PROGRAM

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.

CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST

8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

WELCOME

Mr. Steven Ritchey

Vice President for Intelligence

AFCEA International

 

Lt Gen Bruce Wright, USAF (Ret.)

Vice President, C4ISR

Lockheed Martin Corporation

Event Co-Chair and Member of the AFCEA Intelligence Committee

Brig Gen Neal Robinson, USAF (Ret.)

Director, Special Programs

Oracle Corporation (National Security Group)

Event Co-Chair and Member of the AFCEA Intelligence Committee

Col Ginger Wierzbanowski, USAF (Ret.)

Vice President, Space, Missile Defense & Advanced Technology Programs

Northrop Grumman Corporation

8:30 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.

THE STATE OF USAF ISR

The Air Force has spent the last decade investing in ISR capability and capacity to support counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency operations focused on real-time support to ground and maneuver forces.  Now, with a planned “pivot to the Pacific,” the Air Force must transition from a force designed around permissive environments to a balanced mix of capabilities to operate across the air, space, and cyber domains, driving operations in an anti-access, area-denial environment—while delivering value for the DoD and taxpayer.  

Focus Questions

  • How does Air Force ISR operate in denied/contested air, space, and cyber environments?
  • How does the role and responsibility of Air Force ISR change between Phase 0/I/II operations in support of Combat Air Forces and Combatant Commanders?
  • How does Air Force ISR characterize targets for kinetic and non-kinetic operations across all domains (land, maritime, air, space, and cyber)?

Speaker

Lt Gen Robert P. Otto, USAF

Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance

Headquarters USAF, Washington, DC

9:15 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

AIR FORCE ISR'S ROLE IN PLANNING FOR FUTURE OPERATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS

Planning for future operations and requirements in a dynamic political, military, and security environment necessitates meticulous coordination of future operational and force structure planning in conjunction with development of ISR capabilities to meet these needs.  Industry needs to be aware of the dual nature of A3/5 and A2 force structure and capability development in order to better prepare for the most likely scenarios faced by the nation to protect our national interests.

 

Focus Questions

  • What operational requirements are expected to drive development of ISR technologies?
  • How can industry best prepare for dynamic security threat environments?
  • What are some near, mid, and long-term technologies needed to meet these requirements?

Speaker

Lt Gen Burton M. Field, USAF

Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Plans, and Requirements, A3/5

Headquarters USAF, Washington, DC

10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

NETWORKING BREAK

 

10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

ISR INNOVATION AND CAPABILITY DEVELOPMENT

In 2011, the Secretary of the Air Force asked the A2 staff to conduct a comprehensive review of the state of USAF ISR. From that review flowed several follow-on tasks the Air Staff is still pursuing, several of which have significant S&T aspects to them. Industry can interact with these efforts through a number of projects, such as PCPAD-X, Capability Collaboration Teams, and other front doors.

 

Focus Questions

  • What sensing challenges are relevant to AF ISR today?
  • What is the AF way-ahead for data sharing and discovery in an era of proliferating sensors?
  • How is the AF working to deconflict the demand for platforms and sensors that may have more than one role to play in the battlespace?

Speaker

Mr. Jeffrey Eggers

Chief Technology Officer

Director for ISR Strategy, Plans, Doctrine, and Force Development

 

11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

LUNCH AND NETWORKING

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

KEYNOTE ADDRESS

The Honorable Eric Fanning

Under Secretary of the Air Force

1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

ACQUISITION INTELLIGENCE- DELIVERING MAXIMUM CAPABILITY AT MINIMUM COST

The rate of technology advancement and proliferation is increasing.  The importance of intelligence that enables mission capability (Intelligence Mission Data) and ensures our systems can meet the emerging threat has never been greater.  The DoD and the Air Force today face disconnects between 5th generation platform requirements to consume intelligence data and Intelligence Community capacity to produce such data.  Addressing this issue starts during concept development and continues throughout the full life-cycle of modern weapons systems.   Management of intelligence as a component of acquisition programs is important to ensuring our modern weapon systems are, in fact, intelligent.

 

Focus Questions

  • What is involved with managing intelligence as a component of acquisition programs?
  • How does acquisition intelligence impact successful development of weapons systems?
  • How do we ensure the intelligence required to enable modern technologies is reflected in total life-cycle costs?
  • What bottlenecks exist, and are there mitigation strategies in place?

Speaker

Lt Gen C. D. Moore II, USAF

Commander, Air Force Life Cycle

Management Center

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base

2:15 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

AF DCGS- INFORMATION DOMINANCE THROUGH INNOVATION

In the face of increasingly austere fiscal resources and dynamic operational environments, the AF ISR Enterprise faces distinct modernization challenges to meet the Chief's ISR Vision for the AF. The Air Force Distributed Common Ground Station (DCGS), as the service's premier globally networked Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance weapon system, will play an integral role in improving interoperability throughout Air Force systems to enable support across the full range of military operations.

Focus Questions

  • Will AF DCGS provide the backbone for the AF ISR Enterprise moving forward?
  • How will AF DCGS provide intelligence support to the warfighter in an A2AD environment?
  • What role does the ISR Systems Engineering Center play in the continual innovation of collection technology as well as adversary technology?
  • How will a static or decreasing analytic workforce adapt to the increasing quantity and quality of data entering DCGS from advancing sensor capabilities?

Speaker

Maj Gen John T. Shanahan, USAF

Commander, Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Agency

3:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

STRETCH BREAK

3:15 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

ISR R&D / S&T

AFRL is the Air Force's only organization wholly dedicated to leading the discovery, development, and integration of warfighting technologies for our Air, Space, and Cyberspace forces.  Synchronizing forces across the three warfighting domains in time and purpose for effect is paramount and a major challenge.   The three domains possess dramatically different characteristics with respect to speed, time, distance, governing physics and forces.  Modern conflicts demand rapid, agile, and assured operations to meet decision support needs across both the domains and the spectrums of conflict.  AFRL is uniquely organized to integrate across technical disciplines to aggressively develop ISR S&T solutions for GIISR capability gaps spanning Air, Space, and Cyberspace.


Focus Questions

  • How is AFRL, as the Air Force’s “venture capitalist,” investing ISR S&T toward the future fight, including post-Afghanistan, the pivot-to-the-Pacific, and beyond?
  • How are ISR S&T programs guided by the GIISR Core Function Master Plans and what are the key risks associated?
  • How does AFRL assure that current ISR S&T will integrate with the current and future AF ISR Enterprise (including DCGS, Squadron Operations Centers, AOCs, etc.)?

Speaker

Dr. Michael Deis, SES, USAF

ISR Capability Lead  and Director, Sensors Directorate

Air Force Research Laboratory

4:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

THE CURRENT AND FUTURE STATE OF AIR FORCE ISR

During this session, the panel members will respond to questions from the audience.

Moderator

Lt Gen Bruce Wright, USAF (Ret.)

Vice President, C4ISR

Lockheed Martin Corporation

Event Chairman

Panelists

Lt Gen C.D. Moore II, USAF

Commander, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center

Lt Gen Robert Otto, USAF

Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance

 

Maj Gen John T. Shanahan, USAF

Commander, Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Agency

 

Dr. Michael Deis, SES, USAF

ISR Capability Lead  and Director, Sensors Directorate

Air Force Research Laboratory

 

4:45 p.m.

EVENT WRAP-UP

Lt Gen Bruce Wright, USAF (Ret.)

Vice President, C4ISR

Lockheed Martin Corporation

Event Co-Chair