U.S. Army’s ‘Mad Scientist’ Conference Will Take Place At Georgetown University July 25/26

David Maxwell Notes That:  The Army’s Mad Scientist Conference will take place on 25-26 July at Georgetown (the downtown School of Continuing Studies campus).  The actual page with links to the agenda, bios, and other conference information can be found here: http://www.tradoc.army.mil/watch/

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What is Mad Scientist?

Mad Scientist is a TRADOC G-2 initiative that enables continuous dialogue between Joint military, international partners, academia, policy institutions, and private sector organizations to help the Army explore the evolution of the Operational Environment (OE) through the year 2050. Mad Scientist also seeks to examine the effects of all aspects of technology on the far future of armed conflict.

Mad Scientist allows for continuously learning, adaptation, and innovation and allows for broad engagement in problem solving. Mad Scientist supports understanding the future OE and the underlying technology evolution to support the Campaign of Learning, 2025 Maneuvers, science and technology (S&T) investments, and capability development for the Army. Mad Scientist embraces open discourse, and embraces a desire for a clean slate approach to problem solving with no pre-conceptions, no attempts to justify programs or budgets.


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Welcome to the livestreaming page for Mad Scientist 2017: Visualizing Multi-Domain Battle 2030-2050

July 25-26, 2017
Georgetown University
Washington D.C.

This Mad Scientist conference partners U.S. Army TRADOC G-2 with Georgetown University  to discuss the following questions:

  1. What are the characteristics of the multi-domain battle of 2050?
  2. How will the roles of Leaders and Soldiers be different on this battlefield?
  3. What are potential ethical dilemmas created by emerging technologies?
  4. What are the most disruptive technologies on this battlefield; when will they be able to be militarized to scale?
  5. What effects do characteristics of a dense urban environment and “smart cities” have on military operations and objectives beyond the ground level?

Leading scientists, innovators and scholars from throughout academia, industry and government will gather to discuss the evolution of the Operational Environment (OE) through 2050.

Please see the agenda below for the full schedule of events and topics. You are invited to watch the presentations and participate in the question and answer sessions by using the video feed and chat box that will be available on this page during the event.

David S. Maxwell
Associate Director

Center for Security Studies
The Walsh School of Foreign Service
Georgetown University
Office: 202-687-3834
Cell: 703-300-8263
Twitter: @davidmaxwell161

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