Integrated Network Systems-of-Systems Technology Forum

Integrated Network Systems-of-Systems Technology Forum

August 4th, 2022 7:00am-10:00am EST   2941 Restaurant, 2941 Fairview Park, Falls Church, VA 22042

In today’s geopolitical environment, the need for secure, reliable, real-time information dissemination is critical. As information warfare and gray zone tactics become more prevalent, the U.S. must push rapid command, control and communication modernization efforts to increase situational awareness, accelerate decision making capabilities and stay one step ahead of our adversaries.

The Department of Defense is targeting integrated network systems-of-systems technology to optimize and synchronize information sharing between sensors, shooters and systems in contested environments. In alignment with the Department’s JADC2 initiative, this technology leverages emerging electromagnetic capabilities like 5G and software defined networking to integrate disparate elements and systems into a resilient, interoperable network that can better support operators in the field.

ExecutiveBiz Events is bringing together government and commercial leaders for the platform’s Integrated Network Systems-of-Systems Technology Forum to examine the opportunities, innovations and potential applications of this emerging technology as Defense Department agencies and their commercial partners work to enhance connectivity across all domains.

  • Jonathan Broadbent
    Jonathan Broadbent -
    Chief Solutions Architect for AI and Autonomy, MITRE

  • Vincent DiFronzo
    Vincent DiFronzo -
    EVP, Air Force and Combatant Command, SAIC

    Vincent DiFronzo is a senior vice president of operations for SAIC’s programs supporting the U.S. Air Force, Combatant Commands, and Department of Defense agencies. He is responsible for leading over 2,300 employees and several hundred programs spanning C5ISR, information technology, training systems and research and development programs DiFronzo joined SAIC in 2015 as a vice president, responsible for SAIC’s Air Force programs. He has more than 15 years of defense industry experience, in addition to previous experience in the Air Force, where he retired as a colonel in 2007. In the Air Force, DiFronzo commanded the Air Force’s 505th Command and Control Wing, the 23rd Fighter Group, and the 58th Fighter Squadron. He was also the 19th Air Force vice commander, vice wing commander for the 455th Expeditionary Wing at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan, and director of AFCENT’s Air Operations Center Combat Operations Division during the first year of Operation Enduring Freedom following 9/11. DiFronzo also served two Pentagon tours working advanced program requirements and as an executive officer for the Deputy Chief of Staff for Air and Space Operations. DiFronzo has 3,600 flying hours, including approximately 200 hours of combat time in the F-15C and A-10. He graduated from the Air Force Academy, the National War College, and Golden Gate University with an MBA.

  • Timothy Grayson
    Dr. Timothy Grayson -
    Special Assistant to the SecAF for Mission-Centered Analysis and Operational Imperatives, U.S. Department of the Air Force

    Dr. Timothy Grayson is Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Air Force with the primary responsibility to coordinate concept development, analysis, and implementation of the Secretary’s Operational Imperatives, the critical operational air and space capabilities needed to deter, and if necessary defeat, our pacing challenges. Prior to this role, Dr. Grayson was the Director of the Strategic Technology Office (STO) at DARPA. He led the office in development of breakthrough technologies to enable warfighters to field, operate, and adapt distributed, joint, all-domain combat capabilities at continuous speed. Dr. Grayson came to STO in 2018 from a varied career in government and industry. Immediately prior to DARPA he was the founder and president of Fortitude Mission Research LLC, a consulting company specializing in strategy and technology analysis related to defense and intelligence. Dr. Grayson has extensive government experience. He spent several years as a senior intelligence officer with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in the Directorate of Science and Technology and culminating in a tour at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. Prior to CIA, Dr. Grayson was a program manager and senior scientist at DARPA and before that was a research fellow at Air Force Wright Laboratory (now part of Air Force Research Laboratory). Dr. Grayson holds a Ph.D. in Physics from University of Rochester, where he specialized in quantum optics, and a B.S. in Physics from University of Dayton with minors in mathematics and computer science.

  • Jay Meil
    Jay Meil -
    VP Artificial Intelligence and Data Analytics (and Chief Data Scientist), SAIC

    Jay “Wizard” Meil is vice president of artificial intelligence (AI) and chief data scientist at SAIC, where he leads AI technical strategy and oversees solutions that enable rapid decision-making at scale in support of multiple intelligence disciplines and command, control, communications, computers, cyber, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (C5ISR). He also chairs SAIC’s AI Council. Outside of SAIC, Meil is on the Security Industry Association (SIA) AI Advisory Board, has been invited to be a member of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) U.S. Artificial Intelligence Safety Institute Consortium, and advises Congressional committees on topics related to AI. Meil is a recognized subject matter expert in the application of machine learning to analytical tradecraft, all source intelligence, open source intelligence, and C5ISR. He serves as a technical advisor to numerous intelligence organizations within the Intelligence Community (IC) and Department of Defense (DOD). Meil has led cross-functional teams who have designed, built, and deployed deep learning models to support federal government customers in complex missions of national importance, with the ultimate objective of making the nation safe against peer and near-peer threats. In addition to IC and DOD customers, he has supported civilian agencies including the Department of Homeland Security. As an SAIC research fellow (emeritus) and now an SAIC technical fellow, Meil is focused on three areas: Building data models and integrating common taxonomies to identify objects of interest across service components and combatant commands; Integrating multi-modal intelligent decision support systems into command and control operations; Applying AI algorithms in identity intelligence, information warfare, information operations and unconventional warfare (I2/IW/IO/UW) operations. Meil is a frequent participant in research panels and industry discussions on the impact of AI on national security, including with the John Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory; the Center for Security in Politics at UC-Berkeley on behalf of DARPA; CERN’s OpenLab and Quantum Technology Initiative; the European Geosciences Union; the Atlantic Council Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security; the Potomac Officers Club; and AFCEA.

  • Jonathan Odom
    Dr. Jonathan Odom -
    Program Manager, Adaptive Capabilities Office, Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA)

    Dr. Jonathan Odom joined DARPA in late 2019 as a program manager in the Adaptive Capabilities Office focused on technology development to drive new warfighting architectures. Prior to joining DARPA, Odom was the chief scientist of the Advanced Concepts Laboratory at the Georgia Tech Research Institute. In that role he led research and development projects from undersea to space and managed the lab’s internal research and development portfolio. As both an engineer and computer scientist, he is interested in bringing the power of theory and data together to solve challenging problems. His research interests include real-time automated decision support, physics-based statistical signal processing, cybersecurity, optimization of heterogeneous systems of systems, and advanced learning algorithms. Odom received his B.S.E., M.S., and doctorate from Duke University, where he also held the position of adjunct assistant professor. As a researcher, he has been supported by the U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army, DARPA, Department of Defense, and other United States Government entities.

  • Frederick Stanley
    Frederick Stanley -
    Coalition Operations and Integration Branch Chief, Coalition Interoperability Division, Joint Staff J6

    Frederick M. Stanley currently serves as the Coalition Operations and Integration Branch Chief, Coalition Interoperability Division, Deputy Directorate Command, Control, Communications, Computer, Cyber, Joint Staff J6. In addition, Mr. Stanley served as the Federated Mission Networking (FMN) Coalition Interoperability Assurance and Validation (CIAV) Chairman as well as the US CIAV National Lead for the Joint Staff from Jul 19 – Jul 22, which is typically a one-year position. Also, he is responsible for designing and leading capability experimentation and operational demonstration for both the US/UK Fully Network-Enabled Command, Control and Computers (FNC3) Bi-Lateral pillar as well as the Joint All Domain Command & Control (JADC2) Coalition Coordination Cell focusing on integrating mission partners into JADC2. He is responsible for supporting planning and execution of mission based interoperability (MBI) with US Combatant Commands, Services, NGA/NGO, and International Partner Nations. Oversees Joint Staff CIAV, which ensures coalition interoperability requirements, procedures and funding is executed in accordance with Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Instructions directly supporting the Secretary of the Air Force (SAF) US Mission Partner Capability Office (MPCO) and Federated Mission Networking Management Group governance structures. His knowledge and experience spans a US Air Force career in Operations Support to include Aircraft Munitions, defense contracting, and DOD civilian service for crossing several functional areas with direct ties to operational mission interoperability and mission execution. He currently serves as a key subject matter expert (SME) for Flag and SES leaders in the Joint Staff with regard to joint and coalition mission planning, execution and interoperability. Fred’s career spans 30 years of combined military, defense contracting, and DOD civil service experience in: C5ISR Coalition Mission Interoperability, Intelligence (IC) interoperability and operations (Targeting/Fires focused), Strategic Business Development, End-to-End process mapping to mission data requirements and execution, Policy and procedure development and integration. He is a strategic-thinker and proven problem-solver with excellent leadership skills, professional presentation, writing, and public speaking skills as well as highly organized, goal oriented, and warfighter focused. He brings extensive knowledge in operational and technical competencies, earned value, risk management, executive management, data interoperability, profession development, organizational leadership, and end-to-end (E2E) mission execution.

  • 7:00am - 8:00am EST


  • 8:00am - 8:05am EST

    Welcome & Opening Remarks

  • 8:05am - 8:45am EST

    Keynote Address: Dr. Timothy Grayson

  • 8:45am - 9:45am EST

    Panel: Artificial Intelligence - Enabling Faster and Better Decisions

  • 9:45am - 9:50am EST

    Closing Comments

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