Accelerating Technology Adoption in Government

Accelerated Readiness: Elevating Human Performance

Throughout government, collaboration to address urgent mission demands across the Department of Defense (DOD) and healthcare is helping cut the time needed to adopt emerging technology. From first responders to frontline warfighters, the opportunities for human performance technologies to accelerate training and recovery are immense. Let’s use the example of the warfighter to dig deeper. Stresses on the warfighter today—from longer and more frequent deployments and higher levels of fatigue and sleep loss to worsening injury risks and cognitive challenges—are hindering the preparedness of DOD forces to execute missions.

An increasingly effective way to accelerate readiness is with human performance technologies that provide the support tactical athletes need to excel. Recent advances in wearable devices, AI, and extended reality are enabling solutions that help warfighters and first responders sustain high levels of physical and mental resilience. In this arena, technology adoption success shows the value of leveraging the full strength of the national tech ecosystem and compressing lifecycle phases like testing and mission customization into a single process. This approach is bringing insight-driven readiness to the mission faster—all to mitigate injury risks, speed recovery time, and deliver holistic assists to warfighters’ cognitive and overall wellbeing.

Use Case: DOD Warrior Games Challenge

The latest generation of health trackers enables individuals to operate at their best through unlimited access to key data—and mission applications are rapidly coming into focus. One example: In June 2023, Booz Allen served as a tech integrator for the DOD Warrior Games Challenge in San Diego, California. In collaboration with Oura, a leading developer of wearable technologies, Booz Allen human performance experts helped veteran athlete participants use Oura Rings to gather and analyze metrics about their sleep quantity and quality, readiness, and recovery. The collaboration between Booz Allen and Oura demonstrated how partnerships between industry and leading commercial tech innovators can help bring emerging technology to life, as solutions are tested and optimized side by side with DOD in a host of mission-relevant environments.

Leading up to and throughout the Warrior Games Challenge, athletes, coaches, and medical providers were provided with team summaries of biometric facts, including quantitative outputs on sleep, readiness predictors such as resting heart rate (RHR) and nocturnal heart-rate variability (HRV), and qualitative reports from athletes on key human performance indicators (e.g., physical, pain, nutrition, energy). This feedback was provided to help equip support staff and athletes with critical information on readiness, recovery, and performance optimization strategies pre-, during, and post-games.

Through interview statements during the Challenge, many participants shared that they drew parallels with how these readiness insights would apply in training for real-world conflict. In broader use, organizations can blend this type of data snapshot into dashboards that support large-scale decision making about training, deployment, and overall force fitness. Measuring and improving training protocols in this way—with a holistic, flexible, and realistic technology platform—is quickly emerging as the future of accelerated readiness strategies.

“Booz Allen is proud to be the leading provider of analytics-driven training solutions to DOD to enhance performance, drive real-time insights, and give service members the power to master the mission. These insights prepare warfighters, analysts, and astronauts to perform at their maximum potential, build resilience, and realize major improvements in their wellbeing over time.”

Emergency Telemedicine: Leveraging 5G Networks

5G is more than just an emergent network technology. It’s a revolutionary enabler that agencies in all sectors are seeking to adopt with efficiency and a focus on mission alignment. Booz Allen understands the complexity of the 5G landscape and helps government organizations implement customized 5G strategies that fit their missions—especially for first responders. 5G is a key premise of Booz Allen’s BrightLabs experimentation team where nine key focus areas prototype together to solve mission challenges.

Use Case: 5G Capabilities Extend Hospital Expertise to the Field

Booz Allen and 5G network innovator Shabodi recently announced the Mobile Medic solution, which allows remote caregivers to use 5G capabilities to stay connected with experts at hospitals for situational awareness and medical guidance. As emergencies unfold, teams operating in the field can use Mobile Medic to access timely medical assistance, through voice or video, at the point of need without experiencing communications interruptions and delays—including within limited bandwidth environments. Supported by resilient 5G bandwidth, the platform’s volumetric video translates into realistic visuals that better convey the full scope of information home-base advisors need to recommend immediate interventions as part of emergency and trauma telemedicine.

Mobile Medic brings together Booz Allen’s deep understanding of first-responder mission requirements with Shabodi’s leading-edge technology tools, which optimize how applications perform with advanced networks by adjusting quality of service in real time. The exceptional agility and productivity of this partnership significantly accelerated solution prototyping and testing while enabling thorough mission-tailoring at every level.

From surgical instructions to alerts about care availability, Mobile Medic fuses mission and technology to enable seamless communication across even highly distributed teams. Mobile Medic’s rapid development exemplifies how harnessing the resources of the national tech ecosystem—from startups and venture capital-backed incubators to technology integrators—accelerates mission-ready delivery. Marking a dramatic improvement over unstable legacy networks that fracture collaboration, the solution allows municipal and healthcare organizations to maximize the meaningful impacts of small teams as they handle serious medical crises on the ground—ultimately helping to ensure that patients receive the right treatment faster.

Mobile Medic

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Isn't it frustrating when you're on a call, maybe a video call and someone cuts out? Okay, that's frustrating. Imagine if you're in the middle of a procedure and your colleague is telling you, cut right there. Don't, and the video cuts out. We're trying to prevent that. As a retired firefighter, when you're out in the field, you have only so many tools in your toolbox. What can the first responders do to help each other with a limited set of resources?

To be able to do that over a network to guarantee and prioritize that traffic in a very congested and challenging space is super promising. This is just a new way for them to be able to adopt remote medical assistance to the experts that might be needed when you have limited resources on the ground.

Well, the mobile medic prototype leverages volumetric video. You can create a better visual and realistic depiction of what's actually occurring on the remote end, which is obviously critical when you're talking about telementoring- or telemedicine-type scenarios. Some of the challenges our customers have come down to point of need care.

The person is mostly trained up on what they need to do, but this is a specific use case where they're not fully aware of what the next steps are. The challenge comes in when the network isn't stable enough for the mentee to have a real-time communication with the mentor in the way that they need it.

Shabodi application enablement platform unleashes the power of advanced networks. We do this by enabling applications to interact with the network. Shabodi application enablement platform helps operators to monetize on the 5G networks and helps customers to maximize on their 5G investment.

If you have a mission-critical application that you don't want it to fail, the application can now request services like quality on demand and say, Hey, I need this amount of bandwidth for this amount of the time.

Using Shabodi's platform with an application that's network-aware can guarantee the user experience that's required so that there's no hiccups or issues with the overall application. The 5G Lab was started three years ago to really bring startups in front of infrastructure providers, the telecommunications companies.
They're really interested in what are the startups that are meaningful that utilize 5G and the benefits of it. What's really exciting about working and collaborating here with Shabodi and the OIL is the ability to work within this 5G innovation ecosystem.
This is an an extremely exciting time because we're seeing the confluence of a lot of different technologies all coming together, and I think if done right, we can really provide benefit to our clients, our country, and society overall.

Enterprise Decision Making: Harnessing Powerful Analytics

DOD generates and collects often massive amounts of raw data every day. This growing flood of information provides the basis for a host of mission-essential processes and activities, from logistics and construction to complex decision making at the tactical edge. To equip warfighters and others with actionable insights faster, the agency needs advanced AI and analytics tools to automate how it integrates and processes information streams from both internal and external sources.

Use Case: Unified Data Management for Enterprise Access and Analytics

When DOD needed a unified program to integrate financial and other data from across the organization, Booz Allen helped the department design and deploy Advana. Advana is a centralized platform that offers users at all levels unprecedented access to authoritative enterprise data and structured analytics. The solution’s scalable, reliable, and secure environment incorporates a range of capabilities from decision support and visualizations to data tools and associated services.

Through Advana, common data models, natural language discovery, and self-service analytics enable efficient gathering and interpretation of insights for faster, more accurate mission decisions across core functions, including logistics and readiness. A strong return on investment has resulted from Advana’s ability to drive cost avoidance through increased efficiency, visibility into key processes, and decision-making effectiveness.

Booz Allen’s ongoing mission-intimate support of Advana has helped DOD extend adoption beyond the finance function and into many other areas like climate risk, readiness, logistics response, and resources. Today, more than 80,000 DOD mission owners, analysts, and data scientists across approximately 80 organizations use Advana to manage a growing array of enterprise systems central to modern defense missions.

Key Tenets for Bringing Emerging Technology to Government

Booz Allen commits to a set of key tenets that, together, enable unwavering support to the federal government. Through these tenets we reduce the time needed for discovering, adopting, and operationalizing mission-focused, emerging technology. As a firm we:

  • Align solution development with executive orders, requests for information, policy statements, and reports
  • Co-develop, prototype, and experiment alongside clients and partners to bring innovation to the front lines faster
  • Anticipate what’s to come with an innovation philosophy rooted in the power of community
  • Bring a commitment to accelerating the adoption of accessible, transparent, and highly innovative technologies
  • Accelerate adoption through change management, communication, and leadership advocacy
  • Nurture highly skilled talent dedicated to supporting the nation’s most critical and socially impactful work
  • Help government harness the power of the national tech ecosystem rooted in industry, startups, and academia

Government organizations have reached an inflection point on the journey to adoption of emerging technology. Now is the right time to accelerate adoption through focused collaboration with tech ecosystem partners at the intersection of mission and technology.


Contact us to learn how Booz Allen can help bring emerging technology to critical missions faster.