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DOD’s Danielle Metz Gives Keynote Address During Potomac Officers Club’s 2021 Digital Transformation Forum

Potomac Officers Club (POC) hosted its 2021 Digital Transformation Forum on Tuesday to bring together the most notable executives and thought leaders from across the federal landscape to discuss how they are transforming their organizations through the adoption of strategic technologies.

Check out the Potomac Officers Club’s Event Page to view on-demand the Digital Transformation Forum if you missed it on Tuesday, Aug. 10th.

Danielle Metz, deputy CIO for DOD’s Information Enterprise, gave the keynote address for the discussion with Craig Heartwell, chief technology officer for Presidio Federal, providing the keynote introduction.

As Heartwell set the stage for the keynote address and introduced Metz to the virtual audience, she used the opportunity to share her first-hand experience and expertise regarding the critical initiatives and challenges facing the DOD’s digital transformation and how industry can help.

To begin the keynote address, Metz shared that she joined the Department of Defense in Dec. 2014 while DOD was still in the process of implementing a network modernization and mid-tier cybersecurity initiative, which resulted in a shift from protecting service-specific networks and systems to securing the DOD network in a more joint manner.

“We look for ways to streamline our infrastructure so that we can eliminate vulnerable systems, optimize operational effectiveness and reduce our financial burden while modernizing our technology and processes,” Metz explained.

She expanded the conversation to the modern-day with the current set of challenges and cyber threats that are being posed by our adversaries across the globe to threaten our national security, infrastructure and gain access to our military intelligence as well as undermine our readiness.

“We must focus on how to anticipate, identify and develop resilience to cyber attacks in order to protect our service members, defend our allies and safeguard our citizens. We must aim for maintaining a technological advantage,” Metz explained.

Visit the Potomac Officers Club’s Event Page to hear the full keynote address from Danielle Metz as well as a full panel discussion moderated by Clara Conti of Presidio Federal and featuring David Egts of Red Hat, Alvin “Tony” Plater of the Department of the Navy, Fletcher Previn of Cisco Systems and Ryan Picchini of Acquia.

On Aug. 31st, Potomac Officers Club will host its Building the Future Battle: The Keys to JADC2 featuring Preston Dunlap, chief architect of the Department of the Air and Space Force as the keynote speaker to explore the fundamental solutions needed for implementation of crucial areas such as the tactical edge, a common data fabric and establishing decision advantage.

Visit PotomacOfficersClub.com to register for its Building the Future Battle: The Keys to JADC2 on Aug. 31st and learn more about the challenges that JADC2 leaders are addressing to build the digital infrastructure for the future battle and national security protection.

Thank you for your continued support of the Potomac Officers Club and we hope to see you at the Building the Future Battle: The Keys to JADC2 on Aug. 31st.

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