AFCEA DC Announces The 3rd Annual Emerging Technologies Symposium

Jun 03, 2013, 10:15 ET from AFCEA DC

WASHINGTON, June 3, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association's DC Chapter (AFCEA DC), will host its 3rd Annual Emerging Technologies Symposium – Adopting & Integrating in a time of Fiscal Constraints on June 20, 2013 at the Omni Shoreham in Washington, DC. 

Throughout the day discussions and presentations will focus on bridging the gap between those who are tasked with identifying new technologies for use in the Federal Government, and those who are responsible for integrating new technologies into the enterprise, and ensuring their cost-effective management.

Symposium participants will have an opportunity to: Rapidly Learn about a plethora of new technologies available for adoption by the Federal Government - all in one place at one time, without having to travel; Understand Market Forces (public & private) that are driving, or impeding, innovation; and, Explore Opportunities & Strategies to Rapidly On-board new technologies in the Federal Government and identify roadblocks that are standing in the way of progress.

Symposium Panels will cover:

  • The Market Drivers &Trends in Emerging Tech that private capital (VCs/M&A/Angels), and public capital (R&D agencies) leaders are banking on;
  • Paths to Speedy Market Adoption - Strategies, Vehicles, Players & Potholes... that affect the ability of the Federal Government to rapidly acquire, deploy, integrate, and support new technical innovation; and
  • Views from the Chief Technology Officers (CTOs) & Senior Tech Advisors - Perspectives on how specific technologies match up to requirements... and are being adopted/abandoned by Enterprise Managers.

The forum also includes a dynamic set of breakout-room conversations on how CTOs and Enterprise Managers can work better together to ensure that the technologies being identified are both needed by the Enterprise, and successfully integrated into the Enterprise.  Each room will feature a town-hall conversation on the People, Policies, and Processes necessary to make the relationship between CTO & Enterprise Manager a success.  Each breakout room will also have a particular technology focus on one of the following areas:  Cybersecurity, Mobile, Cloud Computing, Analytics/Big Data, Collaboration and Connected Devices.

Confirmed speakers include; Allan Shaffer, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering, DoD; Dr. Daniel Gerstein, Deputy Under Secretary for Science & Technology, DHS; Ira "Gus" Hunt, CTO, CIA; Dr. Patrick W. Dowd, CTO, NSA/CSS; Frank Koniecznhy, CTO, A-6, USAF; Roger Kuhn, Science Advisor, Fleet Cyber Command/Commander 10th Fleet; Donald Davidson, Jr. ICT SCRM Specialist with the Globalization Task Force (GTF) OASD-NII/DoD CIO; Austin "Gus" Taveras, CTO, DIA; Dr. Rick Stevens, Associate Laboratory Director, Argonne National Laboratory; Richard Struse, CTO, NCCIC, DHS/pending approval); Wolf Tombe, CTO, Customs & Border Protection (CBP), DHS; Kenneth Bible, Chief Technical Advisor, USMC; Tim Rudolph, Technical Advisor, AFHC/AFLCM (invited); Dr. Starnes Walker, CTO and Technical Director FLTCYBERCOM 10th Fleet; Kevin DeSanto, Managing Director, Kipps DeSanto; Dr. Ryan Durante, Chief, Cross Domain Solutions & Innovation, Air Force Research Laboratory; Mark Spoto, Managing Director, Razor's Edge; Jonathan Aberman, Founder and Managing Director, Amplifier Ventures, P.V. Boccasam, Partner, Novak Biddle Venture Partners; Stephen Dennis, Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency and Technology Directorate, DHS; and Gary Blohm, Director, Army Architecture Integration Center (AAIC) and Army Chief Data Officer.

Don't miss the opportunity to be part of the conversation as an attendee or sponsor of this important annual event.  We hope you can join us for the conversation and showcases on Thursday, June 20, at the Omni Shoreham, Washington, DC. 

AFCEA DC particularly encourages military and government personnel to come out and view demonstrations of emerging technologies on-stage, and live in the exhibit hall.  And, industry representatives are encouraged to submit an application to showcase innovative technologies.


AFCEA DC, a non-profit association dedicated to providing its members with technical, policy, regulatory, program and budget information that directly shapes federal technology decisions in the Defense & Security arena, delivers monthly informational and networking events, annual symposia, small-group learning and training opportunities, and horizontal "Working Groups" focused on issues that have the greatest potential for future impact to the to the Defense & Security community.  We follow the technical, policy, program, planning and budget activities of the Government IT marketplace, and we work to ensure that the Mil-Gov community has constant access innovation.  AFCEA DC has a high level of volunteerism, and an even higher level of participation from small businesses.  To sign up for this event, go to: or to contact us directly, go to:

Barbara Ellen Bridges