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Keynote Speaker


Lieutenant General Eric J. Wesley

Deputy Commanding General, Futures / Director, Army Capabilities Integration Center

United States Army Training and Doctrine Command






LTG Wesley was commissioned as an Armor Officer from the United States Military Academy in 1986. He began his career as a Tank Platoon Leader, Scout Platoon Leader, and Battalion Logistics Officer in 2nd Battalion, 70th Armor Regiment, of the 1st Armored Division in Germany. In May 1991, he was assigned to the 1st Infantry Division at Fort Riley, Kansas where he commanded a tank company in 1st Battalion, 34th Armor, until Dec 1993. He then spent three and a half years with the United States Army Special Operations Command during which he deployed in support of OPERATION JOINT GUARD/ENDEAVOR in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

In June of 1998, he was assigned to the 2nd Brigade of the 3rd Infantry Division at Fort Stewart, Georgia, where he served as a Battalion and Brigade Operations Officer and the Brigade Executive Officer. In September 2002, he deployed with 2nd Brigade to OPERATION DESERT SPRING in Kuwait, followed by OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM (OIF) where 2nd Brigade led the 3rd Infantry Division’s attack into Baghdad. Upon redeployment, he led the staff effort to move the division to a modular organization.

LTG Wesley returned to Fort Riley in June 2004 and assumed command of a tank battalion, the 1st Battalion, 13th Armor. He deployed the “13th Tank” back to Iraq conducting combat operations in Baghdad in support of OIF from January 2005 to January 2006. Upon relinquishing command, he remained at Fort Riley serving as the Operations Officer of the 1st Infantry Division until June 2007. One year later, he returned to the “Big Red One” and assumed command of the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division. After command, he deployed to Kabul, Afghanistan serving as Chief of Current Plans for the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in support of OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM. He then served for two years in the White House on the National Security Council as the Director for Afghanistan-Pakistan Policy. He later returned to Afghanistan where he was the Director for Future Plans for ISAF Joint Command in Afghanistan. He then served as the Deputy Commanding General (Support) for the 1st Infantry Division followed by duty on the Army Staff as the Deputy Director for Program Analysis and Evaluation (PAE) for the Army G8. Most recently LTG Wesley served as the Commanding General, U.S. Army Maneuver Center of Excellence and Fort Benning, Georgia.

LTG Wesley’s military education includes the Armor Officer Basic Course, the Armor Officer Advanced Course, and the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. He is a graduate of the National War College, earning a Master’s Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies. LTG Wesley also holds a Master’s Degree in International Relations from Troy State University.

His awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal for Valor, the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, and the Joint Service Commendation Medal. He has also earned the Combat Action Badge, the Parachutist Badge, and the Ranger Tab.

  LTG Wesley and his wife Cynthia have three children: Tyler, Austin and Meredith.


Panel Discussions

Three separate panel discussion will take place to allow Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) from Military, Academia, and the Private Sector to discuss pertinent topics surrounding the Operations Research community. 

Bigger Data Panel

As data science becomes a formal discipline and institutions are wrestling with big data problems, we are on the precipice of a new era of analysis.  Is data science a new discipline or just an extension of Operations Research?  With large, complex data sets becoming more common, how can we utilize tools, techniques, analysis, visualization, etc. to enable Army decision making?

16 Oct, 1030 – 1200


Facilitator: Amber Ferguson, AMSAA


Invited Members

Dr. Alexander Wissner-Gross

Award-winning scientist, engineer, entrepreneur, investor, and author. President and Chief Scientist of Gemedy and holds academic appointments at Harvard and MIT.

Dr. Kirk Borne

Data scientist, public speaker, consultant, astrophysicist, and space scientist.  Principal Data Scientist and Executive Advisor at Booz Allen Hamilton.

Dr. Manuel Vindiola Jr.

Cognitive Scientist in the Computational and Information Sciences Division of the U.S. Army Research Lab.  Research interests in modeling of cognitive processes using high performance computing, hardware accelerators, and neuromorphic and other emerging computational architectures. 



Better Acquisition Panel

With Army senior leader emphasis on a more efficient and more effective acquisition process, we have a unique opportunity to identify areas for improvement in the future force modernization enterprise.  What are those areas and how can we ensure the right equipment is getting into the hands of the Soldiers when they need it? How does our partnership with industry and academia evolve to enable this?

17 Oct, 1045 – 1145


Facilitator: Jennifer Adair, AMSAA


Invited Members

MG Joel Tyler

Commanding General, Army Test and Evaluation Command. Previous assignments include Commanding General, United States Army Joint Modernization Command, Deputy Commanding General of 1st Armored Division, and J-3 for Combined/Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve.

Mr. Stephen G. Barth

Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (Cost and Economics), responsible for Army policy and technical direction of all cost and economic activities. 

COL Robert Ryan

Deputy Director for the Network Cross Functional Team.  Previous assignments include Commander of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team 25th Infantry Division.

Dr. Dale Henderson

Principle Research Scientist at Amazon specializing in Supply Chain Optimization Techniques. Former Operations Research Analyst at Amazon and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Retired Army Officer Operations Research Analyst, served as faculty at West Point.



Stronger Bonds Panel

Operations Research Systems Analysts (ORSAs) are spread throughout Army organizations and provide pivotal insights to Senior Leaders.  As the Army’s organizational structure changes, how do individual organizations, organizational networks and processes evolve to allow the whole community to address Army top priorities?

18 Oct, 0845 – 1000


Facilitator: Kristopher Weygant, AMSAA


Invited Members

BG(P) Karl Gingrich

Director, Capability and Resource Integration, J-8. Previous assignments include Assistant Program Executive Officer for Operations, Readiness, and Fielding, Office of the Program Executive Officer, Command, Control and Communication (Tactical), and Director for Resource Management, Installation Management Command.


Mr. Paul Page

Director of the Decision Support Directorate in the Space and Missile Defense Command Future Warfare Center and Operations Research Analyst. Previous assignments include Chief of the Studies and Analysis Division overseeing the execution of critical Joint and Army studies to include the Tactical Space Protection Study and the Ballistic Missile Defense Planning Order executed for the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Ms. Deirdre Sumpter

Technical Director for the U.S. Army Evaluation Center, responsible for overseeing military programs as part of the acquisition life cycle to keep up with the program/capability/technology changes that may occur along the way and to ensure that decision makers are equipped with the latest information to make an informed decision




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