Digital Acquisition and Data Strategy Forum

Hosted virtually on December 8, 2021: 9:00am – 1:00pm EST (ZoomGov)


The objective of this forum is to help shape the vision, strategy, principles, and implementation steps for the DoD Digital Acquisition and Data Strategy that the DoD is developing for acquisition and sustainment. As you are aware, recent advances in data collection, storage, curation, and sharing—coupled with increased analytic capabilities from data science, machine learning, and artificial intelligence—have enabled organizations to fundamentally rethink how they organize, execute, and deliver improved and responsive capabilities. The digital transformation of practices and processes have the potential to revolutionize DoD acquisition and sustainment to improve warfighter capabilities at lower costs and at more responsive speeds. This forum will engage DoD, industry, and academia leaders in open discussion on digital transformation generally and its opportunities for improving defense acquisition outcomes. Our goals are to identify best practices and lessons learned from, identify key principles, discuss and improve our draft vision and strategy for transforming defense acquisition, coordinate and identify action officers from across the military departments and defense agencies, and identify next steps for implementation.



Dr. Dinesh VermaExecutive Director, Acquisition Innovation Research Center

Dinesh Verma
Executive Director, AIRC

Mark Krzysko
SES, Principal Deputy Director, Data & Analytics, OUSD(A&S)

OPENING KEYNOTE: Transformation Best Practices and Lessons

Mike Sutcliff
CEO, Metta Industries, Inc.

Mike Sutcliff is the Retired Founder/Group CEO at Accenture Digital – a $22 billion dollar business unit with responsibility for the global Applied Intelligence practice.   The Applied Intelligence practice included a combination of data services, technology platforms, and more than 6000+ PhD/Master’s level data scientists working across industries on a global basis.  Mike retired after 34 years at Accenture in March 2020.  Mike is currently working as an Operating Partner with Advent Private Equity evaluating and coaching companies in the technology, data, and applied intelligence markets.  He is active on three boards of directors and launching three startup companies in the healthcare, digital content, and technology markets. Mike is CEO of a technology startup company in stealth mode with plans to introduce new technologies to the market in 2022.

DoD Digital Acquisition and Data Strategy

Phil Anton

Laura Freeman
Virginia Tech

EXECUTIVE PANEL: Challenges, Opportunities, and Next Steps for Digital Acquisition

Mark Krzysko

TRANSFORMATION PANEL: Lessons, Principles, and Feedback from Industry Transformation Experts

Laura Freeman


Steve Blank
Adjunct Professor, Stanford University & Founding Faculty Member, The Gordian Knot Center for National Security Innovation

Steve Blank is an Adjunct Professor at Stanford and Senior Fellow for Innovation at Columbia University. He has been described as the Father of Modern Entrepreneurship.  Credited with launching the Lean Startup movement and the curriculums for the National Science Foundation Innovation Corps and Hacking for Defense and Diplomacy, he’s changed how startups are built; how entrepreneurship is taught; how science is commercialized, and how companies and the government innovate.

Steve is the author of The Four Steps to the Epiphany and The Startup Owner’s Manual which revolutionized how startups were built– and his May 2013 Harvard Business Review cover story redefined how large companies can innovate at speed.

Steve is a founding faculty member of the Gordian Knot Center for National Security Innovation at Stanford, where his latest class is Technology, Innovation and Great Power Competition, is providing crucial insight on how technology will shape all the elements of national power (our influence and footprint on the world stage).

FUNCTIONAL PANEL: Digital Innovation Opportunities

Philip Anton


Mark Krzysko