Expanding unmanned systems capabilities for the future fight “



  1. DSI’s DoD Unmanned Systems Summit is designed as an educational and training “Town Hall” forum, where thought leaders and key policy-makers across military and civilian organizations can come together for actionable discussions and debate. The Summit will offer a full spectrum viewpoint towards air/land/sea systems.
  2. *The phrase “unmanned systems” is used to collectively refer to all robotic systems that may be remotely piloted or contain a level of autonomous tasking, and operate on land, sea, air and space domains



  • DSI welcomes several speakers for 2016:
  • ARMY:
  • MG Robert Dyess, USA, Deputy Director, Army Capabilities Integration Center,  TRADOC
  • Mr. Bryan McVeigh, PM, Force Projection,  PEO CS&CSS
  • NAVY/ Marine Corps:
  • RADM Robert Girrier, USN, Director, N99 Unmanned Weapons Systems Directorate, OPNAV
  • BGen Julian Alford, USMC, Commanding Officer, MCWL, Futures Directorate, and Vice Chief of Naval Research
  • RDML Lorin Selby, USN, Commander, NSWC, NAVSEA 
  • Dr. Lawrence Schuette, SES, Director of Research, ONR
  • Mr. Steve Olson, Unmanned Systems Autonomy Lead, OPNAV N99
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  • Mr. Jeffrey Eggers, SES, CTO,  DCS ISR, AF/A2 
  • Dr. Reid Melville,  Strategy Lead for UAS across Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) 
  • Mr. Thomas Baker, Director, UAS and Counter UAS Initiatives,1st Air Force (CONR - AFNORTH)
  • Including:
  • Air Cdre S D Ellard, Head of Unmanned Air Systems, Defence Equipment &  Support Organisation, RAF, UK MoD on the UK MOD's Post Strategic Defense   & Security Review (SDSR) Analysis and the Future of Unmanned Air Systems
  • Dr. Brian Hall, JRAST, J8 Joint Staff, Force Application Division, discussing autonomous research and activities
  • MajGen(ret) Marke "Hoot" Gibson, Senior Advisor, UAS Integration, FAA on integrating UAS into the NAS
  •  As unmanned / RPA systems  are looked upon for expanding  capabilities and maximizing mission performance  for the future fight for our Military Services across land, sea, air, and space, military leaders, the S&T and private sector communities are tasked with rapidly solving many of the current, and foreseeable future challenges. From policy and procedure to requirements and technical capabilities, expanding capabilities is not just about solving the near term challenges, but thinking beyond the abilities of today, to where and how these systems can be used tomorrow.
  • The DON recently announced it will field and sustain diverse unmanned/autonomous forces capable of independent and integrated missions in all physical and operational environments, including cyberspace and the electromagnetic spectrum. Unmanned vehicles and systems have the potential to transform the naval forces by expanding existing capabilities and enabling new ones. These new capabilities must drive new operational concepts and create real advantages over adversaries.” Memorandum, SECNAV “Treat Unmanned as Unmanned”, Nov. 13, 2015.
  • The Army is working towards creating a unified vision for robotics and autonomous systems – from doctrine to capabilities to increase overmatch capabilities that align with their current AOC “Win in a complex World”.
  • The Air Force , while faced with the current challenge of training and maintaining pilots to meet the current demand for RPA missions, is looking at the maturity and potential benefits of autonomous platform behaviors. This effort would push autonomous technology development for a Loyal Wingman concept to an integrated set of demonstrations.
  • The DoD’s vision for unmanned systems is the seamless integration of diverse unmanned capabilities that provide flexible options for Joint Warfighters while exploiting the inherent advantages of unmanned technologies, including persistence, size, speed, maneuverability, and reduced risk to human life. DOD envisions unmanned systems seamlessly operating with manned systems while gradually reducing the degree of human control and decision making required for the unmanned portion of the force structure...” (DoD Unmanned Systems Integrated Roadmap, ‘FY 2011- 2036)
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  • DSI DoD Unmanned Systems Summit is a unique forum that allows for personnel from DoD, Military Services,  and Federal Agencies, Industry and Academia to convene in one location.  Our "Town Hall" format is designed to encourage challenging discussion and dialogue amongst all in attendance.
  • By keeping our forum off-the record and non-attribution, we allow for a level of stream of consciousness and shared ideas and thoughts to flow freely. Our agendas cover the most current priorities and strive to achieve actionable takeaways for all in attendance.
  • We limit our attendance size in order to allow everyone a chance to actively participate in the discussions and to mix and mingle with each other easily over the two days we are together.
  • We encourage you to explore our site  more, give us a call if you have any questions, and we hope to welcome you in March!

DSI’s DoD Unmanned Systems Summit allows for  military users, civilian, and academia across the unmanned systems spectrum to come together to learn, discuss, debate, and help advance  several key areas within the  community such as:
  1. 1.)  Fusion warfare, the combat cloud, and future implications for the unmanned ISR community
  2. 2.)  Autonomy research and activity and human- machine teaming
  3. 3.)  Improving communication systems within and amongst land, sea, air and space systems
  4. 4.)  Opportunities to improve commonalities and interoperability, including integrating and standardizing open architectures
  5. 5.)  Tailoring existing policies and requirements to support processes for unmanned systems
  6. 6.)  Improving onboard data processing for ISR
  7. 7.)  Activities with MUM-T
  8. 8.)  Improving power, endurance and efficiency
  9. 9.)  Cyber and EW considerations
  10. 10.) Latest FAA discussions regarding UAS in US airspace  and creating a UTM
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_________________________________________________________________________________________ OPERATING GUIDANCE FOR MILITIARY AND GOVERNMENT ATTENDEES:
  1. DSI's Unmanned Systems  Summit  is open and complimentary  to all DoD and Federal employees and is considered a compliant education and training forum
  2. DSI’s Summit will provide a forum for Military Services, OSD, and federal agencies to address and improve current mission critical needs and initiatives, meet with and hear from partner organizations, disseminate vital capability requirements to industry, and engage in senior level dialogue with all in attendance while increasing visibility within the larger community.
This Summit offers several distinct opportunities for a few organizations to demonstrate their technologies or solutions that address the Summit subject matter, or to partake in a thought leadership role.  If you are an organization that would like to learn more about how you can be involved, please visit us at:Sponsors and Supporters Page
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This Summit welcomes members from the Military Services and federal government, the private sector, academia, and nonprofit to attend.  Several attendees from our 2015 Summit included:
Boeing Co., Lockheed Martin, Leidos, OUSD, MITRE, Exelis, AF/A2CU , DIA, General Dynamics ,SEI/Carnegie Mellon University, IBM, Raytheon, Northrop Grumman Corp., NSA, Battelle Memorial Institute, AAI Corporation, Neya Systems, State Department, NAWCAD 4.5,HQMC,CD&I, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Army, G-8,RTI, Thinklogical, Aerovironment, Control Systems Branch, NRL, Booz Allen ,L3Comms, Joint Staff, Draper Lab,NASA/JPL/CALTECHUS Army MAST Alliance, NSA, MCWL, , U.S. Fleet Forces Command, Futures Directorate, DC CD&I , Office of Naval Intelligence, Joint Staff- J-8, Oak Ridge National Lab,  HQDA, DCS-3/5/7,  N2/N6- F23, TRADOC G-9 ,HQDA, G-8, DUSN (Policy), OUSD (AT&L)