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Since 2016, the Potomac Officers Club has been hosting multiple events with a focus on the U.S. Army’s major advancements and new requirements as soldiers prepare for a future battlefield encompassing more domains such as cyberspace and requiring more coordination across various military services.

Looking back: Notable POC Army Events

  • The 2016 Army-Department of Defense Forum was an in-person event held in Falls Church, Virginia, where GovCon executives heard about the U.S. Army’s modernization priorities and how industry could help the service branch meet its goals.
  • During the “Future Virtual Battlefield“ online event in July 2020, representatives from the Army and other federal agencies discussed the need for changes in traditional contracting processes to quickly adopt artificial intelligence, cloud computing and other emerging technologies in a digital age.
  • Positioning, navigation and timing experts within the Army and the domestic industry emphasized during the virtual “Ensuring PNT Superiority on the Future Battlefield” event in November 2020 the importance of government-industry cooperation to defend the U.S. Global Positioning System, develop alternative navigation technologies and disrupt adversaries’ PNT capabilities.
  • Amid an increasing reliance on data, Department of Defense officials and company executives met virtually at “Future Battlefield Series: Achieving Spectrum Dominance in the Battlespace” in January 2021 and talked about the potential for public-private collaboration to address challenges the U.S. could face in a contested electromagnetic environment.

Notable POC Army Event Speakers

  • Katharina McFarland

    retired from civil service in 2017 as assistant secretary of defense for acquisition. Her three-decade government service also includes time as service acquisition executive and chief science adviser at the Army, president at the Defense Acquisition University, director for acquisition at the Missile Defense Agency.
  • Stefanie Easter

    is the former principal deputy to the Army assistant secretary for acquisition, logistics and technology and acting secretary for ASA[ALT]. In July 2020, Easter joined Science Applications International Corp. as vice president of strategy and planning for the defense systems group.
  • Glenn “Powder” Carlson

    is president of the Alexandria, Virginia-based Association of Old Crows, a nonprofit professional organization for electronic warfare companies and operators.
  • William Nelson

    oversees Army efforts to deliver navigation warfare capabilities at speed as the director of the service branch’s Assured Positioning, Navigation and Timing/Space Cross-Functional Team. He previously led Army programs for developing space, missile, defense, directed energy and hypersonic weapon technologies.
  • Joe Welch

    is the former deputy program executive officer for command, control and communications-tactical at the Army, where he supervised more than 1,600 personnel who support the service branch’s acquisition programs and efforts. In April 2021, Welch was apromoted to director of the Army Combat Capabilities Development Command C5ISR Center.

Be Part of POC Army Events for GovCon

The Potomac Officers Club holds 12 to 18 events throughout the year to keep GovCon executives informed about government technology programs and acquisition priorities.
Click here to view POC’s full calendar and sign up for upcoming Army events.


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