Digital Day 1

December 7, 2020

9:00 - 10:50 Morning Registration & Networking

10:50 - 11:00 Chairperson's Opening Remarks

11:00 - 11:30 DHS Security Priorities to Advance Homeland Defense & National Security

Richard McComb, SES - Chief Security Officer, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

With over 235,000 employees, the role of security-related programs across DHS have never been more critical to ensuring Homeland Defense and Security. As such, DHS leads a highly collaborative and uniquely decentralized security program designed to safeguard the Department’s people, property, information and systems.

  • Security-related programs for a 21st century Government: necessary next steps
  • Department-wide initiatives and priorities post FY2021
  • DHS coordination efforts and technological needs 

Richard McComb, SES

Chief Security Officer
U.S. Department of Homeland Security

11:30 - 12:00 Vision for a Future USCG: An Operational Perspective for a 21st Century USCG

Vice Admiral Scott Buschman - Deputy Commandant for Operations, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Tasked with the Coastal and Maritime Defense of our Nation’s border, the United States Coast Guard has a unique capability needs across the maritime operating domain. The delivery of the 2018 US Coast Guard plan outlines the near-term initiatives the USCG is taking today in order to maximize readiness today and tomorrow in order to address the Nation’s complex maritime challenges anytime, anywhere.

  • USCG 2018 Strtaegic priorities: near-term needs and efforts across the Enterprise
  • Technology direction and emerging needs
  • Operational strategies to meet emerging needs to include intelligence, cyber, law enforcement, and more


Vice Admiral Scott Buschman

Deputy Commandant for Operations
U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

With over 60,000 employees, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection is one of the world’s largest law enforcement organizations and is charged with keeping teerrorists and theirs weapons out of the U.S., wgile facilitating lawful international travel and trade. The session will highlight a field operations prsepctive as to U.S. CBP’s emerging efforts on the day-to-day ops, and emerging needs and priorities to advance their critical mission success.


  • Border protection strategies for a 21st century: operational strategies and needs
  • Ensuring security across our Nation’s borders for continued US economic prosperity
  • Securing our Nation in the COVID environment

Diane Sabatino

Deputy Executive Assistant Commissioner, Office of Field Operations
U.S. Customs & Border Protection, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

12:30 - 13:00 Secured Identity beyond 2020

Micah Walker - CEO, Grabba
  • Recognising the trends and opportunities
  • Faster technology innovation through engaged partnerships
  • Leveraging new technologies to deliver on DHS Mission sets beyond 2020


Micah Walker


13:00 - 13:30 Morning Networking & Meetings

13:30 - 14:00 Training & Technology on the Front Lines: Multi-Faceted Missions Need Bespoke Technology

Ari Vidali - CEO and Founder, Envisage Technologies

Ari Vidali

CEO and Founder
Envisage Technologies

14:00 - 14:30 Advancing US Capability to Defend the Homeland from CUAS and Airborne Threats

Timothy Bennett - PM, Air Domain Awareness, DHS S&T, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

The turbulence and rapid proliferation of the unmanned aerial system threat has hit hard and fast across multiple domains and areas of responsibility for the Armed Services. The response to UAS and sUAS threats has been massive across the Military ecosystem, and one will that continue to grow in importance as the threat evolves in complexity.


  • Expanding airborne threat and UAS threat defeat across multiple domains
  • Airborne threat S&T priorities
  • DHS partnership efforts across industry and necessary next steps

Timothy Bennett

PM, Air Domain Awareness
DHS S&T, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

14:30 - 15:00 Service Now Sponsored Session

15:00 - 15:30 Driving Transition of Private Industry Products across the DHS Enterprise

Ron McNeal - Transition Director, Silicon Valley Innovation Program, DHS S&T, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

DHS S&T’s Silicon Valley Innovation Program (SVIP) is keeping pace with the innovation community to tackle the hardest problems faced by DHS and the Homeland Security Enterprise. SVIP expands DHS S&T’s reach to find new technologies that strengthen national security with the goal of reshaping how government, entrepreneurs and industry work together to find cutting-edge solutions. Based in California’s Silicon Valley, the program reaches out to innovation communities across the nation and around the world to harness the commercial R&D ecosystem for technologies with government applications and to co-invest in and accelerate technology transition-to-market.

  • SVIP current portfolio efforts
  • Transition-to-market priorities
  • Private/partnership efforts and funding efforts thus far

Ron McNeal

Transition Director, Silicon Valley Innovation Program
DHS S&T, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

The DHS Special Events Program is the sole federal entity coordinating the identification, risk assessment, information sharing, and support for domestic and international special events.


  • DHS special event lines of effort regarding counter-terrorism, security and special event security needs
  • Efforts to expand interagency collaboration and information sharing
  • Technology needs to support continued domestic and international event security

Donald M. McKinnon, Jr.

Chief, DHS Special Events Program
Office of Operations Coordination, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

16:00 - 16:15 Chairperson's Closing Remarks

16:15 - 19:30 Continued Networking Opportunities

19:30 - 19:30 End of Digital Day 1