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Suggested Citation:"Appendix E: Briefings to the Committee." National Research Council. 2010. Achieving Effective Acquisition of Information Technology in the Department of Defense. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/12823.
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Appendix E
Briefings to the Committee

JUNE 30, 2008


Lt. Gen. Charles E. Croom, Jr., DISA—Opening Remarks

Steven Hutchison, DISA—Charge from the Sponsor

Steven Hutchison, DISA—Testing and Evaluation for Information Technology

Martin Gross, DISA—View from the Component Acquisition Executive

Becky Harris, DISA—Net-Centric Enterprise Services

Dave Bennett, DISA—Program Executive Office for Command and Control Capabilities

Robert Gorman, Mark Orndorf, Luanne Overstreet, Jimaye Sones— DISA Panel

Dan Sturman, Google—Beta Testing of Google Services

Dave Aland, Wyle—Evaluating 1A, Measuring More Than Failure

Timothy J. Harp, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (C3ISR&IT Acq)


JULY 1, 2008


Lt. Gen. (ret.) Ronald Kadish, Booz-Allen—Defense Acquisition Performance Assessment (DAPA) Study

William Johnson, Program Executive Office of Integrated Warfare Systems—ARCI-A Historical Perspective

Suggested Citation:"Appendix E: Briefings to the Committee." National Research Council. 2010. Achieving Effective Acquisition of Information Technology in the Department of Defense. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/12823.
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AUGUST 12, 2008


Martin Gross, DISA Component Acquisition Executive (by telephone)


SEPTEMBER 11, 2008


Tony Montemarano, DISA Component Acquisition Executive—GIG Bandwidth Expansion and DOD Acquisition

John Garing, DISA Chief Information Officer

Randy Hite, Government Accountability Office—Overview of GAO’s Report on Global Combat Support System—Marine Corp

Nancy Spruill, OSD—Defense Acquisition from a Management Perspective


SEPTEMBER 12, 2008


Martin Westphal and Alex Urrutia, Joint Force Command—Command and Control Capability Portfolio Management

Mike Krieger, Deputy CIO, United States Army

Robert Gorman, DISA General Counsel

Mark Drapeau, National Defense University


DECEMBER 8, 2008


Jacques Gansler, Former Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics—DOD I.T. Acquisition

Steve Kelman, Former Director, Office of Federal Procurement Policy

John Goodenough, committee member—Site Visit Report

Bruce Amato, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense Acquisition and Technology—DOD Software and Systemic Issues and Recommendations

David Wennergren, DOD Deputy Chief Information Officer

Stuart Starr, National Defense University—Actions to Enhance the Use of Commercial Information Technology in DOD Systems

Don Johnson, Defense Science Board—Challenges in Acquisition Technology

John Stenbit, Former Assistant Secretary of Defense for Networks and Information Integration


DECEMBER 9, 2008


Ron Jost, OSD—Network Centric Capability Portfolio

Suggested Citation:"Appendix E: Briefings to the Committee." National Research Council. 2010. Achieving Effective Acquisition of Information Technology in the Department of Defense. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/12823.
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JANUARY 30, 2009


John Landon, Vice President-Missiles, Technology and Space Programs, Northrop Grumman (former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Command, Control, Communications, Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance and Information Technology Acquisition in OSD)

Priscilla Guthrie, Director of the Information Technology and Systems Division, Institute for Defense Analyses (former Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of CIO)


FEBRUARY 24, 2009


Keith Seaman, Defense Business Systems Acquisition Executive— Tranformational Times: Facing the Challenges (teleconference)

Mike Dettman, U.S. Navy—PEO C4I Program

Dan Sturman, Google—Agile Development with Large Teams


FEBRUARY 25, 2009


Timothy J. Harp, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (C3ISR&IT Acq)—A New Model for IT Acquisition in DOD

Suggested Citation:"Appendix E: Briefings to the Committee." National Research Council. 2010. Achieving Effective Acquisition of Information Technology in the Department of Defense. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/12823.
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