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Mad Scientist Speaker Series: Megacities and Dense Urban Areas

Fri, 02/19/2016 - 1:25pm

Mad Scientist Speaker Series: Megacities and Dense Urban Areas

Please join the TRADOC G2 for an online discussion of the Megacities and Dense Urban Areas in 2025 and Beyond with Frank Prautzsch on 23 February 1400 EST.  Mr. Prautzsch will present for about 50 minutes, followed by a Q&A session.


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In his current role as President of Velocity Technology Partners LLC, Mr. Prautzsch  (LTC, Ret. Signal Corps) is recognized as a technology and business leader known for exposing or crafting innovative technology solutions for the DoD, SOF, DHS and Intelligence community.  His focus is upon innovation and not invention.  His waking moments are spent in the process of identifying and contriving use cases for global commercial technologies that the government is unaware of, or at best has yet to assume a use case for that could support their needs.  Prior to his own consulting program, Mr. Prautzsch served as the Sr. VP for Government Programs for ORBCOMM, the Director of the Raytheon Rapid Initiatives Group (RIG),  and Director of Army Requirements for Hughes Space and Communications Company

While on active duty in the US Army, Mr. Prautzsch held a variety of Command, Staff, and Engineering positions.  He served on numerous Joint Task Force, Army, and contingency missions across all operational environments and was instrumental in defining many of the Army’s MILSATCOM concepts of operations and doctrine used today.  He was the Secretary of the Army’s selection to Lead the DoD MILSATCOM Architecture under the DoD Space Architect.  During this process, he was instrumental in formulating a $42B investment plan for wideband, protected and narrowband communications for the Nation.

Mr. Prautzsch  holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point, is a distinguished graduate of the Marine Corps Signal Advanced Course, Army Airborne School, Ranger School, and Command and General Staff College.  He attended Raytheon’s University of Chicago Business Development School, and is Six Sigma qualified.  He also holds a Master of Science Degree from Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California with a degree in Systems Technology (C3) and Space.

Frank will highlight his thoughts on Mega City Operations in 2040, highlighting some, but certainly not all, key issues and points that must always be considered across a continuum of missions.  In addition he will focus on some example technologies that could or should support U.S. Army operations in Mega City missions, and/or recognize the likelihood that there are no limitations to a threat doing the same.

This talk is part of TRADOC's Mad Scientist initiative.  Mad Scientist comprises a series of events to help the Army think about the evolution of the Operational Environment (OE), the effects of all aspects of technology on the future of Armed Conflict, continuously learn, adapt, and innovate, and allow for broader engagement in problem solving.  The current series is focused on the Megacities and Dense Urban Areas in 2025 and Beyond.

This presentation is UNCLASSIFIED and open to the public.

Categories: Mad Scientist