2020 Defense Services Conference Agenda

Thursday, August 13, 2020

Opening Remarks
9:00 a.m.
Jim Jaska, 2020 Conference Chair, President and CEO, Valiant Integrated Services
David J. Berteau, President and CEO, PSC

   Keynote Address
9:15 a.m.
The Honorable Ellen M. Lord, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment (A&S)
9:45 a.m. 

Accelerating DoD Modernization Through Digital Transformation
9:55 a.m. 
This panel will discuss strategies for accelerating digital transformation, modernizing IT services, and adapting modeling and simulation to meet mission requirements in a changing threat environment. 

Session Speakers:
Kristen Baldwin, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Science, Technology and Engineering
William P. Bray, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Research, Development, Test and Evaluation)
Jeffrey White, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology)
Maria Proestou, Executive Vice President for Government and Customer Relations, VTG (moderator)

10:40 a.m. 

Revitalizing Sustainment to Meet DoD Requirements in a Post-COVID World
10:50 a.m.
COVID-19 has had implications on supply chains and sustaining garrison and deployed forces as they execute their missions around the world. This panel will discuss these implications and the ongoing efforts to transform and accelerate sustainment. 

Session Speakers:
Kristin K. French, Chief of Staff, Defense Logistics Agency
Andrew Hunter, Director of the Defense-Industrial Initiatives Group, CSIS
William S. Williford III, Executive Director, Marine Corps Systems Command
Neil Albert, President & CEO, NFA Consulting, LLC (moderator)

11:35 a.m. 

  Keynote Address
11:45 a.m.
Rear Admiral John Polowczyk, Vice Director, J4, Joint Staff
Hear insights from the lead logistician on the White House COVID task force. In March 2020, Polowczyk was moved from the Joint Staff to lead the Supply Chain Stabilization Task Force at FEMA supporting the management of critical medical supplies needed to combat the pandemic. Polowczyk will address industry enabled stabilization of the supply chain and provide insights on how industry and DoD need to adapt during and beyond the crisis.
  Wrap-up and Summary
12:30 p.m.