USMC IT Day 2024 Speakers

AFCEA Quantico-Potomac is pleased to welcome our speakers for USMC IT Day 2024.  Click below to see the image and bio of each speaker.

Mr. Michael S Buccola, Sr

Program Manager
Marine Corps Systems Command

Mr. Michael S Buccola, Sr. is an acquisition professional with 40 years of experience with Naval Sea Systems Command and Marine Corps Systems Command (MCSC) covering platforms, principal end items and Information Technology (IT) systems. Mr. Buccola holds a BS in Computer Science from George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia and an MS in Systems Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California. He is Defense Acquisition University Level III certified in Logistics and Program Management.
In July 2022, Mr. Buccola was selected as the Deputy Program Manager for Logistics Integrated Information Solutions-Marine Corps within Program Executive Office Manpower, Logistics and Business Solutions. In this position he is responsible for overseeing a Program Management Office of over 100 civilians and Marines, 18 IT Business Systems and an annual budget in excess of $150M.
In Jun 2017, Mr. Buccola was selected as the PdM for GCSS-MC, a Business System Category 1 Program with an annual budget in excess of $70M. His accomplishments included: leading a successful modernization of the GCSS-MC’s Oracle E-Business Suite; completing the technical refresh of 100 training suites located throughout the Marine Corp; and completing the consolidation and transition of five incumbent Contractors into a single Systems Integrator contractor within five months. In support of the Marine Corps objective of modernizing its financial accounting system to achieve a clean audit opinion, he implemented an unplanned large-scale system overhaul of the GCSS-MC financial processes and interfaces within eight months.
Mr. Buccola joined MCSC in Feb 2006 where he is credited with restructuring the Total Force Structure Management System (TFSMS) program, the Marine Corps enterprise system to manage manpower and equipment requirements, into an evolutionary acquisition program. Working with the Deputy Commandant for Combat Development and Integration, Total Force Structure Division, the TFSMS Acquisition Category designation was increased, program funding significantly improved, and TFSMS became the first system to deploy Global Force Management, a Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) initiative. While receiving numerous personal awards, his TFSMS Team was awarded the MCSC Commander’s Excellence in IT Award for Superior Performance in June 2009.
As a Team Lead, he transitioned the Marine Corps Defense Readiness Reporting System from the Army, demonstrating his ability to create relationships, trust, and cooperation across Services. In 2013, as the Acquisition/Business Management Lead, Mr. Buccola led a cross-competency team to award a single Systems Integrator contract for 14 IT systems. The contract reduced Marine Corps Operations & Maintenance costs by $8M in the first three years.
From 1984 through 2006 Mr. Buccola was a contractor supporting various Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) Acquisition Category (ACAT) I programs and Marine Corps Systems Command (MCSC) Information Technology (IT) programs. It was during this time when Mr. Buccola developed a deep understanding and appreciation of the acquisition process and the importance of the integrated team. He held numerous positions of increasing responsibility to include Project Lead, Team Lead, Program Manager, and Competency Director. In 2002, he was selected as employee of the year. Mr. Buccola received numerous Navy Letters of Appreciation and in 2001 his Team won a prestigious NAVSEA Logistics Team Award.

Ms. Johany M. Deal

Assistant Deputy Commandant (Installations & Logistics for Contracts) Headquarters Marine Corps

 Ms. Johany M. Deal is the Assistant Deputy Commandant, Installations & Logistics for Contracts (ADC, I&L (Contracts)). She is the senior Contracting Officer responsible for award, administration and oversight of contracts that support the Marine Corps Operating Forces, and supporting establishment supply and service requirements. Ms. Deal is the principal civilian advisor to the Deputy Commandant for Installations and Logistics for acquisition and procurement matters. Ms. Deal is responsible for leading the Marine Corps Field Contracting Service which comprises greater than 20 procurement offices and 400 procurement professionals.

Prior to joining Headquarters Marine Corps, Ms. Deal served as the Director of Contracts for Marine Corps Systems Command. As the senior civilian for contracting, she was responsible for all phases of contracting for ground weapons and information technology system programs. Ms. Deal lead the contracting organization that provided quality, timely cost-effective, and value-added Marine Air Ground Task Force procurement solutions to Marine Corps Systems Command portfolio managers, program managers and affiliated Program Executive Officers (PEOs).

In February 2016, prior to becoming the Director of Contracts for Marine Corps Systems Command Ms. Deal joined PEO Land Systems (PEO LS) as the Assistant Commander Program Executive Officer Land Systems for Contracts (APEO LS CT). She served on the executive staff supporting PEO LS on all contracts related issues and oversees contracting for the PEO LS portfolio; consisting of 21 programs ranging from Acquisition Categories (ACAT) I through Abbreviated Acquisition Programs (AAP) worth $9.2B across the Future Years Defense Plan (FYDP). In her role as the APEO LS CT, she was also responsible for leading discussions and addressing contract procurement issues for the PEO with the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment (USD (A&S)), Assistant Secretary of the Navy – Research, Development and Acquisition (ASN RDA), Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Procurement (DASN P), Congressional leaders, the Commandant of the Marine Corps (CMC), and Marine Corps Systems Command (MCSC).

Prior to her role as APEO LS CT she worked for the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) – Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) System from February 2013 through February

  1. Ms. Deal served as a Procuring Contracting Officer (PCO) supporting the Aegis Ashore (AA) Program, which is a very high visibility, unique, and complex presidentially mandated program of the European Phased Adaptive Approach (EPAA) for missile defense. The contract portfolio for the overall AA program was estimated at over $2B.


From July 2006 through February 2013, Ms. Deal worked for Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) under PEO-A (Major Weapons Systems, Assault and Special Missions). She served as a PCO and Lead Contract Specialist on various Acquisition Category ACAT IC and ID Programs (H-53, MH-60, Presidential Helicopters Replacement Program VXX/VH-71, and P-8A), as well as an ACAT II program (Commercial Derivative Aircraft Program). The contract portfolios for the overall programs ranged from $2B to $15.7B. From September 2004 through July 2006 Ms. Deal served as a Contract Specialist supporting Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD) Special Communications Requirements (SCR) Division.


Ms. Deal was selected to the Senior Executive Service in August 2023 and has over 19 years of Federal Service. Ms. Deal earned her Master’s Degree (MBA) from the University of Mary Washington (UMW), majoring in Contracts and Procurement Management (2005). She also received her Bachelor’s Degree from UMW, majoring in Business Administration (2003).

Ms. Deal is DAWIA Level III certified in Contracting and is a member of the Defense Acquisition Corps.


Ms. Constance D. Ealey

Ms. Constance D. Ealey currently serves as the Director, Contracts, at Marine Corps Systems Command (MCSC) which is the Navy’s Systems Command for Marine Corps ground weapons and information technology (IT) systems. Prior to this leadership position, she was the Deputy Director, Contracts at MCSC. She also served as the Assistant Program Executive Officer – Contracts in support of the Marine Corps Enterprise Network (Program Executive Officer – Digital and Enterprise Services) and Program Manager, Applications (PM Apps). In that role, she oversaw the contracting division which executes all IT procurements for the Marine Corps, a contract portfolio averaging $420 million in annual obligations. Prior to that, she was the Assistant Program Manager – Contracts for PM Apps. In that capacity, she oversaw execution of all contract actions in support of legacy applications sustainment, hosting, cloud computer and data center consolidation. Before joining PM Apps, she served as the Assistant Product Manager – Contracts for both the Marine Corps Enterprise IT Services and Marine Corps Network and Infrastructure Services organizations. During her tenure, she executed 57% of the contract actions for the Information Systems & Infrastructure (IS&I) portfolio obligating $600 million annually. Ms. Ealey managed all operational contracting activities and provided acquisition guidance in support of enterprise IT services, data hosting environments, infrastructure fielding on the Marine Corps Enterprise Network and cyber-IT services.
Prior to joining MCSC, Ms. Ealey was the Acting Director of the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office Acquisition Division (DNDOAD) at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Procurement Operations (OPO). The DNDOAD portfolio included contracts for professional services, IT, research and development (R&D), forensics capabilities and detection systems. Ms. Ealey’s division supported all of DNDO’s acquisition needs and played a critical part in DNDO’s ability to implement coordinated responses to radiological and nuclear threats as well as integrate federal nuclear forensics programs. Preceding her assignment with the DNDOAD, Ms. Ealey served as an Associate Director in the IT Acquisition Center (ITAC) at the DHS OPO which plans and executes DHS-wide strategic sourcing vehicles like the Enterprise Acquisition Gateway for Leading Edge Solutions and First Source contract programs as well as provides procurement support for the DHS Headquarters, Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO). While at the ITAC, Ms. Ealey managed a contract portfolio averaging $205 million in annual obligations and led a staff supporting the DHS OCIO, the Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS) Office of IT and CIS Transformation Program Office. Before progressing into management, Ms. Ealey performed as a Contracting Officer in the ITAC and served as a Source Selection Evaluation Board Panel Chairperson for the $3 Billion First Source procurement.
Prior to joining DHS, Ms. Ealey held contracting officer positions at the Department of Justice (DOJ), Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA). While at the DOJ, she was responsible for the acquisition of an automated procurement system for use by the Justice Management Division procurement staff. While at the DISA, Ms. Ealey served as the Contracting Officer for the Mentor-Protégé Program and the Advanced Information Technology Services – Joint Program Office where she managed contracts which facilitated the rapid transfer of advanced IT from the R&D stage through pilot operations to deployment and full-scale implementation. She was also a member of the Head of the Contracting Activity’s Change Agent Team. Ms. Ealey began her career as an intern with the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA).
Ms. Ealey is a certified Level III certified in Contracting and is a member of the Defense Acquisition Corps. She graduated from Virginia State University in 1997 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and earned a Master of Science degree in Acquisition and Contract Management from the Florida Institute of Technology in 2001. She has participated in leadership programs such as Federal Executive Institute’s Leadership for a Democratic Society and Department of Navy’s Bridging the Gap program. Ms. Ealey has also received numerous awards; most recently the MCSC Commander’s Honorary Excellence in Contract Management Award and was nominated for the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Innovation Excellence Team of the Year Award.

Colonel Bryan A. Eovito, USMC

Col Bryan A. Eovito, USMC

Colonel Eovito assumed duties as the Commanding Officer, Marine
Corps Cyberspace Operations Group on June 30, 2023.
He enlisted in the Marine Corps in August 1993 and commissioned
through the Marine Enlisted Commissioning Education Program at
the University of South Carolina in May 2000.
His commands include: Company A, 7th Communication Battalion;
Marine Corps Recruiting Station Jacksonville, Florida; and 9th
Communication Battalion.
His staff assignments include: Information Systems Management Officer, 3d Marine Regiment;
Marine Security Element Liaison Officer, Joint Special Operations Task Force – Philippines
during Operation ENDURING FREEDOM – PHILIPPINES; S-6 Officer, First Battalion, 12th
Marine Regiment; Defense Strategic Satellite Communications Manager, United States Strategic
Command (USSTRATCOM); Branch Chief, USSTRATCOM Global NetOps Control Center
during Operations BURNT FROST and BUCKSHOT YANKEE; Operations Officer, 7th
Communication Battalion; J-3 Director, Afghan National Army Special Operations Advisory
Group, Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force – Afghanistan during Operation
ENDURING FREEDOM; Executive Officer, 7th Communication Battalion; Deputy AC/S G-5,
3d Marine Aircraft Wing; Military Assistant to the Department of Defense Chief Information
Officer, Office of the Secretary of Defense; and Branch Head, Information Networks, Services,
and Strategy, Information Command, Control, Communications, and Computers Division,
Headquarters U.S. Marine Corps.
He holds a Master of Science in Systems Technology from the Naval Postgraduate School, a
Master of Operational Studies from the School of Advanced Warfighting, a Master of Science in
Government Information Leadership from the National Defense University’s College of
Information and Cyberspace, and he is a 2023-2024 Seminar XXI Fellow at the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology.
His personal decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal
(one oak leaf cluster), the Meritorious Service Medal (two gold stars), the Joint Service
Commendation Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, the Joint Service
Achievement Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (three gold stars), and the
Army Achievement Medal.


Mr.James Frankovic

President and Chief Operating Officer, Consortium Management Group (CMG)

Mr. Frankovic is responsible for the business operations of CMG, a leader in the building and management of industry and academic consortia with world-class capabilities across a wide range of technology domains and markets, including communications, cybersecurity, enterprise data systems, aviation, manufacturing, construction, energy, infrastructure, and healthcare.  Through the use of Other Transaction Authority (OTA), he and his team provide the know-how, collaborative platform, and end-to-end acquisition support to enable federal clients to rapidly find, collaborate and contract with any of CMG’s 2,500 consortium member companies and institutions to deliver innovation at speed and scale. 

In addition to strategic planning, business development and customer engagement, he oversees an active project portfolio valued at $3 Billion which includes the Marine Corps Systems Command’s  OTA’s, the Consortium for Energy, Environment and Demilitarization (CEED) and the Consortium for Command, Control and Communication in Cyberspace (C5).   

Mr. Frankovic is widely recognized as a subject matter expert on the use of OTA.  He regularly drafts legislation for Members of Congress and senior Armed Services Committee staff and provides policy analysis for DoD leadership on how to leverage and safeguard this acquisition tool that the Army’s senior acquisition officer called “a gift from the Congress to the Warfighter”.

Mr. Louis A. Koplin

Executive Director

Louis Koplin is the Executive Director of PEO Digital and Enterprise Services, where he oversees and coordinates the efforts of over 1,300 personnel providing the Marine Corps and Navy with a decisive information advantage that is modern, innovative and secure – any data, anytime, anywhere. He is responsible for evolving the organization to deliver a world-class digital experience at the speed of mission, across a $2B portfolio that spans the digital workplace, cybersecurity and IT lifecycle, IT platforms, and IT infrastructure.

Most recently, Mr. Koplin served as the Deputy CTO in DON CIO, responsible for overseeing Modernization and Technology efforts across Navy and Marine Corps IT. He focused specifically on infrastructure optimization, network and data center portfolio management, cloud and zero trust strategies, enterprise services, digital identity and access, and strategic spectrum management. Mr. Koplin also served as the acting Portfolio Manager of Platform Applications Services within PEO Digital prior to being selected as the Executive Director.

Before serving as the DON Deputy CTO, Mr. Koplin served on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations (OPNAV N4) as Logistics IT portfolio manager, where he led digital transformation efforts across a portfolio spanning over 2,000 systems and applications. Mr. Koplin also managed the functional community of 36,000 DON civilian logistics personnel. Prior to that, Mr. Koplin worked at Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) Weapon System Support (WSS) in Philadelphia, PA. During that time, he managed supply chains for avionics, electronic countermeasures, and unmanned aerial systems (MQ-8 Fire Scout, MQ-4B Triton), as well as managing global distribution logistics for high-value repairable systems and spare parts.

Mr. Koplin has received two Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Awards and the ADM Stan Arthur Award for Logistics. He received a B.S. in Computer Science and B.A. in History from Pennsylvania State University in 2001; a Certificate in Systems Analysis from the Naval Postgraduate School in 2007; and an M.S. in Supply Chain Management from the Syracuse University Whitman School of Business in 2012.

Mr. Edmond Kuqo

Senior Cloud Architect
Naval Information Warfare Center, Atlantic

Innovative and results-driven technology leader with over 20 years of experience driving large-scale digital transformation and software modernization initiatives across the Department of Navy and Department of Defense. Recognized subject matter expert in DevSecOps, cloud migration, software modernization, cybersecurity, and emerging technologies.

Ms. Christine Lamer

Program Manager, Naval Applications and Business Services (NABS)

Ms. Christine Lamer is the program manager for Naval Applications and Business Services (NABS), a Program Executive Office for Manpower, Logistics and Business Solutions (PEO MLB) portfolio. Established in June 2022, NABS is the first truly naval portfolio dedicated to delivering enterprise business applications and services that support both Sailors and Marines in the PEO MLB. NABS has a diverse portfolio of 23 programs delivering procurement and contract writing systems, logistics, personnel, data, recruiting, training, risk and medical records management as well as deployment and force structure planning and execution capabilities to the Navy, Marine Corps and Department of Defense (DoD) customers.

Previously, Ms. Lamer served as the Fleet Systems Principal Assistant Program Manager (PAPM), NABS. In that role, she provided acquisition oversight to a portfolio of six programs and up to $30 million a year supporting fleet capabilities and business management solutions. Under her leadership, one individual was recognized with a Civilian Service Commendation Medal another was recognized with an NDIA A. Bryan Lasswell Award and her teams earned six Lightning Bolt awards from Naval Information Warfare Systems Command (NAVWAR). Ms. Lamer also initiated the NABS Women’s Leadership Award to recognize accomplishments and contributions by women in the program office who have demonstrated superior performance and leadership beyond the scope of their normal responsibilities in furthering the mission and core values of NABS.

Prior to becoming Fleet Systems PAPM, she served as the Director of Global Transition and Convergence (GTC) at Naval Enterprise Networks (NEN) Program Management Office where she earned a Meritorious Civilian Service Award for her efforts that led to the successful transition to the Next Generation Enterprise Networks (NGEN) $7.2 billion contract.

Ms. Lamer is a graduate of National Defense University, with a master’s in IT program management. She holds a bachelor’s degree in management and computer information systems. She is DAWIA Program Management (Advanced) certified and is a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt. Awards include multiple NAVWAR Lightning Bolt and a Meritorious Civilian Award.

GySgt Justin N. Mclinn

Software Engineer
Marine Corps Software Factory

Gunnery Sergeant McLinn currently serves as a Software Engineer for the Marine Corps Software Factory.

Gunnery Sergeant McLinn was born on 3 March 1985 and is a native of Grand Junction, CO. After graduating from North Branch High School – North Branch, MN in 2003, he enlisted in the Marine Corps in December 2008. He completed training as a Data Systems Specialist at Marine Corps Systems Electronic School in 2009. In the fall of 2009, Gunnery Sergeant McLinn reported to Communication Platoon, 8th Marine Regiment, 2d Marine Division as a Data Systems Specialist. He completed formal school training for the Secure Mobile Anti-Jam Reliable Tactical Terminal (SMART-T) and Martial Arts Instructor Training. He assisted in the setup of a Network and Systems architecture on the USS Iwo Jima in support of New York City Fleet Week in 2010, and again in 2012 on the USS Wasp. He deployed with the 8th Marine Regiment in 2011 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Gunnery Sergeant McLinn then reported to Basic Recruiters Course in 2014. After completion of Basic Recruiters Course, he reported to Recruiting Station Louisville, 4th Marine Corps District, and served as an Assistant Staff Non-Commisioned Officer in Charge of Recruiting Sub Station Louisville. Gunnery Sergeant McLinn reported to the 2d Marine Aircraft Wing in August of 2017 where he served multiple billets that includes Communications Chief at Marine Aircraft Group 14, Helpdesk Staff Non-Commisioned Officer in Charge, and Assistant Cyber Security Chief for 2d Marine Aircraft Wing G-6. In the summer of 2020, Gunnery Sergeant McLinn was selected to participate in the 0673 pilot program, sending him to the Computer Systems Programming Course at Kessler Air Force Base in Biloxi Mississippi. He reported to Naval Information Warfare Center in
December 2020 and served as an Application Developer. The feedback from Gunnery Sergeant McLinn during this pilot program helped shape
the Marine Corps Software Factory. In the summer of 2023, he reported to the Marine Corps Software Factory as a Software Engineer
where he currently serves.

Mr. Keegan Mills

Engineering IT & Cyber Tech Lead, Marine Corps Systems Command (MCSC)

As Acting Director of the Technical Management and Analysis Directorate of the Deputy to the Commander for Systems Engineering and Acquisition Logistics, Mr. Mills serves as the technical leadership expert and principal advisor to the Commander, Executive Director, and Chief Engineer MCSC, including Program Executive Office Land Systems (PEO-LS) and subordinate activities, for cyberspace, cybersecurity, and information technology (IT) management. In this role, Mr. Mills is the MCSC lead for future engineering of the Service Information Environment (IE) and its primary construct the Marine Corps Enterprise Network (MCEN).

Prior to joining MCSC, Mr. Mills served as the Chief Information Officer for a DC based defense firm where he developed the company’s software engineering, network engineering, and cybersecurity competencies. Mr. Mills was an active participant with the Defense Industrial Base Cybersecurity Information Sharing (DIB CS) partnership, and worked to encourage industry to share threat information. Before becoming CIO, Mr. Mills served as Director of IT and built the company’s technology infrastructure from its earliest iterations; developed custom business software; implemented advanced cyber defense, detection, and action methods; and pioneered network threat detection using data sonification.

Mr. Mills began his career as a video editor, software developer and network engineer in the media and advertising industry before moving to the defense sector.  As a contractor, Mr. Mills was a network engineer and software developer for NAVSEA and OPNAV before becoming a partner in the defense start-up firm he would help to build over the next 20 years.

Mr. Mills holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Technology from University of Maryland University College.

Mr. John Mithun

Mr. John Mithun is the Neptune Director and Portfolio Manager for the Platform and Application Services portfolio and Director of the Neptune Cloud Management Office at the Program Executive Office for Digital and Enterprise Services (PEO Digital). In this role, he is working to simplify and automate the acquisition and delivery of cloud services across the Department of the Navy. Following his 14 years military service he began his civil service career with Marine Corps Systems Command (MARCORSYSCOM) as a system engineer and project officer for Command and Control systems, Electronic Warfare Systems, and other tactical IT systems. Mr. Mithun has been with MARCORSYSCOM for 14 years managing multiple acquisition programs delivering critical capability to Marines around the world.

Mr. Peter C. Reddy

Executive Director
Naval Information Warfare Center (NIWC) Atlantic

As Executive Director and senior civilian official of Naval Information Warfare Center (NIWC) Atlantic, Peter C. Reddy sets command-wide strategic goals and manages engineering and business operations for more than 4,900 federal civilian and military employees, and approximately 9,000 industry partners. NIWC Atlantic’s main campus is in Charleston, South Carolina, with several offices located inside and outside the continental U.S. Reddy is responsible for the execution of technical work applying systems engineering and programmatic discipline to deliver information warfare solutions to warfighters. He provides technical stewardship and expert advice to the Fleet, resource sponsors and stakeholders in the cyber warfare and business IT domains. He works closely with NAVWAR headquarters and the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy (RDT&E) to further strengthen NIWC Atlantic’s organic engineering capabilities.

Commissioned a U.S. Marine Corps second lieutenant in May 1984, Reddy served as an Air Defense Control Officer. He served as an Air Control Officer and Weapons and Tactics Instructor at Marine Air Control Squadrons 7 and 6 in Yuma, Arizona, and Cherry Point, North Carolina, respectively. Significant operational assignments were as Command, Control, Communications Department Head at Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron 1; and commanding officer of Marine Air Control Squadron 4, MCAS Futenma, Okinawa, Japan, deploying with his squadron to Afghanistan and Uzbekistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He was also commanding officer of Marine Air Control Group 38, deploying with the Group to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Reddy’s staff and acquisition assignments included Mobile Electronic Warfare Support System Project Officer at Marine Corps Systems Command (MARCORSYSCOM), Quantico, Virginia; and Air Defense Action Officer, Air Command and Control Branch at Marine Corps headquarters. He served as Project Team Leader for the Common Aviation Command and Control System, MARCORSYSCOM; and Product Group 11 Director, MAGTF C2, Weapons and Sensors Development and Integration, MARCORSYSCOM. After a command reorganization, he was named Program Manager, MAGTF Command, Control and Communications from 2012 until his retirement from active duty in February 2014.

After briefly working as a contractor supporting the Rapid Reaction Technology Office, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (AT&L), Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Emerging Capability & Prototyping), Mr. Reddy entered federal civil service as chief engineer for the Expeditionary Enterprise Systems & Solutions Sub-Portfolio at NIWC Atlantic. He was selected systems engineer for the Marine Corps and Special Operations Command Portfolio in March 2015. In this position, he provided technical oversight for all center engineering support provided to the Marine Corps and U.S. Special Operations Command spanning command, control, communications, cyber operations, vehicular integration, information technology, and software development and sustainment projects.

In January 2017, Reddy was selected for the Senior Science and Technology Manager (SSTM) position of NIWC Atlantic Chief Engineer/5.0 Engineering Competency Lead. He provided technical leadership of the Engineering competency, and formulated, planned and developed comprehensive sets of systems engineering best practices across NIWC Atlantic.

In January 2019, he was selected as NIWC Atlantic Deputy Executive Director, providing management oversight over the command’s customer facing departments and project management function. He entered the Senior Executive Service as the command’s Executive Director in November 2019.

A 1984 graduate of the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Science in aerospace engineering, Reddy also received a Master of Science in systems engineering (electronic warfare) (with distinction) from the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS), Monterey, California; and a Masters of Strategic Studies (distinguished graduate) from the Marine Corps War College. He also has a Master’s in Business Administration from George Mason University and a Master’s Certificate in Information Systems and Operations from NPS. Mr. Reddy also graduated from the Air Command and Staff College and the Marine Corps War College. He is certified Level III in the Defense Acquisition Program Management and Systems Engineering Career Fields; as a Certified Systems Engineering Professional; as a Project Management Professional; and as a Professional Engineer.

Ms. Noelle Shott

Product Manager, Manpower Modernization
Marine Corps Manpower IT Systems Modernization

Ms. Noelle Shott is the Project Manager Manpower Modernization for the United States Marine Corps (USMC) Manpower Information Technology Systems Modernization (MITSM) Portfolio in the Program Executive Office for Manpower, Logistics, and Business Solutions (PEO MLB). In this role, she brings her philosophy of lean-start up, user-centered design, and agile methodology to rapidly spin up prototypes that demonstrate real value to her customers that will enable a long-term digital transformation strategy that solves their pain points.
Prior to working for the MITSM Portfolio, Ms. Shott served as the Principal Assistant Program Manager (PAPM) for Innovation Support Services (ISS) in the Enterprise Systems & Services (E2S) and ISS Portfolio in PEO MLB. As PAPM, she led the establishment of a new service line within the PEO. The mission of ISS was to build a culture of innovation by empowering our customers with an ecosystem of partnerships, processes, and the potential to make work better. ISS led the PEO MLB Strategic Plan Goal to improve customer experience.

Mr. Tony Stafford

Tony Stafford is a technical leader with over 20 years of experience, focusing on emerging technologies such as cloud computing, microservice architectures, DevOps, containers, and 5G cellular. Mr. Stafford is currently the Deputy Technical Director for the Naval Information Warfare Center, Atlantic (NIWC LANT), the Navy’s Technical Authority. Before serving in this position, he was Vice President of Technical Solutions at an open source-focused tech company that serviced over 1,200 clients a year. He is also a veteran of the US Air Force’s Intelligence Community (IC), and served as a technical expert to DoD programs for nine years following his military service. Mr. Stafford is the inventor of SecurePaaS, a multi-tenant, multi-access control cloud security solution and patent holder of Auto-injection of Security Protocols. He is also the co-creator of a handheld Information Warfare platform and patent holder of Low-Power Platform with Modular Sensors.  During his career Mr. Stafford has had the pleasure to work with warfighters, government executives, and many of the top tech companies in the country.