"The EDGE Innovation Network" - LA Chapter Mtg
Friday 18 July, 7:30 AM 2014 to 9:00 AM 2014
1900 Avenue of the Stars, Los Angeles, CA, 90067 (View Map)

"The EDGE Innovation Network"

Guest Presenter:
Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Pete Palmer
Supported by General Dynamics C4 Systems, the EDGE Innovation Network is an open community model where industry, academia, non-profit and government organizations can collaborate to rapidly deliver new technologies and innovative capabilities to warfighters, homeland security professionals and first responders.  Membership is free.

For customers and end users, the EDGE provides a forum for "idea incubation" on the art of the possible and affordable using emerging technologies. To create this "idea incubation", the EDGE draws from a broad range of technologies that are often not visible to government agencies. The outcome is a larger set of potential solutions.

For members, e.g., small and mid-size companies, the EDGE Innovation Network can potentially increase business opportunities in the government sector and industry by focusing research investments on technology and capabilities that customers and users truly need.

The EDGE focuses investments on the most current and emerging technology available.

Technology is changing faster than most requirements can be written. Pressure to reduce budgets persists making it critical to hone investments on emerging technologies and to insert relevant technologies that users demand as opportunities present themselves.

The open, collaborative environment of the EDGE helps industry and academia members to better understand user needs and more rapidly develop emerging technologies in a very flexible,agile nature.

The EDGE offers significant benefits to government and end users based on three key tenets: end user involvement, honest-brokerage, and its human centered design process. EDGE customers and end users provide continuous feedback and thought leadership in shaping existing and future requirements and assisting with product improvements. Focused collaboration among a broad network of EDGE members and EDGE Innovation Network centers leads to rapid development of new technologies and innovative capabilities.

The bottom line is a best value approach to getting new capabilities and technologies into the hands of users and operators (including warfighters, homeland security professionals and first responders) quickly at a reduced cost and with the lowest risk possible.

The EDGE consists of five key components:

* User/Customers - define urgent needs/gaps in technology and
  capabilities that need to be filled
* Network of Members - includes industry, academia and non-profit
  organizations that establish solutions that are mapped to user
  and customer needs/gaps
* Network of EDGE Innovation Centers - support rapid prototyping
  and integration of capabilities through facilities, Subject Matter
  Experts (SMEs), tools and other resources
* Knowledge Management System (KMS) - supports the intelligent
  mapping of gaps/needs to solution providers and seekers through
  a database and analysis tools
* EDGE Processes - Visioneering, Human Center Design, Calls for
  Innovation and personalized networking by EDGE Staff Members

Guest Presenter

As director of the EDGE Innovation Network, Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Pete Palmer is responsible for leading the EDGE Innovation Network Enterprise and is a key contributor to new project development within the EDGE.  He is also develops long-range strategy objectives to ensure continued growth of the EDGE network.

Prior to joining General Dynamics C4 Systems, Pete performed over 32 years of active service as a commissioned officer in the United States Army, retiring in 2009 as a Brigadier General.  His experience in the Army includes a wide range of assignments in the Infantry, both stateside and abroad.

His Joint and Coalition experiences include four tours in NATO (Germany), SHAPE during Kosovo conflict, Dpty Commander TF Falcon in KOSOVO, Commander the Battle Command Training Program (BCTP) at the Combined Arms Center at Fort Leavenworth, Kan.  BCTP is a simulation based virtual training environment focusing on training Brigade, Division and Army Commanders and Staff in Joint and Coalition mission command, C4ISR systems and processes.  His most recent Joint and Coalition experience was in 2004-5 as Brigadier General, serving as deputy chief of staff for strategic plans and later as deputy Chief of staff for operations for the Multi-national Force in Operation Iraqi Freedom.  As deputy Chief of staff for operations he served under MG Molan, Australian Army.

In 2005, Pete was assigned to serve as the Director of Accelerated Capabilities Development for the Army Capabilities Integration Center (ARCIC) at Fort Monroe, Va.  He managed a broad capabilities development portfolio with responsibility for the development and integration of Department of the Army future and current fight capabilities documents as well as Science and Technology capability documents for the Army and Joint and Multi-National forces.  

Pete was also instrumental in championing the Army's recent push into understanding and improving the relationship between the Soldier and technology. This is one aspect of the Human Dimension (HD) capabilities development initiative that encompasses the moral, physical, and cognitive components of Soldier development and performance.

Pete's experience as a thought leader in Human Dimension has kept him at the forefront of technology discovery and allowed him to interact with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), industry and academia. He is applying this experience to move the EDGE Innovation Network to the next level, keeping it at the forefront of understanding the technology gaps warfighters face and developing new ways for the warfighter to assess and manage information.

Pete received his bachelors of science in electrical engineering and computer science from the United States Military Academy and a masters of arts in National Securities studies from the University of California San Bernardino. He also has two masters of military arts and science in operation and operational art from the US Army Command and General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth, Kan.  

Pete is based in Scottsdale, Ariz.

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