Government Cloud Computing-“Progress & Best Practices”

November 18th at 12PM

Program will discuss:

  • Progress Report on Government Cloud Computing Initiatives
  • Top Cloud Computing Priorities
  • Key Challenges to Overcome
  • Lessons Learned & Best Practices
  • A Vision for The Future

Mike Krieger– US Army-Deputy Chief Information Officer/G-6
Jack Wilmer– Technical Director, Global Information Grid Enterprise Services, DISA
Dawn Leaf– Senior Executive for Cloud Computing & Senior Advisor, Information Technology Laboratory, NIST
Scott Montgomery– McAfee
Mark Day – Chief Scientist, Riverbed Technology
Gunnar Hellekson– Chief Technology Strategist, Red Hat

Moderator: Jim Flyzik -Flyzik Group

About the Panel


Jim Flyzik
The Flyzik Group

Jim Flyzik is the President of TheFlyzikGroup . The company specializes in Strategic Business Consulting, Performance Based Contracting Consulting and Training and Thought Leadership media events. The company assists small, medium and large companies in providing world-class government services. Jim also serves as the Chairman of the Information Technology Association of America Committee on Homeland Security. Jim also hosts the monthly radio program, The Federal Executive Forum on WFED 1500 AM and .

Jim served over 27 years in the federal government. He served as Senior Advisor to Governor Ridge in the White House Office of Homeland Security (OHS). He provided advice to OHS on the National Strategy and Information Management in support of the OHS mission. From February 1998 until December 2002, Jim also served as the Vice Chair of the Federal Government CIO Council overseeing numerous government wide IT initiatives. He was also a member of the President’s Critical Infrastructure Protection Board.

Prior to this, from August 1997 until April 2002, Jim was the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Information Systems and Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the Department of the Treasury. He provided oversight, strategic planning and management direction on over $3.0 billion in annual information technology and information infrastructure programs within Treasury and its fourteen Bureaus. Jim also served as the Acting Assistant Secretary for Management for the Treasury Department from January 20, 2001 until February 8, 2002. In that role he provided oversight of all Treasury bureaus and served as the principal policy advisor to the Secretary and Deputy Secretary on matters involving the internal management of the Department and its bureaus. Jim received the Secretary Certificate of Appreciation on February 12, 2002 for his efforts during this transition period.

Prior to his Treasury positions, Jim worked for 15 years at the U.S. Secret Service where he held key IT management positions, including the Chief of the Communications Division, providing world class telecommunications in support of Secret Service tactical and operational requirements.
Jim served as Team Leader on Vice President Gore’s National Performance Review (NPR) Information Technology Team. Following this assignment, he was selected as Chairman of the Government Information Technology Services Working Group, to implement the NPR Information Technology recommendations and coordinate the government services portion of the National Information Infrastructure (NII). He was given the prestigious Eagle Award as the government information technology executive of the year in 1994, a Meritorious Presidential Rank Award in 1995, the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association Award for Excellence in Information Technology in 1996, the AFFIRM Award for Outstanding Service to the Citizens in 1997, the Industry Advisory Council Award for Special Achievements and Leadership in 1997, the AFFIRM IRM Executive of the Year Award in 1998, and the Distinguished Rank Executive Award from President Clinton in 1999. In 2001 the Federation of Government Information Processing Councils presented him the John J. Franke award for outstanding government service. In March 2002, Jim was selected by the Federal CIO Council to receive the Azimuth Award as the Government Executive of the Year.

Jim has extensive public speaking experience and frequently serves as a featured speaker at industry events. He has developed, and currently teaches part-time, a graduate level course on Information Systems Security and Risk Assessment at the University of Maryland. Jim was given the Stanley J. Drazek Excellence in Teaching Award in 1998 by the University of Maryland.

Jim has an undergraduate degree in Business Administration and Computer Science and a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Maryland with an area of concentration in Information Systems Management.

Mike Krieger
US Army
Deputy Chief Information Officer/G-6

Mike Krieger became Army Deputy Chief Information Officer/g-6 in July 2008. CIO/G-6 provides architecture, governance, portfolio management strategy, C4IT acquisition oversight and operational capabilities to enable joint expeditionary net-centric information dominance for the Army.

Mr. Krieger is a Senior Executive with broad experience in Information Management and Information Technology. He served in the US Army for twenty-five years with operation assignments in communications, and command and control.

He was previously the Principal Director, for the Deputy DoD chief Information Office. He formerly held the position of Director for Information Policy and Integration in the Office of the DoD Chief Information Officer.

Mr. Krieger believes information assets must be visible, accessible, understandable, and trusted to achieve an information advantage for our Soldiers and mission partners.

Mr. Krieger holds a BA from the United States Military Academy, an MS in Physics from Georgia Institute of Technology, and an MS in National Security Strategy from the National Defense University.

Jack Wilmer
Technical Director
Global Information Grid Enterprise Services

John (Jack) W. Wilmer is the Technical Director, Program Executive Office, Global Information Grid Enterprise Services (PEO GES), for the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA). Mr. Wilmer is responsible for the technical development, oversight, evaluation, and the incorporation of innovation into the PEO’s enterprise services processes and capabilities.

Prior to his position as Technical Director, PEO GES, Mr. Wilmer served as Vice President, Integrated Defense Systems for FGM, Inc. He was responsible for all operations, including budget, resource and program management, and strategic planning, and he reported directly to the chief executive officer. In addition, Mr. Wilmer continued to serve as an architect, supporting his customers at DISA in the design and governance of net-centric systems.

Mr. Wilmer was employed at FGM for 10 years, and throughout his tenure he contributed significantly to both the technical and business success of the company. He was hired as a software engineer, and initially supported DISA’s Global Combat Support System (GCSS) program. His primary focus in this role was the conversion of legacy ‘C’ based applications to the Java programming language. Mr. Wilmer was quickly promoted to serve as a team lead, and was named Software Development lead of the program after two years, where he oversaw all of the development and architectural activities. Mr. Wilmer performed this role for the next two years, and then was promoted to the position of Business Unit Director, Enterprise Services. In this role, Mr. Wilmer continued to directly support FGM’s customers as an architect, but was now also responsible for all business and personnel actions across FGM’s Enterprise Services programs. Mr. Wilmer served in this role for 3 years, and in the last year he was also named as the Integrated Defense Systems deputy director, the last position that he held prior to being named as Vice President, Integrated Defense Systems.

Mr. Wilmer’s experience ranges from software design and development to project and program management, and he is a frequent presenter of net-centric enterprise service capabilities at nation- wide technical forums. His experience comprises the full software development lifecycle in accordance with DoD specifications, including the transition of client-server applications to net-centric principles.

Mr. Wilmer is a member of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) Northern Virginia chapter, and he is a past winner of the AFCEA Meritorious Service Award. In addition to volunteering for the AFCEA NOVA chapter, Mr. Wilmer is a member of the AFCEA Intelligence Committee, and is a graduate of the AFCEA Leadership Forum. He is also a graduate of, and currently serves as a mentor for, the Emerging Leaders Institute, an initiative of Leadership Fairfax. Mr. Wilmer is also a member of the Project Management Institute and he achieved Project Management Professional (PMP) certification in 2006.

Mr. Wilmer graduated with honors from Princeton University where he achieved a Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree in Computer Science.

Dawn Leaf
Senior Executive for Cloud Computing & Senior Advisor
Information Technology Laboratory

Dawn Leaf is a Senior Advisor in the National Institute of Standards and Technology Information Technology Laboratory, and the NIST Senior Executive for Cloud Computing.

Prior to her appointment to NIST in March 2010, Ms. Leaf served as the Deputy Chief Information Officer/Chief Technology Officer for the United States Department of Commerce, the Chief Information Officer of the Bureau of Industry and Security, the Chief Technology Officer of the Smithsonian Institution, and as the Manager of System Architecture of the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Before joining the federal government in 1999, Ms. Leaf acquired broad experience in Information Technology management, advanced technology, and large scale distributed systems development and engineering. She served as the program manager for several National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) programs under contract. Ms. Leaf’s foundation in Information Technology came from her 1981-1995 tenure with the Westinghouse Electric Corporation (Northrop-Grumman). Highlights include the 1992 George Westinghouse Signature of Excellence Award and appointment as the Information Systems Manager for the Oceanic sonar and anti-submarine warfare facility. Dawn Leaf holds an M.S. in Systems Engineering from the Johns Hopkins University, Whiting School of Engineering, and is a cum laude graduate of McDaniel College.

b>Mark Day
Chief Scientist
Riverbed Technology

Mark Day, PhD. came to Riverbed from Cisco Systems, where he served as technical lead for content networking product management. A senior member of the Office of the CTO, Dr. Day is part of the team responsible for Riverbed’s technology direction and strategy. He works closely with Riverbed customers, solving some of the most technically complex and challenging issues associated with application acceleration and Wide Area Network optimization. Dr. Day also invented the SSL optimization technique that is a core feature of Riverbed’s flagship Steelhead products. This development has that made it practical for enterprises to accelerate secure SSL traffic. He holds 19 patents in distributed systems, presence, streaming media, content networking, mobile communications, and telephony, and has chaired several Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) working groups. Dr. Day has held an adjunct appointment at Harvard University teaching graduate computer science, and received his Ph.D. from MIT in 1995.

Gunnar Hellekson
Chief Technology Strategist
Red Hat US Public Sector

Gunnar is the Chief Technology Strategist for Red Hat’s US Public Sector group, where he works with systems integrators and government agencies to encourage the use of open source software in government. He is a Red Hat Certified Engineer, and the author of a variety of whitepapers and lengthy emails like “New Approaches to Multilevel Security with Red Hat Enterprise Linux,” “What is Virtualization?” and “Open Source on the Battlefield”. He recently helped found Open Source for America and was named one of Federal Computer Week’s Fed 100 for 2010.

Prior to joining Red Hat, he worked as a developer, systems administrator, and IT director for a number of Internet businesses. He has also been a business and IT consultant to not-for-profit organizations in New York City. During that time, he spearheaded the reform of safety regulations for New York State’s electrical utilities following the tragic death of Jodie Lane.

When he’s not spreading the Good News about open source, he’s wishing he had a dog.