Program


Tuesday, September 8

All times are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)

9:00 AM – 9:05 AM — Brian Wynne, AUVSI
Opening Remarks

9:20 AM – 10:05 AM — UMAA, RAIL and Data Strategy
Fireside Chat w/ Q&A

Speakers:

  • Captain Pete Small, Program Manager, Unmanned Maritime Systems
  • Commander Jeremiah Anderson, Deputy Program Manager, Unmanned Underwater Vehicles

10:05 AM – 10:15 AM
Break

10:15 AM – 11:00 AM — Secretary James "Hondo" Geurts, Navy
Keynote w/ Q&A

Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Research, Development and Acquisition

11:00 AM – 11:45 AM — SURFDEVRON & UUVRON
Panel w/ Q&A

Speakers:

  • Captain Henry Adams, Surface Development Squadron One
  • Commander Rob Patchin, UUV Squadron One
  • Mr. Tom Reynolds, Senior Director, Huntington Ingalls Industries

11:45 AM – 12:00 PM
Break

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM — Unmanned Maritime Systems Requirements and Visions
Panel w/ Q&A

Join leadership from Unmanned and Small Combatants, Undersea Warfare, Surface Warfare, Expeditionary Warfare, and Combat Development and Integration to discuss the vision and requirements for unmanned systems.

Speakers:

  • RDML Casey Moton, Program Executive Officer, Unmanned and Small Combatants (Moderator)
  • RDML William Houston, Director, Undersea Warfare Division, N97, Office of the CNO
  • RDML Paul Schlise, Director, Surface Warfare Division, N96, Office of the CNO
  • Major General King, Director, Expeditionary Warfare, N95, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations
  • Brigadier General Eric Austin, Director, Capabilities Development Directorate at CD&I, USMC

1:00 PM – 1:15 PM
Break

1:15 PM – 2:00 PM — Navy & Joint Strategies
Fireside Chat w/ Q&A

Speakers:

  • Vice Admiral Ronald Boxall, Director, Force Structure, Resources and Assessment, J8, Joint Staff
  • Rear Admiral Robert Gaucher, Director, Maritime Headquarters, U.S. Pacific Fleet

2:00 PM – 2:15 PM — Rear Admiral Casey Moton
Keynote

Program Executive Officer, Unmanned and Small Combatants

2:15 PM – 2:45 PM — Maritime Program Review Sprints
Presentations w/ Q&A

Program reviews allow for industry to receive an update on important programs across the services, and the unmanned systems community would benefit from hearing program updates for Unmanned Maritime Systems.

Speakers:

  • Captain Pete Small, Program Manager, Unmanned Maritime Systems

2:45 PM – 3:00 PM
Break

3:00 PM – 3:45 PM — Appropriations to Acquisition
Panel w/ Q&A

Speakers:

  • Brigadier General Frank Kelley, Vice President, Defense Acquisition University
  • Mr. Jason Potter, Professional Staff Member, United States Senate
  • Mr. Creighton Greene, Professional Staff Member, United States Senate
  • Mr. Arun Seraphin, Professional Staff Member, United States Senate
  • Ms. Gwyneth Woolwine, Professional Staff Member, United States Senate

3:45 PM – 4:15 PM — Christian Brose, Kill Chain
Presentation

Speaker:

  • Christian Brose, Chief Strategy Officer, Anduril Industries

4:15 PM – 4:45 PM — Vice Admiral James Kilby
Keynote

Office of the Chief of Naval Operations
Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Warfighting Requirements and Capabilities, N9

4:45 PM – 5:00 PM — Maritime Day Wrap-up
Closing Remarks

Speaker:

  • Mike Smitsky Esq., Senior Manager, Advocacy and Government Relations, AUVSI

Wednesday, September 9

All times are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)

9:00 AM – 9:05 AM — Brian Wynne, AUVSI
Opening Remarks

9:05 AM – 9:30 AM
Morning Networking & Orientation

9:30 AM – 9:50 AM — Dr. Peter Highnam, DARPA
Keynote

Acting Director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)

9:55 AM – 10:00 AM
Break

10:00 AM – 10:45 AM — Bridging the Gap: DoD Procurement to Silicon Valley
Panel w/ Q&A

The boundary layer between government and purely commercial off the shelf business models has long been challenging for startup and even large companies. Programs like agility prime as designed to help both government and industry bridge the gap between the two. The panel is being populated to provide the audience with the differing viewpoints of the two worlds can meet.

Speakers:

  • Bilal Zuberi, Partner, Lux Capital
  • Katherine Boyle, Partner, General Catalyst
  • Jon Damush, Senior Director of New Business Ventures, Boeing NeXt
  • Col. Nathan Diller, Assistant Director of Aeronautics, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
  • Brett Granberg, CEO at Vannevar Labs

10:45 AM – 11:45 AM — DoD Procurement
Panel w/ Q&A

A discussion forum from experts at the senior levels of the DoD. Service and Agency procurement and contracting leaders providing their observations and insights as DoD has transformed practices since the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act. Example areas of discussion include: The DoD policy (DoD 5000), Middle Tier Acquisition, Other Transaction Authority (OTA), and Department procurement of Services. Q&A session providing attendees a forum to ask the panel on current and evolving practices in DoD Acquisition.

Speakers:

  • Jill Stiglich, Director of Contracting, US Army Corps of Engineers
  • Thomas Robinson, Director of Contracting, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, USAF
  • Colonel Eric Obergfell, Director of Procurement, USSOCOM
  • John Burke, Specialist Executive, Deloitte

11:50 AM – 12:00 PM
Break

12:00 PM – 12:20 PM — Kim Herrington, DoD
Keynote

Acting Principal Director, Defense Pricing and Contracting
Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment

12:20 PM – 12:50 PM
Networking

12:50 PM – 1:00 PM
Break

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM — Certifying Autonomous Systems: How to Build Trust in Autonomy
Panel w/ Q&A

A recent Defense Science Board report noted that “Autonomy delivers significant military value, including opportunities to reduce the number of warfighters in harm’s way, increase the quality and speed of decisions in time-critical operations, and enable new missions that would otherwise be impossible.” However, the key widespread deployment of these systems is that humans can rely on them for safety and mission performance. Certification has historically been used as a process to reduce risk and build trust in our systems. Can traditional certification processes work for highly complex autonomous systems? What opportunities exist for new approaches to certification? How can certification be used to unlock the military value of autonomy?

Speakers:

  • Dr. Stephen Cook, Northrop Grumman Fellow – Airworthiness, Northrop Grumman Aeronautics Systems
  • Dr. Raymond Richards, Program Manager, DARPA
  • Dr. Frank Delsing, Director of Flight Test, Air Force Research Laboratory
  • Mr. Ajay Sehgal, Chief Engineer, KBR, Govt. Solutions
  • Dr. Zarrin Chua, Humans & Autonomy Engineer, Aurora Flight Sciences (A Boeing Company)

2:00 PM – 2:15 PM — Air Program Review
Presentation

Program reviews allow for industry to receive an update on important programs across the services, and the unmanned systems community would benefit from hearing program updates for Unmanned Air Systems.

Speaker:

  • Rear Admiral Brian Corey, Program Executive Officer for Unmanned Air Systems and Strike Weapons, U.S. Navy

2:50 PM – 3:00 PM
Break

3:00 PM – 3:45 PM — Congressional Unmanned Mandates: How Lawmakers are Shaping the Future of Unmanned Defense Systems
Panel w/ Q&A

As DHS, DoD, and the service branches increasingly look towards employing unmanned and autonomous systems for air, ground and maritime operations to assist our warfighters and defend the nation, Congress, with its constitutional power of the purse, has the ability to shape what systems remain in operation, which programs get R&D funding, and which future programs go operational. Hear from leading experts from Capitol Hill on how Congress views current unmanned operations and the future of unmanned system programs, and what the future holds for the industry, homeland security, and the warfighter.

Speakers:

  • Stephanie Beasley, Politico (Moderator)
  • Forrest McConnell, House Homeland Security Committee
  • Ronce Almond, Counsel, Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee
  • Darien Flowers, Deputy Policy Director, Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, U.S. Senate

3:45 PM – 4:15 PM — Defense Innovation Unit (DIU)
Presentation

Defense Innovation Unit Deputy Director, Mike Madsen, will provide an overview of DIU and our efforts of accelerating commercial technology into the Department of Defense. Mike will share details of the streamlined Commercial Solutions Opening that allows DIU to contract with leading edge technology firms in autonomy, AI, cyber, space and human systems, and then scale successful solutions and methodologies across the DoD.

Speaker:

  • Mike Madsen, Deputy Director of Strategic Engagement, Defense Innovation Unit (DIU)

4:15 PM – 4:30 PM — Air Day Wrap-up
Closing Remarks

Speaker:

  • Michael Robbins, Executive Vice President, Government and Public Affairs, AUVSI

Thursday, September 10

All times are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)

9:00 AM – 9:05 AM — Brian Wynne, AUVSI
Opening Remarks

9:05 AM – 9:25 AM — The Honorable Dr. Bruce D. Jette
Keynote

Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics and Technology) & Army Acquisition Executive

9:25 AM – 10:00 AM
Morning Networking & Orientation

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM — AI in Future DoD Ground Systems
Panel w/ Q&A

This panel will discuss the state of AI in military ground systems. Specifically, it will explore the readiness of AI from a technical, programmatic, and cultural perspective. Technically, progress is being made in developing and applying AI in the Science and Technology community, but the same progress is lacking in the non-S&T and procurement areas. Programmatically, some procurement plans indicate that AI isn’t planned to be fielded in Ground systems for another 10 years. Culturally, the issues of trust and ethics influence the military’s readiness to accept AI in their systems. The panel will discuss these issues and more. It will benchmark some of the AI being used in ground vehicles and discuss whether the military should be pushing more aggressively regarding bringing AI onto the battlefield.

Speakers:

  • LTC. Lowrance, Autonomous Systems Lead at the US Army Artificial Intelligence (AI) Task Force
  • Andy Dallas, Vice President at Soar Technology, Inc
  • Dr. Stuart Young, Tactical Technology Office (TTO) Program Manager, DARPA
  • Dr. Parag Batavia, Founder, Neya Systems
  • John Sauter, Program Manager, Soar Technology

11:00 AM – 11:50 AM — Ground Program Review Sprints
Presentations w/ Q&A

Program reviews allow for industry to receive an update on important programs across the services, and the unmanned systems community would benefit from hearing program updates for Unmanned Ground Systems.

Speakers:

  • Lieutenant Colonel Orlowski, Product Manager, Robotic Combat Vehicles, U.S. Army
  • Stuart Hatfield, Chief, Robotics Branch, HQDA G-8 FDD, U.S. Army

11:50 AM – 12:00 PM
Break

12:00 PM – 12:20 PM
Keynote

12:20 PM – 1:00 PM
Networking

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM — Open Business Model
Panel w/ Q&A

As government needs for ground vehicle autonomy increases, we must foster an environment that drives the innovation and delivery of these technologies. Join this discussion on MOSA, IP concerns, DoD investment strategy, and other topics that lead to open business.

Speakers:

  • Sara Blackmer, Senior VP Corporate Strategy, Stratom, Inc.
  • Mr. Mike Formica, President, Neya Systems, LLC
  • Mr. Kevin Mills, Associate Director Ground Vehicle Robotics, U.S. Army
  • Ms. Jeannette Evans-Morgis, Army Chief Systems Engineer, U.S. Army

2:00 PM – 2:50 PM — Ground Program Review Sprints
Presentations w/ Q&A

Program reviews allow for industry to receive an update on important programs across the services, and the unmanned systems community would benefit from hearing program updates for Unmanned Ground Systems.

Speakers:

  • Mark Mazzara, Systems Engineering & Architecture Lead for Project Manager (PM) Force Projection (FP), US Army Program Executive Office, Combat Support & Combat Service Support (PEO CS&CSS)
  • Kevin Mills, Associate Director Ground Vehicle Robotics, U.S. Army

2:50 PM – 3:00 PM
Break

3:00 PM – 3:45 PM — Innovation From the Ground Up
Panel w/ Q&A

Speakers:

  • Mel Torrie, CEO/Founder Autonomous Solutions (ASI)
  • Orin Hoffman, Venture Partner, The Engine
  • Jorgen Pedersen, President & CEO at RE2 Robotics
  • Dr. Brent Segal, Director of Artificial Intelligence, Lockheed Martin

3:45 PM – 4:15 PM — DASD Chris O'Donnell, DoD
Keynote

Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Platform and Weapon Portfolio Management, United States Department of Defense

4:15 PM – 4:30 PM — Ground Day Wrap-up
Closing Remarks

Speaker:

  • Michael Robbins, Executive Vice President, Government and Public Affairs, AUVSI