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Challenge

From the soldiers on the battlefield to national intelligence agencies to local IT leaders, perhaps no one felt the technological growth and turmoil of the 2000s as much as the United States government. This unprecedented gathering coalesced senior IT people from public and private sectors to address the demands of our national security and public interest.

Strategy & Execution

In coordination with the Defense Information Systems Agency, VHG gathered the CTOs of nearly every major agency and hundreds of smaller ones along with private industry CTOs to address the opportunities of what is now known as social networking, cloud computing, and mobility, among other things.

Highlights

  • Resulted in increased cooperation among federal agencies
  • Those in attendance included 3-star and 4-star generals
  • Problem-solving "ready-room" simulation that prepared defense IT for possible threats
  • Tour of DISA/Joint Task Force's high-tech command center
  • Insights and best practices from hackers, cutting-edge technologists

Outcome

The Federal CTO Summit was the first summit to bring together these senior technologists to share their challenges and offer combined cross-sector solutions. Leaders walked away with new areas for collaboration, a greater understanding of their shared challenges, and powerful methodologies from their private sector counterparts that would help make the government more secure, collaborative and accessible.