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

Bridget Bean, SES - Deputy Administrator for Resilience, 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 

Bridget Bean, SES

Deputy Administrator for Resilience

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)

12:00 - 12:30 Sponsored Session Opportunity: Advancing First Responder Technology in Support of US Disaster Preparedness

Morning Tracks

Track A

12:30 - 13:00 TSA Vetting Lines of Effort for Improved Response to Aviation & National Security Threats
Jon Wisham - Operations Manager, National Transportation Vetting Center West, Transportation Security Administration

The NTVC is a fully integrated 24/7 watch operations center for all transportation security vetting and encounter analysis of individuals who may pose a threat to aviation or national security. This session will highlight the efforts of TSA Vetting & Security operations across the West Coast,


  • West coast TSA vetting operational priorities
  • Near-term efforts to advance response and reduce aviation-based threats
  • Technology & analysis needs

Jon Wisham

Operations Manager, National Transportation Vetting Center West
Transportation Security Administration

Track B

12:30 - 13:00 Leading Regional Federal Emergency Management Efforts in the Mid-Atlantic
Ms. MaryAnn Tierney - Regional Administrator, Region 3, FEMA

As the regional administrator for FEMA Region 3 in August 2010 and is responsible for leading FEMA’s efforts in the mid-Atlantic to help people before, during and after disasters. This includes preparedness initiatives, resiliency development, and an understanding of threats bespoke to the Mid-Atlantic region.

  • Preparedness lines of effort
  • Developing resiliency across DE, DC, MD, PA, VA, WV
  • Technological needs to bolster current FEMA efforts

Ms. MaryAnn Tierney

Regional Administrator, Region 3


13:00 - 13:30 Morning Networking & Meetings

13:30 - 13:30 Roundtable Speaker “Zoom Room” Breakouts

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

Jay Tilden

Associate Administrator and Deputy Under Secretary for Counterterrorism and Counterproliferation
National Nuclear Security Administration

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

The SAFETY Act provides important legal liability protections for providers of Qualified Anti-Terrorism Technologies - whether they are products or services. The goal of the SAFETY Act is to encourage the development and deployment of effective anti-terrorism products and services by providing liability protections.

  • Office of the SAFETY Act Implementation current lines of effort
  • Initiatives to support private sector delivery of anti-terrorism technologies
  • Partnership efforts across DHS

Rachel Abreu

Deputy Director, Office of the SAFETY Act Implementation
DHS S&T, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

A critical issue in intelligence collection and dissemination is oversight. This is a very significant issue for DHS to ensuring that people’s rights are protected in the intelligence community.

  • Cybersecurity needs in current threat environment
  • Meeting the future of DHS security and privacy
  • DHS partnership efforts across intelligence collection

John Scot Matthews

Senior Director, Information Sharing, Security, & Safeguarding
U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Zoom Rooms

14:30 - 14:30 Roundtable “Zoom Room” Breakouts

IDGA’s breakout rooms offer the unique opportunity to join an intimate discussion led by one of our subject matter experts focusing on critical technology-focused topics across the CUAS space. These will be intimate sessions, boasting 20 person rooms for an exclusive look into new business opportunities. 


Round Table 1

14:30 - 15:15 Airspace Awareness

Round Table 2

14:30 - 15:15 Deep Learning Systems

Round Table 3

14:30 - 15:15 Workforce Training

Round Table 4

14:30 - 15:15 Radar Systems

15:15 - 19:30 Continued Networking Opportunities

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