Autonomous Capabilities for DoD Summit

September 29-30, 2020 event information coming soon. 

All below information from 2019 Summit

DSI’s 3rd Annual Autonomous Capabilities for DoD Summit will provide a ‘town-hall’ type forum to discuss the modernized capabilities that autonomy, AI, and machine learning provide to the Warfighter, and how these innovative technologies are enhancing current and emerging DoD systems. The Summit will focus on the current priorities being enacted to accelerate the utilization of autonomy for the future battlefield, both to advance the DoD’s strategy of competing in the Great Power competition, and to outpace adversaries who will also exploit autonomous capabilities to their advantage.

2019 Keynote Speaker:



Dr. Lynne E. Parker, Assistant Director, Artificial Intelligence, Office of Science and Technology Policy, White House


2019 Confirmed Speakers:



Wayne Nickols, Assistant Director for Autonomy, USD R&E




BG Matthew Easley, USA, Director, Army Artificial Intelligence Task Force, Army Futures Command



161129-F-JA180-015COL Stoney Trent, USA, Chief of Missions, Joint Artificial Intelligence Center, Office of the Department of Defense Chief Information Officer



Dr. Paul Zablocky, SES, Program Manager, Strategic Technology Office, DARPA


161129-F-JA180-015Todd Turner, Portfolio Director for Air, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (Research and Technology), ASA(ALT)




Dr. Jason Stack, SES, Director, Ocean, Atmosphere, and Space Research Division, Portfolio Manager for Autonomy, Office of Naval Research


161129-F-JA180-015Honorable Katharina McFarland,           Commissioner, National Security Commission on AI


161129-F-JA180-015Col Jason Jobu Brown, USAF, Director of the Chief of Staff of the Air Force’s Strategic Studies Group, HQAF



Download the complete agenda for full list of speakers


Why You Should Attend this Year’s Summit

The 2019 Autonomous Capabilities for DoD Summit will provide a ‘town-hall’ style forum to detail current innovations in autonomy, AI, and machine learning to further advance DoD capabilities, platforms and systems. At this Summit, you will have the chance to hear from senior leaders across the DoD and Military Services on current and future initiatives for the facilitation of enhanced technologies onto autonomous systems, as well as critical assessments of the challenges, gaps, and opportunities when integrating autonomous capabilities in the battlefield


This event will explain how AI and autonomous capabilities are quickly becoming the future of War and will need to be utilized in order to compete in the Great Power competition. These enhanced capabilities will also reduce the number of Warfighters in harm’s way and improve the effectiveness and efficiency of decision making for combat effectiveness. At this event, delegates will hear sessions that will help guide their understanding on how fully leveraging autonomy across the DoD can improve total Force readiness and empower the Warfighter.


The 2019 Summit will also give an in depth look at new initiatives that have been established throughout the DoD to help the U.S. remain a leader in AI and autonomous capability integration. The Joint Artificial Intelligence Center and the National Security Commission on AI have been established to field and further develop these disruptive, emerging technologies in order to outpace the adversary.

Topics Covered at the 2019 Summit:

    • – Facilitating the application of AI & Autonomous systems across the DoD to better counter the adversary
      & disrupt future conflicts
        • – Leveraging Advancements in Autonomy to Modernize the US Army
        • – Advancing the Cross-Domain Integration of Autonomous & UxS Capabilities in Support of the Future
          Naval Fleet
        • – Developing & Driving Autonomous Capabilities & Technologies in Support of the Future USMC Force 
      •  – Integrating AI for improved Autonomous Intelligent Maneuver
        • – Exploiting innovative autonomous systems to maximize USAF capabilities & increase force readiness
        • – Analyzing how advances in AI, Machine Learning, Autonomy and other technologies could affect the
          future of national security
        • – Developing Innovative AI and Autonomous Capabilities to Guide the Evolution of Army Technological Capabilities
        • – Leveraging emerging & disruptive technologies to enhance Robotics and Autonomous Systems (RAS) 


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 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.



Exhibit and Sponsorship Information:


The Autonomous Capabilities for DoD Summit provides opportunities including exhibit space, round table discussions, product demonstrations, and networking receptions.

Download the Sponsorship Prospectus


Operating Guidance for Government Attendees:

      • DSI’s Summit directly supports the DoD and Government mission priorities by providing a conduit for each speaker to efficiently reach audiences outside of their respective offices that directly impact their department’s mission success, at no charge to the government, and in an efficient expenditure of time.


      • DSI’s Summit will provide a forum to address and improve internal and external initiatives, meet with and hear from partner organizations, disseminate vital capability requirements to industry, increase visibility within the larger community, and generally support their mission. The Summit is open and complimentary to all DoD and Federal employees and is considered an educational and training forum.


        • The Summit is open and complimentary to all DoD and Federal employees and is considered an educational training forum, and a widely attended gathering.


        • (Industry and academia members are charged a fee for admission)



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.