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Army's Young Bang to Keynote 2024 Army Summit

Army’s Young Bang to Keynote the 2024 Army Summit

Young Bang, a leading figure in the Army and government contracting sectors, was invited by the Potomac Officers Club to deliver the keynote speech at the 2024 Army Summit. Learn more about Bang’s career background, awards and industry contributions here.

 

Who is Young Bang?

Young Bang sitting at a table while engaged in a conversation
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Young Bang is the U.S. Army’s principal deputy assistant secretary for acquisition, logistics and technology (ALT). Since March 2022, he’s been leading the department’s ALT services and helping the assistant secretary in procurement and contracting endeavors.

While Bang directly serves the Army, his influence extends across other military branches and government departments, such as the Department of Transportation, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of State and the Department of Justice.

Bang earned a Bachelor of Science in Leadership and Systems Engineering from the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, New York.

 

Young Bang’s Career Background

Bang established an impressive career in the private sector. He has a rich background in commercial and federal consulting in technology, healthcare, telecommunications and strategic planning. Furthermore, his technological expertise encompasses cutting-edge innovations for:

  • Quantum computing
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Deep learning
  • Augmented/virtual/mixed reality
  • Modern software development
  • Big data
  • Cloud computing
  • Internet of Things

Before stepping into his current role, Bang held executive positions in various large and mid-sized companies. Below is an overview of his previous roles:

  • Senior Manager of Product Development, Pilot Operations and Manufacturing at Ciena, from 1998 to 1999
  • Senior Product Development Project Manager at MCI, from 1999 to 2001
  • Solution Architect at KPMG Consulting, from 2001 to 2002
  • Partner and Senior Vice President at Booz Allen Hamilton, from 2002 to 2018
  • Chief Growth Officer at Atlas Research, from 2018 to 2021

Earlier in his career, Bang contributed to startups during the dot-com period. He also served in different leadership positions in the Army, having been assigned to Fort Bragg, Korea and Aberdeen Proving Grounds.

 

Young Bang’s First Wash100 Award

In 2024, Bang was among the cohort of executives honored with the prestigious Wash100 Award. He has been selected as a first-time recipient of the Wash100 award for his noteworthy contributions to various government and industry markets. 

Jim Garretson, CEO of Executive Mosaic and the visionary behind the Wash100, commended Bang’s diverse background in the military, industry and government domains.

“For the past two years, Young has played a vital role in reshaping software acquisition, guiding AI adoption, designing interoperable data architectures and spearheading acquisition improvements for the U.S. Army,” Garretson highlighted.

 

Why Young Bang was Selected as Keynote Speaker

Young Bang in a gray and black shirt giving a speech
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Bang’s experience and leadership in the public and private sectors make him a prominent authority in military technology, thus qualifying him to keynote the 2024 Army Summit. 

During his service, he has driven growth in hardware and software product development, cybersecurity and data management. He also played a critical role in advancing military technology.

 

Young Bang’s Contributions to Military Technology Initiatives

 

Project Linchpin

Project Linchpin is a joint effort of Army Futures Command’s Artificial Intelligence Integration Center, Development Command, Army Research Labs and Office of the Secretary of Defense / Chief Data and Artificial Intelligence Office. It aims to create trusted environments for developing and implementing AI within the U.S. Army, following the Biden administration’s and the Department of Defense’s initiatives.

Senior Army officials, including Bang, fully support the Army’s evolving approach in advancing Project Linchpin. In a conference in Philadelphia, Bang mentioned that the military branch is considering an AI Bill of Materials (BOM) to manage potential security risks.

“Just like we’re securing our supply chain — semiconductors, components, subcomponents — we’re also thinking about that from a digital perspective. So we’re looking at software, data and AI,” he explained.

 

#DefendAI

#DefendAI is a conceptual security initiative launched by the U.S. Army on the development of a layered defense framework for testing artificial intelligence. The U.S. Army is seeking industry input on constructing this framework to guarantee the secure adoption of commercial AI technologies.

“We really do appreciate industry support here. We do need your help,” Bang stated during a conference. “This framework is going to be an attempt to really help us accelerate the adoption of third-party-generated algorithms,” he added.

 

Data Management and 5G Technologies

Bang has advocated for rethinking data management strategies to support the adoption of 5G technologies. During the National Training and Simulation Association’s Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference, he emphasized the need for secure architectures and application programming interfaces to maximize the potential of next-generation communications for the interoperability of warfighters.

 

What is the 2024 Army Summit and Why Should You Attend?

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Date: June 13, 2024

Time: 7:00 am – 3:45 pm (Eastern Time Zone)

Venue: Hilton-McLean, 7920 Jones Branch Drive McLean, VA

Mark your calendars for the Potomac Officers Club’s 2024 Army Summit on June 13! The summit will be an important gathering for Army officials, government leaders and industry experts to discuss the Army’s top challenges and priorities. 

In addition to Bang, the U.S. Army’s Honorable Doug Bush, Michael Monteleone and Leonel Garciga will share their insights at the summit.

Here’s why you should attend the 2024 Army Summit:

  • Network with industry leaders and explore potential affiliations
  • Engage in insightful discussions on digital data and digital engineering, integrated air and missile defense, software development, force readiness and many more
  • Stay informed about the Army’s advancements and initiatives

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