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Call of Duty: How STEM Can Change the Battlefield

With the next generation of warfare taking on the face of a video gamer in the States vs. a camouflage-painted 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 sensor - it's not "virtual reality"; it's the critical engineering prowess needed in the defense world. But maintaining it is proving 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 from the world's second largest defense contractor BAE Systems CIO Michael Bennett why he is touting STEM as the "great equalizer", and how his industry is using social media to attract employees that would take their tech talent to traditionally-digital companies to defense related professions.

Questions Answered

  1. Where is the STEM skills gap? Why aren't there enough students, particularly women and ethnic minorities, in the space?
  2. Why is STEM increasingly important in the military and to defense contractors? What areas, specifically in next-gen warfare like cyber security, are most in need of tech talent?
  3. With activities like drone navigation, aerial reconnaissance, etc., how closely do military video games resemble in-the-field exeperience?
  4. How are traditionally buttoned-up industries like defense recruiting employees in such a dressed-down digital space?
  5. How can you prepare and engage in the STEM field, and how can you help protect those that protect us?

Speakers

Organizer

Michael Bennett BAE Systems, Inc.


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