Greg Wenzel, Booz Allen Hamilton EVP, Recognized in 2021 Wash100 Award for Driving Defense Solutions; Digital Warfare Capabilities
Executive Mosaic is honored to present Greg Wenzel, executive vice president with Booz Allen Hamilton, as a 2021 Wash100 Award recipient for his thought leadership and for driving defense solutions that support warfightersâ€™ competitive edge in digital warfare.
This marks Wenzelâ€™s third consecutive Wash100 Award. Wenzel received his 2020 Wash100 Award for growing the companyâ€™s revenue through securing valuable contract awards and driving Booz Allenâ€™s modernization initiatives.
â€œGreg Wenzel has reliable written all over him after 32 years at Booz Allen helping to distinguish their defense practice as an industry leader and establishing himself as an industry leading expert,â€ said Jim Garrettson, CEO of Executive Mosaic and founder of the Wash100 Award. â€œGreg is on a three-year streak for the Wash100 Award and continues to drive cutting edge DoD capabilities and expertise in the development of battlefield technology.â€
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With Booz Allen Hamilton, Wenzel leads the companyâ€™s Army business. His primary focus is to help the Army transform and modernize by bringing the best digital, analytic, cyber and engineering services and solutions available to warfighters.
He has a proven track record applying emerging technologies, such as cloud computing and service-oriented architecture, to design, develop, and deliver large-scale, enterprise systems to address transformational business and mission needs.
Wenzelâ€™s strong management and thought leadership have spearheaded new solutions in the defense sector. Notably, Wenzel discussed how modern warfighters need the best information, weapons, and technology to achieve overmatch against near-peer adversaries.
â€œThe U.S. military no longer holds many of the technological and strategic advantages we once enjoyed. Our competitors are catching up, and in some cases, have already caught up,â€ Wenzel said. To support warfighters, open systems and advanced software will enable the defense sector to meet its goal.
â€œWe are now ready not just to regain the technology edge, but to surpass it. We are ready to dominate the arena of information warfare in a new wayâ€”with new tools and a new goal: maintaining superior information as the life blood of the other military operations,â€ Wenzel added.
Additionally, Wenzel addressed how to build a ready, survivable and lethal force. Systems that are open, smart, resilient and secure at the tactical edge will enable warfighters to achieve information dominance in the digital battlespace.
By leveraging technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), edge computing, augmented reality (AR), and virtual reality (VR), the U.S. military will be able to have dominance in the digital battlefield.
â€œIn this era of pervasive information in our personal lives, where everything is connected â€¦ we need to provide the same capability to our fighting force,â€ Wenzel said.
To implement open architectures, Wenzel recommended that defense units should leverage technical reference frameworks to support technical plans and products, train users to adapt in parallel with the new architectures and drive relationships with industry vendors to optimize the implementation.
For the U.S. Army, edge computing has led the service branchâ€™s initiative, â€œDigital Soldier.â€ This defense priority utilizes small, connected sensors that travel with soldiers to enable local data sharing and processing across network participants. Digital Soldier also provides squadrons with rapid information to ensure overmatch and safety.
â€œWhen we think about Digital Soldier, the effect of networking is the n-squaredâ€”and this effect continues to increase as the number of network participants go up,â€ shared Wenzel. â€œAt the end of the day, this ability to compute and process at the point of data capture, without needing to send raw data back for analysis, can save timeâ€”a lifesaving prospect for soldiers in the heat of mission operations.â€
Wenzel said in a July 2020 interview that there is a strong need for a networked force in connection with information warfare. â€œA networked force, thatâ€™s been our problem for years. Having built a lot of military systems, a lot in C4 and mission command, battle command, we build them and buy them in stovepipes. Then we think of integration and connecting after the fact,â€ said Wenzel.
â€œMy whole view â€¦ networking the force really is probably the best thing to achieve overmatch against our adversaries,â€ he added.
Executive Mosaic congratulates Booz Allen Hamilton and Greg Wenzel for his 2021 Wash100 Award. Moving into 2021, Wenzel will continue to drive solutions that support competitive defense solutions across the digital battlefield.