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2022 Federal Networks Speakers (previous years' speakers)

RADM Brian Hurley, DISA

Bruce Begnell, State

Byron Doyle, DISA

Jason Martin, DISA

Andrew “Drew” Malloy, DISA

Robert (Bob) Costello (CISA)

Korie Seville, DISA

Laura Stanton, GSA

Clare Grason, U.S. Space Force

Steve Wallace, DISA

Sharon Woods, DISA

Barclay P. Butler, DHA

Laura Prietula, VA

Allen Hill, GSA

For information about sponsoring Federal Networks please contact Sarah Salko at:
or by phone at (215) 884-5900

"Very informative"
- Avi Deolalikar
Lockheed Martin

"Excellent content and top notch speakers."
- Walter Henderson

"Good, deep content. Plenty of time for Q&A"
- Alan Thomas
Data Networks Corporation

"This conference provided very good access to industry executives, in both civilian and DoD."
- Jill McKinnon

"Great insight and information"
- Jimmy Lee

"Provides a snapshot of the strategic plans of the agencies for the next 10 months."
- Rodney Walker

"Great set of government speakers."
- Jim Soltys
Noblis, Inc.

"GSA session was a highlight."
- John Geraghty
The MITRE Corporation

"It is good to hear the government leadership's perspective on the current IT challenges and issues."
- Phillip Parmer
Sarum LLC

"... regard this conference as one of a small, select number of conferences, that I intent to support and attend for years to come."
- Annie Williams

"Warren's intro remarks are worth the price of admission every year."
- Robert Coulson
Harris Corporation

"Wide range of information from overall plans to innovative ideas being put into practice today."
- Rodney Pieper

"Kick off meeting was outstanding. Good structural analysis of market and participants."
- Michael J King
STG Inc.

“This conference is a great way to get an insight into what the government is working on and where they need contractor help!”
- YuHua Liang
Federal Sources

Federal Networks 2023

Mark your calendars! Federal Networks
returns to the DC area September 27-28, 2023

We are pleased to announce that the 36th annual Federal Networks Conference will return to the Washington, DC area September 27-28, 2023 at the Sheraton Pentagon City Hotel.

Federal Networks 2023 brings together senior decision-makers from key agencies across government to share their latest plans for how they will design, purchase and operate their networks -- as well as the IT services that these networks enable and deliver.

Over the past 36 years, Federal Networks has become the most important government-wide forum focusing on net-centric solutions to the government’s top challenges. Each year the program attracts the top technology officials from the Defense Department and civil agencies where they give attendees an in-depth look at how enterprise-level initiatives including Cloud, ZTA, Wireless Mobility, and JADC2 will shape the government’s next generation infrastructure and service upgrade requirements.

The reason leading defense and civil agency decision-makers take their valuable time to prepare focused substantive presentations is that they know Federal Networks provides them a direct channel to the senior representatives from industry who can mobilize the innovation, technology and talent needed to ensure success in government’s transformation to next generation network infrastructure and services during turbulent times.

We look forward to joining you next Septmber 27-28, 2023 to help determine how the government, partnered with industry, will leverage the latest network and IT technologies to deliver tomorrow’s solutions. Please note that the program is structured such that day one covers “Civil Agency Network Requirements and Opportunities,” and day two focuses on “Defense Agency Network Requirements and Opportunities.” There is a registration option for either or both days.

If you have any questions, or are interested in speaking or sponsoring Federal Networks, please don't hesitate to reach out to us.

Warren Suss President, Suss Consulting and Federal Networks Program Chair
Dr. Matthew Lucas TeleStrategies Inc. (mlucas@telestrategies.com)

For information about sponsoring Federal Networks 2023 please contact contact Sarah Salko by email at: sarah.salko@sussconsulting.com or call 215-884-5900.

Federal Networks Conference Agenda

2023 Confernce Agenda to be Posted by July 2023
See the 2022 Agenda Below for Representative Sessions

Next Generation Federal Networks and Services: Opportunities and Challenges

The conference chairman will identify the latest government marketplace opportunities as agencies across federal government and Defense Department agencies design, acquire, and transition to their next generation networks and cloud services. The presentation will discuss how evolving network, mobile, cloud and cyber technologies, as well as changes in the customer environment will reshape the competitive landscape for carriers, integrators, system manufacturers and professional services companies.

Warren Suss – President, Suss Consulting Inc. and Conference Chairman

GSA: Update on Network, Cloud, Mobility, and Cyber

The GSA network technology team will provide an update on the GSA network, cloud, mobility, and cybersecurity initiatives.  The presentation will include an update on EIS, but will also cover the broad range of GSA contract vehicles used to acquire network-related technologies and professional services.

Laura Stanton - Assistant Commissioner for the Office of Information Technology Category (ITC), Federal Acquisition Service (FAS), GSA

Allen Hill - Deputy Assistant Commissioner for Category Management, Office of Information Technology Category (ITC), FAS), GSA

Birgit Smeltzer - Acting Director IT Software Subcategory, Office of Information Technology Category (ITC), FAS), GSA

Nnake Nweke - Director, Supply Chain Risk Management Division, Office of Information Technology Category (ITC), FAS), GSA

Rosa Underwood - IT Specialist, IT Security Subcategory, Office of Information Technology Category (ITC), FAS), GSA

DHS: Enterprise Engineering Challenges and Opportunities

The presentation will highlight high priority requirements for industry cloud, network, and cyber technologies, solutions, and services to support the effectiveness, efficiency and security of the DHS mission.

Derrick Quarterman - Division Chief, Enterprise Engineering, DHS

CISA Next Generation Priorities for Federal Cyber Defense

The Chief Information Officer (CIO) of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency will highlight CISA’s high priority requirements for industry technologies, solutions, and services to improve defenses against cyber threats to federal networks and operations.

Robert (Bob) Costello - Chief Information Officer (CIO) at the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)

VA Electronic Health Record Modernization Opportunities and Challenges

The Acting Deputy Chief Information Officer (DCIO) for VA’s Electronic Health Record (EHR) Modernization Integration Office will provide an overview of the next generation Electronic Health Record modernization initiative to improve the health outcomes for our nation’s veterans and military personnel and to enhance the efficiency of VA and DHA operations.   Her presentation will include a discussion of how industry can help the EHR initiative to achieve their modernization objectives and address their top challenges.

Laura Prietula - Acting Deputy Chief Information Officer (DCIO) for VA’s Electronic Health Record Modernization Integration Office

Military Health Technology Priorities, Approaches and Strategies

A senior Defense Health Agency (DHA) executive will provide an overview of DHA’s top priorities for next generation IT technologies and services to support the mission objectives of the Military Health System (MHS), one of America’s largest and most complex health care institutions, and the world’s preeminent military health care delivery operation. 

Barclay P. Butler, Ph.D., MBA - Assistant Director for Management (AD-M), Defense Health Agency (DHA)

State Department: IT Infrastructure Requirements Update

The State Department Deputy Chief Information Officer, Foreign Affairs, will provide an overview of his agency’s plans to provide a reliable and secure global network infrastructure vital to the conduct of diplomacy and international affairs for the Department of State. He will highlight his Department’s upcoming IT infrastructure requirements to support the nation’s diplomats with technology for innovative and collaborative processing and interaction, both internal and external, including zero trust architecture, cloud, messaging, text, voice, and video-conferencing initiatives.

Bruce Begnell - Deputy Chief Information Officer, Foreign Operations, State Department

DISA Update

Top DISA executives and technical specialists will describe the latest strategies and plans for the Defense Department’s networks, network services, and capabilities with an emphasis on upcoming requirements from industry. The presentations will cover upcoming DISA requirements for network infrastructure, services, enhancements, and upgrades; enterprise services; cloud services and migration; and cybersecurity.  The presentations will include an overview of DISA’ strategic direction, a Fireside Chat on dynamic recent changes at DISA, and a technical panel covering recent developments and top requirements in infrastructure, hosting and computing, cybersecurity and analytics.

Jason Martin - Component Acquisition Executive, and Director, Digital Capabilities and Security Center, DISA
Sharon Woods - Sharon Woods, Acting Director, Hosting and Compute Center, DISA
Steve Wallace - Chief Technology Officer, DISA
Korie Seville - Technical Director, Hosting and Compute Center (HaCC), DISA
Andrew “Drew” Malloy - Technical Director, Cyber Security and Analytics Directorate, DISA
Byron Doyle - Technical Director for Transport Services, DISA

Army Networks Update

A senior Army executive will provide an update on the Army’s plans and requirements for meeting their long-term goal: a single unified network connecting everything from the home base to the battlefield, easy for the service to upgrade, easy for soldiers to use amidst the stress of combat, and hard for enemies to take down.

John Howell - Assistant Program Executive Officer (APEO) for Networks, Cyber and Services, PEO EIS, Army

Pentagon IT Overview, Challenges, and Way Ahead 

Rear Admiral Brian Hurley - Director, Joint Service Provider (JSP), Defense Information Systems Agency

Next Generation Air Force Networks and IT

The Deputy Director for the Air Force Enterprise IT and Cyber Infrastructure Division will provide an update on Next Generation Air Force Networks and IT.  He will cover the top upcoming Air Force IT infrastructure initiatives for his Division’s $6B AF Intranet, Information Transport System, Deployable Communications, and commoditized infrastructure programs. The Division delivers AF-wide network management and network defense solutions and fields the wired, wireless, and hosting infrastructure for over 300 AF and Air National Guard installations worldwide.

David Burns - Deputy Director, Enterprise IT and Cyber Infrastructure Division, Air Force

Next Generation Navy Circuit Management

The Director of the Navy Circuit Management Office will discuss the Navy’s efforts to consolidate circuits by replacing legacy multiplexing-based circuits to provide mission partners access to the Department of Defense Information Network. 

Mark Lutes - Director, Naval Circuit Management Office

Space Force Commercial Satellite Requirements Overview

The Chief of the Commercial Satellite Communications (COMSATCOM) Office, United States Space Force, which has $4.6 billion in satellite programs under management, will provide an overview of her Office’s top upcoming requirements for commercial satellite capabilities, systems, and services across the DoD and around the globe.  She is responsible for delivering COMSATCOM capabilities to support the joint warfighter, federal agencies and international partners. Her portfolio includes the Enhanced Mobile Satellite Services (EMSS) Program Office, the EMSS Gateway and Capabilities Office and the Department of Defense COMSATCOM Solutions Office.

Clare Grason - Chief, Commercial Satellite Communications Office at U.S. Space Force

For information about sponsoring Federal Networks, please contact Sarah Salko
sarah.salko@sussconsulting.com or by phone at (215) 884-5900