11Apr 2022 Spring Symposium

2022 Spring Symposium

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Join leaders from across the intelligence and national security community at INSA's Spring Symposium, Making it Work: Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, and Advanced Analytics, taking place on Monday, April 11, from 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM at the Westin Arlington Gateway.

This day-long event features four panel discussions and two keynotes. Panels will examine the IC’s AIM Strategy; the importance of the Pentagon’s newly created Chief Digital and AI Officer; challenges and success stories with operationalizing AI; and the capabilities needed to make it all work.

Program Agenda

8:00-9:00 am
  • Registration and networking breakfast
9:00-10:00 am
Welcome Remarks and Morning Keynote: "Old Dog, New Tricks"

The Hon. Sue Gordon
Former Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence
10:00-11:00 am
  • Panel Discussion: "Gaining the AI Advantage: Strategic Approaches to Big Data"
    This panel will focus on the strategic outlook for AI, and current IC and DOD plans for the future.
    Moderated by Larry Hanauer, VP for Policy, INSA


    • Ryan Carpenter, Program Analyst, AIM Initiative, ODNI
    • Kristen Cheman, VP for Digital and Analytical Solutions, LMI
    • Brian Mazanec, Director, Strategic Warfare and Intelligence Defense Capabilities and Management, Government Accountability Office (GAO)
    • Lakshmi Raman, Chief of AI, CIA
11:15 am - 12:15 pm
  • Panel Discussion: "Operationalizing AI"
    Moderated by Teresa Smetzer, CEO, Smetzer Associates;
    Chair, INSA Technology and Innovation Council


    • Brian Drake, Federal Chief Technology Officer, Accrete AI
    • Sarah Hengemuhle, Chief of the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) Futures Group, Office of Information Technology Services (ITS)
    • Dr. James Lampton, NSA
    • Jim McCool, Director, Data and Digital Innovation Directorate, NGA
12:15-1:15 pm
  • Networking Lunch
1:15-2:00 pm
  • Afternoon Keynote
    Dr. Catherine Marsh, Director, IARPA
2:00-3:00 pm
  • Panel Discussion: "The Big Data Challenge: Capabilities Needed for Success"
    Moderated by Chitra Sivanadam, Chief Technology Officer, RGi


    • Dr. John Beieler, Director of S&T, ODNI
    • Rachael Martin, Director, Plans, Programs and Strategy, Data and Digital Innovation, NGA
    • Kate Zimmerman, Chief Data Scientist, HawkEye360
3:15-4:15 pm
  • Fireside Chat: "Making It Work"
    Moderated by John Doyon, Executive Vice President, INSA
    • Ylli Bajraktari, CEO, Special Competitive Studies Project
    • Nancy Morgan, IC Chief Data Officer, ODNI
4:15-4:30 pm 
  • Closing Remarks

Fast Facts:

Location & Time
Wednesday, Apr. 11 | 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
The Westin Arlington Gateway
801 N Glebe Rd | Arlington, Virginia 22203

Media Policy
This event is open to the press. Contact [email protected] for more information.

Dress Code
Business or Service Dress/Class A (Military).

Health & Safety Policy

  • All attendees must be fully vaccinated . Verification of vaccination will be provided at registration by either paper or electronic documentation (including photo of card).
  • 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.

About the Morning Keynote

The Honorable Sue M. Gordon's extraordinary three decades of public service culminated with her tenure as PDDNI from 2017-2019. Prior, she served for two years as the Deputy Director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) and for 27 years at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), where she held senior executive positions in each of the Agency's four directorates. In 1998, Ms. Gordon designed and spearheaded the formation of In-Q-Tel, a private, non-profit company that accelerates the development and delivery of cutting-edge technologies to national security agencies. Sue is currently pursuing her continued interest in strategy, technology, security, and leadership, offering her expertise to a number of organizations, including Microsoft Corporation.


About the Afternoon Keynote

Dr. Catherine Marsh is the director of the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity, where she is responsible for investing in high-risk/high-payoff research that has the potential to provide our nation with an overwhelming intelligence advantage. Prior to this assignment, Dr. Marsh was the chief scientist for the CIA’s Directorate of Science and Technology from 2016-2019, where she was responsible for ensuring that leading-edge science and technology underlies current and future mission capabilities. Before that, she served as the dean of the DS&T's George Methlie School. From 2013-2015, she served as IARPA's deputy director.




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