Panel: Use of Emerging Technologies within the DoD
Moderator: Mr. Dennis Kelly, Product Director for Enterprise Computing, ARMY PEO
Mr. Terry Carpenter, Service Development Executive & PEO, DISA
Mr. Jason Howe, Chief Cloud Architect and Technical Advisor, Air Force A1
LTC Robert Wolfe, Product Manager, Army Contract Writing System
HAPPY NEW YEAR! OK, it’s the 19th and maybe a little late for that but it’s the first AFCEA NOVA luncheon this year so I’m allowed. Welcome back to the winter grind! I noticed an uptick in attendance this month and they were lucky as the panel imparted a lot of detail about technologies of interest and the struggles faced as they work to better the systems under their purview. This was a very technical panel. They discussed emerging technologies from SaaS and Platform as a Service to Identity Management and Big Data to Mobile solutions. A lot of ground was covered in this luncheon. Challenges faced also ran the gamut. From consolidation and virtualization of networks across multinational missions, to securing mobile devices to improving policies and processes to make the user experience faster with the speed of the mission. You missed A LOT if you didn’t attend.
The panelists were also efficient and answered almost double the normal amount of questions. It was a struggle for me to keep up and WAY too much for me to include in here. But here are a few highlights from the talks:
One of the first questions asked was to describe the most challenging obstacle faced by the panelists. Mr. Carpenter explained that the issues are not always technical challenges. It is more how to get diverse teams to talk across networks, devices, data, and communications. And do it in a secure way that doesn’t violate security rules. Mr. Howe commented on this further by noting that, often, it is a culture problem. That the DoD needs to talk about cyber every day instead of creating yearlong paperwork challenges.
An audience question also asked the panel to comment on how do they define the edge of the network. Mr. Kelly noted that in cyber, the fight is both in here and out there as the networks blend. That it is harder to define that edge. Mr. Howe also responded by saying that the edge is defined by identify management. He said that identity is so very complicated and since it drives so much of our future that we need to get it right.
At the end of the talks each panelist was asked for some parting comments on how industry can help. LTC Wolfe summed it up best when he told the audience to be patient, stay engaged, don’t be afraid to offer an opinion and the work to understand the OVERALL landscape
It was incredible how open and frank the panel was on its successes and struggles. There was something for everyone in this luncheon. I am looking forward to next month - be sure to register now! Our next luncheon is on February 23rd – don’t miss it! The 16th Annual Air, Space, and Cyber IT Day is on February 14th at the Fairview Park Marriott in Falls Church! And since it is a new year – make one of your resolutions to be to support AFCEA NOVA and all its great events.