Kate Mercer, a vice president of Booz Allen Hamilton, will lead an expert panel to highlight the role of U.S. military branches and companies in efforts to make the Department of Defense’s Joint All-Domain Command and Control vision a reality.
Mercer oversees Booz Allen’s next-generation data services practice for worldwide defense and aerospace accounts and serves as head of the company’s Dayton, Ohio, office. The more than 25-year industry veteran joined Booz Allen in 2000 from KPMG where provided consulting services to Air Force clients.
Mercer told C4ISRNET in a November interview that data standards are key to ensuring the accuracy and trustworthiness of defense information — which senior DOD leaders consider as an important aspect of the JADC2 strategy.
Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, a 2020 Wash100 Award recipient, signed the warfighting strategy May 13 to guide service branches in efforts to integrate emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence, machine learning and predictive analytics into decision-making processes for the future battlefield.
JADC2 will be the focal point of discussions at an Aug. 31 virtual event hosted by the Potomac Officers Club.
Preston Dunlap, chief architect at the Department of the Air Force, will kick off the event with his keynote address, followed by the panel discussion where Mercer is the moderator.
Other speakers invited to participate in the panel include George Ka’iliwai III, director of requirements and resources (J8) at the U.S. Pacific Command headquarters; and Air Force Col. Matt “Nomad” Strohmeyer, a military fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.