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Impact of the COVID Moment on Navy Network Transformation @ ACT-IAC IT Management and Modernization COI Virtual Meet Up

Tuesday, May 12, 2020 - 11AM-12PM EDT
Venue Address: 
Virtual Meeting
Tuesday, May 12, 2020 - 11AM-12PM EDT
2020-05-12 11:00:00 2020-05-12 12:00:00 America/New_York Impact of the COVID Moment on Navy Network Transformation @ ACT-IAC IT Management and Modernization COI Virtual Meet Up See more details at: Virtual Meeting, , ,
Venue Address: 
Virtual Meeting

Event Details


Invited Speaker: Captain Ben McNeal, Program Manager, Naval Enterprises Network

Join the ACT-IAC IT Management and Modernization COI virtual meet up to hear from Captain Ben McNeal from the Naval Enterprises Network Program Office to discuss the impact of the COVID Moment on Navy Network Transformation. Captain McNeal will also discuss
- Root Cause of Network Failure
- Network Transformation
- COVID Funded Improvements: What did they do and how long will they support Navy needs in a digital era?

About the Speaker
Captain William “Ben” McNeal, Program Manager, Naval Enterprise Networks. A native  of  Jackson,  Miss.,  Capt.  Ben  McNeal  earned  a  bachelor’s   degree   in   computer   science   in   1991   from   Southern University.  Upon  commissioning  as  an  ensign  through  the  NROTC  Scholarship  Program,  McNeal  reported  for  duty  aboard  the  USS  Kalamazoo  (AOR  6)  in  Norfolk,  Va.  While  aboard  the  Kalamazoo,  McNeal served as electrical officer, electronics material officer, and fire control  officer;  earned  designation  as  a  surface  warfare  officer;  and  received a master’s of public administration from Troy State University.

McNeal attended the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif., from 1995 to 1997, where he earned  a  master’s  in  applied  physics.  While  enrolled,  McNeal  was  selected  for  lateral  transfer  to  the  Engineering Duty Officer Community. Upon completion of the Engineering Duty Officer School in February 1998,  he  reported  to  Norfolk  Naval  Shipyard,  as  CVN  asst.  project  superintendent,  landing  helicopter  assault/landing helicopter dock (LHA/LHD) AIT Coordinator, and integrated logistics division head.

In August 2001, McNeal was assigned to the USS Wasp (LHD 1) in Norfolk, Va., as the command, control,  communication,  computers,  and  intelligence  (C4I)  and  combat  systems  officer.  During  his  time  aboard the Wasp, he made a post-9/11 5th Fleet deployment as part of the first Cooperative Engagement Capability  (CEC)  and  fully  Information  Technology  for  the  21st  Century  (IT-21)  enabled  strike  group.  Following his tour, McNeal reported to the Installations and Logistics Directorate (Code 04F) of the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) as the Pacific Fleet afloat C4ISR installations and strike group manager, where he played a major role in developing the processes for aligning the SPAWAR afloat modernization  process  with  the  newly  implemented  Ship  Maintenance  (SHIPMAIN)  processes.  In  July  2005, McNeal reported as officer in charge of SPAWAR Systems Facility, Yokosuka, Japan with additional duties  to  the  Naval  Sea  Systems  Command  (NAVSEA  05)  as  strike  force  interoperability  officer  for  Commander 7th Fleet.

From  August  2010  to  August  2017,  McNeal  served  as  the  deputy  program  manager,  and  subsequently  program  manager,  of  Program  Executive  Office  for  Command,  Control,  Communication,  Computers,  and  Intelligence  (PEO  C4I)  PMW  160  managing  the  Consolidated  Afloat  Networks  and  Enterprise Services (CANES) network system. On Aug. 1 2017, McNeal assumed command of Program Executive  Office  for  Enterprise  Information  Systems  (PEO  EIS)  PMW  205  Naval  Enterprise  Networks  (NEN), overseeing the acquisition and continued development of NEN's network portfolio, inclusive of the world's  largest  intranet  -  the  Navy  Marine  Corps  Intranet  (NMCI)  and  the  Base  Level  Information  Infrastructure  (BLII)  for  Outside  of  the  Continental  United  States  (OCONUS)  Navy  Enterprise  Network  (ONE-Net).McNeal’s   personal   awards   include   the   Navy   Meritorious   Service   Medal   (three   awards),   Navy  Commendation  Medal  (three  awards),  the  Navy  Achievement  Medal  (three  awards),  and  aLegion of Merit award.