Innovation Day brings latest in technology to warfighters

Here is an article that was posted on the Fort Gordon Globe on October 20, 2017

Innovation Day brings latest in technology to warfighters

The U.S. Army Cyber School and National Conference Services Inc. hosted a Cyberspace and Electronic Warfare Innovation Day Oct. 12 at the Gordon Conference and Catering Center.

Innovation Day is a semiannual event that brings industry and government together in an open forum where they can discuss mission challenges and share ideas for solutions.

All military and civilian personnel from the Fort Gordon community were encouraged to attend.

“It provides easy access for the military to get to them and (industry representatives) have conversations about their capability gaps or to troubleshoot with these companies out here,” Emilee Leichman, NCSI event manager.

Twenty-seven companies participated. Many showcased products and services with live demonstrations and presentations of their latest developments in cyberspace and electronic warfare.

Tony Russillo, C5 Cyber Partners vice president, served in the Army as an infantry officer during the 1990s. His company produces realistic training by using software that puts the warfighter in live-fire environments that mirror the warfighters’ environments.

Sgt. 1st Class Quinton Grant, 551st Signal Battalion, trades ideas with Intellectual Point representatives Jerome Gumbs, center, and Shivani Karikar, taking part in Cyberspace and Electronic Warfare Innovation Day.

Sgt. 1st Class Quinton Grant, 551st Signal Battalion, trades ideas with Intellectual Point representatives Jerome Gumbs, center, and Shivani Karikar, taking part in Cyberspace and Electronic Warfare Innovation Day.

“We try to bring together the best minds – the best technologies – for training and development centered around Cypherpath, which is really the premier virtualization solution out there,” Russillo explained.

Russillo finds fulfillment in arming today’s Servicemembers with what they need to accomplish their missions.

“This is really about being super passionate about bringing warfighters what they need and bringing the premier technology in this space to our country’s defense effort,” Russillo said. “It’s nice to come back on this site and help kind of sculpt a little bit of what the country is doing.”

Shivani Karikar, marketing and sales specialist with Intellectual Point, said her company uses portable equipment to bring cybersecurity training to the government.

Thomas Kupiec, representing SMS Data Products Group, presents a Cyberspace and Electronic Warfare Innovation Day talk titled “The Art of Cyber Intelligence.”

Thomas Kupiec, representing SMS Data Products Group, presents a Cyberspace and Electronic Warfare Innovation Day talk titled “The Art of Cyber Intelligence.”

“The military people, a lot of them cannot go off base for training that’s a few weeks long, so we have portable equipment that we can send our proctors and instructors with,” Karikar said.

The company also gives Servicemembers opportunities to earn continuing education units (CEUs) by taking advantage of classes and informative sessions free of charge.

“We truly believe in making a difference,” Karikar said. “We have events where we can train on something and help them get CEUs, which is another good thing.”

Military personnel also had a chance to earn CEUs by attending any of five seminars during Innovation Day. Each seminar, or “tech talk,” focused on a topic related to the event’s theme: cyberspace and electronic warfare.

The next Innovation Day will be hosted by the U.S. Army Signal School in spring 2018.

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