Brig. Gen. Pete Palmer, U.S. Army retired

Director, EDGE® Innovation Network

As director of the EDGE Innovation Network, Pete is responsible for leading the EDGE Innovation Network Enterprise and is a key contributor to new project development within the EDGE. He is also develops long-range strategy objectives to ensure continued growth of the EDGE network.

Prior to joining General Dynamics Mission Systems, Pete performed over 32 years of active service as a commissioned officer in the United States Army, retiring in 2009 as a Brigadier General. His experience in the Army includes a wide range of assignments in the Infantry, both stateside and abroad.

His Joint and Coalition experiences include four tours in NATO (Germany), SHAPE during Kosovo conflict, Dpty Commander TF Falcon in KOSOVO, Commander the Battle Command Training Program (BCTP) at the Combined Arms Center at Fort Leavenworth, Kan. BCTP is a simulation based virtual training environment focusing on training Brigade, Division and Army Commanders and Staff in Joint and Coalition mission command, C4ISR systems and processes. His most recent Joint and Coalition experience was in 2004-5 as Brigadier General, serving as deputy chief of staff for strategic plans and later as deputy Chief of staff for operations for the Multi-national Force in Operation Iraqi Freedom. As deputy Chief of staff for operations he served under MG Molan, Australian Army.

In 2005, Pete was assigned to serve as the Director of Accelerated Capabilities Development for the Army Capabilities Integration Center (ARCIC) at Fort Monroe, Va. He managed a broad capabilities development portfolio with responsibility for the development and integration of Department of the Army future and current fight capabilities documents as well as Science and Technology capability documents for the Army and Joint and Multi-National forces.

Pete was also instrumental in championing the Army’s recent push into understanding and improving the relationship between the Soldier and technology. This is one aspect of the Human Dimension (HD) capabilities development initiative that encompasses the moral, physical, and cognitive components of Soldier development and performance.

Pete’s experience as a thought leader in Human Dimension has kept him at the forefront of technology discovery and allowed him to interact with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), industry and academia. He is applying this experience to move the EDGE Innovation Network to the next level, keeping it at the forefront of understanding the technology gaps warfighters face and developing new ways for the warfighter to assess and manage information.

Pete received his bachelors of science in electrical engineering and computer science from the United States Military Academy and a masters of arts in National Securities studies from the University of California San Bernardino. He also has two masters of military arts and science in operation and operational art from the US Army Command and General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth, Kan. Pete is based in Scottsdale, Ariz.