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Saturday, March 9 • 9:00am - 9:30am
Call of Duty: How STEM Can Change the Battlefield

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With the next generation of warfighters taking on the face of a video gamer in the States vs. a camouflaged soldier in the battlefield, STEM skills are increasingly important to today’s military in order to continue protecting those that protect us. Activity-based intelligence, IT security infrastructure, drone navigation, “invisible” armor, aerial sensors – it’s not “virtual reality”; it’s the critical engineering needed in the defense world. But maintaining it is proving to be a challenge. It’s not just that talent is going elsewhere; there’s a considerable lack of female and minority representation in the field. Hear why defense company BAE Systems CIO Michael Bennett is touting STEM as the “great equalizer”, and how his industry is using social media to attract employees to defense-related professions that would typically take their tech talent to traditionally-digital companies.


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Michael Bennett

@Michael Bennett is Senior Vice President of Information Management and the Chief Information Officer of BAE Systems responsible for all BAE Systems, Inc. IT policy, security and execution. He also leads the development and implementation of information technology strategy across... Read More →

Saturday March 9, 2013 9:00am - 9:30am CST
Hilton Austin Downtown 500 E 4th St, Austin, TX 78701

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