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ISR Summit

28 November, 2012 - 30 November, 2012, Alexandria, VA, United States

Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance or ISR Summit will focus on the emerging technology trends and capability requirements for tactical Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance. The importance of delivering actionable intelligence to warfighters’ from ISR platforms has never been more important for ensuring mission success and effectiveness. Emerging challenges to integrate ISR assets into the future force are at an all time high, how do we manage data access? How do we ensure bandwidth to get the data to warfighters in the field? And how do we put control in the hands of those that need it most?

This year’s ISR Summit will incorporate the changing face of ISR assets to include Target Acquisition or ISTAR. With UAVs being armed, we are able to efficiently and effectively enable real time precision strikes without putting manned forces in harms way. We seek to follow this evolution through our event and identify the necessary improvements that must happen in order for ISR to enable successful target acquisition.

There are a lot of areas of potential focus for a ISTAR event, but the significant area of focus lies with acquisition and the requirements for emerging and legacy ISR platforms. This event will be a venue specifically geared towards discussing the assets and technology requirements of acquisition offices within the US government and military. Best practice and lessons learned from recent operations and the arming of UAVs will offer opportunities to discuss the way ahead via acquisition roadmaps from key military and industry stakeholders.

Key areas of focus/problems that will be discussed at the event include:

  • What ISR technologies and assets could best identify and track activity so that TA can be accomplished?
  • Where are Homeland Security requirements leading us for domestic ISR solutions?
  • How to design the latest equipment needed to properly coordinate and interdict terrorists?
  • What are the specific issues associated with the different ISR platforms and how do we upgrade?
  • How can international cooperation and policy best aid in ISR activities?
  • What is needed to break down the stovepipes and increase interagency sharing of intelligence?
  • Where to employ assets and tech for greatest efficiency on land (ISR) and sea (BAMS)?

Venue & Accommodation

Hilton Alexandria Mark Center
5000 Seminary Road, 5000 Seminary Road
Alexandria , Virginia, 22311, United States

The draft agenda is available as PDF under downloads.


  • Charles Beames SES, Strategic Advisor, Space and Intelligence, Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Aquisition, Technology and Logistics
  • Lieutenant General Bradley Heithold *Reserved*, Vice Commander, U.S. Special Operations Command
  • Vice Commander (Ret.) Scott Bethel, Director, ISR Agency, US Air Force
  • Colonel Charles Wells, Program Manager, Distributed Common Ground Systems, PEO IEWS
  • James Shircliffe, Manager, Counterintelligence, FBI
  • John Mahaffey, Senior Director, C2ISR Operational Support/Analysis, NATO
  • James Donlon, Program Manager, Mind's eye Project, DARPA
  • Joseph Kirschbaum, Assistant Director, Defense Capabilities and Management, U.S. Government Accountability Office
  • Captain Jeremy Tachau, Senior FMV Imagery Analyst, NGA
  • Dr. Mitchell Rohde, Chief Operating Officer, Quantum Signal, LLC
  • Captain Michael Moran, Program Manager, Aircraft and Weapons Division, PMA-290
  • Hampton Dowling, Senior Executive Director, SABRE Systems
  • Michael Said, Assistant Deputy Director, NAVSEA T&E, Navy
  • Vincent Sabio, Program Manager, IPTO, DARPA
  • Mr. Guy Thomas, Science and Technology Advisor, United States Coast Guard
  • David Bottom, Director, ISP Core Services Office, NGA
  • Donnie Self, Chief, Sensor Assimilation Division, NGA
  • Michael Kolodny, Senior Technology Advisor, Army Research Laboratory, US Army


Event details

28 November, 2012
30 November, 2012
Hilton Alexandria Mark Center
United States

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