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Opportunity Knocks: A Snapshot of Army Technology Priorities

AAL, 8th Floor

Brian Halloran
AAL, Director of Solution Innovation

Finding answers is the holy grail for Brian Halloran as the lead of AAL’s Solution Innovation team, which brings Army and industry connections and relevant tech together to solve real problems. A retired Army Colonel, Brian now manages a wide range of tech development methods, including targeted efforts for specific solutions and broader efforts as part of AAL's Cohort Program.

COL Steve Hart
U.S. Army, 75th Innovation Command

Since 2018, COL Steve Hart has been directly supporting Army modernization across both Army Futures Command (AFC) and the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics and Technology). Currently, Steve serves as an Army Reserve Acquisition Officer with the 75th Innovation Command and recently transitioned from his role as ASA(ALT) CTO Chief of Staff into a role guiding project teams within the Army Rapid Capabilities and Critical Technologies Office (RCCTO).

Steve began his military career in 1980 as a Marine before a direct commission in the Army Reserves in 1996. During his 41 years of military service, he has served in three combat zones (Desert Shield, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation Enduring Freedom) and held a variety of leadership positions, including Brigade Commander (Army 51Z Acquisition), Battalion Commander (Basic Combat Training), and HQDA/Corps staff officer, among others.

Regardless of the role, Steve works to bring people together and treat each task — and each individual in his community — with unwavering respect and enthusiasm. A Plymouth Meeting, PA, native, he lives there again today in a dream house built upon his childhood football field that he shares with his wife of 30 years, Kay. In October 2021, Steve is planning to retire from military service and spend time traveling with Kay and their two dogs, Nori and Ping.

Matt Willis
Army Prize Competitions and Army Applied SBIR Program, Director

Dr. Matt Willis leads the Army’s portfolio of private sector engagements through prize competitions and the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, comprising over $275,000,000 in annual research and development investments. Through his tenure, Dr. Willis has delivered a deliberate and strategic portfolio management approach that centralizes oversight and synchronizes execution of the Army’s SBIR program and prize authority to meet Congressional economic intent and Army technology gaps; he also identified and promulgated the highest technical quality, best emerging tech business partners providing the most effective technical solutions to overcome Army challenges, while reinforcing the national industrial base in face of great power competition.

Previously, Dr. Willis served as the Army Director for Laboratory Management, leading policy development for STEM, Technology Transfer, and workforce initiatives across the Army science and technology ecosystem. Prior to DASA(RT), Dr. Willis was the Chief for Acquisition at the Joint Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear Program Analysis and Integration Office, providing independent oversight, guidance and cross-cutting policies for the Chemical Biological Defense Program (CBDP) and laboratories. Dr. Willis also served as the Deputy Director for Special Projects in the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research, providing alignment for DoD’s S&T investments amongst the Services. Dr. Willis started his Army career as a Research Chemical Engineer at the US Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center.

Dr. Willis received a BS in Chemical Engineering from Cornell University, a MS and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and is the author of numerous manuscripts, technical reports, and patents. He has received several awards including the Achievement Medal for Civilian Service in 2014 and 2015.

Chad Nash
PM PNT, Deputy & Technical Director

Mr. Chad Nash is the Deputy Product Manager (PdM) and Technical Director for the Positioning, Navigation, and Timing (PNT) Modernization Product Office under Project Manager (PM) PNT. He joined PM PNT located at Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG), Maryland in August 2018.

Mr. Nash is a critical member of the PNT Modernization team, responsible for the development of the engineering roadmap that identifies cutting edge PNT technologies to mature and field. He is leading the team to accelerate the identification, maturation and transition of technologies from industry, academia and government to provide a continuously reliable PNT solution to the Soldier. As a part of this effort, Mr. Nash is at the forefront of designing the initial PNT Modular Open Systems Architecture (MOSA) compliant prototype. The effort has extremely aggressive integration, testing and demonstration timelines that will influence PNT decisions across the Army.

Mr. Nash’s contributions to PM PNT and PEO IEW&S are in indication of his passion and “team first” attitude. He directly supports coordination with the S&T community, Army Futures Command (AFC) and the Assured PNT Cross Functional Team (CFT). His efforts ensure PNT Modernization maintain an agile approach that can deliver the Soldier cutting-edge technology in an accelerated timeframe.

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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Wayne Polatkan
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Mobilize VISION, Account Manager
David Edwin Karle
VIZulocity, CEO
Jade Baranski
Jade Baranski
Mobilize VISION, CEO
David Young
David Young
Hypergiant, Chief Revenue Officer
Mike Grubbs
Mike Grubbs
BTRY, Co-Founder & CEO
Derek Denton
Derek Denton
MDM Wound Ventures Inc, Co-Founder & CEO
Lynne O Hamilton
Lynne O Hamilton
Lawelawe Defense, Inc., President
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