DIA: IT Modernization Forum
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DIA: IT Modernization Forum

October 12th, 2021 09:00am EST   ON24

The Defense Intelligence Agency has recognized its need for a dramatic information technology transformation. The Agency recently announced its modernization and digitalization goals and began working on numerous initiatives to improve and update its legacy IT systems. Additionally, the Agency is working to roll out new cutting-edge IT systems to increase mission and operational efficacy. 

During GovConWire’s DIA: IT Modernization Forum, leading federal and industry leaders will discuss the strategy behind the DIA’s IT transformation, along with modernization objectives and innovative digital technologies.

Doug Cossa, Chief Information Officer of the Defense Intelligence Agency, will serve as keynote speaker. In his keynote address, Cossa will discuss the Agency’s IT modernization goals, priorities, and priorities and how private industry can help.

Join GovConWire Events on October 12th to learn about the opportunities in the DIA’s IT modernization endeavors and initiatives.

  • Doug Cossa
    Doug Cossa - Keynote
    CIO, Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA)

    Mr. Douglas Cossa was appointed as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) in July 2021. As the CIO, Mr. Cossa leads a global organization of more than 4,000 staff and $1 billion in resources, providing the complete spectrum of Information Technology (IT) services to the Agency and broader Intelligence Community (IC). He is also charged with overseeing the Joint Worldwide Intelligence Communications System—the federal government’s Top Secret intelligence network. Prior to this position, Mr. Cossa served for three years as DIA’s Deputy CIO after previously serving as the Deputy Director of the Mission Integration Division (MID) in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI). Mr. Cossa was promoted to the Senior Executive Service in 2015. As the Deputy Director of MID, Mr. Cossa led the integration of collection, analysis, and IT capabilities to satisfy intelligence priorities. He served as the Senior Executive charged with overseeing the development of analytic tradecraft for data science, developing an interagency strategy to establish a new National Vetting Center and providing technical and programmatic oversight of mission-critical capabilities under the IC’s Information Technology Enterprise. He also co-chaired the IT modernization board for the President’s Daily Brief overseeing the integration of new capabilities for joint analytic production. Prior to serving as the Deputy Director of MID, Mr. Cossa served as the Chief of the Priorities and Assessments Group (PAG) in the ODNI where he led the President’s Intelligence Priorities, the National Intelligence Priorities Framework, and reforms to sensitive intelligence collection defined by Presidential Policy Directive-28 following unauthorized disclosures. Mr. Cossa also served as Chairman of the Board of Governors for the Library of National Intelligence to enhance intelligence discoverability and sharing. Prior to this assignment, Mr. Cossa managed the Planning phase of the Intelligence Planning, Programming, Budgeting, and Evaluation process within ODNI’s Policy & Strategy directorate. He also led the needs analysis function for major system acquisitions within the Systems and Resource Analysis directorate. Before joining the ODNI, Mr. Cossa worked at the Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) where he was the senior program manager for the National Media Exploitation Center's overseas operations. He led staff deployed to support document and media exploitation operations in Qatar, Iraq, and Afghanistan, primarily involving cellular exploitation, computer forensics, document exploitation, and linguistics. While at SAIC, he also served as the program manager for systems engineering and technical assistance contracts at the ODNI. Mr. Cossa started at SAIC as a database administrator, software developer, and systems architect supporting the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. Mr. Cossa holds a Bachelor's degree in Computer Information Systems from James Madison University and a Master's degree in Systems Engineering from the Johns Hopkins University. He and his wife have two daughters and reside in Leesburg, Virginia.

  • Lew Messing
    Lew Messing - Moderator
    VP Programs National Intelligence, SAIC

    Lew Messing is a Vice President for the National Intelligence Community within SAIC’s National Security & Space Sector. In this role he is responsible for supporting Intelligence Community customers including the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA). Lew Messing has been with SAIC and predecessor companies for over 18 years, serving in a variety of leadership roles supporting clients including the US Navy, ODNI, DIA, and NGA. Lew has provided technical support to Milestone decisions for Major Systems Acquisitions including the Navy’s Zumwalt Class Destroyer and provided expertise to DIA, ODNI, and NGA in the development of future capabilities in areas including data science, digital engineering, Open Source Analysis, Cyber Threat Intelligence, Special Communications, Cybersecurity, and MASINT Collection. Lew is on the Board of Advisors for George Mason University’s Volgenau School of Engineering Data Analytics Program, Lew Messing earned a Master of Science degree in Data Analytics Engineering from George Mason University’s Volgenau School of Engineering in 2017 and a MBA from the University of California - Irvine, Merage School of Business in 2003. Lew also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Financial Management from Clemson University, a Graduate Certificate in Procurement and Contracts Management from the University of Virginia, Darden School of Business, and is a Certified Project Management Professional (PMP). SAIC is a premier technology integrator

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