Speakers and Panels


Featured Speakers


Wednesday, February 29

8:10 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.

Keynote Address

The Honorable Paul A. Schneider

Former Deputy Secretary, US Department of Homeland Security

The Chertoff Group



Thursday, March 1

8:05 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.

Keynote Address

The Honorable Charles E. Allen

Former Under Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis, US Department of Homeland Security

The Chertoff Group



Thursday, March 1

Noon - 1:45 p.m.

Lunch - Fireside Chat



Mr. Marko Bourne


Booz Allen Hamilton




Chief Cathy Lanier

Chief of Police

District of Columbia


Fire Chief James F. Schwartz

Chief of Arlington County Fire Department

Arlington, VA


Panel Sessions


Wednesday, February 29

8:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Getting to Cloud Nine: The Prospect of Securing the Homeland More Effectively and Efficiently (* CEU Eligible; see below)



Pete Tseronis, Department of Energy CTO and head of the Federal CIO Council’s task force on cloud computing, leads a panel of representatives from a variety of federal, state, and local agencies discussing the current and future impacts of cloud computing on the mission of securing the homeland.  Specific topics to be discussed include: 

  • How are cloud apps and services being used to advance the cause of homeland security overall?
  • Within the context of protecting the homeland, how is cloud helping agencies to “do more without more?”
  • Given the sensitivity of the mission, what kinds of decisions and considerations are agencies that are involved in this facing with regard to security, private/public/hybrid cloud decisions, etc.?


Mr. Peter Tseronis

Chief Technology Officer

Department of Energy


Mr. Thomas Kireilis

Program Executive and Product Line Manager


Mr. Bajinder N. Paul
Deputy Associate Administrator
Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies
U.S. General Services Administration

Mr. Keith Trippie

Executive Director of Enterprise System Development

Department of Homeland Security


Mr. Tom Wilkins

Executive Director - Intelligence Fusion Division

Metropolitan Police Department


Wednesday, February 29

11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Best Practices in Securing the Cloud (Cyber) (* CEU Eligible; see below)



In the new Era of shared compute infrastructure, hybrids and private compute infrastructure; the Cloud models are representing efficiencies, a chance for better visibility of the performance of your storage and computing power, economies of scale and a newly trained work force. While moving to the Cloud, security becomes the highest priority in a Cloud environment while wanting to achieve all its other benefits. There are lessons learned that will be shared across the government and private sector in meeting a secure Cloud environment, addressing the changing work force to support the new environment; achieving its economic value while adopting the new published standards for .gov compliance.


Ms. Jamie J. Dos Santos

Chief Executive Officer

Terremark Federal Group, Inc. a Verizon Company


Mr. Sean Donelan

Program Manager, Network and Infrastructure Security

Department of Homeland Security

Mr. Matt Goodrich, JD
Federal Cloud Computing Initiative

Mr. Tim Kelleher

Vice President - Professional Services



Wednesday, February 29

12:15 - 1:30 p.m.

Keys to Fighting and Winning a Cyber War (* CEU Eligible; see below)



The US has grown accustomed to fighting wars on an ‘unlevel playing field’.  We demand air supremacy and naval dominance before we will deploy the best trained and equipped soldiers and Marines to fight. In the Cyber Domain, the US has none of those same advantages. The size, scale, and sophistication of our weapons actually create a larger attack surface for the enemy. Thus, our nation is faced with the daunting challenge of how to prepare to fight and win a cyber war. Listen to these experts discuss how best to train and deploy our forces in the wake of Stuxnet and some of the latest threats.


Mr. Eric Bassel


SANS Institute



Mr. Ovie Carroll

Director, Cybercrime Lab

U.S. Department of Justice Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section


Lt Col Brian Denman, USAF


39th Information Operations Squadron


LTC Robert Fanelli, USA, Ph.D.

Information Systems Management (FA53) and Signal Officer

U.S. Cyber Command


MAJ TJ O’Connor, USA

10th Special Forces Group (A) S-6


Mr. Skip Runyan

Technical Director
39th Information Operations Squadron


Wednesday, February 29

2:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Doing Business with DHS



Mr. Greg Rothwell


Evermay Consulting


Mr. Kevin Boshears

Director, Office of Small Business and Disadvantaged Business

Department of Homeland Security


Dr. Nick Nayak

Chief Procurement Officer

Department of Homeland Security


Mr. Dennis Smiley

Executive Director, Enterprise Acquisition and Information Technology

Department of Homeland Security


Wednesday, February 29

3:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

Radio Show: Secure Information-Sharing





Mr. Jim Flyzik


The Flyzik Group


Mr. Justin Murphy

Senior Technology Advisor

Department of Justice


Mr. Kshemendra Paul

Program Manager for the Information Sharing Enviroment

Office of the Director of National Intelligence


Dr. Elaine Cummins

Chief Information Sharing Officer

Senior Intelligence Officer for Information Sharing

Federal Bureau of Investigation


Mr. Neill Tipton

Director, Information Sharing and Partner Engagement



Thursday, March 1

8:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Wireless Broadband - Doing more for Public Safety


The panel will discuss the impact of President Obama’s Broadband Initiative on Public Safety. Discussion will focus on efficient shared use of public and private infrastructure, eligibility of network users, interoperability with public networks, managed service and capital expenditure funding models,and future public safety applications enabled by broadband. 


Mr. Jeff Rosenblatt

Vice President

Constellation, Inc.


Mr. Donald Brittingham

Vice President of Public Safety and National Security



Mr. Jim Bugel

Assistant Vice President, Public Safety and Homeland Security



Mr. Richard Mirgon

Past President

APCO International


Mr. Dan Phython

Division Chief - OEC
Department of Homeland Security


Thursday, March 1

10:30 a.m. - Noon

The Challenges of Engaging Social Media During Crises


Social Media is more than transforming the way we communicate… it’s changing the way we think, live, perceive our liberties, and mobilize in crises. This panel will assess the emerging framework pushing and pulling the message and discuss the challenges, opportunities, and dangers of instant communication.



Mr. Bruce Walker

Vice President (Acting)

Homeland/Civil/Regulatory/International ICT
Northrop Grumman Corporation

Mr. Alexander W. Joel

Civil Liberties Protection Officer

Office of the Director of National Intelligence


Mr. Chris Stelmarski

Digital Strategy

Department of Homeland Security


Mr. Tom Temin

Co-host, Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Jane Norris

Federal News Radio


Thursday, March 1

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

Improving How Small Business and DHS Work Together

This session will focus on the role of Small Business at DHS and in the security field supporting the Federal Government. The goal will be to look at areas to focus on, how to best support the special requirements within the security/homeland security area, and identify lessons learned. The panel will also look at insertion of unique technologies and niche IT capabilities provided by small businesses, and discuss the role of the DHS Mentor Protégé Program in helping DHS and small and large businesses.


Mr. Dan Mintz

Chief Operating Officer

Powertek Corporation


Mr. Doug Layman

former President, Kadix


Mr. Wayne Pizer

Vice President, Small Business Programs

L-3 Stratis


Mr. Paul Sullivan

CEO of Cyber Space Solutions

DHS Protégé of L-3 Stratis


Ms. Kristina Tanasichuk

CEO and Founder

Government & Services Technology Coalition (GTSC)


* New this Year at the Homeland Security Conference!
Maintain Your DoD 8570.01-M Credentials While Advancing Your Cyber Security Career

Several Homeland Security Conference sessions will help attendees sustain DoD 8570.01-M mandated certifications. Over the past several years, federal agencies have collectively agreed that the ever-changing threats associated with cyber security create the need for a continuous learning process to reduce risk to our national security. In response, industry certification bodies adopted a continuous education model to address these issues. AFCEA has partnered with Cypherpath, a cyber security training and education company, to launch a new Continuing Education Unit (CEU) program to train, manage and report relevant critical knowledge and skills-related activities required to meet DoD 8570.01-M requirements. Individuals must enroll in the CE Program, attend qualified sessions, obtain and submit validated documentation in order to earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs). Homeland Security Conference attendees may receive CEUs for sessions designated (by a *) to support CE requirements for sustaining DoD 8570.01-M certifications. Please stop by the AFCEA booth (#300) to obtain a flyer with answers to frequently asked questions about CEUs.



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