AFCEA/GMU Agenda for 2018


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2018 Symposium

Critical Issues in C4I


Schedule of Events

Tuesday May 22, 2018

08:00 – 08:55 Registration and Continental Breakfast
08:55 – 09:00 Welcome:

Dr. Aurali Dade
  Associate Vice President for Research Development, Integrity and Assurance
  George Mason University

Dr. Mark Pullen
  Director, Center of Excellence in Command, Control, Communications, Computing, Intelligence and Cyber
  George Mason University

09:00 – 10:00 Keynote Address

Roberta “Bobbie” Stempfley
   Director, Carnegie Mellon University
Software Engineering Institute’s – CERT Division

Analytics and Situational Awareness


Bobbie Stempfley
bio  presentation video
10:00 – 10:30 Coffee Break in exhibit area
10:30 – 12:00

Session 1

Advances in Data Security

Insider Threat Risk Mitigation/Data Integrity

This prestigious group will discuss the current state of Data Security in a panel style presentation.
Key topics that will be discussed include protecting against insider threat, data loss or corruption
risk mitigation, and maintaining data integrity with a particular focus on the DoD secure
operating environment.

  Carey Bandler
  Director, Strategic Accounts
  -Nuix USG

  Henry Sienkiewicz

Chief Innovation and Revenue Officer
Secure Channels

1 – Panelist:

   presentation video (Bray and Berkoff)
Col Donald Bray
 Cybersecurity Director (Acting)
Army CIO/G6

2 – Panelist:

  bio   slides  presentation video
Daryl Haegley

3 – Panelist:

  bio   slides
Russ Berkoff
Senior Vice President
Cybersecurity, Intelligence, and Investigation Services
12:00 – 13:00  Lunch (on your own)

13:00 – 14:00 Keynote Address

Dr. Sean Manion (MD)
  Chief Executive, Science Distributed

Blockchain as a Critical Enabler

Dr. Manion will bring his extensive operational experience in DoD healthcare systems to bear on the issue of blockchain’s potential impact as a critical enabler for the US Economy and DoD. The audience will benefit from Dr. Manion’s insights – based on decades of medical research and a deep understanding of privacy and security issues and regulations.


   bio      slides
presentation video

14:00 – 15:00

Session 2

Exploiting Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

“All your machine learning models are belong to us…” Machine learning models can be tricked using tiny data alterations, sometimes as small as a single pixel for image recognition. What happens when malicious data is used to produce a different outcome than expected? Is it possible to detect malicious data? Machine learning models can be reliably reversed engineered without direct access to the model. What happens when malicious actors can fully replicate your machine learning models? This presentation and discussion will address those and other questions around how we can protect our AI and ML systems from the enemy.

  Allan Mink
Managing Partner, Systems Spirit

  Scott Winn
ACI Group

1 – Panelist

  bio   slides       presentation video (both panelists)
Don Miner
Founding Partner, Miner & Kasch

2 – Panelist

  bio   slides

Karl MacMillan
CTO, Big Bad Wolf Security

15:00 – 15:30

Break in exhibit area
15:30 – 16:00

Session 3

Collaborative Community Resilience

Initiatives in Waging Peace

GMU’s new Community Resilience Lab coordinates a number of efforts to help build individual and community resilience to natural and man-made emergencies while increasing economic and other opportunities in under-served communities. Beyond just bouncing back, resilient communities can absorb shocks and yet provide improved services afterward– “Be prepared to bounce forward better.” The goal is to reduce pressures for migration and marginalization.The Lab is being incubated within the C4I & Cyber Center and draws on many of the Center’s resilience-building approaches.


Chair: Linton Wells, II
Principal Cyber Security Engineer  
George Mason University

      bio  slides

  presentation video
16:00 – 17:00

Session 4

Internet of Things in National Security

Dr. Saunders will lead a discussion regarding the implication of IoT for national security. Real world case studies will be discussed with a specific focus on securing IoT systems in a large scale distributed environment.


Chair: John Saunders
Principal Cyber Security Engineer
MITRE Corporation

1- Title: “En Route to Smart Cities”

  slides & videos (~600 MB)    presentation video (both panelists)
Dr. Shubham Jain
Assistant Professor
Old Dominion University

2- Title: “Cybersecurity of the IoT”

Dr. Angelos Stavrou
George Mason University
17:00       Reception



Wednesday, May 23, 2018

08:00 – 09:00 Registration and Continental Breakfast
09:00 – 10:00
Keynote Address

Gen Michael Hayden, USAF (retired)

 Principal, The Chertoff Group

Understanding Information Warfare

Gen Hayden will explore with the audience his thoughts regarding the current threat of Information Warfare. He will provide some contextual background describing the current problematic environment and propose potential actions that can be taken to offset current threats.

presentation video
10:00 – 10:30 Coffee Break in exhibit area
10:30 – 12:00

Session 5

Understanding Information Warfare

This distinguished panel will follow up on Lt Gen Hayden’s opening remarks with a deep dive discussion on the current information warfare threat and mitigation tactics. The session will focus on both defensive as well as offensive capabilities in this space.


  John Dvorak
  CIO, Salient CRGT

  John Russack

1 – Panelist:

  presentation video (all three panelists)
Adm William O. Studeman
USN (Ret.)

2 -Panelist:

Riley Repko
Strategic Advisor to Secretary of the Air Force and USAF COS

3 – Panelist:

Leslie J. (Jake) Schaffner
OSD Staff

12:00 – 13:00                 Lunch (on your own)

13:00 – 14:00 Keynote Address

Lewis Shepherd

 Executive Technology Consultant

Innovations in IT Acquisition

Lewis will highlight current innovations in IT Acquisition that are greatly accelerating the deployment curve. Topics will include other transactional authority, COTS deployments, leveraging R&D investments and the potential for public private partnerships.

   bio   slides
presentation video

14:00 – 15:00

Session 6

Impact of Disruptive Technologies on the Future Integrated Mobility

We will discuss advancements in AI expert systems, SDP, Spectrum agility, big data, IoT and Cloud in C4I for Integrated Mobility. The future of mobility will have a far more consolidated, cognitive, integrated and transformational impact on defense, security and next generation of first responders whereby new incarnations of ‘armed force’ start doing different things in novel ways. COTS implementation to the tactical edge will enhance decision-support system during wartime/emergency wherein the time is a significant factor to communicate with warfighters, responders, autonomous vehicles, weapons, machinery, emergency equipment, etc. that need support with intelligence and quick response in the zone. The current trajectory of technology, ubiquitous connectivity, sensors, location-based services, social networks, machine learning, big data and IoT will have an even more profound impact on Mobility Integration. These present risks but also opportunities especially benefitting the Defense and Government to become SMARTER!


Chair: Anitha Raj
President, ARAR Technology
   bio   slides

Moderator: Tom Suder
President ATARC

1 – Title: Intelligent Mobile Agents

Present software solution on mobile devices that can work with cloud servers to push intelligence to the edge to provide actionable intelligence to the first responder/warfighter

  slides  video   presentation video (both panelists)

Dr. Edward Chow
Manager, Civil Program OfficeNASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

2 – Title: Advancement in Integrated Mobility

Finding new ways to integrate mobility, IoT, security, with SDP solutions and tools, permit us to reconsider what the Art of the Possible really can deliver during disasters.


Jeffrey Schweitzer
Asymmetric Solutions ArchitectProduct and New Business Innovation Verizon

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