In May 2023, the War College hosted the second annual Strategic Landpower Symposium. Bringing together students, scholars and practitioners, the symposium presented senior leaders with original research and recommendations for the application of landpower to achieve national objectives. Included within the symposium were the findings of the Army War College Strategic Landpower Integrated Research Project, an effort of eleven members of the Class of 2023 in support of Army senior leader priorities. A BETTER PEACE has organized four podcast episodes with those students to discuss their projects, their relationship to the Strategic Landpower Symposium and possible implications for the future of U.S. security policy. In the virtual studio for this second episode are Jessicah Garrett-Somssich and Andrew Sinden. They join podcast editor Ron Granieri to discuss the ever-growing realms of artificial intelligence (AI) and additive manufacturing (AM). Their conversation covers the concepts of building trust in technology, differences in generational acceptance and where to accept risk in the name of innovation to maximize the value of AI and AM in the Army.
The technology will come, how do we get the people there and what are the things we can do to prime the pump to actually be ready as an organization to take advantage of the technology?
Jessicah Garrett-Somssich is a lieutenant colonel and a Chemical and Logistics officer in the Kentucky Army National Guard and a member of the Strategic Landpower in the 21st Century Integrated Research Project. She is a graduate of the AY23 Resident Course at the U.S. Army War College.
Andrew Sinden is a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army and a member of the Strategic Landpower in the 21st Century Integrated Research Project. He was a Task Force Senior at the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk and, before that, the Division Operations Officer for the 10th Mountain Division in Afghanistan. He is a graduate of the AY23 Resident Course at the U.S. Army War College.
Ron Granieri is Professor of History at the U.S. Army War College and the Editor of A BETTER PEACE.
The views expressed in this presentation are those of the speakers and do not necessarily reflect those of the U.S. Army War College, U.S. Army, or Department of Defense.
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