DoD Unmanned Systems Summit

“Improving the Efficiency and Effectiveness of Current and Near Term Systems”

March 25 -26, 2014  

Mary M. Gates Learning Center, Alexandria, VA

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.



Why should you attend the Summit?

2014 Summit Speakers Include:
  • Mr. Earl Wyatt, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Rapid Fielding (RF),  OSD (AT&L) discussing rapid fielding's future lines of operations and multi-domain technologies and concepts to satisfy DoD, Joint-Service and COCOM priorities
  • Mr. Dyke Weatherington, Director, UW & ISR,  Strategic and Tactical Systems, USD (AT&L), who will address the  DoD budgetary environment and planning for the future, and current unmanned programs, along with a discussion of the UAS TF and the recently released Unmanned Systems Integrated Roadmap
  • RDML Mathias Winter, USN, PEO, Unmanned Aviation and Strike Weapons(PEO(U&W)) providing a discussion on PEO U&W priorities towards advancing the effectiveness and efficiency of current and near term systems
  • CAPT David Honabach, USN, Unmanned Maritime Systems, PMS 406 Major Acquisition PM  speaking on the challenges and risks identified with autonomy for current USV and UUV platforms, moving towards Open Architecture (OA) in unmanned systems, multi-systems collaborative challenges, and a status report of LDUUV
  • Mr. Stuart Timerman, SES, DSO, DISA  on spectrum management for ISR
  • LTC Stuart Hatfield, USA, Soldier Team Chief FDD, Army G-8  speaking on reducing  capability redundancies while gaining  efficiencies with UGVs
  • LtCol James Hamill, USMC, UAS Requirements Officer, HQMC, CD&I addressing unmanned aerial system integration into the Marine Corps
  • Mr. Scott Littlefield, PM, DARPA, on HYDRA and ACTUV programs along with a perspective towards developmental path with modular payloads for Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW), Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) and Mine Counter-Measures (MCM)
  • Dr. Brett Piekarski, Chief, Micro & Nano Materials & Devices Branch, ARL speaking on the Army's current R&D efforts with the MAST (Micro Autonomous Systems and Technology) alliance
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  _________________________________________________________________________________________ BACKGROUND:
  •  The focus of  U.S. military Services  in times of budget constraints and shifting theaters of operation is on operational efficiency. Unmanned systems can no longer assume just one role or function. Systems will need to be able to carry out a broader range of surveillance missions, demonstrating interoperability with other platforms.
  • Next-generation systems will need to prove they have a systems architecture that can rapidly integrate a wide range of capabilities. Open architectures and a SOA approach towards the evolution of unmanned Common Control Systems is already at the forefront.
  • Advanced UAV sensor payloads are acquiring a wealth of data but bandwidth is often limited. High performance onboard data processing will need to be improved upon to increase the efficiency of data being streamed off of a platform, while taking into account SWaP especially on smaller UAVs.
  • Autonomous activity continues to make advancements. But it  is “ not about making widgets…It is [about]making existing/future systems more self-governing.”  DoD 8 November 2012Autonomy Priority Steering Council Brief.
  • Commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) options are of increasing interest , especially those  that allow integration among unrelated unmanned systems from different manufacturers into a single system:  requirements moving forward will focus on common architectures and a SOA approach.

Key areas this Summit will address:

  • Several topics from the newly released DoD Unmanned Systems Roadmap will be covered:
  • download the roadmap here:
  • 1. Efficient Onboard Data Processing for ISR
  • 2. Development and evolution of unmanned Common Control Systems (CCS), Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) based software
  • 3.  Commercial-Off-The-Shelf (COTS) based software/hardware solutions for fielded systems
  • 4.  Interoperability across Service platforms
  • 5.  MUM-T and Autonomous activity
  • 6.  Precision handling
  • 7.  UCLASS, Mine-Counter measures (MCM) , LDUUV
________________________________________________________________________________________ COMPLIANT:
  • The DoD Unmanned Systems  Summit is compliant with all current DoD guidelines towards NFEs, and adheres to the most recent standards of the Office of General Counsel. Currently:
  • * DCMO Memo “DoD Conference Guidance 2.0”, Nov 6, 2013 . Under this issuance, all DSI meetings fall under  line #18. “NO-COST to the DoD”
  • Falls BELOW current pricing standards allowed by SOCO advisory 09-03: 7.(a)… purposes of jer 3-211 (a)(7) the Office of Government Ethics (OGE), OGE standards of ethical conduct for employees of the Executive branch: currently 5 cfr part 2635 and 31 u.s.c. 1353 as it pertains to OGE standards
  • * Open to all Federal employees and is considered a compliant education and training forum in compliance with 5 U.S.C. Chapter 41 .
_________________________________________________________________________________________   FORMAT:
  • Our Town Hall format  is designed to allow for interactive discussion and debate amongst all in attendance. All sessions are considered off the record and non attribution (no press and no recordings) in order to allow for a level of informality and stream of consciousness in our scheduled discussions.
  • Join us and discover an atmosphere where your ideas, input, and knowledge are valued.
  • DSI’s team specializes in the extensive research and development of our Summits' content and focus areas, and we will assemble the most respected minds in the community from operational leaders, program managers, key policy-makers, as well as solution providers from Industry and Academia. Our non-partisan approach allows us to reach across all involved organizations to bring together a truly holistic group.
__________________________________________________________________________________________ SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNTIES:
  • DSI welcomes a limited amount of sponsors for the Summit. If you have a current technology you would like to demonstrate, want to participate in a Thought Leadership Role, or would like to help us in supporting the Summit, please call us at: 1-347-732-5326
  • Download Prospectus Here