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2020 Federal Networks Speakers

(Previously held February 2020)

Suzette Kent, OMB

Tony Montemarano, DISA

Bruce Begnell, State

Stuart Timerman, DISA

Tim McCrosson, USDA

Colonel Robert F. “Bobby” King, Air Force

Dominic Cussatt, VA

Roger Greenwell, DISA

Llewellyn “Don” Means, DISA

Laura Stanton, GSA

Justin Morgan, GSA

Danielle Metz, DoD

Manuel N. Hermosilla, Navy

Mike Horton, DHS

Steve Wallace, DISA

Gregory L. Garcia, Army

Joe Lahoud, FAA

Todd Gardner, FAA

Allen Hill, GSA

Jim Russo, GSA



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or by phone at 215-884-5900.

"Very informative"
- Avi Deolalikar
Lockheed Martin

"Excellent content and top notch speakers."
- Walter Henderson

"Good, deep content. Plenty of time for Q&A"
- Alan Thomas
Data Networks Corporation

"This conference provided very good access to industry executives, in both civilian and DoD."
- Jill McKinnon

"Great insight and information"
- Jimmy Lee

"Provides a snapshot of the strategic plans of the agencies for the next 10 months."
- Rodney Walker

"Great set of government speakers."
- Jim Soltys
Noblis, Inc.

"GSA session was a highlight."
- John Geraghty
The MITRE Corporation

"It is good to hear the government leadership's perspective on the current IT challenges and issues."
- Phillip Parmer
Sarum LLC

"The content provided a good understanding of where agencies were headed in regards to IT."
- Eric Sosnitsky
NES Associates

"... regard this conference as one of a small, select number of conferences, that I intent to support and attend for years to come."
- Annie Williams

"Warren's intro remarks are worth the price of admission every year."
- Robert Coulson
Harris Corporation

"Wide range of information from overall plans to innovative ideas being put into practice today."
- Rodney Pieper

"Kick off meeting was outstanding. Good structural analysis of market and participants."
- Michael J King
STG Inc.

“This conference is a great way to get an insight into what the government is working on and where they need contractor help!”
- YuHua Liang
Federal Sources

Federal Networks 2022

Mark your calendars! We are pleased to announce that the 35th annual Federal Networks Conference will return to the Washington, DC area March 15-16, 2022 at the Tysons Corner Marriott.

Federal Networks 2022 brings together senior decision-makers from key agencies across government to share their latest plans for how they will design, purchase and operate their networks -- as well as the IT services that these networks enable and deliver.

Over the past 35 years, Federal Networks has become the most important government-wide forum focusing on net-centric solutions to the government’s top challenges. Each year the program attracts the top technology officials from the Defense Department and civil agencies where they give attendees an in-depth look at how enterprise-level initiatives including the JIE, IC ITE, and NS2020 will shape the government’s next generation infrastructure and service upgrade requirements.

The reason leading defense and civil agency decision-makers take their valuable time to prepare focused substantive presentations is that they know Federal Networks provides them a direct channel to the senior representatives from industry who can mobilize the innovation, technology and talent needed to ensure success in government’s transformation to next generation network infrastructure and services during turbulent times.

The 2022 agenda will be posted in November. Please see the 2020 agenda below for the sessions, topics as well as the speakers that typically participate in the event. In terms of the program organization, day one of Federal Networks covers “Civil Agency Network Requirements and Opportunities,” whereas day two focuses on “Defense Agency Network Requirements and Opportunities.” There is a registration option for either or both days.

We look forward to joining you next March 15-16, 2022 to help determine how the government, partnered with industry, will leverage the latest network and IT technologies to deliver tomorrow’s solutions.

If you have any questions, or are interested in speaking or sponsoring Federal Networks, please don't hesitate to reach out to us.

Warren Suss President, Suss Consulting and Federal Networks Program Chair
Dr. Matthew Lucas TeleStrategies Inc. (mlucas@telestrategies.com)

For information about sponsoring Federal Networks please contact Nithya Lakshminarayanan at nithya.lakshminarayanan@sussconsulting.com or call 215-884-5900.


Federal Networks 2020 Conference Agenda

Previously held February 2020

Next Generation Federal Networks and Services: Opportunities and Challenges

The conference chairman will identify the latest government marketplace opportunities as agencies across federal government and Defense Department agencies design, acquire, and transition to their next generation networks. The presentation will discuss how evolving network, mobile, cloud and cyber technologies, including SDN and NFV, as well as changes in the customer environment will reshape the competitive landscape for carriers, integrators, system manufacturers and professional services companies.

Warren Suss – President, Suss Consulting Inc. and Conference Chairman

GSA:  Update on EIS Transition, Mobility, Cloud and Cyber

The GSA network technology team will provide an update on the latest plans and schedules for the transition to the Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions (EIS) contract.  Presentations will also cover an update on other GSA mobility, cybersecurity and cloud computing initiatives.

Laura Stanton – Deputy Assistant Commissioner for Category Management, ITC, GSA
Allen Hill Director, Telecommunications Services, ITC, GSA
Jim Russo – Technical Director, Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions (EIS) Program, GSA
Justin Morgan Solutions Architect, Office of Telecommunications Services, GSA

Next Generation IT Service and Network Modernization Initiatives at the Department of Homeland Security

The DHS Deputy Chief Information Officer (Acting) will provide an update on the next generation IT Service and enterprise modernization initiatives.  The presentation will include an update on DHS-wide network infrastructure, cloud, mobility and cyber requirements from industry to support DHS component organizations.

Mike Horton – Deputy Chief Information Officer (Acting). U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Suzette Kent Federal Chief Information Officer, OMB

U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Chief Information Officer

USDA ACIO, whose office is responsible for all aspects of developing, delivering and defending USDA information technologies, will provide an update on the role of USDA Networks in support of his agency’s strategic goals. The presentation will include an overview of USDA’s upcoming requirements from industry to modernize and secure his agency’s IT services, including initiatives related to mobility, cybersecurity, cloud services, and next-generation applications to enhance agency productivity and improve citizen services.

Tim McCrosson – Associate Chief Information Officer, Client Experience Center, U.S. Department of Agriculture

VA Next Generation Network Strategies and Plans

The Principal Deputy CIO at Veteran Affairs will provide an overview of the agency’s requirements for next generation network technologies and services, including VA requirements for network infrastructure and service upgrades to support component cloud, mobility and cyber requirements.  The presentation will include a discussion of VA’s requirements for access in rural areas to address the need for identity and data protection to support operations in geographical dispersed organizations serving the nation’s veterans.

Dominic Cussatt – Principal Deputy CIO/Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs

State Department Enterprise Networks

The State Department Information Technology Infrastructure Officer Director will provide an overview of his agency’s plans to provide a reliable and secure global telecommunications infrastructure vital to the conduct of diplomacy and international affairs for the Department of State. He will highlight his Department’s upcoming IT infrastructure requirements to support the nation’s diplomats with technology for innovative and collaborative processing and interaction, both internal and external, including zero trust architecture, cloud, messaging, text, voice, and video-conferencing initiatives.

Bruce Begnell – Information Technology Infrastructure Office Director, U.S. Department of State

Update on the Federal Aviation Administration Enterprise Network Services (FENS) Program

An update on the FAA’s plans for replacing its multi-billion dollar Federal Telecommunications Infrastructure (FTI) contract, which supports National Airspace System (NAS) operations by providing the connectivity required by FAA systems as well as applications like e-mail, Internet, payroll, and other administrative services. The FENS Program Manager will provide the latest on the upcoming FENS acquisition, highlighting FENS’s technical, cyber, and management priorities.

Joe LaHoud Program Manager, FENS, Federal Aviation Administration
Todd Gardner, PhD Lead Engineer, FENS, Federal Aviation Administration

An overview of DISA’s most important initiatives, including the latest developments related to network infrastructure and upgrades, cybersecurity, cloud computing, Unified Communications (UC), and secure mobility. The presentation will also include an update on organizational changes and DISA’s budget.

Tony Montemarano  Executive Deputy Director, DISA

DISA Update

Four top DISA executives will describe the latest strategies and plans for the Defense Department’s networks, network services, and capabilities with an emphasis on upcoming requirements from industry. The presentations will cover upcoming DISA requirements for network infrastructure, services, enhancements, and upgrades; enterprise services; cloud migration; and cybersecurity. The presentations will also include updates on the Encore III and System Engineering Technology and Innovation (SETI) roll-outs; 4th Estate Network Optimization (4ENO); Defense Enclave Services (DES): and DECC Operations and Technical Support.

Stuart Timerman – Director, Development and Business Center
Steve Wallace – Director of the Emerging Technology Directorate, DISA
Roger Greenwell
– Risk Management Executive, DISA 
Llewellyn “Don” Means
– National Leadership Command Capabilities Executive, DISA

Army Networks

The Army’s Deputy Chief Information Officer (CIO/G-6) will provide an update on the Army’s plans and requirements for meeting their long-term goal: a single unified network connecting everything from the home base to the battlefield, easy for the service to upgrade, easy for soldiers to use amidst the stress of combat, and hard for enemies to take down.

Gregory L. Garcia – Deputy Chief Information Officer, G-6, US Army

Danielle Metz – Principal Director for the Deputy CIO for Information Enterprise, Department of Defense

Next Generation Air Force Networks and IT

The leader of the Air Force C3I Infrastructure Division will provide an update on the top Air Force IT infrastructure programs including: Base Information Transport Infrastructure (BITI); Enterprise IT as a Service (EITaaS); Cyber Security and Control System (CSCS); Air Force Intranet Control (AFINC); Air Force Cyberspace Defense (ACD); Common Computing Environment (CCE); Emergency Management Notification System (EMNS); and Theater Deployable Communications (TDC).

Colonel Robert F. “Bobby” King Senior Materiel Leader for the C3I Infrastructure Division, Hanscom Air Force Base, MA

Next Generation Naval Information Warfighting

The Executive Director of the U.S. Fleet Cyber Command/U.S. TENTH Fleet will provide an overview of his agency’s requirements and plans for next generation technology and services to support the Navy’s information network operations, defensive cyberspace operations, space operations and signals intelligence.

Manuel N. Hermosilla  Executive Director U.S. Fleet Cyber Command/U.S. TENTH Fleet

For information about sponsoring Federal Networks please contact
Nithya Lakshminarayanan at nithya.lakshminarayanan@sussconsulting.com or call 215-884-