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Featured Speakers

  • Mark Krzysko (Keynote Speaker)
  • Deputy Director for Enterprise Information,
    Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology & Logistics/Acquisition Resources and Analysis
    Department of Defense
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    Mr. Mark E. Krzysko serves in OUSD(AT&L)/ARA as the Deputy Director for Enterprise Information. In this senior leadership role, Mr. Krzysko directs acquisition data management and analysis, technical transformation, and shared services efforts to make timely, authoritative acquisition information available to support oversight and decision-making on the Department of Defense’s major programs—a portfolio totaling more than $1.6 trillion of investment funds over the lifecycle of the programs.

    In 2016, Mr. Krzysko was invited to be a member of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy's Data Cabinet, which was initiated to lead the effort to make leveraging the power of data the norm across the Federal government. In addition, he is a charter member of the Defense Science Interagency Working Group, which has a similar purpose.

    Preceding his current position, Mr. Krzysko served as Assistant Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (ADUSD) for Business Transformation, providing strategic leadership for re-engineering the Department’s business system investment decision-making processes. He also led efforts as ADUSD for Strategic Sourcing and Acquisition Processes and as Director of the Supply Chain Systems Transformation Directorate, championing innovative uses of information technologies to improve and streamline the supply chain process for the Department. As the focal point for supply chain systems, Mr. Krzysko led the transformation, implementation and oversight of enterprise capabilities for the acquisition, logistics and procurement communities.

    In March of 2002, Mr. Krzysko joined the Defense Procurement & Acquisition Policy office as Deputy Director of e-Business. As the focal point for the Acquisition Domain, he was responsible for oversight and transformation of the acquisition community into a strategic business enterprise. This included driving the adoption of e-business practices across the Department, leading the move to modernize processes and systems, and managing the investment review process and portfolio of business systems.

    From June 2000 to March 2002, Mr. Krzysko led the Electronic Commerce Solutions Directorate for the Naval Air Systems Command. From April 1991 until March 2000, Mr. Krzysko served in senior-level acquisition positions at the Naval Air Systems Command, including Contracting Officer of F/A-18 Foreign Military Sales, F/A-18 Developmental Programs, and the F-14. Mr. Krzysko began his career in the private sector in various executive positions including Assistant Managing Director for Lord & Taylor Department Stores and Operations Administrator for Woodward & Lothrop Department Stores.

    Mr. Krzysko holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance and a Master of General Administration, Financial Management, from the University of Maryland, University College, College Park, Maryland, and numerous certificates from Harvard University.

  • Kevin Garrison
  • Chief of Analytics, Office of Special Assistant for Governance and Analytics
    Department of Defense
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    Mr. Kevin Garrison serves as the Chief of Analytics in the Office of the Department of Defense Chief Information Officer. With more than 40 years combined Federal Service and defense contractor experience, Mr. Garrison leads the efforts to build a DoD business data analytical environment and engages with key stakeholders across the Department to identify IT systems and provide analysis for cost saving opportunities. His leadership drives an informed decision-making model based on a repeatable data analysis methodology, including processes for data collection and enrichment, IT spending segmentation, and industry benchmarking comparisons.

    Prior to this assignment, Mr. Garrison served as the Department of Defense (DoD) Principal Director, Deputy Chief Information Officer for Business Process and Systems Review (DCIO(BPSR)). The organization’s function was to conduct the business process and Information Technology (IT) systems reviews directed by the Deputy Secretary of Defense in July 2014. Prior to that, he served as the Deputy Director of Information Enterprise Governance with a portfolio including Office of Management and Budget (OMB) initiatives, IT Portfolio and Inventory Management, and Acquisition Oversight. He was the lead action officer for PortfolioStat, TechStat, Shared Service, and CIO Ratings on the Federal IT Dashboard. As the requirements manager for the Department’s IT systems inventory, he implemented several initiatives that provided greatly improved visibility for technical and financial matters related to IT. Mr. Garrison was also responsible for significant activities regarding Defense Business Systems, including development of the IT portion of the Strategic Management Plan, the Enterprise IT Infrastructure Functional Strategy, and improvements to policy guidance to refine granularity in identifying IT systems performing business functions.

    Mr. Garrison spent 12 years as a defense contractor supporting the Assistant Secretary of Defense (ASD) for Command, Control, Communications, and Intelligence, ASD (Networks and Information Integration), Army CIO/G6, Army G3 LANDWARNET, Wounded Warrior, and the Federal Voting Assistance Program. He supported the Year 2000 Program Office and managed reporting to OMB, GAO, and DODIG, as well as, the plan for distribution of the $2.2B supplemental appropriation. He later supported the development and management of the DoD IT Portfolio Repository, IT Portfolio Management, and FISMA E-Gov, and Privacy Impact Assessment reporting. In the Army CIO/G6 he managed the Army Knowledge Management Goal 1 Waiver process and improvements to the Army Portfolio Management System. In Army G3/LANDWARNET he drove implementation of the initial Capability Portfolio Reviews for IT.

    Mr. Garrison is a retired US Army officer and a graduate of the US Air Force Academy (BS Astronautical Engineering). He is also Acquisition Certified at Level III for IT and Level I for Program Management, and is a member of IEEE and ACM.

  • Graham Gilmer
  • Senior Associate
    Data Science and Machine Intelligence
    Strategic Innovation Group
    Booz Allen Hamilton
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    Graham Gilmer is a Senior Associate and leader in the Data Science and Machine Intelligence practice within Booz Allen Hamilton’s Strategic Innovation Group (SIG). In this role, his focus is on developing and scaling state of the art data science solutions as well as pushing analytic technologies into the realm of machine intelligence, helping Federal clients achieve their missions effectively and efficiently. Mr. Gilmer has previously led Booz Allen’s efforts to develop modeling and simulation products focused on risk analysis and forecasting. In his 10 years at the firm, he has supported a variety of major Federal organizations, primarily the US Air Force, US Navy, and Office of the Secretary of Defense.

  • Dr. Peter Highnam
  • Director, Research
    National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
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    Dr. Peter Highnam became director of NGA’s research organization in July 2015. Prior to this he served 6.5 years at the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) initially as the Office Director of Incisive Analysis, and then as Director. While at IARPA he was also involved in high performance computing (HPC) activities in the Department of Energy and the National Strategic Computing Initiative. IARPA is an organization within the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

    Before IARPA he worked for 6 years in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. As a senior advisor in the National Institutes of Health (NIH) he had responsibilities in multiple areas where high performance computing meets biomedicine and public health, including computational epidemiology. As senior advisor in the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) he produced analyses related to chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear events in support of public health decision-making. BARDA is an organization within the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response.

    From 1999 to 2003, he was a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) program manager working in electronic warfare (AT3) and airborne communications (TTNT). AT3 focused on inexpensive approaches to rapidly and accurately target enemy air defense radars from standoff. TTNT established the technology for high performance, flexible and secure networked communication between tactical aircraft, enabling plans to move away from old systems such as Link 16.

    Prior to DARPA, he worked for more than a decade in applied research at Schlumberger Limited where he implemented industry-changing massive seismic data analytics on massively parallel computers. He also served as a director of a successful biomedical imaging startup company.

    He holds a Department of Health and Human Services Secretary’s Distinguished Service Award and a Department of Defense Civilian Exceptional Service Award. He is a co-inventor on three patents in commercial seismic exploration and holds a doctorate in computer science from Carnegie Mellon University.

  • Scott Jachimski
  • Principal and Director of Analytics,
    Data Science and Machine Intelligence for National Agencies
    Defense & Intelligence Group
    Booz Allen Hamilton
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    Scott Jachimski is a Principal in Booz Allen Hamilton’s Defense & Intelligence Group leading the Analytics Functional Management Team for the National Agencies Account that includes the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), and other government organizations. In addition, for the past several years, Mr. Jachimski has led the National Agencies’ Data Science Functional Community at Booz Allen, working across the firm to bring best of breed Data Science offerings to government clients. Mr. Jachimski is also a Deputy Program Manager for the InnoVision Future Solutions Program (IFSP) focused on the innovation and development of Cloud Analytics capabilities to support broader Data Science efforts. Specifically, under his leadership, the IFSP team has developed an open sourced GeoWave, MrGeo, and Slipstream, among others, through NGA’s GitHub.

  • Mark Tapper
  • Special Adviser to the Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance
    Headquarters U.S. Air Force
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    Mark "Tap" Tapper, a Defense Intelligence Senior Leader, is Special Adviser to the Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C. He is responsible for all matters related to Air Force ISR transformation including planning and direction, organizational development, and strategic communication of ISR capabilities, organization and personnel. He provides guidance on the development and promulgation of policies and programs to implement and achieve long-range Air Force ISR strategy, plans, doctrine, force development and integration of future capabilities while guiding end-to-end ISR capability management.

    Mr. Tapper entered the Air Force in 1980 as a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy. He has more than 3,500 hours in the F-16A/B/C/D and F- 111D/F. While on active duty he held a variety of assignments within U.S. Air Forces in Europe, Pacific Air Forces, Air Education and Training Command, and Air Combat Command. He has previously been assigned to the Pentagon as the Director of Strategy and Long Range Planning for the Deputy Under Secretary of the Air Force for International Affairs, and the Weapons Division Chief in the Directorate of Operational Requirements, Deputy Chief of Staff for Air and Space Operations.

    Mr. Tapper commanded a fighter squadron, an air operations group and the Pacific Air and Space Operations Center. For Combined Support Force 536, the 2004 - 2005 Asian tsunami humanitarian relief operation, he served as Deputy Combined Force Air Component Commander and Deputy Commander Air Force Forces. He was the inaugural Pacific Air Forces Air Expeditionary Task Force Commander for Operation Deep Freeze, the Department of Defense support to the National Science Foundation in Antarctica, and the Chief of Staff for the Pacific Command Joint Task-Force Support Forces, Antarctica. Mr. Tapper also led the effort to organize and stand up the first Air Force warfighting headquarters, the General George C. Kenney Headquarters (13th Air Force) at Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii, and served there as the Chief of Staff.

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