Opening Remarks by: David Mihelcic

Head of Federal Strategy and Technology

Juniper Networks

David Mihelcic is the Head of Federal Strategy and Technology supporting the Juniper Networks Federal sales, engineering, and operations teams. In this role, David is responsible for supporting the design and implementation of automated, scalable and secure networking solutions that meet government customer expectations, satisfy technical and certification requirements, and support global government missions.

David joined Juniper Networks in February 2017 following 18 years with the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), where he retired as Chief Technology Officer, a position he held for more than 12 years. He served as the DISA senior authority on scientific, technical, and engineering matters and developed the DoD’s enterprise-wide systems engineering (EWSE) process and plan. He also established DISA’s board for facilitating and governing cross-program integration and synchronization.

Prior to his appointment as CTO, David held positions of increasing responsibility, including Deputy Program Director and Chief Executive Engineer for the Global Information Grid Bandwidth Expansion (GIG-BE) Program. In this role he was the technical authority for the $800+ million expansion of DoD terrestrial communications and was responsible for defining the GIG-BE architecture and leading the technical aspects of the program. Previously he was Chief Executive Engineer for the Defense Information System Network (DISN), Commander of the Center for Horizontal Integration, and DISA Deputy Chief Executive Engineer for Information Processing.

David was appointed to the Federal Senior Executive Service at DISA in 1999 and in 2007 he was selected to receive the Presidential Rank Award in recognition of a sustained record of exceptional professional and technical performance. Before joining DISA, David led the Network Security Section of the Naval Research Laboratory and was a Senior Consultant with SRI Consulting.

David is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering.