Today’s guest is Senior Vice President, Federal, R+D at Palantir, Shannon Clark. Shannon has spent nearly twenty years immersed in the defense sector, both for private contractors and the federal government. In conversation with Emerj CEO Daniel Faggella, Shannon explains the core cultural and technical barriers that make AI readiness challenging in defense – and the best places in the Department of Defense to begin preparing legacy defense systems for AI enhancement. Later, they discuss the high demand for engineers in the federal government and offer advice to AI-driven defense startups. To access Emerj’s frameworks for AI readiness, ROI, and strategy, visit Emerj Plus at emerj.com/p1.