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The 4th DoD Open Technology Conference expands the dialogue between government and industry on the business case, security and real-world military applications for open technology methods and paradigms. 

This conference will address many of these critical issues from the perspective of both warfighter benefits and challenges for DoD implementation.  Topics include:

  • Emerging open source software policy in DoD
  • How open technologies will support DoD 2.0
  • Impacts to business models as primes and agencies move to open technologies
  • Improving DoD access to innovation
  • Federated - collaborative development environments and their impact of DoD software development processes
  • Impacts on acquisition processes
  • Intellectual property issues in open environments

Attendees will hear from government leaders and industry experts on the use of open source software, open standards and open architectures across the military services, and potential for impact on defense industry business models.



The Ronald Reagan Building
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20004

8:00 AM Introduction

Opening Keynotes

Bill Vass, President and Chief Operating Officer of Sun Federal

Future of Open Technologies in Government and Industry

Mark Tolliver, Chief Executive Officer, Palamida

Open Source SCADA - Vulnerable to Attack?

Carl Siel, Jr., Chief Engineer, US Navy RD&A

10:30 AM Panel Discussion
Open Technology Development - a New Policy and Process Paradigm?

Moderator:  John Scott, Mercury Federal

This panel examines the impact the open technology development process is having on software creation and testing, re-use, best practice exchange, and business process management.  Participants discuss how open technology processes are being applied to proprietary environments and the emergence of collaborative development.  The panel also looks at issues such as the flow down of FAR clauses, IP protection, liability issues with re-use, trusted meta-data frameworks, and licensing.

  • Bdale Garbee, Hewlitt Packard
  • Dan Risacher, OSD NII
  • James Stodgill, Gestalt/Accenture
  • James Gatto, Pillsbury LLP
11:30 AM Honorary Address
John Garing, Chief Information Officer and Director, Strategic Planning, DISA

12:00 Noon Lunch Program

Excellence in Enterprise Architecture Awards
1:30 PM - Afternoon Panel Discussion
Implementing Open Technologies in Defense Suppliers - Case Studies

Moderator:  Stu Lewin, Software Architect & OSS Evangelist, BAE Systems, Inc.

The panel opens up to the audience DoD contractor experiences with establishing a company policy on open source, and their perspectives on benefits, cultural resistance, and implementation challenges.  The goal of the panel is to share experiences and defense industry best practices.  The panel will consist of contractors, a vendor to share experiences based on working with Industry for best practices, and a legal perspective on policy and implementation.  Defense contractors share their ‘war stories’, experiences, lessons learned – what worked, and what didn’t.

  • Gemma Dreher, Senior Counsel, BAE
  • Colin Raufer, Intellectural Property Counsel, Boeing
  • Allan Hardy, F/OSS SME, Lockheed Martin
  • Peter Vescuso, BlackDuck
3:30 PM - Afternoon Panel Discussion
Open Architecture - DoD Access to Innovation

Moderator:  Nick Guertin, Deputy Director for Open Architecture, PEO IWS, US Navy

The panel discusses how the Defense Agencies and Military Services approach open architecture.  In particular it will focus on issues of intellectual property, data rights and preserving DoD access to innovation.  It also addresses the question of how OA will influence and impact the acquisition of information tools and capabilities, and looks ahead to what the community can expect.

  • Bobby Snuggs, Chief Scientist, EG&G
  • Alison Brown, President & CEO, NAVSYS Corporation

  • Mike MacKay, VP Technology, Progeny
  • Jack Gellen, Executive VP, Lockheed Martin

Agenda is subject to change without notice

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Why Open Technologies?


“Open Architecture systems will not only create an interoperable fleet that connects seamlessly with the Navy’s sister services, but with the nation’s allies and many other global partners.”

- Admiral Mike Mullen, Chief of Naval Operations, 27 November 2006


Open technologies are changing how we work, as evidenced by the success of companies like Google and the penetration of Linux, MySql and Subversion in the commercial sector.

Increasingly DoD is looking at the “open” model as a potential way to achieve pieces of its net-centric vision.

  • Open architecture has become the cornerstone for the Navy’s approach to competition and innovation in the development of information tools.
  • Open source software is finding its way into operational systems.
  • Open technology processes offer a different paradigm for software capability development, testing and acquisition.


Open Technology continues to build momentum and gain acceptance as a viable part of DoD's enterprise IT fabric, and yet DoD faces a variety of cultural, process, and technical challenges in adopting open technologies. 


"Operational utility of Open Source Software continues to be demonstrated in the current fight."

- BG Nick Justice, December 2007,

AFEI 3rd DoD Open Tech Conference


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Online Registration is closed.

AFEI is still accepting registrations for the Late fee rate onsite. Please contact Betsy Lauer at (703) 247-9473 or [email protected] for details and information.

Registration Form (pdf)

Registration Fees

Event Number 9A03

(Before 09/10/08)

(9/11/08 -

(on/after 10/25/08)





AFEI Member




Industry Non- Member




*active-duty military and full-time government employees only

Cancellations, Substitutions, and Requests for Refunds:
All cancellations, substitutions, and requests for refunds must be done so in writing to
Betsy Lauer via email at [email protected]. Cancellation requests received before 10/24/2008 receive a refund minus a $75 administrative fee. Refunds can not be issued for no-shows.

NOTE: No refunds for cancellations received after 10/25/2008.

Substitutions welcome in lieu of cancellation!

Confirmations and Receipts

You will receive an emailed confirmation after you use the CONFIRM button on the web page. When registering online, please review your information then “submit” and “confirm” your entry. PLEASE check your account information for accuracy (i.e.: spelling of name, address, company name, email address, phone number, etc.).  If all required information is input correctly, you will see “Thank you for your registration!”. If you do not receive an emailed confirmation after submitting your registration, your registration is incomplete and was not received. Please call Betsy Lauer at (703) 247-9473 for assistance.

How to Register for Others or Multiple Attendees On-Line
If you are registering another person or co-worker, (e.g. if you are registering your boss and/or co-worker(s), company/agency credit card holder registering several people, etc.), you must enter the respective email address, customer/member ID and password for each person you are registering, using their Customer ID account profile to register them.  For assistance please call Betsy Lauer.

Identification Badges
Each attendee will be provided with an identification badge during registration. This badge must be worn while attending the event. All attendees must present a valid, government picture ID (Driver's License), when picking up their badge. Conference badges are to be worn at all times during the event.

The appropriate dress for this conference:

Industry/Contractors/Civilians: Business Casual (slacks and open collar)
Active Duty Military: Uniform of the Day

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The conference is located at the Ronald Reagan Building

The Ronald Reagan Building
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20004

For information about hotels nearby, click here.

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AFEI offers a variety of sponsorship packages for this event. Please download the AFEI Sponsorship Prospectus (PDF) for additional details and contact AFEI to discuss your strategic marketing plan.

Contact Info: Betsy Lauer (703-247-9473)

Thanks to our Sponsors:

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AFEI welcomes vendors wishing to demonstrate their innovative technology solutions at the conference. Space is limited and is on a first-come, first-served basis. For details and prices download the application (PDF).

Exhibitors may secure tabletop exhibit space in the foyer, adjacent to the plenary session. The price includes a skirted table, electricity and one full conference registration. Don't miss this opportunity to show-case your company capabilities and services.

Contact Info: Betsy Lauer (703-247-9473).

AFEI is a proud affiliate of the National Defense Industrial Association

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