April 3-4, 2024 | Sunset Room at National Harbor, MD

All Information below pertains to the 2024 Summit.  2025 details coming soon!

DSI’s 12th Annual Unmanned & Autonomous Systems Summit will emphasize the integration of UxS capabilities into the multi domain operating environment as well as their use cases beyond the battlefield in support of DoD. The Summit will cover both strategic and technical priorities and emerging research to best support UxS utilization across the Services.

The 2024 Summit will provide attendees with an educational, ‘Town Hall’ style format to serve as a conduit for cross collaboration and the interchange of knowledge among military, government, industry and academia. Our non-partisan approach allows us to reach across all services and organizations to bring together a truly holistic group of decision makers and solution providers.

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2024 Confirmed Speakers:

LTG Robert M. Collins, USA,
Principal Military Deputy to the Assistant Secretary of the Army - (AL&T),
Director, Army Acquisition Corps

Lt Gen David A. Harris, USAF
Deputy Chief of Staff, Air Force Futures,

Michael Stewart, SES
Director, Disruptive Capabilities Office,
U.S. Navy

Christopher Henry, SES
Deputy Director, Naval Warfare, Office of the Director,
Operational Test & Evaluation

BGen Stephen Lightfoot, USMC
Director, Capabilities Development Directorate,
HQMC Combat Development & Integration

Schuyler Moore, HQE
Chief Technology Officer,
U.S. Central Command

Event Moderator:
VADM Ron Boxall, USN, (Ret.)
Former Director, Force Structure, Resources & Assessment, Joint Staff, J8

Download the 2024 Agenda


Why You Should Attend This Summit:

The 12th Annual Unmanned & Autonomous Systems Summit will convene senior level experts and decision makers from across the DoD, Military Services, Industry, & Academia for in-depth discussions on the integration and utilization of unmanned/autonomous capabilities to ensure future mission success in the all-domain operating environment. The Military Services have identified the integration and deployment of UxS capabilities as a key priority as the U.S. faces a variety of threats from rapidly advancing near-peer adversaries. Amid an era of strategic competition, DoD and the Military Services must accelerate the deployment of innovative strategies, priorities, and emerging research to best support the utilization of unmanned and autonomous systems to maintain technological and military superiority on the future battlefield. The Summit will feature two panels, integrating unmanned systems & AI into maritime operations and developing & fielding C-UAS to address future threats. Attendees at the 2024 Unmanned & Autonomous Systems Summit will have the unique opportunity to examine the strategies, technologies, and modernization priorities critical to developing and delivering air/land/sea unmanned systems to the Warfighter.

The 2024 Unmanned & Autonomous Systems Summit ‘Town Hall’ format will serve as a conduit for cross collaboration and the interchange of knowledge among military, government, industry and academia. Military and government attendees and speakers will gain feedback from industry towards the technical ‘art of the possible’ and their current challenges, while disseminating their respective organizations’ current priorities and initiatives.

Limited Sponsorship Opportunities Remain
The 2024 Unmanned & Autonomous Systems Summit provides opportunities including exhibit space, round table discussions, product demonstrations, and networking receptions.


Topics to be Covered at the 2024 Summit:

- Ensuring critical autonomous capabilities are delivered to the Warfighter rapidly & affordably

- Countering near-peer adversaries through the Replicator Initiative

- Promoting autonomous technological growth & integration to enable fleet mission success

- Strengthening partnerships & accelerating innovation to enable full spectrum naval operationst

- Integrating unmanned systems & Ai into maritime operations

- Driving persistent Army modernization through the development of innovative unmanned technologies

- Developing Collaborative Combat Aircraft (CCA) to advance Air Force autonomous capability


At Our Summit You Have the Ability To:

Gain Education & Insight: Walk away with knowledge gained from our senior level speakers on some of the complex challenges facing the DoD and Military Services.

Build Partnerships: The agenda is designed to allow for ample networking opportunities and the ability to engage in constructive dialogue among all in attendance.

Influence: Help foster ideas! Share your own insight and knowledge during our interactive sessions. All attendees are encouraged to address our speaker faculty and each other with their questions, comments or ideas. __________________________________________________________________________________

Operating Guidance for Government Attendees:

DSI’s Summit directly supports DoD and Federal Government priorities by providing a conduit for officials to efficiently reach audiences outside of their respective offices that directly impact their department's mission success, at no charge to the government, and in an efficient expenditure of time.

DSI’s Summit will provide a forum to address and improve internal and external initiatives, meet with and hear from partner organizations, disseminate vital capability requirements to industry, increase visibility within the larger community, and generally support their mission.

The Summit is open and complimentary to all DoD and Federal employees and is considered an educational and training forum.

(Industry and academia members are charged a fee for admission.)