Second Annual  Defense and Intelligence: IT Modernization Forum

Second Annual Defense and Intelligence: IT Modernization Forum

Wednesday, October 26, 2022 3:00pm-5:00pm EST   Virtual, ON24

The global defense landscape has shifted dramatically in recent years — the rapid advancement of technology and the rise of information warfare have created an environment in which intelligence is paramount, and modernization is no longer an option, but a requirement.

Today, the Intelligence Community is pursuing cutting-edge technologies, IT infrastructure modernization and intelligence innovations to better support the U.S. military and ensure national security in an increasingly volatile geopolitical environment. IT mission enablers like cloud and data have become key factors in the IC’s efforts to keep pace with adversaries and retain the nation’s competitive edge across all domains.

Join GovCon Wire Events for its Second Annual Defense and Intelligence IT Modernization Forum to hear from top Intelligence Community officials, government leaders and industry executives as they discuss the urgency behind the IC’s digital transformation and the future of intelligence in defense missions.

La’Naia Jones, chief information officer for the Central Intelligence Agency, will serve as keynote speaker for the forum and will share her insights as the overseer of the CIA’s IT systems and global communications networks.

  • Gary Buchanan
    Gary Buchanan - Panelist
    Chief Information Security Officer, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA)

  • Ian Fowlie
    Ian Fowlie -
    Chief, Enterprise Information Technology Engineering, Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA)

    Mr. Ian A. Fowlie was appointed to the Defense Intelligence Senior Executive Service in September 2019 as the Chief, Enterprise IT Engineering in the DIA Chief Information Office. He is responsible for the designing, building and testing of enterprise applications, data, network, and end user services solutions for the Defense Intelligence Enterprise (DIE), Intelligence Community (IC), and International Partners. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Fowlie served as the Chief, CIO’s Digital Journey advising the DIA Chief Information Officer on strategic direction to meet future needs. Specifically, he focused on identifying and adopting best practices to enable the Agency’s digital transformation and shift to a data-centric enterprise. Previously, as the Deputy Chief, CIO Business Operations, Mr. Fowlie was responsible for the day-to-day oversight of CIO’s Planning, Programming, Budgeting, and Execution (PPBE), acquisition, and business intelligence capabilities and services supporting over 230,00 National and Defense Intelligence customers worldwide. Earlier, Mr. Fowlie served as the Chief, Enterprise Program and Project Management, where he oversaw the full lifecycle for mission and business applications. In his 1st DIA assignment, Mr. Fowlie served as the Chief, Data Integration and Management, overseeing Department of Defense Intelligence Information System (DoDIIS) data solutions and enterprise services that leverage and enhance the adoption of IC & DoD cloud architectures. Before joining DIA in 2015, Mr. Fowlie served as part of the Naval Intelligence community for 20 years. As the Director, Joint Production Office at the Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI), Mr. Fowlie led the complete transformation of ONI’s entire production and dissemination enterprise, moving ONI to a dynamic, knowledge model. Prior to this assignment, Mr. Fowlie served in the Office of the Chief Information Officer, where he directed a variety of intelligence and corporate business programs. Previously, Mr. Fowlie was the Operations Officer for the Collections Directorate, overseeing key functions ranging from technical collections to collection requirements to maritime sensors. Before his transition to civilian service in 2002, Mr. Fowlie also held a variety of assignments as a Naval Intelligence Officer. His tours of duty ranged from Carrier Air Wing NINE to the Joint Intelligence Center Pacific to ONI, where he served in various positions to include Collection Manager and International Programs.He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Government and Computer Applications from the University of Notre Dame and a Masters of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College. Mr. Fowlie is a recipient of the Navy’s Superior Civilian Service Medal (2015).

  • La'Naia Jones
    La'Naia Jones - Keynote
    CIO, Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)

    Ms. La’Naia J. Jones is the Deputy Chief Information Officer (DCIO) for the National Security Agency. In her DCIO role, Ms. Jones will optimize NSA’s IT strategy to ensure enterprise-wide governance and utilization of the enterprise IT as an Agency asset. With over 18 years of NSA experience in leadership and technical roles across several mission areas, Ms. Jones manages the oversight for IT investments and acquisition programs, ensure cost effective use of IT across NSA. Prior to her selection as NSA’s DCIO, Ms. Jones was designated by the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) to serve as the Acting Chief Information Officer (CIO) of the Intelligence Community. As the Acting IC CIO, Ms. Jones supported the organization by leading modernization efforts to transform the IC Information Technology Enterprise (IC ITE) and other areas of the IC Information Environment (IC IE), through foundational cloud capabilities, data sharing and cybersecurity. She provided broad technical expertise, background, and experience to ensure the security and protection of the IC IT landscape. Prior to serving in the role of the Acting IC CIO, Ms. Jones served as the Deputy Chief Information Officer of the Intelligence Community from July 2018-May 2020. In other technical management roles, Ms. Jones also served as the Chief of Transformation and Transition for a large global IT service provider within the Department of Defense, delivering the full spectrum of information technology services to a global footprint spanning all time zones. She provided technical expertise and leadership for enterprise technologies delivering network communications, utility hosting, physical/virtual desktops, wireless capabilities, business systems and many other services. Leading the operational IT implementation and overseeing a multitude of service providers in that capacity, she provided the integration, governance and understanding of the technical architecture for stakeholders and customers alike. From 2009-2017, Ms. Jones was the Technical Director for a large global IT service provider, providing a subset of the current IT portfolio. Through her technical expertise, knowledge, and experience with integrating new technologies to modernize the DoD IT landscape, she architected collaborative infrastructures and led specialized efforts in the Asian and Middle Eastern theaters. Ms. Jones also spent over two years as a Technical Director and Lead on various hostile area deployments in austere tactical environments, supporting Middle East, European Command (EUCOM), African Command (AFRICOM) and Central Command (CENTCOM) missions. She collaborated extensively with EUCOM, AFRICOM, and CENTCOM planners to provide communications and technical capabilities in support of military missions throughout diverse locations. Serving as the Technical Lead for a large global IT service provider in Japan from 2005-2009, Ms. Jones strengthened foreign relationships and enhanced domestic partnerships through resolution of complex, multifaceted IT entanglements of technology organizations. In other prior positions, Ms. Jones served as the Chief of Utility Cloud hosting for a DoD organization providing Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) computing capabilities to various U.S. government partners and entities. Ms. Jones has earned a dual B.S. in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore and a M.S. in Technology Management from the University of Maryland, Global Campus. Ms. Jones is a Maryland native, growing up throughout Anne Arundel County and currently residing in Upper Marlboro, Maryland.

  • Renata Spinks
    Renata Spinks - Panelist
    Deputy CIO, USMC

    Ms. Renata Spinks currently serves as the Assistant IT Director/Deputy CIO of Information, Command, Control, Communications, and Computers (IC4) at Headquarters Marine Corps with a dual role as the Department of Navy (DON) Deputy Senior Information Security Officer for the Marine Corps. Ms. Spinks was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in August 2021, after serving at Marine Forces Cyberspace Command as the nation’s first Cyber Technology Officer from August 2018 – August 2021. In this role, she led threat informed cyber operations and transitioned the USMC to the Cloud; leading the DOD in release planning and the model to do so in record timing (O365; AWS Cloud). Prior to Ms. Spinks’ assignment to MARFORCYBER, her federal career path included serving in the US Treasury Department and the Department of Homeland Security. She is a decorated combat veteran from the 28th Combat Support Hospital, US Army 44th Medical Command, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Ms. Spinks’ love for cyber grew when she worked with DHS ICE, DOJ, CIA and the ODNI while serving as a criminal research specialist; utilizing forensics, predictive analytics and human intelligence to investigate human trafficking and child exploitation. Ms. Spinks holds a BS in Information Systems, a MS in Technology Management, information technology certifications, and is pursuing her Doctor of Engineering in Cybersecurity Analytics at George Washington University. She is the recipient of several awards to include 2022 Fed100, 2021 State of NC HBCU Living Legend, 2020 Stars and Stripes Becoming Everything You Are (BEYA) SES of the Year and 2018 40 Under 40 Saint Augustine’s College Alumni.She is an avid community service STEMINIST and serves as the Director of her Not-For-Profit “Rising Footsteps”, an organization aimed at empowering both youth and adults to grow through life focused on achieving their goals and defining their own barometers of success. Her pronouns are {she, her, EMPRESS}.

  • 3:00pm - 3:05pm EST

    Opening Remarks

  • 3:05pm - 4:05pm EST

    Panel: Renata Spinks

  • 4:05pm - 4:55pm EST

    Keynote: La'Naia Jones

  • 4:55pm - 5:00pm EST

    Closing Comments

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