2018 Autonomous Capabilities for DoD Summit

Alexandria, VA, United States

The 2018 Autonomous Capabilities for DoD Summit will provide a forum to discuss the advancements and applications of autonomy, artificial intelligence, and machine learning to enhance current and emerging DoD capabilities and systems. The Summit will focus on the key efforts aimed at accelerating the exploitation of autonomy, both to realize the potential military value, and to remain ahead of adversaries who will also exploit its operational benefits.

Topics to be covered at the 2018 Summit:

  • Accelerating the DoD's Adoption of Autonomous Capabilities
  • Addressing Design, Requirements, and Acquisition Challenges Specific to Autonomy
  • Supporting Research and Advancements to Machine Learning / AI
  • Applying Levels of Machine Learning and Narrow AI to DoD Systems at Rest and In Motion Across Physical and Non-Physical Domain Systems and Platforms
  • Developing Test, Evaluation, Validation, and Verification (TEVV) Techniques that Focus on Challenges Unique to Autonomy
  • Human-Machine Teaming Challenges of Transitioning to Increasingly Autonomous Systems
  • Improving Trustworthiness and Trust in Autonomous Systems
  • Integrating Counter-Autonomy to Remain Ahead of Adversaries Leveraging Autonomy

Why you should attend this year's Summit:

Recent DoD findings and leadership across the Services have readily acknowledged the wide-spread applicability for autonomous capabilities across DoD systems and platforms. Fueled by advances in artificial intelligence, the current role for autonomous capabilities in DoD missions will continuously grow in importance as critical technology matures, and mission sets evolve to better leverage these capabilities. The efforts to accelerate the DoD's adoption of autonomous capabilities are well underway, both to realize the potential Military value and capacity, and to remain ahead of adversaries who will also exploit its operational benefits.

Autonomy can provide substantial operational value across an increasingly diverse and constantly evolving set of DoD missions. However, the DoD must rapidly move to fully realize this value, which requires a proportionate amount of time structuring requirements, technology investment, and acquisition strategies to meet near and far-term mission needs.

The 2018 Autonomous Capabilities for DoD Summit will provide a forum to discuss the advancements and applications of autonomy, AI, and machine learning to enhance DoD capabilities, platforms, and systems. At this Summit, you will have the chance to examine the DoD's major initiatives in the enabling of autonomous systems, strategic assessments of the challenges, gaps, and opportunities for current and future application, to include the identification of potential investments that advance and initiate critical capability development.

At our Summit you will have the ability:

  • Gain Education & Insight:  Walk away with knowledge gained from our senior level speakers on some of the most complex issues facing the DoD and Government as it relates to autonomy, AI, and machine learning.
  • Build Partnerships: The agenda is designed to allow for ample networking opportunities and the ability to discover some of the latest technologies, policy considerations, and solutions of interest to the DoD and Government for autonomy, AI and machine learning.
  • 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.

2018 Confirmed Speakers:

  • General Stephen W. ''Seve'' Wilson, USAF, Vice Chief of Staff, U.S. Air Force
  • Lt Gen John Shanahan, USAF, Director for Defense Intelligence - Warfighter Support, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence
  • Mr. Chris Shank, Director, Strategic Capabilities Office, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering
  • Robert A. Gold, SES, Director, Engineering Enterprise, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Systems Engineering, USD R&E
  • Robert Sadowski, SES, Army Chief Roboticist, Chair RDECOM Robotics Community of Practice, Ground Vehicle Robots, TARDEC
  • Orin Hoffman, Autonomy and Robotics HQE, Defense Innovation Unit Experimental (DIUx)


Mary M. Gates Learning Center
701 N. Fairfax St.
Alexandria, VA

**Complimentary WIFI will be provided to all attendees and there is a full business center that attendees will have access to throughout the Summit.

THERE IS NO PARKING AT THE VENUE. Parking available on street and two blocks north at Crown Plaza hotel. (Roughly $19 for the whole day)

Hotel Rooms:
801 North St. Asaph Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
(Two walking blocks from the Mary M. Gates Learning Center.)

Hotel Rooms are available at a discounted rate at ($189 per night) Please identify that you are with Defense Strategies Institute to receive your discount or use the following links:

There is also a Crowne Plaza two blocks north at:
901 N Fairfax St, Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone: (703) 683-6000
Autonomous Capabilities for DoD
Event details
Organizer : Defense Strategies Institute
Venue : Mary M. Gates Learning Center, Alexandria, VA, United States
Event type : Conference
Reference : ASDE-18939