Army Scientist Aims to Shape Future Leaders
An Army scientist has the unique ability to shape both the scientific capabilities and also the leaders of the future Army.
Dr. Michael Brodsky is part of a visiting science program at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Brodsky, from the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command's Army Research Laboratory at Adelphi, Maryland, spent the past year teaching a calculus-based physics course to cadets in New York. His class is a foundation for subsequent studies in engineering and science and demonstrates military application and relevance of the fundamental physics concepts.
Brodsky has been part of the academy’s Department of Physics and Nuclear Engineering, where many of his teaching colleagues are Army officers. They have shared their insights from infantry, armor, aviation, field artillery, engineer and other Army branches. Likewise, Brodsky and previous visiting scientists from the lab have educated their peers on how Army scientists and engineers are operationalizing science to achieve transformational overmatch.
The faculty at the academy said relationships with the civilian technical workforce are invaluable. Brodsky said Soldiers’ perspectives are critical to Army scientists and technologists.
Brodsky joined the laboratory in 2014 to start a research effort in quantum communications and networks. At the time, the DOD recognized the need to build up local expertise in quantum information science, quantum communication and computing across the tri-service labs. Since then, the research program he built has been exploring potential uses of quantum networks and inventing methods and techniques of implementing secure and reliable quantum information transfer. Read more.