Event Date: 
Monday, October 7, 2019 - 8:00am to 5:00pm


Pre-Registration for this event has closed, but we will be accepting onsite registrations.


Sheraton Tysons
8661 Leesburg Pike,
Tysons, VA 22182

Overflow parking lot can be found next to the hotel at the Walmart parking garage
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Modernization – How the Naval Services Advance to 2025

Audience: 60+ military/government (not including speakers and their staffs); 350+ industry (primarily business development)

Today’s Naval, Navy and Marine Corps strategies have a common theme—building command and control and business system networks that support the warfighter.  The 18th Annual Naval IT Day is focused on what Modernization means, the critical elements to move these efforts forward, the impediments, and programs and opportunities that support Modernization efforts.


*07:15 - 08:00

Continental Breakfast & Networking


Colors, Pledge of Alleigiance, and Welcome, Bill Krayer, Naval IT Day Chairman, Savin Joeseph, NOVA Young AFCEAN


Morning Keynote, Lieutenant General Lorettta E. 'Lori' Reynolds, Deputy Commandant for Information, USMC HQ (Confirmed)


Naval Data Landscape, Introduction: Kenrick Herrmann, Avaya Government Solutions

Mr. Thomas M. Sasala, SES, Director of Data Strategy, Office of the Chief Management Officer, Department of the Navy (Invited)




Cloud and Infrastructure Panel, Moderator: VADM Ted Branch, USN (Ret), SVP and GM Perspecta for Navy and USMC

Mr. Kurt Wendelken, SES, NAVSUP CIO (Confirmed)
Mr. Ken Bible, SES, Deputy CIO, HQ USMC (Confirmed)
Ms. Jane Rathbun, SES, ASN (RD&A) (Confirmed)


Cyber Panel, Moderator: Paul Girardi, Assistant Vice President, AT&T Public Sector

Dr. Ray Letteer, HQ USMC (Confirmed)
Rear Admiral Kathy Creighton, Director of Navy Cybersecurity (N2N6G)
Rear Admiral Eric Christopher Ruttenberg, USN COMNAVWARSYSCOM 


Small Business Panel Breakout: CMMC Roll Out - The Impacts on Small Buisnesses, Introduction: Hope  DiGiusto

The Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) roll out is coming. Get to know Naval Small Business Leadership, as they join in this relevant cyber discussion with CMMC representatives.  An AFCEA small business community focused conversation on CMMC cost-effectiveness, and where advantages for small business may reside in its implementation.
Mr. Jimmy Smith, Director, Department of the Navy Office of Small Business Programs
Ms. Katherine Arrington, Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Acquisition ASD(A) for Cyber, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment, OUSD(A&S)



Department of the Navy Information Technology Leadership Fireside Chat, Introduction:  Ben Gianni, Staff Vice President, GDIT.

The Honorable Thomas Modly, Under Secretary of the Navy (Confirmed)
Mr. Aaron Weis, Chief Information Officer, DON 


DON Budget and Industry Outlook, Introduction: Ryan Granato, AFCEA NOVA  

Lloyd McCoy, Jr, immixGroup/Arrow


Marine Corps Systems Command Panel, Moderator: Chris Rennie, GitLab

Colonel Brock McDaniel, Portfolio Manager, Command Element Systems, Marine Corps System Command




Navy PEO EIS Panel, Introduction: Mr. Manny Valdes, VGIT Services

Mr. Les Hubbard, PEO EIS Executive Director (confirmed)
Mr. Kevin Burnett, Technical Director, Enterprise Systems and Services (PMW 250) and Naval Pioneer in Residence - Naval X (confirmed)
Mr. Drew Horne-Cooper, Principal Assistant Program Manager for Project Management & Service Delivery, Naval Enterprise Networks (PMW 205) (confirmed)
Mr. Joe Ditchett, Assistant Program Manager for Navy ERP, Navy Enterprise Business Solutions (PMW 220) (confirmed)
Mr. Bill Decker, Principal Assistant Program Manager for Enterprise Business Systems, Enterprise Systems and Services (PMW 250) (confirmed)


Closing Remarks, Bill Krayer, Naval IT Day Chairman


Networking Reception




Registration TypePre-RegistrationOnsite Registration
AFCEA Member$325.00$375.00
Active Duty MilitaryComplimentaryComplimentary

Cancellation Policy: Refunds, less a 5% administrative fee, given for cancellations received up to five business days prior to the event. Cancellation must be submitted in writing (email acceptable) and confirmed as received by AFCEA NOVA. No refunds thereafter. Attendee substitutions are permitted.

Sponsors as of September 17, 2019:

Speaker Bios

Under Secretary of the Navy

Thomas B. Modly is an American businessman and government official who currently serves as the Under Secretary of the Navy.

Prior to assuming his current role, Modly served as the managing director of the PricewaterhouseCoopers global government and public services sector and as the firm's global government defense network leader. He previously served as the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Financial Management and as the first executive director of the Defense Business Board. Modly is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy, Georgetown University, and Harvard Business School. He served on active duty in the United States Navy as a helicopter pilot and spent seven years as a U.S. Navy officer. He has held various leadership positions at Iconixx, Oxford Associates, and UNC Inc., and taught political science at the United States Air Force Academy.

Deputy Commandant Information, United States Marine Corps

Lieutenant General Reynolds was commissioned in May 1986 upon graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy and assigned as a Communications Officer. As a Company grade officer, she served in various billets at 1st Marine Division Communications Company, Marine Wing Communication Squadron 18 in Okinawa, Marine Corps Systems Command, and 9th Communication Battalion, I MEF. As a Field Grade officer, she was selected to command

Chief Information Officer, Department of the Navy

Mr. Aaron Weis on Thursday  September 26, 2019 was named the Navy’s new chief information officer. Before Weis was chosen as the Navy’s CIO, he was the senior adviser to the Defense Department’s chief information officer. His work included programs such as the Joint Artificial Intelligence Center and the Enterprise Cloud, according to his Defense Department biography.

Before joining the Defense Department, Weis has previously worked in the private sector for large corporations including Axalta Coating Systems, Tyco International and Siemens. Weis, 49, earned a master’s degree in business administration from Villanova University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Illinois.

Director of Navy Cybersecurity (N2N6G)
Vice Chief Engineer, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command

Rear Adm. Eric Ruttenberg is a native of Redondo Beach, California.  He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and was commissioned in 1988.  He holds a Master of Science in Astronautical Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.  He was designated a Naval Aviator in 1990 and an information warfare officer (Space Cadre) in 2011.

Director, Office of Small Business Programs, Department of the Navy
Mr. Jimmy D. Smith assumed the responsibilities of the Director for Small Business Program in June of 2019. He serves as the chief advisor to the Secretary on all small business matters. Mr. Smith has been charged with overseeing small business acquisition policy; strengthening government and private sector partnerships; and fostering opportunities to leverage small businesses as strategic advantage for the benefit of our warfighters.
Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Command, Control, Computers, Intelligence, Information Operations and Space

Ms. Rathbun currently serves as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Command, Control, Computers, Intelligence, Information Operations and Space (DASN C4I/IO/Space) on the staff of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development, and Acquisition. As DASN C4I/IO/Space, she is the principal Department of the Navy advisor for the acquisition of C4I systems, enterprise information technology (IT), business systems, and space systems. DASN C4I/IO/Space provides acqusition program guidance and oversight to Program Executive Officers for C4I & Space and Enterprise Information Systems and their associated Program Managers.

Assistant Commander for Supply Chain Technology/Systems Integration (N2/N6) Naval Supply Systems Command

Mr. Wendelken serves as Assistant Commander for Supply Chain Technology/Systems Integration (N2/N6) and is Navy’s lead for supply chain technology exploitation, systems integration and the authoritative expert for supply chain surety and cyber protection. He was selected for the Senior Executive Service in December 2016.

Deputy Director, C4 / Deputy CIO Headquarters, US Marine Corps

Mr. Bible currently serves as the Deputy Director of the Command, Control, Communications, and Computers (C4) Department at Headquarters Marine Corps. In this capacity, he also serves as the Deputy Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the Marine Corps, and formulates and provides broad policy guidance governing Information Technology, Cyber Security, and communications infrastructure and applications in support of the U. S. Marine Corps.

Compliance Branch Deputy Chief (Cybersecurity and SISO), Marine Corps Authorizing Official, Headquarters Marine Corps

Dr. Letteer is the Compliance Branch Deputy Chief (Cybersecurity and SISO), and the designated Marine Corps Authorizing Official. He has been with CHQMC for over 14 years and has nearly 33 years of cybersecurity experience, working in DOD, the intelligence community, and in Federal civil agencies. Dr. Letteer received his undergraduate degree in political science from University of Maryland University College (Berlin, Germany), and both his masters of science in networking security and doctor of science in information assurance from Capitol Technical University.

Portfolio Manager, Command Element Systems, Marine Corps Systems Command

Col McDaniel, a native of Union City, California, was commissioned in Mar 1992 through the Platoon Leaders Class program after graduating from California State University of Hayward, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History.  Upon graduation from The Basic School in Sept 1992, he proceeded to Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida for Naval Aviation training. In 2013 Col McDaniel was selected to serve as the Program Manager, MC3 at MCSC.  He assumed this billet in March 2014.  Subsequently, he was selected to serve as the Portfolio Manager of Command Element Systems and is currently serving in that position.

Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Acquisition ASD(A) for Cyber


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