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Tune in on July 30, 2024 at 2:00PM EST

The cost of additional rework when cutting corners in development, or technical debt, stems from a lack of modernization, like outdated systems, devices, and processes. As our digital environment rapidly adapts and introduces new technologies, how can you and your agency best address technical debt and save time and money?

During this webcast, join Cisco and GovExec as we sit down with industry leaders to explore technical debt and modern solutions. Within the context of outlets like networking, automation, and CONOPs, discover how you can ensure mission success and cost-efficiency.

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Chad Claussen

Director, Digital Transformation

Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (Data, Engineering & Software)

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Chad Claussen

Director, Digital Transformation

Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (Data, Engineering & Software)

Mr. Claussen currently serves as the Digital Transformation Director for the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army, Data, Engineering, and Software. In this position Mr. Claussen is responsible for assisting the PEOs in achieving digital transformation with a focus in data, digital engineering, and modern software practices.

Mr. Claussen’s previous assignment was the Technical Services Associate Director and Chief Engineer of the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command (CECOM) Software Engineering Center (SEC). In this position Mr. Claussen was responsible for improving software readiness by providing quality software engineering solutions to improve Information Technology (IT) efficiency and security posture for both the business users and the warfighter. As Associate Director, he oversaw a mission of over 250 military, civilian and industry employees, with an annual budget more than $40 million. Mr. Claussen drove initiatives across SEC that will reduce cost, increase quality, increase security, and increase the rate of software production and delivery.

His previous assignment was the Enterprise Services technical lead, Tactical Mission Command, Program Manager Mission Command, Program Executive Office for Command Control and Communications- Tactical (PEO C3T), where he was responsible for developing and implementing the enterprise services capabilities for the Command Post Computing Environment (CPCE). His previous assignment was Chief of Network Integration, Technical Management Division, PEO C3T where he was responsible for the integration of the mission command capability sets ensuring the products fielded by PEO C3T were integrated and interoperable across the Brigade Combat Team (BCT) down to the dismounted Soldier, in support of deploying Brigade Combat Teams.

Mr. Claussen holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Systems Management from the
University of Maryland, and a Master of Science degree in Systems Engineering Management from the Naval Postgraduate School. He is Level III certified in Systems Engineering and Program Management. Mr. Claussen’s awards include Superior Civilian Service Award, Achievement Medals for Civilian Service, and the Bronze Order of Mercury.

Karlie Wilson

Operations Director, Department of Defense

Cisco US Public Sector

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Karlie Wilson

Operations Director, Department of Defense

Cisco US Public Sector

Karlie has been a part of the technology industry for 20+ years and is passionate about helping customers through technology transitions by modernizing their environments to meet their mission. She entered Cisco as a Federal Account Executive in 2004, then after nine years she transitioned into a Data Center Product Specialist supporting the Federal Government.  An opportunity arose in 2015 to move into a Federal Regional Manager role, which she grew the business over a 5-year period and led a large team of Senior Account Executives. 

 

In February 2021, she departed Cisco for a unique opportunity with Amazon Web Services as a Senior Manager to expand a customer facing team for a critical US Federal agency. While at AWS she hired six team members across multiple client facing roles and grew her knowledge of cloud technology.

 

In June of 2022, she returned to Cisco as an Operations Director supporting Cisco’s broad product and service portfolio for the US Department of Defense ($900M - $1B business annually).  Her three regions support the ARMY, DISA, Defense Agencies, Special Operations Forces and US Department of Defense business in Europe, Africa and Asia.

 

She embarked on her tech career at Sun Microsystems in 2000 through a college new-hire program and participated in a sales focused development track. She completed the one-year program and began supporting large Systems Integrators, then the US Federal Government.  

  

Karlie resides in the Washington DC metro area and is a Maryland native.  She holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Maryland College Park (Robert H. Smith school of business).  She holds a dual major in Marketing and Logistics. She enjoys building teams, running large, strategic sales efforts and helping customers solve complex challenges. Additionally, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two kids (age 9 and 12), two dogs, traveling and running.

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