AI: Innovation in Homeland Security Forum
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AI: Innovation in Homeland Security Forum

Recorded on Thursday, October 07, 2021 9:00am-10:45am EST   ON24

As artificial intelligence (AI) technology improves, the federal government must utilize AI for homeland security to counter foreign adversary and domestic threats. AI is now a crucial part of homeland security goals, priorities and general strategy. Private industry and government players must remain on the cutting edge of AI technology and digitally transform their information technology systems and operations. 

During GovConWire’s AI: Innovation In Homeland Security Forum, illustrious federal and industry leaders will discuss the role of AI in homeland security as well as AI workforce integration and risk mitigation. 

John Cohen, acting undersecretary and chief intelligence officer of the Office of Intelligence and Analysis, will serve as keynote speaker. Cohen will discuss the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)  AI goals, priorities and strategy, intelligence and analysis mission priorities and how industry can help. 

Join GovConWire Events on October 7th to learn about the opportunities and future of AI technology in homeland security systems.

  • Anil Chaudhry
    Anil Chaudhry -
    Director, Federal AI Implementations, IT Modernization Centers of Excellence, U.S. General Services Administration (GSA)

    Anil Chaudhry has over 20 years of progressive experience in technology delivery, operations, and program management in the defense, intelligence, and national security sectors. As a core member of the AI CoE, Chaudhry advises federal agencies on establishing mature data governance and management practices, developing innovative approaches for leveraging data as a strategic asset, and laying the foundation for the advancing data discovery, access, and use through AI and machine learning. Prior to joining the CoE, Chaudhry served in critical leadership positions within US Customs and Border Protection and as a Presidential Management Fellow (PMF) at the Defense Business Transformation Agency. Chaudry served as an enlisted soldier in the U.S. Army Chemical Corps as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army Transportation Corps. Chaudhry was one of three DHS employees selected to attend the National War College in 2016 as part of the DHA Senior Succession Management Program.

  • Cameron Chehreh
    Cameron Chehreh -
    Vice President and General Manager, Intel Federal LLC

  • John Cohen
    John Cohen -
    Under Secretary and Chief Intelligence Officer (Acting) Office of Intelligence and Analysis [I&A], U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

    John D. Cohen currently serves as the DHS Coordinator for Counterterrorism and Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Under Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Previously Mr. Cohen has served as a Senior Expert on Global Threats for the Argonne National Laboratory; an on-air expert for ABC News on homeland security, terrorism, counterintelligence, and law enforcement issues; and an Adjunct Professor in the Georgetown University Security Studies Program and Center for Security Studies. Mr. Cohen has more than three decades of experience in law enforcement, counterintelligence, and homeland security. Mr. Cohen has studied mass casualty attacks and is currently studying the impact of Internet-based communications technologies on crime and homeland/national security. During the Obama Administration, Mr. Cohen served as the DHS Acting Under Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis (I&A) and Counterterrorism Coordinator. During his time at DHS, Mr. Cohen was a direct adviser to the Secretary and oversaw the development and implementation of several high visibility Department-wide crime prevention, counterterrorism, counterintelligence and border and transportation security initiatives. Mr. Cohen also led the Department’s efforts to establish multi-disciplinary programs focused on countering violent extremism, preventing and responding to mass casualty/active shooter attacks, improving information sharing, and expanding DHS’ interactions and collaboration with state and local law enforcement organizations, private sector companies and faith-based organizations. Previously Mr. Cohen served as the Senior Advisor to the Program Manager for the Information Sharing Environment, Office of the Director of National Intelligence, where he authored and coordinated the implementation of key components of the 2007 White House National Strategy for Information Sharing. Mr. Cohen has an extensive background in homeland security and law enforcement operations and policy development. He was Senior Homeland Security Policy Advisor to several state and local officials including then-Governor Mitt Romney of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and Janet Napolitano, Governor of the State of Arizona. In 2004, he was selected by the National Journal as one of the “100 Key People in Homeland Security.” He was also named “Law Enforcement Person of the Year,” by Law Enforcement News for his work in developing and establishing a national non-emergency number, 3-1-1. He has worked within the private sector and has held a variety of government positions including Special Agent, Office of Naval Intelligence; Police Detective and Patrol Officer, City of Gardena, California; Senior Investigator, House Judiciary Committee, U.S. House of Representatives; and Senior Policy Advisor to the Director, Office of National Drug Control Policy, Executive Office of the President of the United States. He is the recipient of a number of awards and commendations including the Drug Enforcement Administration “Administrator’s Award,” The South Bay “Medal of Valor,” and DHS’ “Distinguished Service Medal.”

  • Mark D'Alessandro
    Mark D'Alessandro -
    Senior Director, Data Center Sales, Dell Technologies

    Mr. D’Alessandro is a senior director for Dell Technologies’ Federal business unit, which serves Dell customers in the United States Federal Government. His responsibilities include leadership and management of a team of 21 data center account executives focused on the Federal Systems Integrators (FSI), the Federal Channel VARs and Federal Distribution. The FSI space includes 47 integrators and the Federal Channel VAR space includes over 2,000 partners. In his 11 years in the Federal business, he also had the pre-sales engineering responsibility for federal civilian agencies as well as Tribal Governments & Tribal Casinos, and all US Circuit Courts. Prior to that, Mr. D’Alessandro spent 5 years in the Large Enterprise Americas business unit as a systems consultant manager of several sales regions across the US. He also was a major account manager in the Large Corporate Accounts division for 9 years handling companies like AOL, Gannett Co., GEICO, NASDAQ, and the Washington Post Co. Before joining Dell in July 1996, Mr. D’Alessandro spent 5 ½ years at Hayes Microcomputer Products as a territory manager handling major accounts and channel partners in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. Previous to that, Mr. D’Alessandro worked for ComputerLand Murray Hill NY as a sales associate covering corporate accounts in the NY metro area for 3 ½ years. Mr. D’Alessandro earned his bachelor's degree in computer engineering from Syracuse University. He resides in the Capitol Hill area of Washington, DC with his wife, Christine and their two boys, Steven (20) and Elliot (17).

  • Timothy Persons
    Dr. Timothy Persons -
    Chief Scientist and Managing Director, Science,Technology Assessment, and Analytics, U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO)

    Dr. Tim Persons is GAO's Chief Scientist and one of two Managing Directors of the Science, Technology Assessment, and Analytics team. The team conducts technology assessments, provides oversight of federal science and technology programs, provides technical assistance on science and technologies issues to the Congress, and develops innovative analytical techniques for carrying out audits and evaluations. Tim joined GAO in July 2008. Prior to that, he served in key executive roles at the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) and the National Security Agency. Dr. Persons received his B.Sc. in Physics from James Madison University, his M.Sc. in Nuclear Physics from Emory University, and his M.Sc. in Computer Science and Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Wake Forest University.

  • 9:00am - 9:05am EST

    Opening Remarks

  • 9:05am - 9:40am EST

    Keynote Speaker

  • 9:40am - 10:25am EST

    Panel Discussion

  • 10:25am - 10:30am EST

    Closing Remarks

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