As a chief AI solutions architect and military-connected family member, Dr. Courtney Crosby knows firsthand that Booz Allen supports the military community from the inside out. Courtney has witnessed a culture that fosters trust among employees from all backgrounds and empowers her to have a voice in solving complex challenges for military clients.
We spoke with Courtney about her professional and personal experiences with the military—and how they have helped shape her meaningful, mission-based career.
Why did you choose to pursue a career at Booz Allen?
Booz Allen valued who I am as a person even before I joined the firm. I knew I made the right choice every time my leadership team unequivocally supported a different reassignment or permanent change of station. They’ve also championed my ideas on how to leverage that transition as a benefit to my career trajectory and the firm’s business.
What do you do in your role at the firm?
I’m currently spearheading innovation and advanced analytics for military clients, particularly in the Command, Control, Computers, Communications, Cyber, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (C5ISR) domain. I also lead operational activities in support of defense efforts to bring artificial intelligence (AI) solutions to the combatant commands and broader Department of Defense enterprise.
It’s rewarding that my work brings emerging capabilities to the warfighter and positions the firm to make the right decisions around how we innovate the military’s use of AI.
How have you applied your experience with the military to your career at Booz Allen?
I have a unique voice in this space given my experience on half a dozen deployments as a contractor with familial links to the military. I use that perspective to translate analytic opportunities into solutions that not only resonate with our clients but make sense operationally.
Over the last decade, I’ve supported several special operations missions, ranging from human terrain to military deception to algorithmic warfare. Now, I’m driving how we operationalize technical solutions for the defense sector by prioritizing mission understanding and tactical awareness of our AI and machine learning programs.
How does Booz Allen support the military and veteran community?
Our resources for employees, like forums, communities of interest, and benefits, are well known. What’s less known is the value placed on the military and veteran community itself to drive thought leadership, shape opportunities, and be vocal about the state of the possible. There’s a lot of trust from leadership placed on my expertise, judgment, and ability to think outside the box. That has made a huge difference in my career fulfillment and happiness.