2024 Speaker Hall of Fame

Brigadier General Kyle B. Ellison
Commanding General, Warfighting Laboratory
U.S. Marine Corps

Brigadier General Shannon O’Harren
Mobilization Assistant to the Commander, Sixteenth Air Force; Commander, Air Forces Cyber; Commander, Joint Force Headquarters-Cyber; and Commander, Service Cryptologic Component
U.S. Air Force

Lieutenant General (Ret’d) Michael Groen
Former Director of the Joint Artificial Intelligence Center
U.S. Department of Defense

Lieutenant General Matthew Glavy
Deputy Commandant for Information
US Marine Corps

Barbara McQuinston
Chair of the NATO Defense Innovation Accelerator

Jeremy Leader
Acting Director, Commercial Space Office (COMSO)
U.S. Space Force

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About the Conference

Modernizing capability across battle areas calls for agility and the establishment of partnerships between military, industry, start-ups, international counterparts, and academia. The EDT for Defense Conference will allow just that, bridging the gap between the key stakeholders, encouraging collaborative partnerships, and providing access to unique expertise. EDT for Defense will bring together senior leaders from the US DoD and partners from the Five Eyes nations, NATO, academia, and industry innovators to advance dialogue on the institution of common IT frameworks, the implementation of AI-enabled technologies, and the digitization of the armed forces.

The Conference runs under Chatham House rule with no media or press in attendance. Participants are strictly vetted; certain citizens are not admitted to the conference.

Learn about Integrating disruptive technologies to build the competitive edge and accelerate intelligence PED

Hear discussions on transforming acquisition to enable the rapid adoption and fielding of game-changing technologies at scale

Address equipping the force with the latest technologies in robotics, artificial intelligence, and sensors to achieve information dominance.

Discuss Delivering a more lethal force requires the ability to evolve faster and be more adaptable than our adversaries – in all domains

Top Organizations that have Attended

  • Lockheed Martin
  • CISA
  • National Defense University
  • Crescend Technologies
  • NATO
  • Cybersecurity Collaboration Center
  • Nautilus
  • Defense Innovation Unit
  • Navy/PEO(U&W)
  • Defense Intelligence Agency
  • NSA Cybersecurity Collaboration Center
  • Department of Defense
  • Office of Naval Intelligence
  • DHS S&T
  • OSD
  • GDIT
  • PenLink
  • Govcio
  • Royal Navy
  • HQDA DCS G-3/5/7
  • SAIC
  • Indepth Engineering
  • Two Six Technologies

Key Features of the Emerging & Disruptive Technology for Defense Event

Expert Led Round Table Discussions

Explore the forefront of innovation by participating in our round table discussions on Augmenting Competitive Advantage with Information Age Technologies, where thought leaders come together to share insights, strategies, and collaborative solutions.

Innovators’ Panel Discussion

Embark on a journey of innovation with our exclusive Innovators’ Panel Discussion: ‘Innovation at the Heart of the Defense Enterprise.’ Join visionary leaders as they share groundbreaking insights and strategies, shaping the future of defense with transformative ideas at its core.

Unmatched Networking Opportunities

Seize the opportunity to expand your professional network where like-minded individuals and industry trailblazers come together to foster connections, share insights, and explore collaborative possibilities in the ever-evolving landscape of innovation.

“Lectures were particularly interesting… really made us think outside of the box”
—Director, General Information Capability Force Development – Canadian Armed Forces
“Knowledgeable presenters… very good job by ACI Team”
—President, Cresend Technologies
“Each speaker was super interesting”
—Solutions Architect, World Wide Technology
“A perfect balance of government’s vision, industry’s leadership and networking opportunities”
—Aerospace and Defense Team Lead, Ansys
“The topics and speakers selected was outstanding… I learned so much”
—Mission Planner, USAF