In October of 2020, then-Defense Secretary Esper defined defense readiness as "our military’s ability to answer the nation’s call, and to fight and win, anytime, anywhere. … The question we must answer is this: if called upon to fight tonight, are we ready?"

Ensuring that answer is "yes" demands change in every corner of the Department of Defense, and especially in the technology that will power tomorrow's military. Cybersecurity is critical domain, enterprise cloud services must support warfighters around the globe, augmented reality is transforming training, and advanced analytics are being integrated into virtually every mission and business process. Defense readiness requires more than tech, of course, but IT is woven into virtually every part of that effort.

This workshop explored DOD's modernization and transformation initiatives, how they deliver the speed, insight and security the National Defense Strategy demands, and what it means for warfighters and the personnel who support them.

Event attendees came away with a better understanding of:

  • DOD's cloud strategy and the roadmap for major cloud initiatives
  • How the new joint warfighting concept demands greater data-sharing and interoperability
  • The services' software development operations and their impact on IT modernization
  • Emerging cybersecurity threats and the efforts to counter them
  • Edge computing and other efforts to connect the warfighter
  • Training innovations for both military personnel and the civilian workforce


  • Red Hat
  • Carahsoft
  • SAP NS2
  • Uptake
  • Oracle


Wednesday, March 10, 2021

8 AM
9 AM
10 AM
11 AM
12 PM
8:30 AM - 8:35 AM Welcome & Opening Remarks
8:35 AM - 9:05 AM Opening Keynote: Making AI a Deeper Mission Partner
9:05 AM - 9:25 AM Warfighting on the Edge: Military Internet of Things
  • Sam Richman Senior Strategic Solution Architect, USAF Red Hat
9:25 AM - 9:50 AM Modernizing for Warfighter Readiness
9:50 AM - 10:10 AM The AI Technology Challenge
  • Timur Nersesov Sr. Manager Professional Services Strategy Cloudera Government Solutions
10:10 AM - 10:15 AM Coffee Break
10:15 AM - 10:40 AM Transforming Cloud to Enable the Warfighter
  • Les Benito Director of Operations, JEDI Cloud Computing Program Office Department of Defense
10:40 AM - 11:00 AM Cloud-Enabled Software Development: Improving DoD Readiness and Effectiveness
  • Dean Pianta Cloud Director, National Security Group SAP NS2
11:00 AM - 11:25 AM Department of Defense Cyber Readiness and Accountability
  • Dave McKeown Deputy CIO for Cybersecurity and Senior Information Security Officer U.S. Department of Defense
11:25 AM - 11:45 AM The DoD’s Mission to Cloud: Better, Faster and more Secure
11:45 AM - 12:10 PM Enabling and Transforming the Department’s Mission Through AI
  • Nand Mulchandani Chief Technology Officer,
    Joint Artificial Intelligence Center
    U.S. Department of Defense
12:10 PM Closing Remarks



The Hamilton Live
600 14th St NW| Washington, DC 20005


The Hamilton is located just steps from the White House at 14th and F Street, NW, Washington, DC, two blocks away from the Metro Center WMATA Metro Station, which is within walking distance of the venue.


There is a PMI Parking garage located at 1325 G Street, NW.Please note: Parking is not included with your registration.


NASBA CPE Registry

In accordance with the standards of the National Registry of CPE Sponsors, CPE credits have been granted based on a 50-minute hour.

Number of CPE Credits: 4

CPE Accreditation: Program knowledge level is overview and there is no prerequisite education or advanced preparation require.

Delivery Method: Group Internet Based

Field of Study: Information Technology

Registration # 137543

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Defense Readiness Workshop

DATE: March 10, 2021

TIME: 8:30 am - 12:10 pm
(all times are ET)


COST: FREE for Government Attendees*

*Government registrations require a valid .gov/.mil email address for verification


To learn more about sponsoring this event, please contact:

Kharry Wolinsky
Public Sector 360
[email protected]