Defense Readiness Workshop

This event qualifies for 3 CPEs

In October of 2020, then-Defense Secretary Esper defined defense readiness as "our military’s ability to answer the nation’s call, and to fight and win, anytime, anywhere. … The question we must answer is this: if called upon to fight tonight, are we ready?"


Ensuring that answer is "yes" demands change in every corner of the Department of Defense, and especially in the technology that will power tomorrow's military. Cybersecurity is critical domain, enterprise cloud services must support warfighters around the globe, augmented reality is transforming training, and advanced analytics are being integrated into virtually every mission and business process. Defense readiness requires more than tech, of course, but IT is woven into virtually every part of that effort.


This workshop will explore DOD's modernization and transformation initiatives, how they deliver the speed, insight and security the National Defense Strategy demands, and what it means for warfighters and the personnel who support them.


Event attendees will come away with a better understanding of:

  • DOD's cloud strategy and the roadmap for major cloud initiatives
  • How the new joint warfighting concept demands greater data-sharing and interoperability
  • The services' software development operations and their impact on IT modernization
  • Emerging cybersecurity threats and the efforts to counter them
  • Edge computing and other efforts to connect the warfighter
  • Training innovations for both military personnel and the civilian workforce

Speaker and Presenter Information

Les Benito

Director of Operations, JEDI Cloud Computing Program Office

Department of Defense


Dr. George Duchak

Chief Information Officer

Defense Logistics Agency


Dave McKeown

Deputy CIO for Cybersecurity and Senior Information Security Officer

Department of Defense


Nand Mulchandani

Chief Technology Officer, Joint Artificial Intelligence Center

Department of Defense


Dr. Matthew Turek

Program Manager, Information Innovation Office






Relevant Government Agencies

Air Force, Army, Navy & Marine Corps, Intelligence Agencies, DOD & Military, Office of the President (includes OMB), Dept of Agriculture, Dept of Commerce, Dept of Education, Dept of Energy, Dept of Health & Human Services, Dept of Homeland Security, Dept of Housing & Urban Development, Dept of the Interior, Dept of Justice, Dept of Labor, Dept of State, Dept of Transportation, Dept of Treasury, Dept of Veterans Affairs, EPA, GSA, USPS, SSA, NASA, Other Federal Agencies, County Government, City Government, FEMA, Census Bureau, Office of Personnel Management, Coast Guard, National Institutes of Health, FAA, USAID, National Guard Association, Federal Government, FDA, NSA, FCC

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Event Type

Wed, Mar 10, 2021, 8:30am - 12:15pm


Government/Military:  $0.00
Washington Technology Insider:  $165.00
Industry/Contractor:  $199.00

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