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2020 Strategy in the Real World #1 SW:B


Defense Intelligence Planning in a Dynamic World 

Big data, artificial intelligence, and autonomous killing machines are some of the technological innovations that are changing the character of modern warfare. This globally-integrated, fast-paced world challenges traditional processes that are built on long-term strategy and planning cycles. To maintain relevance, military strategists must find a way to build flexibility and agility into a process that values deliberate planning and certainty. To adjust to this environment, military strategists must also establish new paradigms of risk formulation and balancing.

Session Scope: The U.S. Military’s Joint Planning is the deliberate process of determining how to use military capabilities in time and space to achieve objectives while considering the associated risk.  The Defense Intelligence Agency supports campaigning in   competition space (ability to militarily compete with adversaries over time) and readiness to support any crisis or contingency operation (the military’s ability to accomplish its mission). Through recent development of support plans for global problem-sets, supporting "integrated planning" across Combatant Commands, DIA streamlined its planning process: mission analysis, gap/shortfall identification, risk assessment and mitigation.

Thursday 14th May 2020
2.45pm - 3.15pm 

as part of the Strategy in the Real World "poster" sessions



Ms. Angela Marie Silicato is a Deputy Division Chief in the Office of the Deputy Director for Strategic Integration at the premier Defense Intelligence Agency. She is also an Air Force Reserves Lieutenant Colonel. Ms. Silicato has been serving in the Intelligence Community since 2003, and continues to lead DoD operations management processes with a distinctive strategic planning background in implementing enterprise wide process improvement activities. She holds a Master's in Diplomacy with a Concentration in International Terrorism from Norwich University and a Master's in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College.

Ms. Silicato started her career as an all-source analyst in roles spanning from a counter-terrorism targeteer to Senior Analyst on the President’s Daily Brief staff. She has led analytic production, intelligence plans, policy and doctrine to meet senior defense leadership needs. Experienced in crisis management for the Joint Chief of Staff, Office of Secretary of Defense and other Department of Defense elements, Ms. Silicato has deployed three times - Qatar, Iraq, and Afghanistan – supporting crisis and contingency operations.


U.S. Army Major Kenny French joined the Defense Intelligence Agency in 2017. As a strategic planner, he oversees, plans, organizes, facilitates, and conducts myriad functions related to Agency level planning.

A native of Sedalia, Missouri, MAJ French joined the Army in 2000 and obtained his officer commission as a Military Intelligence Officer in 2004. He graduated from the University of Missouri with a degree in political science and earned a Master’s Degree from Georgetown’s McCourt School of Public Policy. Prior to his assignment at DIA, MAJ French served in a number of tactical assignments as well as a fellowship to the Department of State. He also completed multiple deployments to both Iraq and Afghanistan.

MAJ French resides in northern Virginia with his wife and five children.







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