2008 Copernicus Winners (Accomplishments in 2007)


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2008 Copernicus Winners (Accomplishments in 2007)

LT Christopher A. Armstrong, USCG

U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters, Washington, D.C.

Lieutenant Armstrong is Program Manager, National Security Cutter (NSC) Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Information, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (C4ISR), Office of C4ISR Acquisitions (CG-933). In this assignment, Lieutenant Armstrong oversees implementation of 194 command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR) systems worth more than $300 million for the most technically complex cutter in the history of the Coast Guard. As the Contracting Officer’s Technical Representative (COTR), he is responsible for overseeing myriad technical support contracts worth more than $600,000. Because many new requirements have been put in place by the Federal Information Security Management Act and by the National Institute of Standards and Technology while the NSC has been under construction, Lieutenant Armstrong is blazing a new trail for all future NSCs and for system replacement on legacy Coast Guard cutters. The level of integration of the combat warfare systems and information technology is unprecedented, and Lieutenant Armstrong is finding ways to work within numerous contractual and certification procedures to move the C4ISR system toward accreditation. Lieutenant Armstrong leads a team that completes technical analyses of Engineering Change Proposals (ECPs) for changes to the original NSC C4ISR design. Through careful and thorough evaluations, his team saved the Coast Guard more than $22 million by identifying problems and recommending alternative solutions that best fit into the Coast Guard’s ever-changing enterprise architecture. Demonstrating outstanding program management, Lieutenant Armstrong innovatively captured the state of all NSC systems and subsystems through risk analysis, personally compiling and updating software, hardware, and doctrinal status for presentation to the Commandant of the Coast Guard. Lieutenant Armstrong also has worked with the Coast Guard’s Pacific Area Command staff to update the NSC Tactical Manual to accurately reflect the on-board C4ISR systems for the plant-owning crew. Lieutenant Armstrong’s ability to think strategically, while acting quickly and decisively, has been the single greatest asset to the NSC C4ISR effort. 


CWO3 Keith L. Denton, USN

Navy Information Operations Command Georgia

Chief Warrant Officer Denton is the Effects Cell Officer within the Fleet Information Operations Center (FIOC). In addition, he routinely serves as a subject matter expert to several information operations (IO) and computer network operations working groups within the office of the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) and Naval Network Warfare Command (NNWC). CWO3 Denton created the initial Effects Cell he leads. This task included organizing a division of 22 Sailors responsible for conducting computer network exploitation (CNE), electronic attack (EA) planning, radio frequency propagation modeling (RFMP), and strategic communications assessments. He quickly formed a close working relationship with the National Security Agency to leverage existing national resources in CNE. His efforts led to the immediate successful prosecuting of terrorist organizations and gaining access to Digital Network Intelligence (DNI) for strategic regional intelligence objectives. He spearheaded the use of emerging technologies and toolsets to perform Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) nodal analysis and radio frequency spectrum analysis. His ingenuity created an extremely accurate and precise modeling service which is being used globally by deployed units to plan SIGINT collection and electronic attack operations. This SIGINT RF modeling is the first of its kind within the Navy using real-time meteorological data. In addition, his team produced two target packages providing information operations as a non-kinetic weapon option to Naval Forces, Control Command (NAVCENT). He also recently completed extensive research and coordination with the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) and NAVCENT staff to bring a national SIGINT capability to tactical naval units. His vast experience and determination cut through the “red tape” and produced a tremendous win against an adversary of national importance and provided a promising information denial capability to tactical units. 


CTRC Jason Echevarria, USN

USS Boxer (LHD-4)

As the ship’s Signal Exploitation Space (SSES) leading chief petty officer on board USS Boxer (LHD-4), Chief Cryptologic Technician (Collection) Echevarria is responsible for overseeing all operations within SSES, while acting as the subject matter expert and mentor for more than 15 Sailors. By fostering several relationships at the National Security Agency (NSA), Chief Echevarria obtained software critical to prosecute high-interest targets. This was the first instance NSA released this software to an afloat unit. Once Boxer demonstrated the successful use of this software, NSA authorized the use of the software for all afloat cryptologic units in the Fifth Fleet. In an effort to ensure other units were able to operate the software, Chief Echevarria visited numerous ships to assist in the installation and provide training on its operation. His actions resulted in software installation for four Strike Groups. Chief Echevarria further established a manual system to coordinate the radio direction-finding efforts of all cryptologic ships operating the new software. As a result, Boxer and USSHoward were able to geo-locate a high-value unit – a first-ever achievement. As the software was installed and coordination procedures implemented on additional ships, geo-location of the high-value units became commonplace. In an effort to automate the process, Chief Echevarria worked with the Crosshair Network Management Center and devised a process to use both afloat and ashore sensors in a manner that resulted in a quicker turn-around time on geo-location. Chief Echevarria’s efforts and performance have increased all Ship’s Signal Exploitation Spaces’ abilities to provide critical indications and warning to key decision makers. 


Mr. Anthony A. Greenhalgh

First Naval Construction Division

Mr. Greenhalgh is assigned as Force Tactical Communications and Information Systems (N61) for First Naval Construction Division (1NCD) and Naval Construction Forces Command. In this capacity, Mr. Greenhalgh is responsible for the operation and maintenance of global Communications and Information Systems (CIS) for all Naval Construction Force (NCF) Seabee units. In the tactical and operational communications arenas, Mr. Greenhalgh exercised a decisive role in shaping the tables of allowance for NCF units. Over the past three years, 1NCD has engaged in a TOA transformation effort that completely has revamped the equipment designed for Naval Mobile Construction Battalions and will continue on with other NCF units. As Seabee units have engaged in Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom, they have been tightly integrated with units from the Army, the Marine Corps, and Navy Special Warfare. As important as his contributions were for tactical and operational level communications, Mr. Greenhalgh made an even greater difference in the area of strategic communications. In order to perform a necessary high-speed large bandwidth, long-haul reach-back communications system – the Rugged Deployable Satellite System (RDSAT) – Mr. Greenhalgh first envisioned, then developed and acquired for the NCF. This gives Seabees the ability to tap into engineering experts from the Naval Facilities Engineering Command in the United States to provide timely solutions to complex engineering problems. Mr. Greenhalgh also spearheaded the development and construction for the Expeditionary Network Operations Centers (ENOCs) to support the satellite communication system and provide training for Seabee expeditionary network operators. No other training venue exists for network operators while assigned to homeport. This critical homeport training now can be conducted at the ENOC. In addition, the need for the services and responsiveness of the ENOCs is so critical that the ENOC is now the Network Operations Center of choice for all expeditionary forces assigned to the Naval Expeditionary Combat Command (NECC) and the newly formed Combined Task Force 56. The current state of the NCF’s communications suite, satellite communications and the ENOC would not exist if not for Mr. Greenhalgh’s efforts. 


CDR Steven W. Harris, USN

Multi-National Forces – Iraq

As the Branch Chief, Knowledge and Information Management, Commander Harris directed 13 officers and enlisted personnel to develop a comprehensive information management system and concept of operations that greatly improved event reporting, intelligence gathering, and analysis for both Coalition and Iraqi Combatant Commanders. By leveraging the latest technology, his efforts led to the establishment of an information-sharing platform between the Iraqi government, intelligence, military, police forces, operations, analysis, and planning communities within Iraq. The Situational Awareness Database for Iraq (SADIQ) system, which came online in January 2007, provided accurate information sharing and facilitated the fusion of Significant Activity, Engagement and Targeting reports, National Hotline Tips, and Human Intelligence information within the theater of operations. It electronically conjoined the Iraqi Prime Minister, his Ministerial staffs, the Director General for Intelligence and Security, and the Armed Forces. The system was a key enabler that permitted Iraqi commanders and staff to share timely information with their American counterparts. SADIQ represented a significant step in collaboratively supporting the ongoing counter-insurgency fight in active combat zones. Its creation and use were instrumental in transitioning the battle space to Iraqi governmental control. Through his leadership and coordinated actions, Commander Harris resolved numerous long-standing problems with disparate reports and analyses. Undaunted and at great peril to themselves, Commander Harris and his team remained committed to an information sharing process to ensure the security of Iraq.  


LCDR Herve M. Lara, USN

Special Boat Team 22

As the Department Head for the Command, Control, Communications, Computers, and Intelligence Department (C4I), Lieutenant Commander Lara also serves in the capacity of Electronics Warafare Officer (EWO) for the command, overseeing all areas of frequency management for Naval Special Warfare combatant forces deployed from the command in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Lieutenant Commander Lara coordinated with multiple agencies to test, evaluate, and integrate the Combatant-Craft Forward Looking Infrared Radar (CCFLIR) sensor suite that provides critical situational awareness, and ultimately increased force protection, for Special Operations Forces personnel who are in direct support of highly classified Joint Special Operations combat missions in Iraq. A key part of this integration into the Special Operations Craft-Riverine (SOC-R) weapons system was the human-centered approach in the design, testing, and operation of human-machine interfaces, most notably a goggle headset and video display system that Lieutenant Commander Lara adapted so that craft crewmen could view the CCFLIR displays without night vision goggles. To further efforts to integrate technology in support of increasing the combat effectiveness of the SOC-R weapons system, Lieutenant Commander Lara spearheaded the navigation suite upgrade by introducing a laptop with GPS into the system to use existing mission planning software and commercial terrain images to increase the overall accuracy of navigation. Lieutenant Commander Lara’s training of SWCC personnel to use the AN/PRC-117F in its dual data capability, supporting High Performance Waveform and legacy data systems, allowed the SWCC personnel to easily integrate into the operational construct and established interfaces developed by the National Mission Forces in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Lieutenant Commander Lara’s efforts to integrate SBT-22 into the SOCOM SCAMPI Network Design and Implementation for a DoD EOIP (Every Thing Over IP) Secure Network implementation resulted in mission essential access to classified networks within SOCOM while at the same time ensuring all classified information is protected and isolated from unauthorized users. While deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, his knowledge and technical expertise were critical in the implementation of a web-based knowledge management solution, Web Information Center (WIC). This enabled a net-centric environment ensuring interchange of information and command decisions. Lieutenant Commander Lara’s steadfast efforts to improve combat effectiveness from the C4I perspective have had direct positive impact on enhancing measures to improve communications reliability and effectiveness, resulting in the successful execution of more than 150 highly classified combat missions.


LT Henry A. Martinez II, USN

Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station, San Diego

While assigned as the Commuinications Officer, C4I Plans and Projects Action Officer, Lieutenant Martinez made a 14-month deployment to Herat, Afghanistan, serving as a dual Department Head for Communications Department and Facilities Engineer for Multi-national Force – Combined Security Transition Command Afghanistan (207th RCAG West HERAT). His work included developing strategic C4I plans for the Afghanistan government, Afghanistan National Army (ANA), Regional Command West Afghanistan, and NATO Coalition Forces (ISAF Operation). Lieutenant Martinez produced risk assessment and supporting documentation for initial planning of a microwave network, later approved and used by U.S. Forces in Afghanistan. His team completed the E-1 network installation, providing secure connectivity and improved operational planning for U.S. and Coalition Forces. He created the concept of operations and implementation plan for the local Tactical Operational Center (TOC) in Herat, Afghanistan, improving local and national situation awareness. The TOC decentralized command and control for the local governor, ANA General Wahizadad, Afghanistan National Police Headquarters, and Multi-national Forces. He established the first tactical communications plan within the 207th RCAG and ANA, used as a template throughout the Afghanistan military. Lieutenant Martinez also established the first Afghanistan National Army communications schoolhouse at Herat, Afghanistan, “Camp Stone.” His eagerness to teach and mentor the local ANA enlisted and officer students included creation of an 18-computer workstation classroom environment and a six-week training plan that included how-to-use computers and basic software office applications. In addition, he established a real time HF/VHF/UHF radio course. The Minister of Defense Kabul Afghanistan attended the first official communications course taught by Lieutenant Martinez. He personally trained 48 ANA officers, 100 ANA soldiers, and 22 Afghanistan National Police officers in all facets of computer communications operations. Lieutenant Martinez’s schoolhouse model has been used as a template in Kandahar and KMTC Kabul, Afghanistan. Lieutenant Martinez’s contribution to C4I efforts provided immediate and lasting strategic benefit to the Afghanistan government and coalition forces. 


ET1 Jason C. A. Mobbs, USN

USS Nashville (LPD-13)

As the Leading Petty Officer of Combat Electronics Division assigned to USS Nashville (LPD-13), Petty Officer Mobbs is the direct supervisor for ten Electronic Technicians, five Fire Controlmen, four Cryptologic Technicians, and seven work centers under his charge. Petty Officer Mobbs was directly responsible for the rapid repair and refurbishment of 17 of 18 URT-23/24 High Frequency transmitters on board Nashville in preparation for Expeditionary Strike Group work-ups. These repairs enabled Nashville to support all Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) HF requirements during all amphibious ship-to-shore movements while operating in support of Marine expeditionary operations. Assuming the guard for an entire ESG, Petty Officer Mobbs and Nashville’s entire team of operators and technicians maintained reliable and stable communications throughout ESG’s intelligence exercise, allowing the Marines to complete all training requirements, both at sea and ashore. Petty Officer Mobbs also led an electronics technician team in the troubleshooting and maintenance of 4 radars, 12 HF radios, 1 WSC-6 SHF system, 15 UHF radios, and various combat systems, maintaining them at the highest degree of material readiness in support of an arduous training cycle and deployment work-ups. His tenacity and team-building spirit led his young team of technicians through a challenging AN/SPS-67 and AN/SPS-73 phased replacement, OE-82 refurbishment, C5RA, and INSURV with outstanding results. Petty Officer Mobbs personally wrote and standardized 73 drill packages, creating a single point of reference for all combat systems training team evolutions, enabling Nashville to successfully complete all ULTRA-C requirements with high proficiency scores.  As a result of his leadership, hard work and troubleshooting efforts, Nashville completed all Communications Readiness Certification requirements with an overall grade of 92.6%. A clear professional who has no equal in the enlisted ranks, Petty Officer Mobbs continually has proven he is an expert in all areas of C5I. 


Mr. Stephen L. Oakley

Marine Corps Tactical Systems Support Activity, Camp Pendleton

As an Information Technology specialist within the Operational Forces Tactical System Support Center, Mr. Oakley deployed to the Iraqi Theater of Operations from 12 September to 20 November 2007 with the Marine Corps Tactical Systems Support Activity (MCTSSA) OIF 08-06.2 Deployed Support Team and represented the command as the subject matter expert in the area of tactical computer networks. During the support window, he worked closely with the 2D Marine Logistics Group, Communication Company, Tech-Con Facility in their efforts to restore a Secret Network Internet Protocol Router Network (SIPRNET) Satellite Wide Area Network (SWAN) tunnel between Al Taqaddum and Al Asad Iraq. Mr. Oakley also updated the Inter-network Operating System on several battalion-level Non-Classified Internet Protocol Router Network (NIPRNET) switches throughout the theater enabling higher agencies to monitor and manage subordinate unit network assets via Solarwinds network toolsets. The scope of Mr. Oakley’s expertise extends beyond tactical network administration. He led the team’s efforts in advising on issues related to Secure Network 11 (SECNET-11), Enhanced Position Location Reporting System (EPLRS) and the Mounted Data Automated Communications Terminal (M-DACT). Mr. Oakley provided Marines at various battalion-level commands with SECNET-11 instruction and practical application training. He developed a plan to connect two Command Operations Centers (COCs) together in the Haditha Triad area by means of a SECNET-11 network. The network provided a directly connected 11mb wireless connection for SIPRNET traffic between the two COCs which served as a back-up path should primary means fail. Mr. Oakley also provided EPLRS Radio, EPLRS Network Management (ENM) application training and network design consultation to four Marine battalions. He optimized the EPLRS network of one particular battalion by recommending an additional gateway radio be included on their network plan in order to reduce the number of hops/relays required for data transmission, effectively increasing the overall data throughput capacity by approximately 20k – a significant gain for the EPLRS system. Mr. Oakley’s global knowledge of a multitude of C4I systems was instrumental in the Deployed Support Team’s efforts in providing in-theater C4I system technical support to numerous II Marine Expeditionary Force (FWED) units engaged in nation building and counter-insurgency operations. 


LT Michael L. South II, USN

Naval Special Warfare Group One

Lieutenant South volunteered for Individual Augmentation assignment as the N6 Department Head, Command, Control, Communications, Computers, and Information Systems Department (C4I), Special Operations Task Force West (SOTF-W), Fallujah, Iraq from December 2006 to June 2007. Since his return, he has served as the Assistant Operations Officer and the lead Watch Officer for the Global SATCOM Support Center (GSDC) for Joint Task Force Global Network Operations (JTF-GNO), U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM). In support of combat operations in al Anbar Province, Lieutenant South planned, participated, implemented and/or completed multiple C4I projects with great success. He installed, configured and supported a high performing $500K computer network for SOFT-W headquarters of NIPR, SIPR and JWICS networks. He expertly designed and built a Microsoft SharePoint Portal server to support mission tracking and mission planning collaboration and overcame countless technical and other challenges to install tactical communications equipment in new combat vehicles, improving communications reliability for special operators in combat. Lieutenant South also planned and installed satellite communications (SATCOM) dishes and wireless access points at six NSW forward-operating sites across al Anbar Province to provide internet services and adjusted configurations to increase the bandwidth for the SOTF-W headquarters and subordinate Task Units by 300% to 500%, accelerating information flow to better match the speed of war. His work with Intelligence, Tribal Engagement, Civil Affairs and other lines of operation led to the development of an Information Operations Plan. Lieutenant South now leads a watch team of Navy contractors, Air Force Enlisted, Army Civil Service and DISA contractors providing highly reliable SATCOM communications worldwide for the DoD, White House, and other government agencies. In addition to these accomplishments, Lieutenant South is contributing to the Information Professional (IP) community by taking the lead in the collaborative development of an Intermediate Qualification Study Guide intended to improve the knowledge of the IP community. 


Mr. Joseph W. Spalding III

U.S. Coast Guard, Research and Development Center

Mr. Spalding is assigned as the Lead Research Scientist for the Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA) – Data Sharing – Community of Interest (MDA-DS-COI) – research effort in the Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Information, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) Branch, U.S. Coast Guard Research and Development Center (USCG-RDC). He has taken the global vision of an all data, all sources, available to all personnel architecture, and has fashioned a strategy that takes the challenges of dissimilar and distinct databases, data formats, transmission protocols, privacy/security issues, and has identified a vision of how to accomplish the ultimate goal of a multi-tiered data dissemination enterprise. With information residing in multiple different databases with various formats, access guards, and other limitations/restrictions, Mr. Spalding is creating a service-oriented architecture (SOA) or virtual window allowing credentialed users access to all the information available and necessary to perform mission objectives. Designing and implementing an SOA to meet Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and Department of Defense (DoD), needs, Mr. Spalding works to provision the IT infrastructure to allow different appplications and/or databases to exchange data and participate in business processes regardless of the operating systems or programming languages underlying those applications. The MDA-DS-COI research effort will significantly further the capabilities of the Coast Guard and DoD in receiving all source MDA information, including but not limited to information on vessels, cargo, crew and passengers inbound to U.S. ports or other high interest areas. Having this all-encompassing source of information will also improve the knowledge of command center personnel enhancing their operational efficacy. In addition, Mr. Spalding was the key DHS technical leader in the joint development of a common data representation for unclassified Automatic Identification System (AIS) information. This allowed four separate publishers from DoD, DHS, and DOT to publish their AIS information on the Net-Centric Enterprise Services (NCES) enterprise service bus and allowed authorized subscribers from four different programs of record to subscribe to this AIS data. Mr. Spalding was one of the publishers of AIS data from Coast Guard R&D AIS Network. The architecture was demonstrated to an audience of flag officers and executives from across government including the Honorable John Grimes, DoD CIO, on several occasions. Mr. Spalding installed this technology at the SeaHawk interagency operations center in Charleston, SC, and gained a successful operational utility assessment as part of the Coalition Warrior Interoperability Demonstration (CWID 07). 


Mr. Thomas A. Stewart

U.S. Coast Guard, Telecommunication and Information Systems Command

As the systems development agent for small cutter connectivity, large cutter connectivity, and mobile command center in the Commercial Satellite Communications Branch Chief, Radio Systems Division, Mr. Stewart leads his team of engineers and technicians to deliver successful C4IT solutions. In the area of small cutter connectivity, Mr. Stewart took over as on-site Project Lead at the mid-point of the 36-day migration for all six cutters in the Arabian Gulf. Mr. Stewart rescued the project, resulting in a coordinated installation of underway IP connectivity, SIPRNET capability, and an upgrade to the cutter’s information systems architecture. Less than a month after returning from Bahrain, Mr. Stewart successfully deployed the Coast Guard enterprise satellite IP connectivity solution on six Island-class patrol boats home ported in Puerto Rico. The patrol boats were part of a Coast Guard research and development effort that was testing the use of biometric data in the processing of alien interdiction efforts. The IP connectivity was a critical piece of the effort allowing the cutters access to shore-side fingerprint data. For large cutter connectivity, Mr. Stewart upgraded the power supplies for the Inmarsat satellite systems to improve reliability; developed a terrestrial connectivity architecture that will allow for Continuity of Operation (COOP) and simplify support for the cutter fleet; ensured all cutters received the Satellite Availability Analyst tool set that allows them to avoid antenna blockage issues; and prototyped data accelerators to enhance satellite system performance. For the Mobile Command Center, Mr. Stewart served as the project lead for Mobile Communication Vehicles (MCVs), enhanced Mobile Incident Command Post (eMICP) and several other tools being developed to enhance the Coast Guard’s first response capabilities. Mr. Stewart drove the eMICP effort through the design phase and completed the fabrication and roll-out of the first mobile command post. In addition, Mr. Stewart was able to complete the critical design for MCV and contract for fabrication of first MCV. 


CTR1 (AW/NAC) Zachary P. Urban, USN

U.S. Navy Information Operations Command, Misawa

As Airborne Cryptologic Direct Support Special Signals Analyst and Joint Signals Processor (JSP) Operator for Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron One (VQ-1) and Two (VQ-2), Sensor System Improvement Program (SSIP), and Joint Common Configuration (JCC) EP-3E aircraft, Petty Officer Urban provides time-sensitive indications and warnings and threat assessments of perishable tactical intelligence to coalition forces engaged in Operation Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom, Valiant Shield, Copper Dragon and Maritime Interdiction Operations in support of the Global War on Terrorism. After recognizing deficiencies in training and equipment limitations, Petty Officer Urban’s corrective actions directly resulted in a fully operational Special Signals mission on more than 50 flights in the Pacific Command area of responsibility (AOR) and an additional 20 flights in the Central Command’s AOR that would otherwise have had no Special Signals capability. He developed loadable mission software and authored a new standard operating procedure regarding the proper installation of JSP operating system software and patch upgrades for the EP-3E platforms. He also aided in the certification process to allow the software to be installed on all EP-3E aircraft deployed worldwide. Petty Officer Urban redesigned mission systems by reconfiguring JSP receivers to use alternative antenna sources, which allowed operators to work with new frequency levels thought to be impossible. The redesigned system provided a signficant increase in the Special Signals mission capability, thus allowing unique and sensitive priority target collection which was previously unattainable. Petty Officer Urban also tested and installed next generation cryptologic equipment, new to the EP-3E platform. He reconfigured the system’s OS and radio frequency distribution to achieve its full operational capabilities in spite of aircraft limitations. Upon achieving operational capabilities, he authored a step by step SOP to rebuild the system’s core OS and all Space and Naval Warfare signal analysis software in the event of a system crash. He then provided training to VQ-1’s in-flight technicians and Navy Information Operations Command (NIOC) Misawa’s Special Signals operators. On numerous occasions, Petty Officer Urban has been called upon to correct deficiencies in the EP-3E’s Special Signals Mission across the Naval Network Warfare Command Enterprise. His expert opinion is often sought from aircraft commanders, fellow operators and equipment engineers. Petty Officer Urban continues to keep the Special Signals mission ready for any challenges it may face. 


Ms. Carol L. Williams

Navy Information Operations Command

As Team Leader and Technical Advisor for the Computer Network Defense (CND) Division, Ms. Williams oversees all actions necessary to perform network vulnerability assessments in the protection of Department of Defense (DoD) computer systems and networks from unauthorized activities that may degrade mission performance. Ms. Williams led nine Sailors and deployed in excess of 110 days conducting on-site vulnerability assessments at 55 sites supporting 47 different Navy commands. She and her team identified and provided remediation for more than 730,000 critical system vulnerabilities. She developed site specific security training which assisted local security officers and system administrators to provide greater security for their information and networks. She drafted and released 190 after-action reports and mitigation plans within 48 hours of completing the assessments. Under her leadership, her team was the first to develop and implement a remote vulnerability assessment scanning methodology using Virtual Private Network technology, enabling the team to use cryptographic tunneling protocols to access a remote site’s existing infrastructure. Perfecting the use of this technology enabled her security analysts to access Navy commands remotely which allowed the team to simultaneously conduct four times more scans in the same allotted time as one on-site assessment. Ms. Williams employed this technology for 38 remote vulnerability assessments and saved the claimancy over $25,000 in excess operational costs and the DoD over $450,000 in travel costs. Through site feedback, Ms. Williams’s efforts in training and educating site Information Assurance (IA) and systems and administration personnel has made a lasting impact on the Navy’s modern network defense policies and has strengthened the IA and CND posture for the Global Information Grid.


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