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Network Centric Operations 2003

Networking for the Information Age: Transforming National Security and Protecting the Homeland


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April 15-17, 2003
Sheraton Premiere at Tysons Corner
Vienna, Virginia

About This Conference

Information plays a critical role in combating terrorism and trans-national threats.

Network Centric Operations 2003 will be the one conference of the year which will address the practical realities of using technology to respond to the threats of today’s world.

Achieving and maintaining information superiority is a national imperative. To achieve this we must think differently about what must be done and by whom.

Foremost leaders in government and industry will discuss the requirements, programs and challenges of using information technology to defeat enemies and secure the homeland.

This conference will look at the different approaches of becoming network centric and will provide a forum for discussing network centric funding, rationalization and convergence. It is designed to provide attendees the opportunity to participate in dialogue and to make recommendations for further activity.

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Tuesday, April 15

Executive Workshop on Net-centric Operations
(Invitation only, limited to 80 participants)


12:00 PM - 1:00 PM


Welcome - Mr. Ron Koontz, Manager, Net-Centric Systems, Lockheed Martin NE & SS

1:00 PM - 1:15 PM


Executive Workshop on Net-centric Operations
Part One - What are the benefits? Realities of today’s world - Why we need network centric operations
Moderator: Honorable Jacques Gansler, University of Maryland
Panel Members:

  • Mr. Andrew Marshall, Director, Office of Net Assessment, OSD
  • Mr. Paul Grant, Information Assurance Executive, OSD
  • Mr. Mark Hogan, Vice President, BEA Systems

1:15 PM - 2:30 PM


Networking Break

2:30 PM - 3:00 PM


Part Two - How do we get there?
Getting connected - Building a robust infrastructure
Moderator: Ms. Janice Marconi, Marconi Works International
Panel Members:

  • Mr. Rob Thomas, Assistant DCS for Warfighting Integration, USAF
  • Ms. Dawn Meyerriecks, CTO, DISA
  • RADM Charles Munns, Director, NMCI
  • Mr. Dave Ozolek, Deputy Director, Joint Battle Lab, JFCOM

3:00 PM - 4:30 PM


The Executive Networking Reception
Sponsored by
Lockheed Martin

5:00 PM - 6:30 PM



Wednesday, April 16


Registration and Continental Breakfast

7:00 AM


Call to Order - Mr. Robert Kiggans, Chairman, AFEI; President and CEO, Advanced Technology Institute

8:00 AM - 8:05 AM


Welcome, Conference Chairman - LtGen Carl O’Berry USAF (Ret.), Vice President Strategic Architecture, The Boeing Company

8:05 AM - 8:15 AM


Defense Transformation Strategy - Dr. Thomas P.M. Barnett, Assistant for Strategic Futures, Office of Force Transformation, Office of the Secretary of Defense and Professor/Senior Strategic Researcher, Decision Strategies Department, Center for Naval Warfare Studies, U.S. Naval War College

8:15 AM - 9:00 AM


Keynote Address - VADM Arthur K. Cebrowski, USN (Ret.), Director, Office of Force Transformation, OSD

9:00 AM - 9:45 AM


Q & A with Force Transformation

9:45 AM - 10:00 AM


Networking Break - Exhibits Area

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM


Power to the Edge! Foundations for DoD Net-Centric Operations
Honorable John Stenbit, Assistant Secretary for Defense, C3I

Dr. Mike Frankel, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Defense, C3ISR, and IT Systems

Ms. Priscilla Guthrie, Deputy CIO, DoD

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM


Luncheon Speaker -
Mr. Andy Zogg, Raytheon
Sponsored by Raytheon

12:15 PM - 1:30 PM


Reality Check - Getting the Requirements Right for NCO
Panel Chair: LTG Joseph K. Kellogg, JCS J-6
Panel members:

  • VADM Richard W. Mayo, USN, Commander, Naval Network Warfare Command
  • LTG John Riggs, USA, Director, Objective Force Task Force
  • LtGen Harry D. Raduege, Director Defense Information Systems Agency
  • LtGen Leslie Kenne, AF/XI, USAF
  • MajGen Daniel M. Dick, US Joint Forces Command

1:30 PM - 3:15 PM


Networking Break - Exhibits Area

3:15 PM - 3:45 PM


Industry Challenge: Furnishing Affordable, Reliable, and Secure "Systems of Systems"
Moderator: Dr. Joseph Mait, Center for Technology and National Security Policy, National Defense University
Panel members:

  • Ms. Alison Wood, Group Managing Director for Network Enabled Capability, BAE SYSTEMS
  • Ms. Christine A. Reynolds, Vice President, C3I Systems, Northrop Grumman Information Technology
  • Mr. Mark Jefferson, Manager, System of Systems, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company
  • Dr. Roger F. Roberts, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Space and Intelligence Systems, Boeing
  • Mr. Jerry Harrison, Vice President, General Dynamics Decision Systems

3:45 PM - 5:15 PM


The Network Centric Reception - Exhibits Area
Sponsored by Boeing

5:15 PM - 6:30 PM



Thursday, April 17


Continental Breakfast - Exhibits Area
Sponsored by
BAE Systems

7:00 AM


Call to Order - LtGen Carl O’Berry, Conference Chairman, VP Strategic Architecture, Boeing

8:15 AM


Leveraging 21st Century Technology: the Homeland Security Challenge
ADM James Loy, USCG (Ret.), Undersecretary of Transportation for Security

8:15 AM - 9:00 AM


DoD Information Assurance Initiatives
RADM Charles D. Wurster, Assistant Commandant Acquisition, USCG

9:00 AM - 9:30 AM


Networking Break - Exhibits Area

9:30 AM - 10:00 AM


Industry Responds I
Moderator: RADM Robert Nutwell, USN (Ret.), Booz Allen Hamilton
Panel Members:

  • Dr. Hugo Poza, Vice President, Homeland Security, Raytheon
  • RADM Ray Witter, USN (Ret.), Director Strategic Planning, Northrop Grumman Information Technology
  • Mr. Rick Stephens, Vice President, General Manager, Boeing

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM


Industry Responds II
Moderator: RADM Robert Nutwell, USN (Ret.), Booz Allen Hamilton
Panel Members:

  • Mr. Stan Defilippi, Senior Director and Solutions Architect, Oracle Technology
  • Ms. Donna Rhode, Vice President, Homeland Security, CISCO Systems
  • COL Stephen James, USAF (Ret.), USAF Director Strategic Planning, EMC Corporation

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM


Network Centric Lunch - Exhibits Area

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM


New Challenges in Acquisition
Moderator: Mr. David Ahern, Defense Acquisition University
Panel Members:

  • Mr. Gregory Giddens, Deputy PEO, Integrated Deepwater, USCG
  • Ms. Virginia Williamson, Deputy PEO C2&CS, USAF
  • Ms. Elaine Duke, Director, Office of Acquisition, Transportation Security Administration
  • Dr. Mike McGrath, DASN RDT & E

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM


Summary and Outbrief
LtGen Carl O’Berry, Conference Chairman, VP Strategic Architecture, Boeing

2:30 PM - 3:00 PM



3:00 PM


Exhibit Hall Hours


Wednesday, 16 April

10:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Thursday, 17 April

7:00 AM- 3:00 PM

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Limited Exhibit Space:

AFEI Corporate members/C4ISR Division Members/Government Organizations: * 8’X10’ booth(s): $1,900.00
6’ Table Top: $1,500.00
Non-Corporate Members: *
8’X10’ booth(s): $2,400.00
6’ Table Top: $2,000.00

*Includes one (1) full conference registration:
{Conference registration fee includes: attendance at all sessions, admittance to exhibit hall, two (2) continental breakfasts, refreshment breaks, two (2) luncheons, one (1) reception, participant materials and administrative costs.}

Download and view the Exhibit Contract (PDF file)
Download and view Exhibit Floorplan (PDF file)

If you have any questions regarding sponsorship/exhibiting at this event, please contact: Betsy Lauer at 703-247-9473 or [email protected].

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Sheraton Premiere at Tysons Corner
8661 Leesburg Pike
Vienna, Virginia 22180

Please call directly for your room reservations toll free: 1-800/572-7666 or 703/448-1234 prior to 5:00 p.m. EST by Sunday, March 30, 2003 to receive the group rate of $150 single/double. Please reference (AFEI) The Association For Enterprise Integration when reserving your room. Rooms are limited! Reservations requests received after 5:00 p.m. local time at the Hotel on the cut-off date will be accepted on a space and rate availability basis.

Tax: All room rates are subject to the 6.5% state and local tax.

Each registrant is responsible for making his or her own reservations. Check-in is 3:00 pm; check-out is 12:00 noon.

Parking at the Sheraton Premiere, Tysons Corner is complementary.

Directions to Sheraton Hotel

The hotel is 8 miles east of Dulles International Airport. It is approximately 4.5 miles to the Dunn Loring Metro Station on the orange line. There is limited shuttle transportation to/from Tysons Corner Mall. Airport shuttle service is available. Check with the hotel for details.

From Washington-Dulles International Airport
Take Airport Road to the Leesburg Pike (Route 7) exit.
Turn right at the first traffic light on Westwood Center Drive to the hotel.

From North
Take the Beltway (Interstate 495 South) to Exit 45A.
Take the Airport Toll Road (Route 267) to the Leesburg Pike Exit (Route 7).
Turn left at the light and right at the next light on Westwood Center Drive to the hotel.

From South
Take the Beltway (I-495 North) to Exit 45A.
Take the Airport Toll Road (Route 267) to the Leesburg Pike Exit (Route 7).
Turn left at the light and right at the next light on Westwood Center Drive to the hotel.

From East
Take Interstate 66 West to Washington/Dulles International Airport.
Take the Toll Road (Route 267) to Leesburg Pike, Exit 16.
Take a left at the light and a right at the next light on Westwood Center Drive to the hotel.

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Registration will be available on-site at the conference.

If you require special assistance (i.e., Wheelchair, vegetarian meals, etc), please contact Nicole Peterson at 703-247-9474 or [email protected].

Cancellations, Substitutions and Requests for Refunds
All cancellations, substitutions, and requests for refunds must be done so in writing. Substitutions are welcome! Registrants who are unable to attend the training must fax or email their cancellation or refund request to the attention of: Nicole Peterson at 703-247-9474 or [email protected]; on or before March 31, 2003. No refunds will be issued for cancellations received after 5:00 PM EST this date. Refunds will not be issued for no-shows. A $75 administrative fee will be applied to ALL cancellations received before March 31, 2003. If requesting a substitution, please indicate if payment (if already received by AFEI) is to be transferred to the new attendee, or refunded.

Identification Badges
Each attendee will be provided with an identification badge during on-site registration. This badge must be worn while attending all conference functions. ALL ATTENDEES MUST PRESENT A VALID, Government (U.S. or Foreign) PICTURE I.D. (Driver's License, Passport), when picking up their badge, or registering on-site. Conference badges are to be worn at all times during event. No badge = no access to ANY event venues.

Attire (Uniform/Dress code)
The appropriate dress for this conference is business casual.
Industry/Civilian: Business Casual (open collar)
Active Duty Military: Working Uniform (Class A) / (Modified Class B)
or service equivalent

The conference registration fee includes: attendance at all sessions, admittance to exhibit hall, two (2) continental breakfasts, refreshment breaks, two (2) luncheons, one (1) reception, participant materials and administrative costs.

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For Questions about this conference, please contact Nicole Peterson at [email protected]

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Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Please contact Betsy Lauer for further information on Corporate Sponsorship opportunities. 703-247-9473.

Download and view Sponsorship opportunities (PDF)

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DoD Disclaimer

The Department of Defense finds this event meets the minimum regulatory standards for attendance by DoD employees. This finding does not constitute blanket approval or endorsement for attendance. Individual DoD Component commands or organizations are responsible for approving attendance of its DoD employees based on mission requirements and DoD regulations.

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Conference Committee

Network Centric Operations Supporters

Network Centric Operations Conference Committee

LtGen Carl O’Berry, USAF (Ret); The Boeing Company

Committee Members:

  • Robert Kiggans; Advanced Technology Institute (Chair, AFEI Board of Directors)

  • Randy Copperman; Raytheon Technical Services (Vice Chairman, AFEI Board of Directors)

  • RADM Ray Witter, USN (Ret); Northrup Grumman Information (AFEI Board of Directors)

  • Ron Koontz; Lockheed Martin (AFEI Board of Director), NDIA C4ISR Division

  • Steve Kimmel; Alion, NDIA C4ISR Division

  • Gary Grann; A-Team, NDIA C4ISR Division

  • John Cittadano; JCC Technology Associates, Inc.,NDIA C4ISR Division

  • Robert Lawrence; BAE Systems

  • Joe Mait; National Defense University

  • John Garstka; OSD - Force Transformation

  • Kelly Brown; EMSolutions, Inc.

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