POC - 2024 Air Defense Summit

2024 Air Defense Summit | Potomac Officers Club



Part of the Potomac Officers Club’s recurring series of military-focused events, the 2024 Air Defense Summit brings together the top Air Force leaders and decision-makers, alongside industry experts and government officials, to discuss the future of the service. Join this event to hear important updates on peer competition, modernization efforts, cutting-edge technology adoption, and more.


Tuesday, July 23, 2024
7:00am - 1:45pm
Eastern Time Zone


7920 Jones Branch Drive
McLean, VA 22102


Scott Ariotti

Senior Program Manager

Capgemini Government Solutions

Matt Beran

Industry Lead, Global Defense & Intelligence


Michael Berger

Defense & Aerospace Market Leader


Col Frank Biancardi

Deputy Director, ABMS CFT

U.S. Air Force

James Crocker


U.S. Air Force

Melissa Dalton

Under Secretary

U.S. Department of the Air Force

Vincent DiFronzo

EVP, Air Force and Combatant Command


Lesley Dowdle

Senior Manager Business Development National Security


Barry Duplantis

VP & GM, Public Sector


Venice Goodwine

Chief Information Officer

U.S. Department of the Air Force

Dr. Timothy Grayson

Special Assistant to the SecAF for Mission-Centered Analysis and Operational Imperatives

U.S. Department of the Air Force

LTC Timothy Heaton


U.S. Air Force

Edwin Herchert

Branch Chief, Mission Applications, Enterprise Physical Security

Pentagon Force Protection Agency (PFPA)

Daniel O'Connor

Deputy Director, AF Legal Information Services -- Disciplinary Case Management System (DCMS)

U.S. Air Force

Laura Coatta Parsons

Vice President at Maximus Federal


Dave Reardon

Chief Customer Officer


Bob Ritchie

Chief Technology Officer


Leslie Shing

Technical Staff

MIT Lincoln Laboratory

Maj Justin Soderlund

Special Agent, USAF ORION Program Manager

U.S. Air Force

Lt Col. Kyle Stewart

U.S. Air Force

COL Matt "Nomad" Strohmeyer

Director Global Information Dominance Experiments

U.S. Department of Defense (DOD)

Amar Tappouni

Principal, Aerospace

Booz Allen

Christopher Thomas

Administrator of the Defense Technical Innovation Center

Defense Technical Information Center [DTIC]

Ian Tien

CEO and Co-founder



7:00am 8:00am Networking Reception
8:00am 8:05am Welcome & Opening Remarks
8:05am 8:45am

Opening Keynote: Melissa Dalton
Keynote Introducer: Vincent DiFronzo

8:45am 9:20am

Morning Keynote: Venice Goodwine
Keynote Introducer: Barry Duplantis

9:20am 9:50am Networking Break
9:50am 10:50am

Panel A: Accelerating with IT: Col Frank Biancardi, James Crocker, and Bob Ritchie (Moderator)

9:50am 10:50am

Panel B: Drive USAF Decision Advantage: Practical Use Cases for AI/ML: LTC Timothy Heaton, Maj Matthew Jordan, and Leslie Shing, COL Matt Strohmeyer, Amar Tappouni and Ian Tien (Moderator)

10:50am 11:00am Break
11:00am 12:00pm

Panel A: Harnessing Technology, Science, and Innovation for Force Readiness in Multi-domain Operations: Scott Ariotti (Moderator), Christopher Thomas, and Lesley Dowdle

11:00am 12:00pm

Panel B: Maximizing Impact: Strategies to Replicate Successful Air Force Case Management Solutions: Matt Beran (Moderator), Edwin Herchert, Daniel O'Connor, Maj Justin Soderlund, and Laura Parsons

12:00pm 1:00pm Networking Lunch
1:00pm 1:35pm

Afternoon Fireside Chat: Dr. Timothy Grayson and Michael Berger (Moderator)

1:35pm 1:45pm

Closing Comments

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