Session P1: PLENARY 1: Keynotes


Date: Tuesday, June 4, 2024
Time: 1:45 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Dr. Thomas Powell
The Aerospace Corporation
Dr. Greg Reynolds



Anthony C. Smith
Principal Director for the Deputy Chief Information Officer for Command, Control, & Communications,
Office of the Secretary of Defense

Mr. Smith currently serves as the Principal Director for the Deputy Chief Information Officer for Command and Control, Communications (DCIO C3).  He leads, directs and manages a staff comprised of SES, GS, Military and Contractor personnel, providing strategic direction and oversight of DoD’s C3 capabilities, to include national leadership command and control capabilities, continuity of operations planning/continuity of government communications, radio frequency spectrum, network operations, positioning, navigation and timing (PNT), satellite communications, tactical datalinks, unmanned aircraft systems, and 5th Generation (5G) and other wireless communications technology.

Previously Mr Smith served as the Director for C3 Infrastructure (C3I) leading 69 personnel responsible for the governance, oversight and policy development of DoD tactical communications, tactical data links, combat identification systems, public safety communications, satellite communications, positioning, navigation and timing, and mobility/5G systems.  While in DOD CIO, he also served as Director, DOD Information Network (DODIN) Transport Capabilities, where he led the modernization of DOD networks, radio systems, satellite gateways, regional cybersecurity defenses, and airborne intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance communications and dissemination capabilities.

Mr. Smith retired as a Colonel in the United States Air Force, serving from 1983 to 2009.  After completing Basic Communications Officer Training at Keesler Air Force Base, he served with the 1st Combat Communications Group at Lindsey Air Station, Germany.  He then moved to Hurlburt Field, Florida, as Chief, C4 Architecture and Requirements, Air Force Special Operations Command.  During this tour he led Air Force Special Operations communications teams during Desert Shield and Desert Storm.  In 1992 he returned to Europe where he was Chief Network Integration and Testing Branch, Headquarters USAFE, Ramstein AB, Germany.  In 1996 he attended Air Command and Staff College at Maxwell Air Force Base.  In 1997 he transferred to Tinker Air Force Base as Commander of the 32d Combat Communications Squadron. In 1999 he was assigned to United States Special Operations Command as Chief of their C4 Modernization Division.  In 2002 he took command of the 21st Space Communications Squadron at Peterson AFB.  After graduating from the National War College in 2005 he was assigned to The Joint Staff, serving as Chief, Assured Information Sharing Division, Command, Control, Communications and Computer (C4) Systems Directorate.  Following Joint Staff, Col Smith served a one year remote assignment in Djibouti, Africa as the Director of C4 Systems, Combined Joint Task Force, Horn of Africa.  Upon retirement from the military, Mr. Smith transitioned to Civilian Service as Deputy, Strategic Engagement Division, The Joint Staff.  In 2012, he moved to the C4 Systems Directorate, Assistant Secretary of Defense, for Networks and Information Integration. 

He received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Manufacturing Engineering Technology in 1984 at Western Washington University, a Master of Science Degree in Management in 1992 at Troy State University, and a Master of Science in National Security Strategy in 2005 at National War College.   Mr. Smith was selected as Headquarters USAFE/SC Company Grade Officer of the Year for 1993, the C4 Professionalism Award Winner for USAFE and USAF in 1993, won the 1997 Air Defense University award for excellence in research, and was selected as a 2020 Federal 100 Award Winner, recognizing him as a top IT professional in the Federal Government.



Dr. John H. Burke
Principal Director for Quantum Science for the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering for Science and Technology

Dr. John Burke joined the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (OUSD (R&E)) for Science and Technology (S&T) as the Principal Director for Quantum Science in March 2022. In this role, Dr. Burke was responsible for leading the Department of Defense’s (DoD) strategy for quantum science, one of DoD’s top critical technology areas.

Prior to joining OUSD (R&E), Dr. Burke served as a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Program Manager in the Microsystems Technology Office (MTO) and Defense Sciences Office (DSO) from 2017 to 2022. At DARPA, he managed seven programs developing quantum science and technology. Some of these programs advanced quantum sensors including atom interferometers, atomic clocks, magnetometers, and radio frequency (RF) “Quantum Apertures” and applied the sensors toward new capabilities in position, navigation and timing (PNT), biotechnology, as well as in the RF spectrum. Several programs advanced quantum computing qubit technologies based on both superconducting and photon-based platforms. This work resulted in several technology transitions to higher maturity development programs across the DoD, as acknowledged by his receipt of the DARPA “Results Matter” Award.

Previously, Dr. Burke worked in the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Space Vehicles Directorate as a Senior Research Physicist. There, Dr. Burke led a research team developing atomic clocks, optical time transfer, and cold atom measurement techniques for use in space applications such as the Global Positioning System. He contributed to space experiments including the NASA Cold Atom Laboratory for the International Space Station and the Navigation Technology Satellite -3. Dr. Burke won the AFRL Early Career Award and R-NASA National Award for Space Achievement in recognition for his contributions, multiple publications, and patents. 

Dr. Burke holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from Centre College and a Doctorate of Philosophy degree in Physics from the University of Virginia. His thesis work was on atom interferometry with guided matter waves sourced from a Bose Einstein Condensate, which won the University of Virginia Award for Excellence in Scholarship in Science and Engineering.

3:15 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., Break in Exhibit Hall (First Floor), Sponsored by VectorNav