Modernizing the Military
“Technology advances every 14 to 18 months, but the current process takes 72 to 90 months,” he says. “That effectively leaves our military personnel inadequately equipped. By streamlining the process, our troops are better prepared to protect U.S. citizens, all while saving taxpayer dollars.” Schlomer’s research has been widely recognized. In addition to receiving Walden’s 2018 Frank Dilley Award for Outstanding Doctoral Study, Schlomer has discussed his research recommendations with top generals, as well as staff members under the secretary of the Army and the secretary of defense. He has twice shared his insights with former National Security Advisor Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster. In 2017, he was hand-picked as the only nonmilitary, nongovernment civilian member of the Army Futures Command, a cross-functional task force that looked at modernizing military equipment.
Since 2015, Schlomer has worked for Special Operations Command (SOCOM) in Tampa, Florida. This year, he was promoted to the role of policy manager for Special Operations Forces Acquisition, Technology & Logistics (SOF AT&L) Acquisition Operations. SOF AT&L is responsible for all SOCOM research, development, acquisition, procurement, and logistics. The new role allows Schlomer to directly apply his doctoral research to execute strategies for streamlining government acquisitions. He will also have the opportunity for his work to be featured in publications such as The International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology and Army AL&T magazine.