Keynote: Lieutenant General Steven L. Kwast, Commander, Air Education and Training Command
Lt. Gen. Steven L. Kwast is the Commander, Air Education and Training Command, Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas. He is responsible for the recruiting, training and education of Air Force personnel. His command includes Air Force Recruiting Service, two numbered air forces and Air University. The command operates more than 1,400 trainer, fighter and mobility aircraft, 23 wings, 10 bases and five geographically separated groups. It trains more than 293,000 students per year with approximately 60,000 active-duty, Reserve, Guard, civilian and contractor personnel.
General Kwast was commissioned upon graduation from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1986. After completing a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, he was assigned to undergraduate pilot training where he earned his pilot wings in June 1989. General Kwast has served as military aide to the vice president and completed a National Defense Fellowship with the Institute for the Study of Conflict, Ideology and Policy at Boston University, Massachusetts.
The General has commanded at the squadron, group and wing levels, including the 47th Operations Group at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, and the 4th Fighter Wing at Seymour Johnson AFB, North Carolina. He also served as the deputy director for Colonel Matters, Air Force Senior Leader Management Office, Washington, D.C., and as the commander, 455th Air Expeditionary Wing, Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. General Kwast was the deputy director for Politico-Military Affairs for Europe, NATO and Russia, Strategic Plans and Policy Directorate, Joint Staff, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va. Prior to his current assignment, he was the Commander and President, Air University, Maxwell AFB, Alabama. He has more than 3,300 flying hours, including more than 650 combat hours during operations Desert Shield, Desert Storm, Southern Watch, Allied Force and Enduring Freedom.
Richard L. Dunn, Founder, Strategic Institute for Innovation in Government Contracting
Referred to as “the godfather of OTs” as a result of his pioneering work as DARPA’s first General Counsel. Mr. Dunn provides advice and engages in research and analysis related to the deployment and implementation of technology in the military and civil sectors through partnering and other innovative means; he conducts research in national security operations, technology and their interactions; and, analyzes laws, policies and practices that impact the effective implementation of technology.
As General Counsel of DARPA, he organized the office and provided a full range of legal services for the nation’s foremost national security research and development agency. Mr. Dunn pioneered innovative techniques to support science and technology projects by championing the enactment of legislation that authorized DARPA to enter into cooperative relationships with commercial companies or “partnerships” of companies and other organizations. Other pioneering efforts involved obtaining authority to conduct prototype projects outside the normal contracting statutes and special authority to recruit and pay scientists and engineers without regard to Civil Service laws. Additionally, he championed and obtained authority to award incentive prizes to spur technology developments. All these authorities are in use and have served as models for other agencies. Awards include the Presidential Rank of Meritorious Executive and the Secretary of Defense Medal for Meritorious Civilian Service.
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David Rothzeid, Pathways Manager, Maj. USAF, Defense Innovation Unit Experimental (DIUx)
Maj. Rothzeid works on strategic initiatives focused on streamlining DoD acquisition across the Department of Defense. He also works within the Information Technology and Machine Learning/Artificial Intelligence Portfolios at DIUx. Additionally, David operates as a liaison officer to Air Force program offices and educates acquisition professionals across all the services in Other Transactions utilization.
Prior to DIUx, David worked as an Executive Officer and Program Manager in the Special Programs Division (AFLCMC/HNJ) at Hanscom AFB, MA from July of 2012 to July of 2016. His first assignment was as a Project Officer for the Air Force Satellite Control Network (SMC/RNL) at Peterson Air Force Base, CO from July 2008 to July 2012. Additionally, he deployed as a member of USSOCOM GHOST program in 2013 to MacDill, AFB, FL and Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan. He has BA from Miami University in Economics (‘08) and an MBA from University Colorado, Colorado Springs (‘11).
Benjamin McMartin, Chief, Acquisition Management Office, U.S. Army TARDEC
Mr. McMartin currently serves as Chief of the Acquisition Management Office for the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) in Warren, Michigan, responsible for management of two consortium-model Other Transaction Agreements (OTAs): The Detroit Arsenal Automotive OTA (DA2-OTA) (7 years / $700M); and the Ground Vehicle Systems OTA (GVS-OTA) (5 years / $2B), with technical focus areas in automotive, autonomy, mobility, ground combat systems, and related technologies.
Mr. McMartin is a former Contracting and Grants/Agreements Officer, responsible for planning, solicitation, evaluation, award, and administration of contracts, grants, cooperative agreements, and other transaction agreements at the Army Contracting Command – Warren (ACC-WRN). Prior to entering Federal service, Mr. McMartin practiced law in the areas of commercial transactions and litigation.
Mr. McMartin is DAWIA Level III certified in Contracting; DAWIA Level I certified in Program Management; and a member of the Army Acquisition Corps. He is twice the recipient of the Department of the Army Achievement Medal for Civilian Service, for exemplary service in support of ACC-WRN, and for service to the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics (ASAALT). Additionally, he is a Certified Professional Contracts Manager (CPCM) through the National Contract Management Association and current President of the National Contract Management Association – Great Lakes State Chapter.
Kelly Stratton-Feix, Director, Acquisition Agility, USSOCOM AT&L
Ms. Kelly Stratton-Feix is the Director, Acquisition Agility, for the US Special Operations Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Center. She leads aggressive efforts to enable the transition of emerging technologies and innovative solutions to Special Operations Forces through alternate acquisition pathways such as SOFWERX. These efforts span outreach, collaboration, rapid prototyping and experimentation with non-traditional defense contractors, academia, inter agency partners, government labs, and other entities.
Previously, she served as the Deputy, Program Manager, Undersea Systems Program Office 2012-2016. As such, she managed a portfolio of efforts supporting USSOCOM Undersea Maritime Mobility Plan. She led cost, schedule and performance activities to develop a Dry Combat Submersible responsible for continuity of this rapid acquisition program from pre Milestone B risk reduction efforts and prototype development through achievement of Congressional and DoD Oversight requirements.
Ms. Stratton-Feix previously served as the USSOCOM Technology & Industry Liaison Officer, and Lead, Director’s Action Group for the USSOCOM Acquisition Executive from 2008 – 2012. She served as the primary contact for USSOCOM to facilitate communications, collaboration and connections of industry capabilities, ideas and solutions to command capability areas of interest, and was the lead manager for the annual Special Operations Industry Conference (SOFIC).
Steven Lauver, Deputy Director, A8XP Innovation Branch, Co-Founder, Air Force Technology Accelerator
Capt. Lauver is the Deputy Director of the A8XP Innovation Branch and founder of the Air Force Technology Accelerator, Headquarters Air Force, Pentagon, VA. As Deputy Director, he is responsible for exploring, testing and disseminating innovation best-practices across the Air Force and fostering a lean, thriving culture in the Innovation Branch. As founder of the Air Force Technology Accelerator, he is responsible for developing and testing tools to deliver cutting edge, dual-use technology to the warfighter, faster.
Michael S. Nash, Research Staff Member, Institute for Defense Analysis
Mr. Nash is an accomplished defense research staff member with numerous publications. His fields of expertise include: legal, regulatory, and management aspects of defense business processes, including acquisition and procurement, cyber, critical infrastructure protection, intellectual property rights, program management and technology development and deployment.
Sam Moyer, Innovation Finance Group
Sam Moyer is a private consultant for commercial and NGO enterprises, as well as an associate with AbViro LLC, a biotechnology firm. His work focuses on accelerating high-priority public-interest R&D using innovative public-private structures. Mr. Moyer received a B.A. in Economics from the College of William & Mary.
John Salamy, Program Manager, Air Force Open System Acquisition Initiative (OSAI)
Mr. Salamy is the Program Manager for the Air Force Open System Acquisition Initiative (OSAI) Other Transactions Authority (OTA) based at the Air Force Research Laboratory Information Directorate in Rome, New York. The OSAI OTA is one of only a handful of consortium based OTs in the Air Force and was awarded as part of the Secretary of the Air Force’s Bending the Cost Curve Initiative (BTCC). The OSAI OT was award to SOSSEC in March 2016. Currently, John and the AFRL/RI based team have awarded 20 projects for prototype totaling over $30M.