Special Events


New at the Joint Warfighting Conference! NetWars Challenge

NetWars is a computer and network security challenge that will test your experience and skills in a controlled environment while having fun with your fellow security professionals. Each player must find hidden keys within a special image downloaded from the Internet. Using these keys players will enter an online environment where knowledge of security vulnerabilities and their exploits can be turned into points. The scoreboard is public so players and spectators can keep track of the score. The first place winner will receive an iPad2; the second place winner will receive a Kindle; and the third place winner will receive a signed copy of Joe Rochefort's War by Elliot Carlson.

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Engagement Theater Presentations

Exhibit Hall, End of 900 Aisle

AFCEA International and the U.S. Naval Institute offered the major commands in the greater Virginia Beach area the opportunity to make 50-minute presentations at the Joint Warfighting Conference in a special theater set up on the exhibit floor. These are opportunities for the commands to brief the attendees on subjects of their choice.


Tuesday, May 15

10:00 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.

Fleet Synthetic Training

CDR Tom O'Dowd, USN

Tactical Training Group Atlantic

Head - Integrated Air and Missile Defense


Learn about Tactical Training Group Atlantic's synthetic training programs that support realistic U.S. Navy Fleet training utilizing the Navy's Continuous Training Environment (NCTE) network.  Carrier Strike Groups, Amphibious Ready Groups and Independent Deployers are able to experience pierside training using their own ship's equipment and are able to connect with Coalition and Joint forces around the world in challenging maritime scenarios to include mission areas such as Ballistic Missile Defense, Maritime and Air Superiority, Anti-Submarine Warfare and Strike Operations.   


11:00 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.

The Navy’s Effort to Regain Its Innovation

CAPT David Tyler, USN
Assistant Chief of Staff for Concepts

Navy Warfare Development Command


The Navy Warfare Development Command (NWDC), the Navy's lead for innovation, is fostering a robust effort to regain the Navy's innovation advantage under the direction of Fleet Forces Command.  Its kickoff event, a Maritime Innovation Symposium, held over two days in March 2012, focused on six objectives: (1) Identify conditions & processes conducive to innovation; (2) Chart the hazards of innovation & propose ways to remove impediments; (3) Describe challenges that need innovative solutions; (4) Germinate & harvest ideas that can be turned into action; (5) Educate & elevate awareness of innovation; and (6) Identify ways to instill a culture of innovation.  The presentations, lively discussions, and Defense Connect Online-enabled "chat" identified many insights on each of these objectives that Captain Tyler will cover in his presentation.

2:00 p.m. - 2:50 p.m.

How Business IT Transformation is Preparing the DON to Meet Future Challenges

Mr. Terry Halvorsen

Department of the Navy Chief Information Officer

Mr. Terry Halvorsen, Department of the Navy Chief Information Officer, will address how business IT transformation within the Department will prepare the DON to meet future challenges. This includes those related to technology, acquisition and personnel. A question and answer period will follow.

3:00 p.m. - 3:50 p.m.

Leadership First, IT Second

BGen Kevin Nally, USMC

Dir C4/CIO, Deputy Commander MARFORCYBER

Being a strong, solid leader is a first and foremost requirement in order to be a facilitator for your people(s) success, enabling them to come to work because they want to which will enhance your workforce to provide the best IT services for mission accomplishment. 

Wednesday, May 16

10:00 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.

AF Mobility - It's about Operations and Not the Shiny Device

Mr. Jason Howe

Chief Technology Officer Strategic Analyst

Air Combat Command/A6T


The wave of mobility in the DoD is in full swing directly attacking communications gaps and seams in warfighting and decision making. ACC/A6 will present on AF level efforts to bring mobility options to the executives, flight line maintainers, pilots, and logistics processes. This discussion will also highlight recent Joint Forces Experiments which reviewed next generation cellular, RF, IP, and security constructs to specifically address first responder and C2 requirements.


11:00 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.

Joint Air Operations Center: Joint Warfighting C2 Modernization

Col James T. Whitlow, USAF

Chief, AOC Requirements Division



Discussion of JAOC sustainment and modernization efforts focused on improving Joint Warfighting capability and interoperability.  Modernization efforts across planning, visualization, data strategies and standards.


2:00 p.m. – 2:50 p.m.

Maritime Homeland Security: A Priority for Recapitalizing the Coast Guard Fleet

CAPT Peter Brown, USCG

Chief of Staff

Coast Guard Atlantic Area

The presentation will explore the unique maritime security capabilities of the Coast Guard derived from its multiple authorities and explain the critical need to recapitalize the Coast Guard's aging fleet of offshore cutters in order to sustain the service's maritime security effectiveness.


3:00 p.m. – 3:50 p.m.

Learn the Rules of the Federal Contracting Game for Small Business

Mr. Jeffrey Brunner

Senior Acquisition Advisor

Acquisition Management Branch-Hampton Roads

The Joint Staff


Mr. Terry Murphy


Kaufmann & Canoles, PC


In conjunction with this year’s theme for the Joint Warfighting Conference these speakers will provide insight on how small businesses can effectively learn the rules of government contracting and how to make decisions about how to best engage with government and industry partners. This session will include an overview of the current legislative environment and changing Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) clauses that affect small businesses. Speakers will provide information on how to maneuver through the maze of government contracting in today’s changing environment.

Thursday, May 17

10:00 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.

The Coast Guard in the Western Hemisphere; Where Security and Defense Align

RADM Steven Ratti, USCG


Fifth Coast Guard District

The internal stability and security of Caribbean, Central, and South American nations is critical to the economy and security of the U.S. creating a natural convergence of Homeland Security and Defense interests.  As a result, the western hemisphere is the sweet spot for mutually benefitting Coast Guard and Department of Defense joint operations that will only grow in importance and focus in the years ahead.


11:00a.m. – 11:50a.m.

Exercise Bold Alligator

Col Scott D. Aiken, USMC



Col Bradley E. Weisz, USMC

Deputy Commander


Exercise BOLD ALLIGATOR (BA) seeks to revitalize and refine amphibious planning and execution skills within the context of emergent maritime operational concepts, doctrine and processes.  BA12 was a live and synthetic, scenario-driven, simulation supported exercise designed to train Expeditionary Strike Group 2 (ESG-2) and 2d Marine Expeditionary Brigade (2d MEB) staffs to plan and execute a MEB-sized amphibious assault from a seabase in a medium land/maritime threat, anti-access/area-denial (A2AD) environment to improve naval amphibious core competency.  Focus areas included load planning, force employment, Naval staff integration, examination of current C4I capabilities and command and control relationships throughout all phases of Amphibious Operations.  BA12 was the first live iteration in a continuum of yearly exercises planned to alternate between synthetic and live for the BA series.



Engagement Theater 2 Presentations

NetWars Security Challenge Area, Exhibit Floor, 600 Aisle


Tuesday, May 15
1:30 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

Virtualization Changes Everything: Next Generation Technologies to Optimize Virtualized Infrastructure

Instructor: Kyle Keller, Cloud Business Director, EMC Federal


IT organizations are looking to virtualize their mission critical applications in order to achieve new levels of availability, performance, and cost savings. This session will address how new technologies including the latest developments in automated storage tiering, cache strategies, de-duplication, and integration at the virtualization layer all combine to remove previous limitations for virtualizing mission critical applications.


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

Adapting Security Architectures for Hyperextended IT Environments: Building a Trusted Cloud

Instructor: Nick Combs, Chief Technology Officer, EMC Federal

Security is every IT organizations # 1 concern.  Hardly a month goes by without the headlines filled with news of the latest high-profile attack.  The hyperextension of the IT enterprise (cloud computing, proliferation of new mobile access devices, use of social media networks, virtual workforce initiatives) has introduced new vulnerabilities that attackers have learned how to exploit.  This session will highlight how innovations in security architectures and virtualization is simplifying security management and enabling higher levels of security than in yesterday’s physical infrastructures.


3:30 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.

Best Practices and Enabling Technologies for Virtual Desktop Infrastructure: Successfully Scaling the VDI Pilot to the Enterprise

Instructor: Kyle Keller, Cloud Business Director, EMC Federal

With the increasing trend of "Bring Your Own Device", the mobile, distributed workforce is changing the requirements for end user computing.  This session will address how virtual machine technologies can be successfully scaled at an enterprise level to provide cost effectiveness, better overall security while delivering anytime / anywhere access enabling better collaboration.  Learn how large scale deployments are simplified with proven methodologies to accelerate adoption and migration through toolsets, automation, and new IT infrastructure delivery options.