2024 Air Defense Summit

Part of the Potomac Officers Club’s recurring series of military-focused events, the 2024 Air Defense Summit brings together the top Air Force leaders and decision-makers, alongside industry experts and government officials, to discuss the future of the service. Join this event to hear important updates on peer competition, modernization efforts, cutting-edge technology adoption, and more.

What will be discussed?

  • How AI is transforming mission-critical collaboration and security for decision advantage
  • The fight of 2030 and beyond
  • Enabling an agile, adaptive and innovative force
  • How technology is providing supplies, data, intelligence and a common operating picture to fight in a unified joint force against our near peer adversaries 

Why should you attend?

  • Gain exclusive access to an elite GovCon executive crowd
  • Hear strategic insights directly from government, Air Force, and industry leaders
  • Stay educated on major trends and movements within the sector

**Use of the terms “Air” and “Defense” and appearance of Department of the Air Force personnel does not imply endorsement by DoD, the USAF or USSF. This conference is not an official DoD, USAF or USSF hosted or sponsored event. There is no official affiliation between this event and the DoD, USAF or USSF.**

Speaker and Presenter Information


Dr. Timothy Grayson

Dr. Timothy Grayson (Keynote)
Special Assistant to the SecAF
for Mission-Centered Analysis and Operational Imperatives
U.S. Department of the Air Force


Melissa Dalton

Melissa Dalton (Keynote)

Under Secretary of the Air Force
U.S. Air Force


Venice Goodwine

Venice Goodwine (Keynote)

Chief Information Officer

U.S. Department of the Air Force


 Vincent DiFronzo

Vincent DiFronzo (Introducer)
EVP, Air Force and Combatant Command
Barry Duplantis

Barry Duplantis (Introducer)

VP & GM, Public Sector



Scott Ariotti

Scott Ariotti (Moderator)
Senior Program Manager
Capgemini Government Solutions
Bob Ritchie
Bob Ritchie (Moderator)
Chief Technology Officer
 Ian Tien
Ian Tien (Moderator)
CEO and Co-founder
 Matt Beran
Matt Beran (Moderator)
Industry Lead, Global Defense & Intelligence
Michael Berger
Michael Berger (Moderator)
Defense & Aerospace Market Leader
U.S. Air Force logo
LTC Timothy Heaton (Panelist)
U.S. Air Force
 Leslie Shing
Leslie Shing (Panelist)
Technical Staff at MIT Lincoln Laboratory
MIT Lincoln Laboratory
Col. James Crocker
Col. James Crocker (Panelist)
Col. Frank Biancardi
Col. Frank Biancardi (Panelist)
Deputy Director, ABMS CFT
U.S. Air Force
U.S. Air Force logo
Maj. Matthew Jordan (Panelist)
CPO Platform One
U.S. Air Force
Col Matt
Col Matt "Nomad" Strohmeyer (Panelist)
Director Global Information Dominance Experiments
U.S. Department of Defense (DOD)
U.S. Air Force logo
Maj. Justin Soderlund (Panelist)
Special Agent, USAF ORION Program Manager
U.S. Air Force
U.S. Air Force logo
Daniel O'Connor (Panelist)
Deputy Director, AF Legal Information Services -- DCMS
(Disciplinary Case Management System) of U.S. Air Force
U.S. Air Force
Edwin Herchert
Edwin Herchert (Panelist)
Branch Chief, Mission Applications, Enterprise Physical Security
Pentagon Force Protection Agency (PFPA)
Pat Kumashiro
Pat Kumashiro (Panelist)
Senior Advisor, F-35 Sustainment (OUSD A&S)
U.S. Department of Defense (DOD)
Laura Coatta Parsons
Laura Coatta Parsons (Panelist)
Vice President at Maximus Federal
 Amar Tappouni
Amar Tappouni (Panelist)
Principal Booz Allen Hamilton (Aerospace – El Segundo, CA)
Booz Allen
Christopher Thomas
Christopher Thomas (Panelist)
Administrator of the Defense Technical Innovation Center
Defense Technical Information Center [DTIC]

Relevant Government Agencies

Air Force, DOD & Military, Federal Government


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Tue, Jul 23, 2024, 7:00am - 1:45pm

Exhibit Dates
Tue, Jul 23, 2024


Government:  $0.00
Non-Member Government:  $50.00
Elite New:  $100.00
Member:  $250.00
Guest Member:  $385.00
Non-Member:  $550.00

7920 Jones Branch Drive
McLean, VA 22102
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