The Department of Defense’s (DoD) business practices and approaches were not traditionally designed to quickly field emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence, virtual reality, cloud computing, advanced data analytics; however, these technologies have shifted the world around us.
As the federal government and defense agencies continue to integrate more emerging technologies, the public and private sectors must present a united front to transform legacy mindsets by widening skills gaps in a process-driven culture risk to enhance DoD’s agility and battlefield edge.
This event will feature a keynote speaker and panel, featuring experts, from both the public and private sector, that will expand on the unique challenges facing federal agencies, businesses and government contractors as defense is modernized and the warfare environment continues to evolve.
Keynote Speaker: MG Maria Gervais
Maj. Gen. Maria Gervais, director of Synthetic Training Environment (STE) Cross-Functional Team with Army Futures Command (AFC), will be featured as a keynote speaker during the Future Virtual Battlefield Event.
She is charged with rapidly expanding the Army’s synthetic training capability to the point of need. Gervais has worked to enable units located anywhere in the world to train seamlessly together in an integrated live, virtual and constructive environment.
Gervais recently spearheaded the development of the STE Cross-Functional Team’s new labs that will tap into the innovation of vendors and improve both individual and collective training. The facility creates a secured setting, where vendors with promising technology can run it on a military test network.
“We really want to revolutionize the way the Army trains,” said Gervais. “We’re trying to get after common standards, common data, common terrain and an open architecture to enable rapid integration of future plug-and-play trainers.” The team’s goal is to establish a common synthetic environment, where live, virtual and constructive training can be converged, she added.
Moderator: Greg Wenzel
Greg Wenzel, who leads the Army business as executive vice president of Booz Allen Hamilton, will moderate the panel at the Future Virtual Battlefield Event. Wenzel’s primary focus with Booz Allen is to help the Army transform and modernize by integrating digital, analytic, cyber and engineering services and solutions to warfighters.
A 2020 Wash1o0 Award recipient, Wenzel previously led the company’s Strategic Innovation Group (SIG) Digital Solutions initiative focused on transforming Booz Allen Systems Delivery into a modern Digital Solutions provider. He and his teams have delivered modular agile solutions that integrate deep understanding of mission and systems development with the latest technologies in social, mobile, and cloud computing.
Wenzel has a proven track record applying emerging technologies, such as cloud computing and service-oriented architecture, to design, develop and deliver large-scale, enterprise systems to address transformational business and mission needs.
Wenzel has deep understanding in the Department of Defense (DoD) C4ISR mission area and enterprise integration leveraging API design and management. He is also a specialist in distributed computing solutions and has worked with the intelligence community, tactical warfighting and commercial web-based systems as well as advanced distributed simulation.
Panelist: Scott Gilman
Gilman has served over 24 years as an Engineer and FA57 Simulation Operations Officer. His previous assignments include: USARCENT G37 Chief of Training and Exercises, Shaw AFB, SC; TRADOC Capability Manager (TCM) Virtual & Gaming, Fort Leavenworth, KS; Functional Area 57 Human Resource Manager, Fort Knox, KY; and more.
The Army Modeling Simulation Office serves as Headquarters of the Department of the Army (HQDA). The office works to develop the strategy and policy for Army Modeling and Simulation Enterprise, execute effective governance and resource management through leadership and synchronization, and lead coordination of the Army modeling and simulation enterprise and cross-community areas.
Panelist: Favio Lopez
Favio Lopez, chief operating officer (COO) with Trideum, will serve as a panelist at Potomac Officers Club’s Future Virtual Battlefield Event.
Lopez brings over 20 years of leadership experience to this position, having successfully led complex and diverse organizations with increasing scope and responsibility. Lopez is a recognized expert in modeling and simulation (M&S), testing, training, experimentation, and analysis.
With Trideum, Lopez is responsible for leading growth and program execution, as well as business operations for the company. Under his leadership, Trideum has experienced considerable growth all the while nurturing the values of Trideum culture: taking care of the employee, the customer, and the community.
In addition to his extensive practice and understanding of M&S, Lopez is recognized throughout the industry for his expertise in Live, Virtual, Constructive, and Gaming integration and employment, and the integration of Command, Control, Communication, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) with simulation and instrumentation environments. Lopez retired from the United States Army in 2009.
Panelist: Michael Enloe
Michael Enloe, Army Government Civilian chief technical officer for the Synthetic Training Environment (STE) Cross Functional Team (CFT) with Army Futures Command will serve as a panelist at Potomac Officers Club’s Future Virtual Battlefield Event.
Enloe has worked in US Army training simulations since 2001. His mission is to serve as the lead technical advisor to the Director of the STE CFT. Current duties include designing concepts, engineering solutions and directing science and technology (S&T) research and development (R&D) to establish the next generation Synthetic Training Environment (STE).
The STE converges Live, Virtual and Constructive simulation capabilities into a futuristic platform that enables Soldiers to maintain overmatch against our adversaries in the future.
Past accomplishments include supporting development of the mission rehearsal simulation that planned Operation Iraqi Freedom, engineering middleware that links Army & Joint training simulations to real Mission Command Systems & the establishment of the US Army Games for Training Program.
Panelist: Eric Weisel
Eric Weisel, has executive director of the Virginia Modeling and Simulation Center (VMASC) at Old Dominion University (ODU), will serve as a panelist at Potomac Officers Club’s Future Virtual Battlefield Event.
Weisel seeks to lead VMASC to further research diversity, including digital innovation in research and simulation, data analytics, cybersecurity and autonomous systems sciences. With the University, Weisel helped to secure two Go Virginia awards and more than $5 million in new awards overall and ODU’s membership in the Systems Engineering Research Center.
VMASC researchers have modeled everything from the spread of religion to the recovery of vulnerable populations from storm events.
Prior to joining ODU, Weisel served with General Dynamics, where he was a senior technical executive for a $34 million business unit. With the company, he led strategic technology and business development programs, applying innovative technologies to develop advanced learning and education systems.
Join Potomac Officers Club for its Future Virtual Battlefield Event on July 22nd to learn more about the future of defense and emerging technologies that will evolve the current landscape. Do not miss this must-see opportunity to hear from notable leaders on modernization and innovation.