Video: Air Force CIO Discusses Where DOD Can Improve Warfighter Capabilities

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Technological advancements, digital modernization efforts and increases in funding across the U.S. defense landscape have unlocked new opportunities for delivering better capabilities to our nation’s warfighters. 

In a new exclusive video interview, Executive Mosaic spoke with Lauren Knausenberger, chief information officer for the Department of the Air Force and 2023 Wash100 Award winner, to better understand where the Air Force’s friction points are and how the service is moving through them to improve the user experience for its operators.

Lauren Knausenberger will keynote GovCon Wire’s 3rd Annual Air Force IT Modernization and Transformation Forum on March 21. Register here to join the conversation!

“A lot of the things that are going to enable our warfighters the most are things that we just didn’t invest in for a really long time,” Knausenberger shared. 

For example, Knausenberger said the Air Force is working on ensuring that its users have compliant end points — which means replacing outdated equipment and making sure warfighters have the tools they need to execute their jobs properly.

“We’ve made a lot of progress on that over the last two years,” revealed Knausenberger, nodding to the “fix our computers” movement — the Air Force’s user-fueled IT modernization push which started in early 2022.

Knausenberger said the Air Force is now “making sure that we’re really leveraging our user experience numbers and throwing our next dollar to where we know that we’re going to get better performance for our warfighter.”

“It took a minute to get the money flowing, but it is flowing now,” she added.

Watch more of what Lauren Knausenberger had to say about artificial intelligence, cloud, software, data and more in her video interview — and don’t forget to subscribe to Executive Mosaic’s YouTube channel for more exclusive content featuring the leaders of GovCon.

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