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Ensuring Joint Success: The Next Step In Innovation for the Department
Paul Norwood lives at the intersection of national security and technology, media, and telecommunications helping inventors and innovators solve problems that impact the world. Paul is currently a Strategy Consultant with Deloitte Consulting, LLP, and assisted in establishing the Deloitte Exploration Lab hosted in the Capital Factory. He is a senior strategist and former Soldier who served 28 years in the Middle East, South Asia, Europe, and U.S in peace, crisis, and combat. He has extensive experience in leading organizational change, strategic forecasting, national security space, cyber operations, multiple intelligence disciplines, and focused innovation processes with military and national intelligence agencies. He has led large, multi-national and interagency organizations during multiple combat tours; these diverse teams were known for their innovative approaches and high performance.
Lt Col Goldberg is the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) lead for Strategic, Defense, and Commercial Engagement for the Southwest Region. He comes to DIU from the Texas National Guard Joint Force Headquarters, where he served as the Chief Innovation Officer and Managing Director of TMDx. Alex lead the Texas Military Department Joint Innovation unit (TMDx) and a portfolio of over 30 companies, which received more than $165M in innovation contracts. As an Air Force aviator in the F-16 and MQ-1/9, Alex has more than 2,000 combat hours in IRAQI FREEDOM, ENDURING FREEDOM, NEW DAWN, and NOMAD SHADOW. He is a former Defense Advanced Project Agency (DARPA) and National Security Innovation Network (NSIN) fellow, Stanford Ignite Graduate School of Business alumni, and a winner of the Chief National Guard Bureau Innovation Competition, Geospatial Intelligence Award, USAF Innovator of the Year, and is the most recent Presidential Level Gears of Government Award recipient. Alex is responsible for implementing the innovation strategy of the Office of the Secretary of Defense throughout the southwest region of the U.S, as well as acting as the primary liaison between the DoD and venture capital, private equity, and startup communities. His passion is in solving the toughest problems that face our nation, empowering others to have an impact, and in changing the culture of the Department of Defense to move at the speed of relevance!
COL Jay Wisham is director of the Army Applications Laboratory in Austin, TX – the only Army unit with the sole mission to conduct innovation activities for the service. Prior to joining AAL, he was a Senior Army Fellow at the University of Texas at Austin studying and developing for the Army an ecosystem around the development and employment of cutting-edge, emergent technology and better partnering with private industry.
Jay previously served as the lead for Artificial Intelligence Applications in Army Futures Command’s (AFC) Next Generation Combat Vehicle Cross Functional Team, and as program director for Project Convergence – the Army’s largest effort to bring AI & data-enabled systems to reality for the tactical edge. He has also led several AFC efforts in outreach to critical research universities and leading innovators in high-tech industry sectors including AI, human-machine interface, data-enabled technology, robotics and others. Jay’s career has included several opportunities to help design or bring emergent technology to Soldiers on behalf of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and private industry.
COL Wisham has multiple combat deployments and has served in a variety of command and staff positions, with a specialty in reconnaissance and surveillance. Before assignment to AFC, Jay served as the commander of 6th Squadron, 8th Cavalry Regiment, a light reconnaissance squadron in 3rdInfantry Division where he deployed the first advise and assist mission to support Ukraine’s ability to defend itself during that country’s ongoing conflict with Russia.
Jay is married to Heather Wisham. They have a 12-year-old son, Parker, and live in Austin, TX.
Col(s) Martin Salinas is the Chief Operations Officer for AFWERX, Air Force Research Laboratory, Austin, TX.
Col Salinas received his commission through the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps program in 1999 from Texas A&M University, and completed undergraduate navigator training at Randolph AFB, Texas. His operational experiences include duty as a B-52H Standardization and Evaluation Electronic Warfare (EW) Officer with the 96 Bomb Squadron, Barksdale AFB, LA, and as an Undergraduate EW and Navigator training instructor with the 563 Flying Training Squadron, Air Education and Training Command (AETC) Randolph, AFB, Texas. Following this, Colonel Salinas was assigned to the Air Force Personnel Center as Chief of Bomber assignments where he managed 1200 personnel across multiple specialties and lead the development of strategic manpower planning for B-52 and B-2 bomber aircraft personnel. He has served as the Secretary of the Air Force International Affairs’ inaugural Italian Air Staff Exchange Officer, in Rome, Italy where Colonel Salinas worked closely with multiple levels of political and military stakeholders to include the Italian Ministry of Defense, the Italian Joint Staff, and The U.S. Embassy. In returning to the United States, Colonel Salinas served as the 2d Operations Group Deputy Commander, 2d Bomb Wing Inspector General, Barksdale AFB, Louisiana, and then Director of Operations for the F-35 U.S. Reprogramming Laboratory, Eglin AFB, Florida. Prior to his current position he was the Mission Design Team lead for AFWERX Agility Prime and a Test Director for the Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center (AFOTEC), Detachment 2, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. As a Test Director he led test and operational context initiatives for experimental programs such as Agility Prime’s electronic vertical take-off and landing aircraft portfolio, and Skyborg’s Autonomous Attritable Aircraft experiment (AAAx).