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Executive Roundtables

CES Government Executive Roundtables begin the CES Government agenda on Thursday, January 9, 2020. Executive Roundtables are not the usual “panel discussion.” There will be twelve roundtables scheduled with 8-10 participants each. They are highly interactive industry-shaping discussions between high-level executive leaders from American government (federal, state and local) and US partner nations, technology innovators and industry leaders to discuss innovative technology solutions to government missions.  Each is a process that includes pre-, during- and post- conference discussions, all designed to:

Each is a process that includes pre-, during- and post- conference discussions, all designed to:

  • Enable or advance substantive business relationships between government decision-makerss, industry executives, thought leaders, subject matter experts and academia.
  • Encourage discussions that intersect emerging technologies with vital government or critical infrastructure missions.
  • Spark conversations among roundtable members and CES Government attendees.
Executive Roundtables are open to 50-70 CES Government attendees and each begins with a short reception allowing interaction between Roundtable members and their audience.

Technology and the National Defense Strategy

The new National Defense Strategy emphasizes the importance of technology to maintaining U.S dominance in future conflicts, especially those against peer and near-peer adversaries.  More robust, defensible and resilient equipment, information networks, and cyber capabilities, developed at low cost and high speed will be critical to warfighting.  From the expanding use of robots and autonomous vehicles to new applications for artificial intelligence to managing the virtual battlespace, the Department of Defense needs to broaden and strengthen the U.S. National Security Innovation Base by partnering with – and incorporating new capabilities developed commercially by the private sector.   Moreover, technology and new software offers the opportunity to achieve greater efficiencies within internal processes that will provide cost savings and directly address the need to increase the lethality of the warfighter. The paradigm is shifting from a decades old reliance on an acquisition system thoroughly grounded in process and lengthy procurement cycles, to one allowing for a broader mix of contracting mechanisms that favor innovation, speed, and warfighting effectiveness. The future demands a new model that enables the innovation and talent development occurring outside of government to accelerate the readiness, capability, and lethality of the U.S. armed forces. This roundtable will explore how groundbreaking technologies are changing warfighting and how the private sector and federal government can collaborate most effectively in a rapidly changing environment.

Making the Case For TBM in Government

Technology changes faster than ever, and the frenetic pace complicates IT management in government jurisdictions and critical infrastructure enterprises.  TBM’s software-enhanced business processes enable those who fund, procure, maintain and manage large IT infrastructures with a common view.  And when adopted across agencies and departments, that common view makes even more sense, which is why US Federal directives and guidelines endorse, and jurisdictions around the world are adopting, TBM.  Although still in its infancy, TBM adoption is accelerating quickly. Early TBM innovators and leaders from US Federal, state and partner nation governments will discuss TBM and its potential to become the new standard against which government, critical infrastructure and business enterprises of all sizes manage today’s fluid and increasingly complex IT environments.

AI and the Global Movement of People and Goods

Airports and seaports are getting smarter, and national governments around the world are building systems to more efficiently manage travel for their citizens, and the movement of products to and from their respective countries.  Artificial intelligence, combined with facial recognition, biometric technologies, machine learning and advanced analytics are driving innovation and producing transformational change in the movement of people and goods.  Progress aside, challenges remain in building uniform process and technology standards across national boundaries.  Leaders from the United States, Europe and Asia will join leading technology innovators for this discussion of progress, challenges and the future of global transportation of people and products.

Cyber Security: What Constitutes “Best Practice” in Information Security Management?

Network, application, endpoint, insider threats, technology “solutions” of every shape and size.  Add to this an accelerating threat matrix driven by organized crime, terrorists, even nation-states, the dawn of quantum computing and its ability to break existing security algorithms in real time, the IOT and a hyper-connected world – welcome to the world of today’s Chief Information Security Officer.  Top government, critical infrastructure and technology innovators will discuss processes essential to comprehensive, best practice cyber security policies for government and critical business enterprises.

Cyber Security: the Global Threat Matrix 2020

Always one of CES Government’s most anticipated discussions, this Roundtable focuses on today’s cyber threats, their global reach and increasing sophistication, and their capability to land devasting blows to both sensitive government data and vital infrastructure.  Top US Federal law enforcement and prosecution leaders will join leaders from other American and US-partner jurisdictions, as well as innovative cyber business and SME professionals, in a candid discussion of today’s cyber threat landscape.

Infrastructure As A Service And It Modernization

Hand in hand with CES Government’s TBM Executive Roundtable is this one on modernizing IT in a world where technology changes as fast as it is deployed. IaaS is vital to IT modernization today, and IT modernization is vital to mission performance. With the advent of artificial intelligence, advanced analytics, 5G and so many technology innovations that drive improved mission performance, IaaS is viewed as essential for disciplined, accountable and effective IT management. Roundtable participants will include recognized leaders and business leaders who own, secure, procure for or provide to major IT environments.

Cloud Transition And It Modernization: Best Practice Cloud Innovators

IT modernization (ITM) efforts abound across US Federal and all government jurisdictions. ITM strategies share two common objectives: data center consolidation and cloud transition of major data management and security functions. It is cloud transition that enables data center consolidation, and this Executive Roundtable features government and critical infrastructure IT executives who successfully implemented effective cloud transition and modernization strategies. Complementing these executives will be the technology sectors leading cloud innovators. The Roundtable will discuss the elements and processes essential to successful cloud transition and management for small, medium and large IT environments, the state of cloud security, transition costs and performance improvements.

5G And Government: A Look At The Possible

For the second straight year, 5G has been a prominent focus of International CES, yet the transformational communications capability remains in its infancy. What are the capabilities and benefits vs. today’s already advanced telecom environments? What does 5G portend for government? How will these capabilities be procured and what are anticipated costs compared to new and enhanced capabilities? Experts from government and business will address 5G and the impact it will have on US Federal and all government jurisdictions.

Artificial Intelligence And Rethinking Mission Performance

AI, predictive and advanced are revolutionizing the way we work, live and govern. Old processes are being improved and AI applied to data is presenting compelling arguments for where to better target resources in law enforcement, defense and national security and other vital government missions. Government leaders and AI innovators will share case studies and discuss areas where AI and predictive analytics are providing sharp focus in specific missions, and where that focus might be applied in the immediate future.

Finding And Keeping The Right People To Do The Job

Building and retaining a qualified and experienced 21st-century technology workforce presents enormous challenges to government, critical infrastructure and the businesses who support both. What are the differences between today’s workers and workforce and the millennials who are taking the stage and represent the next generation of government and business leadership? What motivates the new generation workforce? How will workers be recruited, trained and retained? In real-time, workers are supported by augmented reality, artificial intelligence, automation, and robotics. One of the world’s leading executive recruiters, together with SMEs and respected government and business professionals, will discuss these issues in a candid and high-value exchange of ideas, strategies and case studies.

Roundtable topics will continue to be announced leading into CES Government.