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27 January 2015 - Communications and Electronic Warfare: The Global Impact

Where: The Sheraton Tysons Hotel, 8661 Leesburg Pike,Vienna, VA 22182

When: 11:30 Registration and Networking; 12 – 1:30 pm Luncheon

As the government and the military have transitioned to predominantly digital communications, the line between traditional electronic warfare and communications has increasingly become blurred. This “Cyber/EW Convergence”, in which it is increasingly difficult to distinguish cyber operations and communications from electronic warfare, is not only creating technical challenges for robust wireless and satellite communications, but also has implications for acquisition, policies, strategies, and military operations. This convergence is being felt across multiple military domains world-wide.

Join us for a discussion of this important topic with the Honorable Heidi Shyu, Assistant Secretary of the Army and Darlene Costello, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Acquisition on January 27th.

About the Speakers


The Honorable Heidi Shyu

Ms. Heidi Shyu

Ms. Heidi Shyu, a political appointee, was confirmed as the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology [ASA(ALT)] on September 21, 2012. Prior to this, she was asked to serve as the Principal Deputy, appointed November 8, 2010, and later as the Acting ASA(ALT), starting June 4, 2011.

As the ASA (ALT), Ms. Shyu serves as the Army Acquisition Executive, the Senior Procurement Executive, the Science Advisor to the Secretary of the Army, and the Army’s Senior Research and Development official. She also has principal responsibility for all Department of the Army matters related to logistics.

Ms. Shyu leads the execution of the Army’s acquisition function and the acquisition management system. Her responsibilities include providing oversight for the life cycle management and sustainment of Army weapons systems and equipment from research and development through test and evaluation, acquisition, logistics, fielding, and disposition. Ms. Shyu also oversees the Elimination of Chemical Weapons Program. In addition, she is responsible for appointing, managing, and evaluating program executive officers and managing the Army Acquisition Corps and the Army Acquisition Workforce.

Prior to this position, Ms. Shyu was the Vice President of Technology Strategy for Raytheon Company’s Space and Airborne Systems. She also held several senior leadership positions there, including Corporate Vice President of Technology and Research, Vice President and Technical Director of Space and Airborne Systems, Vice President of Unmanned and Reconnaissance Systems, Senior Director of Unmanned Combat Vehicles, Senior Director of Joint Strike Fighter (JSF), and Director of JSF Integrated Radar/Electronic Warfare Sensors. As Director of JSF Antenna Technologies at Raytheon, Ms. Shyu was responsible for the development of lightweight, low-cost, Tile Active Electronically Scanned Antenna technologies. She also served as the Laboratory Manager for Electromagnetic Systems.

In addition to her extensive experience at Raytheon, Ms. Shyu served as a Project Manager at Litton Industries and was the Principal Engineer for the Joint STARS Self Defense Study at Grumman. She began her career at the Hughes Aircraft Company.

Ms. Shyu holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics from the University of New Brunswick in Canada, a Master of Science Degree in Mathematics from the University of Toronto, Master of Science Degree in System Science (Electrical Engineering) from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and the Engineer Degree from UCLA. She is also a graduate of the UCLA Executive Management Course and the University of Chicago Business Leadership Program.

A member of the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board from 2000 to 2010, Ms. Shyu served as the Vice Chairman from 2003 to 2005 and as Chairman from 2005 to 2008.


Ms. Darlene J. Costello

Ms. Darlene J. Costello

Ms. Darlene Costello serves as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Acquisition (PDASD(A)) in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics. She advises the Under Secretary of Defense (Acquisition, Technology and Logistics) (USD(AT&L)), the Deputy Secretary of Defense, and the Secretary of Defense on matters relating to the Department of Defense acquisition system; Major Defense Acquisition Programs; and strategic, space, intelligence, tactical warfare, command and control, and business system acquisitions.

Ms. Costello has held acquisition positions of increasing responsibility and at all levels of command. Within the Department of the Navy, she held positions as a project engineer, assistant design manager, and program manager. Ms. Costello was then competitively selected for the Commander’s Development Program with assignments in the Office of the Secretary of Defense for Naval Warfare, the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Research, Development, and Acquisition) for Ship Programs, the Office of the Director for Expeditionary Warfare (OPNAV N85) Amphibious Warfare Branch, and the Program Executive Office for Aircraft Carriers.

In 2000, Ms. Costello moved from the Navy to the Office of the Secretary of Defense, as a staff specialist for Naval Warfare, Strategic and Tactical Systems, within the Office of the USD(AT&L). In 2005, she was appointed to the Senior Executive Service and was promoted to the position of Deputy Director for Naval Warfare responsible for the oversight of all Naval Warfare acquisition programs including 15 major shipbuilding programs and related weapon systems.

In 2011, she assumed the duties of the Principal Director for Strategic and Tactical Systems (S&TS) and Director for Acquisition and Program Management. As Principal Director, she was responsible for direct oversight of Major Defense Acquisition Programs for all strategic and tactical systems including the technical and programmatic evaluation of air, land, naval, strategic, and unmanned warfare programs. As Director for Acquisition and Program Management, she was responsible for the program management functional area, including policy formulation and initiatives to improve the qualifications and abilities of Department of Defense program managers. In 2013 she became the Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategic and Tactical Systems and in 2014 was promoted to her current position.

Ms. Costello graduated from the University of Maryland with a B.S. in Mathematics and received a M.S. in Management at Florida Institute of Technology. Ms. Costello has received numerous awards including the Meritorious Presidential Rank Award and OSD Medals for Exceptional Civilian Service.

Women in NOVA Fall Networking Social

The WIN Fall Networking Social is an annual networking function and cocktail reception to promote participation in AFCEA and WIN. This function presents an opportunity to network with leaders in government and industry across the AFCEA and WIN communities.

Confirmed speakers Nancy J. Harned, Executive Director, Strategic Planning & Program Planning in the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Research and Technology, in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics and Technology) and Cindy Moran, DISA’s Director of Network Services will join senior level defense executives as headliners for informal networking and comments.

This event also presents an opportunity to recognize the Finalists for the Heroines in Washington Awards.

About the Speakers

Nancy J. Harned
Executive Director, Strategic Planning & Program Planning
Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (Research & Technology), Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology)

Ms. Harned was selected for the Senior Executive Service in May 2007. Since July 2011 she has served in the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Research and Technology, in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics and Technology). As Executive Director for Strategic Planning and Program Planning, she is responsible for the strategic direction for the Army Science and Technology (S&T) program and aligning S&T investment priorities with operational requirements.

From June 2009 through July 2011 Ms. Harned was the SES Director for Advanced Components & Prototyping on the staff of the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research & Engineering, Research Directorate. In this position she was responsible for oversight of the Advanced Component Development and Prototypes (Budget Activity 4) portion of the Department of Defense Research, Development, Test, & Evaluation (RDT&E) program. She was also responsible for leadership of the DoD Industry Independent Research & Development (IR&D) program, the DoD Office of Technology Transition, and OSD’s Small Business Innovation Research program.

Ms. Harned served as the SES Deputy Director for Programming on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations (OPNAV) from May 2007 through June 2009. In this position she was responsible for development and balancing of the Navy Program Objectives Memorandum (POM), totaling approximately $125B annually.

Ms. Harned also served in a variety of positions on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations and the Office of Naval Research. She began her career as an electronics engineer at the Naval Air Warfare Center in Warminster PA, developing signal processing algorithms for anti-submarine warfare applications.

Ms. Harned has a MS in Electrical Engineering from Penn State University and a BS in Electrical Engineering from Lehigh University. She was a recipient of the Department of the Navy Superior Civilian Service Award in 2003 and 2009.

Cindy Moran
Director for Network Services
Defense Information Systems Agency

Cindy Moran is currently the Director for Network Services, Defense Information Systems Agency. Her responsibilities include systems management of all DISA terrestrial and satellite communications networks supporting the Global Information Grid. Specifically, Mrs. Moran is responsible for planning, resourcing, fielding, sustaining and evolving GIG Combat Support networks, transport, and special programs that provide Information Superiority to the Commander-in- Chief, Combatant Commanders, Senior Leadership, Services, Agencies, and the warfighter.

Previously, Mrs. Moran served as the Deputy CIO and Vice Director, Strategic Planning and Information, where she was responsible for supporting the Director in decision making, strategy development and communicating that strategy both internally and externally, aligning DISA program execution with Department of Defense (DOD) strategy in planning, engineering, acquiring, fielding and supporting global-net-centric solutions, operating the Global Information Grid, information assurance and management of DISA information technology resources; as a support service unit, SPI supports DISA missions with cost-effective information tools and capabilities, and provides leadership and support in a wide range of Agency and DOD information management initiatives.

Prior to assuming this position, she was the Chief, Data Services Division. In that role, she was charged with the evolution of DOD’s operational networks. She was responsible for the design, procurement, engineering and implementation plans as well as the actual installation of the equipment in the networks. Before joining DISA, she held multiple positions in support of DOD Information Technology systems, to include hands-on network and system administration jobs. This hands on experience at every level of implementation; operation, management, performance and security has provided a sound foundation and comprehensive knowledge of the dependencies of information systems and how to insure that these dependencies are all accommodated for in any information system implementation.

She received her undergraduate degree in Information Systems Management, from the University of Maryland, European Division, in July 1988. She received her graduate certificate in Information Security Management, from George Washington University, in August 2002.

About WIN's July 2014 "From the Desk of the Government ‘C-suite Execs; How Information Technology is Changing the Business of Government" Event

WIN’s 15 July 2014 breakfast panel, “From the Desk of the Government ‘C-suite Execs; How Information Technology is Changing the Business of Government” gave 60 guests a unique opportunity to hear from current and former government leaders. The event was moderated by Dr. Alissa Johnson, Deputy Chief Information Officer, Executive Office of the President. Esteemed panelists included Dr. David Bray, CIO, Federal Communications Commission; Mr. Barry Smallwood, CIO/CTO, AKIMA; and George H. Bohlinger, III, CEO, ClearInsight Solutions.

At the FCC, David Bray is working to create a start-up mentality in a legacy organization by developing individuals as “intrapreneurs,” or entrepreneurs inside the agency. The FCC is also using story boarding to show how they will use technology, ensuring the initiatives are thoroughly thought-out and bring commonality to the technology being used.

Barry Smallwood shared one of his experiences at the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) when he brought agile development to the agency in 2009. This was a big culture change, moving from a waterfall mentality to agile processes. Mr. Smallwood shared this advice on achieving success: don’t take the methodology out of the box, adapt the methodology to the agency.

George Bohlinger shared several insights on working with the government in this time of decreasing budgets: 1) Do your research ahead of time and take potential solutions to the client; 2) Research the client’s business and challenges; 3) Read every Inspector General report for an agency and be sure to read the agency’s response to the report; and 4) Don’t try to sell a solution to a problem they have already solved.