2018 Featured Speakers

  David L. Norquist Keynote Speaker
Under Secretary Of Defense (Comptroller) Chief Financial Officer, Department of Defense
David L. Norquist was sworn in as the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller)/Chief Financial Officer on June 2, 2017 and serves as the principal advisor to the Secretary of Defense on all budgetary and financial matters, including the development and execution of the Department’s annual budget of more than $600 billion. Mr. Norquist has over 28 years of experience in federal financial management and is a Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM). Full bio.
   John Felker Keynote Speaker
Director, National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC), Dept. of Homeland Security
In August 2015, John Felker assumed day-to-day operation of the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center at DHS.
The NCCIC is the U.S. government’s 24/7 hub for cybersecurity information sharing, incident response, and coordination. Prior to joining DHS, Felker served as Director of Cyber and Intelligence Strategy for HP Enterprise Services. During a 30-year career in the U.S. Coast Guard, Felker served, among other positions, as Deputy Commander of Coast Guard Cyber Command, where he was responsible for the day-to-day staff leadership and also for the stand-up of the Command. 
  Kevin Fahey Keynote Speaker
Assistant Secretary for Acquisition, U.S. Department of Defense
Kevin Fahey currently serves as Assistant Secretary of Defense for Acquisition (ASD(A)) at the U.S. Department of Defense. In this position, he advises the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment (USD(A&S)), the Deputy Secretary of Defense, and the Secretary of Defense on matters relating to the Department of Defense Acquisition System, acquisition program management, and the development of strategic, space, intelligence, tactical warfare, command and control, and business systems. Full bio.
  Erville Koehler
Deputy Commissioner (Acting), Federal Acquisition Service, GSA
Erville Koehler has worked at GSA for almost 16 years. His areas of expertise include acquisition; financial planning; analysis and budget; audit, controls and policy; mergers and acquisitions; and IT implementation, among many others. His motto is to take care of the people, take care of the customer, and make good business decisions. Full bio.
  Byron Callan
Independent Financial Analyst, Capital Alpha Partners
Byron Callan joined Capital Alpha in 2010 after three years on the buy-side, most recently as a Portfolio Manager at Lion’s Path Capital. Previously, he was an analyst and cofounder of Perella Weinberg Partners’ Aerospace Defense Security investment fund from 2007-2010. Callan was a Senior Vice President at Prudential Equity Group, LLC from September 2005-2007, responsible for equity research of the aerospace/defense sector. Full bio.
  Ed Caso
Managing Director and Senior Analyst, Equity, Research Department, Wells Fargo Securities
Ed Caso is a managing director and Senior Analyst in the Equity Research department of Wells Fargo Securities, leading a team of equity analysts covering the Information Technology/Business Process Outsourcing (IT/BPO) Services sector. He has more than 25 years of equity research experience working for Wells Fargo (and predecessors, 1999-present), Alex. Brown (1995-1999) and Goldman Sachs (1984-1995). Full bio
  Pierre Chao
Founding Partner, Renaissance Strategic Advisors
Pierre Chao, Founding Partner, brings over three decades of management consulting, investment banking and policy expertise in the aerospace/defense industry. Throughout his career he has been a trusted advisor to senior corporate, government and financial decision makers on key strategic issues - from major investments to mergers and acquisitions to strategic and policy choices. As well as being a Managing Partner and co-founder of Renaissance Strategic Advisors, he is also a co-founder and Operating Partner of Enlightenment Capital and a Senior Associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). Full bio
  JJ Gertler
Senior Specialist in Military Aviation and Acting Senior Advisor to the Director,
Congressional Research Service
A 32-year veteran of defense policy analysis, Jeremiah Gertler joined the Congressional Research Service, Congress’s in-house think tank, in 2009. It is his third Capitol Hill billet; he oversaw the defense procurement budget, missile defense, and other matters on the professional staff of the House Committee on Armed Services for the FY2000 through 2005 budgets, and earlier served as military legislative assistant to a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. Immediately prior to joining CRS, Gertler established a defense policy and analysis center for the Aerospace Industries Association. Full bio
  Andrew Philip Hunter
Director, Defense-Industrial Initiatives Group and Senior Fellow, International Security Program, Congressional Research Service
Andrew Hunter is a senior fellow in the International Security Program and director of the Defense-Industrial Initiatives Group at CSIS. He focuses on issues affecting the industrial base, including emerging technologies, sequestration, acquisition policy, and industrial policy. From 2011 to November 2014, Mr. Hunter served as a senior executive in the Department of Defense (DOD). Full bio
  Patrick Garvey
Deputy Assistant Director, Congressional Research Service
Results-driven leader with 25 years of national security policy know-how gained operationally with the US Navy and on Capitol Hill. Hands-on experience and specific expertise in the Middle East, Strategy, Budget, Counter-terrorism & Stability Operations; as well as DoD, USAID, and the Department of State. Tremendous network enables well-sourced solutions to numerous complex problems sets that face policy and business leaders alike. Full bio
  Jerry McGinn
Executive Director of the Center for Government Contracting, GMU
Dr. John G. (Jerry) McGinn is the Executive Director of the Center for Government Contracting in the School of Business at George Mason University (GMU). He brings over 28 years of experience in national and international security affairs in defense industry, government, think tanks, and the military to this role. At GMU, he is responsible for establishing the first-of-itskind university center for research, education and training, and collaboration activities on issues facing the $500B government contracting industry. He is working closely with GMU faculty and students, as well as industry and government stakeholders, on this important effort. Full bio
  Tom Temin | Moderator
Federal News Network
Tom Temin has been the host of the Federal Drive since 2006. Tom has been reporting on and providing insight to technology markets for more than 30 years. Prior to joining Federal News Network, Tom was a long-serving editor-in-chief of Government Computer News and Washington Technology magazines. Tom also contributes a regular column on government information technology. Full bio

*Invited Speakers

David L. Norquist Keynote Speaker
Under Secretary Of Defense (Comptroller) Chief Financial Officer, Department of Defense
David L. Norquist was sworn in as the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller)/Chief Financial Officer on June 2, 2017 and serves as the principal advisor to the Secretary of Defense on all budgetary and financial matters, including the development and execution of the Department’s annual budget of more than $600 billion. Mr. Norquist has over 28 years of experience in federal financial management and is a Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM). Full bio.
David L. Norquist Keynote Speaker
Under Secretary Of Defense (Comptroller) Chief Financial Officer, Department of Defense
David L. Norquist was sworn in as the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller)/Chief Financial Officer on June 2, 2017 and serves as the principal advisor to the Secretary of Defense on all budgetary and financial matters, including the development and execution of the Department’s annual budget of more than $600 billion. Mr. Norquist has over 28 years of experience in federal financial management and is a Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM). Full bio.