DAF: IT Plans and Priorities Forum
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DAF: IT Plans and Priorities Forum

January 5th, 2021 12:00pm EST   Virtual, ON24

The digital Air Force Initiative is an effort to leverage data and applications at the edge, along with artificial intelligence and machine learning, to “field a 21st century infrastructure responsive to the demands of modern combat.” 

As the service branch continues to innovate to current with the shifting environment, the Air Force has leveraged new tactics to increase cybersecurity, modernize IT framework and launch new platforms that support emerging technologies.  

During GovConWire’s Air Force: IT Plans and Priorities Forum, notable federal and industry leaders will discuss gigital Air Force Strategies, IT spending, new modernization initiatives and advanced cybersecurity practices that will enable the Air Force to stay up to speed across the defense landscape. 

Featuring Lauren Knausenberger, Deputy Chief Information Officer of the U.S. Air Force, as the keynote speaker, the event will further address how the industry can progress the latest initiative across the Air Force. “IT is the foundation on which we do everything else,” Knausenberger stated.

  • Lauren Knausenberger
    Lauren Knausenberger - Keynote
    Deputy Chief Information Officer, U.S. Air Force

    Lauren Barrett Knausenberger is the Deputy Chief Information Officer, the Pentagon, Arlington, Virginia. 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 Deputy Chief Information Officer, 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 Air Force to drive innovation across the Department of Defense, 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 has 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 also served 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-Robert H. Smith School of Business, College Park, Md 2012 Master of Business Administration, University of Pennsylvania-Wharton School of Business, Philadelphia CAREER CHRONOLOGY June 1998–August 1999, Gifted and Talented Program (Cryptography/Intelligence Analyst Intern), National Security Agency, Fort Meade, Md. July 2003–July 2004, Business Systems Analyst, American Management Systems, Fairfax, Va. July 2004–October 2015, Division Manager-Program Director for Large IT Programs and Intelligence Community Finance, CACI, Fairfax, Va. October 2015–June 2017 President, Accellint Inc., Arlington, Va. June 2017–August 2020, Chief Transformation Officer and Director of Cyberspace Innovation, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va. August 2020–present, Deputy Chief Information Officer, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va. AWARDS AND HONORS FedScoop Top Women in Technology Jimmy Doolittle Fellowship Award

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