September 25-26, 2018 | AIA National Headquarters, Washington, DC

The 2018 Cyber Operations for National Defense Symposium will focus on the evolving nature of US Cyber policies and strategies. Cyber leaders from throughout the federal government will come together to discuss network and capability modernization efforts aimed at combating the diverse cyber threats to US National Security. The agenda will focus on defensive and offensive cyber operations as well as the technological capabilities needed by our forces to ensure they can defend American interests in all domains. Lastly, the event will feature two panels: one on protecting our Nation’s intricate critical infrastructure and one on securing the DoDIN.

This Year’s Confirmed Speakers Include:

Keynote Speaker:
Lt Gen Christopher Weggeman, USAF
Deputy Commander
Air Combat Command


MG Garrett Yee, USA
Director of Networks, Services and Strategy
Army Chief Information Officer/G-6



RDML Danelle Barrett, USN
Director, Navy Cybersecurity Division
Office of the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations N2/N6


BG Jennifer Buckner, USA
Director of Cyber
Army G3/5/7


Madeline Mortelmans, SES
Principal Director
Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Cyber Policy
Department of Defense

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Ronald Pontius, SES
Deputy to the Commanding General
Army Cyber Command


HeckmanDonald Heckman
Principal Director
Deputy CIO for Cybersecurity


Event Moderator:
Maj Gen Jim Keffer, USAF (Ret)
Former Chief of Staff
US Cyber Command

Download Full Agenda Here

Why You Should Attend This Summit:

The 5th Cyber Operations for National Defense Symposium will bring together cybersecurity experts from across the Defense Community and other Federal agencies to discuss the intricate threat that cyber attacks pose to US national security. Speakers from organizations including the DoD and DHS will share their critical and unique insights into US cyber policy and the challenges we must overcome to effectively protect our interests against hostile state and non-state adversaries.

In response to the rapidly evolving nature of the cyber domain, our speakers will focus on the new initiatives towards modernizing government systems and executing both defensive and offensive cyber operations. Additionally, the Symposium will examine the recent elevation of USCYBERCOM, new rapid cyber capability acquisition protocols and the operationalization of Cyber Mission Forces.

Delegates from industry will have a unique opportunity to engage in open and honest conversation with key decision makers about the current and future direction of US cyber policy. Attendees will gain valuable insights into navigating cyber technology acquisition and hear about the cyber capabilities urgently needed by cyber warfighters for the successful defense of American interests.

DSI’s team specializes in the extensive research and development of our Summits’ content and focus areas, and we will assemble the most respected minds in cybersecurity communities, as well as key policy-makers across military and civilian offices. Our non-partisan approach allows us to reach across all services and organizations to bring together a truly holistic group of decision makers and solution providers.


New topics for this year’s Symposium:

– DoD Cyberspace Policy and Strategy

– Assessing the implications of USCYBERCOM’s elevated status

– Reorganizing Air Force Cyber under Air Combat Control

– Utilizing private sector partnerships for joint defense initiatives

– Equipping the Cyber Mission Force- Integrating cyber capabilities within tradition brigades

– Combatting non-state actors in cyberspace

– Protecting our intricate critical infrastructure

– Addressing the need for rapid cyber capability development

– Securing federal and civilian networks

– Modernizing DoD networks and updating legacy systems

At our Symposium You Have the Ability To:

  • Gain Education & Insight: Walk away with knowledge gained from our senior level speakers on some of the complex challenges facing the Cyber Security communities


  • Build Partnerships: The agenda is designed to allow for ample networking opportunities and the ability to engage in constructive dialogue among all in attendance.


  • Influence: Help foster ideas! Share your own insight and knowledge during our interactive sessions. All attendees are encouraged to address our speaker faculty and each other with their questions, comments or ideas.


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2017 Participating Organizations:

US Air Force, US Army, US Navy, US Marine Corps, Department of Homeland Security, US Department of State, National Defense University, NASA, Department of the Interior, Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Department of Justice Netizen, Leidos, Raytheon, Intel, General Dynamics Mission Systems, THE CENTECH GROUP, FireEYE, Artel, Cubic Global Defense, Proofpoint, Sierra Nevada Corporation, Nexagen Networks, ANSER, KEYW Corporation

Operating Guidance for Government Attendees:

– DSI’s Summit directly supports DoD and Federal Government priorities by providing a conduit for officials to efficiently reach audiences outside of their respective offices that directly impact their department’s mission success, at no charge to the government, and in an efficient expenditure of time.
– DSI’s Summit will provide a forum to address and improve internal and external initiatives, meet with and hear from partner organizations, disseminate vital capability requirements to industry, increase visibility within the larger community, and generally support their mission.
– The Summit is open and complimentary to all DoD and Federal employees and is considered an educational training forum, and a widely attended gathering.

Exhibit and Sponsorship Information:

This Symposium offers several distinct opportunities for organizations to demonstrate their technologies or solutions that address the Symposium subject matter, or to partake in a thought leadership role. If you are an organization that would like to learn more about how you can be involved, please visit us here.

Advisory Board

DSI strives to provide the most up to date, mission relevant, topics and discussion points for our meetings.  In order to assure that we are providing the best subject content possible, our Advisory Board Members have volunteered to share their respective insight and expertise with us. We are truly grateful to have their support and guidance as we strive to continually create truly effective meetings and events for all.  Learn more about our Advisory Board Members.