August 3-4, 2021  | Mary M Gates Learning Center, Alexandria, VA

The 9th 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 near term capabilities as well as future innovations in support of improving the utilization of UxS and robotics across domains and Services.

*COVID-19 UPDATE: As of July 29th 2021 the venue, The Mary M. Gates Learning Center, requires that all individuals must wear a mask indoors regardless of vaccination status.

2021 Confirmed Speakers:

LtGen Eric Smith, USMC
Commanding General, MCCDC; Deputy Commandant for CD&I
Headquarters, USMC

RADM Brian Corey, USN
PEO, Unmanned and Weapons


Maj Gen Heather Pringle, USAF


Michael Stewart, SES
Deputy, N91 Integrated Warfare


Jeanette Evans- Morgis, SES
Chief Systems Engineer


CAPT Pete Small


Ted Maciuba PE
Deputy Director, Robotics Requirements, MCDID, Futures and Concepts Center

Download 2021 Agenda Here


Why You Should Attend This Summit:

DSI’s 9th Annual Unmanned Systems & Robotics Summit will emphasize improving the multi domain functionality and networked approach to UxS capabilities. 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 has been emphasized across the Services and the Summit will delve into how the UxS and robotics communities can best support the evolving Naval Unmanned Systems Campaign in alignment with the TriService ‘Advantage at Sea’; the Marine Corps’ Force Design 2030 ; The Air Force’s work towards developing attritable aircraft and evolving MUM-T, and the Army’s continued modernization objectives including developing common standards / open architectures across all platforms and updates on JTAARS, OMFV and more.

The Summit will also touch upon the broader aspects of future integration of AI capabilities and the impact on UxS platforms for integrating into JADC2. Industry and Academic Attendees will have a unique opportunity to engage in open and honest dialogue with decision makers and acquisition authorities about the future capabilities and requirements of these systems. 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.

*Summit is Closed to The Press/ No Recordings*

Topics to be covered at the 2021 Summit:

– Building Aerial Logistics and Autonomous Resupply Programs

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

– Robotics and Artificial Intelligence at the Tactical Edge:The Army’s Maneuver Robotics Strategy

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

– Utilizing UxS and robotics for supporting the close combat warfighter in dense, urban (and subterranean) environments

– UxS for medical support and evacuation

– Evolving attritable aircraft for the Air Force while expanding MUM-T capabilities

– Improving Warfighter support capabilities for Expeditionary Advance Base Operations (EABO) for the Navy

– Advancing Scalable, Adaptive, and Resilient Autonomy (SARA) for ground vehicles in complex and contested terrain

– Perimeter and critical infrastructure surveillance and security

– Industry’s role in developing small robots for small units to create a System-of-Systems Enhanced Small Unit (SESU)


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 9th Annual Unmanned Systems and Robotics Summit provides opportunities including exhibit space, “tech talk” product demonstrations and exclusive branding opportunities.

Download the 2021 Sponsorship Prospectus Here


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