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MILCOM 2003 will feature the following Panel Sessions in the Unclassified
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Tuesday, October 14

Morning Panel
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon (Break 10:15 a.m.-10:45 a.m.) 

JTRS - Where to Now?

Moderator

  • Larry Williams, Director, Advanced Systems, ITT Aerospace Communications

Abstract

  • With early JTRS programs underway, industry leaders debate potential future directions of this evolving technology.  Hear how the latest advances in technology and evolving requirements may impact levels of specification, hardware interchangeability, or commercial product exploitation.  Learn from industry leaders their latest "hot issues" and concerns for the future, as well as their current challenges in getting ready for the future.

Panel Members

  • Chris Brady, Director, Assured Communications, General Dynamics Decision Systems
  • Dr. John Bard, President, Space Coast Communications, Inc
  • John Fitton, Senior Scientist, Harris RF Communications
  • Dr. Peter Camana, Director of Advanced Systems, Viasat, Inc
  • Dave Lofquist, Director Emerging Systems, The Boeing Company

Moderator Biography

  • Dr. Larry Williams is the Technical Director of Advanced Systems for ITT Aerospace Communications Division.  He has been intimately involved with military communication system development and operations for over 30 years. As an Air Force Officer he was a pioneer in survivable communication and intelligence network systems.  Since joining industry he has led numerous strategic and tactical networked radio programs as well as early software based radio systems.  Dr. Williams has worked extensively with DoD and industry in developing JTRS concepts including several years as Chairman of the Steering Committee for the Software Defined Radio Forum.

Afternoon Panel
2:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. (Break 3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.)

Freespace Optical Communications

Moderator:           

  • Dr. Vincent Chan, Joan and Irwin Jacobs Professor, EECS and AA, Director, Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems, MIT

Abstract:        

  • This panel discussion introduces the state-of-the-art of optical space Communications from generic technologies, system architectures, experimental experiences and applications.  Panel members come from a diversified background of US and International organizations with long standing research programs in this area.

Panel Members:

  • Yoshinori Arimoto-Leader, optical space communications group at Communication Research Laboratory, Japan
  • Roy Bondurant - Associate Head, Communications and Information Technology  Division, MIT Lincoln Laboratory.Program Manager GeoLITE
  • Keith Wilson-Task Manager,Optical Communications Group,Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Moderator Biography

  • Vincent W. S. Chan is the Joan and Irwin Jacobs Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and Aeronautics and Aeronautics, and Director of the Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems (LIDS) at MIT. 

  • He received his BS (71), MS (71), EE (72), and Ph.D. (74) degrees in electrical engineering from MIT in the area of communications.  From 1974 to 1977, he was an assistant professor with the School of Electrical Engineering at Cornell University. He joined Lincoln Laboratory in 1977 as a staff member of the Satellite Communication System Engineering Group working on military communications and networking.  In January 1981, he became the Assistant Leader of the Communication Technology Group starting a research and development program on optical space communications. In July 1983, he formed and became Leader of the Optical Communication Technology Group and Manager of the LITE (Laser Intersatellite Transmission Experiment) Program. He became the Head of the Communications and Information Technology Division of Lincoln Laboratory until joining LIDS in 1999. He currently also serves as the principal investigator of a Next Generation Internet Consortium (ONRAMP) formed among AT&T, Cabletron, MIT, and JDS Fitel, and a Satellite Networking Research Consortium formed between MIT, Motorola, Teledesic and Globalstar. He also is a member of the Board of Directors of Vitesse Semiconductor Corporation and the Chairman of its Technical Advisory Board. He also serves on the Technical Advisory Boards of Agility Communications, Axiowave Networks (Chairman) and Vanu Inc.  He is currently also serving as a member of the DARPA ISAT (Information Science and Technology) Committee.

  • His research interests are in optical communications, wireless communications, space communications and networks.  He is a Fellow of the IEEE and the Optical Society of America.

Wednesday, October 15

Morning Panel
Time:
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon (Break 10:15 a.m.-10:45 a.m.)

Opportunities & Obstacles for Military UWB Communications

Moderator:            

  • Dr. John W. Betz, Director of Special Programs, MITRE

Abstract:

  • This panel will provide a range of views on the prospects for use of ultrawideband (UWB) technology in military communications. Panel members will provide their views on applications for which UWB technology is most promising, and the likely characteristics of military UWB communications systems. The discussion will address obstacles and opportunities in military applications of UWB communications, and strengths and weaknesses of UWB signaling for different military applications. Panel members will draw upon their experience in UWB communications, revealing successes, difficulties, and challenges that they have experienced.

Panel Members

  • Dr. Jay E. Padgett, Telcordia Technologies
  • Mr. Steve Gunderson, Naval Facilities Engineering Service Center
  • Dr. Steve Jones, Federal Communications Commission
  • Dr. Brian Sadler, Army Research Laboratory

Moderator Biography

  • John W. Betz is Director of Special Projects at The MITRE Corporation. He is responsible for a set of activities involving navigation, communications, sensing, and signal processing. He earned a PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Northeastern University, and has more than 25 years of experience in engineering advanced technologies for military and intelligence applications.

Afternoon Panel
2:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. (Break 3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.)

Transformation to Network-Centric Infrastructure: Delivering the Global Information Grid

Moderator:            

  • Dr. Michael Frankel, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Defense, C3ISR, and IT Systems

Abstract:

  • In order to support net-centric operations, the Department of Defense requires an integrated, scalable, fully distributed information processing and transport infrastructure.  This infrastructure, called the Global Information Grid (GIG) will be based, to the maximum extent, practicable, on commercial information technologies and standards.  The GIG will support discovery and transfer of information in real time from any source to any destination, provide tailored information through intelligent pull, and will be self-configuring, robust, and secure.
  • The GIG will integrate legacy Command, Control, Communications, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) systems as well as business applications.  The GIG will permit the full exploitation of sensors, weapons and platform capabilities.  Furthermore, the GIG will support the integration of connection to compatible C4ISR systems of allies and coalition partners.  The GIG will provide the foundation for joint, combined, real-time net-centric warfighting capabilities.
  • Implementation of the GIG includes five key programs.  Short technical descriptions of these programs will be presented in this session.  These five programs and their presenters are:
  • Global Information Grid—Bandwidth Expansion; Mr. David Mihelcic, Chief Engineering Branch, DISA—GIG-BE

  • Transformation Satellite System; Dr. Scott Sadler, MILSATCOM Joint Program Office

  • Joint Tactical Radio System—Wideband Network Waveform; Mr. Kenneth Schmidt, Principle Engineer, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

  • Network Centric Enterprise Services; Ms. Dawn Meyerriecks, Chief Technology Officer, DISA

  • End-to-End GIG Information Assurance; Mr. Chris Kubic, Technical Director, Global Grid Networking Technologies Division, National Security Agency

Panel Members:

  • Dr. Scott Sadler: Chief Technologist, MILSATCOM Joint Program Office

  • Dr. Christopher Kubic: Technical Director, Global Grid Networking Technologies Division, National Security Agency

  • Ms. Dawn Meyerriecks: Chief Technology Officer, DISA

  • Mr. Dave Mihelcic: Chief Engineering Branch, DISA—GIG-BE

  • Mr. Kenneth Schmidt: Principle Engineer, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

Moderator Biography:

  • Dr. Mike Frankel is Deputy Assistant Secretary for Defense, C3ISR, and IT Systems.
Thursday, October 16

Morning Panel
Time:
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon (Break 10:15 a.m.-10:45 a.m.)

Transformational Strategies

Moderator:      

  • Vice Admiral Richard W.  Mayo, Commander, Naval Network Warfare Command

Abstract:

  • The DoD is leading Information Age transformation by building the foundation for network-centric operations through emerging technologies, policies, new programs, and a transformational approach of how we apply communication systems in future military operations.  “Power to the Edge” is about achieving a ubiquitous, secure and robust network across the Global Grid that involves a new way of thinking, and new strategies on how we organize and manage those communication systems that empower the Warfighter.  This panel will present and discuss the various transformational strategies being pursed by OSD and the Services.

Panel Members:

  • Lieutenant General Steven Boutelle, USA: Director of Information Operations, Networks and Space, Office of the Chief, Information Officer/G-6, United States Army
  • Brigadier General John Thomas, USMC: Director, Command, Control, Communications and Computers, Department/Chief Information Officer of the Marine Corps Headquarters, Marine Corps
  • Lieutenant General William Hobbins, USAF: Deputy Chief of Staff, Warfighting Integration (AF/XI), Headquarters, United States Air Force

Moderator Biography:

  • Vice Adm. Mayo's sea service included USS Fox (CG 33); Operations Officer, USS Charles F. Adams (DDG 2); Executive Officer, USS Edward McDonnell (FF 1043); Chief Staff Officer, COMDESRON Fourteen and Commanding Officer, USS Nicholas (FFG 47).

  • Shore assignments included Aide and Flag Lieutenant, COMNINE, Great Lakes, Ill.; Defense Satellite Communications Project Management Office, Defense Communications Agency, Washington, D.C.; Command,Control and Space Directorate (OP 94D) in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations; U.S. European Command C3 Directorate Staff in Stuttgart, Germany; Commanding Officer, Naval Computer and Telecommunications Area Master Station, Eastern Pacific in Wahiawa, Hawaii; Assistant Deputy Director for Defense-Wide C4 Support in the Command, Control, Communications and Computer Systems Directorate, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Washington, D.C.; Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Korea; Director, Fleet and Allied Requirements Division (N60) in the Director, Space, Information Warfare, Command and Control (N6) Directorate; followed by Deputy Director and Fleet Liaison (N6B) and then Director, Space, Information Warfare, Command and Control (N6). He is the Navy's first Commander, Naval Network Warfare Command.

  • Vice Adm. Mayo is a distinguished graduate from the U. S. Naval War College, College of Naval Warfare and attended the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, graduating with highest honors. He holds a Masters Degree in Telecommunications Management.

  • His personal awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster), Legion of Merit (with Gold Star), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (with two Gold Stars) and the Navy Commendation Medal (with Gold Star). He was also awarded the Order of National Security Merit Cheonsu Medal by the Republic of Korea in December 1997.


Afternoon Panel
2:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. (Break 3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.)

Transforming Geospatial Intelligence Support to the Warfighter

Moderator:

  • Mr. Robert Zitz, Director InnoVision Directorate, National Imagery and Mapping Agency

Abstract: 

  • The National Imagery and Mapping Agency, America's newest Intelligence Agency is transforming the way we understand, use and view information.  The fusion, integration and dissemination of critical national security information is being enabled by NIMA concepts that include geospatial referencing, horizontal integration and Multi-Int analysis.  Connecting national and tactical users in near real time will demand a network-centric approach that is robust in all of its many dimensions.  This panel will highlight NIMA's transformation efforts in supporting current and future military operations, as well as, its establishment of this National capability.

Panel Members:

  • Brig. Gen. Dale Waters, USAF:  Military Executive, National Imagery and Mapping Agency

  • Dr. Keith Littlefield , Deputy Director of Acquisitions, National Imagery and Mapping Agency

  • Mr. John Oswald, Director of the Asia/Pacific Office, Analysis and Production Directorate, National Imagery and Mapping Agency 

Moderator Biography:

  • Mr. Robert S. Zitz is the Director, InnoVision Directorate, National Imagery and Mapping Agency (NIMA), Bethesda, Md. The directorate's mission is to forecast future environments, define future needs, establish plans to align resources, and provide technology and process solutions to lead NIMA, its customers and partners into the future. Mr. Zitz leads NIMA’s Research and Development program.

  • Prior to assuming his role as the Director of InnoVision, Mr. Zitz served as the Director of the NIMA Initiatives Group, responsible for integration of agency activities, promulgation of NIMA's business plan, communications strategy, and pursuit of high impact initiatives for NIMA's Director. He was formerly NIMA's Director of Plans, Programs, and Analysis Office in the Corporate Affairs Directorate where he led NIMA strategic planning, program development, and future requirements and architecture analysis. Mr. Zitz and his staff supported the development of the Future Imagery Architecture, our nation's next generation imagery satellite constellation. Mr. Zitz and staff also delivered the community's blueprint for our future ground support architecture - the United States Imagery and Geospatial Service Modernization Plan.
  • Before joining NIMA in 1997, Mr. Zitz served on the Army Staff as the Director of Intelligence Program Analysis, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence (ODCSINT). He was responsible for Army programming and budgeting activities related to the National Foreign Intelligence Program. In addition, he was Chief of the Army Intelligence Master Plan, and re-engineered the plan during 1996 and 1997.
  • In 1995, the Secretary of the Army appointed Mr. Zitz as Technical Advisor to the ODCSINT. During 1995, Mr. Zitz was the Army member of the NIMA Task Force.  During his assignment to CIA as a member of the Intelligence Community Staff, Mr. Zitz co-chaired the interagency Imagery Architecture Study. The study was a comprehensive review of imagery intelligence system shortfalls

  • highlighted during the Gulf War. Later, as a CIA member of the Central Imagery Office, Mr. Zitz led several studies regarding future national and theater-level intelligence and communications systems.

  • Mr. Zitz has received numerous awards for exceptional performance during his career, including the DCI's National Intelligence Medal of Achievement, the NIMA Distinguished Service Medal and the Army Superior Civilian Service Award.

  • Mr. Zitz earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government from George Mason University in 1979, and was a Senior Executive Fellow at Harvard University in 1994.