SMC CyberFusion

April 16-18, 2023, Marshall Hall

Building on the highly successful annual Commonwealth Cyber Fusion event, please join our Senior Military College (SMC) Cyber Fusion event. This cybersecurity immersion experience is the first in a series of events to take place at the SMC's in the coming years as part of the joint DoD Cybersecurity Leadership Development Program.

The SMC Cyber Fusion event includes a team-based, real-world scenario decision-making exercise in partnership with the Norwich University Applied Research Institute, and a CTF team competition in partnership with the Virginia Cyber Range. This event will also include guest speakers, an expert panel, and networking opportunities. The SMC Cyber Fusion cup will be presented to the winning team.


Keynote Speaker

Brig. Gen. Jeffrey G. Smith Jr.

Brig. Gen. Jeffrey G. Smith Jr.Retired U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Jeffrey G. Smith Jr. recently retired from Virginia Military Institute, where he served four years as the dean of the faculty and deputy superintendent for academics, following which he served four years as professor in the Institute’s Department of Computer and Information Sciences.

Smith accepted a commission in the Army upon graduation from VMI in 1979 and embarked upon a 33-year military career that included multiple command and staff roles in Europe, Bosnia/Herzegovina, Iraq, and Afghanistan.

During the invasion phase of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003/4, Smith commanded the 22nd Signal Brigade, and served simultaneously as the Chief Information Officer for V Corps and the Coalition Joint Task Force that oversaw the occupation of allied forces in Iraq. Based on his experiences, Smith wrote the White Paper (and led the task force) that transformed the Army’s proprietary, land-based combat networks into a satellite-based, forward deployed extension of the Internet.

Later, Smith led 5th Signal Command responsible for the network operations of Army and Joint HQs networks in Europe. He deployed as the Army’s senior signal officer to Afghanistan in order to help set the network conditions for the Presidential surge in 2009/10. Smith concluded his military career as the deputy commanding general (for proponency) of the Army’s Cyber Command. There, he served as the Army’s lead for the “LandCyber” white paper, the Army’s future concept for cyber-related transformation. He currently serves as a member of the Army Cyber Institute’s advisory group.

In addition to his bachelor’s degree in English and biology from VMI, Smith holds a doctorate in English literature from Princeton University and a master’s degree in national security from the National War College.


Sunday, April 16, 2023

LTC Ramoni Lasisi is the Emcee for the evening.

6:30 PM -  Van Shuttles from Hotel begin

6:30 -7:00 PM  - Registration (Front Entrance of Marshall Hall)

7:00 PM -  Welcome Announcements – LTC Ramoni Lasisi

7:00 PM-8:00 PM - Dinner at VMI – Hall of Valor

7:50 PM - Closing remarks and dismiss for the evening

8:00 PM -  Van Shuttles back to hotel begin


Monday, April 17, 2023

COL David Smith is the emcee for the day

7:30 AM - Van Shuttles from hotel to VMI begin

8:00-8:45 AM - Breakfast- Hall of Valor

8:30-8:45 AM - Introductions and Instructions – COL David Smith

8:45-9:05 AM - Welcome Address- MG Cedric T. Wins- (VMI Superintendent)

9:05-9:15 AM - Break and Move over to Gillis Theater

9:15-10:00 AM - Gillis Theater: Keynote Speaker – Brig. Gen. (Retired) Jeffrey G. Smith - The Landscape of Cyber

10:00-10:05 AM - Dismiss for Break – COL David Smith

10:00-10:15 AM - Morning Break

10:15-11:15 AM - Gillis Theater: Panel Discussion- Cybersecurity Workforce-readiness for Cadets in Securing DoD Opportunities

Panel members:

  • Lt. Col. Ammad Sheik (VMI, Panel Moderator)
  • Mr. Ted Wagner (SAP)
  • Mr. Matthew Isnor (DoD CIO)
  • LTC Todd Arnold (West Point)
  • Mr. Robert Patterson (Diogenes)

11:15-11:30 AM - Break

11:30 AM-12:00 PM - Hall of Valor: (this is virtual) Speaker: Dr. Mohamed Azab (Assistant Professor, CIS VMI) - Cybersecurity Workforce Development and Education: Challenges and Opportunities                                                         

12:00-12:05 PM - Instructions for Lunch – COL David Smith

12:00-1:00 PM - Lunch- Hall of Valor

12:55 – 1:00 PM - Instructions for Next items – COL David Smith

1:00-1:15 PM - Instructions from NUARI regarding Decision Making Exercise

1:00-5:15 PM -  Decision Making Exercise- NUARI- Hall of Valor
                          Hotwash Facilitator: Brig. Gen. (retired) Jeffery Smith

5:15-5:20 PM - Dismiss for Break – COL David Smith

5:15-5:45 PM -  Break

5:45- 6:00 PM - Hall of Valor: CTF Competition Instructions, Speaker: Dr. David Raymond (Virginia Cyber Range)

6:00-6:05 PM -  Dismiss for Tours – COL David Smith

6:00-7:00 PM - Post Tour led by Cyber Captains- VMI Campus

7:00-8:00 PM - Dinner- Hall of Valor

7:55 PM - Dismiss for the day- COL David Smith

8:00 PM - Van Shuttles back to hotel begin


Tuesday, April 18, 2023

LTC Ramoni Lasisi will be the emcee for the day

6:30 AM -  Van Shuttles from Hotel begin

Participants will store their belongings in the Shenandoah Room until time to leave

7:00 AM - Welcome Announcement – LTC Ramoni Lasisi

7:00-7:45 AM - Full Breakfast at VMI – Hall of Valor

7:30-7:45 AM - Instructions to prepare for CTF Competition – LTC Ramoni Lasisi

7:45-11:45 AM -  CTF Competition - Hall of Valor

Dr. David Raymond- Virginia Cyber Range

11:30 AM -  TAMU & Citadel Groups leave for the airport

11:45 AM -12:15 PM - Lunch – Hall of Valor

12:15-12:45 PM - Review of Competition and Announcement of Winning Teams- Hall of Valor

12:45 PM - Van Shuttles to Roanoke Airport begin


Event Organization Team

LTC Ramoni O. Lasisi, Ph.D.

LTC Ramoni O. Lasisi
Principal Investigator
313G Mallory Hall

Mr. Amish Parikh

Mr. Amish Parikh
IT Specialist/Systems Engineer
313C Mallory Hall
(540) 464-7405

Lt. Col. Kim Connolly

Lt. Col. Kim Connolly
Assistant Director for Programs and Conferences
225 Marshall Hall
(540) 464-7740

Dr. Imran Ghani

Dr. Imran Ghani
Director of Operations
316 Mallory Hall

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Pamela J. Waldron
Executive Administrative Assistant
313C Mallory Hall

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