Government Big Data Forum 2014
2014 Details
March 19, 2014
7:00am - 4:00pm

Renaissance Hotel
999 9th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

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Fourth Annual Government Big Data Forum

G. Daniel Doney

G. Daniel Doney
Chief Innovation Officer
Defense Intelligence Agency

Dan Doney was assigned as Chief Innovation Officer for the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) in February 2013. He is pursuing an aggressive strategy to reform agency operation building agility into the core of all DIA activities. This strategy, emphasizing leadership, empowerment, agility, and partnerships, is designed to remove bureaucratic friction through the application of the entrepreneurial method enabling the agency to efficiently convert ideas to action.

Dan has been an innovator in a wide variety of fields (process automation, enterprise architecture and software development, financial modeling, organization theory, robotics, and signal processing) drawing on his background in social systems, control theory, software engineering, and artificial intelligence.

Before rejoining the intelligence community, Dan served in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Enterprise Service Delivery Office (ESDO) where he was a central figure in the implementation of the public/private cloud strategy. He helped establish the DHS cloud strategy, architected the migration of legacy systems to Platform as a Service (PaaS) offerings, and developed enterprise solutions to take advantage of the new agility. Most notably, Dan was the senior architect for USCIS SelfCheck, a hybrid cloud application that won the 2012 Excellence in Government Award for its novel approach to citizen centric government.

Dan started his career as a nuclear submarine officer in the U.S. Navy. After his service in the military, he worked in industry in software development and business process automation. Dan served the bulk of his career in advanced research for the intelligence community - most recently at the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) as technical lead on the Novel Intelligence from Massive Data (NIMD) and Collaboration and Analyst System Effectiveness (CASE) research programs. These programs investigated the application of network effect and complex adaptive system models to information foraging and collaborative sensemaking in support the intelligence community mission.

While at IARPA, he devised BRIDGE, a technology ecosystem and governance framework that enables government agencies to efficiently leverage innovation in industry and academia. BRIDGE is an open innovation an environment where the best ideas emerge and can be harvested to mission settings quickly. This framework enhanced technology discovery and evaluation while streamlining accreditation and integration - reinvigorating a slow moving government acquisition model that often missed disruptive technologies.

Dan graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1992 with a B.S. in Control Systems Engineering and an additional major in Economics, and received an M.S. in Nuclear Engineering from MIT in 1994. Dan and his wife Jodi have 5 lovely children and live near Annapolis, Maryland.

John Boles

John Boles
Deputy Assistant Director
Cyber Division

Throughout the course of his FBI career, John Boles has worked a wide variety of investigative matters, including organized crime/drugs, violent crime, counterterrorism, white collar crime, and cyber crime.

Mr. Boles entered on duty with the FBI in 1995 and was assigned to the Sacramento Division. There, he investigated most criminal violations, including fugitives, white collar, cyber, violent crimes, narcotics, terrorism, and crimes against children. In 1997, he was selected as the Sniper team leader. While assigned to Sacramento, Mr. Boles successfully investigated the Tri-West Investment Club, an internet ponzi scheme that defrauded 15,000 victims in 57 countries.

In 2003, Mr. Boles was selected as Assistant Legal Attaché to Kiev, Ukraine and was promoted to Legal Attaché later that year. Mr. Boles was responsible for all FBI programs in Ukraine and Belarus. While assigned in Kiev, Mr. Boles successfully facilitated the first extradition from Ukraine to the United States.

In 2006, he transferred to St. Louis and was promoted to Supervisory Special Agent. He supervised the Joint Terrorism Task Force, made up of 12 member agencies, and the International Terrorism squad. Mr. Boles directed an undercover operation targeting identified fundraisers in support of terrorism that resulted in RICO charges on 14 individuals. He was also selected to serve as SWAT Coordinator, responsible for operation and training of the Division SWAT team.

Mr. Boles was promoted to Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the San Diego Division in 2009. In that role, he oversaw six investigative squads over cyber and white collar crime matters, as well as directing the administrative program for the office.

In 2010, Mr. Boles was promoted and served as the Special Assistant to the Executive Assistant Director, National Security Branch. He served in that capacity until 2011, when he was selected as Special Agent in Charge of the Norfolk FBI Office.

In 2012, Mr. Boles returned to FBI Headquarters and currently serves as Deputy Assistant Director, Cyber Division, where he oversees FBI cyber operations and investigations.

Prior to his FBI career, he served as a cryptologic technician aboard surface and subsurface combatants in the U.S. Navy. Mr. Boles graduate from the University of Georgia. He and his wife, Kelly, have two sons.

Annette L. Redmond

Annette L. Redmond
Director, Army Intelligence Community Information Management
Army Intelligence Chief Information Officer

In October 2013, Ms. Annette L. Redmond was selected to the Defense Intelligence Senior Executive Service and appointed as the Director, Army Intelligence Community Information Management for the Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, G-2. She provides operational and technical advice and oversight of infrastructure and Intelligence Community information management/information technology endeavors. She is the strategic manager and integrator of Army Intelligence information technology systems with Joint, National, and Intelligence Community systems. She focused on long-range strategies to provide timely and accurate support to tactical, operational, and strategic-level operations throughout the Army. She is committed to the highest standards of intelligence system readiness for the Warfighter.

Prior to this assignment, Ms. Redmond was the Special Advisor for Enterprise Intelligence Operations as a Defense Intelligence Senior Level for the Army Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM). Her senior intelligence operations expertise in National, Joint, Coalition and Army intelligence operational requirements aided INSCOM's aggressive shift to Enterprise IT operations and the revolutionary shift to reach-back PED operations.

Ms. Redmond joined the Civil Service in 2005 and served as the Joint Staff J2's Director for Enterprise Integration and Information Sharing. Ms. Redmond previously served in the U.S. Army, 1984-2005, retiring following 21 years of experience and progressive leadership as an Army Military Intelligence Officer.

Her military assignments included tours in Germany, Hawaii, and the Pentagon.

Michael Byrne

Michael Byrne
Geographic Information Officer
Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

Byrne's signature accomplishment, the National Broadband Map, an interactive and searchable online map showing broadband availability nationwide--in many cases down to block-by-block detail--is admittedly a few years old by now. That's okay. We're recognizing him not for that single project, but for the ongoing integration of geospatial visualization into the FCC.

The fact that anyone can see on a map which counties are eligible for FCC grants, where the FCC has taken action to shut down pirate radio stations, or participants in a FCC rural telehealth program by just going to the /map section of says a lot. There's something inherently contextualizing about a map that gives immediacy to data that a spreadsheet just doesn't do.

Byrne, by all accounts, has a large role in pushing the FCC forward in that direction and also in utilizing open source tools to do it.

Todd G. Myers

Todd G. Myers
Lead Global Compute Architect
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA)

Todd G. Myers is the Lead Global Compute Architect to NGA providing collaborative support to the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO), Chief Information Officer (CIO), the Office of the Director of Technology D/T, and advisement for IT Strategic planning across NGA and the Intelligence Community (IC) for NGA.

Mr. Myers works on global orchestration for architectural concepts of compute, storage and transport virtualization have been used across the Department of Defense (DoD) and the IC in planning of data centers and mobile deployment capabilities. His Global Compute Enterprise strategy outlines the transformational activities for organizations to deliver a fabric of utility computing that scales on-demand and enables self-discovery and self-service access to timely and relevant information.

Mr. Myers is working across the IC in coordination with the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) to architect, implement, and transition to the design patterns of global compute elements for the next generation of data analytics.

David Verhey

David Verhey
Senior Advisor
Department of Defense (DoD)

David M. Verhey currently serves as Senior Advisor within the Department of Defense (DoD) Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office (CTTSO), which functions under the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low-Intensity Conflict (ASD SO/LIC). As Senior Advisor, David is responsible for advising the Director and senior managers in programs involving information technology, advanced analytics, irregular warfare activities, and cyberspace operations. Immediately before taking this role, he served as managing counsel in a U.S. Government office that supported DoD classified programs involving Special Operations, information technology and intelligence programs.

Prior to joining the DoD, David was a partner in a major law firm in Washington, D.C., where he represented corporate and public clients in matters involving regulatory compliance, litigation, government investigations, contracts, and federal legislation. From 2003-2009, he served as a senior appointee in the administrations of President George W. Bush and California Governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger. David started his legal career as a trial and appellate lawyer in the Office of the California Attorney General, where he successfully handled federal and state litigation involving major state procurements, elections and state databases.

Abe Usher

Abe Usher
Chief Technology Officer
The HumanGeo Group

Abe Usher, Chief Technology Officer at The HumanGeo Group, has 16 years of professional experience related to software engineering and system development. Prior to co-founding HumanGeo, Abe was a senior engineer within Google's Enterprise Division where he worked on geospatial and search technology in support of Google Earth and Google Maps. His other areas of specialty at Google were large scale data mining and quantitative social network analysis.

Prior to Google, he also has served in a number of government roles with the National Security Agency (NSA). While serving as a cryptologist at NSA, he received multiple awards for creating innovative cyber-security technologies. His technical experience covers the full spectrum of data analysis and cloud computing technologies, including Hadoop, Hbase, MapReduce, Lucene, Solr, ElasticSearch, MongoDB, Redis, Oracle 10g, Postgresql, and SQL Server. He is also proficient in a number of programming languages, including: Java, Python, C#, C++, Perl, javascript and others. Abe is a Cloudera Certified Hadoop Professional (CCHP), and Certified Information System Security Professional (CISSP).

Al Di Leonardo

Al Di Leonardo
Chief Executive Officer
The HumanGeo Group

Al Di Leonardo, Chief Executive Officer at The HumanGeo Group, has over 23 years of combined government and commercial experience. He co-founded the company and leads the company's vision and operations comprised of innovative software engineers, technical analysts, and intelligence analysts working at the intersection of big data analytics with social media, data mining, data visualization, and location intelligence.

Before co-founding The HumanGeo Group in 2011, he served as a United States Army Intelligence Officer, where he became a highly decorated combat veteran. He spent a decade inside the National Security Agency (NSA), and the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA), and is the former Director of US Special Operations Command's (SOCOM), elite big data analytics cell known as Skope. He also served in Kuwait, Africa, the Balkans, Korea, Iraq, and Afghanistan.

He is a Bronze Star Awardee from Special Operations Command, and in 2011, Al was also selected as one of the top 100 Federal employees by the "Fed100" because of his vision and implementation of the Skope cell. He holds a BA from the Fordham University and an MBA from Loyola University.

Matthew Carroll

Matthew Carroll
General Manager

Mr. Matthew Carroll is the General Manager of 42six, CSC's public sector Big Data and Distributed Computing division. He holds the responsibility for delivering high-end software solutions to customers within the Intelligence and Defense communities and currently provides engineering support to cloud computing initiatives at NSA, Army and DIA. Furthermore, 42six maintains 7x open-source programs and is a contributor to key programs for the Intelligence Community such as Accumulo, Titan, Deckster, Amino and Ozone.

In addition to his duties as the leader of 42six Mr. Carroll also serves as the lead architect for DIA's ICITE initiative called the DoDIIS App Engine as part of the ORION contract. He provides engineering vision and guidance to DIA functionals and DoD components in support of DIA's ICITE migration strategy.

Previously, Mr. Carroll served in several roles within the US Army as a Military Intelligence Officer. During this time he supported operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Mr. Carroll holds degrees in Chemistry, Biochemistry and Biology from Brandeis University and is married with one child.

Paul Brown
CEO and Founder
Koverse Inc.

Mr. Brown is the CEO and Founder of Koverse Inc. a software company working on next generation Big Data technologies. Paul has over a decade of experience working with Big Data and applying it to mission needs. He has overseen or advised on dozens of Big Data efforts in intelligence, defense, and finance, some of which rank amongst the largest and most sophisticated implementations in the world. This includes his work as a Technical Fellow at the National Security Agency where he created one of the Agency's first operational data-mining teams and led the development effort that resulted in the Apache Accumulo project and modernized the way NSA handles Big Data.

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