Time *ET Vision Track Engagement Track

Opening Keynote: The Three Eras of Knowledge Management

Dr. Nancy Dixon, PHD
Knowledge Management Expert

Nancy will explain how Knowledge Management (KM) has changed during its 20 year history. You will learn about the assumptions KM professionals make including: What we mean by knowledge; Who in the organization has important knowledge; How the validity of knowledge is determined. As assumptions repeatedly change, the tasks and activities of KM professionals are greatly altered. In this presentation we will explore where KM has been and where it is going.



Danger Net: 1st Infantry Division's Virtual Collaboration Point 

MG Paul Funk, MAJ John Casiano, LTC(R) Kevin West
U.S. Army 1st Infantry


MG Paul Funk, MAJ John Casiano, and LTC(R) Kevin West will discuss the vision and purpose of Danger Net and how the site was built to meet the needs of the audience and the vision. Specifically they will discuss how to stimulate the right communication within the right circles. Conversation will include how the team built their user base, how to maintain Danger Net – ensuring it remains current and relevant, and best practices from their own personal experience.

 Moving Development Conferences Online

Dean Pianta
Chief Technology Officer, EnvolveMEDIA

As travel restrictions grow in various industries, organizations are looking for alternative ways to provide physical conference content in an engaging and interactive way to audiences dispersed around the globe. They require the same personal interactions to happen easily, anywhere, anytime, on any device. Many are turning to virtual conferences or hybrid events to train, share knowledge, and earn continuing education credits.

EnvolveMEDIA will review best practices and describe a real-world example from Naval Safety & Environmental Training Center. When the Navy was forced to cancel their 21st Professional Development Conference (PDC), slated for San Diego, California, they quickly moved it online. Within a matter of weeks, an Adobe Connect solution was configured to virtually support the PDC. Hear how the Navy eliminated over a million dollars from their travel budget and cut conference costs in half.



The Army Enterprise & Contributions to the Joint Information Environment

Gary Blohm, SES
U.S. Army CIO/G6 Director
Army Architecture Integration Center

Northrop Grumman's IT Partnership: Common Technology
Services for State Government

James Kane & Tony Shoot
V.P. and Program Manager, Virginia's Information Technologies Agency Program, Cyber Solutions Division, Northrop Grumman Information Systems


U.S. Army Rapid Equipping Force Army CoCreate
Proof-of-Concept Effort

Gary Frost
Deputy Director, Futures, Army Rapid Equipping Force (REF)

The Rapid Equipping Force continually searches for innovative best business practices that can be adapted  to support the Army. The Army CoCreate proof-of-concept effort tested the use of crowdsourcing to identify and solve Soldier-focused challenges.  Now the REF is evaluating the lessons learned from this project to determine a path forward for this tool. 

The New Networked Learner

Lee Rainie
Director, Pew Internet & American Life Project

Mr. Rainie will describe the project’s latest research about how people use digital technology to learn, share, and create information. He will argue how the rise of the new media ecology has changed education from a transaction into an ongoing process, altering the role of the instructor and the student.



The Navy Innovation Campaign

Steven Rowe
Innovation Outreach Branch Chief, Navy Warfare Development Command

The Navy is faced with declining budgets, shifting strategic and political focus, rapid changes in technology, and emergence of a new generation of innovative, tech savvy junior leaders. Navy Warfare Development Command’s (NWDC) mission is to develop future Navy concepts and conduct experimentation to support future Navy capabilities development. In summer 2012, the NWDC commander met with the Chief of Naval Operations to discuss the changes to NWDC processes to help Navy capabilities development keep pace with the changing environment. These discussions led to a sustained effort – the Navy Innovation Campaign - to foster innovation in the Navy, leverage the innovation potential of Sailors across the Navy, and reinvigorate the Navy’s culture of innovation. This presentation will briefly describe innovation campaign objectives, lines of effort, and lessons learned. Please visit the Navy Center for Innovation website at  for more information. 

More than Tweets and Likes

Gregory Garcia, SES
U.S. Army Information Technology Agency Workforce and Executive Director


U.S. Army Information Technology Agency (ITA) Executive Director, Greg Garcia, dives into the world of the use of social media to explain how his agency navigates the everyday complexities.  In his session “More than Tweets and Likes”, Mr. Garcia tells the story of how the ITA uses collaborative tools such as Defense Connect Online (DCO), milSuite, and Twitter to create a synergistic workforce that supports their customers' mission.  This session will be interactive with focuses on ITA and its role in the Joint Information Environment (JIE) as a mission enabler. Be prepared to participate in an active dialogue while learning how ITA puts the Byte in JIE's Fight! 



Changing Minds in the Army:
Why It Is So Difficult and What to do About It

Stephen Gerras
Department of Command, Leadership, and Management, U.S. Army War College

With the end of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the U.S. Army now finds itself in a time of extraordinary fiscal and national security uncertainty. In such an environment, it seems naïve, or at least overly optimistic, to assume that all, or even most, of a strategic leader’s current assumptions will be just as relevant several years into the future. Due to this, senior leaders need to be willing to change their minds on important issues. History and organizational studies both demonstrate that changing one’s mind is quite difficult, even in the face of overwhelming evidence that this change needs to occur. This presentation will explain how smart, professional, and performance-oriented Army senior leaders develop frames of reference and then often times cling to their outdated frames in the face of new information. The session will describe the influence of individual-level concepts—personality, cognitive dissonance reduction, hard-wiring of the brain, imprints of early career events, and senior leader intuition— along with group level factors to explain how frames of reference are established, exercised, and rewarded. The presentation will conclude with recommendations to senior leaders on how to structure Army leader development systems to create adaptable leaders when the environment dictates. Although focused on Army senior leaders, the concepts described apply to all the military services.


Warfare and the EM Spectrum - Why We Need to Think Differently As We Pass into and Through JIE

Andrew Singer, SES
Deputy Director of Information Dominance Advocacy, Inman Chair

Naval Intelligence


Closing Keynote: Joint Information Environment

David Stickley, SES
DISA JIE Implementation Office Director


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