Agenda

All times ET and subject to change

10:00 AM ET

Tuesday, October 19

Main Stage

Welcome and Opening Remarks

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10:03 AM ET

Tuesday, October 19

Editorial

Network Modernization for National Security

Brigadier General Joseph Matos III, Director, Information Command, Control, Communications and Computers (IC4)

Katie Olson, Acting Director, Defense Digital Service

Patrick Tucker, Technology Editor, Defense One

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In a world where information and data are moving faster than ever before, the ability to stay ahead of near-peer threats is crucial to mission success. Secure, effective, and dependable networks are the only way to provide streamlined communication between decision makers and troops on the tactical edge, allow for advanced mobility for warfighters, and ensure intelligence organizations have effective, secure, and dependable tools. Time is of the essence. With initiatives like JADC2, the Defense Department is looking to solve cross-branch communication issues and enhance multi-domain operations. Hear from leaders across the Department of Defense on what they are doing to modernize networks and increase security to ward off threats from the ever-evolving cyber battlefield.

10:47 AM ET

Tuesday, October 19

Editorial

Planning for Modernization

Sanjay Gupta, Chief Technology Officer, U.S. Small Business Administration

Dave Hinchman, Acting Director, Information Technology & Cybersecurity, US Government Accountability Office

Andre Mendes, Chief Information Officer, Department of Commerce

Frank Konkel, Editorial Events Editor, GovExec Media

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As agencies look to modernize their network infrastructure and systems through processes such as TIC 3.0, how can they best adapt to new technology? What stands in the way of successful modernization? Legislation such as the Modernizing Government Technology Act and the recent $1 billion to the Technology Modernization Fund have given agencies a degree of flexibility to fund their modernization plans. How are they using these funds? Join leaders from across the federal government to hear how they are working to enact policies that create lasting change.

11:34 AM ET

Tuesday, October 19

Main Stage

BREAK

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12:02 PM ET

Tuesday, October 19

Editorial

Network Needs to Meet New Strategy

Mohammed Sohail Chaudhry, Acting Chief Technology Officer, Food and Drug Administration

Emery Csulak, Principal Deputy Chief Information Officer, Department of Energy

Aaron Boyd, Senior Technology & Events Editor, Nextgov

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As new technologies are developed, agencies must stay one step ahead in their strategies for protecting sensitive data, networks, and critical infrastructure. In this session, we’ll sit down with senior leaders from across the federal government to discuss how they are using new technology, while maintaining security to bridge the gap between the current state of their networks and their strategies for the future.

12:47 PM ET

Tuesday, October 19

Editorial

Network Modernization Policy and Practice

Rep. Adam Smith, Chairman, House Armed Services Committee

Michèle Flournoy, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Co-Founder, WestExec Advisors, Center for a New American Security

Michael Spirtas, Associate Director, Senior Political Scientist, International Security and Defense Policy Center, RAND Corporation

Patrick Tucker, Technology Editor, Defense One

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​According to Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, “China has invested heavily in new technologies, with a stated intent to complete the modernization of its forces by 2035 and to field a ‘world-class military’ by 2049.” During this panel, we’ll hear from Defense policy leaders to answer questions such as: 

  • What should the United States’ strategy be for defense spending? Is spending more the only way to keep pace with China? 
  • What should be the timeline for U.S. action? Are we playing a long game with our strategy? 
  • How can we better collaborate with our allies and partners to bring light to China’s malicious cyber activities and practices? 
  • What must change in the acquisition process in order to keep pace with technological innovation? 
  • What role should climate change play in the National Defense strategy? 
  • And more…

1:30 PM ET

Tuesday, October 19

Main Stage

Closing Remarks

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