Leadership Connect held a webinar on reskilling the DOD workforce to keep up with new technologies with two expert panelists:
Katharine Kelley: Deputy Chief of Space Operations for Human Capital, U.S. Space Force
Tammy Krum: Cyber Testing Branch Head, U.S. Navy
The panelists, moderated by Leadership Connect’s very own Alan Thomas, discussed how their organizations strategize and implement policies to ensure that their personnel keep up to date on new technologies, while also taking us through how they seek out very niche types of employees to promote innovation and expansion within the DOD.
Here are some key takeaways from the discussion regarding what is important when it comes to making lasting progress in the DOD:
- People: Put in the work to attract people with an aptitude to learn and actively fight “skill atrophy.”
- Advancements: Never shy away from being the new thing in a stagnant ecosystem.
- Academia: Invest in relationships that bring young people with cyber and technology skills into your organization.
- Collaboration and communication: Work with your people to figure out the best strategies for upskilling and reskilling new technology to promote retention and comradery.
Let’s take a closer look into each of these topics: