Sunday, January 26, 2014

Weekly News & Agenda for Tuesday, 1/28/14


0700-0730: Introductions & Assistance.
Tell us what's happening in your world these days, especially any networking needs.  It's highly likely that someone in the group can help with business contacts, advice, referrals, job search assistance, or other networking needs. The grad network works!

0730-0800: Speaker - Lindy Blackburn (USMA '69)
Lindy will give an overview of the election process in Colorado, including some aspects that make it unique compared to other states.


1/28/14: (this week):  Lindy Blackburn - see above.
2/4/14: TBD/Open.  If there's a speaker you'd like to schedule for this date or any future Tuesday, or if you'd like to lead a discussion yourself, just let me know at
2/11/14:  TBD.  This date is also available if there's a speaker you'd like to invite.
2/18/14:  George Jenkins (USNA '74) will speak about an investment strategy called the Macro Asset Perspective (MAP).


Dave Duff (USNA '90) lives in Louisville, CO and is seeking a new position.  If you can provide him referrals or other assistance, please contact him directly at .

Dave writes as follows:

I was laid off by Leidos, Inc. on Monday, and am actively seeking new opportunities. I'm an accomplished IT Project Manager looking for a PM or IT Director role in a growing, privately-held business. My current resume is attached, and my sincere hope is that you would pass it along to appropriate contacts at tech firms in our area. I sincerely appreciate your help.

Here is Dave's resume:
Dave Duff

675 W. Sagebrush Drive, Louisville, CO 80027, United States, 858-335-4466,


Oct 13 – Present: Project Manager, Leidos-  Responsible for delivery of a Global Transition Plan tracker showing progress on >10 IT Transition Service Agreements (TSA’s) between Leidos and SAIC.  Ascertain readiness for TSA elimination through effective communications with stakeholders.  Responsible for update of SSL certificates for all corporate Leidos web servers.  Responsible for ensuring accurate portrayal of data center assets planned for physical movement to new Leidos data hall. 

·    Delivered accurate progress tracking on >10 individual TSA’s by using frequent communication and SharePoint collaboration

·    Delivered >500 updated SSL certificates on Leidos web servers by personal communication with >25 System Administrators


Feb 09 – Sep 13: Project Manager, SAIC-  Responsible for delivery of enterprise IT projects (up to $10M) on time, on budget, and to quality standards.  Responsible for transition of Enterprise Computing infrastructure in support of a successful $11 billion company “spin-off” into two new publicly traded companies.  Manage project teams of >40 employees and contractors.  Develop and implement project plans across all life cycle phases.  Procure hardware, software, and third party professional services.  Report cost, schedule, and performance weekly, monthly, and quarterly to stakeholders.  Identify and mitigate project risks.  Ensure project and operations teams are trained.  Deliver project communications and organizational change management to cover user, customer, and provider equities.

·    Delivered a 24,000 user next generation token-based strong authentication capability by partnering with committed vendors

·    Delivered a 24,000 user Identity Management (IdM) solution by ensuring close collaboration between internal team and vendor

·    Delivered >23,000 domain migrated PC’s to support spin-off by careful selection of an effective vendor team and tools

·    Delivered >400 server physical and virtual “sandbox” environments to support spin-off transition using daily standup meetings

·    Delivered a 44,000-user enterprise search project on time and budget by mapping requirements to design components

·    Delivered a 3500-user virtual desktop service on time and budget by leveraging VMware and VCE products


Nov 07 - Jan 09: Systems Engineer, SAIC-  Responsible for authoring technical requirements in the context of a 45,000 employee enterprise environment.  As a member of a team of engineers and enterprise architects, responsible for ensuring design components addressed both functional and non-functional requirements.  Responsible for creating concept of operation (CONOPs) documents for new business capabilities.  Responsible for drawing graphical depictions of high level design components. 

·    Delivered a $1.2 million project on schedule and budget to bring >25K Windows-based PC’s under central management

·    Improved the company’s endpoint risk exposure (# of malware incidents) by leading a two-week, 21-member Working Group  

·    Delivered a best practice presentation to +500 participants at a SoCal regional technology conference as a team member


Feb 05 - Oct 07: Deputy Project Manager, SAIC-  Responsible for planning, implementing, and maintaining a DoD software program used by 22,000 military personnel.  Responsible for addressing an Urgent Need Statement from US Army and Marine Corps operational units with the mission of detecting, reporting, and responding to chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) attacks.  Supervised third-party code developers, testers, security professionals, and configuration leads to ensure delivery of bug-free code to target platforms, including Windows.  Established and maintained strong, sincere relationships with users, platform managers, and sponsors.  Controlled project budget in the context of a cost baseline and negotiated new funding. 

·    Ensured user adoption and ongoing feedback by revitalizing a relationship with a Germany-based user via 3 personal visits

·    Won a $70 million value re-compete for Technical Project Management work by leading a technical proposal team 


Nov 00 - Jan 05: Systems Analyst, SAIC-  Serve as a technical bridge between customer and service provider for a 303,000 seat, 550 site desktop services implementation.  Responsible for generating revenue as a contract team member providing technical integration services to customers.  Created technical documents to articulate and address requirements.    

·    Reduced the number of US Navy legacy applications from ~17,000 to < 1,000 by building a rationalization process

·    Ensured customer fulfillment using ITIL practices to verify IT service delivery was anchored to defined and measurable SLA’s


Mar 91 - Aug 00: Officer, U.S. Marine Corps-  Responsible for leadership of Marines and accomplishment of assigned warfighting missions.  Supported Marine commanders by planning, installing, and operating secure tactical communication systems including satellite, radio, telephone, and data networks.  Led a unit of >60 Marines for deployed operations overseas. 

·    Provided reliable (# of unplanned outages) communications services to 450 Marines deployed to East Africa by planning ahead

·    Served (10) years active duty as a regular commissioned Marine Corps Officer; promoted to the rank of Major


MS Systems Technology- Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA, 1996

BS History- United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD, 1990



Have a great week.

Joe Paniccia (USMA '84)

Service Academy BizNet of Denver meets weekly on Tuesdays at 0700, in the Marriott Hotel at the Denver Tech Center. From I-25, exit Belleview east, then turn north onto Syracuse Street. The Marriott lots are paid parking (approx $2-4), however you can park for FREE across the street at Garcia's Restaurant (we have their permission). Look for us in the seating area inside the Marriott's coffee shop. RSVP is not required. Dress is casual. Attendance is open to graduates of the federal service academies (USAFA, USCGA, USMA, USMMA, USNA). There are no dues or fees. Our schedule, roster and other information are posted at

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