Day 1 – Katrina McFarland – Invited
Katrina McFarland is the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Acquisition) (ASD(A)). In this role, she is the principal adviser to the Secretary of Defense and the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics on matters relating to acquisition. Previously, she served as the President of the Defense Acquisition University (DAU) where she continued to build DAU’s outstanding reputation as the DoD’s primary learning institution while overseeing the development and expansion of acquisition curriculum. This included addressing the ever changing Defense Acquisition climate as required by the Under Secretary of Defense’s (Acquisition, Technology and Logistics) “Better Buying Power” initiatives, and the recent National Defense Authorization Act directions and guidance. Prior to DAU Mrs. McFarland held positions at the Missile Defense Agency as Director for Acquisition; at Marine Corps System Command, where she was responsible for the acquisition of the USMC Aviation and Ground Command and Control, radars/sensors, air defense, Combat ID and Cooperative Engagement Capability initiatives; and Director, Battle Management and Air Defense Systems (BMADS). Mrs. McFarland’s has received numerous accolades and awards including the Presidential Meritorious Executive Rank Award for 2011, the Secretary of Defense Medal for Meritorious Civilian Service Award, and the Department of the Navy, United States Marine Corps, Commendation Medal for Meritorious Civilian Service,
Day 2 – Robert (BOB) Lamina
Bob Lamina is Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Boeing Military Aircraft. Most recently, Lamina served as the Chief Financial Officer for the Vertical Lift division of Boeing Military Aircraft and the leader of the Finance function at Boeing’s Ridley Park, Pa. site. In this position he was responsible for optimizing the financial performance of the company’s portfolio of cargo, tiltrotor and attack rotorcraft programs, and over-sees site wide business activities and transactions. Prior to joining Boeing, he served as Legislative Director for U.S. Rep. Joseph R. Skeen and in professional and staff positions for the U.S. House of Representatives committees on Science, Space and Technology and Appropriations.
Day 3 -David (DAVE) Oliver
Dave Oliver’s diverse career has included extensive experience in government and industry, as well as military. He retired in June from EADS North America, Inc. where he served as the Chief Executive Officer and President of EADS North American Defense Company; Oliver also served as chief executive officer of the defense division of EADS NA. He served in Iraq as the Director of Management and Budget for the Coalition Forces. Previously, he served as Principal Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, a position he assumed after having worked as an executive at Northrop Grumman Corporation. Oliver completed a distinguished career in the U.S. Navy in 1995, retiring as a Rear Admiral.