Top Military, Government, Cybersecurity, Technology, and Intelligence Leaders Discuss the Future of National Security at the 8th Annual Defense One Tech Summit
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Top Military, Government, Cybersecurity, Technology, and Intelligence Leaders Discuss the Future of National Security at the 8th Annual Defense One Tech Summit

June 13, 2023

Hear from Space Force Gen. David Thompson, Vice Chief of Space Operations; Maynard Holliday, Deputy DOD CTO; Kusti Salm, Permanent Secretary of Estonia’s Defense Ministry; Lt. Gen. Alexus Grynkewich, Commander, Air Forces Central Command; and more.

Washington, D.C. (June 13, 2023)Defense One, the leading provider of news, analysis, and commentary to the national security and defense communities, will host its 2023 Defense One Tech Summit on June 14-15, 2023. Defense and military branch leaders, beginning with Air Force Chief Technology Officer Dr. Timothy Bunning, will discuss emerging technologies and their impact on future national security tactics and strategies. Now in its eighth year, the Tech Summit will explore new technology on the battlefield and in the military service branches, along with intelligence priorities, biotech on the front lines, next steps in space, 5G, the AI revolution, the role of big tech, and more. Media interested in attending the Tech Summit should RSVP to Liz Stein at

“Following Russia’s expanded invasion of Ukraine in 2022, the world witnessed brave Ukrainian men and women embrace emerging technology to create tools and capabilities on the battlefield and push back against a much larger force,” said Patrick Tucker, Technology Editor at Defense One. “This year’s Defense One Tech Summit will look at the interplay between commercial and non-commercial tech for defense, find ways the Defense Department can more quickly adopt emerging technologies, explore the near and long-term future of space for defense and we will separate the real from the hype in the world of artificial intelligence.”

What: The Defense One Tech Summit

When: June 14-15, 2023 
June 14: Noon-4 pm ET - Virtual
June 15: 8 am-6 pm ET - Virtual and In-Person

Where: Ronald Reagan Building - 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20004

Who: Curated by Defense One, the event’s keynotes and panels feature top-level speakers, including:

  • David Akers, Senior Program Manager - SOFWERX
  • Dmitri Alperovitch, Co-Founder and Chairman - Silverado Policy Accelerator
  • Paul Beckman, Chief Information Security Officer - ManTech
  • Samuel Bendett, Adviser - CNA Strategy, Policy, Plans and Programs Center (SP3)
  • Alex Bornyakov, Deputy Minister of Digital Transformation for IT Industry Development for Ukraine
  • J David Britt, Director of Technology, Defense Sector - ManTech
  • Dr. Timothy Bunning, Chief Technology Officer - Air Force Research Laboratory
  • Lamont Copeland, Director of Federal Solutions Architecture - Verizon Business Group
  • Kevin Fogarty, Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Defense Group - Leidos
  • Lt. Gen. Alexus Grynkewich, Commander - Air Forces Central Command
  • Todd Harrison, Managing Director - Metrea Strategic Insights
  • Maynard Holliday, Deputy CTO - Department of Defense
  • Hans Hollister, Vice President & General Manager, Air & Space Forces, Defense Division - GDIT
  • Michael Horowitz, Director, Emerging Capabilities Policy Office - Department of Defense
  • Jeff (J.D.) Jack, General Manager, Public Sector Cybersecurity - Google
  • Ann E. Kowalewski, Professional Staff Member - House Foreign Affairs Committee
  • Nataliia Kushnerska, Chief Operations Officer - Brave1, Ukraine
  • Ki Lee, Senior Vice President - Booz Allen
  • Charles Luftig, Deputy Director of National Intelligence for Policy and Capabilities - Office of the Director of National Intelligence
  • Andrew Moore, Advisor on AI, Robotics, Cloud Computing, and Data Analytics - United States Central Command
  • Schuyler Moore, Chief Technology Officer - U.S. Central Command
  • Keith Nelson, Industry Senior Strategist, Global Public Sector - OpenText
  • Biz Peabody, Chief of Staff - Shield AI
  • Lt. Col. Bryan Ralston, Autonomy Prime Lead and a Flight Test Engineer - AFWERX
  • Jason Rathje, Director, Office of Strategic Capital - Department of Defense
  • Aaron M. Rosenmund, Director of Security Research and Curriculum - Pluralsight
  • Geo Saba, Chief of Staff - Representative, Ro Khanna
  • Kusti Salm, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Defense - Estonia
  • John Sefafini, CEO - HawkEye 360
  • Tomasz Szatkowski, Ambassador - NATO Poland
  • Eric Tapp, Business Development, Defense Division - GDIT
  • Gen. David Thompson, Vice Chief of Space Operations - Space Force
  • Bill Washburn, Federal Chief Program Officer (CPO) - MarkLogic
  • Jim Westdorp, Chief Technologist - Ciena Government Solutions, Inc.

The Tech 360 underwriter for the Defense One Tech Summit is Ciena | Verizon. The Elite underwriters for this event include Booz Allen, Carahsoft, GDIT, Leidos, ManTech, MarkLogic | Progress, and Pluralsight. Further support is provided by Alteryx, Dynatrace | Carahsoft, Intel, Leonardo DRS, Opentext, Salesforce, ServiceNow, and Via Satellite.


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