Stay tuned for the 2022 Defense Services Conference Speakers

Check out the 2021 list of speakers below...

Kristina M. O'Brien
Principal Deputy Director of Strategic Logistics, J4
Ms. Kristina M. O’Brien was appointed to the Senior Executive Service on November 12, 2019 as Principal Deputy Director for Logistics, Joint Staff, The Pentagon, Washington D.C. In this role she supports the Director for Logistics, J4 in integrating logistics planning and execution in support of global operations to drive joint force readiness, maximize the Joint Force Commander's freedom of action and advise the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on logistics matters. Prior to her SES appointment, Ms. O’Brien supported the U.S Department of Commerce, where she led a multi-organizational team to coordinate, integrate, test and deploy the Remote Alaska Operational Delivery supporting the 2020 Decennial Census System of System architecture. Read more. 
Honorable Shawn G. Skelly
Assistant Secretary of Defense (Readiness), Office of the Secretary of Defense
Ms. Skelly was confirmed by the Senate to be the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Readiness on July 22, 2021. She is the principal advisor to the Secretary of Defense and the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness (USD(P&R)) on all matters related to the readiness of the Total Force. In that capacity, she develops policies and plans, provides advice, and makes recommendations for Total Force Readiness programs, reporting, and assessments of readiness to execute the National Defense Strategy.
  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.
Thomas A. Constable
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Readiness
Mr. Constable is the principal advisor to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Readiness on the readiness of U.S Armed Forces. He leads the policies and programs designed to assure the preparedness of the United States Military, to engage the missions assigned by the President and the Secretary of Defense. He oversees the Defense Readiness Reporting System and the Readiness Recovery Framework, used to enable the Military Services’ readiness recovery planning and inform future readiness requirements. With the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Readiness, Mr. Constable also shares responsibility for the policy and oversight of force training and education, Defense language programs, operational safety, and the occupational health of over 2.7 million Department of Defense Military and civilian employees.
Dr. Timothy P. Grayson
Director, Strategic Technology Office, DARPA
Dr. Timothy Grayson is the Director of the Strategic Technology Office (STO) at DARPA. In this role, he leads the office in development of breakthrough technologies to enable warfighters to field, operate, and adapt distributed, joint, multi-domain combat capabilities at continuous speed. These technologies include sensing, communications, and electronic warfare technology and the supporting tools and decision aids needed to compose, integrate, and operate complex combat architectures.
Rebecca Gassler
Project Overmatch Chief Engineer and the PEO IWS 6 (Command and Control Directorate) Technical Director, Navy
Ms. Gassler is currently serving as the Navy’s Project Overmatch Chief Engineer and the PEO IWS 6 (Command and Control Directorate) Technical Director.She is also the Systems Integration Panel Lead for OPNAV’s Naval Tactical Grid Working Group and the Naval Operational Architecture Model Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) Lead for the Digital Integration Support Cell. She previously served as the MBSE Branch Head within OPNAV’s Digital Warfare Office. There she was responsible for developing and implementing a scalable methodology to model the Echelon I level mission-based performance and information exchange requirements to achieve desired effects within each warfighting domain and to recommend program of record allocations to the resource sponsors. She also contributed to the development of the OSD’s Digital Engineering Strategy and Navy’s Digital Strategy. 
 
Larry Jackson, RADM, USN (Ret)
Director, Center for Joint & Strategic Logistics
Larry Jackson is the Director, Center for Joint & Strategic Logistics, where he supports the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Sustainment and the Joint Staff Director for Logistics to develop strategies for the improvement of Department of Defense logistics & sustainment. He retired in October 2018 from the United States Navy as a Rear Admiral (upper) with over 33 years of commissioned service. His flag assignments included Director of Strategy, Plans and Logistics (J5/J4) at US Transportation Command, Deputy Director for Strategic Initiatives (J5-SI) on The Joint Staff, Deputy Commander of Military Sealift Command, and Reserve Deputy Director for Warfare Integration on the OPNAV staff at the Pentagon. Read more. 
Brad King
CEO, Robbins-Gioia, LLC
As Chief Executive Officer of RG, Brad King brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in government, professional, and IT services. Before joining the team at RG, Brad held a number of positions that helped inform the vision and forward-thinking mindset critical to RG's success. As CEO of the North American operations of Serco Group, Brad led a transformation that resulted in exponential growth and the establishment of Serco as a highly regarded government services contractor working on behalf of national and local governments across the U.S. and Canada. Read more. 
Maria Proestou
President, Defense Engineering & Sustainment, VTG
At VTG, she is responsible for applying engineering services across the enterprise and developing strategies to meet the government’s most pressing mission priorities. Most recently, Maria lent her expertise to the development of cybersecurity engineering requirements for complex warfighting systems across DoD. Maria was named to this position following the integration of her company, DELTA Resources, Inc. with VTG. Maria guided DELTA’s growth and development over the course of 20 years, effectively transitioning the firm from a woman-owned small business to a large business specializing in engineering services for the DoD’s largest acquisition command. Throughout her professional career, Maria has been a frequent speaker on issues related to defense contracting and workplace flexibility. She has served as a keynote speaker at the Fortune Magazine “Best Places to Work” Annual Conference presenting Workplace Flexibility: Managing Challenges and Success and was invited to participate in the White House Forum on Workplace Flexibility, which kicked off executive branch workplace improvement initiatives. Proestou maintains an active role in the professional services industry, particularly with the Professional Services Council (PSC) where she serves on the Executive Committee as well as the Executive Advisory Board of the Defense and Intelligence Council (DIC). She has also served on the Board of Directors of the Fletcher Women’s Network and is active with the Women in Defense organization of the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA).
Jon Shelton Rucker, Jr.
Senior Vice President Command, Control, Communications, & Intel Division Group
Jon is the Senior Vice President of the CACI Command, Control, Communications, and Intel Division Group. In that capacity Jon has responsibility for the operation and strategic growth of the CACI C3I business to include the CACI Command & Control Market Strategy, the CACI Tactical Intelligence Market Strategy, and the CACI Communications Market Strategy.
Randall G. Walden
Director and Program Executive Officer for the Department of the Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, Washington, D.C.
Randall G. Walden, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is Director and Program Executive Officer for the Department of the Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, Washington, D.C. He directs selected study, development and fielding activities tasked directly by the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment, Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering, the Secretary of the Air Force, the Chief of Staff of the Air Force, the Chief of Space Operations and the Assistant Secretary for the Air Force for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics. Read more.
 
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.

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