Digital Day 3

December 9, 2020

9:00 - 10:50 Morning Registration & Networking

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

11:00 - 11:30 Advancing American Resiliency and Preparedness for Critical Natural Disasters

Mr. Alex Amparo - Assistant Administrator for National Preparedness, FEMA

With the critical goal of helping US citizens before, during and after disasters, FEMA has one of the most critical goals across the Federal Government. Achieving efficient levels of resiliency & preparedness for disaster response is of crucial priority, one highlighted by a litany of disaster incidents across the US.

  • Guiding FEMA resilience initiatives: necessary next steps
  • Advancing natural disaster, and counterterrorism and security preparedness across FEMA operations
  • Grants program directorate lines of effort and near-term initiatives 

Mr. Alex Amparo

Assistant Administrator for National Preparedness


Darby LaJoye

Executive Assistant Administrator for Security Operations, Transportration Security Administration
U.S. Department of Homeland Security

12:00 - 12:30 Mongo DB Speaking Session

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) delivers world-class geospatial intelligence that provides a decisive advantage to policymakers, warfighters, intelligence professionals and first responders. As such, their effort across the preparedness continuum for disaster response is critical to our Homeland Defense apparatus, and this session will highlight ongoing efforts to advance American disaster preparedness.


  • Enabling next-generation preparedness from natural disasters: NGA lines of effort
  • Necessary next steps to improve geospatial capabilities in support of disaster preparedness operations
  • Partnership efforts

Nicole Pilkus

Director, Americas and Disaster Predparedness
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA)


Christopher F. Wolfe

Chief, NGA Support Team at NORAD & USNORTHERN Command
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA)

13:00 - 13:30 Morning Networking & Meetings

13:30 - 14:00 Counterterrorism and Counterproliferation Efforts for Improved National Nuclear Security

Dean Kratzenberg - Deputy Director of the Office of Nuclear Incident Response, National Nuclear Security Administration

NNSA’s Counterterrorism and Counterproliferation organization is vested with the responsibility in preparing for, responding to, and successfully resolving nuclear and radiological accidents and incidents worldwide via informed policy decision and operational recommendations.


  • Preparing for, responding to, and successfully resolving nuclear and radiological accidents and incidents in the homeland & worldwide
  • Expanding and advancing emergency preparedness and response to nuclear threats
  • FY2021 priorities and cross-agency collaboration opportunities

Dean Kratzenberg

Deputy Director of the Office of Nuclear Incident Response
National Nuclear Security Administration

14:00 - 14:30 Strengthening U.S. Missile Defense for Improved Homeland Defense from Next-Generation Threats

Jeffrey Boulware - Technical Director, Joint Integrated Air and Missile Defense Organization (JIAMDO)

Across the past 5 years, there has been a massive uptick in investment of missile defeat and defense programs, mostly brought along by advancements in IAMD and hypersonic weapon capabilities. Providing effective and enduring protection against rogue state missile threats to the homeland is of critical importance, and this session will highlight these ongoing efforts.


  • Missile defeat and defense in a hypersonic world: how has the paradigm shifted
  • Missile defense priorities in the near-term
  • Technology needs to enable next-generation defense architectures 

Jeffrey Boulware

Technical Director
Joint Integrated Air and Missile Defense Organization (JIAMDO)

  • Pre-incident planning and preparedness
  • Key obstacles for law enforcement, related to communication, resource management, and changes to service patterns
  • Personal Protective Equipment identification, planning, procurement, and manage the inevitable increases in PPE demand
  • Training and education of the workforce and recommendations for personal protective equipment (PPE) necessary for protection of first responders

Cody Hogeboom

Chief, Counterterrorism and Specialized Training
Federal Protective Service


Jason Kepp

Assistant Director, Training and Professional Development
Federal Protective Service

15:00 - 15:30 DHS Efforts to Enable Rapid Technology Transfer and Commercialization via Industry Partnerships

Kalpana Reddy - Branch Chief, Technology Transfer and Commercialization, DHS S&T, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

DHS S&T's Technology Transfer and Commercialization Program serves as the centralized point to manage transition activities throughout DHS and the DHS laboratory network. Technologies developed and evaluated within the department can have tremendous potential for commercial applications throughout the nation, enhance the competitiveness of individual small businesses, and expand areas of exploration and cooperation for all non-federal partners.

  • Major goals of the TC2 team, and necessary next steps to enable continued commercialization of solutions
  • Current partnerships and opportunities on the rise
  • What does industry need to know about DHS S&T priorities

Kalpana Reddy

Branch Chief, Technology Transfer and Commercialization
DHS S&T, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Of the most critical means to ensuring effective Homeland Security, fewer notions reign more supreme than that of situational awareness. This session will highlight some of DTRA’s efforts to increase detection and overall awareness of nuclear threats.


  • Improving threat awareness and situational awareness via intelligence sharing and collaboration
  • Efforts to expand detection technologies including sensors
  • Countermeasure lines of effort

Jeffrey Musk

Chief, Nuclear Detection Division, Nuclear Technologies Department, Research & Development Directorate
Defense Threat Reduction Agency

16:00 - 16:10 Chairperson Closing Remarks

16:10 - 19:30 Continued Networking Opportunities

19:30 - 20:00 End of Homeland Security Summit