Where Systems Integration and Music Come to Hang Out: PSA-TEC 2010
The choice of Jeffrey “Skunk” Baxter as keynote speaker at PSA-TEC was out of the ordinary, but served to let integrators see how they could think outside of the box. The keynote address was sponsored by Samsung Techwin America; Frank DeFina, senior vice president of Sales and Marketing, North America, introduced Baxter as a Grammy Award winning musician, best known for his work with the bands, Doobie Brothers and Steely Dan. Most people didn’t know that Baxter also advises top military and civilian groups on such national security matters as missile defense; biological, chemical and other weapons of mass-destruction; terrorism, asymmetrical warfare such as information warfare and cyber war; and strategic, out-of-the-box thinking. His innovative approaches to problems and issues have made him a frequent participant in Defense Department war-gaming.