Year 2000 BrainStorm Conference For IT Types--New York, October 26-28, 1999--A Speaker: Thomas Barnett, U.S. Navel War College : LUSENET : TimeBomb 2000 (Y2000) : One Thread

Would LOVE to be at that one!


BrainStorm Conference details...

BrainStorm Group's YEAR 2000 National Symposium Series continues to be the definitive meeting place for the Year 2000 Community. The world's leading provider of unbiased information on the latest Y2K strategies and solutions.

New York, October 26-28, 1999

Check out the... List of Speakers...


Thomas P.M. Barnett
Senior Strategic Researcher, U.S. Navel War College

Dr. Barnett is Professor and Senior Strategic Researcher at the Decision Support Department of the Center for Naval Warfare Studies. He currently directs the Year 2000 International Security Dimension Project and serves as a Mentor in the Mahan Scholars Program. Outside of his War College duties, he also provides policy/management consulting as an independent contractor to various private corporations and research organizations. Prior to joining the College, he served as Project Director for The CNA Corporation of Alexandria, Virginia, where he managed the U.S. Agency for International Development account. His most recent work, "The Seven Deadly Sins of Network-Centric Warfare," appeared in the January 1999 issue of the U.S. Naval Institute's Proceedings. He has a BA in Russian Literature and U.S. Foreign Policy from the University of Wisconsin, and an MA in Eurasian Studies and a PhD in Government from Harvard University. His personal web site can be found at

And the... New York Agenda & Session Descriptions


U.S. Naval War College: Y2K Project Findings
Dr. Thomas P. M. Barnett
Senior Strategic Researcher, U.S. Naval War College

U.S. Naval War College Year 2000 International Security Dimension Project. The project objective was to formulate Department of Navy input to Department of Defense (DoD) review of possible courses of action with regard to U.S. Government (USG) responses to the global unfolding of the Y2K systemic event. The project focused on potential for Y2K to serve-in conjunction with any "millennial mania"-as triggering event or catalyst for significant scenarios of domestic or cross-border instability so as to represent a higher-than-average frequency of possible USG and/or DoD response efforts.

Bottom line of Naval War College effort: Understanding that there is a tremendous gap between the public face many corporations and governments put forward on this issue ("we will have it well in hand") and the private fears and concerns expressed by many information technology experts. We explore this topic in as systematic a fashion as possible. We don't pretend to have all the answers, but merely a sensible read on what's possible, how governments and companies are likely to respond across a range of scenarios, and what the USG and DoD should be prepared to undertake in response to Y2K's global unfolding. In short, while we were not interested in unduly hyping the Y2K situation, we did explore the "dark side" potentials because, frankly, that's what we get paid to do as a research organization that serves the U.S. military.

-- Diane J. Squire (, October 18, 1999


"Bottom line of Naval War College effort: Understanding that there is a tremendous gap between the public face many corporations and governments put forward on this issue ("we will have it well in hand") and the private fears and concerns expressed by many information technology experts. "

Even the NWC understand that the corporations are lying......

-- hamster (, October 18, 1999.

Cool,74 days until y2k and at last something is being done,a committee is being formed!!I'm sure they'll "look into it".

-- zoobie (, October 18, 1999.


Wouldn't it be just to cool to check it out eh?

Oh ya, we are having a big Victoria Y2K meeting at the Empress Hotel on Thursday. Second one this year, the last was overflowing. Should be an event.

-- Brian (, October 18, 1999.

Here is additional information on the BrainStorm Conference in NYC October 26 - 28. I anticipate there will be alot said at the conference which could capture the media's attention. If you know of people in the media who might be interested in covering it, by all means, bring the information about the Conference to their attention. Information on obtaining a media pass can be found at the website noted below.

One thing that is not mentioned in the announcement is a two hour program that Martyn Emery has organized from 6:15 to 8:15 PM on Tuesday. It will also be held at the World Trade Center Marriott. Social and Psychological aspects of Y2K will be the topic. If you are interested in attending, e-mail me and I will forward your message to Martyn Emery.

The panel that includes Howard Rubin, Ed Yourdon, Steve Hock, and myself will be Wednesday, October 27 at 10:30 - 11:30 AM.


New York BrainStorm Pre-Conference Preview

The BrainStorm National Symposium Series conference in New York will take place at the New York Marriott-World Trade Center on October 26, 27 and 28.

The first presentation and the Keynote talk will be by Dr. Thomas P.M. Barnett, a Senior Strategic Researcher of the U.S. Naval War College. He will explore the large gap between the public face many corporations and governments put forward on the Y2K issue and the private fears of many information technologists. He will show how governments and companies are likely to respond across a range of scenarios and what our government and the Department of Defense is doing about it. Both the Navy and the private sector contributed to this report.

Stephen Hock of Triaxsys Research will present his ongoing study of assessing the disclosures mandated by the SEC and how the industry segments are doing compared to each other. Steve will also give an update on the changing litigation situation. Then William Ulrich of Tactical Strategy Group will give a presentation on what he thinks will happen after the first 100 days. Most of the media is focusing on rollover weekend, but Bill will address the long-term systemic challenges with special emphasis on oil and manufacturing and the possible impacts to our economy. Ann Coffou from Giga will talk about rollover strategies to handle the weekend itself and will discuss the latest international news on Y2K. The last session of the day will be Daimler-Chrysler talking about IV&V, (Independent Verification and Validation) strategies and their take on global shipping.

The second day will start with a presentation by Walter Taylor of Delta Airlines on the readiness of the airline industry with special emphasis on the state of the international situation. Following will be a crisis management rollover workshop put on by Gary Sikich of Logical Management Systems. Then there will be a panel of experts that will include Ed Yourdon, Dr. Howard Rubin, Dr. Paula Gordon, Steve Hock and a player to be named later. The panel will be covering last-minute expert predictions, the long term impacts and what people and industry should be doing to prepare.

Travelers Insurance will be giving an update on end-to-end testing strategies and Ian Hayes of Clarity Consulting will give us an update on crisis management strategies. Kathy Hotka the National Retail Federation's Vice President of Information Technology gave a great presentation in San Francisco on the retail industry and is going to give a new presentation on what retail is doing now. Kathy usually draws the late afternoon slot because it is almost impossible to sleep through one of her presentations.

John McCarthy of Visa International will finish off the day by speaking on Visa's Global Response Management for the Year 2000. Visa has created response centers which will provide Visa with an enhanced picture of what is happening with processing activity around the world. He will also address Visa's contingency plans to address potential Y2K failures in all areas of business.

The third day of the conference will start with Saul Kaminsky from Securities Industry Automation Corporation who will address management strategies that are being used to keep the stock exchange working. Then Bill Ulrich will do a presentation on a process model for contingency planning with special tips on institutionalizing the plan so it can become an integral part of future business plan for risk analysis.

Dr. Robert Alloway of the National Leadership Committee on Y2K, will give an update on what the government is doing and what the life cycle of Y2K will actually be and what we can expect with Y2K. The National Leadership Committee on Y2K advises Congress and other government agencies. He has some very interesting information about what is really happening in Washington.

Martyn Emery of Corporation 2000 is going to give a talk on New York 2000 which will focus on what will happen to New York City's infrastructure because of Y2K. He has already built infrastructure models of Ireland and London, and now he will address the Big Apple.

Stephanie Moore of Giga will finish up the conference with a very interesting presentation on Leveraging Year 2000 Investments for Legacy Renewal Efforts which shows how some companies are turning their year 2000 remediation work into a springboard for getting into e-commerce. If you believe those stories in the press that we are spending a fortune on Y2K just to stay in the same place, you need to hear this talk. There is a silver lining in the Y2K clouds and Stephanie talks about the people who are finding it, using it, and making a profit from it.

There will also be a parallel conference on SMARTsourcing at the same time. The agenda for both are on the BrainStorm website at: (Y2K) (SMARTsourcing)

-- Paula Gordon (, October 20, 1999.

See also...

Crisis management at the New York Year 2000 Symposium in October. 001jsV

-- Diane J. Squire (, November 10, 1999.

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