September 4, 2019
7:30 AM – 5:00 PM EST
Pentagon City, VA


7:30 – 8:15 AM

Registration, Networking and Breakfast

8:15 – 8:30 AM

Opening Remarks

8:30 – 9:00 AM


Adm. John Richardson
Chief of Naval Operations, U.S. Navy

9:00 – 9:45 AM

Mission Readiness: Adapting to the Evolving Threat

Services are moving rapidly on system modernization and replacement to better equip warfighters for new threats out of Eastern Europe and Asia, all while struggling to compensate for personnel shortfalls. This panel will examine how tactics for training – both through military exercises and simulation technologies – are preparing forces for the current and future threat.

Jill Aitoro (Moderator)
Executive Editor, Defense News

Lt. Gen. Mark D. Kelly
Deputy Chief of Staff, Operations, U.S. Air Force

Lt. Gen. H. Stacy Clardy, III
Military Deputy, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, Department of Defense

Maj. Gen. Maria Gervais
Deputy Commanding General, U. S. Army Combined Arms Center-Training, U.S. Army

Gene Colabatistto
Group President, Defense & Security, CAE

9:45 – 10:05 AM

Fireside Chat

Joe Gould
Congress Reporter, Defense News

Representative Adam Smith (D-WA)
U.S. House of Representatives

10:05 – 10:15 AM

Networking Break

10:15 – 10:45 AM


The Honorable Heather Wilson
Secretary, U.S. Air Force

10:45 – 11:25 AM

Fleet 2030: The Vision of the Future Navy

If 2017 was a year in crisis for the Navy and 2018 a year of recovery efforts, the next decade and beyond will shape a new path forward in system development and strategy – from frigate development to distributed lethality and unmanned capabilities, to a reevaluation of deployments. This panel will bring together leadership from across the service to speak to long-term strategy investment to right the proverbial ship.

David Larter (Moderator)
Naval Warfare Reporter, Defense News

Representative Rob Wittman (R-VA)
U.S. House of Representatives

Vice Adm. William Merz
Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Warfare Systems (OPNAV N9), U.S. Navy

Allison Stiller
Principal Civilian Deputy, Assistant Secretary of the Navy Research, Development and Acquisition, U.S. Navy

Bryan Clark

Senior Fellow, The Center of Strategic and Budgetary Assessments 

11:25 – 11:35 AM

Excellence in Journalism Award

Barbara Opall-Rome

Israel Bureau Chief, Defense News

11:35 AM – 12:30 PM

Networking Luncheon

12:35 – 1:20 PM

Multi-Domain Warfare: Defining Battlespace Operations

Modern warfare means blurring the boundaries between domains, teaming troops on the ground and in the air, at sea and in space, as well as cyberspace, while also enabling cooperating and integration of military systems with allies during joint missions. This panel will address the technological and operational requirements to enabling multi-domain warfare, syncing strategic and tactical battlespace capabilities.

Valerie Insinna (Moderator)
Air Warfare Reporter, Defense News

Dr. Jaret C. Riddick
Director, Vehicle Technology Directorate, U.S. Army Research Laboratory at Aberdeen Proving Ground 

Dr. Rebecca Grant
President, IRIS Independent Research

Dr. Michael Hunzeker
Ph.D.- Associate Director, Center for Security Policy Studies, Schar School of Policy and Government, George Mason University

Keith Gentile
Vice President, Communication Systems Segment, L3 Technologies

1:20 – 2:05 PM

International Partnership: Defense Investments in the Era of Global Instability

The US and its allies are increasing their defense investments in response to threats posed by current geopolitical tensions, insurgencies and war against non-state actors. Concurrently, allies are seeking a greater stake in current defense manufacturing and future upgrade programs through indigenous development and a domestic return on investment. This makes procuring as usual not always good enough. How can the US and the defense industrial base leverage relationships with its allies, perhaps through joint defense programs and development, or cooperative partnerships, or a broadening of procurement competitions, to achieve these evolving investment priorities and domestic demands which have a direct impact on our global commitments and homeland security needs?

Aaron Mehta (Moderator)
Deputy Editor and Pentagon Reporter, Defense News

Air Commodore Ralph Reefman
Assistant Chief of Staff for Defense Planning, NATO Allied Command Transformation 

Eric Chewning

Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Industrial Policy, Department of Defense


Mike Miller
Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Political-Military Affairs , U.S. Department of State

Peter Michael Nielsen
Minister Counselor/Defense Counselor, Royal Danish Embassy

Raanan Horowitz

President and Chief Executive Officer, Elbit Systems of America

2:05 – 2:25 PM

Networking Break

2:30 – 3:05 PM


The Honorable Ellen Lord
Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment, Department of Defense

3:05 – 3:45 PM

Army Systems Modernization: Priorities for the Futures Command

As the Army continues to adapt from decades of conventional warfare to the prospect of hybrid tactics, it’s pushing ahead on a new strategy: rearranging its modernization priorities under the new Army Futures Command. Leaders have described this new command as moving at commercial speeds, as opposed to a stuffy bureau on a military base. This panel will look at the tactical efforts and platform modernization priorities, such as those with rotorcraft, unmanned technologies and ground combat systems that fall under Futures Command mission to modernize Army systems and operations.

Jen Judson (Moderator)
Land Warfare Reporter, Defense News

Gen. John M. Murray
Commanding General, Army Futures Command, U.S. Army

Gen. James McConville
Vice Chief of Staff, U.S. Army

The Honorable Ryan McCarthy
Under Secretary, U.S. Army

Vince Tobin
Executive Vice President, Military Business, Bell

3:45 – 4:30 PM

Military Innovation: Leveraging and Countering Future Tech

As militaries around the globe examine the potential of such technologies as artificial intelligence, hypersonics, directed energy and cyberwarfare, the challenge becomes twofold: adapt technologies to support U.S. and ally operations, and develop countermeasures to ensure the same technologies don’t pose a threat to our own systems and warfighters. This panel will examine efforts to partner with the defense industrial base and tech community to innovate within the Pentagon.

Mike Gruss (Moderator)
Editor, C4ISRNET

Tanya Skeen
Executive Director, Army Rapid Capabilities Office, U.S. Army

Col. Liam Collins, PhD.
Director, Modern War Institute

Mike Madsen
Partner, Head of Washington Operations, DIU

Shawn Black
Vice President and General Manager, Electro-Optical & Infrared Systems, Leonardo DRS

4:30 – 5:15 PM

Autonomy and AI: Enabling modern warfare through man and machine

Once the stuff of sci-fi, artificial intelligence, machine learning and autonomy now stand as a central aspect to future warfare, with Department of Defense investing R&D and even program dollars toward efforts to remove humans from the equation operations and analyze massive sets of data to better inform the warfighter. From cyber to missile defense to command and control and unmanned platforms, this panel will examine how services are adapting existing systems and investing in new technologies to enable smarter platforms and better equipped warfighters.

Jill Aitoro (Moderator)
Executive Editor, Defense News

Maj. Gen. William Cooley
Commander, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, U.S. Air Force

Rear Adm. David Hahn
Chief of Naval Research and Director of Innovation, Technology Requirements and Test & Evaluation (OPNAV N94), U.S. Navy

Dr. Alexander Kott
Chief Scientist, U.S. Army Research Laboratory, U.S. Army

Jonathan P. Rambeau
Vice President and General Manager, Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems (RMS)

5:15 – 5:20 PM

Closing Remarks

5:20 – 6:00 PM

Networking Reception


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