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DoD Unmanned Systems Summit
''Integrating Unmanned and Autonomous Capabilities in Support of the Future Force''

14 March, 2018 - 15 March, 2018, Alexandria, VA, United States

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The 6th Annual DoD Unmanned Systems Summit encourages members of the DoD, US Government Military Services, and critical organizations to come together to discuss the significance of UxS across multi-domains. Due to the effectiveness and practicality of UxS, particularly in contested environments, our military is able to successfully fight and win. This program will facilitate discussion surrounding near-term initiatives of UxS and capabilities focused on enhancing interoperability amongst systems to ensure mission success.

Topics to be Covered at the 2018 Summit

  • Development and progress towards affordable, survivable, long range, strike weapons with multi-platform launch capability in multi-domains
  • Efforts to innovate and partner with industry to develop sensors for small UxS
  • Challenges and next steps to ensure the US Military remains competitive with the latest UxS capabilities
  • Understanding the functions and limitations of the Close-in Covert Autonomous Disposable aircraft (CICADA)
  • Developments concerning common platforms to facilitate the use of various platform payloads for current and future missions
  • Efforts to partner with industry to achieve an operational weapon system for targets in highly contested

Why Attend?

This educational Summit will bring together senior DoD officials, military leaders, academia, and solution providers to enhance the interoperability and tactical capabilities of UxS across the services.

The objective of this year's Summit is to emphasize the increased need for long-range and high-endurance UxS to further strengthen the military's posture. This year will also highlight the reliability and effectiveness of UxS operating within contested and unique environments.

This summit will feature senior level discussions that emphasize the critical need for common controllers and interoperability to further enhance the effectiveness and accuracy of UxS across the services. This program will allow for open and honest dialogue to solve the nation's most difficult technical and strategic challenges while bridging the UxS capability gap among the services.

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 communications and networking leaders.

  • 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.


Mary M. Gates Learning Center
701 N. Fairfax St.
Alexandria, VA 22314The agenda is available as PDF under downloads at the right side of the page.

2018 Confirmed Speakers:

  • BGen Frank Kelley, USMC (Ret), Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy-Unmanned Systems
  • RADM Jim Kilby, USN, Director of Warfare Integration, OPNAV N9I
  • Dale Ormond, Principal Director for Research, ASD (R&E), USD
  • BGen (sel) James Adams, USMC, Director, Capabilities Development Directorate, Combat Development & Integration, HQMC
  • COL (Ret) Bryan McVeigh, USA, Project Manager, Force Projection, PEO CS & CSS
  • COL Paul Cravey, USA, Director, TRADOC Capability Manager, Renaissance and Attack (TCM-RA)


Event details

Defense Strategies Institute
14 March, 2018
15 March, 2018
Mary M. Gates Learning Center
United States


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