CTO Forum

CTO Forum

October 6th, 2022 7:00am-10:00am EST   2941 Restaurant, 2941 Fairview Park Dr, Falls Church, VA 22042

The proliferation of next-generation, innovative technology across the global playing field in recent years has increased dramatically. From space to defense to intelligence — and every market and domain in between — advanced technologies are impacting critical missions and augmenting the United States’ capabilities every day in new ways.

Now, chief technology officers and other top leaders in government and industry are harnessing these advancements at a rapid rate to keep up with the pace of change.

During ExecutiveBiz Events’ CTO Forum, federal and private sector leaders will convene to discuss the modernization initiatives, technology priorities, innovation strategies and integration plans leading their respective organizations. 

  • David Blake
    David Blake -
    CTO, Tyto Athene

    David Blake has spent nearly three decades as a pioneer in the rapidly evolving technology sector and now he continues to lead as Chief Technology Officer at Tyto Athene. As CTO, David is responsible for the strategy, execution, and oversight of Tyto Athene’s technology solutions organization in support of meeting client’s technical needs. David is known for being a results-oriented leader that is capable of empowering diverse organizations to manage large-scale, multi-vendor, high-value programs that digitizes business processes, transforms networks and enables operations excellence. Through his work at Tyto, David believes in using the power of technology to improve everyday life. Prior to joining Tyto Athene, David served as the Client Executive Director in the AT&T Business Global Public Sector business unit, where he was responsible for the strategy, sale and execution of contracts in excess of $500M to US Department of Defense clients to include DISA, US Army, and US Cyber Command. Major contracts include a UCaaS program providing enterprise-wide, cloud-based collaboration services to 1M unclassified and classified users globally. David has held numerous leadership roles in AT&T Bell Labs and AT&T Labs managing teams of planners, engineers, and subject matter experts to develop, deploy, and manage technology innovations that reduced business process cycle time, lowered unit costs and enhanced operational productivity. David’s projects have been nationally recognized, including once being selected by CIO Magazine as the winner for Enterprise Value Awards in the category High Tech, Telecom and Utilities. David holds a Master of Science in Communication and Information Sciences from Ball State University.

  • Jeramy Cosner
    CW5 Jeramy Cosner -
    Chief Technology Officer, Network Cross-Functional Team, Army Futures Command

    Chief Warrant Officer 5 Jeramy Cosner is the Chief Technology Officer for the Network Cross-Functional Team, Army Futures Command at Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD. He enlisted in the Army in 1999 and attended basic training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. He continued to Satellite Communications Operator/Maintainer (31S) Advanced Individual Training (AIT) at Fort Gordon, Georgia. His enlisted assignments include: Tactical Satellite Communications Operator/Maintainer, 229th Signal Company, Camp Carroll, Korea; Tactical Satellite Communications Assistant Team Chief, 112th Signal Battalion (A), Fort Bragg, NC; Message Center NCOIC/Senior RTO, 3/3 Special Forces Group (A), Fort Bragg, NC; and 25S (Satellite Communications) Instructor/Writer, Fort Gordon, GA. He received his appointment to Warrant Officer in May 2005 upon graduation from Warrant Officer Candidate School. His previous assignments include: Network Management Technician, 86th Signal Battalion, Fort Huachuca, AZ; Circuit Engineering Officer/Forward Network Engineer, Joint Communications Unit, Fort Bragg, NC; Senior Network Management Technician, 112th Signal Battalion (A), Fort Bragg, NC; Level II Engineer, Training With Industry - IntelSat General, Ellenwood, GA; Enterprise Satellite Communications Gateway Officer In Charge, USASA-Camp Roberts, Camp Roberts, CA; and Network Officer, Joint Special Operations Command, Fort Bragg, NC. CW5 Cosner has deployed on numerous combat tours including Philippines, Kuwait, Iraq, Afghanistan, Qatar, Jordan, and various countries in Africa. CW5 Cosner’s schools include the Warrant Officer Basic, Advanced, Staff, and Senior Service Education courses; Survive, Evade, Resist, and Escape (SERE) (High-Risk); and Joint Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence/Cyber Staff and Operations Course (JC4ICSOC). He holds a Bachelor of Science, Information Technology – Security from Western Governors University and a Masters of Science in Network Technology from East Carolina University. CW5 Cosner’s awards and decorations include: Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal w/ 2 OLC, Meritorious Service Medal w/ 2 OLC, Joint Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal w/ 5 OLC, Joint Service Achievement Medal, and Army Achievement Medal w/ 4 OLC among others to include the Parachutist Badge and the Bronze Order of Mercury.

  • David Honey
    Dr. David Honey -
    Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (DUSD(R&E)), U.S. Department of Defense (DOD)

    Dr. David A. Honey is the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (DUSD(R&E). In this role, he assists the Under Secretary and Chief Technology Officer in managing research, development, and prototyping activities across the Department of Defense (DoD) enterprise. He also helps oversee the activities of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the Missile Defense Agency (MDA), the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU), the Space Development Agency (SDA), the DoD Laboratory and Engineering Center enterprise, and the Under Secretariat staff focused on developing advanced technology and capability for the U.S. military. Dr. Honey previously served a Special Assistant to the Director, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). He has served in several other capacities at DARPA; as the Acting Deputy Director, the Director of the Strategic Technology Office (STO), Director of the Advanced Technology Office (ATO) and the Deputy Director of and program manager in the Microsystems Technology Office (MTO). In 2019, he served as Acting Director of the Strategic Capabilities Office. From 2011-2017, he served as the Director, Science and Technology, and as the Assistant Deputy Director of National Intelligence for Science and Technology in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. From 2009 to 2011, Dr. Honey served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering. He was responsible for oversight of Department of Defense science and technology programs from basic research through advanced technology development. From 2007 to 2009, Dr. Honey was the Defense Sector General Manager and a Senior Vice President in a small business and during this time he also served on the US Air Force Scientific Advisory Board. Dr. Honey is a retired US Air Force Lieutenant Colonel who began his military career as a pilot in the B-52D and H model bombers and the FB-111 fighter-bomber, and later transitioned into managing a wide variety of R&D programs. Dr. Honey holds a Doctorate of Philosophy in solid state science from Syracuse University, a Master of Science in optical science from the University of Arizona, a Master of Science in engineering physics from the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT), and a Bachelor of Science in photographic science from Rochester Institute of Technology.

  • Scott Jachimski
    Scott Jachimski -
    Senior Vice President, Booz Allen

    Scott Jachimski has more than 20 years of experience in the intelligence community and Department of Defense (DOD), delivering strategic software applications and data science and artificial intelligence (AI) solutions to federal clients. His areas of expertise include cloud and geospatial algorithm development, data enrichment, change management and strategy, and analytic tradecraft acceleration. Scott leads Booz Allen’s digital and AI workforce and its capabilities across DOD. He and his team develop approaches to incorporate data science and AI capabilities into future client environments and solutions. He works with clients across the federal government helping them develop data science training programs for their workforces and prepare their agencies for broader data literacy. Scott is actively involved in the U.S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation where he serves as co-chair for the Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence Working Group. Scott serves on the Loyola University Data Science Industrial Board and has worked with Virginia Tech’s College of Science and Computer Science Resources Consortiums. He also volunteers for a youth travel baseball organization, where he serves as board member and head coach. Scott holds a B.S in computer engineering from Virginia Tech.

  • Holly Levanto
    Holly Levanto -
    Vice President, Analytic Platform Expansion, Booz Allen

    Holly Levanto brings digital, analytics, and artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities to Booz Allen clients, with more than a decade of experience supporting the Department of Defense (DOD) and other U.S. federal agencies. Her background includes working to advance digital readiness, adoption, strategy, workforce, and data-driven organizational transformation. In leading the delivery of AI domains, Holly applies a breadth of expertise spanning resilience, human performance, military readiness, health, and operations. As an AI adoption lead for Booz Allen’s chief technology team, Holly oversees the delivery of advanced solutions to enable the AI and digital transformation of U.S. defense organizations. In this role, she leads acceleration of digital and AI adoption for key DOD mission commanders operating worldwide  She oversees a team that is translating new data analytics capabilities into decision advantage utilizing the Advana. In addition, she drives the firm’s strategy and engagement of solutions in DOD’s Chief Digital and AI Office. Prior to joining Booz Allen, Holly served in the U.S. Navy as an engineering officer on the USS Gunston Hall (LSD-44) and navigator of the USS San Antonio (LPD-17) during the Global War on Terrorism and Joint Task Force for Anti-Piracy Operations. She holds an M.S. in health systems administration from Georgetown University and a B.A. in American studies from George Washington University. She is a certified change management advanced practitioner and a certified project management professional.

  • Chris Meilhammer
    Chris Meilhammer -
    CEO, Tyto Athene

    As CEO of Tyto Athene, Chris Meilhammer is responsible for Tyto Athene’s worldwide presence, integrating highly effective teams, processes, and technologies to best serve customers’ missions and support digital transformation. Chris’ background includes more than 25 years of management and technical experience including designing and sustaining complex information, security, and telecommunications systems as well as leading diverse teams located all over the world. Prior to being appointed CEO of Tyto Athene, Chris joined Black Box Government Solutions upon his retirement from the United States Marine Corps in 2012 after more than 20 years of honorable service as a telecommunications system engineering officer. During his tenure at BBGS, he held various roles, including Chief Architect, Vice President of Engineering, and Vice President of Sales and Engineering. Chris was instrumental in the company’s transition from BBGS to Tyto Athene and was appointed as President and Chief Operating Officer, responsible for daily operations including sales, business development, capture, pricing, proposal development, operations, marketing, and engineering teams. As a Marine, Chris held various positions, including Director of Communications Information Systems, Telecommunications Systems Engineering Officer, and various telecommunications systems planning, engineering, and operations positions. During his last five years on active duty, he served as Program Manager for the Base Telecommunications Infrastructure Program, Marine Corps Systems Command, in Quantico, Virginia. In this role, he managed all Marine Corps’ telecommunications infrastructure globally; leading teams of more than 2,000 personnel supporting more than $4B in assets worldwide. Chris is Defense Acquisition University Level 3 certified in program management and information technology and he studied information systems management and acquisition management at the University of Maryland and Naval Postgraduate School.

  • William Streilein
    Dr. William Streilein -
    Chief Technology Officer, Office of the Chief Digital and Artificial Intelligence Officer, U.S. Department of Defense (DOD)

    Dr. William W. Streilein is the Chief Technology Officer for the Chief Digital and AI Office of the DoD, providing strategic awareness, direction and leadership for enterprise scale data, analytical and AI capabilities. Prior to his current role, Bill worked at MIT Lincoln Laboratory where he served as principal staff in the Biotechnology and Human Systems Division. He supported efforts across the division focusing on concept, strategy, and program development in bioengineering, bioinformatics, and biodefense and leveraged his technical and leadership experience to emphasize the application of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning to solve national biosecurity, health, and human performance challenges. Bill was also the leader of the Cyber Analytics and Decisions Group, where his research interests focused on cyber security, passive network and traffic analysis, streaming analytics, and computer vision. Prior to MIT Lincoln Laboratory, Streilein spent nine years working as a software engineer within the private sector. He serves as a chair of the Artificial Intelligence for Cyber Security (AICS) and Robust Artificial Intelligence Systems Assurance (RAISA) academic workshops and is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and an active member of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI). Bill is a recognized leader in areas such as machine learning, artificial intelligence, cyber security, and statistical analysis.Dr. Streilein holds a BA degree in mathematics from Austin College, an MM degree in electronic and computer music from the University of Miami, and a PhD degree in cognitive and neural systems from Boston University. He is a senior member of the IEEE. He has been at Lincoln Laboratory since 1998.

  • Brett Vaughan
    Brett Vaughan -
    Chief Artificial Intelligence Officer, U.S. Department of the Navy

    Mr. Brett Vaughan assumed the role of Navy Chief AI Officer in December 2019 under the Navy’s Office of Digital Transformation (SECNAV OCIO / OPNAV N09D). Prior to that he was, and still holds, the position of Artificial Intelligence Portfolio Manager for the Office of Naval Research (ONR). He is responsible for shaping and informing Navy plans, policies and position on Artificial Intelligence and the alignment and coordination of AI work across ONR and is the principal agent for AI-focused engagement on behalf of ONR, the Chief of Naval Research, the Chief of Naval Operations and the Secretary of the Navy. Prior to joining ONR, Mr. Vaughan served as Science and Technology Integration and Innovation Lead on the Chief of Naval Operations Staff, OPNAV N2N6FX, Information Warfare from 2010 - 2019. Responsible for driving science and technology (S&T) gain across the Information Warfare portfolio, support to strategic S&T decision-making and related technology outreach and engagement. His previous assignment was Section Head for Technology Outreach under the Knowledge Dominance Directorate of N2N6. Mr. Vaughan entered Navy civilian service in June 2009, attached to the Strategy and Concept Development branch of OPNAV N20, where he was responsible for technology strategy development and concept innovation. Prior to joining the Department of the Navy, Mr. Vaughan spent a twenty-year career with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA). Prominent assignments with NGA included: NGA Pentagon Liaison Division Chief, NGA Defense (2009-2010); NGA Liaison to the CNO N2 Staff (2003-2009); NGA Liaison to the JCS Joint Staff (1997-2002) and Operations Engineer (1995-1997). Mr. Vaughan entered federal service in 1989 after working as a cartographer for the City of Virginia Beach Mapping and Surveying Department. Mr. Vaughan is a distinguished graduate of the U.S. Naval War College, earning a Masters of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies. He also holds a Masters Degree in Environmental Science from Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelors Degree in Geography from the University of Mary Washington where he also completed five semesters of Russian language studies. His honors and awards include the Meritorious Civilian Service Medal, the Joint Meritorious Unit Citation (two awards), the James V. Forrestal Award for Excellence in Strategy and Force Planning, the Marine Corps Association Writing Award, the NIMA Superior Service Medal, the DCI Meritorious Unit Citation and several letters of appreciation and commendation from OSD and the JCS Joint Staff.

  • Stuart Wagner
    Stuart Wagner -
    Chief Digital Transformation Officer, Office of the Chief Information Officer, U.S. Department of the Air Force

    Stuart Wagner is the Chief Digital Transformation Officer for the Department of the Air Force, comprised of the U.S Air Force and U.S. Space Force. On behalf of the Chief Information Officer, Mr. Wagner promotes innovation and digital transformation to enable warfighters globally, helps build the digital workforce, and implements artificial intelligence and autonomous capabilities. His areas of interest include telemetry instrumentation, collection, unification and analysis, natural language processing, and improving partnerships between the venture community and government. Mr. Wagner began his career as the Aide De Camp to the CEO and COO of Berico Technologies, a defense contractor focused on data fusion. He then enlisted in the U.S. Army, and attended Officer Candidate School. While there, he broke three ribs on an obstacle course and continued training for weeks while hurt, eventually resulting in an honorable discharged. Mr. Wagner then learned to code and became a Software Developer at Microsoft. There, he instrumented and analyzed telemetry data from Windows Devices at billion+ user scale to improve reliability and Azure subscriptions to improve revenue growth. At a Microsoft hackathon, he helped prototype a sex trafficking disruption application that won the competition and now is used by over 12 US cities to reduce the supply and demand of sex trafficking. Returning to the Department of Defense in 2019 to work as a Senior Advisor to the Chief Data Officer of the Department of Defense, Mr. Wagner built and ran a team of 50+ engineers to run Development and Engineering for Advana, an analytics platform at OUSD(C), and start Gamechanger, an opensource natural language processing and search platform that enables text analytics on policy documents, DoD contracts, and communications traffic among other use cases. Mr. Wagner is an active angel and venture investor, and serves on the board of a charitable foundation. Mr. Wagner received a Bachelor of Arts degree triple-majoring in Political Science, Arabic, and Organizational Studies from the University of Michigan, a Master of Science in Public Policy and Administration from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a Master of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of Pennsylvania. EDUCATION 2007 Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, Arabic, and Organizational Studies, University of Michigan 2009 Master of Science, Public Policy and Administration, London School of Economics and Political Science 2016 Master of Science, Computer Science, University of Pennsylvania CAREER CHRONOLOGY 2009-2011, Special Assistant to the CEO and COO, Berico Technologies 2011-2012, Officer Candidate, US Army 2013-2014, Manager of Technology and Analytics, Contractors Steel Company 2015, Technical Intern, Upthere 2015, Teaching Assistant in Distributed Systems, University of Pennsylvania 2016-2019, Software Development Engineer, Microsoft Corporation 2019-2021, Senior Data Scientist, Department of Defense 2021-Present, Chief Digital Transformation Officer, Department of the Air Force (Current as of April 2021)

  • Stephen Wallace
    Stephen Wallace -
    Chief Technology Officer, Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA)

    Stephen Wallace is chief technology officer of the Defense Information Systems Agency. He also serves as the director of DISA’s Emerging Technology Directorate. Wallace focuses on delivering innovative processes, services and capabilities across the agency. The EM Directorate develops, executes, prioritizes and collaborates EM-based needs, such as browser isolation, software-defined networking and assured identity. Previously, Wallace served as the technical director of DISA’s Development and Business Center. In this role, he worked on integrating commercial and government-owned technologies in support of the agency’s emerging technologies. Wallace’s other former roles within DISA include chief of cyber innovation and chief engineer for Department of Defense Enterprise Email. Prior to joining DISA, Wallace was a government contractor for Computer Sciences Corporation. During this time, he worked to build a variety of enterprise class collaboration, identity management and authentication systems for the federal government. Wallace has a Master of Science in cybersecurity and a Bachelor of Science in telecommunications, both from Capitol College. He holds a Certified Information Systems Security Professional certification and is a graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School Senior Executive Program.

  • 7:00am - 7:45am EST


  • 7:45am - 7:50am EST

    Welcome & Opening Remarks

  • 7:50am - 8:20am EST

    Opening Keynote: Dr. David Honey

  • 8:20am - 9:20am EST

    Panel: Digital Warfare: Concept to Mission Completion

  • 9:20am - 9:55am EST

    Closing Keynote: Dr. William Streilein

  • 9:55am - 10:00am EST

    Closing Comments

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