DoD Unmanned Systems Summit

Advancing Force Multipliers: Air/Land/Sea Interoperability and Commonality goals


March 2013

Alexandria, VA

DSI’s DoD Unmanned Systems & Robotics 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?


 Featuring a Distinguished & Diverse Group of Speakers Including:

  • Mr. Earl Wyatt, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Rapid Fielding (RF),  OSD (AT&L)
  • Mr. Dyke Weatherington, Director, UW & ISR,  Strategic and Tactical Systems, USD AT&L
  • RDML Mathias W. Winter, USN, PEO, Unmanned Aviation and Strike Weapons (PEO(U&W))
  • Mr. Jeff Tomczak, Director, S&T Division Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory
  • Dr. Bradford Tousley, Director, TTO, DARPA
  • CAPT Duane Ashton, USN, Unmanned Maritime Systems, PMS 406 Major Acquisition Program Manager
  • Mr. Joseph A. Giampapa, Senior Member, Technical Staff, Carnegie Mellon University’s Software Engineering Institute


“U.S. and allied combat operations continue to highlight the value of unmanned systems in the modern combat environment. Combatant Commanders  and warfighters value the inherent features of unmanned systems, especially their persistence, versatility, and reduced risk to human life. The U.S. military Services are fielding these systems in rapidly increasing numbers across all domains: air, ground, and maritime… The DoD’s vision for unmanned systems is the seamless integration of diverse unmanned capabilities that provide flexible options for Joint Warfighters while exploiting the inherent advantages of unmanned technologies, including persistence, size, speed, maneuverability, and reduced risk to human life. DOD envisions unmanned systems seamlessly operating with manned systems while gradually reducing the degree of human control and decision making required for the unmanned portion of the force structure…

 [Some of ] the challenges facing all military Services in the Department include:  Interoperability , Autonomy, [and] Manned-Unmanned (MUM) Teaming…” (DoD Unmanned Systems Integrated Roadmap, ‘FY 2011- 2036)

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-partisanapproach allows us to reach across all involved organizations to bring together a truly holistic group.

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Key areas this summit will address:


  • Interoperability, Modularity, and Commonality
  • Manned – Unmanned teaming with improved persistence, protection, endurance, and autonomy
  • Advancing  networked underwater surveillance system
  • UAVs in a Network Centric Environment (Agile UAV NCE)
  • Beyond-line-of-sight capability
  • Autonomy
  • Weaponization
  • Supporting Technologies: Sensors & Radars
  • Spectrum


A few key overarching questions for consideration include:

1. With ever tightening budget constraints AND oversight, how do we develop a truly joint and coordinated strategy?

2.  It took us many decades to develop a joint Warfighter doctrine and TTPs for humans, what does that look like for a battlefield  populated with unmanned systems?

  • a.) How will we achieve coordinated and automated command and control of multi-service, multi-function UAS?
  • b.) What is the mix of autonomy and human-in-the-loop control?
  • c.) How are we developing the modulation, simulation, and analysis tools to understand a complex battlefield populated with unmanned systems and ultimately develop a set of requirements?


The DoD Unmanned Systems & Robotics Summit is compliant with Department of Defense operating guidelines, and adheres to the most recent standards of the Office of General Council, Standards of Conduct Office:
*Currently, 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
*Qualifies as training in compliance with 5 U.S.C. Chapter 41 and is compliant with The Office of Government Ethics, 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.
*The DoD Unmanned Systems & Robotics Summit is open to all Federal employes and is considered a compliant education and training forum.


  • At our Summit you will 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 unmanned community today.
  • ♦  Build Partnership & Influence:  Help foster ideas. Share your own insight and knowledge during our interactive Town Hall sessions. All attendees are given the opportunity to address our speaker faculty with their questions or comments and will receive a pre-Summit questionnaire for precise questions and subject matters you would like our speakers to address.





Advisory Board

DSI strives to provide the most up to date, mission relevant, topics and discussion points for our meetings. In order to assure that we are providing the best subject content possible, our Advisory Board Members have volunteered to share their respective insight and expertise with us. We are truly grateful to have their support and guidance as we strive to continually create truly effective meetings and events for all. Learn more about our Advisory Board Members.