3rd Annual Defense Digital Acquisition and Innovation Forum

3rd Annual Defense Digital Acquisition and Innovation Forum

Wednesday, November 02, 2022 8:00am-10:30am EST   Virtual, ON24

Around the world, technology is evolving and advancing faster than ever before. As our nation’s adversaries and competitors harness these new digital technologies, our government agencies and military branches must deepen their partnerships with industry to speed acquisition and innovation processes — and ultimately to solidify the United States’ position as a technological powerhouse on the global stage.

During GovCon Wire’s 3rd Annual Defense Digital Acquisition and Innovation Forum, federal and industry leaders will examine U.S. digital acquisition policies and explore how the government can more quickly and effectively integrate commercial technologies and capabilities to better support today’s warfighters, end users and operators.

Mike Madsen, deputy director for the Defense Innovation Unit, and Lt. Gen. David Bassett, director of the Defense Contract Management Agency, are scheduled to deliver insightful keynote addresses during this forum. 

  • David Bassett
    Lt. Gen. David Bassett -
    Director, Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA)

    Army Lt. Gen. David G. Bassett is the director of the Defense Contract Management Agency, headquartered at Fort Lee, Virginia. As the director, he leads a Department of Defense agency consisting of more than 12,000 civilians and military personnel who manage more than 300,000 contracts, performed at more than 10,000 locations worldwide, with a total value in excess of $5 trillion. Bassett assumed leadership of DCMA on June 4, 2020. He came to the agency after serving as Program Executive Officer for Command, Control and Communications-Tactical (PEO C3T) since January 2018, where he was responsible for the development, acquisition, fielding and support of the Army’s tactical network, a critical modernization priority. Bassett was commissioned into the Signal Corps in 1988 through ROTC concurrent with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Virginia. As a junior officer, he served in Germany in tactical positions with the 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment and 123rd Signal Battalion, 3rd Infantry Division. Following the Signal Officer’s Advanced Course and completion of a Master of Science in Computer Science through the University of Virginia, Bassett was assigned to the U.S. European Command Staff, where he served as the Requirements Analysis and Interoperability Action Officer, J6. He transferred to the Army Acquisition Corps in 1999 and was assigned to Fort Monmouth, New Jersey, as Operations Officer, Communications and Electronics Command Software Engineering Center. Bassett went on to manage software development efforts for the Army’s Future Combat Systems program. He then served on the Joint Staff as the Ground Maneuver Analyst, Capabilities and Acquisition Division, J8. From July 2009 to May 2012, Bassett served as the Army’s Project Manager for Tactical Vehicles within the Program Executive Office for Combat Support & Combat Service Support (PEO CS&CSS). He then managed the Joint Program Office, Joint Light Tactical Vehicles (JLTV), through the Engineering and Manufacturing Development award. In September 2013, Bassett was appointed Program Executive Officer, Ground Combat Systems, where he managed the portfolio of the Army’s combat vehicle fleet including major modernization efforts to Abrams, Bradley, Stryker and self-propelled howitzer programs while also initiating the Army’s Armored-Multi Purpose Vehicle program. Previous he served as Deputy Program Executive Officer for CS&CSS. Bassett is a graduate of the Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and a distinguished graduate of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces in Washington, D.C.

  • David Cadman
    David Cadman - Panelist
    Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Acquisition Enablers (Acting), Office of Acquisition Enablers, AE

    Mr. David S. Cadman is currently serving as the Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Acquisition Enablers. He also serves as the Director for Acquisition Data and Analytics (ADA) where he is responsible for the development and implementation of acquisition portfolio based analytical methods focused on data analytics which includes but is not limited to data mining, simulation, machine and statistical learning, probability theory, mathematical optimization, and visualization of results. ADA establishes program management policy that applies these methods as appropriate to acquisition portfolios, Major Defense Acquisition Programs and business systems and functions. Before the A&S reorganization he served as Director for Performance Assessments and Root Cause Analyses (PARCA) and Deputy Director, Root Cause Analyses (RCA). Where he identified root causes on Major Acquisition Programs that had a critical Nunn-McCurdy cost breach or upon request of the Secretary of Defense. Additional assignments Mr. Cadman has had while at the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) include serving as Deputy Director for the Technology Security and Foreign Disclosure Office (TSFDO) within the Defense Technology Security Administration (DTSA) where he supported DoD’s security cooperation efforts, to include international armaments cooperation, strategic planning, and Defense Technology and Trade Initiatives. Mr. Cadman also worked as the aviation sector lead for the Office of Industrial Policy in OSD where he was responsible for industrial base oversight. In this role, Mr. Cadman assessed the capabilities and overall health of the aviation industrial base upon which the Department of Defense relies for current and future war fighting capabilities. Previously, Mr. Cadman served in the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) Program Office as the Deputy Director, Air Vehicle where he oversaw government and contractor activities related to the F-35’s vehicle systems, mission systems, airframe structures and materials, manufacture and build risk reduction. Mr. Cadman was accountable for cost, schedule, and performance on the $13 billion air vehicle design and the development effort of the multinational industry team. Mr. Cadman also served as the JSF X-program Science and Technology Coordinator developing requirements, assessing science and technology trends, and evaluating potential technology gaps. Mr. Cadman’s other positions include a leading role on the F/A-18 E/F airframe development program and serving as an F-14 structural engineer at the Naval Aviation Depot. Prior to entering federal service, Mr. Cadman worked for Boeing Helicopter performing dynamic analysis of developmental vertical lift aircraft. Mr. Cadman holds a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Maryland and a Master’s of Science in National Resource Strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. Mr. Cadman is a graduate of the Defense Acquisition University Advanced Program Managers course and has Acquisition Workforce Level III certifications in Program Management; Systems Planning, Research and Engineering; and Production Quality and Manufacturing.

  • Dr. William
    Dr. William "Bill" Casebeer - Moderator
    Director of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, Riverside Research Institute

    Dr. Casebeer’s career began with the United States Air Force from which he retired from duty as a Lieutenant Colonel and intelligence analyst in 2011. He brings two decades of experience leading and growing research programs from within the Department of Defense and as a contractor. Dr. Casebeer held leadership roles at Scientific Systems, Beyond Conflict, Lockheed Martin, and Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).

  • Mike Madsen
    Mike Madsen - Keynote
    Deputy Director, Defense Innovation Unit (DIU)

    Mike Madsen is the Deputy Director and Director of Strategic Engagement at the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU). In this position, he manages strategic relationships with senior Defense officials and commercial technology and venture leaders. Before joining DIU, Mike was the Executive Director for the Section 809 Congressional Advisory Panel on Streamlining Acquisition. The Panel provided the intellectual underpinnings for acquisition reform language in defense authorization statutes. Prior to this, Mike served for 22 years in the U.S. Air Force where he led at the group and squadron levels and is a decorated combat pilot. Mike retired from the Air Force while he was the Senior Air Force Advisor to the Director, Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation (CAPE) in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Mike also served as Division Chief in Legislative Liaison in the Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, directly advising the Secretary of the Air Force and Chief of Staff of the Air Force on issues before the congressional defense committees. He holds a degree in Meteorology from the University of Nebraska and holds master’s degrees in international relations, national security strategy, and national security studies. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations

  • Ramesh Menon
    Ramesh Menon -
    Chief Technology Officer, Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA)

    Mr. Ramesh Menon was appointed Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Office of the Chief Information Officer (CIO), Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) on March 1, 2021. Mr. Menon is responsible for technology and strategy planning, experimentation, emerging technology solutions architecture supporting DIA and IC priorities including FVEY partners. Mr. Menon assumed his current position upon his appointment to the SES / DISL-T1. Mr. Menon serves as the CTO and authoritative information technology expert for DIA. He develops a cohesive technological strategy for CIO’s, business, and mission partner’s capabilities on the Joint Worldwide Intelligence Communications System and in the Department of Defense Intelligence Information Systems enterprise. Mr. Menon serves as the senior DIA technologist and interface to the Intelligence Community, Department of Defense, Military Service’s Intelligence Centers, Combatant Commands, international partners, national labs, industry and academia. He conducts feasibility assessments of current and future technology trends within the private and public sectors and makes recommendations on adoption that will increase DIA’s decision advantage. As the CTO, Mr. Menon will serve as the principal advisor for artificial intelligence to the Director and collaborate with other IC and DoD AI leaders. Born in India Mr. Menon earned a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) from California State University. He has co-authored three books and has a patent pending for supply chain assurance using Block chain technology. Mr. Menon was a CTO in the private sector at IBM and a Chief Architect at Johns Hopkins University – Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU-APL) leading Artificial Intelligence, cloud, cyber and strategic national security initiatives. Mr. Menon is a member of IEEE congressional delegation on science and technology and an invited frequent guest lecturer on emerging technologies at Johns Hopkins University was a member of Brookings Institution AI expert panel on autonomous weapon systems and served on space innovation council workgroup along with NASA, SMC and DARPA. He is also a mentor to AFRL catalyst campus, NASA Frontier Development Labs supporting OSINT and EdgeAI to operate in contested spaces. He lives in beautiful Pacific Northwest with his wife of 23 years and their daughter. He enjoys hiking, travelling, cooking and nature.

  • William Streilein
    Dr. William Streilein - Panelist
    Chief Technology Officer, Office of the Chief Digital and Artificial Intelligence Officer, U.S. Department of Defense (DOD)

    Dr. William Streilein, Ph.D., serves as the Chief Technology Officer of the U.S. Department of Defense’s Chief Digital and AI Office (CDAO). He brings more than 30 years of experience in the technology industry, primarily in program management, technical leadership, cyber security, and business development, to his service in the government to help transform the Department of Defense in adopting next-generation AI and software technologies. Prior to government service, Streilein spent 23 years at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Lincoln Laboratory serving multiple senior roles, including Principal Staff of Biotechnology and Human Systems Division and Leader of Cyber Analytics and Decision Systems Group. At MIT Lincoln Laboratory, he contributed his technical research and leadership expertise to numerous projects focused on cyber security, passive network and traffic analysis, streaming analytics, and computer vision. Before his tenure at MIT Lincoln Laboratory, Streilein spent nine years working as a software engineer at multiple innovative organizations, including Brixton Systems, PictureTel Corporation, Wellfleet Communications, and the Utah Scientific Advanced Development Center. In addition, he has vast experience with engaging and contributing to the computer science community, serving as the Chair of Artificial Intelligence for Cyber Security (AICS). He is an Academic Committee Member of AISec, GameSec, MILCOM, and ACM, and a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Streilein is also a prolific researcher and communicator, with over 30 published papers and chapters as lead or co-author, covering topics such as machine learning, artificial intelligence, cyber security, and statistical analysis. Streilein holds a Ph.D. in Cognitive and Neural Systems from Boston University, a Master of Music in Electronic and Computer Music from the University of Miami, and a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from Austin College.

  • Timothy Waltz
    Timothy Waltz - Introducer
    Vice President of Sensors and Systems, Riverside Research Institute

    Tim Waltz is the Vice President for Sensors and Systems at Riverside Research. Mr. Waltz leads a $35M+ portfolio of technical services and solutions to the Defense and Intelligence Communities in both the R&D and Mission Support arenas. Mr. Waltz has over 20 years of leadership, engineering, and management experience across a broad range of customers and technical domains. He has worked onsite contractor leadership roles within the IC at NGA, DIA and NRO AS&T. In addition, he has led research efforts at DARPA, AFRL, and across the intelligence community. Tim’s contractor experience includes roles at ERIM, Applied Systems Research, CACI, BAE Systems and SRI International. He has background in a wide range of intelligence disciplines such as Imagery derived MASINT/Advanced Geospatial Intelligence, MASINT, SIGINT, Identity Intelligence and All-Source Intelligence. Tim holds a bachelor’s degree in Aviation from Concordia University and a master’s degree in Systems Engineering from George Washington University. Tim also served in the United States Navy where he flew multiple types of aircraft, including single engine turboprop, multi-engine turboprop and single engine jet aircraft. Additionally, Tim is an adjunct Professor of Strategic Intelligence at the Patrick Henry College, Purcellville, VA.

  • 8:00am - 8:05am EST

    Welcome and Introductions

  • 8:05am - 8:45am EST

    Opening Keynote: Mike Madsen
    Keynote Introducer: Tim Waltz

  • 8:45am - 9:45am EST

    Leveraging Commercial Capabilities for Defense: Challenges & Considerations Panel: David Cadman, Dr. Bill Casebeer (moderator) and Ramesh Menon

  • 9:45am - 10:25am EST

    Closing Keynote: Lt. Gen. David Bassett

  • 10:25am - 10:30am EST

    Closing Remarks

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