December 16th, 2021 1:00pm EST ON24
As technologies like artificial intelligence, machine learning and automation continue to gain important ground in federal government agencies, the Intelligence Community must work to adopt industry innovations and best practices to remain competitive against global adversaries.
On December 16th, GovCon Wire Events will host its IC: Data Innovation Forum to examine the IC’s plans, priorities and new initiatives developed to bolster the nation’s security in response to emerging foreign and domestic threats.
Nancy Morgan, assistant director of national intelligence for information and data and chief data officer for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, will deliver the forum’s keynote address to detail how the Intelligence Community is working to elevate its workforce, integrate innovative and emerging technologies and leverage data as an asset in today’s constantly evolving information environment.
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.
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.
Cameron Chehreh the Chief Technology Officer and Vice President of Presales Engineering at Dell EMC Federal. In this role, Cameron is responsible for strategy execution, leadership, and innovation management for Dell EMC’s technology portfolio for the Civilian Government, Department of Defense and Intelligence Community markets worldwide.
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.
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 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.
Ms. Nancy Ellis Morgan was appointed as the Assistant DNI for Information and Data (ADNI/I&D) in May 2019. She is dual hatted as the Intelligence Community Chief Data Officer (IC CDO), an executive-level position that is mandated by the U.S. Congress. In this role, Ms. Morgan is responsible for leading the IC’s strategic initiative to re-imagine the future of the IC’s data and information landscape in the digital era. Ms. Morgan also serves as the Intelligence Community Information Sharing & Safeguarding Executive (IC ISSE). In her capacity as ADNI/I&D, Ms. Morgan is leading the IC’s effort to ensure data that is collected, acquired or created is appropriately protected and can be shared to the maximum extent necessary at the speed of mission. As the IC CDO and IC ISSE, she is responsible for organizing and leveraging the efforts of data professionals across the IC to realize the vision of “Data as an IC Asset.” Ms. Morgan has a proven tract record of success in the IC. She led numerous CIA and IC initiatives for more than twenty-five years, including several flagship programs related to information technology solutions. Such programs and solutions included those in research and analysis, enterprise data management, intelligence dissemination, targeting, identity, and access management, information management, information review and release, business systems, and imagery analysis. Ms. Morgan has a Master’s of Science in Information Systems from American University and a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and French from Colgate University.