IEEE Military Communications Conference
30 October – 3 November 2023 // Boston, MA, USA
Communications Supporting Military Operations in a Contested Environment

Classified Program

We are pleased to announce our Classified Program will take place on Friday, November 3, 2023.  The Classified Program is located at an offsite location less than 25 miles from the conference hotel.  Transportation and meals will be provided. 

Classification Level:

  • Top Secret with further restricted access sessions




Boarding Location: 2nd Floor of Hotel – take the escalator down (close to the mall entrance)

6:00 AM – Buses will begin loading.

6:30 AM – Departure

Return bus transportation will be provided back to the hotel.


Below is the parking map at MIT Lincoln Lab - Parking is complimentary. 

A valid US driver’s license will be required at the Wood Street Gate. You may park in visitor parking.

Note that if you put “244 Wood Street, Lexington, MA 02421” into your GPS, it will take you through the Wood Street Gate, which is where everyone should enter.

Breakfast begins promptly at 7:00am so please make sure give yourself enough time to arrive and check-in.


Instructions on Passing SCI Clearances for MILCOM 2023

Please follow the instructions in order to pass SCI clearances for Friday, November 3, 2023. Only SI/TK is required.

Note that clearances must be sent no later than October 16, 2023 in order to be granted access to the session.

Option 1: DISS

In order to ensure that DISS information will be properly received and processed, please fill out the fields exactly as follows when adding a visit:

  1. SCI SMO Code: 3G0502
  2. Visit Name: SCIMILCOM2023
  3. Start Date: 2023/11/03
  4. End Date: 2023/11/03
  5. Access Level: SCI-SI/TK
  6. Reason: Symposium
  7. Visit Notes: “Attending the MILCOM 2023 SCI Session.”
  8. POC First Name: Bryan
  9. POC Last Name: Cooley
  10. POC Email: 

Note: If attendee clearances are sent as a group visit on DISS, please create a new visit for any additional attendees rather than modifying an existing visit.

Option 2: Fax (Paper Certs)
If you do not have access to DISS, please have your security officer fax a security clearance SCI form to the following extension:

Unclassified Fax: (781) 981-4441

Medical Devices

If you have a medical device that will be required during the Classified Program Session, please work with the conference co-chair to inform the session venue.  The venue will reach out to you with additional instructions. Please indicate “Medical Device” in the Subject field. All medical device requests must be submitted by October 16, 2023.

All Medical Device requests, to include specification sheet, must be provided to the venue’s security NLT October 16, 2023.

Medical Device Request must be in memorandum format, signed by the requester, and include the following information. All requests must be submitted by October 16, 2023.

  1. Name
  2. Organization
  3. Device Make & Model
  4. Device Type (e.g., insulin pump)
  5. Serial/Model Number
  6. Does the device contain prohibited technology? (e.g., Bluetooth, WiFi, RF? If so, specify what)
  7. Does the device communicate with your doctor’s office?
  8. Attach device specification sheet
  9. Indicate date(s) of use (i.e. 11/3/2023 for MILCOM 2023)

Classified Program Keynote Speakers

Andrew Puryear, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer - L3Harris

Andrew PuryearAndrew Puryear is Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for L3Harris Technologies. In this role, he develops and oversees the overall technology and engineering strategy, driving technology talent development throughout the company and ensuring world-class standards of engineering processes, methods, systems and tools. This includes leading research and development planning and investments, integrating corporate strategy, product management, and technology planning to identify and pursue technology and market adjacencies for existing products and technologies under development.

Prior to joining L3Harris in 2023, Puryear served as Chief Technology Officer for Ultra Electronics, leading the development and implementation of the strategic technology roadmap, which connected Ultra’s internal research and development (IRAD) investments to corporate strategy. He also integrated corporate strategy, product management, and technology planning while collaborating with global business development to align technology development with international pursuits.

Previously, Puryear served as the Division Leader for Pacific Northwest National Labs AI and Data Analytics Division, as the Director of Cyber Strategy and Execution for The MITRE Corporation, and as an R&D Senior Manager at Sandia National Labs. He spent eight years at the MIT Lincoln Laboratory, where he contributed to missions from seabed to space. Puryear has more than 24 years of engineering experience, including establishing strategic partnerships and identifying emerging technology capability areas.

Puryear has a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and computer science from Texas A&M, a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University, and a doctorate in electrical engineering and computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He is also a member of the U.S. Navy Reserve and served as the Emerging Technology Threat Advisory Chair for the U.S. Department of Commerce.

L3Harris Technologies is the Trusted Disruptor for the global aerospace and defense industry. With customers’ mission- critical needs always in mind, our more than 50,000 employees deliver end-to-end technology solutions connecting the space, air, land, sea and cyber domains.

Dr. Mark E. Segal, Deputy Director of the Research Directorate of the National Security Agency (NSA)

Dr. Mark E. SegalDr. Mark E. Segal is Deputy Director of the Research Directorate of the National Security Agency (NSA). In this role, Mark provides scientific and administrative oversight to an organization that conducts mission-focused research across a wide variety of scientific disciplines, and applies successful research results to NSA’s signals intelligence and cybersecurity missions. Many operational systems at NSA have key components in them derived from Research breakthroughs.

Prior to this assignment, Mark was the Chief of Computer and Analytic Sciences Research, leading advanced research activities in computer systems, big-data analytics, and video, image, speech, and text-processing technology. Mark has also served as the Deputy Chief of NSA’s Laboratory for Telecommunication Sciences, leading research activities in advanced networking and computing research. Mark served as a Director of Cybersecurity Operations in the NSA/CSS [Cybersecurity] Threat Operations Center, where he led a team in a 24x7 operations center focused on protecting Department of Defense networks from cyber exploits.

Mark’s work has been recognized with a National Intelligence Meritorious Unit Citation and a Presidential Rank Award. Prior to joining NSA, Mark worked at Telcordia Technologies (formerly Bellcore) as a research manager and researcher. He served as Executive Director of Software Technology Research at Telcordia, and conducted research in distributed computing, multimedia systems, dependable systems, and cyber security.

Mark holds BS, MS, and PhD degrees in Computer and Communications Sciences from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

Classified Program Schedule


Program subject to change


Resilient Communications and Information Advantage in an Era of Great Power Competition

Andrew Puryear, PhD Vice President and Chief Technology Officer

Panel in Hybrid Architecture

Mr. James Smart is the Chief for Joint Integration at the United States Space Force Space Warfighting Analysis Center stationed at the Pentagon.  In this capacity, he is responsible for ensuring SWAC developed Force Designs are integrated into Service and Joint requirements, appropriately budgeted for, and transitioned to an acquisition organization leading to the successful development and fielding of technology, systems, and services to the joint force.  In his previous assignment, Mr. Smart was assigned to the Department of the Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office in multiple roles as Chief Engineer, Analysis & Architecture Chief, and Program Manager.  Mr. Smart is a career DAF civil servant and holds a B.S and M.S. in Aerospace Engineering from Penn State and Georgia Tech respectively.

Colonel Gyimah is currently serving as the Assistant Chief of Staff G-6, I Marine Expeditionary Force. He was born in Washington D.C. and raised in Alexandria, Virginia. He graduated from the Virginia Military Institute with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and was commissioned in June 1999 through the Platoon Leaders Program. Colonel Gyimah is a career Communications Officer who has commanded at the platoon, company, and squadron levels. He is slated to command at the O-6 level as Headquarters and Support Battalion Commanding Officer, MCI-West in summer 2024. He has served in various staff positions in the operational forces to include: XO of Company A, Marine Wing Communications Squadron – 38 (2001-2002), S-6A, 13th MEU(SOC) (2002-2004), Assistant Battalion Operations Officer, 8th communication Battalion (2008), Battalion Operations Officer, 8th Comm Battalion (2010-2011), G-6 Operations Officer, MARFORPAC (2015-2018), AC/S G-6, 2nd MarDiv (2018-2019), AC/S G-6, 1st MarDiv (2022-Present) Colonel Gyimah conducted two joint assignments as a staff officer including: C-J6 Operations Officer, CJTF – Horn of Africa (2008-2009) and Cyber Operations Officer and Branch Head J-64, U.S. Forces, Japan (2012-2015). His supporting establishment assignments include Instructor/FACAD Basic Communications Officers Course (2004-2006), and Aide-de-Camp, CG TECOM (2006-2007).

Panel - AI in Communications


Dr. Jane Pinelis currently serves as the Chief AI Engineer of the Applied Information Sciences Branch at Johns Hopkins University’s Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU/APL). She leads a diverse group AI scientists and analysts in development, testing, and integration of AI capabilities. Her leadership extends to the formulation of cutting-edge Assurance-specific products and stringent standards designed to fortify testing of AI-driven systems across the multifaceted landscape of the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)..

Dr. Pinelis holds a BS in statistics, economics, and mathematics, an MA in statistics, and a Ph.D. in statistics, all from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. With a background in defense and national security spanning over 15 years, Dr. Pinelis has held a variety of key positions of responsibility. Prior to her current role, she served as the inaugural Chief of AI Assurance at the Chief, Digital and AI Office (CDAO) and the Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC) at the Department of Defense, where she oversaw the Test and Evaluation, as well as Responsible AI directorates.

Her career has largely focused on operational test and evaluation, both in support of the service operational testing commands and at the OSD level; her leadership roles included leading the AI Assurance directorate at the Chief Digital and AI Office, the Joint Artificial Intelligence Center, an inaugural T&E Director role on Project Maven, managing the Test Science team that supports the Director of Operational Test and Evaluation (DOT&E), and leading the design and analysis of the highly-publicized study on the effects of integrating women into combat roles in the Marine Corps during her assignment at the Marine Corps Operational Test and Evaluation Activity.

Ian Eishen is the Director of Global Public Sector for Aalyria Technologies and a Presidential Leadership Fellow. In his current position, Ian and his team are developing high bandwidth free space  optical solutions for space and terrestrial use cases and self-healing mesh network orchestration software. He spent 23 years working in the Department of Defense and the Intelligence and Special Operations communities. He spent his last three years in government developing emerging technology, talent management, and innovation strategy for the militaries of the United States, United Kingdom and France and has spent the last five years working with multiple venture capital firms to identify and scale defense-related startups in order to benefit the United States Government and local community. He was a Principle Investigator in a DARPA-led program to use artificial intelligence and wearable technologies to predict the flu and covid-19 48 hours before symptoms were present and was an advisor to the Joint Artificial Intelligence Center and Defense Innovation Board."

Dr. William W. Streilein is the Chief Technology Officer for the Chief Digital and AI Office of the DoD, providing strategic awareness, direction and leadership for enterprise scale data, analytical and AI capabilities.

Prior to his current role, Bill worked at MIT Lincoln Laboratory where he served as principal staff in the Biotechnology and Human Systems Division.  He supported efforts across the division focusing on concept, strategy, and program development in bioengineering, bioinformatics, and biodefense and leveraged his technical and leadership experience to emphasize the application of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning to solve national biosecurity, health, and human performance challenges.  Bill was also the leader of the Cyber Analytics and Decisions Group, where his research interests focused on cyber security, passive network and traffic analysis, streaming analytics, and computer vision.  Prior to MIT Lincoln Laboratory, Streilein spent nine years working as a software engineer within the private sector.

Bill is a founding chair of the Artificial Intelligence for Cyber Security (AICS) and Robust Artificial Intelligence Systems Assurance (RAISA) academic workshops and is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and an active member of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI).  Bill is a recognized leader in areas such as machine learning, artificial intelligence, cyber security, and statistical analysis.

Dr. Streilein holds a BA degree in mathematics from Austin College, an MM degree in electronic and computer music from the University of Miami, and a PhD degree in cognitive and neural systems from Boston University. He is a senior member of the IEEE. He has been at Lincoln Laboratory since 1998.

Dr. Tim O'Shea is the Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder of DeepSig Inc. He also holds a position as a Research Assistant Professor at Virginia Tech in Arlington, VA. Dr. O'Shea specializes in leveraging deep learning techniques for critical dual-use wireless baseband processing functions.  These techniques are pivotal in enhancing the performance and security of sensing and communications systems and form the foundations for the 6G air interface. Noteworthy projects include OmniSIG, software designed for real-time spectrum situational awareness, emitter identification, localization and rapid adaptation; OmniPHY, a pioneering end-to-end learned adaptive wireless communications modem; and OmniPHY-5G, neural processing s/w within 5G OpenRAN, which offers improved capacity, coverage, resilience, and efficiency.

Previously, Dr. O'Shea helped launch wireless startups Hawkeye 360 and Federated Wireless. He served as an R&D engineer for USG and Cisco Systems. With over 100 academic papers and patents to his name, Dr. O'Shea is a recognized authority in his field.  He also has held leadership roles and made contributions in organizations such as IEEE COMSOC, IEEE MLC ETI, IEEE Trans. Wireless Comms, Next-G Alliance, GNU Radio, and OpenRAN initiatives. He has also served on boards and panels for institutions including NSF, DARPA, IARPA, and Industry.



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