Defense Daily Announces 2016 Open Architecture Summit Speakers

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The ninth-annual summit will feature more than a dozen industry experts who will share their insights and expertise.

Defense Daily’s 2016 Open Architecture Summit agenda now features more than a dozen confirmed and invited expert speakers who will focus on the latest technology trends, developments, and business opportunities in the application of open architecture (OA) solutions in defense and national security acquisition. Speakers will include:

  • James E. Thompson, Deputy Chief of Global Access Operations, National Security Agency (NSA)
  • Brig. Gen (Promotable) David G. Bassett, Army Program Executive Officer for Ground Combat Systems, U.S. Army
  • Lt. Gen. Arnold W. Bunch, Military Deputy, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition (Invited)
  • Lt. Gen. Robert S. Walsh, Chief of Marine Corps Combat Development Command and Deputy Commandant, Combat Development and Integration, Marine Corps
  • Nick Guertin, Director of CONFLOW - Strategic Coordination for Rapid Prototyping, Naval Surface Warfare Center
  • Todd Probert, Vice President Mission Support and Modernization, Raytheon
  • Ian Dunn, Vice President of Sensor and Mission Processing, Mercury Systems
  • Camron Gorguinpour, PhD, Director of Transformational Innovation, United States Air Force, Office of the Assistant Secretary (Acquisitions)
  • Katrina McFarland, Acting Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics & Technology) and Army Acquisition Executive, United States Army (Invited)
  • Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas and Chairman, House Armed Services Committee (Invited)
  • Terry Carlson, Assistant PEO (CIO/G6), Army PEO Aviation and Chair of FACE Steering Committee, FACE (Invited)

The ninth annual Open Architecture Summit, taking place October 18, 2016 at the Capital Hilton in Washington, D.C., will emphasize how open architecture requirements can help the Defense Department keep pace with commercial technology. Enshrined in the FY17 National Defense Authorization Act is greater reliance on modular, open systems that can rapidly upgraded as new technologies and capabilities emerge. Now Congress and DoD weapons buyers must find ways to enshrine open architecture as a requirement for certain acquisition programs.

In 2016, open architecture is no longer an ethereal concept; there are now real-life case studies on how open architecture has benefitted the defense industry and established baseline capabilities that can be rapidly refreshed. The 2016 agenda will include:

  • Morning Opening Keynote presented by James E. Thompson, Deputy Chief of Global Access Operations, National Security Agency (NSA)
  • Flag Officers Panel
  • Open Architecture as a Key Element of Acquisition Reform
  • Future Airborne Capabilities Environment (FACE) Update
  • Case Studies of Open Architecture in Development and Acquisition

View the full agenda at

"The diverse lineup of accomplished speakers we have assembled for the ninth-annual Summit reflects the importance that DoD and the military services have placed on pursuing modular, open-architecture systems in acquisition," says Dan Parsons, conference chair and Defense Daily staff reporter. "Recognition by both the Pentagon and Congress that OA presents a path to swifter, more agile weapon buying, has sparked great interest in what should prove to be the most informative, successful Open Architecture Summit yet."

To learn more about this educational Summit and to register, visit

Sponsorship opportunities are also available; please contact Tom Williams at 703-522-1440 or tawilliams(at)accessintel(dot)com to learn more.

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