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 Coalition Information Sharing 


 Towards Enduring Solutions 

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 3/13/2014  to 3/13/2014 


 Herndon, VA 


 Tammy Kicker at [email protected] 


Towards Enduring Solutions

Building Capabilities for Multi-national Interoperability in an Era of Austerity

Multi-national operations are the standard now for the U.S military.  But are we learning valuable lessons about the challenges and difficulties of seamlessly connecting with coalition partners in military operations?  Are we able to respond to these challenges in a time of budget uncertainty?

This workshop brings industry and government together to focus on the policies and programs for establishing interoperability amongst coalition partners that allows timely sharing of information. The workshop looks at the lessons we have learned from years of coalition operations, and addresses the gaps that remain in our abilities to easily interoperate with coalition partners. 

It also looks at these challenges from the perspective of an international partner that must contend with the large and often non-interconnected systems that can be present in a joint US military operation. 

Finally it addresses the how we will generate the requirements for continued evolution of information sharing capabilities, and the establishment of a standards-based enduring capability.

The Coalition Information Sharing workshop is addressing the areas of:

  • Current status of requirements of the DoD for multinational operations
  • Discussion of the DoD Mission Partner Environment (MPE) framework and approach
  • Developing interoperability solutions for coalition operations
  • ITAR restrictions, compliance and impacts on information sharing capabilities
  • Advanced multinational and bi-lateral international intelligence information sharing
  • Multi-level security cross domain technologies
  • Service-oriented/cloud architecture approaches for multi-national/bi-lateral situations
  • Identity and Access Management in a multi-national/joint service operational context
  • Multi-national integrated wide-area network advances and challenges
  • Approaches to widespread access to near real-time data
  • Secure, rapid and responsive automated information sharing
  • Deployable networks for joint/contingency/coalition operations

The workshop will concentrate on the following:

  • US BICES as the coalition intelligence support element of the DI2E
  • Coalition implications of the Mission Partner Environment, and its integration with JIE
  • Efforts of the International Partner Action Group
  • Innovation and industry solutions to complex coalition problems

There are essentially three key areas in which we share information with coalition partners:  Command and Control (C2), ISR, and National Intelligence.  The context, operational need and information sensitivity are different for each of these areas.  Within each of these areas there are challenges in sharing information across domains.  The workshop is constructed to address information sharing for C2 and ISR.  



8:00 AM


Welcome and Purpose of the Workshop

Tom Goodman, General Dynamics C4 Systems

Ed Bush, Northrop Grumman


U.S. Initiatives in Coalition Information Sharing

Stuart A. Whitehead
Deputy Director for Command and Control Integration (DD C2I)
Directorate for Command, Control, Communications and Computers
Joint Staff, J6

8:45 AM


DI2E Overview

Kevin West, Deputy Director, Intelligence Systems & Architectures at Office of The Undersecretary of Defense (Intelligence)

9:30 AM Networking Break

10:00 AM


NATO Perspectives on Information Sharing

Glynne Hines
Director, BICES (Battlefield Information Collection and Exploitation Systems) Agency, NATO

11:00 AM

Industry Challenges Panel

How can we reduce US-only stovepipes, increase interoperability & Service/Component re-use with Coalition Partners?

Moderator: Rajeev Parekh, MITRE

  • Bill Ross, Vice President, Information Security Solutions, General Dynamics C4 Systems
  • Ed Bush, VP, Restricted Space Systems, Northrop Grumman
  • Jason Ostermann, Chief Engineer, Transfer Solutions, Office of the CTO, Raytheon

Challenges and operating realities in trying to meet the Government needs in supporting and resolving Coalition Info Sharing problems and challenges

12:00 PM


Lunch with Sponsor Talks

General Dynamics C4 Systems

Layer 7

12:45 PM


AMN Coalition Interoperability Assurance and Validation (CIAV)

Jeff Phipps, JITC Coalition Branch Chief and US CIAV Chairman

Todd Rissenger, JTC3 Coalition Interoperability, DEP US CIAV National Lead CIAV CoS / Operations

1:00 PM


Cross Domain Solutions Framework

Daniel Nichols, Technical Director, DoD/IC UCDMO

1:45 PM

Open Source Software: Helping Information Sharing?

John Scott, AirGap, LLC

2:30 PM


eCore: enabling the Coalition Enterprise While Complying With ITAR

Ed Bush, Vice President, Restricted Space Systems, Northrop Grumman

3:15 PM


Coalition Information Sharing: Too Important to Fail

Tony Cothron, Vice President for Customer Requirements for General Dynamics Information Technology’s Intelligence Solutions Division



Richard Radcliffe, Director for International Technology and Architectures, Information and Partner Engagement Directorate, DUSD Joint and Coalition Warfigther Support, OUSD (I)

4:00 PM


Workshop Session Summary and Adjourn


This workshop is being held at


The Multi-Agency Collaboration Environment Facility

3076 Centreville Rd
Suite 114
Herndon VA, 20171







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Registration is now CLOSED

On-line registration ends close of business March 7.

Please note that contractors do not qualify for free government registration and must register as Industry under their employing company.

To qualify for Academia Registration you must be a full-time student or professor at an academic institution.  Adjunct professors or part-time students who have full-time employment are not eligible.

Registration Form

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  • Non-US/Allied Government persons must register by form 
  • Those who prefer not to register online

Registration Fees


Ends 2/28/14



Government Civilian/Active Military

First 40 government attendees attend for free - Register by Feb 28th

US Government/Active Duty Military 



Non-US/Allied Government
 ** register by form only ** 



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With your purchase of full registration, attendees are entitled access (unless otherwise stipulated) to:

  • All General Sessions
  • Continental Breakfasts, Networking Breaks, Networking Luncheon
  • Onsite Agenda and Meeting Materials
  • Post-event Speaker Proceedings (if releasable by Speaker)

Commitment/Registration/Cancellation Policy: 

We ask our ”no fee” registered colleagues to place the same importance and commitance on attending the event as if payment was made as it does impact key elements to the events learning objectives and outreach. AFEI is committed to foster dialogue between Government and Industry on critical issues and offer free registration due to restrictions placed on travel and event attendance.

All cancellations must be in writing. No refunds will be given due to the timeliness of event. Substitutions to this event are welcome in lieu of cancellations. Requests for substitutions must be made in writing to [email protected].


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Who will attend?

Government decision makers, prime contractors, systems integrators and consultants engaged with DoD, the IC and coalition partners in requirements of the for multinational operations, initiatives such as BICES and the Mission Partner Environment (MPE) framework, and developing interoperability solutions for coalition operations.

Academic researchers and FFRDC's who are investigating coaliton information sharing and making recommendations to their Government sponsors.

Contact Tammy Kicker at [email protected] or (703-247-9494) for details on how to become a sponsor at this event and receive the Sponsorship Form.

Attendee Information

Appropriate dress for this conference is business casual for civilians and class B uniform for military. During registration and check-in, each participant will be issued an identification badge. Please be prepared to present a picture ID. Badges must be worn at all conference functions.

Special Needs
AFEI supports the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Attendees with special needs or allergies/dietary restrictions should call or email Tammy Kicker, at 703-247-9494 or [email protected]

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Non-US Attendees
Attendees from coalition partner nations are welcome.  However, recent changes at the DoD funded Multi-agency Collaboration Environment fusion center where the meeting takes place require non-US visitors to complete a visit request from.  This form will be sent to all non-US attendees and must be complete and returned by March 10, 2014.

 Foreign Person Confirmation form



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