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Summary | 3rd Annual Artificial Intelligence Summit | Potomac Officers Club



Over the past few years, AI has advanced technology that will change aspects of defense, security and intelligence across the federal and industry sectors, as well as the character of the future battlefield. It is more vital than ever before that AI standards provide a globally-accepted road map for AI-ready digital modernization, AI acquisition best practices and automated AI testing and assurance.During Potomac Officers Club’s 3rd Annual AI Summit, notable federal and industry leaders will meet to discuss how to advance technology at speed as well as how private-public partnerships are critical to maintain the competitive advantage within the technology race. The summit will also foster discussions on how collaboration with civilian agencies and international allies is vital to develop and implement AI standards that promote interoperability, dependability and trustworthiness, by addressing societal and ethical issues, governance and privacy policies and principles.Join Potomac Officers Club for the 3rd Annual AI Summit to learn about the progress, innovations and accomplishments of automation over the last year, what challenges remain, and how industry can help in 2021 and beyond.


March 30, 2021
8:00am - 12:30pm
Eastern Time Zone






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Who Are the Speakers?

  • Ed Mays

    Mr. Mays is the Executive Director for the Enterprise Data Management and Engineering Division (EDME), Office of Information Technology. Prior to this appointment, he served a nearly 30-year career in the U.S. Marine Corps in Command, Acquisition Program Management, Logistics, Software Development, Information Technology, Acquisition Education, Planning, Programming, and Budget and Execution. Mr. Mays began his career with a BS from the University of Florida in 1984. He then worked in logistics billets while stationed at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, and then became the Program Objective Memorandum (POM) Officer at the Marine Corps Combat Development Command in Quantico, Virginia. There he created the Asset Tracking for Logistics and Supply System - a major Marine Corps logistics system that has been used in the Marine Corps for over 25 years. In 1997, Col. Mays graduated from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School with a master's in computer science. He served as an Assistant Program Manager and Marine Corps Liaison Officer to several programs in the U.S. Army's Program Executive Office for Intelligence Electronics Warfare & Sensors (IEW&S) and the U.S. Army's Program Executive Office for Command, Control, and Communications-Tactical (PEO C3T). Mr. Mays held several positions including Quarter Master and Logistics Officer at Marine Barracks, Washington, D.C. He used program management to facilitate historic structure modernization and led the planning and designing for the new Marine Barracks Annex and Band Support Facility. In 2005, Mr. Mays served as an Acquisition Professor in the Program Management and Leadership Department at the Defense Acquisition University. He taught acquisition to the Afghan National Army Acquisition Agency in Kabul. In 2008, he became the Operations Assessment Officer for Multinational Forces – West (MNF-W), Al Anbar, Iraq, where he played a substantive role in the return of Anbar Province to the government of Iraq. Later, he became the Director for Product Group-10, executing almost $1 billion annually through procuring all enterprise software and hardware for the Marine Corps Enterprise Network (MCEN). In 2012, he accepted a position as the Assistant Commander, Acquisition Logistics and Product Support, at Marine Corps Systems Command.

  • David Tremper

    Mr. Tremper is the Director for Electronic Warfare (EW) supporting the Platforms and Weapons Portfolio Manager (P&WPM) in the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment (OUSD (A&S)). In this role, he is the U.S. Department of Defense’s senior leader providing guidance and advocacy for U.S. development, acquisition and sustainment of EW capabilities and systems. Prior to OUSD (A&S), Mr. Tremper served as a program manager at the Defense Applied Research Project Agency (DARPA) from 2017-2020 and at the Office of Naval Research from 2008-2017. Within both organizations he created and managed applied research programs in the areas of Electronic Warfare, Counter-Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (C-ISR) and Positioning, Navigation and Timekeeping (PNT) for both stand-alone and networked systems applications. He led the development and successful transition of new electronic support (ES), electronic attack (EA), electronic protection (EP) and PNT capabilities into surface, submarine, air and ground platforms for anti-ship missile defense (ASMD), C-ISR, suppression of enemy air defense (SEAD), counter-improvised explosive device (C-IED), platform protection and passive-targeting operations, including the use of both manned and unmanned platforms. Mr. Tremper served as an electronics engineer and section head at the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) in the Tactical Electronic Warfare Division from 2002-2008. There he developed and integrated EW payloads into a variety of platforms, both manned and unmanned, as well as researched and applied biologically inspired swarming concepts to Naval EW operations.Mr. Tremper has received numerous awards including both the Department of the Navy Meritorious and Superior Civilian Service Awards, the ONR Future Naval Capability (FNC) Program Manager of the Year Award and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Scientific Achievement Award. He currently serves as the OSD-appointed, Member-at-Large for EW to the NATO Science and Technology Organization (STO) Systems, Concepts and Integration (SCI) panel, as well as the Chairman of the SCI Integrated Survivability sub-panel.Mr. Tremper received his Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Catholic University of America (CUA) and his Master of Science in electrical engineering from Clarkson University with additional coursework following his Master’s degree at both Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) and CUA. He served as an adjunct professor at CUA in electrical engineering from 2004-2008.

  • Steve Escaravage

    Steven Escaravage is a leader in Booz Allen’s digital, analytics, and strategy practice, serving clients across the defense, civil, and intelligence sectors. He leads the development and delivery of analytics solutions for a wide range of client missions including intelligence exploitation, surveillance, fraud detection and mitigation, and inspection optimization. Steve also leads Booz Allen’s population health surveillance capability, Epidemico℠, and serves as a member of JOOL Health’s board of directors.

    Over the course of his career, Steve has served in delivery oversight and leadership roles in Booz Allen’s defense, health, energy, commercial, and international businesses. He led the transformation of Booz Allen’s Food and Drug Administration support portfolio from traditional systems integration provider to industry-leading strategy, technology, and analytics partner. He also led the design and implementation of Booz Allen’s machine learning and data management solutions for commercial financial institutions, commercial pharmaceutical manufacturers, and the Department of Veterans Affairs.

    Steve has previously served as modeling and simulation integrated product team lead for a large defense acquisition program, as a data science subject matter expert for a court-appointed monitor, and as analytics lead for an oil and gas production monitoring program.

    Steve is an expert in applied mathematics, risk-based optimization, and data mining. He holds an M.S. in operations research from George Mason University and a B.A. in mathematics from Rutgers University.

  • Graham Gilmer

    Graham Gilmer is an analytics leader, focused on research and client delivery in the areas of machine learning, deep learning, artificial intelligence (AI), and high-performance computing. He leads a team that delivers innovative AI capabilities for defense and intelligence clients.

    In this role, Graham is the primary hub for Booz Allen's work supporting AI initiatives across the Department of Defense (DoD). He is also the technical lead for investments in processing, exploitation, and dissemination modernization, seeking to incorporate advanced algorithmic techniques, automation, and machine learning to transform intelligence analysis. Graham established the firm’s relationship with NVIDIA Corporation, setting the strategy and bilateral engagement to bring next-generation computing technology to the Federal Government.

    Graham has more than a decade of experience supporting the DoD and other U.S. Government agencies. His background includes experience in operations research, portfolio management, and modeling and simulation. He helped found and launch Booz Allen’s RealTime Analytics service offering, creating the Polaris™ and Argo™ software tools that are prevalent on dozens of engagements across the Federal Government and commercial industry today.

    Graham was a 2009 Booz Allen Excellence Award winner for innovation for his modeling work on the U.S. Navy Design for Affordability engagement, as well as a 2012 BEA finalist for the RealTime Analytics suite of offerings.

    Graham earned a B.S. in management science and engineering from Stanford University.

  • William Scherlis

    Dr. William Scherlis assumed the role of office director for DARPA’s Information Innovation Office (I2O) in September 2019. In this role he leads program managers in the development of programs, technologies, and capabilities to ensure information advantage for the United States and its allies, and coordinates this work across the Department of Defense and U.S. government.

    Scherlis joined DARPA from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), where he is a professor of computer science. He served for 12 years as director of CMU's Institute for Software Research (ISR), overseeing research and educational programs related to software development, cybersecurity, privacy engineering, Internet of Things, network analysis, mobility, systems assurance, and other topics. During 2012 and early 2013 he was the acting chief technology officer for the Software Engineering Institute, a Department of Defense FFRDC at CMU.

    Earlier in his career, Scherlis served as a program manager and later in the Senior Executive Service at DARPA, developing programs in areas such as software technology, computer security, and information infrastructure. At DARPA, he also participated in the initiation of the High Performance Computing and Communications (HPCC) program (now NITRD) and in defining the concept for CERT-like security organizations, hundreds of which now operate in more than 90 countries.

    Scherlis has led multiple national studies including the National Research Council study committee that produced the report “Critical Code: Software Producibility for Defense” in 2010. He also served multiple terms as a member of DARPA’s Information Science and Technology Study Group. He has been an advisor to major technology firms, defense companies, and venture investors, and has served as program chair for a number of technical conferences including the ACM Foundations of Software Engineering Symposium and the ACM Symposium on Partial Evaluation and Program Manipulation. He is a fellow of the IEEE and a Lifetime National Associate of the National Academy of Sciences.

    Scherlis joined the CMU faculty after completing an undergraduate degree in applied mathematics at Harvard University, a year in the Department of Artificial Intelligence at the University of Edinburgh as a John Knox Fellow, and a doctorate program in computer science at Stanford University. His personal research relates to software assurance, cybersecurity, software analysis, and assured safe concurrency.

  • Charles Johnson-Bey

    Dr. Charles Johnson-Bey is a leader in global organizational change for Booz Allen’s commercial and defense clients. Based out of our Belcamp, Maryland, office, he develops and executes innovative resilience strategies that reflect evolving markets and technology dynamics.Charles has more than 25 years of engineering experience spanning cyber resilience, signal processing, system architecture, prototyping, and hardware. In leading our engineering and science community, he inspires leaders and promotes innovation, collaboration, and sharing of intellectual capital across the firm.Prior to joining Booz Allen, he was a research engineer at Corning Incorporated and Motorola Corporate Research Labs and taught electrical engineering at Morgan State University. He also worked at Lockheed Martin Corporation for 17 years, where he galvanized the company’s cyber resources and led research and development activities with organizations including Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Microsoft Research, and the GE Global Research Center.Charles serves on the Whiting School of Engineering Advisory Board and the Electrical and Computer Engineering Advisory Committee, both at Johns Hopkins University. He is also on the Cybersecurity Institute Advisory Board for the Community College of Baltimore County.Charles received both an M.S. and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Delaware and a B.S. in electrical and computer engineering from Johns Hopkins University.

  • Ellen Purdy

    Mrs. Ellen M. Purdy currently serves as the Director, Initiatives & Analysis in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Research & Engineering). She is responsible for financial and technical oversight leading to rapid development of fieldable prototypes and capability. Her efforts address emerging needs in spectrum access, autonomy, communications, sensing, and electronic warfare. She also leads the $500M Spectrum Access R&D Program.Mrs. Purdy assesses resilience of new capabilities against adaptive adversaries. She fosters collaborative engagement with traditional defense industry, non-traditional commercial sector organizations, and academia to pursue innovative solutions. Pursuits range from enhancing commercially available technology to military unique, solid state, software reconfigurable technology solutions. Mrs. Purdy joined Research & Engineering in 2010 and served as DeputyDirector for the Joint Capability Technology Demonstrations (JCTD) Office, developing anddeploying operational solutions in support of Combatant Commands worldwide.Previously, Mrs. Purdy served as the Enterprise Director, Joint Ground Robotics where she had oversight of Department-wide unmanned ground systems, strategic planning for ground robotics and annual RDT&E funding for ground robotic technology development. During her tenure, Mrs. Purdy secured Congressional support and Undersecretary of Defense (Acquisition, Technology & Logistics) approval for a multiyear Other Transaction Agreement (OTA) with the Robotics Technology Consortium that continues today. This unique approach with industry resulted in rapid transition of technologies into a ground robotics inventory that grew from under 600 systems to over 6000 during her tenure.Prior to her robotics assignment, Mrs. Purdy served in the US Army Program Management Office,Future Combat Systems Brigade Combat Team in a variety of positions including Director, Combined Test Organization; Deputy Director, Combined Test Organization; Manager, Test, Analysis, Modeling and Simulation; and Integrated Product Team Lead for Integrated Simulationand Test.Mrs. Purdy earned a BS degree in Chemical Engineering, Masters degree in Engineering Management, and a Massachusetts Institute of Technology Seminar XXI Fellowship. Additional service includes the Advisory Board for the Virginia Center for Autonomous Systems, VirginiaPolytechnic Institute and State University; an elected member of the Board of Directors, Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI); the Board of Advisors, VirginiaModeling and Simulation Center, Old Dominion University; and elected member of the City of Manassas School Board. Her awards include 2 Superior Civilian Service Award medals, 2 Commander’s Award for Civilian Service medals, and the Achievement Medal for Civilian Service.Mrs. Purdy has authored over 20 published technical and journal reports, and periodical articles.

  • Ellen Lord

    Senate Confirmed in August 2017, the Honorable Ellen M. Lord currently serves as the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment (A&S). In this capacity, she is responsible to the Secretary of Defense for all matters pertaining to acquisition; developmental testing; contract administration; logistics and materiel readiness; installations and environment; operational energy; chemical, biological, and nuclear weapons; the acquisition workforce; and the defense industrial base.Prior to this appointment, from October 2012 – June 2017, Ms. Lord served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Textron Systems Corporation, a subsidiary of Textron Inc. In this role, she led a multi-billion dollar business with a broad range of products and services supporting defense, homeland security, aerospace, infrastructure protection, and customers around the world.Ms. Lord has more than 30 years of experience in the defense industry, serving in a variety of capacities, to include Senior Vice President and General Manager of Textron Defense Systems, now Weapon & Sensor Systems; and Senior Vice President and General Manager of AAI Corporation, now known as Textron Systems’ Electronic Systems, Support Solutions, and Unmanned Systems businesses. Earlier in her career, Ms. Lord served as Vice President of Integration Management for Textron Systems and Vice President of Intelligent Battlefield Systems for Textron Defense Systems, in addition to other business and operations positions.Ms. Lord is a former Vice Chairman of the National Defense Industrial Association, as well as a former Director of the U.S. – India Business Council. She has served on the industry steering committee for the Center for New American Security’s (CNAS) task force on “Strategy, Technology and the Global Defense Industry,” as well as CNAS’s DoD-Industry collaborative project “Future Foundry: Forging New Industries for Defense,” which was formed to examine key technological trends and challenges facing the global defense industry. Ms. Lord has also served on the Board of Trustees of the U.S. Naval Institute Foundation.Ms. Lord earned a Master of Science degree in chemistry from the University of New Hampshire, as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in chemistry from Connecticut College.

  • Peter Gallagher

    Major General Peter A. Gallagher serves as the Director of the Network Cross-Functional Team. As part of the Army’s six modernization priorities, he is responsible for the focused integration of network, command, control, communications and intelligence to enable mission command across the tactical network. MG Gallagher spent the majority of his career providing communications support to Conventional and Special Operations Forces throughout the world. He has served as a Director within the Chief Information Officer (CIO)/G-6, Deputy Commanding General and later Commanding General Army Network Enterprise Technology Command (NETCOM). Other assignments include Deputy Director of the Pakistan-Afghanistan Coordination Cell, International Security and Assistance Force-Afghanistan CJ-6, Executive Officer to the CIO/G-6, and Director, J-6 in United States Central Command (US CENTCOM). A native of Pittsburg, Kansas, MG Gallagher joined the Army in 1986 and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics, as well as a Master’s degree in National Security Strategy from the National War College.