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

VIP Panels

VIP Panel 1:  Importance of Satellite Communication SatCOM in a disruptive Era

Date:  Tuesday, October 31, 2023
Time:  10:00 - 11:10
Room:  Salon A - E


  • Global War on Terrorism
  • focus of the Great Military Powers on the use of its satellite resources.
  • importance of layered LEO, MEO, and GEO satellite constellations
  • resiliency infrastructures,
  • greater need for interoperability



Upkar DhaliwalUpkar Dhaliwal

President, Future Wireless Technologies and full-time with a major US Prime


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Upkar Dhaliwal is a Parallel Entreprenezur and Wireless Technology subject matter expert on Mobility, He has hands on wireless and internet experience undertaking Application, Intellectual Property, Business Development and Technical advisor support on Present and Future Wireless Technologies and its product development for startups, OEMs, private equity and with most of Market Leaders.

A Professional Chartered Engineer of Engineering Council UK, He is a Senior Wireless & RF System Architect Executive, an industry expert serving on numerous industrial/technical/policy bodies with US National Policy influences and technical societies with specialized knowledge and technical leadership for many Start up, Internet Giants and the investment community. He has worked at BBC, Marconi, Thorn-EMI Electronics, Samsung, Qualcomm, STMicroelectronics until taking up more innovative roles.

At present, working on beyond 4G charting towards 5G in terms of SatCOM, UxV, Cognitive Radios, Distributed Mesh Sensor Radios and beyond LTE-Advance into the World of Big Data and Internet of Things IoT that will drive the next generation of Internet. Volunteering in many IEEE roles.
He grew up in West London England and studied for Bachelors & Masters Degrees in Engineering, Leeds and University College London Universities respectively, leading to early career experiences & contributions in device modeling, circuit design and subsystem developments where he led worldwide engineering teams in some World Class Firsts. Some new Firsts are still being implemented in MANET connected devices, Hybrid Cloud Services and Predictive Insight Big Data.

Upkar Dhaliwal C.Eng. MIET, SMIEEE, MSc UCL, General Co-Chair IEEE IMS Connected Future Summit 2021, 2022, 2023, 5G Summit San Diego 2019,  IEEE TTM 2018 Local Arrangements, IEEE San Diego Section Senior Past. Chair, IEEE COM-SOC Region 6 NA Board Past Member, IEEE IOT-J Steering ExCOM, SDN-I, 5G-I, CEO Future Wireless Technologies, Biz Dev: Cognition Systems, Phluido, AgShift, Big Data Federation, Assured Wireless,



Eric Burger

Eric Burger

Research Professor of NextG Security and Research Director, Commonwealth Cyber Initiative and Technical Program Director, Next G Alliance


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Eric Burger, Research Professor of NextG Security and Research Director, Commonwealth Cyber Initiative, since 2011 and Technical Program Director of the Next G Alliance. Dr Burger served as the Chief Technology Officer of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission and Assistant Director of the office of Science and Technology Policy in the White House, where amongst other accomplishments launched the Advanced Wireless Testing Platforms Team in the WSRD NITRD Work Group, highlighting the importance of making Federal facilities available to the private sector to advance the state of the art. Prior to Georgetown, Dr. Burger was CTO of a number of network equipment and communications companies. Early in his career he wrote and lead the development of device and systems design tools and simulators at Valid Logic Systems, known today as Cadence.


Thomas Popik

Thomas S. Popik

Chairman and President of the Foundation for Resilient Societies


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Thomas S. Popik, Chairman and President of the Foundation for Resilient Societies. Mr. Popik is an advocate for resilient and sustainable electric grids. He has appeared before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the Canadian Parliament, and the legislatures of multiple U.S. states and has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Bloomberg, Politico, The Economist, Reuters, Newsweek,Marketplace, and USA Today. His recent published work on electric grids includes articles in Foreign Affairs, "Ukraine’s Coming Electricity Crisis," and the Journal of Critical Infrastructure Policy, "Preserving Ukraine’s Electric Grid During the Russian Invasion." Mr. Popik holds a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from MIT. In his early career, Mr. Popik served as an officer in the U.S. Air Force, with a final rank of Captain.


David Simpson

Rear Admiral (retired) David Simpson

U.S. Navy


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Rear Admiral (retired) David Simpson, U.S. Navy David Simpson has influenced U.S. Defense and Homeland Security policy for over thirty years. He is a Professor at Virginia Tech, leading Cybersecurity Risk and Technology Leadership graduate studies and research. He currently serves on several Federal Spectrum and 5G planning committees and works to help Public Safety Communications officials with strategic planning. He leads a consulting practice that focused on emerging technology and innovation initiatives.

He previously served as Chief of the Federal Communications Commission’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau overseeing emergency management, communication resiliency, cybersecurity, and disaster preparedness activities with over 30,000 commercial companies in the telecommunications sector. He has served as a senior U.S. delegate to several ITU conferences. Rear Admiral Simpson served in the U.S. Navy in leadership positions at sea and around the world. He served as Director of Naval Networks, Vice Director of the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) and Director of Communications and Information Services in Iraq. He had Space, Combat Systems, cybersecurity, and Information Technology assignments in multiple countries around the world. He is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy and earned a master's degree in space systems technology from the Naval Postgraduate School.

  • “5G is Smart, Now Let’s Make it Secure” Brookings Institution research report (2022)
  • “Supply Chain Matters When it Comes to Next Gen 9-1-1” The Hill (2021)
  • “Billions for broadband but not a penny for cybersecurity” The Seattle Times (2021)
  • “Maintaining 5G Security as Roll-outs Move Along” Info-Security Professional Magazine (2021)
  • “Initiative Finds Common Ground on Spectrum Sharing” Defense Magazine (2020)
  • “5G Factsheet for Policy Makers” Harvard’s Belfer Center (2020)

VIP Panel 2: Delivering JADC2 through DoD and Industry Collaboration

Date:  Wednesday, November 1, 2023
Time:  10:00 - 11:10
Room: Salon A - E




Lizy Paul

Lockheed Martin


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Lt Gen Bob Elder, USAF (Ret)

Research Faculty, ECE, George Mason University


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Maj. Gen. Anthony W. Genatempo

Maj. Gen. Anthony W. Genatempo - USAF

PEO C3IN (Invited)


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Maj. Gen. Anthony W. Genatempo is Program Executive Officer for Command, Control, Communications, Intelligence, and Networks, Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts. In this position, he is responsible for more than 2,700 personnel and acquisition execution of a $17 billion portfolio responsible for developing, producing, deploying and sustaining Department of the Air Force Aerial Networks, Enterprise Information Technology and Cyber Infrastructure, Cybersecurity and Cryptologic Systems, Software Development Factories and Platforms, combat communications, and special programs to enable reliable connectivity at the point of mission need for more than 600,000 users.

Maj. Gen. Genatempo is a career acquisition professional who has served in numerous program management and senior leader positions including avionics program manager for the F-22, Deputy Division Chief of the Tactical, Special Operations Forces and Trainer Aircraft Division at the Pentagon, and as Commander, F-35 Aeronautical Systems Squadron, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio. He is a graduate of the Air Force Legislative Fellows Program where he served as a Military Legislative Assistant for the Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee.

Prior to his current position, the general was Commander, Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center, and Air Force Program Executive Officer for Strategic Systems, Kirtland AFB, New Mexico. As the Commander, he was responsible for the lifecycle management of nuclear weapons systems including intercontinental ballistic missiles, air-launched cruise missiles, gravity bombs, nuclear certification, and nuclear command-and-control communications systems.


Daniel Duvak

Daniel Duvak

Assistant Director for C5I Engineering


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Mr. Daniel Duvak is a Senior Science and Technology Manager and the Assistant Director of C5I Engineering in the U.S. Army Command, Control, Computers, Communications, Cyber, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (C5ISR) Center, at Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG), MD. As the Assistant Director, Mr. Duvak leads technology development and engineering support across tactical communications, satellite communications, operations intelligence, and defensive cyber. Previously, Mr. Duvak was the Deputy Assistant Director for Network and Spectrum as well as a Division Chief leading the Radio Frequency Communciations Division and the Systems Engineering, Architecture, and Modeling and Simulation (SEAMS) Division. He also served as the Deputy Associate Director for Systems Engineering and worked 10 years in the Antennas & Spectrum Division, holding both technical and managerial positions. Mr. Duvak is considered a Subject Matter Expert in antennas, spectrum, electromagnetics, Army tactical radios, electromagnetic modeling and simulation, and systems engineering.

Throughout his distinguished career, Mr. Duvak has been awarded the Commander’s Award for civilian service, received the U.S. Army’s Greatest Invention Award, was twice awarded as CERDEC Team of the year, was the CERDEC Employee of the Year, and has received the Best Paper Award at the Army Science Conference. Mr. Duvak is a member of the APG Senior Leader Cohort, received a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech, received a Master of Engineering in Electrical Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology, and received a Master of Engineering in Systems Engineering from Steven’s Institute of Technology.


Kevin Mulvihill

Kevin Mulvihill

SES and Principal Director DCIO, C3IIC (Invited)


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Kevin M Mulvihill is a member of the Senior Executive Service and the Principal Director for Command, Control, Communications, DoD Chief Information Officer (CIO), Washington DC. He provides strategic direction, policy guidance, and oversight to enable the Department to define, prioritize, acquire, govern, manage effectively, and implement C3 capabilities supporting DoD operations. As Deputy, Mr. Mulvihill provides policy and guidance to execute Principle Staff Assistant responsibilities for: spectrum; communications systems and networks; C2 and coalition information sharing capabilities; Position, Navigation and Timing (PNT); Tactical Network Management; Waveform Management; and Enterprise Mobility. He leads teams responsible for the horizontal and vertical integration of operational level C2 and strategic command, control, and communications, supporting joint and coalition concepts of operations.

Before his current assignment, Mr. Mulvihill led modernization efforts for DoD Satellite Communications, data links, and tactical communication capabilities supporting warfighter needs.

Mr. Mulvihill has held various leadership positions in civilian and military arenas, focusing primarily on operations and warfighting requirements for DoD C2 systems at the tactical, operational, and strategic levels of warfare. He began his government service career upon graduation from Lewis University in Joliet, Illinois, where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree with Honors in Aviation Maintenance Management. He was commissioned and served in the United States Air Force in various operational and staff positions, commanding an E-3 Sentry squadron and leading coalition Airborne Early Warning (AEW) operations. A combat veteran from Operation Desert Shield and Storm, he also commanded combat deployments for Operation Southern Watch, Operation Enduring, and Iraqi Freedom and conducted continuous 24/7 AEW air patrols after 9/11 for Operation Noble Eagle. He started his military career in 1985 as part of the Peace Shield Program supporting the RSAF AEW in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He completed his final operational tour as Director, Cheyenne Mountain Command Center, in 2009.

Kevin Mulvihill civilian education includes a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma. His professional education includes graduating from Air Force Fighter Weapons School, Nellis AFB, Las Vegas, Nevada; U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas; Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Alabama; Joint Forces Staff College, Norfolk, Virginia; and National Security Studies Seminar 8, Canadian Forces College, Toronto, Ontario Canada, APEX 48 and Harvard Kennedy School for Senior Executives in National and International Security Program (NIS) program, and Vanguard Senior Executive Development Program.


Dan Rice

Dan Rice

VP, 5G.MIL Programs, Lockheed Martin (Confirmed)


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Dan Rice is Vice President of 5G.MIL® Programs for Lockheed Martin, reporting to the corporation’s Chief Engineer and Senior Vice President, Engineering & Technology. Dan leads the strategy and execution of the corporate programs for 5G and advanced communication technology solutions. He is responsible for corporate IR&D including development, demonstration, and integration across all of Lockheed Martin’s business areas. He is also responsible for development and management of strategic relationships.

Previously, Dan Rice served as the Vice President of Technology Strategy and Research for Lockheed Martin, reporting to the corporation’s Chief Technology Officer. In this role, Dan led the integration and execution of the corporate technology strategy including technical intelligence, global science & technology research projects and development of the cross-corporation advanced R&D laboratory enterprise.

Additionally, Dan served in a variety of leadership roles in Defense & Intelligence Solutions including Vice President of Engineering & Technology, Vice President of Operations and Performance Excellence, and Vice President of the Spatial Solutions line of business. He also held previous roles as the Director for the VH-71 Presidential Helicopter Air System; Director of Products responsible for processors, displays and electronic warfare systems; and Director of Intelligent Systems responsible for advanced mission management systems and UAVs, including the DARPA/Army Unmanned Combat Armed Rotorcraft (UCAR) program. He has held business development and capture management posts in the military aerospace and commercial information systems domains, including managing the Lockheed Martin field office in Detroit, MI.

A graduate from Rochester Institute of Technology with a BS in Computer Engineering, Dan also earned an MS in Electrical Engineering from Syracuse University and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

ComingDan is a member of Tau Beta Pi and Eta Kappa Nu engineering societies. He has been granted four US Patents and is a Lockheed Martin Certified Program Manager.



Caroline Chan

Vice President, Network and Edge Group, Intel Corporation (Confirmed)


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Caroline Y. Chan is vice president in the Network and Edge Group and general manager of the group’s Network Business Incubator Division at Intel Corporation. She is responsible for driving new services running across the network infrastructure, working closely with network service cloud service providers and enterprises. Chan and her team will lead pathfinding of advanced technology solutions that are enabled and accelerated by 5G capabilities such as AI, Machine Learning, Blockchain, Data Analytics, Immersive Media, Cloud gaming, and others.

Chan was previously VP and GM of Intel 5G Infrastructure Division and before joining Intel, Chan had a 15-year career at Nortel Networks Corp., culminating in her role as director of 4G wireless product management.

She serves as an independent director on EnerSys Inc. (NYSE: ENS) board. In addition, Chan serves on the board of the Telecom Infrastructure Project (TIP) and CBRS Alliance. She is also an advisory board member for Advisory Council for Rural Edge Solutions (ACRES) and 5G Open Innovation (5GOI) Lab. Her contributions in the area of virtualized wireless radio access networks earned Chan an Intel Achievement Award in 2016. Chan was elected to be among the top 25 movers and shakers in the telecom industry 2018 by Fierce Telecom and among the top 5G 100 most influential individuals charting the course for the next generation of global communications in 2020 and 2021 by Light Reading.

VIP Panel 3: Proliferated LEO and NEO systems

Date:  Thursday, November 2, 2023
Time:  10:00 - 11:10
Room:  Salon A - E

Organizer: To be announced



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