Reinventing Readiness with Cognitive Technology


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Presented by IBM & the Government Matters Thought Leadership Network


General Gustave “Gus” Perna, Commander of the Army Materiel Command, repeatedly stresses readiness as the Army’s most fundamental priority.

Defined broadly as the ability of the U.S. armed forces to perform their required missions, whether against near-peer or asymmetric threats, “readiness” is shaped by many factors. These include the ability and well-being of military personnel and the availability and performance of military equipment. A critical aspect of the latter includes equipment/asset up time and availability.

Join us for an in-depth discussion with experts from IBM. We’ll explore how the U.S. military can ensure equipment readiness by preventing, rather than responding to, maintenance problems.

Learning Objectives

  • Explore how cognitive technology combined with the Internet of Things (IoT) can help one predict and prevent military equipment degradation or failures.
  • Discuss how the benefits of being “left of problem” and focusing on prevention versus problem solving can save money, time and human resources.
  • Learn how IoT powered analytics can help understand issues, take advantage of warranties, and improve supply chain problems.


Francis Rose Francis Rose, Host, Government Matters, and Panel Moderator

Sam Gordy Sam Gordy, General Manager, US Federal and Government Services, IBM

Kay Murphy Kay Murphy, Global Government Center of Competence, WW Mission Readiness Leader, IBM Global Business Services

Alison Laporte-Oshiro Alison Laporte-Oshiro, Solution Manager, Defense, IBM Watson


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