MILCOM 2009 Confirms Powerful Slate of Experts to Address the 'Challenge of Convergence' for Next-Generation Military, Government and Homeland Security Communication Networks

- MILCOM 2009 keynote speakers, panelists and session presenters to deliver unique perspectives on networking technologies, security and international collaboration, along with more than 450 technical presentations and ten tutorial sessions over four information-packed days -

Oct 09, 2009, 13:00 ET from MILCOM 2009

TAUNTON, Mass., Oct. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- MILCOM 2009, the premier international conference on military, government and homeland security communications has confirmed the world-class experts who will lead this year's conference themed around the "Challenge of Convergence." Addressing the complex challenges associated with the convergence of military, intelligence and homeland security networks and systems, MILCOM 2009 will delve into communication solutions needed for the decisive advantage on the battlefield and for homeland security missions.

MILCOM 2009 takes place October 18 though 21, 2009 at the Seaport Hotel and World Trade Center in Boston Massachusetts. Conference registration is available at


  • Admiral Thad W. Allen, Commandant of the United States Coast Guard
  • Lt. Gen. Ted F. Bowlds, Commander, Electronic Systems Center, Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts
  • Honorable Michael Chertoff, Former United States Secretary of Homeland Security
  • David Gergen, Editor-at-large, U.S. News & World Report
  • Mr. Tony Montemarano, Component Acquisition Executive, Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA)
  • Lt. Gen. Dennis Via, Director for Command, Control, Communications and Computer (C4) Systems, J-6, Joint Staff

MILCOM 2009 Executive Chair Chris Marzilli said, "Convergence of situational awareness, intelligence and information is a top priority for the military, homeland and coalition operations. This year, MILCOM delivers the best-of-the-best people and ideas together in one place to drive innovation toward solving these critical challenges quickly and efficiently."

Panel Discussion Highlights:

The MILCOM 2009 technical program offers 'break-through' presentations and panel discussions from distinguished communications and technology experts including:

  • Keynote Panel: "Challenges of Convergence from a U.S. Department of Defense-wide Perspective." Moderated by Lt. Gen. Dennis Via, Director for Command, Control, Communications and Computer (C4) Systems, J-6, Joint Staff; (Tuesday, October 20).
    • Overview: This panel of distinguished networking and communication experts, representing multiple service branches and government organizations, will discuss the critical challenges facing the next-generation tactical enterprise network and what it will take to deliver the most effective, efficient and secure network resources to warfighters throughout the battlespace.
      • Panelists include: Maj. Gen. Ronnie D. Hawkins, Jr.; Brig. Gen. LaWarren V. Patterson; Brig. Gen. David B. Warner; and Rear Adm. Diane E., H. Webber.
  • "Global Information Grid (GIG) Convergence: Fad or Reality?"
    • Overview: Dispelling the mystery around the form and function of the Global Information Grid (GIG), this panel will exchange real world perspectives essential to delivering a relevant, viable and converged GIG.
  • "Science & Technology: Communications and Networking for the Current Fight"
    • Overview: This panel will discuss communications and networking science and technologies that are enabling convergence and preparing forces to meet the challenges of fighting in today's distributed battlespace.
  • "Net-Centric Capability in Support of a NATO/Coalition Operation"
    • Overview: NATO is engaging in a global mission in Afghanistan with an International Security Assistance Force that includes 42 participating nations with a troop strength of approximately 64,500 persons. Implementing a net-centric capability in this environment is as essential as it is challenging.

Tutorial highlights:

Ten MILCOM 2009 tutorials offer a hands-on approach to solving some of the toughest issues facing convergence. Topics include:

  • Learning about the most important limitations and regulatory factors affecting radio frequency spectrum access and management worldwide;
  • Examining the difference between computer security and communications security (COMSEC) as well as learning a 'layman's' security modeling methodology for setting information security requirements at the enterprise level;
  • Demystifying digital communications from the simple to the sublime; and
  • Understanding architectures, emerging standards and applications for digital video broadcasting networks including digital video, broadband Internet and mobile communications throughout the battlespace.

Exhibit highlights:

More than 200 exhibits will be co-located inside and outside of the World Trade Center exhibit hall featuring next-generation products, technologies and resources including:

  • On-board technology in military vehicles
  • Wearable computers
  • Demonstration of the U.S. Army's Warfighter Information Network - Tactical (WIN-T) communications network

MILCOM 2009 Background

In its 28th year, MILCOM 2009 has become the premier military and government communications conference attracting more than 5,000 participants from the military, government, academia and industry, including representatives from more than 30 countries.

General Dynamics C4 Systems and MITRE Corporation are the hosts of MILCOM 2009. Co-sponsors are the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) International and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Communications Society. The Electronic Systems Center, Hanscom AFB has provided a liaison to advise MILCOM 2009.

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