Fall Fed Supernova Schedule Fall Fed Supernova Schedule

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

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SBIR Accelerator Showcase
Helena Krusec
Helena Krusec
Capital Factory, Senior Venture Partnerships Manager
Sean McIntosh
Sean McIntosh
Foothold Labs, CEO
James Hancock
James Hancock
Parasanti, CEO
Arun Nair
Arun Nair
Opslab.com, CEO and Founder

Curious what kind of companies use the SBIR Program to snag non-dilutive capital and work with the DoD? Find out during an hour of rapid, back-to-back pitches from companies that recently completed the Capital Factory SBIR Accelerator. 

You'll get a peek at some interesting technology, be introduced to impressive founders, and walk away with a better idea of the resources available to help you break into this huge market. This session will be moderated to keep us moving and maximize value for attendees.

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Why Fed Supernova? A Message from Texas University Leaders
Chancellor John Sharp
Chancellor John Sharp
The Texas A&M University System, Chancellor
Dr. Richard Benson
Dr. Richard Benson
The University of Texas at Dallas, President
Joshua Baer
Joshua Baer
Capital Factory, Founder & CEO of Capital Factory
Dr. Taylor Eighmy
Dr. Taylor Eighmy
University of Texas San Antonio, President

Don’t miss Capital Factory Founder & CEO Joshua Baer as he shares his reasons for creating this event, what it means for the innovation ecosystem in Texas and beyond, and what you can expect to experience during the next two days.

To help us kick off Fed Supernova, we’ve invited leaders from Texas’ premier universities to speak about their vision for Texas as the best state for defense innovation. As centers for national security research and development, Texas’ universities pave the way for innovators to drive critical defense solutions. How do academic institutions bridge the gap between industry and defense? More importantly -- which bridges can we begin to build now?

Joining Joshua Baer onstage are TAMU Chancellor, John Sharp, UT Dallas President, Dr. Richard Benson, and UTSA President, Dr. Taylor Eighmy, who will spotlight the power of Texas universities to align efforts and advance research toward the national interest.

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AFWERX Welcome Message
Gen David W. Allvin
Gen David W. Allvin
USAF, Vice Chief of Staff
Lt Col Rock McMillan
Lt Col Rock McMillan
SpaceWERX, Director

Welcome to AFWERX, the U.S. Air Force's team of innovators who encourage and facilitate connections across industry, academia, and military to create transformative opportunities and foster a culture of innovation. 

Learn how you can engage with AFWERX's mission, vision, and scope for increasing partnerships during Fed Supernova 2021, and hear a special message from Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force, Gen. David W. Allvin.

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Defense Innovation Unit Welcome Message and Overview
Andrea Castillon
Andrea Castillon
DIU, Austin City Lead
Awais Sheikh
Awais Sheikh
Amazon Web Services, Strategic Planning Manager for DoD

The Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) is the only Department of Defense organization focused exclusively on fielding and scaling commercial technology across the U.S. military. We're a fast-moving team that contracts with commercial companies to help solve critical national security problems — together. 

Join us for an exciting and eye-opening day as we introduce you to DIU's mission and vision for pushing the edge of defense possibilities.

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National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Overview and Welcome Message
David Grover
David Grover
NGA, Lead Innovation Outreach Officer

Throughout human history, we’ve yearned to discover what lies beyond the horizon. The drive to explore our surroundings and understand the Earth is deeply ingrained in our DNA. At NGA, their mission is to answer those fundamental questions today — so they can help show the way to a better tomorrow.

Learn more about NGA’s goal to deliver world-class geospatial intelligence that provides a decisive advantage to policymakers, warfighters, intelligence professionals, and first responders in this session, presented by NGA Lead Innovation Outreach Officer, David Grover.

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Technology Focus Areas and Industry Engagement
Phil Chudoba
Phil Chudoba
NGA, Associate Director for Capabilities

NGA's satellites aren't just in space. Earlier this year, NGA introduced Moonshot Labs as a software development facility where tech startups, academics, and others from industry can collaborate while using geospatial data to innovate and grow. It’s just one part of the agency’s strategy to develop critical partnerships that are only limited by imagination and a willingness to create meaningful connections.

Join Phil Chudoba, NGA’s Associate Director for Capabilities, to learn more about what’s happening with Moonshot Labs, why this space aligns with NGA's mission imperatives, and how you can get involved in the unprecedented collaborative environment to come.

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Fireside Chat: SECDEF Innovation Priorities
Ms. Heidi Shyu
Ms. Heidi Shyu
DoD, Under Secretary of Research and Engineering
Mike Brown
Mike Brown
DIU, Director

"Build Back Better" is President Biden’s three-part agenda to rescue, recover, and rebuild the economy. This agenda embraces a whole of government approach and the Department of Defense will play a significant role, not only in maintaining a strong national security, but as an economic enabler. 

Join this session to learn how the Department of Defense will defend the United States guided by three priorities;  defending the nation, taking care of people and succeeding through teamwork. Creating opportunities for new-to-government companies to take advantage of its resources will play a major part in the Department’s plans and during this conversation you will receive behind-the-scenes insights from leadership within the Office of the Secretary of Defense as they discuss administration and defense priorities.

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Fireside Chat on Innovation and Acquisitions: What Partnering Means for the Air Force
Maj Gen Cameron Holt
Maj Gen Cameron Holt
USAF, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Contracting
Joe Lonsdale
Joe Lonsdale
8VC, General Partner
Michael Piller
Michael Piller
USAF, Contracting Officer

The novel ideas that drove the high-tech revolution — and that helped the United States build strength as a nation — were grounded in a close, mutually-beneficial relationship between the military and the commercial world. Today, those same partnerships are critical to protecting the intellectual property of American businesses and helping the country protect itself from foreign threats.

As the U.S. Air Force Deputy Assistant Secretary for Contracting, Maj. Gen. Cameron Holt is helping the service reinvigorate those partnerships at the strategic level by pushing the envelope of government acquisitions and building a culture of critical thinking among the Air Force contracting community. Find out what he’s doing and why he is optimistic about the path ahead.

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Industry Engagement Pipeline Process
Rick Myllenbeck
Rick Myllenbeck
NGA, Industry Engagement Advisor

Businesses — both big and small — play an important role in NGA's ability to monitor and analyze global hot spots and provide timely warnings to national decision-makers by reporting what it finds. Industry partnerships are a necessity for NGA to achieve its mission.

How can you accelerate through the NGA industry pipeline? That’s one of the reasons Rick Myllenbeck, an Apple alumnus and now Industry Engagement Advisor at NGA, shows up to work every day. Rick will brief you on the need-to-knows of working with NGA and share how he’s helping the agency connect with technical solution providers from across the country using a range of creative programs.

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DoDX Ecosystem Counter-Intelligence Brief: The Threat Walks Among Us
David Rader
David Rader
DoD, Deputy Director
Katherine Koleski
Katherine Koleski
DIU, Program Analyst

Economic uncertainty doesn’t stop innovation, but it has made it more difficult for early-stage companies to secure the funding they need to grow. In response, some startups and entrepreneurs are turning to investments from foreign rivals, especially China, creating potential security problems for their businesses and for the United States as a whole.

In this session, DIU will examine critical points of entry for bad actors seeking to exploit your companies. You'll learn how to identify “adversarial capital” and protect your company from investors with malicious intent as well as how to stay alert and take proactive measures to secure trusted capital.

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Get to Know the Air Force Research Laboratory
Maj Gen Heather Pringle
Maj Gen Heather Pringle
AFRL, Commander

With a $3B science and technology program — and an additional $3B in externally funded research and development — the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) is a pretty big deal. This scientific research organization is dedicated to leading the discovery, development, and integration of new technologies across the entire United States Air Force as well as for U.S. space and cyberspace forces.

Since 1997, AFRL has been partnering with NASA, DARPA, universities, commercial organizations, and others to perform experiments that push the boundaries of what’s possible. Hear from AFRL Commander Maj. Gen. Heather Pringle as she shares what AFRL is up to these days and how you can be part of their mission.

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AFWERX and SpaceWERX Overview
Lt Col Rock McMillan
Lt Col Rock McMillan
SpaceWERX, Director
Philip Hahn
Philip Hahn
AFWERX, AFWERX Deputy

Established in 2017 by the Secretary of the Air Force, AFWERX connects innovators across government, industry, and academia to accelerate commercial technologies that can solve military problems. By harnessing the ingenuity of internal talent and creating novel programs to help small businesses, AFWERX is spearheading a new normal for military-civilian partnerships.

Join Col. Nathan Diller and Lt. Col. Rock McMillan to learn more about AFWERX and SpaceWERX, its Space Force affiliated arm, as well what these new approaches mean for the nation’s economy, for its defense, and for you.

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NGA Small Business Initiatives
Dale Rainey
Dale Rainey
NGA, Director, Office of Small Business Programs

Small business is a big priority for the federal government — including the Department of Defense. Not only is there economic value in helping U.S. startups and entrepreneurs succeed, but the DoD is working hard to up its technology game by diversifying its industrial base with new ideas, new technologies, and new partners. 

With nearly 50% of major DoD awards still concentrated within the same five companies, find out how NGA is doing its part to make it easier for small businesses to work with the government. Dale Rainey will brief you on how he ensures these companies — especially women- and minority-owned businesses — are provided an equitable opportunity for prime and subcontracting opportunities.

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Empowering Innovation at the Operational Edge
Maj Steven Lauver
Maj Steven Lauver
AFWERX, Spark Division Chief

End-user feedback is an essential part of product and software development for most companies. After all, no one knows how a tool actually performs (or should perform) better than the people who use it every day. That’s why DODx organizations are finding creative ways to bring service members directly into the military R&D process — partnering men and women in uniform with commercial innovators to solve tactical-level problems as a team.

Learn how AFWERX is driving these collaborations through its grassroots innovation program, Spark, by connecting Air Force and Space Force intrapreneurs with top problem-solvers from industry, academia, and government. With a decentralized global network, Spark is growing the Air Force’s culture of innovation while turning locally generated ideas and projects into real-world applications.

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Current and Future NGA Accelerators
Christine Woodard
Christine Woodard
NGA, STL Ecosystem Engagement Lead

The NGA Accelerator is a first-of-its-kind partnership with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) and Capital Innovators designed to fund, mentor, and accelerate the growth of next-generation geospatial-intelligence technologies. The program is built for best-in-breed businesses that are developing novel dual-use technologies — products that have both commercial and military uses — and aims to increase the number of geospatial solutions available to NGA and its customers. 

Join Christine Woodard, NGA’s St. Louis Ecosystem Engagement Lead, to learn more about the NGA Accelerator program and what’s coming in the future. She will share details on the types of technologies that most interest NGA as well as exciting highlights of the momentum that’s building in the geospatial innovation ecosystem.

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Incentivizing Private Capital Investment in National Security Interests
Maj Jason Rathje
Maj Jason Rathje
AFVentures, Director

Private capital firms have been leery of investing in companies that focus on federal government work, due in part to conventional funding timelines and concerns about translating military technology to the commercial market. But that trend is shifting. In the past 5 years, companies tagged “gov tech” on Crunchbase raised nearly $2B in investment, indicating major growth — and major opportunities — in the government market.

Join AFVentures, the commercial investment arm of the Air Force, to learn how they are helping drive this shift by transforming the Air Force and Space Force into a premier early-stage “investor." By speeding timelines and offering non-dilutive funding to match private capital, AFWERX is attracting more companies as partners and accelerating commercialization of technologies that support national security.

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National Security Innovation Investment: Get Capabilities to Market Faster
Tex Schenkkan
Tex Schenkkan
NSIC, Director
Abigail Desjardins
Abigail Desjardins
NSIN, Acceleration Portfolio Director
Rich Julien
Rich Julien
Amazon Web Services, Public Sector VC and Startups Lead for National Security and Space

Software gets the attention but hardware is still key. Join NSIC, NSIN and AWS for a discussion on how hardware startups uniquely benefit from government funding. Don't miss out on understanding how non-dilutive capital can actually surpass the value of private investment when driving national security innovation.

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ASF Overview and Welcome Message
Vito Errico
Vito Errico
Army Software Factory, Co-director
Rob Thomas
Rob Thomas
IBM, SVP Global Markets, IBM Sales

Army Software Factory (ASF) is where Soldiers become innovators. The Army's first Soldier-led software factory is where cutting-edge software solutions are developed FOR Soldiers, BY Soldiers. 

At Fed Supernova 2021, ASF will introduce you to the change-makers you need to meet in order advance our nation's capabilities and stay competitive. Join us for an overview of ASF at Fed Supernova and a welcome message from the organization's co-director.

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ASF Keynote
Abdul Subhani
Abdul Subhani
Secretary of the Army, Civilian Aide

Army Software Factory is bringing the big guns. Join ASF's keynote speaker for the scoop on defense software innovation.  

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The Secret to Building an Outcomes-based DoD Software Culture
Hannah Hunt
Hannah Hunt
Army Software Factory, Chief Product and Innovation Officer
Capt Rachele Szall
Capt Rachele Szall
Kobayashi Maru (Kessel Run), Chief of Product
Austen Bryan
Austen Bryan
Platform One, Chief Operations Officer
Meagan Metzger
Meagan Metzger
Dcode, CEO

Building software is hard. Doing it in the DoD is even harder. How have the Army, Navy, and Air Force figured out how to deliver outcomes in their software development organizations? The answers will surprise you. Join this session to learn more!

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Turning Soldiers into Software Developers
Vito Errico
Vito Errico
Army Software Factory, Co-director
BG Thomas Drew
BG Thomas Drew
U.S. Army Human Resources Command, Commanding General
Tirzah VanDamme
Tirzah VanDamme
Army Software Factory, Chief Recruiter
Katharine Kelley
Katharine Kelley
AFC, Chief Human Capital Officer

As the saying goes, “Software is eating the world.” It’s still largely true in the commercial market — and it’s true in national security as well. Highly complex software is now essential to many of the military’s systems and platforms. Coding has made its way to the front line.

The Army’s future operating environment will require that Soldiers can scope and implement software-based solutions on their own, without connectivity, and without outside support. This skill will help them act faster when things are going as planned — and respond faster when the unexpected happens. Join this inspiring session to learn how the Army is empowering Soldiers by building an organic software development capability within the force.

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Outcomes Matter: Enabling Continuous Delivery to Avoid Innovation Theater
Aaron Swain
Aaron Swain
VMware, Strategic Director of Digital Transformation
Hannah Hunt
Hannah Hunt
Army Software Factory, Chief Product and Innovation Officer
Victoria Vanek
Victoria Vanek
Kessel Run, Portfolio Lead for ADCP
Carlo Viray
Carlo Viray
Rise8, Inc., Innovation and Strategy Lead
Enrique Oti
Enrique Oti
Second Front Systems, Chief Technology Officer
Paul Puckett
Paul Puckett
United States Army, Director of Cloudy Things

Continuous Delivery (CD) is the ability to get software into production — or into the hands of users — safely, quickly, and in a sustainable way. This engineering approach is critical to driving outcomes in software development organizations and in making sure they deliver software solutions rather than just promises. 

Learn how adopting CD has allowed DoD software development organizations across the Air Force, Army, and beyond to deliver real outcomes rather than more innovation theater.

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Doing Business with DoD: Acquiring Software From Industry
Ben Homer
Ben Homer
Kessel Run, Industry Engagement Lead
Davis Gunter
Davis Gunter
United States Air Force, Chief of Platform, Kobayashi Maru
Jason Zuniga
Jason Zuniga
Army Software Factory, Co-director
Christina Mapa
Christina Mapa
Red Hat, Army Account Executive
Wade Johnston
Wade Johnston
Klas Government, Director of Innovation

The DoD acquisition enterprise can be challenging to navigate. Software intensive efforts in the Air Force, Army, and Navy are leveraging commercial technologies and agile methodology to more rapidly deliver new capabilities to the warfighter. 

This panel will include speakers from the Air Force's Kessel Run, Army Software Factory, and Navy Black Pearl software practice for a discussion of how each approaches innovation and engagement with industry. Join us to gain insights into key focus areas and recommendations for successful collaboration between government and Industry.

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

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Day 2 Kickoff

Jorge Manresa is VP for Federal/Defense Programs and Director for the Center of Defense Innovation at Capital Factory. On Day 2 of Fed Supernova, Jorge will reflect on the day prior and preview what's coming ahead for the sessions from the Army Track Presented by IBM, the Navy Track (curated by NavalX), and the NSIN Track Presented by Deloitte.

Don't miss what Jorge has to say. Want to learn more about what makes Jorge tick? See below:

The Federal Acquisition “Rosetta Stone”

Jorge is an accomplished 20-year mission-focused business leader having served as a U.S. Air Force - Contracting Officer. Jorge led foundational AFWERX business strategies and realized the USAF Chief of Staff’s call for innovation by influencing the revitalization of the U.S. Air Force - Small Business Innovation Research Program and other strategic innovation initiatives. Jorge now optimizes Capital Factory programs to help all portfolio companies, commercial partners and entrepreneurs organize, collaborate, and deliver innovative solutions to all state, federal & defense partners.

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Army Futures Command Welcome and Overview
LTG Thomas Todd
LTG Thomas Todd
U.S. Army Futures Command, Deputy Commanding General

LTG Thomas Todd is Army Futures Command's chief innovation officer. He will share more about the work his team performs behind the scenes, its focus areas for the future, and how Army Futures Command sees the partnership between the Army and industry evolving to help both sides reach their goals.

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What the Heck is an Army Cohort?
Jim Templin
Jim Templin
AAL, Project Manager
James Ackermann
James Ackermann
LRPF CFT, HQE
Guy Babbitt
Guy Babbitt
Czero, Inc, CEO
Christopher Orlowski
Christopher Orlowski
US Army PEO Ground Combat Systems, Product Manager
Sudipto Ghoshal
Sudipto Ghoshal
Qualtech Systems, Inc., Chief Operating Officer

Putting innovators, experts, and end-users in close contact produces results. That’s not news for the commercial market; it’s a model that industry has been refining for years. But it is a critical shift for the U.S. military — and a powerful business model that the Army Applications Laboratory (AAL) activated through its Cohort Program. 

In this session, companies that have participated in AAL cohorts will take the stage alongside Army leaders and PMs to talk about how the Cohort Program works, why it works, and what it will take to scale this novel approach to solution innovation across a million-person organization. Join us to find out how this model is driving culture change and collaborative solutions for the Army.

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Opportunity Knocks: A Snapshot of Army Technology Priorities
Brian Halloran
Brian Halloran
AAL, Director of Solution Innovation
COL Steve Hart
COL Steve Hart
U.S. Army, 75th Innovation Command
Matt Willis
Matt Willis
Army Prize Competitions and Army Applied SBIR Program, Director
Chad Nash
Chad Nash
PM PNT, Deputy & Technical Director

Modular open system architectures. Shared data repositories. Computer vision. These aren't just Silicon Valley concerns. The U.S. Army uses many of the same technologies as the commercial market and has many of the same needs — from wearables to robotics, electric vehicles to mixed reality, and beyond. 

In this session, technologists and leaders from across the Army will come together to offer a snapshot of their top-priority technology areas and announce opportunities for companies that may have never worked with the government to get involved.

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Networking

Catch your breath, grab a coffee, and chat with changemakers. Get energized and inspired by the world-class professionals in the room and expand your network to the next level.


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The Future of Defense Innovation
COL Jay Wisham
COL Jay Wisham
AAL, Director

In 2018, the US Army launched the Army Applications Laboratory (AAL) as an innovation unit embedded within Army Futures Command. Its goal: Foster opportunities to work with untapped companies that could bring dual-use technology and novel ideas to Army modernization. 

Join this session to hear AAL's new director, COL Jay Wisham, discuss his observations of the defense innovation space, share what the team has achieved to date, and explain the organization's vision for the future as it works to make the Army a better business partner for small- and mid-sized companies.

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Changing the Way We Change: The State of Government Contracting for Innovation
Anne Laurent
Anne Laurent
NCMA, Director, Professional Practice and Innovation
Casey Perley
Casey Perley
AAL, Director, Insights and Analysis
Matt Willis
Matt Willis
Army Prize Competitions and Army Applied SBIR Program, Director
Brian Cook
Brian Cook
IBM, AFC & FORSCOM Account Manager
Laurice Sosa
Laurice Sosa
Army Contracting Command, APG Program Integrator

Modernization is a hot topic across the government — and a central tenet of the National Defense Strategy. But it's not just about finding and applying the hottest new tech. It's also about changing how the government sources solutions from the commercial market to catch up with the speed of business and make the process less painful for everyone. 

Join Anne Laurent and other contracting experts from across the Army to understand the current status of government contracting, what's already changed, and what new changes are coming to make this vision of modernization a reality.

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Ask Me Anything
Art Trevethan
Art Trevethan
AAL, Champion of Industry Opportunities
Brance Hudzietz
Brance Hudzietz
AAL, Entrepreneur in Residence
Christopher Orlowski
Christopher Orlowski
US Army PEO Ground Combat Systems, Product Manager
Chad Nash
Chad Nash
PM PNT, Deputy & Technical Director

We're bringing a special flavor to this month's AAL Ask Me Anything, in honor of Fed Supernova! 

The AAL Corporate Ventures team has invited a group of Army Program Managers (PMs) to join us and answer your questions in real-time. Maybe you want to know how they buy. Maybe you're trying to figure out how to get noticed. Maybe you need to untangle the confusing web of acquisition bureaucracy. Whatever it is, join us for this special AMA to hear it straight from the people who know best. 

And, if you want to learn more about AAL and how we do what we do, we'll be ready and waiting to take on those questions as well. No holds barred. No silly questions. No nonsense. That's why we're here.

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Tech for Tomorrow’s Battlefield: How Concepts of the Future Drive Investments Today
BG Stephanie Ahern
BG Stephanie Ahern
AFC, Director of Concepts
Jean Vettel
Jean Vettel
AFC, Chief Scientist for Futures and Concepts Center
Chris Milroy
Chris Milroy
NVIDIA, Senior Data Scientist
Tien Pham
Tien Pham
U.S. Army DEVCOM Army Research Laboratory, Chief Scientist, Senior Science Technical Manager for CISD
LTG(R) John Morgan
LTG(R) John Morgan
IBM, Partner, Federal DOD/Army Co-Lead

The U.S. is home to some of the most groundbreaking technology ever created — technology that has changed the world. GPS. Lithium batteries. The iPhone. These are all commonplace today, but they were once the major innovations of their time. And all of these innovations can trace their roots back to the U.S. military. That’s because, for decades, the military was out in front with research and development, from WWII to the Apollo missions and beyond. 

In this session, BG Stephanie Ahern will lead an informative and entertaining discussion with Army scientists, futurists, and commercial experts to explain how concepts about the future of battle influence where the Army invests today. Join us to learn more about the Army's technology roadmap and how companies with relevant solutions can become partners for the future.