Keynote Speakers

Tuesday December 10, 2019 • Joshua Seckel

Joshua drives the adoption of business, technical, and management agility. He is a Specialist Leader at Deloitte within the Government Practice focused on agile transformation. He previously led development teams with Agile and DevOps processes to respond quickly to the changing needs of a small startup customers, vendors, and partners. Joshua was previously with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to drive USCIS to the forefront of modern development practices within the federal Government. His role was the Chief of the Applied Technology Division (ATD). ATD has a prominent role in the ongoing USCIS transformation to Agile and Continuous Integration/Continuous Delivery (CI/CD) DevOps through Enterprise Architecture, Quality Assurance, Independent Testing, Agile Coaching, Change Control, and Strategic Vendor Management. He started a Federal Agile Birds of a Feather to bring Agile practitioners across the Federal Government together on a regular basis to discuss modern development. Joshua has worked across all areas of development throughout his career to implement and execute Agile programs within various Government agencies including the State of Washington, Air Force, Marine Corps and several Department of Homeland Security (DHS) components.

In addition to his BS in computer science from American University, Joshua holds an MBA with a focus in Technology Innovation Management from Pacific Lutheran University. Joshua is an active participant in the Agile community, speaking regularly, including Agile 2019 and Agile DC. Joshua is an ICAgile Expert Agile Coach and is active in mentoring other coaches.

Tuesday December 10, 2019 • Vice Admiral David H. Lewis

Vice Admiral David H. Lewis is the Director of the Defense Contract Management Agency. As the Director, he leads a Department of Defense agency that consists of more than 12,000 civilians and military personnel who execute worldwide contract management responsibilities, covering more than 19,500 contractors and more than $223 billion in unliquidated obligations.

A native of the state of Washington, Vice Adm. Lewis graduated in 1979 from the University of Nebraska with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and was commissioned through the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps program. He graduated from the Naval Postgraduate School in 1988 with a Master of Science in Computer Science.

At sea, Vice Adm. Lewis served aboard USS Spruance (DD 963) as communications officer, where he earned his surface warfare qualification; USS Biddle (CG 34) as fire control officer and missile battery officer; and USS Ticonderoga (CG 47) as combat systems officer. His major command assignment was Aegis Shipbuilding Program manager in Program Executive Office Ships, where he led the delivery of seven DDG 51 class ships and procured another 10 ships.

At shore, Vice Adm. Lewis’ assignments include assistant chief of staff for Maintenance and Engineering; commander, Naval Surface Forces; the Navy secretariat staff; Naval Sea Systems Command staff; Aegis Shipbuilding Program Office; supervisor of Shipbuilding, Bath, Maine; and Readiness Support Group, San Diego.

Upon selection to flag rank in 2009, Vice Adm. Lewis served as vice commander, Naval Sea Systems Command and then served four years as program executive officer, Ships, where he directed the delivery of 18 ships and procurement of another 51 ships. From 2014-2017 he served as commander, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command where he led a global workforce of 10,300 civilian and military personnel who design, develop, and deploy advanced communications and information capabilities. Vice Adm. Lewis assumed command of the Defense Contract Management Agency at Fort Lee, Virginia, on May 24, 2017.

His personal awards include the Distinguished Service Medal (two awards), Legion of Merit (four awards), Meritorious Service Medal (three), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (two), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and various service and unit awards.

Wednesday December 11, 2019 • Brigadier General David Abba

Brigadier General David W. Abba is the Director of the F-35 Integration Office, Headquarters United States Air Force, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va. He advises the Secretary of the Air Force and the Air Force Chief of Staff on the multi-billion dollar F-35 program and engages with the Offices of the Secretary of Defense, Joint Strike Fighter Program Office, other Services, Air Force major commands and partner and customer nation representatives to advance the operational capabilities and sustainment needs of the F-35A.

Brig. Gen. Abba earned his commission through the United States Air Force Academy in 1995 with a Bachelor of Science in Human Factors Engineering. He has held a variety of flying assignments at the squadron, group and wing level, including serving as the weapons officer for the 58th Fighter Squadron, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, director of operations for the 27th Fighter Squadron and commander of the 94th Fighter Squadron, both at Langley AFB, Virginia, and commander of the 3rd Operations Group at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. Brig. Gen. Abba’s staff assignments include Airpower Strategist at CHECKMATE, Assistant Executive Officer to the Air Force Chief of Staff and Senior Air Force Strategy Advisor in the Office of the Secretary of Defense for Policy. Prior to his current position, Brig. Gen. Abba was the commander, 53rd Wing, Eglin Air Force Base.

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