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Executive Spotlight: Jim Brinker, President and General Manager, Intel Federal

Executive Spotlight: Jim Brinker, President and General Manager, Intel Federal
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Executive Spotlight: Jim Brinker, President and General Manager, Intel Federal

Jim Brinkerpresident and general manager of Intel Federal, as well as a Wash100 Award 2022 recipient, recently spoke with ExecutiveBiz about the latest technology trends that are influencing government agencies as they work to implement a zero-trust architecture and address the current set of data security challenges.

Also, all three times Wash100 Winner also discussed his latest growth goals and partnerships to drive Intel Federal through the remainder of 2022, as well as the challenge of staying at the forefront of innovation in the federal space during the latest Executive Spotlight interview.

“The sense of urgency surrounding the passage and implementation of the CHIPS Act has to do with the reality of trying to secure America’s supply of microelectronics. If we started today, we wouldn’t have a state-of-the-art foundry built for at least 2-3 years. It is a unique moment and the next 12 months for the federal government will be absolutely essential to drive the next 20 years.”

You can read the full interview with Jim Brinker below:

Business Executive: What are your strategic goals for the coming year, and how have recent partnerships helped Intel expand its position in the federal market?

Jim Brinker: “2022 is a critical year for Intel in the federal space. Our purpose is to create world-changing technology and capabilities that enrich the lives of every person on the planet. We take it very seriously. We have had a number of developments over the last year and much of our focus has been on our supply chains.

It has been critical for Intel to focus on the role the United States is playing in the microelectronics space. Our CEO, Patrick Gelsinger, encouraged all of us to jump in and create a torrid pace and become THE strategic technology partner for the federal government.

That’s a big challenge from where we are today to where we need to go in terms of our strategic goals. We need to work harder and create strategic alliances to move forward to enable Intel technology in the US government space.

In terms of our growth strategy, Intel has a number of different technologies and products. Our goal is to leverage our capabilities in data centers, artificial intelligence, cloud, Internet of Things (IoT), software, and more, and develop a more focused set of solutions to meet our customers’ needs.

As we move forward with the federal government and its programmatic activities, Intel has partnered directly with the federal government on research and development projects, as well as with DARPA, the Department of Energy, and the National Laboratories.

We see this work evolving further through partnerships with the Defense Industrial Base (DIB). Our ability at Intel to partner strategically with key systems integrators will provide those broad government solutions.

Intel has been closely watching the recent CHIPS Act. We hope this legislation passes as soon as possible, and when it does, Intel will continue to develop the US-based microelectronics infrastructure.

From Intel’s perspective, we see it as an opening for significant opportunities in public-private partnerships to provide what the Department of Defense calls the Lab to Fab strategy and our ability to actually develop solutions for the most important government missions.

If you look at all that Intel has accomplished over the last 12 months, we created something we call ‘IDM 2.0‘, which is the next generation of integrated device manufacturing. This allows us to design and manufacture our own products, as well as build on our capabilities and become a commercial foundry. That is the baseline where we see a lot of growth coming soon.”

Business Executive: With federal agencies working to implement the latest trends in technology such as AI, 5G, cloud, and many others, what is your take on the success and challenges facing government agencies in staying at the forefront of innovation to establish a USA as THE world leader? ?

Jim Brinker: “Some of the key elements of the latest technology trends include all the big names, including artificial intelligence. We are very focused on 5G and the cloud. A lot of this is networking at the edge to the cloud, as well as intelligence at the edge. Intel is precisely targeting all of those areas as we move forward.

There will be a significant advantage for Intel when we combine some of those technologies with our key software elements to develop more solutions for the government rather than just being a component supplier to them.

An important issue facing the federal government today is the whole aspect of cyber security within federal agencies and the various levels of security that may be required, including everything from commercial security to the security level. highest security that may be required.

With the pandemic, supply chain assurance and how to ensure that we can source the necessary microelectronic components has also been a major issue. Combining these two requirements at the same time has created a real opportunity for Intel, as the only US-based microelectronics company.

The ability to supply microelectronics to the US is at the forefront of the government’s mind and that is a big aspect of what the CHIPS Act is intended to address. I think the level of security that it allows is something that might be unique to the federal government.

It is not a one size fits all. There have to be several levels of security. They really need to complement each other as you implement the technology and Intel is very focused on the level of work and process to achieve that.”

Business Executive: With zero trust technology becoming a major focal point in the future, what can you tell us about the difficulties of implementing zero trust architectures and focusing on data security?

Jim Brinker: “At the end of the day, your trust is the most useful thing across the spectrum of commercial, government and military applications. I think one of the key challenges is that technology is always moving very fast and you have to look at how you build security into cutting-edge capabilities and legacy systems.

At first, there was a very strong disconnect between the Department of Defense and the other agencies in terms of security requirements. More recently, we have seen a coming together around complementary models and different levels of security.

The idea of ​​supply chain security spans across several different aspects. It has standard commercial security. It has a quantifiable guarantee that can be used for additional DOD level security, and can then be upgraded to even higher levels of security that could be used for mission-specific applications. The key will be finding ways to implement them in a profitable and complementary model.

I think the key is to start with an intelligent edge and go all the way through the cloud. You can even include space capabilities in this. There will be different levels of security and you will also need different levels of communication.

The key will be taking a holistic approach to seeing things from the edge to the cloud to get a full spectrum view of what you have in place. You join these technologies to create more solutions and drive them.

That’s what the federal government is looking for today with some of the programs like JADC2 or others that address these issues. Intel is focused on combining our technologies to help the federal government get there as quickly as possible.

The hurdle is that in the current environment you can’t just throw everything out and start over, which is honestly one of the biggest challenges facing the government right now. The government needs to find an evolutionary path forward, which is the challenge, and one where Intel is uniquely positioned to support and provide the solutions to achieve these necessary goals.”

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