AI for Aerospace & Defense
AI is profoundly impacting the mission readiness, security, and intelligence operations of the U.S. Department of Defense. Major Slaughter shared how C3 Predictive Maintenance is part of the military’s plan for U.S.A.F. aircraft—including the E-3 Sentry, the C-5 Galaxy, the F-16, and the F-35—to improve operational readiness by 40%. Marc Harrington provided insights into the problems being solved at the F-35 Joint Reprogramming Enterprise, with C3.ai’s help. Terry Carpenter and Mark Nehmer described how the C3 AI Suite is delivering workforce analytics and helping modernize the DoD’s security enterprise.
Major Rob Slaughter
Dr. Robert Slaughter is an active duty major in the U.S. Air Force. He is one of the co-founders of Wheels Up, a program that leverages the capabilities of the C3 AI Suite to rapidly develop and deploy solutions to maintenance professionals at multiple Air Force units across the world.
Dr. Slaughter has been at the U.S. Air Force since 2010. His Air Force career has been focused on discovering and creating ways to work with innovative companies in order to disrupt the traditional mindset and timelines of Department of Defense acquisitions.
Dr. Slaughter holds a BS in space physics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and an MS and PhD in physics from the Air Force Institute of Technology.
Marc A. Harrington is currently serving as the F-35 Joint Program Office Reprogramming Enterprise (JRE) Chief Engineer. Mr. Harrington joined the F-35 Reprogramming Enterprise in 2014, and has built partnerships with industry and established a cross-laboratory technical strategy. From 2010 to 2014, Mr. Harrington led a team at NAVAIR focused on flight avionics for aircraft including the MQ-4C. In 2009 and 2010, Mr. Harrington was a flight test engineer on the MH-60 Seahawk airframe, completing more than 170 test events including 40 hours of flight test.
Previously, Mr. Harrington held roles at Goodrich Aerospace, where he conducted research in wireless sensor technology for aerospace applications, and at Lockheed Martin, as a systems engineer in avionics systems and airframes.
Mr. Harrington holds BS and MS degrees from Clarkson University, and an MBA from Pennsylvania State University.
Terry Carpenter is currently the Program Executive Officer (PEO) for DISA’s National Background Investigation Service (NBIS) and is a member of the Senior Executive Service. He is responsible for the federal-wide IT service used to conduct suitability, security, and credentialing investigations for all federal civilians, military members, and government contractors.
In his 10 years in the Department of Defense Acquisition Corps, Mr. Carpenter has held roles in program management, systems engineering, and business strategy. Previously, he was the President and CEO of NextGenData, Inc., a senior engineer for Verizon, and a U.S. Coast Guard officer. He has conducted research in human–computer interaction and natural language processing, and taught computer science college courses.
Mr. Carpenter has a BS in computer science and mathematics from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and an MS in computer and information science from the University of Delaware.
Mark Nehmer is the (Acting) Director, Research & Development and Technology Transfer for the Defense Security Enterprise (DSE)/Federal Vetting Enterprise (FVE) Program Executive Office (PEO), Defense Security Service (DSS).
The DSS supports national security by securing the nation’s technological base and overseeing the protection of classified information. DSE/FVE PEO is a new organization that enables security and counterintelligence missions across the Department of Defense. Mr. Nehmer has had responsibility for managing projects and initiatives that covered the entire spectrum of technology and process-related activities necessary for establishment of the Defense Vetting Directorate within DSS. He is now responsible for research agenda and technology transfer to program requirements with a focus on practical application of AI and other advanced capabilities.
Mr. Nehmer holds an MBA from Fontbonne University and a BA in economics and history from the University of Michigan.