Tech Talk Speakers

Achieving Information Dominance at the Edge
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AI for the Communicator; the Bridge to the Edge

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Ming Ling, Customer Engineer, Infrastructure Lead at Google Cloud

Ming leads Google's hybrid cloud work for the Department of Defense. He has over 15 years of experience supporting DOD. He has been standing up application platform teams, based on open source solutions, for the past 6 years.

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Caleb Moss, Customer Engineer, Machine Learning Lead at Google Cloud

Caleb is a machine learning specialist and former AI Principles and Ethics Fellow at Google. He focuses on big data projects and machine learning at the edge. Before joining Google, he worked at JIDO’s Special Operations Branch and before that was a Marine with Marine Corps Special Operations Command.

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AI for the Communicator; the Bridge to the Edge

Bringing machine learning (ML) capabilities to a broad set of users democratizes the most important aspect of big data: generating insights that enable SOF mission predictions. Deeper insights provided by ML will be increasingly critical to mission success, which means the organizations that succeed are going to be the ones that can deploy ML widely. Google Cloud and Klas will walk through how SOF analysts and operators can train ML capabilities in the cloud for edge deployments at scale.
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Modern Command Post Security and Survivability

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Jeff Adelman, Vice President of Integration at By Light

Jeff Adelman is Vice President of Integration at By Light Professional IT Services LLC. He serves as product manager for tactical, mobile and communications offerings including By Light’s TRICS RoIP products, Integrated Communications Vehicle framework and CSfC solutions. He serves as subject matter expert for 5G, HF radio and enterprise network architectures. Additionally, Jeff has been an integral part of By Light’s Quality Management team responsible for ISO registrations and CMMI appraisals. Prior to joining By Light, Jeff worked for several technology companies providing VoIP, ATM and FCAPS solutions for US Government customers. Before transitioning to IT, Jeff designed and installed photovoltaic power systems. Jeff graduated with a BS in Electrical Engineering from Villanova University. Jeff is an active member of his community serving on the Talbot County Board of Appeals and has coached youth basketball for more than 10 years.
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Modern Command Post Security and Survivability

Command posts are network constrained, require significant time for set up and tear down, and are easily targeted. Modern command posts are required to reliably access, process, and distribute data across networks while maintaining survivability. The potential to revolutionize the battlefield through 5G networks could soon be a reality. We will discuss features and capabilities of modern 5G radios, network core software, and cybersecurity solutions essential for modern survivable command posts.
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Kyle Dufresne, Sr. Vice President, OEM Solutions at Dell Technologies

Kyle Dufresne leads the OEM Solutions Group globally for Dell Technologies. OEM solutions is focused on leveraging Dell Technologies’ strategically aligned businesses to offer customers a comprehensive set of tier-1 technologies and solutions that help compress their time-to-market and scale their solutions globally. Leveraging a background that spans across multiple global organizations, Kyle focuses on the results customers are seeking to drive for their solutions and products that deliver value to their customers, partners and shareholders.

Kyle started with Dell in 2003 as a Global Account Manager then moved into leadership roles, beginning in Dell’s Corporate Business followed by being named General Manager of Dell’s Global Business in Europe.

Returning to the United States, Kyle became General Manager of Dell’s Consumer Retail Business in 2014, with added responsibility for Dell’s Public Business Group, overseeing the higher education and healthcare sales organization, and leading national alliances with top technology partners.

In 2016, Kyle became President and General Manager of Global Client Compute Solutions (GCCS) and Global Compute & Networking (GCN), focused on selling client and server portfolios, as well as the software, services and peripherals that complement those products to Dell Technologies’ largest global customers. In this role, he was responsible for generating revenue, creating and driving business strategy, partner relations, and customer satisfaction.

With a focus on purpose-driven leadership, Kyle not only drives for results and wins, but celebrates each milestone of the journey with his team. He has a reputation for being tough on the business, while valuing each team member and motivating them to be fully engaged contributors. Kyle’s involvement with and energy for his team and business are infectious.

Kyle holds a Bachelor of Economics degree from the University of Rhode Island.

Kyle and his wife Shelly are the proud parents of three children, two boys and one girl. Kyle currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia and in his free time can be found coaching his children, reading a good book, playing basketball, or tearing up the dirt bike track.

You can reach Kyle at Kyle.Dufresne@dell.com.

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Captain (Ret.) Florent "Flo" Groberg, Senior Director Mission Solutions and Customer Experience at Microsoft Federal

Florent “Flo” Groberg currently leads the Mission Expansion team for Azure Government Mission Engineering. He is responsible for working with governments around the world to identify key mission applications and systems to enable new cloud scenarios, drive requirements for solution accelerators, and form new cloud alliances and partnerships
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Prior to joining Microsoft, Flo was the Deputy Vice President and Business Director for Sales and Marketing team of the Russia and Central region in February 2020. He was responsible for leading business operations for all commercial airplanes and services sales in the region.

Prior to that role, he was the Chief of Staff for Commercial Airplanes and Director for the Sales and Marketing team of the Russia and Central region. He was responsible for simplifying and managing the management system and operating rhythm and leading a focus across the business on simplification. His role also included partnering with other leadership team members to maximize the use of digital and analytic tools and drive the Boeing Behaviors and cultural change throughout Commercial Airplanes.

Prior to joining Boeing, Groberg served as an official spokesperson for LinkedIn. He was responsible for the promotion of LinkedIn’s veterans’ program, a tailored job search tool for veterans transitioning out of military roles and into the civilian workforce.

Before LinkedIn, Groberg worked as an operations officer for the U.S. Department of Defense. In this role, he served as special advisor for strategic defense projects, providing expertise to defense policymakers and military planners.

Groberg’s military career began in July 2008 when he enlisted in the U.S. Army. After completing officer training and both U.S. Army Airborne and U.S. Army Ranger Schools, he was assigned to the 4th Infantry Division at Fort Carson, Colo., serving as a platoon leader. Following progressively more challenging assignments, Groberg was promoted to the rank of Army captain in July 2012.

Groberg is a recipient of the Medal of Honor, the United States’ highest military honor, for his extraordinary gallantry, intrepidity and heroism while serving in combat operations in Afghanistan in 2012. He holds a master’s degree in management with a specialization in intelligence policies from the University of Maryland University College in College Park, MD.

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Today, we are witnessing how rapidly our world is changing. Data information visualization has expanded our understanding of complex multidimensional problems. From the creation of a solution that requires information collection, assembly, and analysis in a geospatial environment to the requirement of secure comms in a connected or disconnected mission space to assist decision-making and future mission planning. Microsoft and its partners are committed and invested in supporting our global governments with immersive technologies that make sense and allow our leaders to make decisions quickly and accurately.

Disrupting Disparate IT Silos to Achieve Unified Observability and Decision Dominance at the Edge

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Marlin McFate, Public Sector CTO at Riverbed

Marlin McFate is the Public Sector Chief Technology Officer for Riverbed with 20 years of engineering, IT networking, and management experience leading long-term technical initiatives. He plays a crucial cross-functional role by being a strategic and supportive voice for customers, partners, and team members, ensures successful solution delivery, and advises on the direction of Riverbed’s research and development of its visibility, acceleration and end user solutions.

An empathetic and engaged leader, Marlin refuses to limit himself to the more traditional constructs of the C-suite. An Army veteran, he is a self-taught technologist, and transformed his personal technical curiosity into one of the leading voices in the public sector IT community. He makes himself readily available and accessible to colleagues, partners, and customers alike to tackle some of the most difficult challenges in public sector IT, breaking down difficult concepts to empower integrated teams to help government customers achieve outcomes that enable mission success.

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Disrupting Disparate IT Silos to Achieve Unified Observability and Decision Dominance at the Edge

The level of logistical, operational, and information sharing that is occurring among mission partners is greater now than ever before. While it’s a positive development, it’s also producing unprecedented volumes of data that are growing with exponential speed. The need for DOD and Alliance Partners to have the ability to aggregate, analyze and operationalize its data has never been more important.

However, data set within networks – logistical, network, security, communications, cloud, multi-cloud, etc. – are being created and shared across complex, distributed networks and IT systems. That data is being accessed by different solutions, systems, and teams, creating silos which makes it difficult to achieve a complete picture and make the best decisions. That impacts what matters most - the mission.

It is up to IT teams – NetOps, SecOps, CloudOps, AppOps and others – to keep digital services accessible, high performing, and secure. To accomplish that, IT teams need unified observability, which will give them complete, integrated visibility of all data and activities, from the datacenter to the cloud, all the way through to the end user at the Command to the forward deployed warfighter at the edge.

To achieve this true end-to-end visibility requires a transformational approach, shifting away from domain-specific tools that flood IT teams with massive amounts of data and alerts that lack context or actionable insights.

This tech talk will examine the different capabilities needed to aggregate, analyze, and achieve actionable insights across the entire enterprise and tactical network environments. Including, but not limited to how to monitor all packets, flows, applications, devices, physical and virtual IT infrastructure, and end user experiences. The attendees will learn how to flow this multi-domain data into a unified observability platform where analytics and automation can extract actionable insights that inform decision making, network changes, improve network speed, performance, MTTR and end user experiences whether on the front line or at Command.

The result is seamless information sharing among alliance members to help IT understand and use data to make better decisions, prioritize actions, solve problems, and drive mission success.

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Empowering the Tactical Network Operator

Speaker Biography

Suman Mallick, VP of Systems Engineering at CodeMettle

Suman oversees pre-sales engineering and product development support at CodeMettle. He is responsible for the systems engineering team that designs and implements proof of concepts and pilots to new customers.

Suman specializes in all aspects of pre-sales support, including proposal generation, project scoping, and product demonstration. He has over 15 years of experience in systems, solutions, sales, and software engineering.

Prior to CodeMettle, Suman held positions at Rockwell Collins, DataPath, and ILC. Suman holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

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Empowering the Tactical Network Operator​

The operational environment is becoming more complex, with ever-increasing threats, and therefore the need for information at speed. To meet this need, tactical networks have grown, making new technologies required to bring data to the user. This has complicated the networks, but training and support have not kept pace. The configuration, operation, and maintenance of delivering networks and services are critical to the tactical cloud and analytics initiatives. How is industry empowering these operators to rapidly adapt to new technologies necessary to deliver information at speed?

How a Zero Trust SSE Can Deliver Common Security to the Tactical Edge Effortlessly

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Patrick Perry, Sr. Director, Federal Strategy at Zscaler

As the Senior Director of Federal Strategy, Patrick is responsible for the alignment of Zscaler capabilities to the Department of Defense (DoD) and Intelligence Communities (IC) mission sets in order to provide dynamic, mission-focused, and innovative approaches to network/transport security.

Before joining Zscaler, Patrick served in the Army as a Signal Corps Chief Warrant Officer Four for nearly 22 years of service. Patrick’s experience over the last 15 years has been with the U.S. Special Operations community. Throughout his career, he has served as the Chief Technical Advisor to Senior Military Leaders as well as performed in both Network and Security Engineer positions. He specialized in developing innovative and transformative solutions that supported both strategic and tactical missions globally.

Patrick holds degrees from University of Oklahoma and University of Maryland University College, as well as industry certifications including 2 x CISCO Certified Internet Expert (CCIE) and a CISSP. He is married to a career Army Signal Officer currently serving on active duty and they have five children.

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How a Zero Trust SSE Can Deliver Common Security to the Tactical Edge Effortlessly

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AI at the Tactical Edge

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Don Bailey, Enterprise Solutions Architect at VMware

Before joining VMware, Don spent 27 years at CIA as a field Technical Operations Officer, manager, and senior researcher in vulnerability discovery and exploit development. Don finished his career in the Intelligence Community developing and deploying offensive IO capabilities for CIA and NSA. Don has given presentations at major cybersecurity conferences, including Black Hat USA, DerbyCon, NSA FVEYs, NATO’s recent ML/AI conference, and CIA Emerging Technologies Conferences. Additionally, Don has developed and delivered to JSOC, SOCOM, and AFCEA Rocky Mountain Cyberspace Symposium full and multiple-day courses on hacker TTPs, Container hacking, provisioning Kubernetes Clusters, and ML/AI application development. Don was asked by the SAF/CIO to participate in the recent BRAVO Hackathon events at Nellis AFB and later at Langely AFB, which focused on applying AI to F35 data. In his role as an Enterprise Solutions Architect at VMware, Don works closely with Air Force COCOMs, Intelligence Community, and DOJ customers on their digital transformation journeys and cybersecurity postures.

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AI at the Tactical Edge

AI/ML converges analytics, data science, and automation that accelerate successful digital transformations and fuel mission outcomes across all domains. Government leaders recognize AI as a critical national security imperative. This breakout talk focuses on implementing tactical edge AI capabilities by reviewing DPU-based Project Monterey and how VMware is helping re-imagine the tactical edge. Next, we explore how VMware’s partnership with NVIDIA supports the entire AI application lifecycle.

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CSfC-Enabled Secure Mobility in Denied Environments

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Mike Maice, Chief Technology Officer at Archon

As the Chief Technology Officer for Archon Products, Michael Maice is responsible for overseeing and advising on the strategy for Archon product development, as well as evaluating new technologies to be integrated into the Archon product platform. Prior to joining our team, Michael spent 20 years in the United States Army as a Chief Warrant Officer and the CTO of the Joint Communication Support Element, as well as his industry experience as the Chief Innovation Officer for a ruggedized hardware manufacturer. Michael’s mission first perspective brings an understanding of the challenges and missions that our most important customers face daily.
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CSfC-Enabled Secure Mobility in Denied Environments

In 2019, research found that 24% of all enterprise mobile devices were prone to threats — not including out-of-date software. Securing company and organizational data is no longer about physical security; it's about digital protection. In a world where mobile devices are essential in many fields, there is a heightened risk network vulnerability. Consequently, mobile device security has never been more important.

In this tech talk, we will cover the following topics:

  • Mobile device threats in secure work environments
  • Building rapid device deployment timelines
  • CSfC options with infinite scalability

Mobile personnel working with sensitive and classified information cannot risk information leakage or identity disclosure. Military personnel need a mobile device that enables them to work without geographical restrictions while protecting against operating system vulnerabilities, configuration errors, errant or malicious code, traffic sniffing, location tracking, and other threats. The NSA had this requirement in mind when it created the Commercial Solution for Classified (CSfC) Mobile Access Capability Package (MA CP). However, most of today’s CSfC-compliant mobile devices are expensive, complicated to use in the field, and difficult to roll out and manage at scale.

ID Technologies has developed a suite of CSfC-enabled products that can securely connect the Cyber warrior at the last mile endpoint to the cloud. ID Technologies’ Archon ZV secure laptop or phone is a CSfC compliant endpoint built on a Dell laptop or Google Pixel phone, used for secure access to multi-domains. A secure RTOS and custom mobile OS provide military-grade Security for the unique requirements of cyber operations. The first-ever turnkey mobility solution meets CSfC program requirements, provides an excellent end-user experience, and operates efficiently in diverse locations and challenging conditions. The Archon ZV solution enables government agencies, private sector enterprises, and law enforcement organizations to protect data and critical infrastructure against attacks by cybercriminals and cyberterrorists.

The scalability, cost-effective, and ease of use of this system allow federal customers to deploy new systems directly from the factory in a matter of minutes as opposed to hours or days as required by legacy solutions. Archon Cloud Fabric, a part of the Archon Suite, is an enterprise gray cloud fabric solution that provides last-mile transport to those critical end-users. Insufficient bandwidth undermines video conferencing and collaboration applications, frustrates users, prevents adoption of time-sensitive analytics, and can derail “cloud-first” initiatives. When paired together, the Archon Suite enables secure cloud connectivity virtually anywhere globally. This enterprise-class solution has been built from the ground up to scale to support any size organization featuring factory configuration and remote certificate renewals.

Mobile devices pose a significant security risk, accounting for all those devices and keeping them properly managed has become a huge challenge across all industries that deal with sensitive and classified data. The Archon Suite provides a work-from-home solution, greater productivity for tactical mission users, and greater security for mission-sensitive systems.