Speakers and Panels


Featured Speakers

Tuesday, January 25

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Kickoff Address   

VADM Richard W. Hunt, USN (confirmed)

U.S. Third Fleet


Tuesday, January 25

Noon - 1:30 p.m.

Luncheon Address *

MajGen Melvin G. Spiese, USMC (confirmed)

Deputy Commanding General

I Marine Expeditionary Force


Tuesday, January 25

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

Featured Speaker

Mr. Stephen Coonts (confirmed)
Author, Flight of the Intruder


Wednesday, January 26

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Breakfast Address *

VADM Marty Chanik, USN (Ret.) (confirmed)
Vice President, Business Development

Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding


Wednesday, January 26

9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Strategic Dialogue: Where and How Will China Be a Factor?

Mr. David Hartman (confirmed)

Author and former Host

Good Morning America



ADM Timothy J. Keating, USN (Ret.) (confirmed)

former Commander

U.S. Pacific Command


Dr. Xinjun Zhang (confirmed)

Associate Professor of Public International Law
Tsinghua University, Beijing


Wednesday, January 26

Noon - 1:30 p.m.

Luncheon Address *

The Honorable Robert O. Work (confirmed)

Under Secretary of the Navy


Thursday, January 27

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Breakfast Address *

RDML(S) Stephen Metruck, USCG (confirmed)
Chief of Staff
Eleventh Coast Guard District


Thursday, January 27

10:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

Roundtable: How Do We Enhance the Adaptability of the Military Forces We Have?

(February 2011 Defense Science Board study)


RADM Daniel R. Bowler, USN (Ret.) (confirmed)

President, The Whitehall Group, LLC

former Director, Warfare Integration and Assessment, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations



Mr. Alfred Grasso (confirmed)

President and Chief Executive Officer

The MITRE Corporation


Dr. William A. LaPlante (confirmed)
Head, Global Engagement Department
The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory


Thursday, January 27

Noon - 1:30 p.m.

Luncheon Address*

Fireside Chat: IT Acquisition Reform and Business Transformation


Ms. Elizabeth A. McGrath (confirmed)

Deputy Chief Management Officer

Department of Defense


Mr. David Wennergren (confirmed)

Assistant Deputy Chief Management Officer

Department of Defense



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Panel Sessions

Tuesday, January 25

10:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Panel Session: "What Could Flat and/or Declining Defense Budgets Mean for Navy Plans and Programs?"


CAPT R. Robinson Harris, USN (Ret.) (confirmed)
Director, Advanced Concepts

Lockheed Martin Mission System and Sensors



CAPT Victor G. Addison, USN (confirmed)

OPNAV N51 Advanced Concepts


CAPT Mark R. Hagerott, USN (confirmed)

Professor of Science, Technology and Military History
U.S. Naval Academy

former Director, Strategic Advisory Group
NATO Training Mission, Afghanistan


CAPT Stuart B. Munsch, USN (confirmed)

Branch Head
Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (Naval Strategy)


Mr. Ronald O'Rourke (confirmed)

Specialist in National Defense
Congressional Research Service


Tuesday, January 25

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

Panel: "Unmanned Systems: A Roadmap to Where?"

Mr. Dick Diamond, Jr. (confirmed)

National Security Trends and Strategic Issues Analyst
Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems



Lt Col Thomas "Buzz" Rempfer, USAF (confirmed)

Deputy Commander
214th Reconnaissance Group
Davis Monthan Air Force Base


Mr. J. Terry Simpson (confirmed)

Principal Deputy for Intelligence
Program Executive Office
Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence (C4I)


RADM Ben Wachendorf, USN (Ret.) (confirmed)
Chief Operating Officer

EchoStorm Worldwide


Mr. Dave Weddel (confirmed)

Assistant Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Dominance


Wednesday, January 26

10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Panel: "Air-Sea Battle: Next Big Thing - A Flash in the Pan?"


Dr. Scott C. Truver (confirmed)

Executive Advisor, National Security Programs

Gryphon Technologies LC



RADM Jim Beebe, USN (Ret.) (confirmed)

Executive Director
Commander, Naval Air Forces

Mr. Tom Culora (confirmed)
Chairman, Warfare Analysis and Research Department
Naval War College
Co-Author, What's New About the Air-Sea Battle Concept?


Col Mark Gunzinger, USAF (Ret.) (confirmed)

Senior Fellow
Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments


Wednesday, January 26

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

Panel: "Cyberwarfare: How Do We Make Information a Weapon?"

VADM Herb Browne, USN (Ret.) (confirmed)

former Deputy Commander
U.S. Space Command



RDML Jerry K. Burroughs, USN (confirmed)

Program Executive Officer for Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence


Mr. Terry Halvorsen (confirmed)

Department of the Navy Chief Information Officer


RADM William E. Leigher, USN (confirmed)

Deputy Commander

U.S. Fleet Cyber Command


BGen Kevin Nally, USMC (confirmed)

Director, C4 / Chief Information Officer of the Marine Corps