2022 Defense Conference Speakers

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The Honorable Christopher J. Lowman
Assistant Secretary of Defense for Sustainment (ASD(S))
Senate-confirmed in May 2022, the Honorable Christopher Lowman, the former senior official performing the duties of Under Secretary of the Army, took office as Assistant Secretary of Defense for Sustainment (ASD(S)) in June 2022. As ASD(S), Mr. Lowman is the principal staff assistant and advisor to the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition & Sustainment (USD(A&S)), Deputy Secretary of Defense, and Secretary of Defense on DoD logistics, materiel readiness, and product support. On behalf of the USD(A&S), Mr. Lowman oversees the Defense Logistics Agency and Defense Microelectronics Activity, and is the principal logistics official within senior DoD management. He has served across the U.S. Army and the Joint Force for more than three decades. Read more. 
  Kristen Baldwin
Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Science, Technology, & Engineering)
Kristen J. Baldwin, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Science, Technology and Engineering, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Acquisition, Technology and Logistics), the Pentagon, Washington, D.C. Ms. Baldwin provides guidance, advocacy, and policy for the Air Force's annual $2.6 billion science and technology program and $1 billion developmental prototyping and experimentation program, conducted at 40 research sites worldwide. She provides engineering and technical management direction on digital engineering, cyber resilient weapons, corrosion control, capability development planning, and the functional management of more than 14,000 military and civilian scientists and engineers. In addition, she is responsible for providing technical advice and counsel to the Air Force Acquisition Executive on a broad range of engineering and technical management areas. As part of this role, she oversees the Air Force’s international science and technology outreach via various bi-lateral and multi-lateral engagement fora, including the NATO Science and Technology Organization and the NATO Air Force Armaments Group.  
  Young J. Bang
Principal Deputy, Assistant Secretary of the Army, Acquisition, Logistics & Technology
Mr. Young Bang was appointed as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics & Technology) on 8 March 2022. As the Principal Deputy, Mr. Bang advises the Assistant Secretary for Acquisition, Logistics & Technology and Army leadership on all matters relating to Army acquisition. Read more.
Vince Holloway
Vice President for Defense Information Technology Services, Tetra Tech
Vincent Holloway is Vice President for Defense Information Technology Services at Tetra Tech where he is responsible for strategic investment, business growth, and capability development in the Federal IT Group.   Vince has 38 years of experience working with the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) in various technical, management, and leadership positions. Prior to joining Tetra Tech, Vince was a program manager, strategic consultant, and subject matter expert across multiple markets in Booz Allen Hamilton. Over 15 years, his clients included US Strategic Command, Defense Information Systems Agency, Missile Defense Agency, and several US Army organizations including Training and Doctrine Command, Program Executive Office Command Control Communications Tactical, Network Enterprise Technology Command, Human Resources Command, Recruiting Command, and Cadet Command.
  Christopher C. O'Donnell
DASD, Platform and Weapon Portfolio Management, OUSD, A&S
Chris O’Donnell was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in August 2015. He has been involved in all phases of Department of Defense acquisition, sustainment, research and engineering since joining the defense acquisition workforce in 1984. As the DASD, PWPM he is responsible for managing and analyzing major platform and weapons capability portfolios across the Department. He served as the Executive Director of the Joint Rapid Acquisition Cell (JRAC) until March 2019. He was the Staff Specialist for the Joint Ground Robotics Enterprise prior to coming to the JRAC. He started in the Pentagon as a Staff Specialist in the JRAC providing rapid responses to warfighter needs and assisting in providing equipment to the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces. He has a Mechanical Engineering BS from Clarkson University.
 
Neil Albert
President and CEO, NFA Consulting
Albert provides advice and support to the US government and industry service partners. With over 40 years of experience he has worked, managed and led multiple government related industry service support organizations in the areas of strategic planning, program management, cost/schedule/technical analysis, project performance measurement, acquisition management, and risk assessment. Read more.