Speakers

Achieving Information Dominance at the Edge
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Network Modernization to Enable the Army of 2030 and 2040

Speaker Biography

CW5 Jeramy Cosner, Chief Technology Officer for the Network Cross-Functional Team (N-CFT), 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 in 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 Service 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.

Presentation Abstract

Network Modernization to Enable the Army of 2030 and 2040

The network is foundational to Army modernization by enabling the speed, range and convergence required to achieve decision dominance and overmatch. The Army’s continued momentum in simultaneously fielding and developing several capability sets, aligned to the Army Unified Network Plan and Digital Transformation Strategy, will deliver and modernize the tactical network for the Army of 2030 and 2040.

TAK: The Allied Forces Platform for Information Dominance

Speaker Biography

Ryan McLean, Director, TAK Product Center | Chief Engineer, PEO-SOF Digital Applications

Continuous Delivery – the future of Information Dominance. As TAK Product Center Director, Ryan leads a team of expert technologists, empowering over 3,000 developers and 350,000 military, federal, civilian, and international users. TAK is the technical baseline for 18 US Government Programs of Record, enables multiple active Foreign Military Sales cases, and is a key component of every combat theater. He is a computer engineer by degree, a seasoned executive, and loves to delight users.

Presentation Abstract

TAK: The Allied Forces Platform for Information Dominance

The Tactical Assault Kit / Team Awareness Kit (TAK) is a family of Map-Based, Situational Awareness (SA) software applications across multiple platforms including Android, iOS, Windows, Linux, MacOS, browser, and cloud infrastructure that deliver resilient information dominance capabilities for Military, Federal Government, and Commercial operations.

The TAK products use a world-class and open-source map engine, open-architecture networking, and an extensible plugin architecture that allows enhanced capabilities for specific mission sets. These mission sets include direct action, combat advising, law enforcement, protection operations, border security, disaster response, and more.

The TAK Product Center (TPC), a U.S. Government organization, exists to empower TAK users while pursuing TAK continuous delivery. The TPC innovates, sustains, and releases these products for use across many operating environments and fielded configurations.

Through TAK.gov, the TPC serves over 3,000 registered developers and over 15,000 product users. TAK.gov implements the DoD DevSecOps Reference Design, a cutting-edge Platform-as- a-Service model, to enable secure, continuous integration and deployment of new TAK capability across a global user base.

The TPC employs a radical new approach to delivering commoditized technology across many Agencies, Services, and programs. The TAK Configuration Steering Board is comprised of a group of acquisition officials who represent operational TAK end users and are formally chartered to annually invest in the innovation, sustainment, and release of the TAK products. The CSB members, in turn, ship these products to more than 350,000 end users across nearly 20 Programs of Record and multiple Foreign Military Sales cases.

TAK’s user-centered design, open architecture approach, and broad adoption make it the Information Dominance platform of choice for Allied Forces.

Visit https://tak.gov to learn more.

Quantum Computing

Speaker Biography

Michael McFadden, Chief Technology Officer, Solute Inc.

Presentation Abstract

Quantum Computing

Extending High Performance Compute to the Edge

Speaker Biography

Frank Murray, CTO, Klas

Frank Murray is Chief Technology Officer of Klas Telecom. Since joining the company in 2001, Frank has grown the R&D department from a startup to a multi-functional team with hardware, software and mechanical capabilities of the highest standard. The team has delivered innovative, patented technology to the government sector in that time, including Pioneer Express/GRRIP and Voyager TDC. In addition, the underlying technology has been extended to create thriving public safety and transportation business units within Klas Telecom. Frank holds a Masters in Electronic Engineering from National University of Ireland Galway and has previously worked in software development roles for Ericsson, Logica Mobile Networks, Madge Networks and Agfa Graphics.

Presentation Abstract

Extending High Performance Compute to the Edge

Pivoting to AI at the Tactical Edge

Speaker Biography

LTC Ryan Kenny, Ph.D., Commander 112th Signal Battalion (SO) (A)

LTC Kenny currently commands the 112th Signal Battalion (SO)(A). He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Notre Dame; Master of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College; and Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University where his dissertation focused on artificial intelligence and human decision-making. LTC Kenny has served with the 82nd Airborne Division, Army Special Mission Community, and 516th Signal Brigade.
Presentation Abstract

Pivoting to AI at the Tactical Edge

AI at the tactical edge refers to the interaction of sensor data and decision-support tools employed by front-line operators. To realize the potential of deployed AI decision-support tools a cloud-based module mission environment enabled through federated zero trust architectures is required. To operationalize these tools for both manned and unmanned systems, organizations require machine learning dev ops guided by commanders’ critical information requirements. The ability of the DoD to pivot to AI at the tactical edge through coordinated data engineering initiatives will prove decisive in future combat settings.
Charlotte Rhee

Realities and Fallacies of "Digital" Safety

Speaker Biography

LTC (Ret.) Charlotte Rhee, Director of Business Development, Kyrus Tech

LTC (Ret) Charlotte H. Rhee is the Director of Business Development at Kyrus Tech. She is responsible for driving new business growth for a security innovation company specializing in software and hardware reverse engineering and secure software development. Before joining Kyrus, Charlotte was a Director of Business Development at Peraton in Reston, VA for three years. Prior to joining industry, she served as an Army Acquisition and Engineer Officer for 23 years. As a former USSOCOM acquisition professional, she specialized in Cyber, Electronic Warfare and Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities. She volunteers at Georgetown University’s Hacking for Defense (H4D) course as an industry mentor; and assists veterans in their transition from the service. Charlotte holds an MBA from Baruch College, City of New York, a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Boston University, is a certified Program Management Professional (PMP) and Certified Scrum Master (CSM). She, her husband and two sons live in Alexandria, VA.
Presentation Abstract

Realities and Fallacies of "Digital" Safety

Imagine a Rubik’s Cube. Inside the cube is a “digital safety widget.” The six faces are requirements, acquisition, funding, market conditions, innovation and intangibles. The object of this puzzle is to start with a randomized configuration, rotating the faces, and returning each side being a one singular color. Now, place this Rubik’s cube in an environment that is full of dynamic technological, economic or political change, where mis-information and dis-information is perhaps prevalent, and where sophisticated adversaries exist with mal-intent. What’s the signature of the widget before it’s deployed? How is that widget launched? What CONOP/TTPs should be considered? How do we accelerate analysis and decision-making? Perhaps, multiple configurations exist for the “digital safety widget.”

The following talk will (1) discuss digital safety as related to mobile communications (2) discuss risks and vulnerabilities in mobile applications and (3) provide a framework of awareness in fielding material solutions (risks, opportunities, type of money, contracting/procurement/acquisition activities, supply risk management, and trade-offs of being a federal contractor.)

(1) “Digital Safety” when it comes to mobile communications as an individual or team traveling globally.

(2) Mobile applications. Myriad risks and vulnerabilities exist in mobile applications. How deeply do we verify the “developer” information when downloading an application from the application store. How do we better educate ourselves in knowing where information is stored (i.e. on what servers) and with whom information is being shared with?

(3) Providing Material Solutions. Once we have a validated and funded requirement, are we doing the due diligence in fielding that material solution?

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A Use Case in Operating in a Contested Environment; Russian Actions in Ukraine from a Firsthand Viewpoint Location

Speaker Biography

Oleksandr “Sasha” Danylyuk,
Chairman, Centre
Ukrainian Defense Reforms

Oleksandr Danylyuk served as the Special Advisor to the head of Ukraine’s Foreign Intelligence Service, and as an advisor to Ukraine’s Minister of Defence. He currently heads the Centre for Defence Reforms and is a coordinator of the NATO-Ukraine intergovernmental platform for early detection and countering hybrid threats.

Presentation Abstract

A Use Case in Operating in a Contested Environment; Russian Actions in Ukraine from a Firsthand Viewpoint Location

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John McLaughlin

Cyberspace and Electromagnetic Warfare Readiness Initiatives

Speaker Biography

COL (Ret.) John E. McLaughlin, President of IPR Consulting, former Director of C4 Operations, SOCOM, U.S. Army

John E. McLaughlin currently serves as a consultant on strategic, operational and tactical C4I. Prior to this role, he most recently served as the Director of C4 Operations, United States Special Operations Command at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida. There, his responsibilities included providing, operating and defending the SOF Information Environment (SIE) and all SOF Networks in support of global SOF operations. Throughout his career, John has served in several key leadership and staff positions both CONUS and OCONUS. His assignments include deployments to Iraq, Afghanistan, and Haiti in addition to forward stationing in countries such as Korea and Panama. Other assignments include: Company Commander and Group S6, 4th Psychological Operations Group, Fort Bragg, NC; Battalion S6, 1-75th Ranger Regiment, Hunter Army Airfield, Savannah, GA; Brigade S6, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82 nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, NC; Assistant Division Signal Officer, and Battalion Executive Officer, 82nd Signal Battalion, 82d Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, NC; Regimental Signal Officer, 75th Ranger Regiment, Fort Benning, GA; Battalion Commander, 112th Signal Battalion, United States Army Special Operations Command, Fort Bragg, NC; Battalion Commander, Joint Communications Unit, Fort Bragg, NC; and Brigade Commander, DISA Global, Scott AFB IL. Prior to commissioning, John earned a Bachelors of Arts in History from the University Texas at Austin. He has since earned a Master of Science in National Resource Strategy from the Eisenhower School of the National Defense University. Additional education includes U.S. Army Airborne School and Ranger School, the Army Command and General Staff College, and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. Since retiring in late 2017, John has established his own independent consulting and keynote speaking firm, IPR Consulting LLC, specializing in Enterprise Operations and defense, Cyber Security, Electromagnetic Warfare, Satellite Operations, NETOPS and other C4I related areas.
Presentation Abstract

Cyberspace and Electromagnetic Warfare Readiness Initiatives

As the Army shifts from focusing on GWOT to great power competition and Multidomain Operations, it must prepare to fight and win in the contested and congested environment. This has led to several initiatives to improve readiness for cyberspace and electromagnetic warfare including manning, equipping, assessing existing weapons systems for vulnerabilities, enabling home station training, and requiring commanders to assess their unit’s readiness to operate in the contested and congested environment. This discussion presents these initiatives and enables discussion to identify more ways in which the Army and individual units can continue to improve.