Military Services Intelligence: Plans and Priorities Forum

Military Services Intelligence: Plans and Priorities Forum

Recorded on Wednesday, December 14, 2022 7:00am-10:00am EST   2941 Restaurant, 2941 Fairview Park Dr,, Falls Church, VA 22042

The National Defense Authorization Act, signed in December, 2021, authorized more than $768 billion in defense spending for fiscal year 2022 – a jump of five percent that reflects the Pentagon’s significantly increased focus on artificial intelligence, machine learning, data sharing and cybersecurity, among other critical initiatives.

With increased funding from the NDAA, the Department of Defense and military service branches will be able to better leverage advanced technologies from industry partners to create the Internet of Military Things, flatten the data environment, combat the growing threat of cyber attacks, accelerate progress on JADC2 initiatives and retain the nation’s competitive advantage over global adversaries.

Join GovCon Wire for the platform’s Service Intelligence: Plans and Priorities Forum to hear distinguished military service branch officials and industry experts discuss how modernization strategies, acquisition reforms and intelligence innovations will shape the future of U.S. military capabilities in alignment with the 2022 National Defense Strategy.

Vice Admiral Jeffrey Trussler, deputy chief of naval operations for information warfare, N2/N6, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations and director of naval intelligence, will keynote the event to share his invaluable insights as to what lies on the horizon for service intelligence within the U.S. Department of the Navy.

  • Kenneth Bray
    Kenneth Bray -
    Associate Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, U.S. Air Force

    Kenneth Bray is a member of the Defense Intelligence Senior Executive Service and is the Associate Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance and Cyber Effects Operations, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, the Pentagon, Arlington, Virginia. He is responsible to the Secretary of the Air Force and Air Force Chief of Staff for policy formulation, planning, evaluation, oversight and leadership of Air Force intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and cyber effects operations capabilities as well as force development of a more than 73,000 personnel in the intelligence and cyber operations enterprise with a portfolio valued at $72 billion across the Air Force. Mr. Bray is a native of New Bern, North Carolina, and entered the Air Force in 1981 after graduating from the U.S. Air Force Academy. He received his pilot wings in 1982 and served as a T-37 Instructor Pilot and Flight Evaluator, then later as a U-2/TR-1 Dragon Lady Command Pilot, Instructor Pilot, and Flight Evaluator. He flew operational and combat missions in the European and Central Command theaters and has more than 3,000 military flight hours. Prior to his current assignment, Mr. Bray was the Associate Director for Intelligence, Headquarters Air Combat Command. Other assignments included staff tours with Strategic Air Command, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance and Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence.

  • Steve Gorski
    Brig Gen Steve Gorski -
    Director of Intelligence for Headquarters, Air Combat Command, U.S. Air Force

    Brig. Gen. Steven M. Gorski is the Director of Intelligence, Headquarters Air Combat Command, Joint Base Langley- Eustis, Virginia. In this role, he advocates for intelligence policy and weapons system requirements to enable combat- ready air, space, cyber, and intelligence forces to ensure rapid deployment and employment globally. The command provides conventional and information warfare forces to all unified commands to ensure air, space, cyber, and information superiority for warfighters and national decision-makers. Brig. Gen. Gorski received his commission in 1996 from the U.S. Air Force Academy. His career as an intelligence officer spans the strategic, operational, and tactical levels of war with an extensive background in intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance operations. He commanded at the wing, group and squadron levels and served as the Senior Military Assistant to the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security. Brig. Gen. Gorski’s operational tours include operations Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom and Allied Force, as well as participating in several global contingency operations. Prior to this assignment, Brig. Gen. Gorski served as the Acting Director, Intelligence Analysis, Partnerships and Engagements, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, the Pentagon, Arlington, Virginia.

  • Laurence Mixon
    Laurence Mixon -
    Defense Intelligence Senior Level (DISL) - Special Assistant to the PEO IEW&S, ASA (ALT), U.S. Department of the Army

    May 2, 2016, Mr. Laurence Mixon became the Special Assistant to the Program Executive Officer for Intelligence, Electronic Warfare and Sensors at Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD. In this position, he serves as a proactive agent as it relates to the development, integration, and implementation of intelligence within IEW&S technologies. He provides intelligence technical expertise in assisting the PEO in creating and managing program concepts within the IEW&S portfolio to ensure integration and interoperability is achieved among US Army, Army Military Intelligence, intelligence support to Cyber and other intelligence-related Acquisition programs to support full-spectrum force. Before assuming his position at PEO IEW&S, Mixon served 30 years on active duty as an Army Intelligence Officer with his final assignment as the Assistant Chief of Staff, G3 for U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command. In March 2016 he retired and was selected by the Army to serve as a Defense Intelligence Senior Level member. As a U.S. Army colonel, Mixon served as the Assistant Chief of Staff-G2 for 1st Corps from July 2010 to August 2013, deploying to Afghanistan for a year as the Chief of the Information Dominance Center, ISAF Joint Command. From June 2008 through July 2010, he commanded the 513th Military Intelligence (MI) Brigade, deploying multiple battalion task forces to Iraq and Afghanistan. From May 2007 to June 2008, he served in Washington, D.C. with the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization (JIEDDO) as the Intelligence Division Chief and Chief of Staff. Mixon’s earlier assignments include C2 Operations Chief, V Corps and Multinational Corps Iraq, from June 2005 to June 2006; Commander, 501st MI Battalion, 1st Armored Division, from June 2003 to June 2005 including 14 months deployed to Iraq; MI Force Integrator for the Assistant Chief of Staff, Army G3/5/7, from May 2002 to June 2003; S3, 513th MI Brigade and S3, 202nd MI Battalion, June 1999 to May 2002; MI Transition Course Instructor and Chief of the Battle Technology Lab, U.S. Army Intelligence Center and School, from August 1996 to June 1998; various tactical assignments in Germany, Korea and Fort Lewis, Washington, from May 1986 to July 1996. Mixon holds a Master of Engineering Degree in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia, a Master of Strategic Studies Degree from the U.S. Air War College, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering Management from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. His military education includes U.S. Air War College, Command and General Staff College, the MI Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, the Signal Intelligence Officer Course, and Combined Armed Services Staff School. His awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal with 2 Campaign Stars, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with 1 Campaign Star, Iraq Campaign Medal with 3 Campaign Stars, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary and Service Medals, Korea Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (5 Device), NATO Medal, Air Assault Badge, Parachutist Badge, and the Army Staff Identification Badge.

  • Andrew Richardson
    Andrew Richardson -
    Deputy Commander, Office of Naval Intelligence, U.S. Department of the Navy

    Mr. Andrew G. Richardson was appointed to the position of deputy commander, Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI), and to the Defense Intelligence Senior Executive Service in March 2018. In this position he is responsible for managing and overseeing all aspects of the ONI Enterprise. Immediately prior to assuming his current position, Mr. Richardson served as the assistant deputy director of Naval Intelligence, N2N6I, and the assistant director of the Naval Intelligence Activity (NIA), beginning in November 2015. In that position he was responsible for assisting the deputy director of Naval Intelligence in providing intelligence support to Department of Navy senior leaders, oversight and management of Navy intelligence programs and initiatives, and the day-to-day management of the NIA. From October 2006 through February 2018, Mr. Richardson was an employee of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) and was appointed to the Senior National Intelligence Service (SNIS) in August 2008. From November 2011 to November 2015, he was the deputy director of the Office of Legislative Affairs, responsible for advising the director of National Intelligence and other ODNI senior officers on strategic-level interactions with the U.S. Congress. Mr. Richardson also served as the director of policy and programs for the associate director of National Intelligence for Human Capital, where he was responsible for developing and coordinating strategic human capital policies for application to the Intelligence Community. Prior to joining the ODNI staff, Mr. Richardson worked for more than 11 years in the U.S. Congress. From April 1999 to September 2006, he worked for a subcommittee of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, and in March 2001, he became the staff director of the subcommittee. Prior to his Senate employment, Mr. Richardson worked for more than four years in the U.S. House of Representatives. Mr. Richardson received a commission as a reserve intelligence officer in the U.S. Navy in February 2000. In February 2010 he was mobilized to active duty and served in Basra, Iraq, in support of special operations forces and the U.S. Army. He retired at the rank of commander on June 1, 2020. Mr. Richardson holds a Master of Science degree in strategic intelligence from the National Defense Intelligence College (now National Intelligence University), Washington, D.C., and a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Connecticut College, New London, Conn.

  • Jenny Roberts
    Jenny Roberts -
    Vice President for the Naval Systems Command, Chief of Naval Operations and Fleet Account, SAIC

    Jenny Roberts serves as Vice President for the Naval Sea Systems Command, Chief of Naval Operations and Fleet Account, responsible for more than $100 million in annual revenue. Jenny’s team provides IT and subject matter expertise plus integration support to NAVSEA PEOs, the public shipyards, Navy Personnel Command, Naval Education and Training Command, Navy’s data environment, North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), and NAVSEA Logistics, Maintenance and Industrial Operations. Prior to joining SAIC, Jenny was the Division Director for Strategy, Integration and Investment in Northrop Grumman’s Maritime/Land Systems and Sensors Division. There she identified and executed cross-company synergies to provide greatest mission impact for effective, sustained growth. Prior to joining Northrop Grumman, Jenny served as the Branch Head for Undersea Influence driving the expansion of undersea warfare with a focus on development of advanced capabilities. Having built a team environment where all members understand expectations and are accountable for their work. Using her acquisition, financial and requirements expertise to manage $6B portfolio while influencing an additional $25B in resources supporting Navy, Defense and national security requirements. Previously, Jenny served as the Deputy Branch Head for Undersea Influence where she was responsible for the Navy’s future undersea warfare platforms, unmanned systems, surveillance systems, payloads, weapons, sensor systems, hull, mechanical, and electrical (HM&E) programs applying my acquisition, financial, and requirements expertise across the life-cycle spectrum. Before joining the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations she was an acquisition professional Sea Systems Command Undersea Warfare where she managed the Submarine Force’s Science and Technology portfolio. She developed opportunities for combined effects through guiding and integrating efforts across science and technology, research and development, acquisition, certification and lifecycle support portfolios, Dual hatted as the Assistant Program Manager for Submarine Survivability, she reported directly to the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations on the development and production of capabilities critical to the advancement of the Division’s mission and strategic objectives. Prior to civil service, she provided direct technical expertise to Program Executive Offices support Acquisition Management; Joint Capability Integration and Development System; and Planning, Programming, Budgeting, and Execution processes. Jenny holds two Bachelor of Science degrees from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities and a Master of Science Degree in Technology Management from University of Maryland – Global Campus. A member of the Defense Acquisition Corps and a Project Management Professional certified through Project Management Institute, her accomplishments have been recognized with the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award, the third highest Navy civilian award available, as well as numerous awards and commendations.

  • Jeffrey Trussler
    VADM Jeffrey Trussler -
    Deputy Chief of Naval Operations & Director of Naval Intelligence N2/N6 Information Warfare, Office of the Chief of Naval Operat, U.S. Department of the Navy

    Vice Adm. Jeff Trussler is a native of Oklahoma and a member of the Cherokee Nation. He graduated from Miami High School (’81 Wardogs), Northeastern Oklahoma A&M Junior College, Oklahoma State University, and the University of Oklahoma. He was commissioned at the Officer Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island, in 1985. He was also a 2011-2012 Fellow of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Seminar XXI program in Foreign Politics, International Relations and the National Interest. His previous shore and staff assignments include Submarine Force U.S. Pacific Fleet (COMSUBPAC), U.S. Pacific Fleet (CINCPACFLT) nuclear propulsion examining board (NPEB), two tours at the Navy Personnel Command (NPC), the Joint Staff, and the Navy Staff. At sea and operational assignments, he served as a division officer on USS Honolulu (SSN 718), engineer officer on USS Tennessee (SSBN 734) and executive officer on USS Columbus (SSN 762). He commanded USS Maryland (SSBN 738) (Blue) and was the first commander of Task Force 69 for the U.S. 6th Fleet in Naples, Italy. Trussler’s flag assignments were as the first commander, Undersea Warfighting Development Center (UWDC) and as director, Future Plans on the Navy Staff. Trussler was the recipient of the Naval Submarine League’s Rear Adm. Jack Darby Award for Inspirational Leadership and Excellence in Command for 2006. He is most proud of all of his shipmates on Maryland that went on to senior leadership positions in the Chief’s Quarters and the eight officers that have gone on to their own commands. He assumed duties as deputy chief of Naval Operations for Information Warfare and the 68th director of Naval Intelligence in June 2020.

  • 7:00am - 8:00am EST

    Networking Reception

  • 8:00am - 8:05am EST

    Welcome & Opening Remarks

  • 8:05am - 8:45am EST

    Keynote: VADM Jeffrey Trussler
    Keynote Introducer: Jenny Roberts

  • 8:45am - 9:45am EST

    Panel: Kenneth Bray, Brig Gen Steven Gorski, Laurence Mixon, Andrew Richardson and Jenny Roberts (moderator)

  • 9:45am - 10:00am EST

    Closing Comments

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