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Panel: How the DoD Can Adopt Pioneering Technology Like AI?

Posted Oct 20
# TransformX 2022
# Expert Panel
# AI in National Security
# AI Policy & Governance
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Emily Harding
Emily Harding
Emily Harding
Deputy Director and Senior Fellow, International Security Program @ CSIS

Emily Harding is deputy director and senior fellow with the International Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). She joined CSIS from the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI), where she was deputy staff director. In her nearly 20 years of government service, she has served in a series of high-profile national security positions at critical moments, including with CIA, ODNI, and NSC. She holds a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and a bachelor’s degree in foreign affairs from the University of Virginia.

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Emily Harding is deputy director and senior fellow with the International Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). She joined CSIS from the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI), where she was deputy staff director. In her nearly 20 years of government service, she has served in a series of high-profile national security positions at critical moments, including with CIA, ODNI, and NSC. She holds a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and a bachelor’s degree in foreign affairs from the University of Virginia.

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Stephanie Halcrow
Stephanie Halcrow
Stephanie Halcrow
Senior Fellow; President, The Halcrow Group @ George Mason University’s Center for Government Contracting

Stephanie Halcrow, co-author of The Power of Many: Leveraging Consortia to Promote Innovation, Expand the Defense Industrial Base, and Accelerate Acquisition, is a Senior Fellow at George Mason University’s Center for Government Contracting and President of The Halcrow Group. She most recently served as a Professional Staff Member on the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) where she led the efforts to develop, position, and implement the HASC Ranking Member’s acquisition reform strategies into tangible legislative solutions, garnering bipartisan and bicameral support as well as soliciting industry and federal government input. Stephanie is deep-rooted in the academic and public policy community and currently serves as a Senior Fellow for Defense Industrial Base Health and Resiliency with the National Defense Industrial Association and as an external advisor to the Department of Defense’s Acquisition Innovation Research Center.

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Stephanie Halcrow, co-author of The Power of Many: Leveraging Consortia to Promote Innovation, Expand the Defense Industrial Base, and Accelerate Acquisition, is a Senior Fellow at George Mason University’s Center for Government Contracting and President of The Halcrow Group. She most recently served as a Professional Staff Member on the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) where she led the efforts to develop, position, and implement the HASC Ranking Member’s acquisition reform strategies into tangible legislative solutions, garnering bipartisan and bicameral support as well as soliciting industry and federal government input. Stephanie is deep-rooted in the academic and public policy community and currently serves as a Senior Fellow for Defense Industrial Base Health and Resiliency with the National Defense Industrial Association and as an external advisor to the Department of Defense’s Acquisition Innovation Research Center.

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Paul Lekas
Paul Lekas
Paul Lekas
Senior Vice President, Global Public Policy @ SIIA

Paul Lekas is an experienced advocate, lawyer, and expert in technology policy, government affairs, regulatory design, privacy, and national security. He has advised senior leaders in business and government for two decades. Paul currently serves as SVP for Global Public Policy with the Software & Information Industry Association, the principal trade association for companies in the business of information. Paul is responsible for developing SIIA’s public policy and government affairs strategy, thought leadership, and directing engagement at the U.S. federal and state levels and internationally on behalf of over 450 companies. Previously, Paul previously served in the U.S. government as Deputy General Counsel (Legal Counsel) at the Department of Defense and in senior strategic and management positions with the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence and the National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service. In addition, as part of the Biden-Harris transition team, Paul provided counsel on national security and foreign policy matters. Paul’s government service followed over a decade in private law practice with a focus on sensitive litigation, investigations, and strategic counseling. Paul received his A.B. and J.D. degrees from Harvard.

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Paul Lekas is an experienced advocate, lawyer, and expert in technology policy, government affairs, regulatory design, privacy, and national security. He has advised senior leaders in business and government for two decades. Paul currently serves as SVP for Global Public Policy with the Software & Information Industry Association, the principal trade association for companies in the business of information. Paul is responsible for developing SIIA’s public policy and government affairs strategy, thought leadership, and directing engagement at the U.S. federal and state levels and internationally on behalf of over 450 companies. Previously, Paul previously served in the U.S. government as Deputy General Counsel (Legal Counsel) at the Department of Defense and in senior strategic and management positions with the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence and the National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service. In addition, as part of the Biden-Harris transition team, Paul provided counsel on national security and foreign policy matters. Paul’s government service followed over a decade in private law practice with a focus on sensitive litigation, investigations, and strategic counseling. Paul received his A.B. and J.D. degrees from Harvard.

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John Dulin
John Dulin
John Dulin
CEO and Co-Founder @ Modern Intelligence

John Dulin is the CEO and Co-Founder of Modern Intelligence, which builds breakthrough low-data defense AI products. Previously, John worked at Freenome, Numerai, and studied Physics at Case Western Reserve University. He is from Ohio.

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John Dulin is the CEO and Co-Founder of Modern Intelligence, which builds breakthrough low-data defense AI products. Previously, John worked at Freenome, Numerai, and studied Physics at Case Western Reserve University. He is from Ohio.

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Lee Hudson
Lee Hudson
Lee Hudson
Defense Reporter @ POLITICO

Lee Hudson covers defense technology and influence for POLITICO. Her reporting on the military and the aerospace and defense industries has taken her to military installations around the globe, aboard warships, and in a jump seat of a V-22.

Prior to joining POLITICO, she covered the Pentagon and Capitol Hill for Aviation Week. There she traveled on multiple assignments to Europe, and accompanied service secretaries, military service chiefs, and the acting secretary of defense on trips in the U.S.

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Lee Hudson covers defense technology and influence for POLITICO. Her reporting on the military and the aerospace and defense industries has taken her to military installations around the globe, aboard warships, and in a jump seat of a V-22.

Prior to joining POLITICO, she covered the Pentagon and Capitol Hill for Aviation Week. There she traveled on multiple assignments to Europe, and accompanied service secretaries, military service chiefs, and the acting secretary of defense on trips in the U.S.

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SUMMARY

The Department of Defense needs to become an attractive market for commercial companies and startups to apply innovative products and services in a meaningful way. Many potential technology providers believe the barriers to working with the DoD are too high. Congress and the department have created several initiatives and organizational structures to lower those barriers, but the DoD still struggles with transitioning innovation into production programs.

With so few examples of new technology companies gaining footholds in the DoD, many perceive that the department is engaged in “innovation theater” by pursuing the appearance of innovation while maintaining institutional resistance to the concept. Without a real culture of innovation, the DoD risks losing ground to other entities willing to leverage commercial technology.

This panel will discuss how maintaining political reputations and the fear of failure holds back innovation. They also will cover practical approaches for how the DoD can adopt pioneering technology more quickly, including revising the consortium model, providing better education about how AI and other advanced technologies work, and simplifying the procurement process to attract more private-sector technology companies.

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