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AAL Tech for Tomorrow's Battlefield


BG Stephanie Ahern
AFC, Director of Concepts

Brigadier General Stephanie Ahern, U.S. Army, is the Director of Concepts for the Futures and Concepts Center, U.S. Army Futures Command, in Austin, Texas. As the Director of Concepts, Brigadier General Ahern has the responsibility for the U.S. Army to develop the U.S. Army’s vision of future conflict and leads concept development and assessment in order to provide the foundation for the design and development of the Army’s future force.

Commissioned as an Engineer officer from the United States Military Academy in 1995, Stephanie has served in strategic to tactical level command and staff positions across the world in combat and garrison environments. Following her time as an engineer officer, Stephanie, transitioned to becoming an Army Strategist. As an Army Strategist, she has been instrumental in developing our nation’s National Security Strategy in 2017-19, the author of the Army Campaign Plan, advising the Under Secretary of Defense on Strategy & Force Development. In addition to supporting the DOD, Stephanie has worked hand in hand with the Departments in the US Government. Strategizing and advising within the Corps of Engineers, the State Department and the Treasury Department. 

Brigadier General Ahern has a B.S. in Engineering Management from the U.S. Military Academy, a Master of Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College, and a Master and Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Notre Dame.

Brian Halloran
AAL, Director of Solution Innovation

Tech for Tomorrow’s Battlefield: How does your tech fit into the Army’s plans for the future?

Army futurists and scientists work in concert to shape how concepts about the future of warfare drive the requirements that determine priority acquisition programs. How does a company with great technology find its way into this process? How do Army efforts to evolve how the Army buys technology influence a company’s journey? What are the technology areas the Army is focused on for the near future? And what are the technologies that will dominate the battlefields of the tomorrow after next? BG Stephanie Ahern (Director of Concepts, Army Futures Command) leads an informative and entertaining discussion with scientists, futurists, buyers, and Army Applications Laboratory -- Army Futures Command’s innovation arm.

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