Disruptive Technology for Defense Transformation USA 2024 Summit

August 6-7, 2024 - Austin, TX, United States

Accelerating Innovation To Achieve Strategic Overmatch

For its second year Disruptive Technology for Defense Transformation will bring together experts from the defense and industry communities to explore the game-changing technologies shaping modern warfare and addressing gaps in U.S. critical technology areas.

In the midst of ongoing conflicts, the event will spotlight the crucial role of drones and other unmanned vehicles in today's warfare. Participants will gain insights into the evolving threats of cyber warfare, along with an examination of the growing needs and applications of sensors, satellites, and advanced data processing in defense.

Thought leaders will delve into a range of topics, including Artificial Intelligence, Autonomy, Machine Learning, Cyber, Data & Cloud, Sensors, Satellites, and more. The summit aims to provide valuable insights into the current key offices and collaborations propelling the U.S. Department of Defense's technology advancements.

Join us on August 6 & 7 in Austin, Texas for two days full of insights, innovation, and a closer look at the future of defense technology.

Benefits for the Military Community

  • Identify strategies for overcoming challenges in critical technology areas. Hear from experts who have successfully navigated obstacles in autonomous systems, computing and software, communication technologies, networked sensors, and space technologies.
  • Learn about successful partnerships and initiatives that are directly contributing to the U.S. Department of Defense's innovation objectives. Understand how these collaborations leverage disruptive technologies to address critical defense challenges.
  • Stay ahead of the curve by gaining insights into future trends in defense technology. Understand emerging technologies and their potential impact on the defense landscape, helping you prepare for the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.
  • Equip yourself with strategies for closing technological gaps. Discover practical approaches for overcoming challenges in critical areas such as AI, Autonomy, Machine Learning, Cyber, data & cloud, sensors, satellites, and more
  • Connect with key players, experts, and professionals in the defense tech community. The summit provides a networking environment, fostering collaboration, knowledge exchange, and the opportunity to build strategic relationships with peers and industry leaders

Benefits for the Technology Industry

  • Present your solutions to decision-makers, who are shortening their procurement cycles and accelerating integration of technologies from traditional and commercial solution providers
  • Gain first-hand insights into near, mid, and long-term development plans of the US and NATO militaries to align your systems to capability requirements and secure future partnerships
  • Learn about how your organisation can benefit from defence innovation initiatives, focusing on military exploitation of SME and start-up technologies
  • Be the first to showcase your technology solutions to US Armed Forces’ thought leaders, as they finalize and communicate requirements for the future force
  • Enhance your understanding of current experimentation, trialling, and R&D to inform budgetary decisions and develop winning business proposals

Why Attend

Attend Disruptive Technology for Defense Transformation and learn about:
  • Network and foster relationships with DoD leaders and stakeholders
  • Hear from leaders about the potential uses of AI and ML throughout DoD
  • Gain an updated understanding on the critical technology gaps and plans to close the gaps
  • Understand the role of unmanned vehicles in modern warfareLearn about the latest strategies for attracting private funding to critical technology

2024 Chair

  • Vice Admiral (retired) Jeffrey E. Trussler, Former Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Warfare, US Navy

2024 Speakers

  • Kevin “Astro” Murray, Chief Technology Officer Deputy Commandant for Information Headquarters Marine Corps, US Marie Corps
  • Danny Burns, Chief Technology Officer Army Deputy Chief of Staff, G-6, US Army
  • Justin Fanelli, Department of the Navy Chief Technology Officer (Acting)/PEO Digital Technical Director, US Navy
  • Dr. Lisa A. Costa, Chief Technology and Innovation Officer (CTIO), US Space Force
  • Dr. William W. Streilein, Chief Technology Officer, Chief Digital and Artificial Intelligence Office
  • Dr. Jagadeesh Pamulapati, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Science and Technology Foundations, US Department of Defense
  • Mr. Thomas J. Lawhead SES, Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff, Air Force Futures A5/7, US Air Force
  • Frank Turner, Technical Director and Acting Chief, Emerging Technologies, Space Development Agency
  • Deron McElroy, Chief of Cybersecurity, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)
  • Mr. Luis Molina, Deputy Director of the Strategic Capabilities Office (SCO), US Department of Defense
  • Major General Wolfgang Gäbelein, Director, German Office for Defence Planning, Bundeswehr
  • Brigadier General William “Will” Wilburn Jr., Deputy Director for Combat Support, National Security Agency, Cybersecurity Directorate (Joint), National Security Agency (NSA)
  • Brigadier General Thorsten Lyhne Jørgensen, Assistant Chief of Staff Requirements, NATO
  • Colonel Tucker "Cinco" Hamilton, Commander, 96th Operations Group at Eglin AFB, US Air Force
  • Colonel Gabe S. Arrington, Commander, 12th Air Task Force, US Air Force
  • Captain Anthony Owens, Capability Development Line of Operation (LOO) Lead, Marine Innovation United (MIU), US Marine Corps
  • Bharat Patel, Product Lead for Project Linchpin, PEO IEW&S, US Army
  • Lowell Usrey, Arc Branch Chief AFWERX, US Air Force
  • Dr. Jessica M. Appler, Director, Maintaining Technology Advantage, US Department of Defense
  • Lieutenant Colonel Charlie Bahk, Commanding Officer, the Marine Corps Software Factory in Austin, US Marine Corps
  • Colleen Laughlin, Senior Advisor, Military Technology & Innovation Office of the Secretary of Defense, US Department of Defense
  • Dr. Leslie McIntosh., VP of Research Integrity Digital Science
  • Justin Jordan, VP of Federal Sales of Defense and Critical Infrastructure, Skydio
  • Lieutenant Colonel Jennifer M. Warren, Spark Division Chief, AFWERX, US Air Force

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Downright Austin (Formerly known as Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol)
701 E. 11th Street, 78701
Austin, Texas, USA

Tel: +1 512-478-1111

Group Rate: $189 per night, excluding applicable taxes and fees.

Reservation Method: Reserve your room by calling +1 512-478-1111 and saying, “I am attendee of the IDGA August DTDT event.” Book your room here.

Cut-off date: Monday, July 15th, 2024 (After that time, the group rate will be offered based on hotel availability only.)
Event details
Organizer :IDGA
Event type :Conference
Attendance :Physical Event
Reference :ASDE-24955

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