The U.S. Army is constantly trying to keep pace with an evolving adversary, which creates challenges in the combat environment with the readiness of our forces and their ability to regain readiness against an enemy that can challenge us across the board.
The key to innovating is the speed of integrating and exploiting innovative technology into the digital battlefield through investments such as open architecture, DevSecOps, APIs, next generation governance and converged data platforms.
In order to address the challenges and priorities of iterative solutions within the battlespace, Potomac Officers Club will host Weaponizing Data Across the Digital Battlefield Virtual Event on August 11th to discuss the U.S. Army’s initiatives and capabilities concerning the changing defense landscape.
The event will feature four keynote speakers, moderated by Michael Davenport, senior vice president with Booz Allen Hamilton. The speakers will discuss the Army’s need to leverage and integrate the latest emerging technologies to deliver faster and more secure solutions.
Moderator: Michael Davenport
Michael Davenport, senior vice president with Booz Allen Hamilton, will moderate the expert panel during Potomac Officers Club’s Weaponizing Data Across the Digital Battlefield Virtual Event.
Davenport leads Booz Allen’s Army command, control, computers, communications, cyber, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (C5ISR) business. He brings more than 25 years of experience in managing and leading complex C5ISR programs and teams to Potomac Officers Club’s virtual event.
The organizations that he’s developed engineering and software solutions for include: U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command C5ISR Center Program Executive Office Command Control Communications-Tactical Program Executive Office Intelligence Electronic Warfare & Sensors.
Prior to his current role with Booz Allen Hamilton, Davenport led the company’s network engineering team, where he designed and implemented solutions for military satellite communications and software-defined radio networks for the Air Force and Navy.
Keynote Speaker: MG Peter Gallagher
MG Peter Gallagher, director of the Network Cross-Functional Team with the U.S. Army, will serve as keynote speaker during Potomac Officers Club’s Weaponizing Data Across the Digital Battlefield Virtual Event.
In his role, Gallagher is responsible for the focused integration of network, command, control, communications and intelligence to enable mission command across the tactical network. Gallagher spent the majority of his career providing communications support to Conventional and Special Operations Forces throughout the world.
Gallagher recently discussed the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and how it has disrupted the Army’s plans for testing upgrades to its network. COVID-19 has limited the availability to perform operational testing for new network equipment.
“The COVID-19 has had an impact on our cycle of testing, our access to units, and it’s caused us to make some adjustments in our in our time schedule, as we’ve been trying to take care of the health and safety of our soldiers and our workforce, but still keep our modernization efforts on track,” said Gallagher.
While the Army faced constraints on field testing, the service branch had collected data in labs that could help inform Army decision-making. The network modernization team was prepared to make adjustments to equipment because of the challenges associated with COVID-19.
“We’re looking really hard at and when the next opportunities are going to be available to us to get that detailed operational feedback from soldiers either in a training environment or a test environment,” said MG David Bassett and former leader of Army Program Executive Office Command, Control, Communications-Tactical.
Keynote Speaker: MG Rob Collins
BG Rob Collins, program executive officer for Command, Control, Communications-Tactical (PEO C3T) with the U.S. Army, will serve as keynote speaker during Potomac Officers Club’s Weaponizing Data Across the Digital Battlefield Virtual Event.
In his role, Collins guides a workforce of more than 1,600 personnel who acquire, field and support the communications networks, radios, satellite systems and other hardware and software Soldiers require for information dominance on the battlefield.
Collins joined PEO C3T after serving as the PEO for Intelligence, Electronic Warfare and Sensors (IEW&S) since May 2019. As the PEO IEW&S, he provided technical and managerial oversight of the development, acquisition, fielding, and life cycle support of the Army’s portfolio of intelligence; electronic warfare; cyber; integrated base defense; force protection; position, navigation, and timing; biometrics; and target acquisition programs.
Keynote Speaker: Leonel Garciga
Leonel Garciga, director of Information Management, HQDA-DCS-G2 with the U.S. Army, will serve as a keynote speaker during Potomac Officers Club’s Weaponizing Data Across the Digital Battlefield Virtual Event.
Garciga is an experienced chief technology officer with a demonstrated history of working in the Defense and Space industry. He will bring his knowledge of Intelligence Analysis, Innovation Management, Government, Big Data and Intelligence to the Weaponizing Data Across the Digital Battlefield Virtual Event.
In his role with the U.S. Garciga provides technical leadership, oversight and direction for mission and enterprise information technology planning, research, development, experimentation, validation, acquisition, accreditation and application of future information technology programs, architectures and capabilities within the Joint Improvised Threat Defeat Organization (JIDO).
His expertise enables the rapid integration of cutting-edge technology for counter-IED and counter threat network operations and intelligence support to a variety of missions for the Department of Defense (DoD) and U.S. national security.
Garciga is also the technical advisor to the JIDO director and his senior staff and serves as the JIDO technical lead and information technology integrator to the DoD, Intelligence Community, S&T community, U.S. government interagency, coalition partners, non-governmental organizations, academia and industry.
Keynote Speaker: Alan Hansen
Alan Hansen, division director of Intelligence Systems & Processing at US Army RDECOM Intelligence & Information Warfare Directorate, will serve as a keynote speaker during Potomac Officers Club’s Weaponizing Data Across the Digital Battlefield Virtual Event.
Hansen is responsible for the research, development, and evaluation of Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance, Electronic Warfare and Cyber technologies to provide effective, proactive situational awareness, tracking, targeting and survivability solutions that transition into operational relevant capabilities for the Soldier.
He has advocated for increasing the lethality of our warfighters to keep pace with an unpredictable adversary. Hansen has evolved his division into a culture of performance, operating at the speed of warfighter needs.
Hansen has integrated agility and adaptability of technology; such as DevSecOps, DataOps, converged data platforms, natural language processing (NLP)/Understanding (NLU), artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), deep learning and Activity-Base Intelligence (as a service) are critical ingredients for future success.
Join Potomac Officers Club for the Weaponizing Data Across the Digital Battlefield Virtual Event to learn more about the latest initiatives and modernization plans for the U.S. Army. Do not miss this must-see opportunity to hear from notable leaders on modernization and innovation.