DoD Unmanned Systems Summit

“Improving the Efficiency and Effectiveness of Current and Near Term Systems”

March 18-19, 2015  

Mary M. Gates Learning Center, Alexandria, VA

DSI’s DoD Unmanned Systems 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 offera full spectrum viewpoint towards air/land/sea systems.


Over 16 experts will present sessions during the Summit.


  • Mr. Earl Wyatt, DASD, Emerging Capabilities and Requirements, OSD AT&L on overcoming the persistent and pervasive challenges of the ‘Future Fight’ through the use of unmanned systems across the entire warfighting network, along with a review of Thunderstorm  FY ’15
  • MajGen Gary L. Thomas, USMC, Deputy Director, Force Management, Application, and Support, J-8, Joint Chiefs of Staff briefing on the Joint Staff Robotic and Autonomous Systems Team (JRASTS)
  • Ms. Mary Miller, SES, DASA R&T, OASA, ATL on Army S&T Priorities for Unmanned Systems : An Acquisition Perspective
  • Mr. Thomas Dee, DASN, Expeditonary Programs and Logistics Management, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (RDA) who will provide remarks towards how the Navy is increasing expeditionary capabilities and improving logistics management with unmanned systems
  • Dr. Lawrence Schuette, SES, Director of Research (Discovery and Invention), ONR presenting on near term research and interests from ONR with unmanned Systems in support of the maritime battlespace
  • Mr. Fredrick Moorefield, SES, Director, Spectrum Policy and Programs, DoD CIO  who will discuss spectrum management/policy for unmanned systems
  • Mr. Jeffrey Eggers, SES, CTO, DCS ISR (AF/A2) providing a perspective towards improving capabilities of RPAs and the potential role of current platforms for  near term future operating environments
  • Dr. Siva Banda, ST, Chief Scientist, Aerospace Directorate, AFRL  briefing on autonomy and UAS Airspace Integration, Sense and Avoid and Automatic Collision Avoidance Technology
  • COL Thomas von Eschenbach, USA, Director, TRADOC Capabilities Manager UAS speaking on Army UAS Capabilities: Understanding the requirements needs of current and future platforms
  • CAPT Robert Boyer, USN, Director, Battlespace Awareness Division, OPNAV N2/N6 providing a perspective on Naval ISR efforts through enhanced unmanned systems along with a status report on increasing interoperability and enhanced autonomous functions amongst current systems


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


DSI’s DoD Unmanned Systems Summit allows for  military users, civilian, and academia across the unmanned systems spectrum to come together to learn, discuss, debate, and help advance  several key areas within the  community such as:
– Counter-Unmanned Aerial Systems


– Improving onboard data processing for ISR, sense and avoid,


   radars and other payloads on current platforms


– Common Control Systems (CCS);


   Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) based software


– Commercial-Off-The-Shelf (COTS) based software/hardware


   solutions for fielded systems


– Opportunities to improve commonalities and interoperability


   across Service platforms to increase cost savings


– MUM-T and autonomous activity


– Precision handling


– The use of unmanned systems in counter- IED/EOD


   and CBRN incidents


– Spectrum management

…2015 full agenda coming soon



  •  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.



This Summit offers several distinct opportunities for a few organizations to demonstrate their technologies or solutions that address the Summit subject matter, or to partake in a thought leadership role.  If you are an organization that would like to learn more about how you can be involved, please visit us at: Sponsors and Supporters Page




This Summit welcomes members from the Military Services and federal government, the private sector, academia, and nonprofit to attend.  Several attendees from our 2014 Summit included:

Boeing Co., Lockheed Martin, Leidos, OUSD,MITRE, Exelis, AF/A2CU , DIA,

General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems,SEI/Carnegie Mellon University,

Northrop Grumman Corp., NSA, Battelle Memorial Institute, AAI Corporation

Neya Systems, State Department, NAWCAD 4.5,HQMC,CD&I

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Army, G-8,RTI, Thinklogical

Aerovironment, Control Systems Branch, NRL, Booz Allen Hamilton

FreeWave Technologies, Inc. ,L3Comms, Joint Staff, Draper Lab

US Army MAST Alliance, MCWL, Center for Emerging Threats and Opportunities

Penn State Applied Research Laboratory, Virginia Tech, U.S. Fleet Forces Command

Pratt & Whitney, Daimler Trucks North America, Insitu, DISA

Thales Defense & Security, Inc



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.