Homeland Security & Defense Geospatial Community Exchange

November 20, 2014
Hyatt Regency Crystal City, Arlington, VA

This event helped drive collaboration between government, industry, private and academic sectors supporting homeland security and defense missions. A variety of speakers from DHS, the Components, and other Federal Agencies participated in the full day’s agenda.

Participants had the opportunity to visit technology displays from multiple DHS Components, Directorates and Offices alongside numerous industry exhibitors.

Check out trajectory magazine’s recap of the event.

Speaker presentations are available below in the agenda.

Agenda at a Glance

7:30-8:30 Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30-8:45 Introduction – Justin Sherin, USGIF Planning Committee Volunteer; and Principal, Booz Allen Hamilton
8:45-9:15 Keynote Speaker – Michael G. Potts, Deputy Under Secretary for Enterprise and Mission Support, Office of Intelligence and Analysis, Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
9:15-9:30 Welcome & Opening Remarks – David Alexander, Geospatial Information Officer; and Director, Geospatial Management Office, DHS
9:30-10:15 Exhibits and Morning Coffee Break
10:15-10:45 Discussion: Operations and Coordinating StructuresADM Thad Allen, USCG (Ret.), Former Commandant, USCG; Executive Vice President, Booz Allen Hamilton
10:45-11:45 Discussion: Data and Decision Support
- Moderator: Major General William N. Reddel III, Adjutant General, New Hampshire National Guard
- Commander Michael Edwards, U.S. Coast Guard, Program Manager, Common Operating Picture, DHS
- Michael K. Smith, Program Manager, Homeland Security Infrastructure Program (HSIP). National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA)
11:45-1:15 Lunch Break & Exhibits
1:15-2:15 Discussion: Remote Sensing
- Moderator: Chris Vaughan, Geospatial Information Officer, FEMA
- Glenn R. Bethel, Remote Sensing Advisor, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
- Robert Piccerillo, Multi Agency Collaboration Environment (MACE)
- Robert Zitz, Senior Vice President, National Security Sector, Leidos; and Chair; USGIF Small Sat Working Group
2:15-2:45 Discussion: Geospatial Cloud
- Moderator: Jerry Johnston, Geospatial Information Officer, U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI)
- Harvey Simon, Geographic Information Officer, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
- Tim Trainor, Chief, Geography Division, U.S. Census Bureau
2:45-3:30 Exhibits and Afternoon Coffee Break
3:30-4:15 Discussion: Emerging Technologies
- Moderator: Dan Cotter, Science Advisor, Office of Science and Technology, DHS
- Dr. Paul W. Breimyer, Surveillance Systems Group, MIT Lincoln Laboratory
- Stephen Dennis, Innovation Director, Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency (HSARPA), Science and Technology Directorate, DHS
- Don McGarry, Principal Software Systems Engineer, Homeland Security Systems Engineering and Development Institute, MITRE
4:15-4:45 Discussion: Frontlines
- Moderator: Peter O’Rourke, Executive Director, National Alliance for Public Safety GIS (NAPSG) Foundation
- William Burgess, Washington Liaison, National States Geographic Information Council (NSGIC)
- Steve Pollackov, Commanding Officer, Retired Captain/Geographic Information Systems Unit Commanding Officer, Fire Department City of New York’s (FDNY)
4:45-5:00 Wrap Up & Closing Remarks

Thank You to Our Sponsors


American Red Cross
Airbus Defense and Space
Booz Allen Hamilton
DHS Geospatial Management Office
DHS Science and Technology Directorate
Domestic Nuclear Detection Office
Exelis Visual Information Solutions
Federal Emergency Management Agency
FGDS/National Geospatial Platform
Multi Agency Collaboration Environment
NAPSG Foundation
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
National Reconnaissance Office
National States Geographic Information Council
Orbit Logic
Penn State Homeland Security Programs
Progressive Technology Federal Systems
Thermopylae Sciences + Technology
U.S. Census Bureau
U.S. Coast Guard
U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Border Patrol GIS