POC - 2023 Annual Air Force Summit

2023 Air Force Summit | Potomac Officers Club


As the Air Force forges ahead in its digital transformation journey, Secretary Frank Kendall’s seven Operational Imperatives continue to guide the service’s long-term objectives, capabilities and programs, especially in light of the intensifying peer and near-peer competition.

Software, zero trust, cloud, long-range fires and JADC2 remain at the forefront of the Air Force’s focus areas as the service embraces new technologies and approaches in support of critical national security missions both at home and abroad.

Distinguished leaders from the Air Force and the private sector will convene in dynamic discussion surrounding the service’s most important strategies, opportunities and priorities during POC’s 2023 Air Force Summit. 



Tuesday, July 18, 2023
7:00am - 2:00pm
Eastern Time Zone


7920 Jones Branch Drive
McLean, VA 22102


Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Mike "Boe" Boera

Vice President, Air Force Strategic Account Executive


Dr. Lisa Costa

Chief Technology and Innovation Officer

U.S. Space Force

Dr. Jennifer Cowley

Cognitive Engineer of the Chief Technology Office


Gerry Dixon

Managing Partner, EY Government and Public Sector

Ernst & Young (EY)

Michael Galbraith

Chief Digital Innovation Officer

U.S. Department of the Navy

Dr. Michael Gregg

Director Aerospace Systems Directorate [AFRL/RQ], Air Force Materiel Command [AFMC]

U.S. Air Force

Col James Hartle

Associate Director of Logistics, Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, Engineering and Force Protection, Headquarters

U.S. Air Force

Hon. Andrew Hunter

Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics [SAF/AQ]

U.S. Department of the Air Force

Will Johnson

Senior Vice President, Operations Manager Logistics & Mission Support


COL Joy Kaczor

Director of Cyberspace Ops & Warfighter Comms (A2/6C-A3C)

U.S. Air Force

Hon. Frank Kendall


U.S. Department of the Air Force

Pat Kumashiro

Senior Advisor, F-35 Sustainment (OUSD A&S)

U.S. Department of Defense (DOD)

Michael LaRouche

President, National Security and Space Sector


Maj Gen (ret) Lee Levy

Member of Board of Directors & Logistics Management Division Chair

National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA)

Shannon Pallone

Deputy Program Executive Officer for Battle Management Command, Control, and Communications (BMC3), Space System Command

U.S. Space Force

John Polowczyk

Managing Director, EY Government and Public Sector Supply Chain Operations

Ernst & Young (EY)

Bob Ritchie

Chief Technology Officer


Dr. John Rivard

Director, Advanced Concepts

Ultra Intelligence & Communications

Dr. Bryan Tipton

Chief of Architecture and Engineering, DAF PEO C3BM

U.S. Department of the Air Force

Dr. Derek Tournear

Director, Space Development Agency [SDA]

U.S. Department of the Air Force

Stuart Wagner

Chief Digital Transformation Officer, Office of the Chief Information Officer

U.S. Department of the Air Force

Stu Whitehead

Deputy Director, Command, Control, Communication and Computers/Cyber Joint Staff J-6

U.S. Department of Defense (DOD)


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

Opening Keynote: Frank Kendall
Keynote Introducer: Michael LaRouche

8:45am 9:25am

Morning Keynote Fireside Chat: Hon Andrew Hunter and Gerry Dixon

9:25am 10:25am

Contested Logistics in Agile Combat Employment Panel: Col James Hartle, Will Johnson (Moderator), Maj Gen (ret) Lee Levy and Pat Kumashiro

10:25am 10:45am


10:45am 11:45am

The Heart of the DAF BATTLE NETWORK: Data and Digital Engineering Panel: Dr. Jennifer Cowley, Shannon Pallone, Bob Ritchie (Moderator), Dr. John Rivard, Dr. Bryan Tipton and Stu Whitehead

11:45am 12:45pm

Rebuilding Readiness: Digital Transformation Needs for Sustained Peer Competition Panel: Dr. Lisa Costa, Michael Galbraith, Dr. Michael Gregg, Col Joy Kaczor, John Polowczyk (Moderator) and Stuart Wagner

12:45pm 1:25pm

Closing Keynote Fireside Chat: Dr. Derek Tournear and Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Mike "Boe" Boera

1:25pm 1:30pm

Closing Comments

1:30pm 2:00pm

Lunch Break

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