3rd Annual AF IT Modernization and Transformation Forum

3rd Annual AF IT Modernization and Transformation Forum

Tuesday, March 21, 2023 8:00am-10:00am EST   Virtual, ON24

The U.S. Air Force is building up its “digital backbone,” and accelerating its IT modernization initiatives. Today, the service branch is prioritizing cloud adoption, IT portfolio management, cybersecurity, core IT, mission-enabling services, data, artificial intelligence and more as it works to maintain air superiority and shifts its focus to a new era of peer and near-peer competition.

The Air Force is also focusing on implementing a zero trust architecture that will enable the service to protect critical data across multiple classification levels. 

GovCon Wire’s 3rd Annual AF IT Modernization and Transformation Forum will feature prominent IT and technology leaders from the Air Force and industry who will convene to examine the challenges, opportunities, strategies and priorities influencing the future of Air Force IT. 

  • Darryl Burke
    Darryl Burke - Introducer
    SVP, Air Force Business, CACI

    Maj. Gen. Darryl W. Burke is dual-hatted as Commander of the Air Force District of Washington and the 320th Air Expeditionary Wing, headquartered at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland. AFDW is the Air Force component to the Joint Forces Headquarters-National Capital Region and is responsible for organizing, training and equipping combat forces for aerospace expeditionary forces, homeland operations, civil support, national special security events and ceremonial events. When activated for such events, AFDW transitions to the 320 AEW for the duration of the event. AFDW also provides major-command-level support for 60,000 military and civilian personnel assigned worldwide. As commander, General Burke is the Uniform Code of Military Justice authority for 40,000 Airmen. General Burke was commissioned as a distinguished graduate of the Reserve Officer Training Corps program and entered active duty in 1983. He has commanded a NATO flying squadron, an operations support squadron, and served as Vice Commander of the 9th Reconnaissance Wing. Additionally, he commanded the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing, served as Vice Commander of 12th Air Force, and Commander of the 82nd Training Wing. He has served in staff and Executive Officer positions at the unified command level and was Senior Military Assistant to the Secretary of the Air Force. Prior to his current assignment he was Deputy Commander, Joint Functional Component Command for Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance, Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Washington D.C. General Burke is a master navigator with more than 3,700 flying hours, including 133 hours of combat time and 250 hours of combat support. He has flown the B-52, E-3, KE-3, T-38, U-2, RQ-4 and UH-1N aircraft.

  • Robert King
    Robert King - Moderator
    Senior Vice President / Strategy & Development Business & IT Solutions, CACI

    Bobby King joined CACI in June 2022 as Senior Vice President for Strategy & Development, where he is responsible for providing strategic advice/planning and maintaining key client relationships enabling CACI’s enterprise IT and business solutions offerings to provide the best support possible to the Department of Defense (DoD) and Intelligence Community (IC). CACI has supported the DoD’s and IC’s missions for over 60 years with expertise and technology in areas ranging from space operations and cyber security, to protecting critical systems, to command, control, computers, communications, cyber, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C5ISR) capabilities designed to assist operators and decision makers. Prior to joining CACI, Bobby served 27 years in the United States Air Force, culminating his career as the Senior Materiel Leader (upper echelon) of the Enterprise IT & Cyber Infrastructure Division at Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts. In this role, he led a 900+ person team, and was responsible for providing acquisition, integration, sustainment, and support for $6.5B worth of enterprise IT and cyber programs for the Department of the Air Force as well as Joint and Coalition forces. He retired 1 June 2022. Bobby is a graduate of University of Arkansas, where he received his Air Force commission via AFROTC, with a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering. He received three masters degrees: Business Administration from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Organizational Management from The George Washington University, and National Security Studies from Air University’s Air War College. Bobby also currently serves as an outside director on Isobar Public Sector’s board of directors.

  • Lauren Knausenberger
    Lauren Knausenberger -
    Chief Information Officer (CIO), U.S. Air Force

    Lauren Barrett Knausenberger is the Chief Information Officer for the Department of the Air Force, comprised of the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Space Force. Ms. Knausenberger leads two directorates and supports 20,000 cyber operations and support personnel across the globe with a portfolio valued at $17 billion. She provides oversight of the Air Force’s Information Technology portfolio including the Information Technology investment strategy from networks to cloud computing, Enterprise policies, information resources management, IT innovation initiatives, information assurance, and related matters for the Department of the Air Force. As the Chief Information Officer (CIO), Ms. Knausenberger delivers cyber security, and enforces Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act laws. She integrates Air Force warfighting and mission support capabilities by networking and securing air, space, and terrestrial assets. Ms. Knausenberger also leads career management initiatives for 10,000 IT/Cyber civilian personnel across all human resources facets from recruiting to professional development. In 2017, Ms. Knausenberger joined the U.S. Air Force to drive innovation across the Department of Defense (DoD), speed adoption of emerging technologies, and create stronger partnerships between DoD, start-ups, and the venture community as the Chief Transformation Officer and Director of Cyberspace Innovation under the Deputy Chief Information Officer. Prior to joining the Air Force, she was the founder and President of Accellint Inc., a consulting firm and Venture Partner with NextGen Angels, specializing in solving problems of national security importance, and investing in commercial technologies that could be applied to a government mission. Ms. Knausenberger often jokes that she joined the Air Force “by accident.” Her work with Accellint and NextGen led to a serendipitous meeting with an Air Force Captain and General, where her bar napkin sketch turned into a powerful framework and the series of conversations that followed opened her eyes to a problem set that was too enticing to turn away. As the CIO she continues to go after hard problems, calculates risk differently, and ensures we keep a constant pulse on the voice of the Airmen. Prior to her time as an entrepreneur and venture capitalist, Ms. Knausenberger held positions of increasing responsibility at American Management Systems (acquired by CACI) and CACI, beginning as a systems analyst and designer, then as a go-to project manager for program turnarounds, a program manager for large IT and finance programs, and finally as a division manager overseeing much of the company’s Intelligence Community portfolio. During this time Ms. Knausenberger had the pleasure of serving the mission of the CIA directly as well as leading and mentoring cross-functional teams and organizations supporting national security missions. Ms. Knausenberger earned a Bachelor of Science degree in decision and information sciences from University of Maryland and a Master of Business Administration from University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business. EDUCATION 2003 Bachelor of Science, Decision and Information Sciences, University of Maryland-R.H. Smith School of Business, College Park, Md 2012 Master of Business Administration, University of Pennsylvania-Wharton School of Business, Philadelphia, Pa CAREER CHRONOLOGY 1. June 1998 - August 1999, Gifted and Talented Program (Cryptography/Intelligence Analyst Intern), National Security Agency, Fort Meade, Md. 2. July 2003 - July 2004, Business Systems Analyst, American Management Systems, Fairfax, Va. 3. July 2004 - October 2015, Division Manager-Program Director for Large IT Programs and Intelligence Community Finance, CACI, Fairfax, Va. 4. October 2015 - June 2017 President, Accellint Inc., Arlington, Va. 5. June 2017 - August 2020, Chief Transformation Officer and Director of Cyberspace Innovation, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va. 6. August 2020 - Present, Deputy Chief Information Officer, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va. 7. February 2021 - Present, Chief Information Officer, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va. AWARDS AND HONORS FedScoop Top Women in Technology Jimmy Doolittle Fellowship Award Wash100 Award

  • Jennifer Krolikowski-Stamer
    Jennifer Krolikowski-Stamer - Panelist
    Space Command and Control [Space C2], Space & Missile Systems Center

    Colonel Jennifer Krolikowski is the Director, Chief Information Office (CIO) for Space Systems Command, Los Angeles Air Force Base. Col Krolikowski graduated from the University of Dayton in 1996 with a Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering and commissioned from ROTC that same year. She has led at the Materiel Leader and Senior Materiel Leader levels and has served in a variety of acquisition and flight test positions. As lead engineer for various operational B-52 Stratofortress flight tests, she accumulated 50-plus flight hours and earned her Nonrated Aircrew Officer Wings. Colonel Krolikowski has served in staff assignments at Headquarters United States Air Force, the Joint Staff, and Office of the Secretary of Defense. Prior to her current assignment, she served as the Senior Materiel Leader for Space Command and Control (C2). She transitioned to the United States Space Force in July 2021. Col Jennifer Krolikowski is mother to Logan Benjamin and Seth Andrew Krolikowski and is married to Andrew Stamer.

  • Joe Staier
    Joe Staier - Panelist
    Chief Engineer, U.S. Air Force

  • 8:00am - 8:05am EST

    Welcome and Introductions

  • 8:05am - 8:45am EST

    Keynote: Lauren Knausenberger
    Keynote Introducer: Maj Gen (Ret.) Darryl Burke

  • 8:45am - 9:55am EST

    Panel: Robert King (Moderator)

  • 9:55am - 10:00am EST

    Closing Comments

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