08Mar Cyber Hardening of Weapons Systems

Cyber Hardening of Weapons Systems

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Join us on Tuesday, March 8, from 7:30 to 10:00 AM, at Lockheed Martin Corp in Hanover, MD, for a keynote and panel discussion on Cyber Hardening of Weapon Systems. This TS//SI/TK//NOFORN classified event will provide insights into recent updates to the Strategic Cybersecurity Program (SCP), including NSA’s role as project manager.

Cybersecurity threats span the entire DoD acquisition and sustainment lifecycle, from 300,000+ Defense Industrial Base companies to the supply chain of thousands of fielded weapon systems and the networks and infrastructures that enable their missions. Hear government and industry experts discuss cyber hardening challenges and opportunities, as well as how effective partnerships can help ensure DoD mission success.

  • Dave Luber, Deputy Director, Cybersecurity Directorate, NSA
Threat Brief:
  • Gary Chavez, Cyber Weapons Analyst, NASIC
  • Nora Davis, Chief, Weapons and Space Cybersecurity, NSA
  • Kenneth (Mitch) Crosswait, PhD, Deputy Director, Operational Test & Evaluation, Office of the Sec. of Defense
  • Teresa Merklin, Cyber Fellow, Lockheed Martin Corporation


Date & Time:
March 8 | 7:30-10:00 am ET

Lockheed Martin
7100 Standard Dr. | Hanover, MD 21076


  • Breakfast: 7:30-8:15 AM
  • Keynote: 8:15-8:40 AM
  • Threat Brief: 8:40-8:50 AM
  • Panel Discussion: 8:50-9:35 AM
  • Q&A: 9:35-9:55 AM

Important Health and Safety Protocols:

    • All attendees must be fully vaccinated. Verification of vaccination will be provided at registration by either paper or electronic documentation (including photo of card). "Fully vaccinated" means you have had a second dose of a two-dose or single-dose COVID-19 vaccine no later than 14 days before the event.
    • We ask that you not attend INSA in-person events if you are experiencing any symptoms associated with COVID-19, which include fever, cough, and shortness of breath among others; within 48 hours of the program.
    • Masks are not required.

About the Keynote:

Mr. David P. Luber is the Deputy Director of the National Security Agency’s Cybersecurity Directorate, which is charged with preventing and eradicating threats to U.S. National Security Systems and critical infrastructure. Prior to assuming this role, Dave served as the Executive Director (ExDIR) in the United States Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM). The ExDIR position represents the highest-ranking civilian and third-in-command at USCYBERCOM. Mr. Luber led an organization of over 12,000 personnel, to include a headquarters element, six large Service Cyber Components, 133 Cyber Mission Force Teams consisting of over 6,000 cyber warriors, and Department of Defense (DoD) enterprise defense forces.

About the Speakers:

Gary Chavez is a Cyber Weapons Analyst in the Cyber and Special Countermeasures Flight, National Air and Space Intelligence Center, Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. His team’s mission is to produce high-quality, all-source scientific and technical intelligence on the capabilities and performance of foreign cyber weapon systems in support of warfighting, acquisition, and policymaking communities. He has more than 25 years of experience in the US Air Force as both an active-duty service member and civilian. He graduated from the University of California with a degree in Aerospace Engineering.

Ms. Nora Davis is the National Security Agency’s Subject Matter Expert for Weapons and Space Cybersecurity and Combat Support. She leads strategic and tactical efforts to prevent and eradicate threats to weapons and space systems through the integration of cybersecurity engineering and threat intelligence. She is a sought-after expert in weapons and cyber threats, regularly sharing her knowledge across NSA, DoD, and IC. Prior to this role, Ms. Davis was the Chief of NSA’s Weapons and Space Cybersecurity Office, delivering threat informed cybersecurity guidance and engineering services to secure weapons and space systems.

Dr. Mitch Crosswait is Deputy Director, Net-centric, Space and Missile Defense Systems at the Office of the Secretary of Defense-Director, Operational Test and Evaluation (DOT&E). Prior to this role, he served as the lead analyst for Army tactical communication systems at DOT&E. Dr. Crosswait received the Exceptional Civilian Service, Outstanding Performance and Special Service awards from the Department of Defense, and a Special Award from the Department of Homeland Security for his contributions to the first Quadrennial Homeland Security Review.

Teresa Merklin is a Fellow attached to the Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Cyber Range, a facility chartered to perform highly specialized cybersecurity testing and evaluation of embedded avionics systems. In that capacity, she is designated as the technical lead for Cyber Risk Assessment across the complete portfolio of Aeronautics platforms. She has 30+ years of career experience, starting out with embedded software development and evolving over time into her current role in cybersecurity.


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