Securing Mission Partner Environments (MPE’s) Over Untrusted Networks And Infrastructure

Originally Aired May 20, 2021

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Coordination among allied militaries is one of the world’s oldest problems. In the future, U.S. forces will likely operate in increasingly complex environments alongside diverse multinational forces to address emerging threats. Coalition command structures will require war-fighting capabilities built on interoperability and a secure environment for communication and collaboration among trusted coalition forces at operational and tactical levels.

This is where Mission Partner Environments (MPEs) come in. When successful, these involve a network that can facilitate sharing of military intelligence among coalition forces for logistics, planning and war-fighting. The effective use of MPEs to reduce risk and improve mission impact is dependent on numerous factors.

The most important is how to protect the confidentiality, integrity and availability of the information that flows through these often-insecure channels of communication from being compromised or disrupted by adversarial parties, insider threats, or unintended disclosures.

SpiderOak Mission Systems is pleased to invite you to this timely and relevant panel discussion where Brigadier General Jacqueline (Denise) Brown, Brigadier General Jeffery D. Valenzia, Brigadier General Jeth Berrington Rey, and Ted (“Hefty”) Conklin, Technology Director, Advanced Concepts and Technology and Sr. Engineering Fellow at Raytheon, will discuss the threats to MPEs, the consequences of failure, and how emerging technologies like Zero-Trust frameworks can secure the flow of information even in insecure, contested network environments.


Brigadier General Jacqueline (Denise) Brown
Director For Command, Control, Communications And Cyber
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Brigadier General Jeffery D. Valenzia
Director, Joint Force Integration, Deputy Chief of Staff for Strategy, Integration and Requirements
U.S. Air Force
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Brigadier General Jeth B. Rey
Director of Command and Control, Communications and Computer Systems
United States Central Command
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Ted “Hefty” Conklin
Technology Director
Raytheon Intelligence and Space’s (RI&S) Advanced Concepts and Technology (ACT)
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Bob Ackerman
Editor in Chief
SIGNAL Magazine
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