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


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


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

Andrew Puryear, PhD Vice President and Chief Technology Officer

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