Second Annual Data Innovation Forum
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Second Annual Data Innovation Forum

June 9th, 2022 9:00am EST   ON24

The U.S. government and its military service branches are making transformational shifts to become more data-centric, especially in response to rapid developments in today’s geopolitical environment and the growing threat of adversarial forces. 

Advanced technologies like artificial intelligence, machine learning and automation can help federal agencies leverage data as a center of gravity – but obstacles surrounding data security and access, as well as the sheer volume of data to process, are hampering the government’s speed of innovation.

Join GovCon Wire Events for its Second Annual Data Innovation Forum to hear from prominent leaders across the Intelligence Community and industry as they discuss the priorities, needs, capability gaps and opportunities steering the government’s data strategy and impacting its information environment in the digital age. 

Juliane Gallina, associate deputy director for digital innovation at the Central Intelligence Agency, will serve as the forum’s keynote speaker. She will share her insights as she works to accelerate the CIA’s digital transformation and maintain the country’s strategic advantage through data-powered intelligence.

  • Daniel Blevins
    Dr. Daniel Blevins - Panelist
    Chief Architect, Ground Enterprise, National Reconnaissance Office (NRO)

    Dr. Daniel D. Blevins is the Chief Architect of the Ground Enterprise for the National Reconnaissance Office in Chantilly, Virginia. In this role, he is responsible for guiding and integrating the mission planning, command and control and data processing acquisitions that deliver critical intelligence to the Department of Defense and the Intelligence Community. He also ensures the NRO’s ground systems leverage advancements in processing algorithms, mission orchestration, sense-making analytics and cognition to advance overhead reconnaissance to meet emerging national security and intelligence needs. Previously, he served as the Senior Scientist for the Defense Innovation Unit’s (DIU’s) space portfolio which accelerates the adoption of commercial space technology by the military and growing the national security innovation base. Dr. Blevins was born in Troy, Ohio and received his commission in 1994 from Air Force ROTC at Wright State University. He served 25 years in the US Air Force in a wide variety of space acquisition and intelligence leadership positions. He retired from the Air Force as a Colonel in 2019 before returning to government service as a member of the Defense Intelligence Senior Leader Service in 2020.

  • Mike Byrne
    Mike Byrne - Panelist
    Sr. Director of Federal Presales, BAE Systems

    Michael is a Dell Technologies veteran with 13 years’ experience across data protection, core storage, as well as Presales strategy. He currently serves as Sr. Director of Federal Presales. In this role, he leads an organization of approximately 100 Presales solution architects aligned to our Department of Defense/Intelligence, Civilian and FSI and Channel customers. These team members engage with their customers to discover agency challenges and mission outcomes and leverage the Dell Technologies portfolio to provide differentiated solutions. Michael has designed the Presales solution architect team to provide Dell Technologies’ portfolio expertise around key emerging technologies, cloud, edge, 5G, AI/ML and zero trust security. He’s created a government customer engagement process that is centered on consultative assessments to create long-term strategic technologies roadmaps to help achieve mission and technology goals. In addition to leading the Presales team, Michael is responsible for the technical go-to-market (GTM) strategy for the Federal Sales organization. This includes understanding market opportunities, influencing product roadmaps and ensuring that we have the right organizational structure to best align with our customers’ needs. Michael meets with customers across Federal agencies, military branches, Federal Systems Integrators and Channel partners to better understand their unique technical and mission challenges and collaborates with them on how to best leverage the Dell Technologies portfolio to enable IT transformation in a multi-cloud world. When he started at EMC, Michael spent four years in Data Protection and Core Systems Engineering roles with the commercial team. Michael went on to manage the Ohio Valley Systems Engineering team for an additional three years. Prior to joining the Federal Presales division, he spent about four years as the strategy lead for Global Commercial Presales and North America Presales teams.

  • Mark Chatelain
    Mark Chatelain - Panelist
    Associate Chief Information Officer, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA)

    Mr. Mark Chatelain is the Associate Chief Information Officer (ACIO) for NGA. Mr. Chatelain leads CIO specific issues and programs within NGA while collaborating across the Intelligence Community(IC), with top-level experts and consultants in other Department of Defense (DoD) organizations, IC agencies, and industry. Previously he served as the Deputy Director and Acting Director of the Adopt and Deliver Group in the IT Services (T) Directorate. He was responsible for definition, development, and maintenance of all application and infrastructure services within the National System for Geospatial-Intelligence (NSG). During the period 2012 - 2016, Mark served as the Chief of the NGA Support Team, US Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) at Offutt Air Force Base (Omaha, NE). He was also selected to serve as the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) representative to the command. In this role, he is responsible for ensuring the integration of all Intelligence Community activities at United States Strategic Command. The Mission Statement of the United States Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) is to promote global security for America by deterring attacks on US vital interests and defending the nation should deterrence fail. Previous assignments include deployment to Afghanistan for two tours as the NGA lead for Regional Command South, West and Southwest in 2012 and the Regional Command East in 2010. Mr. Chatelain also served as the Chief, International Programs Division where he managed the GEOINT acquisition relationships across the broad range of NGAs international partner community. He has served as a Program Manager and Contract Officer Representative for several of NGAs acquisition efforts over the years. In 1986, Mr. Chatelain began providing electrical and systems engineer support to NGA, developing image processing algorithms, imagery collection and management systems and GEOINT software/hardware solutions. He joined the Agency in 2005 leading the development of user access services, foundation GEOINT data systems, and the commercial imagery tasking, archive and dissemination systems. Mr. Chatelain was selected as an inaugural member of the NGA Supervisory Council and was elected to serve as the 2012 - 2013 Chairperson. The Supervisory Council is dedicated to creating a thriving 21st Century Supervisory Culture at NGA. He has also served as the Analysis Directorate Equality Executive in 2015 and 2016 and as the Senior Champion for the NGA Deaf and Hard of Hearing Council (DHHC). He currently is the Senior Champion for the T Employee Council (TEC). Educational accomplishments include a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington and a Master of Science in Systems Engineering from The George Washington University. He is DAWIA level III certified in Program Management and Information Technology and a member of the Department of Defense Acquisition Corp.

  • Juliane Gallina
    Juliane Gallina - Keynote
    Associate Deputy Director of Digital Innovation, Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)

    Ms. Juliane J. Gallina is the Associate Deputy Director of CIA for Digital Innovation. Ms. Gallina brings experience from leadership positions in the public and private sectors. Prior to her current role, Ms. Gallina served as the Agency’s Chief Information Officer and the Director of the Information Technology Enterprise (D/ITE). Ms. Gallina also served in the private sector as the Vice President of IBM’s US Federal Key Accounts. Before joining IBM, Ms. Gallina served as a CIA Directorate of Science and Technology (DST) officer assigned to the National Reconnaissance Office. Juliane was commissioned as naval officer at the US Naval Academy, and retired as a reserve officer in 2013. She holds a Master of Science in both Space Systems and Electrical Engineering. While at the US Naval Academy, Juliane was the first woman to lead the brigade of midshipmen since its founding in 1846.

  • Kim Lynch
    Kim Lynch - Introducer
    EVP, Intelligence, Booz Allen Hamilton

    As a leader in Booz Allen’s U.S. Government Classified and National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency businesses, Kim Lynch provides clients with expertise in intelligence analysis, all-source research and analysis, information security, data analytics, strategic planning, innovation support, and harnessing data for the enablement of operational missions. She has 20 years of experience in matters of domestic and international security. Previously, as a leader of the firm’s Department of Homeland Security (DHS) business, Kim guided clients within such agencies as the Office of Intelligence and Analysis, the National Protection and Programs Directorate, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office, and the Office of Health Affairs. During the creation of DHS, her work was critical to the standup of the agency’s intelligence and infrastructure cybersecurity functions. Kim has focused primarily on the intelligence community, law enforcement, and national security clients since she joined the firm in 1999, and began managing projects in 2003. Kim co-leads Booz Allen’s Women’s Forum and leads the firm’s partnership with the Girl Scout Council of the Nation's Capital. She also teaches a class in alternative analysis as an adjunct professor at The George Washington University (GW). She has a B.A. in political science from Johns Hopkins University and a master’s in international affairs from GW.

  • Jim McCool
    Jim McCool - Panelist
    Director, Data and Digital Innovation Directorate, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA)

  • Ramesh Menon
    Ramesh Menon - Panelist
    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.

  • Chris Menza
    Chris Menza - Moderator
    Senior Vice President, Booz Allen Hamilton

    Chris Menza is a leader for Booz Allen's National Agencies clients. She has more than 20 years of commercial and government experience across a number of industries, including commercial aviation manufacturing and prototype development/strategy consulting for government R&D agencies. Her areas of focus are R&D strategy, program management, and leading teams that develop technical solutions and prototypes for government clients. Chris has supported the Defense Advanced Research Programs Agency (DARPA), the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Agency (IARPA), and the National Geospatial Agency (NGA) with a focus on the technology and research directorates. Since joining our firm in 2004, she has been key in supporting multiple DARPA executive leaders by leveraging subject matter experts and consulting expertise to help develop strategic plans for new offices. She also led the first contractor team supporting the stand-up of IARPA. For NGA, Chris leads the infrastructure that incubates teams responsible for creating and executing technical solutions for NGA Research and the technology directorates. Prior to Booz Allen, Chris was a program manager at Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems S&T Division leading R&D teams focused on building prototypes for DARPA and the Office of Naval Research. One such project was the integration and building of a prototype system (software radio payload on an unmanned aerial vehicle) for beyond the line of site/over the horizon communications. Prior to Northrop, Chris was at TRW managing the strategic business unit responsible for manufacturing, repairing, and overhauling assemblies for commercial aircraft. Chris serves on the board of Family PASS, a nonprofit that helps families that are homeless or at risk of homelessness. The organization specializes in connecting them with the support services needed to become self-sufficient. Chris graduated from North Carolina State University with a B.S. in psychology and Georgia State with an M.S. in logistics management.

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