March 16-17, 2022 | The Sunset Room | National Harbor, MD

All information below pertains to the 2022 Summit. Details on the 2023 Summit will be available soon!

 The 10th Annual Unmanned Systems and Robotics Summit provides leaders within the Department of Defense, academia, industry, and other critical stakeholders an open ‘Town Hall’ forum that serves as a conduit for information exchange, idea generation, and open dialogue and debate.

The goal of this year’s Summit is to focus on deeper integration of UxS capabilities across domains as well as the utilization of robotics in sustainment and manufacturing in support of the DoD.

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2022 Confirmed Speakers:

Christopher C. O'Donnell, SES
Performing the Duties of Assistant Secretary of Defense for Acquisition

LtGen Karsten Heckl, USMC
Commanding General, MCCDC; Deputy Commandant for CD&I Headquarters

RADM Brian K. Corey, USN
PEO, Unmanned Aviation and Strike Weapons

BGen James Adams, USMC
Deputy Director for Requirements and Capability Development, J8
Joint Staff

CAPT Michael D. Brasseur, USN
Commodore, Task Force 59
Commander Unmanned & Artificial Intelligence Integration

Jean-Charles (JC) Ledé
Autonomy Technical Advisor
Air Force Research Laboratory

COL Joseph “Scott” Anderson, USA
PM, Unmanned Aircraft Systems
PEO Aviation

Download 2022 Agenda Here


Why You Should Attend This Summit:

DSI’s 10th Annual Unmanned Systems & Robotics 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 utilization across the Services. In order to maintain our technological and military advantage and dominate on the future battlefield, the US Military must continue to integrate robust, cutting-edge UxS and robotic capabilities. This past year has seen continued effort through various exercises and ‘Campaigns of learning’ including the Navy’s Task Force 59, The Army’s Project Convergence 21 and the evolving JADC2 construct, to the Air Forces’ continued acceleration through AFWERX.   This year we will also emphasize a few key enablers supporting the deeper integration of these capabilities; recent research on improving human- machine communication, navigation and controlled decision-making autonomy in denied environments and unknown terrain, developing common standards for increased flexibility, and a look at the broader supporting data management, sensors and software to integrate systems into a joint C2 environment.     The Summit will also look at the use cases for robotics in sustainment and maintenance that help reduce Soldier burden and safety. The 2022 Unmanned Systems & Robotics 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. __________________________________________________________________________________

Operating Guidance for Government Attendees:

DSI’s Summit directly supports DoD & Federal Government priorities by providing a conduit for officials to efficiently reach audiences outside of their respective offices that directly impact their organization’s overall 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 Government employees and is considered an educational and training forum.

Sponsor & Exhibit: Now Open

The 2022 Unmanned Systems & Robotics Summit provides opportunities including exhibit space, round table discussions, product demonstrations, and networking receptions.

__________________________________________________________________________________ Topics to be covered at the 2022 Summit:

- Moving from a platform centric approach to a capability centric approach

- How each Service is developing open systems and commonalities to support faster innovation and integration across capabilities and what industry and mission partners need to know

- Autonomous navigation and decision making in denied environments and unknown terrain

- Utilizing robotics as key enabling technologies for sustainment and manufacturing for DoD

- Improving human – machine communication

- The Army’s next generation of robotic combat vehicles

- Accelerating the US Navy’s Unmanned Systems Campaign in Support of Distributed Maritime Operations

- Supporting the Marine Corps Force Design 2030 with Enhanced Uxs / Robotic Capabilities

- Enhancing partnerships for greater innovation at AFWERX including electric propulsion , manufacturing, and V-TOL

- Improving cross-domain capabilities of UxS: Integrating UxS assets into a JADC2 construct


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 most complex issues facing the DoD and Federal Government as it relates to the future of unmanned systems and robotics across the DoD.

Build Partnerships: The agenda is designed to allow for ample networking opportunities and the ability to discover some of the latest unmanned systems and robotics priorities of interest to the DoD and Federal Government.

Influence: Help foster ideas. Share your own insight and knowledge during our interactive sessions. Our town hall format is your opportunity to address our speakers with questions or comments on the current mission. __________________________________________________________________________________

Exhibit and Sponsorship Information:

The 10th Annual Unmanned Systems and Robotics Summit provides opportunities including exhibit space, “tech talk” product demonstrations and exclusive branding opportunities.

Download the 2022 Sponsorship Prospectus Here

Click to view 2021 Unmanned Demonstration Video __________________________________________________________________________________

Participating Organizations at Past Summits:

US Army Futures Command, CCDC, ARL, Skydio, Northrop Grumman Corporation, Pratt & Whitney, Trimble InTech, USMC, DC CD&I, CDD, Textron Systems, Neya Systems, ViaSat Inc., Raytheon, L3 Technologies, DHS CBP – USBP, iDirect Government, DLT, USCG, Naval Surface Warfare Center (Dahlgren, Corona, Indian Head), Canadian Armed Forces, U.S Department of State, Counter-Terrorism Bureau ,QinetiQ North America, Collins Aerospace, Boeing, NRL, Fairlead Integrated, Aerial Applications, Moog, Boeing Phantom Works, General Atomics, ABSI Defense, Raven Aerostar, Puente Global Defense Solutions, Kratos Defense and Security Solutions, General Dynamics Land Systems, Avian Inc, Quest Knight Enterprises, OverHorizon, Australian Army, US Air Force, DHS CWMD, NASA Langley Research Center, CCDC Aviation and Missile Center, NAVFAC EXWC