Summit Speakers

Sean O’Brien

ITSS Program Executive

  I am a graduate of the University of Rochester in N.Y., then was designated a Naval Flight Officer and a bombardier/navigator in the A-6E Intruder in 1992. 
     My Operational assignments include Attack Squadron Five Two (Knight Riders), NAS Whidbey Island with deployments onboard the USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63).   Attack Squadron–One One Five (The Eagles) forward deployed in Atsugi, Japan. Where he deployed onboard the USS Independence (CV-62).  
     I then reported to Electronic Attack Squadron One Two Nine to receive training in the EA-6B Prowler.  I was then assigned as a Plank Owner to Electronic Attack Squadron One Two Eight (VAQ-128) providing electronic attack support to U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Operations. My last squadron assignment was as Operations Officer for Electronic Attack Squadron One Three Two (VAQ-132).  During this tenure, the Scorpions, flying off the USS George Washington (CVN-73), provided round the clock combat air support for Operation Enduring Freedom. 
     My shore assignments include instructor duties withVA-128 and VAQ-129. I was the EA-6B Systems Phase Head, a class room and flight instructor and El Centro Detachment OIC.  Most recently while at NETC, I flew as an Associate Instructor with VT-86 in Pensacola.  I earned an MS in Information Systems and Operations at Naval Post Graduate School.  I then served as Computer Network Operation Branch Chief on the Joint Staff in the J-3 Deputy Directorate for Global Operations and Information Operations.  
    I reported to NRD New Orleans as the Executive Officer in June 06.  In December 2007, I assumed command of Naval Recruiting District New Orleans.  My tenure at NRD New Orleans started in the months following Hurricane Katrina.  My leadership was said to be instrumental in the critical reestablishment of Navy Recruiting on the gulf coast and the ascension of NRD New Orleans from number 26 to the number 3 recruiting district in the country in just three years. 
    In 2009 I was selected by the Chief of Naval Operations to Command a Navy Provisional Detainee Battalion forward deployed to Taji, Iraq, the largest Navy command on the ground in Iraq.  I led this Battalion of 450 Sailors guarding 4,000 of the most violent terrorists in Iraq, as well as training all Iraqi Correctional Officers to transition detention operations to the Gov. of Iraq in April of 2010. 
    I returned from Iraq and reported to Commander Naval Education and Training Command (NETC) as the Deputy Director of NETC Information Management Division.  Along with the staff and field teams, we provided secure, reliable, state of the art information technologies and business capabilities on the world’s largest training network to enable NETC’s mission; training every sailor for the fleet. 
    After I retired from active duty in 2013, I decided to settle my family in Pensacola and started my own business; Sean O'Brien Consulting, LLC.  The firm provided IT Business Integration, Solution Architect, Business Capture and Development, Strategic Planning, Business Process Reengineering, Information Systems and IT Operations services.  In 2015 a contract evolved into a full time executive position with CSRA.  I am currently the Program Executive for the NETC ITSS Program.  
    My Military awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal with “V” device, Arial Achievement Medal, Navy Commendation and Achievement Medals, Army Commendation and Achievement Medals.  
     I am married to the former Jennifer A. Schulz of New York and Mobile, Alabama.  We have five sons Connor, Dillon, Abner, Colin and Danann.   


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CIO Roundtable

A panel where CIO will discuss the issues that will affect their organization.  An opportunity for IT directors, IT managers, Technology service providers, Technology infrastructure providers to hear a frank and open discussion and gain insight into where this industry and market are headed in the near future.  The event will be presented in a panel format with 3 to 5 CIO’s.  The discussion will be guided by a moderator.  CIOs from the following industries have been invited; Military/training, Medical, manufacturing, banking, Gov,  education as well as a ‘Cloud Service” provider.  The panel will be presented with 3 or 4 CIO level issues/challenges.  Each will have an opportunity to discuss their views on how their respective organizations are approaching the issues.  This format will benefit the Gulf Coast IT industry in several ways; provides insight into the larger issues from local CIO’s,  leading industry CIOs can exchange ideas/approaches with their peers.  Industry managers, operators and technicians will hear the directions and concepts of where their CIOs would like to go and service providers and vendors will better understand the types and extent of the services that will be needed as the organizations mature and change to meet the future.  This is also a great opportunity for service providers and vendors to understand what skill sets, services and technology will be need in the future.   Given the current volatility in the economy this type of event offers the opportunity to understand where the market place is headed and what need to be done to remain competitive.