Suzanne White, deputy director of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), will discuss how the Intelligence Community (IC) has spearheaded new efforts to integrate emerging technologies, such as cloud, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning, to remain up to speed with the advancing science and technology landscape.
During GovConWire’s IC Acquisition and Innovation Forum, White will serve as the opening keynote speaker. Joined by other notable federal and industry leaders, the event will address acquisition and procurement within the IC, including workforce retention, technology strategies, such as Cloud and AI adoption, as well as industry partnerships.
White became the deputy director of the DIA in Oct. 2018. In her position with the agency, she helps the DIA director drive the agency’s missions and manage a workforce of more than 16,500 military and civilian employees worldwide.
Prior to her current assignment, White served as the chief of staff, where she worked to ensure the timely satisfaction of the agency’s current requirements while developing the plans, process improvements and strategies that prepare the DIA to meet future requirements.
In 2019, White discussed how DIA will work to modernize systems to improve efficiency within the IC. She discussed the modernization of the Joint Worldwide Intelligence Communications System (JWICS), which would help support the agency’s expanded mission, as well as increase its capabilities.
White said that JWICS, a top secret, “sensitive, compartmented information” network, was designed to serve the IC. The system expanded since its inception, and has required modernization efforts to support military intelligence.
“It’s very useful and efficient to many users,” White said. “So we’re trying to generate more of that conversation of ‘If we were to create JWICS today, what would it look like for the entire community, the [intelligence community], the DOD and even broader, federal?'”
“We’re looking at this as an opportunity to have exactly that conversation, because there is such a demand signal,” White added. “So we are trying to understand that so that as we head down our path of modernization, we are addressing all of those concerns and those potential scenarios for where JWICS will go.”
During the IC Acquisition and Innovation Forum, GovConWire will also host an expert panel, featuring leaders across the IC, including the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) and National Security Agency (NSA), as well as industry partners.