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Explore the individual and convergent impacts of technological innovations on Multi-Domain Operations and the Future Operational Environment, from today through 2050. Disruptors addressed include robotics, artificial intelligence and autonomy, the future of space, planetary habitability, and the legal and ethical dilemmas surrounding how they will impact the future of warfare, specifically in the land and space domains.
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Birg. Gen. James P. Bienlien
Director, G-3/5/7, Futures and Concepts Center, Army Futures Command
Brig. Gen. James Bienlien is a 1990 graduate of Radford University. During his 28 years of service, Bienlien has held command and staff assignments in the 5th Infantry Division, Fort Polk; 2nd Armored Division, Fort Hood; 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks; 18th Airborne Corps, Fort Bragg; Human Resources Command; NATO Supreme Allied Command Transformation; United States
Army Pacific; Operation Iraqi Freedom; and Headquarters Department of the Army, The Pentagon.
Bienlien completed a tour with industry as a research fellow at the Logistics Management Institute, Washington D.C. Bienlien assumed the duties of the Director, G-3/5/7, FCC, on February 2019. Prior to his assignment to FCC, he served as the Director, Joint and Integration, HQDA G-8.
Bienlien is a graduate of the Ordnance Officer Basic and Advanced Courses; Marine Corps Staff College; Force Management Course; and the National War College. He holds a Master of Science degree in Public Policy from Troy State University and a Master of Science degree in National Security Strategy from the National War College, Washington, DC.
His awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (with 5 Oak Leaf Clusters), the Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, and the Army Staff Identification Badge.
Dr. Troy Alexander
Chief, Future Cell
Combat Capabilities Development Command, Army Research Lab
Dr. Troy Alexander is chief of the U. S. Army Combat Capability Development Command Army Research Laboratory (CCDC ARL) Futures Cell and leads Technology Forecasting to support the Army’s Future Force Modernization Enterprise.
He joined the technical staff at CCDC ARL – the Army’s Corporate Laboratory, in 2000 and has held numerous posts across the laboratory – including serving as the corporation’s first Associate for Strategic Planning; in this role, Troy led development and authorship of CCDC ARL’s initial complement of technical strategic documents in 2014.
Alexander has worked to foster cross-organizational collaboration with a goal of improving technical cohesion across the DoD and Army Science and Technology (S&T) Enterprise. Since 2013, he has served as the Senior S&T Advisor to the Army Capability Integration Center (ARCIC) now designated Futures and Concepts Center, an element of Army Futures Command; Director of Strategy and Acting Basic Research Portfolio Director within the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Research and Technology (ODASA (R&T)); and was a substantial contributor to the DoD Long Range Research and Development Program Plan (LRRDPP)-Technology Enabled Capabilities Working Group.
Alexander earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College in Chemistry (1995) and a Doctorate in Analytical Chemistry from Marquette University (2000).
Troy is the proud father of three wonderful sons.
Dr. Julia Badger
Project Manager, Robotics and Intelligence for Human Spacecraft Team
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Dr. Julia Badger is the project manager for the Robonaut and Autonomous Spacecraft Management Projects at NASA-Johnson Space Center in Houston.
She is responsible for the research and development of humanoid robotic and autonomous system capabilities both on the Earth and on the International Space Station, that include dexterous manipulation, autonomous spacecraft control and caretaking, and human-robot interfaces. Badger has a Bachelor of Science degree from Purdue University, and an Master of Sciece degree and Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology, all in Mechanical Engineering.
Dr. Ken Fleischmann
Associate Professor, School of Information
University of Texas at Austin
Kenneth R. Fleischmann is an associate professor in the School of Information, The University of Texas at Austin.
His research focuses on understanding the role of human values in the design and use of information technologies; developing new technologies for ethics education and evaluating the effectiveness of ethics education for preparing information professionals for the ethical challenges that they will face in the workforce; and developing new approaches for computational social science through collaboration with computational linguists.
His research has been funded by nine grants and fellowships from the National Science Foundation as well as funding from the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA). He has been published in journals such as Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (JASIST); Communications of the ACM; Computer; and The Information Society.
He serves as an associate editor of The Information Society.
Dr. Jakki Bailey
Assistant Professor, School of Information
University of Texas at Austin
Dr. Jakki Bailey specializes in immersive media and its influence on cognition, behavior and learning. She is the current Scott C. and Vickie S. Reeve Endowed Faculty Fellow at the University of Texas at Austin.
Bailey examines the psychological implications of immersive virtual reality on child development, and is currently studying VR’s influence on children’s cognitive skills and social responses. Her past research has included studying how technology affects behavior change such as through Internet-based programs to reduce the risk of mental disorders and leveraging VR to promote pro-environmental behaviors among adult populations. In addition, she has used VR to test some of the mechanisms behind embodiment’s influence on perception.
Bailey completed her Ph.D. in Communication at Stanford University and was the recipient of the 2016-2017 Sesame Workshop Dissertation Award, and the Stanford University 2018 Nathan Maccoby Dissertation Award.
In addition to her academic research and service, Bailey has advised children’s media company executives on the psychological, social, and ethical implications of VR in youth’s lives.
Dr. Danna Gurari
Danna Gurari is an assistant professor in the School of Information at The University of Texas at Austin.
Her research interests span computer vision, human computation, crowdsourcing, machine learning, accessibility, and (bio)medical image analysis, with a focus on designing visual analysis systems that improve people's quality of life.
She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Computer Science at UT-Austin in 2017, Ph.D. in Computer Science at Boston University in 2015; and both a Master of Science degree in Computer Science and a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis, 2005.
She held industry positions at two leading technology companies from 2005-2010: Boulder Imaging and Raytheon. Dr. Gurari was recognized with the Researcher Excellence Award from the Boston University CS department in 2015 as well as awards in leading computing venues including CHI, MICCAI, and WACV.
Dr. Matthew Lease
Dr. Matthew Lease is an associate professor in the School of Information, University of Texas at Austin, with additional appointments in Computer Science and Statistics & Data Science departments. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Brown University and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of Washington.
Lease’s research spans several areas, including information retrieval — the science of building search engines such as Google; natural language processing of text and speech; crowdsourced data annotation and human computation to train and supplement AI capabilities; and human-computer interaction (HCI) design.
He seeks to improve core search algorithms and enable new forms of search; optimize data collection (e.g., quality, cost, and speed); expand the reach of crowdsourcing to tackle new problems; and investigate broader socio-technical questions of how crowdsourcing is transforming digital work and the lives of workers. Lease’s research has been recognized by three Early Career awards from: the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the National Science Foundation, and the Institute for Museum and Library Sciences. His DARPA research was featured in WIRED’s Danger Room.
Lease received Best Paper Award at the 2016 Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) Human Computation and Crowdsourcing conference, and the Modeling Challenge Award at the 2012 International Conference on Social Computing, Behavioral-Cultural Modeling & Prediction.
His industry experience includes positions at Intel Research, a wavelet image compression spinout from Los Alamos, and a Silicon Valley crowdsourcing startup.
Fellow, International Security Program
New America / CEO and Partner of Omelas
Hu is the CEO and Partner of Omelas, a cutting edge technology company that provides the realtime, online information environment pertaining to security and influence threats. By utilizing machine learning/ artificial intelligence and data analytics, it is also one of the first to offer an organic monitoring and evaluating tool to measure the effectiveness of non-lethal warfare, including countermessaging campaigns and information operations. With offices in New York City, Washington, DC, Chicago, and Dubai, UAE, Omelas is operational in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.
Hu is also a subject matter expert in CVE/CT in both Salafi-jihadism and neo-Nazism and has worked at the intersection of governance, security, and technology in more than 25 countries in Africa and the Middle East, including Kenya, Iraq, Gaza Strip, Syria, Tunisia, and Afghanistan.
Prior to Omelas, she successfully founded two technology ventures, one based in Nairobi, Kenya and another in Amman, Jordan.
To date, she has briefed 4 national heads of intelligence and has advised 8 Cabinet/Ministerial members on tech and security and spent 6+ years living in Africa and the Middle East.
A graduate of the University of Chicago, Hu sits on the following Boards of nonprofits: Re:Coded, an Erbil-based nonprofit that gives livelihoods to refugees by teaching them how to code through a comprehensive training program in Iraq and Turkey; Promote Leadership, which is founded by active officers and veterans to foster inclusive leadership within the U.S. Special Operations Forces community; and Project Ninevah Plains, which does reconstruction work in post-IS environments in the Ninevah Plains, Iraq.
She has won numerous high-level accolades and recognition for her work.
Dr. Alex Roesler
Deputy Director, Integrated Military Systems
Sandia National Laboratories
Dr. Alex Roesler is a deputy director for the Integrated Military Systems Center at Sandia National Laboratories. He leads the Autonomy for Hypersonics Mission Campaign (A4H). A4H is a large IRAD program that seeks to significantly enhance the warfighting utility of hypersonic flight systems through research and development in autonomous systems technologies. Roesler is also responsible for Sandia’s Pathfinder Technologies program, which creates, develops and delivers next-generation warfighter technologies. Focus areas for program include directed energy and autonomy.
Roesler has been a manager at Sandia for 12 years. During that time, he has overseen numerous activities in support of Department of Homeland Security, Department of Defense and the National Nuclear Security Administration. His management experience spans from Research (fundamental studies) to Development (weapon component design/development) to Application (Mark Quality nuclear weapons production operations).
Roesler also completed an elevenmonth postgraduate national security research fellowship at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and subsequently spent 2 years as a manager at the Sandia/California site. His research activities at Sandia have included work on autonomous systems, neutron generators, fuzing and firing systems, microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) and cybersecurity. He has authored numerous peer-reviewed journal articles and he holds several U.S. patents.
Roesler received a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, and Master of Science and Ph.D. degrees in electrical and computer engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh.
Dr. Gary F. Polansky
Senior Scientist, Integrated Military Systems
Sandia National Laboratories
Dr. Gary F. Polansky holds the position of senior scientist in the Integrated Military Systems Development Center and has technical responsibilities across a wide range of programs. He has worked for 35 years at Sandia National Laboratories in national security, nuclear energy, and environmental programs. His broad-based technical capabilities have made key contributions to many of program areas, including aerospace systems, space nuclear power and propulsion, nuclear energy, and nuclear materials management.
He was the Program Manager for the highly successful Advanced Hypersonic Weapon Flight Test 1A. This test demonstrated a first-of-its-kind vehicle that was designed to fly through the atmosphere at hypersonic speed and long range.
Polansky was the 2013 recipient of the Richard H. Johnson Technical Achievement Award presented by the Precision Strike Association.
Polansky received a Ph.D. from The University of Texas at Austin. Polansky has authored or co-authored more than 50 technical publications in computational physics, nuclear technology, and hypersonic systems. He has served as session chair and conference organizer for national and international technical conferences. He is a Fellow of both the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).
He has served on national technical committees and was active in local professional society activities for many years.
Dr. Moriba K Jah
Associate Professor, Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics
University of Texas at Austin
Dr. Moriba Jah joined the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics in 2017. His research interests are in non-gravitational astrodynamics and advanced/non-linear multisensor/object tracking, prediction, and information fusion. His expertise is in space object detection, tracking, identification, and characterization, as well as spacecraft navigation.
Prior to being at UT Austin, Dr. Jah was the Director of the University of Arizona’s Space Object Behavioral Sciences with applications to Space Domain Awareness, Space Protection, Space Traffic Monitoring, and Space Debris research to name a few. Preceding that, Jah was the lead for the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Advanced Sciences and Technology Research
Institute for Astronautics and a Principal Investigator for Detect/Track/Id/Characterize Program at AFRL’s Space Vehicles Directorate.
Before joining AFRL in 2007, he was a spacecraft navigator for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California serving on Mars Global Surveyor, Mars Odyssey, Mars Express (joint mission with ESA), Mars Exploration Rovers, Hayabusa (joint mission with JAXA), and the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
Jah is a member of the Astrodynamics Technical Committee of the International Astronautical Federation and a permanent member of the Space Debris Technical Committee of the International Academy of Astronautics. He is a Fellow of the International Association for the Advancement of Space Safety (IAASS), the AFRL, the AAS and the Royal Astronomical Society, as well as an AIAA Associate Fellow, IEEE Senior Member, Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronics Systems, IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Magazine, and Elsevier Information Fusion Journal.
He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Prescott, Arizona; and both his Master of Science degree and Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering Sciences from the University of Colorado at Boulder specializing in astrodynamics and statistical orbit determination.
Jah is a world-recognized subject matter expert in astrodynamics-based Space Domain Awareness sciences and technologies with 75+ publications in peer-reviewed journals, conferences, and symposia. He’s been an invited lecturer and keynote speaker at 20+ national and international space events, workshops and fora.
Principal Researcher, Advanced Technology Center
Lockheed Martin Corporation
Matthew Bold is a Principal Researcher at Lockheed Martin’s Advanced Technology Center in Palo Alto, California.
He is the architect for Space Domain Awareness and one of the principal architects for Lockheed Martin’s Space Security portfolio. In this role, he is responsible for overseeing the development and operation of multiple SDA capabilities globally, the global knowledge infrastructure that networks these capabilities and is deeply involved in the evolution of global space policy chairing various conferences, workshops and working groups.
Bold has more than 20 years of experience managing programs and portfolios in a number of strategic areas including missile defense and space security.
He has a background in physics and experimental particle physics from the University of Dayton and Arizona State University.
Dr. Andrew Ellington
Professor, Molecular Biosciences
University of Texas at Austin
Dr. Andrew Ellington is the Fraser Professor of Biochemistry in the Department of Molecular Biosciences at the University of Texas at Austin. He has been named a National Security Science and Engineering Faculty Fellow, and American Academy of Microbiology Fellow, and an AAAS Fellow, has helped found the companies Archemix, b3 Biosciences, and GRO Biosciences.
His lab works center on the development of nucleic acid circuitry for point-of-care diagnostics; on accelerating the evolution of proteins and cells through the introduction of novel chemistries; and using orthogonal control systems to engineer complex organisms. DNA circuits based on strand exchange reactions and capable of executing embedded algorithms have proven
to be useful tools for creating diagnostic assays for a variety of purposes.
Ellington's translation engineering centers on the introduction of novel amino acids into proteins that have the capability to base-pair, and is being pursued using a variety of techniques, including directed evolution, computational design, and high-throughput synthesis. He developed operating systems that can work between and across bacterial and eukaryotic domains, including tools to directly synthesize operons, enable facile horizontal transfer, and edit genomes, and are interested in how such tools can be used to engineer cellular consortiums, including biofilms and plants.
He was a member of the Defense Science Studies Group of the Institute for Defense Analysis and has actively advised on biodefense and biotechnology issues, including serving on the Biochem2020 panel of the DIA and the Security Working Group of the EBRC.
Ellington began his academic career as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Indiana University in 1992, and continued to develop selection methods. He has previously received the Office of Naval Research Young Investigator, Cottrell, and Pew Scholar awards. As a graduate student, he worked with Dr. Steve Benner on the evolutionary optimization of dehydrogenase isozymes. His post-doctoral work was with Dr. Jack Szostak at Massachusetts General Hospital where he developed methods for the in vitro selection of functional nucleic acids and coined the term 'aptamer.'
Ellington received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from Michigan State University in 1981, and his Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Harvard in 1988.
Dr. Krista Soderlund
Research Associate, Institute of Geophysics
University of Texas at Austin
Dr. Krista Soderlund is a planetary geophysicist broadly interested in fluid dynamic processes. She is a research associate at the University of Texas Institute for Geophysics. She uses numerical models, in combination with spacecraft mission data, to understand icy satellites and investigate planetary magnetic fields.
Soderlund is a science team member of the ice-penetrating radar instrument (REASON) selected for NASA's Europa Clipper mission to assess the Jovian satellite's habitability. Recently, she served on NASA's Ice Giant Mission Study Science Definition Team to consider science priorities and potential mission concepts for the Uranus and Neptune systems.
Soderlund earned dual Bachelor of Science degrees in Physics and Space Sciences from the Florida Institute of Technology in 2005 and a Ph.D. in Geophysics and Space Physics from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2011.
Science Fiction Author
Martha Wells has written many fantasy novels, including The Books of the Raksura series (beginning with The Cloud Roads), the Ile-Rien series (including The Death of the Necromancer) as well as young adult fantasy novels, short stories, media tie-ins (for Star Wars and Stargate: Atlantis), and non-fiction. Her most recent fantasy novel is The Harbors of the Sun in 2017, the final novel in The Books of the Raksura series. She has a new series of science fiction novellas, The Murderbot Diaries, published by Tor.com in 2017 and 2018.
She was also the lead writer for the story team of Magic: the Gathering's Dominaria expansion in 2018. She has won a Nebula Award, a Hugo Award, an ALA/YALSA Alex Award, a Locus Award; and her work has appeared on the Philip K. Dick Award ballot, the USA Today Bestseller List, and the New York Times Bestseller List. Her books have been published in eleven languages.
Her first novel, The Element of Fire, was published by Tor in hardcover in July 1993 and was a finalist for the 1993 Compton Crook/Stephen Tall Award and a runner-up for the 1994 Crawford Award. The French edition, Le feu primordial, was a 2003 Imaginales Award nominee.
Her third novel The Death of the Necromancer (Avon Eos) was a 1998 Nebula Award Finalist and the French edition was a 2002 Imaginales Award nominee.
Her novella All Systems Red: The Murderbot Diaries (Tor.com) was a 2017 Philip K. Dick Award nominee, and won an ALA/YALSA Alex Award, a Hugo Award for Best Novella, a Nebula Award for Best Novella, and a Locus Award. The Books of the Raksura was a Hugo Finalist for Best Series.
She has also published three media tie-in novels: Stargate Atlantis: Reliquary, released in March 2006, and Stargate Atlantis: Entanglement in March 2007, and a Star Wars: Razor's Edge in September 2013. Her first young adult fantasy, Emilie and the Hollow World, was published in April 2013 by Strange Chemistry Books, and the sequel, Emilie and the Sky World in March 2014.
She has had short stories published in Realms of Fantasy; Black Gate; Lone Star Stories; Stargate Magazine; Lightspeed Magazine; Wired Magazine; and in the anthologies Elemental; Tales of the Emerald Serpent; The Other Half of the Sky; Tales of the Emerald Serpent II: A Knight in the Silk Purse; Mech: Age of Steel, and The Gods of Lovecraft.
She has essays in the non-fiction anthologies Farscape Forever, Mapping the World of Harry Potter, Chicks Unravel Time, and The Kobold Guide to Magic.
Mr. Thomas F. Greco
Director of Intelligence, Deputy Chief of Staff, G-2
U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command
Mr. Thomas F. Greco serves as the director of Intelligence, Deputy Chief of Staff, G-2 for the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC G-2). This is a Tier-Two Defense Intelligence Senior Executive Service (DISES) position. TRADOC G-2 supports the Army’s Combat Training Centers, deployed forces, all of the Army’s educational institutions and capability development activities.
He is the Army’s lead for developing, defining and applying current and future threats and environments in support of Army leader development, concept development, capability design, training readiness, and experimentation. He also leads the Army’s enterprises for critical thinking; Mad Scientist Initiative; University of Foreign Military & Cultural Studies; Foreign Military Studies Office; Global Cultural Knowledge Network; and the Operational Environment Center.
Prior to his assignment as TRADOC's G-2, Mr. Greco served as the Special Assistant for Intelligence to the Commanding General and G-2 of U.S. Army Europe from 2004 to 2011 where he spearheaded the intelligence efforts of a forward deployed theater Army headquarters. Notably, from 2007 to 2008, Mr. Greco deployed to Iraq where he served as the Assistant CJ2 in Iraq, ensuring intelligence support to the entire Combined Joint Task Force during the highly successful Sunni Awakening that changed the course of the war there.
Before entering civil service, Mr. Greco served 22 years on active duty as an Army intelligence officer in a variety of important command and staff positions. Highlights include one year as the G-2 of Task Force Eagle in Bosnia where he provided multi- disciplined intelligence support to high visibility peace enforcement operations in the Balkans and as the G-2 of Task Force Falcon in Kosovo. He also spent time as the Military Advisor to the START and Defense and Space negotiations in Geneva, Switzerland. He commanded units in the 10th Mountain Division and served in other key intelligence positions throughout the Army.
Mr. Greco holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors from Hunter College, City University of New York; a Master of Military Arts and Sciences from the U.S. Army Command and Staff College; and a Master of Military Arts and Sciences from the School of Advanced Military Studies. He attended the Intelligence Senior Fellows Program and is a graduate of the Executive Leadership Excellence Program run by the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University.
Mr. Greco has received numerous awards and honors throughout his career. As a military officer, he was awarded the Legion of Merit and multiple awards of the Defense and Army Meritorious Service Medals. He also received the George C. Marshall "The White Briefcase" Award as the Distinguished Honor Graduate from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College.
In 2016, Mr. Greco was awarded the Presidential Rank Award, Meritorious Rank, Defense Intelligence Senior Executive Services. As a civil servant, he received the Civilian Meritorious Service Medal, the Superior Service Medal and the Commander's Award for Civilian Service.