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Innovation from Within: Apps for Security Program in Armed Forces

Location: Independence Ballroom A Level:

The world is changing and defense information technology is changing too; from its industrial age roots it is seeking to better harness innovation at the edge. In this session we will explore how the Army is working to encourage emergent innovation and how technology and approaches outside of the DoD might illuminate the way forward. The session will close with some examples from the field.

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Linton Wells, II

National Defense University

Dr. Linton Wells II is a Distinguished Research Professor and serves as the Transformation Chair at National Defense University (NDU). Prior to coming to NDU he served in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) from 1991 to 2007, serving last as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Networks and Information Integration). In addition, he served as the Acting Assistant Secretary and DoD Chief Information Officer for nearly two years. His other OSD positions included Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Command, Control, Communications and Intelligence-C3I) and Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Policy Support) in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Policy).

In twenty-six years of naval service, Dr. Wells served in a variety of surface ships, including command of a destroyer squadron and guided missile destroyer. In addition, he acquired a wide range of experience in operations analysis; Pacific, Indian Ocean and Middle East affairs; and C3I. Recently he has been focusing on STAR-TIDES, a research project focusing on affordable, sustainable support to stressed populations and public-private interoperability (

Dr. Wells was born in Luanda, Angola, in 1946. He was graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1967 and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in physics and oceanography. He attended graduate school at The Johns Hopkins University, receiving a Master of Science in Engineering degree in mathematical sciences and a PhD in international relations. He is also a 1983 graduate of the Japanese National Institute for Defense Studies in Tokyo, the first U.S. naval officer to attend there.

Dr. Wells has written widely on security studies in English and Japanese journals. He co-authored Japanese Cruisers of the Pacific War, which was published in 1997. His hobbies include history, the relationship between policy and technology, and scuba diving. He has thrice been awarded the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service.

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Jeffrey A. Sorenson

U.S. Army

Prior to his current position as the Department of the
Army CIO/G6, he was the Deputy for Acquisition and
Systems Management to the Assistant Secretary of the
Army (Acquisition, Logistics and Technology).

Upon his graduation from the United States Military
Academy, Lieutenant General Sorenson was
commissioned as a second lieutenant in Field Artillery,
serving in tactical units at III Corps Artillery and in
Germany. Following his transfer into the Military
Intelligence Corps, he served as the Division Artillery
Intelligence Officer and completed several assignments at
the division staff and operational level.

He has over 20 years of acquisition experience as a
certified U.S. Army Material Acquisition Manager. His
acquisition assignments include: Director, Program
Control (Joint Tactical Fusion Program Office); Course
Director for the Executive Program Managers Course
(Defense Systems Management College); Director,
Science and Technology Integration (Office of the
Assistant Secretary of the Army for Research and
Development); Product Manager for Ground Based
Common Sensor-Light (GBCS-L) TEAMMATE
TRACKWOLF programs; Project Manager for Night
Vision/Reconnaissance, Surveillance and Target
Acquisition; Director, Acquisition Directorate (Office of
the Director of Information Systems for Command,
Control, Communications, and Computers); Senior
Military Assistant for the Under Secretary of Defense for
Acquisition, Technology and Logistics; and the
Program Executive Officer for Tactical Missiles.

In addition to a Bachelor of Science degree from the
United States Military Academy, Lieutenant General
Sorenson earned an MBA from Northwestern University,
majoring in finance, accounting and decision
sciences. He is a graduate of the Program Manager and
Executive Program Managers Courses at the Defense
System Management College; the Armed Forces Staff
College; and the Army War College. He is also a
registered Certified Public Accountant in the State of

His awards and decorations include being named the
Army’s Project Manager of the Year in 1998, the Defense
Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit with
three oak leaf clusters, the Defense Meritorious Service
Medal, the Army Meritorious Service Medal with two
oak leaf clusters, and several other awards and
decorations including the Parachutist Badge and Ranger

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Nickolas Justice

US Army

As Program Executive Officer, Command, Control and Communications-Tactical (PEO C3T), MG Justice
leads an organization of more than 2,300 employees that fields an extensive range of battle command
and communications capabilities with an annual budget exceeding $6 billion. Prior to beginning his
current position in 2007, MG Justice served as the Deputy PEO C3T.

MG Justice began his 38 year Army career as an enlisted Soldier. He was commissioned upon
graduation from Officer Candidate School in 1977.

MG Justice’s experiences include significant joint service and acquisition assignments. His joint service
experience includes a two year assignment in 1990 in the Sixth Allied Tactical Air Force as Chief, Project
Management for Command and Control Systems. During this assignment, he participated in Operation
Desert Storm, as part of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). During Operation Iraqi Freedom
(OIF), he served as Commander of the Information Management Task Force in Kuwait and Iraq. His 20
years of acquisition experience includes assignments as Project Manager, Transportation Coordinator’s
Automated Information for Movement Systems and Project Manager, Force XXI Battle Command Brigade
and Below (PM FBCB2). As the PM FBCB2, MG Justice fielded 1,100 BFT systems to Soldiers deployed
in Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF).

MG Justice is a graduate of the United States Naval War College with an MA in National Security and
Strategic Studies. MG Justice received an MS in National Resource Strategy from the Industrial College
and completed the Senior Acquisition Course of the Armed Forces (ICAF). He completed the Adjutant
General Basic and Advanced Course, Systems Automation Course. MG Justice’s civilian education
includes a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from the University of Maryland, a Master of Arts in
Institutional Management from Pepperdine University and a Master of Arts degree in International
Relations from Salve Regina College.

MG Justice received the 2002 Army Acquisition Excellence PM of the Year Award for his work as PM
FBCB2. He won Federal Computer Weekly’s Federal 100 Award in 2004 and 2008, as well as its
Monticello Award in 2004. He was awarded the 2008 Armed Forces Communications and Electronics
Association (AFCEA) Award of Excellence in Information Technology. MG Justice’s awards and
decorations include the Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters, the Bronze Star Medal, the Defense
Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters, the Army
Commendation medal with an oak leaf cluster, the Army Achievement Medal, and the Army Staff
Identification Badge. MG Justice was inducted into the 2009 Officer Candidate School Hall of Fame on
27 March 2009 in Fort Benning, GA.

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Carlos Castillo

Warfighter Technologies

Carlos is a member of the California Army National Guard and Co-Founder of Warfighter Technologies. During his last deployment, Carlos led the product design of the Combat Operations Interactive Network (COIN), MEDEVAC Status (MedStat), and Routes web applications where he defined the standard of services for the tactical operations center. In addition, he served as the Battalion Battle Desk NCO where he oversaw and coordinated thousands of successful combat missions in Iraq.

Carlos has co-authored and been technical reviewer for several A Press publications covering different aspects of information technology. His hobbies include computer hardware hacking, biking, and application development. He has been awarded multiple Army Achievement and Army Commendation medals for applying innovations with current software and hardware technologies to rear, field, and combat scenarios.

Paul Lin

Warfighter Technologies

Paul supported the 1-160th Infantry Battalion as an Intelligence Analyst during Operations Iraqi Freedom VII. During that deployment, Paul led development of the Combat Operations Interactive Network (COIN), MEDEVAC Status (MedStat), and Routes web applications.

Prior to co-founding Warfighter Technologies, Paul held positions at,, various start-ups, and the Naval Research Lab as a software and hardware engineer. He has created some of the most popular, award winning web applications and has over 14 years Linux experience. Paul holds a Bachelors of Science in Cybernetics from the University of California Los Angeles and a Masters of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of California San Diego.

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