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 digital 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.
Alka Bhave is the corporate Vice President of Performance Excellence at Perspecta. In this capacity, she has responsibility for leading an independent organization with mission to drive excellence into the performance of Perspecta programs, with scope across all lines of business and corporate functions. Perspecta is a differentiated technology solutions provider of over 14,500 employees, with mission-enabled end-to-end capabilities in technology modernization, systems engineering, advanced analytics, cyber, and enterprise IT across the U.S. Federal, state, and local spectrum. Alka has 23+ years of experience in program management, systems engineering & integration, and technical contribution to the development of complex space and ground systems mission and IT systems. She is a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt, SAFe Agilist and PMI PMP with extensive expertise in leading mission and business process transformation efforts for federal government agencies. Alka is a customer-recognized change agent and industry thought leader, architecting high impact initiatives for customers’ missions resulting in millions of dollars saved through innovative application of industry best practices. She continues to work to enable government agencies to increase to efficiency and accelerate value delivery in acquisition, development and sustainment efforts. Alka has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and M.S. in Telecommunications from the University of Maryland, College Park and was inducted into Tau Beta Pi, the National Engineering Honors Society. She serves as an advisory board member for the Missouri State University Customer Experience Program.
As senior vice president and general manager of the Defense Group at Perspecta, Jeffrey Bohling directs the successful operation, execution and management of highly innovative, enterprise-wide solutions for federal defense agencies. His group supports the mission to keep our country and its citizens safe by delivering solutions to improve software, systems engineering, IT, training and logistics and fleet management solutions to key agencies in national defense. Prior to his role at Perspecta, Bohling was the senior vice president and general manager of the Civilian and Defense Group at Vencore. Before joining Vencore, he served as vice president and general manager for the civilian solutions sector at General Dynamics Information Technology. Bohling was brought to General Dynamics with the acquisition of Vangent in September 2011. While at Vangent, Bohling successfully led the company’s 2010 U.S. Census program as a subcontractor to Lockheed Martin, which included seven call centers and data capture and fulfillment sites staffed with 6,400 employees at peak. In 2008, he successfully led Vangent’s acquisition of Aptiv Technology Partners. When Vangent became a stand-alone company in 2007, Bohling drove the transition of the business from Pearson to Vangent. In his role as senior manager for McLeodUSA, Bohling transformed the idea of an efficient, easy-to-use sales and delivery platform into reality. Along the way, he campaigned for new technologies, which prepared the company for e-commerce. In 1997, he received the chairman’s Inner Circle Award, which was presented to the top one percent of employees in the company. Bohling earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering with a minor in computer science from Iowa State University and received his MBA from Georgetown University.
Mr. Nicolas Chaillan, a highly qualified expert, is appointed as the first Air Force Chief Software Officer, under Dr. William Roper, the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, Arlington, Virginia. He is also the co-lead for the Department of Defense Enterprise DevSecOps Initiative with the Department of Defense Chief Information Officer. As the Air Force’s senior software czar, Mr. Chaillan is responsible for enabling Air Force programs in the transition to Agile and DevSecOps to establish force-wide DevSecOps capabilities and best practices, including continuous Authority to Operate processes and faster streamlined technology adoption. The Chief Software Officer works with the Program Executive Officers and is responsible for analyzing current software and cloud migration plans to avoid vendor lock-ins while allowing for rapid prototyping and a streamlined process for deployment. To keep up with the pace of technology, Mr. Chaillan evaluates and authorizes new commercially available off-the-shelf software and cloud-related technologies to help with their adoption across various Air Force programs based on their mission needs. Prior to his current position, Mr. Chaillan was the Special Advisor for Cloud Security and DevSecOps at the Department of Defense, OSD, A&S and Special Advisor for Cybersecurity and Chief Architect for Cyber.gov at the Department of Homeland Security. He designed the new robust, innovative and holistic .Gov cybersecurity architecture (Cyber.gov), that mitigates cyber threats by leveraging best practices and implementable solutions with minimal impact to workforce efficiency. In addition to his public service, Mr. Chaillan is a technology entrepreneur, software developer, cyber expert and inventor. He has over 19 years of domestic and international experience with strong technical and subject matter expertise in cybersecurity, software development, product innovation, governance, risk management and compliance. Specifically, these fields include Cloud computing, Cybersecurity, DevSecOps, Big Data, multi-touch, mobile, IoT, Mixed Reality, virtual reality and wearables. Mr. Chaillan is recognized as one of France’s youngest entrepreneurs after founding, WORLDAKT at 15 years of age. He has founded 12 companies, including AFTER-MOUSE.com, Cyber Revolution, Prevent Breach, anyGuest.com among others. Over the last eight years alone, he created and sold over 180 innovative software products to 45 Fortune 500 companies. Additionally, he is recognized as a pioneer of the computer language PHP. Mr. Chaillan is a sought after adviser and speaker, including participation in multiple industry conferences and experience working in close collaboration with many Fortune 100 companies and the U.S. Government.
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
LTG(R) Susan Lawrence leads the Accenture Federal Services Armed Forces portfolio within the National Security practice. In this role Lawrence regularly engages with clients to develop and execute technology transformation and mission-support strategies to deter, deflect and defeat today’s evolving threats. Prior to joining Accenture Federal Services, as the Army’s CIO/G-6, Lawrence managed the defense enterprise systems, IT infrastructure, Command & Control (C4) solutions and advanced technology used by the military warfighter and the supporting civilian workforce. Additionally, she helped develop the U.S. Army Cyber Command and worked directly with senior staff members—including the Secretary of the Army and the Chief of Staff of the Army—to reduce costs and improve the effectiveness of cyber and other IT solutions. Lawrence also served as the Commanding General for the Army’s Network Enterprise Technology Command (NETCOM), where her responsibilities included overseeing the Army C4 and Army Enterprise IT functions. During her extensive 40-year career in the Army, she had operational assignments in Europe, South Korea, Southwest Asia and the U.S. and led network, C4 and IT functions during military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Lawrence holds a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from Campbell University in North Carolina, a master’s degree in information systems management from the University of Georgia, and an honorary doctorate in science from Dakota State University. She credits the right combination of tenacity, vision and humility for her many successes. She is a lifetime member of the American Legion, and has been honored with not one but two Susan Lawrence Days in her hometown of Ida Grove, Iowa, one when she was promoted to Major General and one when she was promoted to Lieutenant General.
Colonel Marc L. Packler is the Commander, Cyberspace Capabilities Center (CCC), a direct reporting unit to Air Combat Command, at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. The CCC serves as the Air Force’s front door for cyber & information technology (IT) requirements. In collaboration with Headquarters Air Combat Command, 16th Air Force and the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, the CCC provides data-driven, decision-quality information and technical expertise required to design, develop and deploy air, space and cyberspace systems and capabilities into the cyberspace domain. Utilizing an innovative industry standard framework, Information Technology Service Management, the Center strengthens the Air Force’s network by supporting enterprise services such as messaging, collaboration, video/voice, mobile, and data protection to equip today and tomorrow’s warfighter with the network they need. Colonel Packler commissioned into the Air Force in May 1996 through ROTC from the University of Alabama and entered active duty in June. Prior to his current assignment, Colonel Packler was Commander, Air Force Network Integration Center, which was re-designated as the Cyberspace Capabilities Center on 7 November 2019. He is a career cyber officer who has served in a variety of positions at the squadron, group, major command, combatant command and joint staff. EDUCATION 1996 Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Ala. 1997 Basic Communications Electronics Officers Course, Keesler AFB, Miss. 2001 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala. 2001 Master of Arts degree in Information Systems, Webster University, Mo. 2005 Advanced Communications-Computer Officer Training, Keesler AFB, Miss. 2005 Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala., correspondence 2008 Legislative Fellow, Washington D.C., In-Residence Intermediate Developmental Education 2010 Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala., correspondence 2015 Master of Science degree in National Security Strategy, National War College, Fort McNair, Washington D.C. ASSIGNMENTS 1. June 1996 – June 1999, Chief, Network Control Center, Air Force Technical Application Center, Patrick Air Force Base, Fla. 2. June 1999 – June 2000, Base Level Systems Flight Commander, 34th Combat Communications Squadron, Tinker AFB, Okla. 3. June 2000 – June 2002, Combat Support Flight Commander, 34th Combat Communications Squadron, Tinker AFB, Okla. 4. June 2002 – June 2004, Communications and Information Inspector, ACC Inspector General, Langley AFB, Va. 5. June 2004 – June 2005, Operations Flight Commander, 1st Communications Squadron, Langley AFB, Va. 6. June 2005 – June 2006, Executive Officer, Enterprise Capabilities, Air Force Communications Agency, Scott AFB, Ill. 7. June 2006 – June 2007, Branch Chief, Airborne Capabilities, Air Force Communications Agency, Scott AFB, Ill. 8. June 2007 – December 2008, Legislative Fellow, Senator Ben Nelson, NE, Capitol Hill, Washington D.C. 9. December 2008 – May 2009, Executive Officer, Office of Warfighting Integration, Headquarters USAF, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C. 10. May 2009 – June 2011, Commander, 2nd Communications Squadron, Barksdale AFB, La. 11. June 2011 – June 2012, Chief, Cyberspace Officer Assignments, Randolph AFB, Texas 12. June 2012 – February 2013, Chief, Non-Rated Officer Assignments, Randolph AFB, Texas 13. February 2013 – February 2014, Chief, Communications and Contract Support Division USFOR-A J6, New Kabul Compound, Afghanistan 14. February 2014 – August 2014, Chief, Non-Rated Officer Assignments, Randolph AFB, Texas 15. August 2014 – June 2015, Student, National War College, Fort McNair, Washington, D.C. 16. June 2015 – September 2016, Cyber Planning, Programming, Budgeting, Execution Lead, C4/Cyber, Joint Staff J6, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C. 17. September 2016 – May 2017, Director Legislative Affairs, United States Cyber Command, Fort Meade, Md. 18. June 2017 – May 2019, Commander, 375th Communications Group, Scott AFB, Ill. 19. June 2019 – November 2019, Commander, Air Force Network Integration Center (ACC), Scott AFB, Ill. 20. November 2019 – Present, Commander, HQ Cyberspace Capabilities Center (ACC), Scott Air Force Base, Ill. MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS Defense Superior Service Medal Legion of Merit Bronze Star Defense Meritorious Service Medal Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters Joint Service Achievement Medal Air Force Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters Army Achievement Medal EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION Second Lieutenant May 29, 1996 First Lieutenant May 29, 1998 Captain May 29, 2000 Major June 1, 2006 Lieutenant Colonel December 1, 2010 Colonel April 1, 2017 (CURRENT AS OF NOVEMBER 2020)
Brig. Gen. Chad D. Raduege is the Director of Cyberspace and Information Dominance, and Chief Information Officer, Headquarters Air Combat Command, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia. He leads a staff and four subordinate units responsible for delivering strategic and enterprise-level cyberspace efforts to increase the U.S. Air Force's ability to provide combat forces to Combatant Commanders. Brig. Gen. Raduege provides the strategic vision, policy, guidance and advocacy to drive the engineering and integration to build, extend, operate, secure and defend the Air Force portion of the Department of Defense global network. He is responsible to organize, train and equip cyberspace capability and communications for the command’s 34 wings, 700 aircraft, 19 bases and 70 worldwide operating locations with 98,000 total force military personnel. Brig. Gen. Raduege entered the Air Force in 1994 as a distinguished graduate of The Ohio State University. An Operation Joint Guard veteran, he has commanded eight times at the detachment, squadron, group and agency levels, to include deployed commands supporting Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. In addition, he has served as a staff officer at the major command, air staff, joint staff and Office of the Secretary of Defense levels. Previously, Brig. Gen. Raduege served as the Commander, White House Communications Agency. In this position, he led a 1,200-person joint headquarters and five operational units traveling worldwide to provide assured information services to the President, Vice President, named successors, National Security Council, White House Staff, the United States Secret Service and the White House Military Office to ensure instantaneous secure and non-secure worldwide communications required to lead the nation. EDUCATION 1994 Bachelor of Science, Business Administration, The Ohio State University, Columbus 1995 Basic Communications Officer Training, Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. 1998 Master of Arts, Computer Resources & Information Management, Webster University, Washington, D.C. 1999 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala. 2001 Master of Arts, Organizational Management, The George Washington University, Washington, D.C. 2003 Advanced Communications Officer Training, Keesler AFB, Miss. 2004 Marine Corps Amphibious Warfare Course, by correspondence 2006 Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala. 2006 Master of Military Operational Art and Science, Air University, Maxwell AFB, Ala. 2008 Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala., by correspondence 2010 Chief Information Officer Certificate, National Defense University, Washington, D.C. 2013 Master of Science, National Resource Strategy, The Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy, National Defense University, Washington, D.C. 2014 Leadership Development Program, Center for Creative Leadership, Greensboro, N.C. 2017 Transnational Issues Seminar, The Capitol Hill Club, Washington, D.C. 2018 Enterprise Leadership Seminar, Kenan-Flagler Business School, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill 2019 Enterprise Perspectives Seminar, The Capitol Hill Club, Washington, D.C. ASSIGNMENTS 1. January 1995 - March 1995, Student, Basic Communications-Electronics Course, Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. 2. March 1995 - May 1998, Flight Commander, 31st Combat Communications Squadron, 3rd Combat Communications Group, Tinker AFB, Okla. 3. May 1998 - July 1999, Action Officer, Directorate of Communications & Information, Headquarters Air Combat Command, Joint Base Langley-Eustis AFB, Va. 4. July 1999 - June 2001, Air Force Intern Program, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics; later, Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel, Headquarters Air Force, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va. 5. June 2001 - July 2003, Commander, Detachment 1, U.S. Air Forces in Europe Computer Systems Squadron; later, Commander, 1st Communications Maintenance Squadron, Kapaun Air Station, Germany 6. July 2003 - September 2004, Executive Officer to the Commander, USAFE Theater Air and Space Operations Center; later Executive Officer to the Commander, Air Forces Europe, Ramstein Air Base, Germany 7. September 2004 - January 2005, Commander, 407th Expeditionary Communications Squadron, Tallil AB, Iraq 8. January 2005 - July 2005, Basing Action Officer, Directorate of Communications and Information, Headquarters USAFE, Ramstein AB, Germany 9. August 2005 - June 2006, Student, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala. 10. June 2006 - August 2008, Commander, 366th Communications Squadron, Mountain Home AFB, Idaho including (January 2007 - June 2007, Commander, 376th Expeditionary Communications Squadron, Manas AB, Kyrgyz Republic) 11. August 2008 - July 2010, Action Officer, Directorate of Command, Control, Communications and Computer Systems, The Joint Staff, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va. 12. July 2010 - July 2012, Commander, 747th Communications Squadron, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii 13. August 2012 - June 2013, Student, The Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C. 14. July 2013 - October 2013, Commander, 690th Network Support Group, JB San Antonio-Lackland, Texas 15. October 2013 - May 2015, Commander, 690th Cyberspace Operations Group, JB San Antonio-Lackland, Texas 16. May 2015 – September 2016, Vice Commander, White House Communications Agency, Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Washington, D.C. 17. September 2016 – July 2018, Commander, White House Communications Agency, Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Washington, D.C. 18. July 2018 – present, Director of Cyberspace and Information Dominance, Headquarters Air Combat Command, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va. SUMMARY OF JOINT ASSIGNMENTS 1. August 2008 - July 2010, Action Officer, Directorate of Command, Control, Communications and Computer Systems, The Joint Staff, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va., as a lieutenant colonel 2. May 2015 – September 2016, Vice Commander, White House Communications Agency, Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Washington, D.C., as a colonel 3. September 2016 – July 2018, Commander, White House Communications Agency, JB Anacostia-Bolling, Washington, D.C., as a colonel BADGES Presidential Service Badge Master Cyberspace Badge Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS Defense Superior Service Medal Legion of Merit Defense Meritorious Service Medal Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal Joint Service Achievement Medal Air Force Achievement Medal Combat Readiness Medal National Defense Service Medal with service star Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal Iraq Campaign Medal with service star Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal Global War on Terrorism Service Medal Armed Forces Service Medal Humanitarian Service Medal Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal with service star Air and Space Campaign Medal Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal NATO Service Medal OTHER ACHIEVEMENTS Bronze Order of Mercury, United States Army Signal Regiment 2012 Air Force Citation of Honor (with 747th Communications Squadron) 2015 DoD Chief Information Officer Cyber/IT Award (with 690th Cyberspace Operations Group) 2017 Air Force Citation of Honor (with White House Communications Agency) EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION Second Lieutenant Dec. 9, 1994 First Lieutenant Dec. 21, 1996 Captain Dec. 22, 1998 Major April 1, 2005 Lieutenant Colonel June 1, 2008 Colonel Oct. 1, 2013 Brigadier General Aug. 2, 2019
Colt Whittall serves as Chief Experience Officer (CXO) of the United States Air Force, the first such position in the Department of Defense and one of only a few in the Federal Government. This role was created to focus on improving the User Experience of Information Technology in the Air Force. Mr. Whittall’s responsibilities include advising senior leaders of the Air Force with respect to User Experience, defining the overall approach to transforming User Experience, guiding cross-organizational teams working to improve User Experience, developing capabilities to manage and continuously improve User Experience, guide development of User Experience skillsets, tools and resources to support the above initiatives, and advise Acquisitions with regard to User Experience. Previously Mr. Whittall served as Vice President in the healthcare and federal practices at Isobar, a consulting firm focused on digital experience design and development. In this capacity Mr. Whittall advised senior executives of client organizations with respect to digital strategy, digital experience design, digital product design and management, and software development. He also served as a senior subject matter expert in several areas including digital strategy, change leadership, digital health and wellness, and integrating behavioral economics into experience design. Within Isobar he played a senior role in recruiting and professional development, creating new products and services, and business development. Mr. Whittall is also an angel investor and member of Atlanta Technology Angels. He is an advisor to startups and university programs in User Experience and Digital Marketing. He is also an avid conservationist and leads the Milton Greenspace Advisory Committee in Milton, Georgia which has acquired hundreds of acres of land in the city for permanent conservation and walking paths. Mr. Whittall holds an MBA and an MS in Telecommunications (Colorado) and is a Certified Customer Experience Professional (CCXP).
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Keynote Speaker Address- Lauren Knausenberger
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