DoD: Digital Modernization Forum
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DoD: Digital Modernization Forum

January 13th, 2022 9:00am EST   Virtual, ON24

The Department of Defense continues to make digital transformation strides through modernization measures such as its Joint Warfighter Cloud Capability and Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification programs. In the evolving defense landscape, DoD agencies are currently working to modernize across areas including acquisition, engineering, data sharing and cybersecurity.

Join GovCon Wire Events’ DoD: Digital Modernization Forum to hear eminent defense department and industry executives speak on how modernization initiatives are shaping strategies, approaches and operations throughout DoD agencies and their private sector partners.

Dr. Lisa Costa, chief technology and innovation officer of the United States Space Force, will serve as the event’s keynote speaker and deliver an insightful address focused on how Department of Defense agencies are working to accelerate modernization efforts across critical areas, such as the rapidly-growing space domain, to retain the nation’s competitive edge against global adversaries.

  • Jason Boitnott
    Jason Boitnott -
    Director, Business Transformation Office, Lockheed Martin Space

  • Johnathon Caldwell
    Johnathon Caldwell - Moderator
    VP of Business Innovation, Transformation, and Enterprise Excellence, Lockheed Martin Space

    Johnathon Caldwell is the Vice President of Business Innovation Transformation & Enterprise Excellence for Lockheed Martin Space. Mr. Caldwell ensures the business is effectively governing and utilizing information as an asset, guides data analytics and artificial intelligence capabilities, and drives data- related business direction with speed and agility. He is the lead voice for coordinating and communicating data and analytics strategy with senior executives, as well as embedding cultural transformation initiatives across the Space enterprise. He is responsible for creating value and shaping enterprise strategy by applying innovation capabilities to continuously understand, track and predict what our customers value as market trends and competitive landscapes change. Mr. Caldwell serves on the Space Executive Leadership Team and reports directly to Rick Ambrose, Executive Vice President of Space. The Space CIO position is matrixed into Mr. Caldwell and includes value-added affordability, program resiliency for classified and unclassified processes and infrastructure. Previously, Mr. Caldwell served as Vice President of the Navigation Systems mission area within Lockheed Martin’s Military Space line of business. In this role, he was responsible for the company’s advanced Positioning, Navigation and Timing (PNT) mission solutions, including the Global Positioning System III (GPS III) and GPS III Follow On (GPS IIIF) satellites, as well as the GPS Operational Control Segment (OCS) upgrade and GPS Sustainment programs. These evolutionary systems are improving PNT services for civilian and military users, and delivering advanced anti-jam capabilities, yielding superior system security, accuracy and reliability, to our warfighters. Mr. Caldwell’s career includes a series of progressive leadership roles within the Navigation Systems and Overhead Persistent InfraRed (OPIR) mission areas including Program Management, Space Segment Director, and Chief Engineer responsible for the overall GPS III Space Vehicle, as well as roles in Program Management, Payloads, Systems Engineering, and Supply Chain, developing and delivering space and ground systems for the Space Based InfraRed Systems (SBIRS) missile warning missions. As a Guidance Navigation and Controls (GN&C) and Avionics engineer, he supported production and flight operations of Commercial Communications satellites as well as MILSTAR and DSCS protected communications systems and led Independent Research and Development (IRAD) for guidance sensors. Mr. Caldwell holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Colorado (1996). He is a graduate of Lockheed Martin’s Leadership Excellence & Development Program, Program Management Development Program and Executive Development & Growth Enhancement Program, as well as a two-time recipient of the Lockheed Martin Corporate NOVA Award, which recognizes individuals and teams for their exceptional contribution to the company’s mission and business objectives.

  • Lisa Costa
    Dr. Lisa Costa - Keynote
    Chief Technology and Innovation Officer, U.S. Space Force

    Dr. Lisa A. Costa, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is the incoming Chief Technology and Innovation Officer of United States Space Force. She has served the last three years as Director, Communications Systems and Chief Information Officer for U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), MacDill Air Force Base, Florida. She is responsible for developing and executing SOF’s digital transformation strategy as well as managing the command's $1.2B annual information technology portfolio. Dr. Costa is also responsible for operating and maintaining USSOCOM's global network and systems providing no fail support to more than 90,000 special operations personnel and enablers. Dr. Costa previously served as the Senior Director of Innovation and Technology at Engility Corporation where she brought big data and artificial intelligence (AI) to client verticals. She served as the Vice President of Intelligence and Chief Scientist at PlanetRisk, a global leader in 365/24/7 real-time predictive risk analytics. She brought progressive leadership to complex and sensitive problems facing nations and global Fortune 500 companies. She is an expert in ubiquitous technical surveillance and tradecraft. She was formerly the Director of Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction (CWMD) and Violent Extremism at MITRE where she chaired the MITRE Corporate CWMD/Counterterrorism Council and led projects for the nation. Before that, Dr. Costa was the Executive Director of Integration and the Enterprise Systems Engineer for MITRE’s National Security Center responsible for integrating sponsor outcomes across various missions, agencies, and programs. She provided executive strategic planning for business operations and advancing the Center's $1.2B business base. She advised HASC and SASC staffers on emerging science and technology. She advised new presidential administrations on emerging global risk and opportunities. As a member of the Defense Science Board on numerous Task Forces and Summer Studies, Dr. Costa helped shape the US model for homeland security, special operations’ role in countering terrorism, developed novel approaches to WMD early warning, and championed the use of publicly available information for great power competition. Dr. Costa was MITRE’s Chief Scientist for every Combatant Command and Defense and Service Intelligence agency in the DoD. She was on the OSD Senior Technical Experts Group and led MITRE’s Independent Research and Development (R&D) to develop patented, globally licensed work in advanced data analytics. Dr. Costa was responsible for establishing the largest data repository and AI-enabled data mining capability outside the National Capital Region in support of special mission unit target adjudication. As Director of the Non-Traditional Information and Knowledge Exploitation cell at USSOCOM, she led multidisciplinary teams to develop worldwide intelligence assessments. These efforts were at the request of Combatant Commanders to the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff. This model was used for developing intel/ops centers across the globe.

  • Brig. Gen. John Olson
    Brig. Gen. John Olson - Panelist
    Mobilization Assistant to the Chief of Space Operations (CSO/MA), Space Force Lead for JADC2 and ABMS, U.S. Department of Defense (DOD)

    Brig. Gen. John M. Olson is the Mobilization Assistant to the Chief of Space Operations, Headquarters United States Space Force, the Pentagon, Arlington, Virginia. The Chief of Space Operations serves as the principal uniformed advisor to the Secretary of the Air Force on Space Force activities and is a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. United States Space Force responsibilities include developing Guardians, acquiring military space systems, maturing military space power doctrine and organizing space forces to present to the joint Combatant Commands. Brig. Gen. Olson assists and advises the Chief with responsibility to organize, train and equip active-duty, Guard, Reserve and civilian space forces conducting innovative, agile, and responsive space and information operations to support, protect, and defend U.S. and allied interests. Brig. Gen. Olson develops strategy, plans, policy and priorities for efficient and effective research, development, testing, operations and sustainment of technologies, capabilities and systems with partners and allies for global leadership in space and related operations. Brig. Gen. Olson also flies as an Airborne Emergency Action Officer conducting strategic deterrence and operations missions aboard the Looking Glass Airborne Nuclear Command Post, supporting the president and National Command Authorities. Brig. Gen. Olson graduated with military distinction from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1992 and received a graduate scholarship to earn a master’s degree in engineering from the University of Illinois. His initial assignment was to the Air Force Advanced Composites Program Office at Sacramento Air Logistics Center, California. While on active duty, he held numerous air, space, acquisition, test, weapons, political-military, intelligence, and technology command, staff, and leadership roles. He is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School and a former European and Eurasian Foreign Area Officer. The general deployed to Southwest Asia, supporting air and space operations for operations Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan, New Dawn in Iraq, Odyssey Dawn in Libya and Joint Task Force Horn of Africa. The general transitioned to the Air Force Reserve in 2004 after joining NASA, where he served as a Senior Executive Service civilian leader in several roles for almost a decade. In his civilian capacity, he is a former CEO, Vice President, and General Manager of private and public corporations, following 25 years of federal service culminating as the Assistant Director for Space and Aeronautics in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Prior to his current assignment, Brig. Gen. Olson served as the Mobilization Assistant to the Commander, 16th Air Force, Air Forces Cyber, and Joint Forces Headquarters-Cyber at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas where he helped lead 49,100 Information Warfare Airmen.

  • Stuart Wagner
    Stuart Wagner - Panelist
    Chief Digital Transformation Officer, Office of the Chief Information Officer, Department of the Air Force

    Stuart Wagner is the Chief Digital Transformation Officer for the Department of the Air Force, comprised of the U.S Air Force and U.S. Space Force. On behalf of the Chief Information Officer, Mr. Wagner promotes innovation and digital transformation to enable warfighters globally, helps build the digital workforce, and implements artificial intelligence and autonomous capabilities. His areas of interest include telemetry instrumentation, collection, unification and analysis, natural language processing, and improving partnerships between the venture community and government. Mr. Wagner began his career as the Aide De Camp to the CEO and COO of Berico Technologies, a defense contractor focused on data fusion. He then enlisted in the U.S. Army, and attended Officer Candidate School. While there, he broke three ribs on an obstacle course and continued training for weeks while hurt, eventually resulting in an honorable discharged. Mr. Wagner then learned to code and became a Software Developer at Microsoft. There, he instrumented and analyzed telemetry data from Windows Devices at billion+ user scale to improve reliability and Azure subscriptions to improve revenue growth. At a Microsoft hackathon, he helped prototype a sex trafficking disruption application that won the competition and now is used by over 12 US cities to reduce the supply and demand of sex trafficking. Returning to the Department of Defense in 2019 to work as a Senior Advisor to the Chief Data Officer of the Department of Defense, Mr. Wagner built and ran a team of 50+ engineers to run Development and Engineering for Advana, an analytics platform at OUSD(C), and start Gamechanger, an opensource natural language processing and search platform that enables text analytics on policy documents, DoD contracts, and communications traffic among other use cases. Mr. Wagner is an active angel and venture investor, and serves on the board of a charitable foundation. Mr. Wagner received a Bachelor of Arts degree triple-majoring in Political Science, Arabic, and Organizational Studies from the University of Michigan, a Master of Science in Public Policy and Administration from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a Master of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of Pennsylvania. EDUCATION 2007 Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, Arabic, and Organizational Studies, University of Michigan 2009 Master of Science, Public Policy and Administration, London School of Economics and Political Science 2016 Master of Science, Computer Science, University of Pennsylvania CAREER CHRONOLOGY 2009-2011, Special Assistant to the CEO and COO, Berico Technologies 2011-2012, Officer Candidate, US Army 2013-2014, Manager of Technology and Analytics, Contractors Steel Company 2015, Technical Intern, Upthere 2015, Teaching Assistant in Distributed Systems, University of Pennsylvania 2016-2019, Software Development Engineer, Microsoft Corporation 2019-2021, Senior Data Scientist, Department of Defense 2021-Present, Chief Digital Transformation Officer, Department of the Air Force (Current as of April 2021)

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