Innovation in Government - WEST


Now Available On Demand


Presented by Adobe, BeyondTrust, Lookout, Sigma Defense, ServiceNow & Carahsoft

Innovation in Government - WEST is a TV show born from the insights and discussions at WEST 24, held in San Diego, California. This show is a vibrant nexus for those eager to dive deep into the heart of innovation within government sectors, particularly focusing on military and industry leadership. WEST 24 has set the stage for transformative conversations, featuring interviews with a distinguished roster of government, military, and industry leaders who are at the forefront of integrating cutting-edge technologies and strategic advancements to bolster the Sea Services' operations.

IIG_DoDIIS Website (300 x 150 px)-1As we navigate through the era of digital transformation, Innovation in Government - WEST aims to shed light on the pivotal themes and innovations shaping the future of national defense and security. From exploring the potential of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) in transcending traditional operational frameworks to discussing the imperative of Zero Trust architectures for enhancing military cybersecurity, our show promises an enlightening journey into the evolving landscape of defense technology and collaboration. Through engaging discussions on topics such as network monetization, the significance of 'Fighting Smart' in support of force design, and the critical elements of successful collaboration between government and industry, we invite our audience to discover the visionary ideas and solutions propelling the Sea Services towards a future marked by efficiency, security, and technological superiority.

Join us on "Innovation in Government - WEST" as we explore these pressing issues, highlighting the innovative strategies and technologies that are pivotal in crafting a resilient and dynamic future for the sea services and beyond. This is your opportunity to gain insights into the cutting-edge developments and collaborative efforts that are defining the next horizon of military and governmental excellence.


Appearing on the Program:

  • VADM Andrew Tiongson, Commander, Pacific Area & Commander, Defense Force West, U.S. Coast Guard
  • Gaurang Dävé, Cyber Technology Officer, Marine Corps Systems Command
  • Matt Jones, CEO, Sigma Defense Systems
  • Matt Schmitt, Mission Account Manager, US Navy & Marine Corps, ServiceNow
  • RDML Tracy Hines, Deputy Operations Officer, U.S. Space Command
  • Michelle Woolford, Navy/USMC/4th Estate Account Director, Adobe
  • Jennifer L. Edgin, Assistant Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Warfare (N2N6), U.S. Navy
  • Michael Saintcross, Sr. Director Federal, BeyondTrust
  • Shery S Thomas, Cyber Technology Officer, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Cyberspace Command
  • Jim Coyle, U.S. Public Sector CTO, Lookout

Strategic Adaptations and Challenges in the Pacific

IMG_1581VADM Andrew Tiongson, Commander, Pacific Area & Commander, Defense Force West, U.S. Coast Guard, discusses the evolving strategic landscape in the Pacific Area, emphasizing the importance of understanding regional threats through partnerships, the strategic campaigning approach of the US Coast Guard, and addressing recruitment and retention challenges.

Key Takeaways:
    1. Enhanced regional understanding through firsthand partner engagements.
    2. Implementation of a strategic campaigning approach to address regional challenges.
    3. Recruitment and retention identified as significant operational challenges.

Advancing Marine Corps Capabilities through Smart Technology

IMG_1589Gaurang Dävé, Cyber Technology Officer, Marine Corps Systems Command, highlights the efforts of the Marine Corps Systems Command in equipping Marines with cutting-edge technology and weapons systems. He discusses the transition towards data-centric and software-defined solutions to enhance battlefield effectiveness.

Key Takeaways:
    1. Focus on equipping Marines with advanced capabilities and training.
    2. Emphasis on data-centric operations to improve decision-making at the lowest levels.
    3. Utilization of software-defined solutions and OTAs to expedite capability delivery.

Connectivity and Data Strategy in Sea Services

IMG_1620Matt Jones, CEO of Sigma Defense Systems, stresses the importance of connectivity and a refined data strategy to ensure that the right data reaches the right place at the right time, thereby enhancing decision-making across sea services.

Key Takeaways:
    1. The critical role of connectivity in modern military operations.
    2. The need for standardization and efficient data movement.
    3. Challenges in integrating systems across different service branches.

Leveraging AI and ML for Enhanced Navy and Marine Corps Operations

IMG_1669-1Matt Schmitt, Mission Account Manager, US Navy & Marine Corps at ServiceNow discusses how AI and ML can transcend being buzzwords to solve real problems within the Navy and Marine Corps, focusing on making data actionable and improving decision-making processes.

Key Takeaways:
    1. The importance of defining clear use cases for AI and ML applications.
    2. The potential risks of overpromising and underdelivering on technology capabilities.
    3. The significance of staying focused on actionable outcomes from data analysis.


Shaping Space Command Operations through Information Warfare Expertise

IMG_1744RDML Tracy Hines shares insights into her role at US Space Command, emphasizing operations management, space domain awareness, and the integration of information warfare principles to enhance space operations.

Key Takeaways:
    1. The expansive operational responsibilities in space domain management.
    2. The integration of information warfare expertise into space operations.
    3. The evolving threat landscape in space and the importance of readiness.

Enhancing Collaboration between Government and Industry in Data Management

IMG_1696Michelle Woolford, Navy/USMC/4th Estate Account Director at Adobe discusses the critical elements of collaboration between government and industry, particularly focusing on managing and securing data to support military objectives.

Key Takeaways:
    1. The importance of industry-government collaboration in data management.
    2. The central role of data in shaping future military strategies.
    3. The challenge of securing data amidst evolving threats.

Prioritizing Information Warfare in Naval Operations

IMG_1630Jennifer L. Edgin, Assistant Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Warfare (N2N6), U.S. Navy, emphasizes the significance of information warfare as a foundational element for future naval operations, highlighting the importance of talent, training, and technological adaptation.

Key Takeaways:
    1. Information warfare as a critical component of naval strategy.
    2. The need for continuous learning and adaptation in training methodologies.
    3. The importance of understanding and protecting sensitive data.

Zero Trust and Privilege Management in Defense Security

IMG_1711Michael Saintcross, Sr. Director Federal at BeyondTrust discusses the critical role of zero trust architecture and privilege management in enhancing the security of defense networks against advanced persistent threats.

Key Takeaways:
    1. The importance of zero trust in preventing lateral movement of threats.
    2. The need for prioritizing investments in privilege management.
    3. The ongoing challenge of securing networks against sophisticated cyber threats.

Network Modernization in Marine Corps Cyberspace Command

IMG_1644Shery S Thomas, Cyber Technology Officer, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Cyberspace Command,

outlines the current state and future direction of Marine Corps network modernization efforts, emphasizing the transition towards a unified network for enhanced cybersecurity and operational efficiency.

Key Takeaways:
    1. The challenge of transitioning from disparate networks to a unified network.
    2. The importance of understanding and prioritizing data for tactical edge operations.
    3. The iterative approach to network modernization and user feedback as a success metric.


Achieving Zero Trust Implementation in the Defense Department

IMG_1724Jim Coyle, U.S. Public Sector CTO at Lookout discusses the Defense Department's roadmap to achieving zero trust by 2027, focusing on understanding and protecting critical data to enhance national security.

Key Takeaways:
    1. The central role of data in defining zero trust implementation priorities.
    2. The potential for reducing technical debt through zero trust methodologies.
    3. The importance of a data-centric approach in securing sensitive information.



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