U.S. Army, Joint Staff
Lieutenant Colonel Jim Ferguson is currently assigned to the Joint Staff, where, for the past year and a half, he has been charged with task of chartering the course for Knowledge Management implementation on the Joint Staff. His approach has been to focus on the specific needs of the users, to implement pilots that have the potential to scale to support the entire staff, and then to slowly prepare the Joint Staff for a more knowledge-sharing environment through frequent engagements with a wide variety of people on the staff. His current efforts with peer-to-peer technology are currently focused on supporting the Joint Analytic Community – approximately 150 operations research analysts dispersed globally that support the warfighting Commanders in Chief. He expects that if the pilot efforts are successful, the Joint Staff will subsequently adopt the solutions developed for this community.
His educational and military experiences both demonstrated the value of knowledge sharing and team building. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering from the United States Military Academy in 1982 and a Masters of Science Degree in Operations Research and Statistics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1981. He has held a wide variety of both tactical and staff positions during his 19 years in the Army, including 3 assignments to the 1st Infantry Division, a 3 years on the faculty at West Point, and assignments to both the Army and the Joint Staffs.
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