager, Strategic and Attack Submarines (2001-2002).

    Mr. Smerchansky earned his Bachelor of Engineering Degree in 1985 from Youngstown State University and a Master of Engineering Management from Old Dominion University in 1992.  He is a Certified Level III Acquisition Professional in Advanced Systems Planning, Research, Development and Engineering (SPRDE) and Program Management (PM) acquisition career fields. He has over 26 years of civilian service and has received numerous awards over his
    career including the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award in 2001 and the Navy Superior Civilian Service Award in 2004.

    LTG Jeffery Sorenson, USA (Ret.)
    LTG Jeffery Sorenson, USA (Ret.)

    Moderator

    former U.S. Army CIO and Partner, A.T. Kearney Public Sector & Defense Services LLC

    (Confirmed)

    Jeff Sorenson is a partner in AT Kearney in the aerospace and defense practice.

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

    Prior to joining AT Kearney, he completed 37 years of military service culminating with his promotion to Lieutenant General and his assignment as the Army Chief Information Officer (CIO)/G-6. During his three years as the Army CIO/G6, he led the transformation of the Army network instituting an enterprise approach to information systems, technology and management and greatly expanding warfighting and institutional command, control, communication, computer capabilities.

    Jeff has been quoted and interviewed in several magazines including Defense Systems, Government Computer News, Federal Computer Week. Jeff was also selected as a 2010 Top 100 Federal Award winner by Federal Computer Week.

    Jeff earned an M.B.A from Northwestern University, with concentrations in finance, accounting and decision sciences. He has a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Military Academy. Additionally, he is a graduate of the Army War College, the Armed Forces Staff College and the Defense Systems Management College Program Manager and Executive Program Manager courses. Jeff is also registered as Certified Public Accountant in Illinois.

     

    RADM David M. Thomas Jr., USN
    RADM David M. Thomas Jr., USN

    Panelist

    Commander, Naval Surface Force Atlantic

    (Confirmed)

    Rear Admiral David Thomas, a native of Norfolk, graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1981 and is a distinguished graduate of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.

    Assignments at sea included USS Shreveport (LPD 12) as main propulsion assistant and navigator; engineer officer in USS Estocin (FFG 15) and USS Willamette (AO 180); flag lieutenant to commander, 2nd Fleet; executive officer in USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55); command of USS Ross (DDG 71); and command of Destroyer Squadron 26.

    Ashore, Thomas served in the Surface Warfare Junior Officer Assignment Branch of the Bureau of Naval Personnel; in the Personnel Plans and Policy Division of the Joint Staff; as flag secretary to commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet; on the staff of the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations as executive officer to the director of the 2001 Quadrennial Defense Review and executive assistant to the director of Operations, Plans, and Policy (N3/N5); and as chief of staff to commander, 2nd Fleet.

    Upon selection for flag officer, Thomas has served as the deputy chief of staff for Global Force Management and Joint Operations on the staff of commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command; and commander, Joint Task Force, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; commander, Carrier Strike Group Two; and his current assignment as commander, Naval Surface Force Atlantic.

    He has been awarded the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Navy and Marine Corps Medal, and the Bronze Star Medal as well as various other personal and unit decorations.

    VADM Kurt W. Tidd, USN
    VADM Kurt W. Tidd, USN

    Panelist

    Director for Operations, Joint Staff

    (Confirmed)

    Vice Admiral Tidd is the director for Operations (J3), Joint Staff, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C. The director for Operations serves in assisting the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff in fulfilling his responsibilities as the principal military advisor to the president and secretary of defense in developing and providing operational guidance, and in fostering clear communication between the president, secretary of defense, unified commands, and services.

    Before rejoining the Joint Staff, Tidd commanded U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command and U.S. 4th Fleet. Other tours afloat include: command of Carrier Strike Group 8 aboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), during a combat deployment supporting coalition forces in Operation Enduring Freedom.

    From 2004 to 2005, Tidd commanded Persian Gulf maritime operations as commander, Middle East Force and commander Task Force 55. Previous sea duty assignments include: commander, Destroyer Squadron 50; commanding Officer, USS Arthur W. Radford (DD 968); and, executive officer aboard USS Leftwich (DD 984). Tidd was operations officer aboard USS Deyo (DD 989); flag lieutenant to commander, Cruiser-Destroyer Group 8; boilers officer aboard USS America (CV 66); and, communications officer and main propulsion assistant on USS Semmes (DDG 18).

    Ashore, he served on the National Security Council Staff as director for Strategic Capabilities Policy, and as a director for combating terrorism; the founding deputy for operations on the Chief of Naval Operations War on Terrorism Operations Planning Group "Deep Blue." He was N-3/Operations at U.S. Naval Forces Central Command/U.S. 5th Fleet, Manama, Bahrain; at the Pentagon, on the Navy Staff Strategy and Policy Division (N51) and as the political-military analyst in the Secretary of the Navy's Office of Program Appraisal; as the strategic planner on the Chief of Naval Operations' Executive Panel (N-00K); and at NATO Headquarters, Brussels, Belgium, as aide to the U.S. representative, NATO military committee.

    A second generation surface warfare officer, Tidd is the son of retired Vice Admiral and Mrs. Emmett H. Tidd, USN, and the brother of the Navy’s 25th Chief of Chaplains, Rear Admiral Mark L. Tidd.

    Tidd graduated in 1974 from Porter Gaud School, Charleston, S.C. and was commissioned from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1978, with a degree in Foreign Area Studies. Selected in 1984 as an Olmsted Foundation Scholar, Tidd has a master's degree in Political Science from the University of Bordeaux, France. He has been awarded the Legion of Honor by the government of France. He is a French linguist, and a proven subspecialist in Strategic Planning and Europe/Russia area studies. He is a graduate of the Armed Forces Staff College and was a federal executive fellow at the Atlantic Council of the United States.

    MG Bryan G. Watson, USA
    MG Bryan G. Watson, USA

    Panelist

    Vice Director, The Joint Staff J7, Joint Force Development

    (Confirmed)

    Major General Watson is a 30-year Army veteran and a 1982 graduate of the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York. An engineer by trade, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the USMA. He also holds a Master of Science degree in Administration from Michigan University and a Master of Science degree in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College.

    Other military schools attended include the Engineer Officer Basic Course, Infantry Officer Advanced Course, Army Command and General Staff College, and the Army War College.

    He assumed DDJ7 JCW, Joint Staff (J7) duties in August of 2012, reporting from his previous assignment in theater where he served as the Joint Engineering Director for United States Forces-Afghanistan and ISAF Joint Command. On February 2013 MG Watson was designated the Vice Director for Joint Staff J7.

    Other past Joint assignments included serving as Operations Officer, Combined Forces Command/ United States Forces Korea, and as a Joint Staff Intern, Nuclear and Chemical Division, J-5, The Joint Staff, Washington, DC.

    He was promoted to his present rank in August, 2012. Past command assignments ranged from platoon level to Brigade Commander. MG Watson also served as the Commandant of the United States Army Engineer School/Deputy Commanding General, Concepts, Doctrine and Organizations, at the Army’s Maneuver Support Center of Excellence, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.

    His awards and decorations include: the Defense Superior Service Medal; Legion of Merit (with Oak Leaf Cluster); Bronze Star Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster); the Defense Meritorious Service Medal; the Meritorious Service Medal with (6 Oak Leaf Clusters); the Joint Service Commendation Medal; the Joint Service Achievement Medal; the Army Commendation Medal (with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters); Army Achievement Medal; Southwest Asia Service Medal; Afghanistan Campaign Medal; Iraqi Campaign Medal; Korea Defense Service Medal; NATO Non-Article 5 Medal; Kuwait Liberation Medal (Govt. of Saudi Arabia); and the Kuwait Liberation Medal (Govt. of Kuwait). MG Watson has also earned the Ranger and Sapper Tabs.

    Major General Watson is married to the former Kris Koester of Wausau, Wisconsin and they have a daughter, Rachel, who is attending college at DePaul University in Chicago. The Watson’s are Packer fans.

    Dr. Dov S. Zakheim
    Dr. Dov S. Zakheim

    Moderator

    former Comptroller, Department of Defense and Senior Fellow, CNA Corporation

    (Confirmed)

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

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

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

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

    Dr. Zakheim serves on numerous government, corporate, non-profit and charitable boards.

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

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

    MGen Mels de Zeeuw, Netherlands Air Force
    MGen Mels de Zeeuw, Netherlands Air Force

    Panelist

    Assistant Chief of Staff, Command & Control, Deployability & Sustainability

    (Confirmed)

    Major-General Mels de Zeeuw was born on 12 April 1958.  He started his military career in 1976 at the Royal Military Academy Breda, studying Aerospace Engineering.  After graduating from the Academy in February 1982, he was stationed at Airbase Volkel, from 1982 to 1985, during which time he held technical positions in support of F-104 operations and the introduction of the F-16 in the Netherlands.

    From 1985 to 1987 he studied Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences at the University of Technology at Eindhoven.  He subsequently took up appointments at the Directorate for Materiel of the RNLDAF and at the staff of the State Secretary of Defence, working on air force investment programs such as the acquisition of transport aircraft and several types of helicopters. He was appointed Deputy Commander Support at Airbase Twenthe from 1996 to 1998. Following this appointment, he was promoted to Colonel and became the first Program Manager of the RNLAF F-16 Replacement project team from 1999 to 2001.

    During 2002, living in London with his wife and children, he was a member of the Royal College of Defence Studies and has studied International Studies at King’s College London.

    Upon his return to the Netherlands, he was appointed Commander of Airbase Eindhoven, home of the RNLAF air transport fleet, from January 2003 to November 2004.  During this period, Eindhoven took part in deployed operations with KDC-10 and C-130 aircraft based in Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan as part of the International Security and Assistance Force (ISAF).

    In November 2004, he was promoted to Air Commodore and held various positions in the Staff of the Commander Tactical Air Force and the Staff of the Commander Royal Netherlands Air Force in Breda.

    In March 2008, he was appointed Contingent Commander for the Netherlands armed forces in Afghanistan, based at Kandahar.

    On 1 September 2008, he was promoted to his current rank and took up the position of Director of Projects and Procurement with the Defence Materiel Organisation in The Hague until he was assigned to SACT as ACOS C4ISR NNEC on 1 August 2012.


     
     

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