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

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.

All below Information from the 2023 event. 2024 event information coming soon!

2023 Confirmed Speakers:

LtGen Karsten S. Heckl, USMC

Deputy Commandant CD&I, Commanding General

Dr. Jason Stack, SES

Deputy Director, Unmanned Task Force

Office of Naval Research

Lt Col Nathan P. Vosters, USAF

Program Manager, Remote Capabilities


Lt Col Thomas Meagher, USAF

Prime Division Chief


Gustavo A. Rivera, SSTM

Senior Scientist and Technical Manager, Unmanned Task Force, Chief Innovation Officer, Distinguished Engineer NSWC, Dahlgren Division

Stuart Hatfield

Chief, Robotics Branch


Daniel Fata

Senior Advisor, International Security Program, CSIS Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Europe and NATO (2005-2008)

 Ryan Fitzgerald

Intelligent Autonomous Outcome Lead, Naval Program Division


Jean-Charles Ledé

Chief Technology Officer, RapdFlight; Former Autonomy Technology Advisor

Download the Detailed Agenda Here


Why You Should Attend This Summit:

DSI’s 11th Unmanned & Autonomous Systems Summit will focus on the technologies and policies necessary to integrate and leverage UxS capabilities to maintain a strategic edge in a multi domain environment. The FY2022 DoD Budget allocated an estimated $8.2 billion into the development, testing, evaluation, and procurement of unmanned and autonomous systems—a nearly $700 million increase over FY2021.This represents a critical investment into a necessary technology that will enable DoD to meet its ambitious operational goals.

At this Summit, attendees will hear from leaders across the DoD and Federal Government regarding the current situation for unmanned and autonomous systems, as well as the policies and emerging technologies needed to overcome current challenges. The Summit will also look at the use cases for robotics in sustainment and maintenance that help reduce Warfighter burden and increase safety. Additionally, panel of experts will discuss the need for a development and deployment strategy for Vertical takeoff and Landing (VTOL) aircrafts.

The 2023 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.

*Summit is Closed to The Press/ No Recordings*
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Sponsor & Exhibit: Now Open

The 2023 Unmanned & Autonomous Systems Summit provides opportunities including exhibit space, round table discussions, product demonstrations, and networking receptions.


Topics to be covered at the 2023 Summit:

– Enhancing Amphibious Capabilities to Ensure Effective Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations (EABO) for the MAGTF

– Ensuring Army Mission Readiness through Modernized Requirements and Capabilities

– Utilizing VTOL and Emerging UxS Concept Innovation to Drive a More Resilient, Mission-Ready Military Force

– Understanding and Countering Threats through UxS Integration in USN Fleet

– Leveraging Innovative Autonomous Technologies to Build a More Lethal and Distributed Future Naval Force

– Accelerating USAF R&D Efforts on UxS to Transform Capability Development Strategy

– Establishing Joint Solutions to Address Current and Future Small UAS Threats

– Leading Rapid and Focused Acquisition of Advanced Systems to Enable Total Situational Awareness for SOF Warfighters


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.


Exhibit and Sponsorship Information:

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

Download the Sponsorship Prospectus Here


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.)


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