By Mr. Brian Beall (AMC)August 5, 2016
The U.S. Army Materiel Command and Army Training and Doctrine Command will co-host the third Army Innovation Summit Aug. 16-17 at The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia.
Leaders across the Army, along with members of industry and academia, will meet to examine the Army's innovation efforts within its mission to equip and provide for the Soldier.
"Army Innovation Summit 3 will be a capstone event for the Army's materiel enterprise," said AMC's Chief Technology Officer Patrick O'Neill. "From concepts and requirements generation, to sustainment and divestiture, we are seeking opportunities to innovate across the Army materiel life cycle in collaboration with our partners at TRADOC, industry and academia."
The summit is the third event in an innovation campaign initiated by AMC in 2015 on behalf of the Army. The first and second summits featured Army representatives defining innovation within the context of the materiel enterprise, and identifying internal barriers to, and opportunities for, innovation within Army decision venues and processes.
At the first summit, hosted on Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, in November 2015, AMC's Commander Gen. Dennis L. Via spoke about the need to look at the life cycle management enterprise and the organizations that are involved in developing, acquiring, fielding, training and sustaining systems and capabilities.
"We are looking for new ways to adapt the systems that we have today to meet the needs that we see for tomorrow," Via said. "With our partners across the Army, academia and industry, we will synchronize and align our science and technology investments with the Army's top challenges to assure the Army's technological advantage and overmatch well into the future."
During the upcoming summit, members of industry and academia will provide participants with their perspectives on fostering a culture of innovation within their own organizations during panel discussions.
Additional innovation-based presentations will range from the latest developments out of the Defense Department Innovation Initiative, including the Defense Innovation Unit - Experimental, to internal Army programs such as the Army Office of Business Transformation's innovation strategy.
"Our efforts directly contribute to the success of our Soldiers," said O'Neill about the intent behind the summit and the overarching innovation campaign.