Day 1 - Tuesday, March 21, 2023

7:30
Morning Coffee and Registration
8:30
Opening Remarks
8:35
Chairman’s Opening remarks
8:45
Transforming Intelligence to Retain Strategic Overmatch
9:15
Accelerating Procurement Of Game-Changing Technologies And Driving Competitive Advantage
9:45
Understand Better, Decide Faster, And Be Stronger Together: Hacking4 Allies Program
10:15
Coffee Networking Break
10:45
Integrating Data-Driven Capability To Compete In The Digital Age
11:15
TRANSFORMING C2ISR FOR THE FUTURE FIGHT
11:45

PANEL DISCUSSION

Instituting Combined Jadc2 Architecture For All Domain Warfare
12:30
Lunch and Networking
1:30
MODERNIZING INTELLIGENCE, ELECTRONIC WARFARE, AND SENSORS
2:00
Translating Vision Into Capability: Adopting Ai-Enabled Solutions
2:30

PANEL DISCUSSION

AI/Ml-Enabled Technologies In Defense
3:15
Afternoon Coffee & Networking
3:45
Autonomy And Disruptive Innovation For High-Intensity Operations
4:15
Enhancing Maritime ISR For All Domain Warfare
4:45

PANEL DISCUSSION

MUM-T & AUTONOMY
6:00
Chairpersons Closing Remarks
6:10
Conference Drinks Reception

Day 2 - Wednesday, March 22, 2023

8:00
Morning Cofee & Registration
8:50
Chairman’s Opening Remarks
9:00
Game-Changing Digital Capabilities: Adopting Cloud Architecture, Data Analytics, AI
9:20
Digital Strategy For The British Army
9:40
Data Strategy Of The Canadian Department Of Defense
10:00
CIO / CTO Panel Discussion: Achieving Digital Transformation & Enabling The Cloud Environment
10:45
Coffee Networking Break
11:15
Industry Innovators’ Panel Discussion: Innovation At The Heart Of The Defense Enterprise
12:00
Better Cost, Quality, Schedules, and Planning through Defense Supercomputing
12:30
The Pathway To Mosaic Warfare: Distributed Kill Chains
1:00
Advancing S&T Synchronization And Ai Adoption
1:30
Lunch and Networking
2:30
Round Tables
3:30
Manifesting An Integrated Future Force Design To Fight And Win
4:00
Afternoon Tea & Coffee Networking
5:00
Developing Leaders Of The Future And Inculcating Innovation
5:30
Transforming Doctrine, Conops, And Training For Future Joint Warfighting
6:15
Chairman’s Closing Remarks And End Of Conference Day

Day 1 - Tuesday, March 21, 2023

7:30
Morning Coffee and Registration
8:30
Opening Remarks

Linda Lastovych
Conference Director
American Conference Institute

8:35
Chairman’s Opening remarks

Lieutenant General (Ret’d) Raymond Palumbo
Former Director for Defense Intelligence - Warfighter Support
U.S. Department of Defense

8:45
Transforming Intelligence to Retain Strategic Overmatch

Lieutenant General Scott Berrier
Director
US Defense Intelligence Agency

  • Integrating disruptive technologies to build the competitive edge and accelerate intelligence PED
  • Addressing challenges and opportunities in the cyber intelligence domain
  • Achieving expanded maneuver by improving communications in degraded and contested operating environments
  • Introducing data-driven technologies to the joint force to gain the information advantage and decision dominance
  • Attaining interoperability across the joint force and with allies and partners for future operations
  • Enhancing joint experimentation with traditional industry, commercial companies, start-ups, academia, and international counterparts to achieve transformative capability

9:15
Accelerating Procurement Of Game-Changing Technologies And Driving Competitive Advantage

Tanya M. Skeen SES
Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for Acquisition
US Department of Defense

  • Transforming acquisition to enable the rapid adoption and fielding of game-changing technologies at scale
  • Inculcating data architecture, standards, governance, and a data-centric culture across the DoD
  • Enhancing the development of strategic, space, intelligence, tactical warfare, command and control, and business systems 
  • Instituting open systems architecture to enable rapid incorporation of new capability and integration into the network
  • Delivering and supporting the development of digital engineering, agile practices, artificial intelligence, and machine learning

9:45
Understand Better, Decide Faster, And Be Stronger Together: Hacking4 Allies Program

Major General Odd-Harald Hagen
Defense Attache to the US and Canada
Norwegian Embassy

  • Overview of the allied innovation acceleration effort with the United States
  • Hacking 4 Allies program: cooperation with dual-use and scale-up companies to gain access to the most innovative technologies
  • Unlocking opportunities of working with the commercial sector to transform defense capabilities
  • Introducing Norwegian start-ups and scaleups within dual-use markets in the US and Norway and helping them realize pathways to deployment
  • Assessing success stories: overview of sensor data fusion aand unmanned-autonomous techology programs
  • Developing digital transformation initiatives and increasing cooperation with US innovation hubs

10:15
Coffee Networking Break
10:45
Integrating Data-Driven Capability To Compete In The Digital Age

Mr. Christopher Ristich SES
Director of Strategic Development Planning & Experimentation
US Air Force Research Laboratory

  • Overview of current USAF experimentation campaigns, multi-domain modeling initiatives, simulation and analysis
  • Implementing the transformational component of the Air Force Science and Technology Strategy
  • Managing and developing
  • Adopting data-driven approaches to decision-making and delivering the business of defense
  • Enabling a transition to digital approaches and identifying gaps in existing systems
  • Changing the structures, practices, and culture to become a data-driven organization
  • Enhancing data literacy and changing ineffective data management practices
  • Addressing data integrity issues, exploring innovative approaches, and changing business processes

11:15
TRANSFORMING C2ISR FOR THE FUTURE FIGHT

Major General Daniel L. Simpson
Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance
US Air Force

  • Achieving and maintaining Command and Control dominance in air, space, and cyberspace by incorporating innovation and disruptive technologies
  • Enhancing testing, evaluation, training, and tactics development across C2, sensors, and battle management weapon systems
  • ABMS: accelerating Command and Control and enabling the Commander to make time-critical decisions at speed
  • Exploiting data-driven technologies enabled by IOT, cloud, robot processing, and AI to fuel information advantage

11:45

PANEL DISCUSSION

Instituting Combined Jadc2 Architecture For All Domain Warfare

  • What are some of the challenges associated with replacing the current platform-centric approach with a system of systems model for intelligence collection and distribution? How should the services work together to achieve data standardization and improve networking capabilities across the military ecosystem? What role will industry play in linking all services’ communications rapidly across air, land, sea, space, and cyber domains?
  • What solutions are required to implement a common data fabric that will allow current service C2 nodes to plug in and share data across the network? How can we achieve a common operating picture for the joint force commander? What technologies will enable the seamless flow of information to the point of need?
  • What role will system integrators play in enabling a system of systems approach to intelligence gathering and processing? How can the industry help connect sensors and shooters for effective target engagement? What technologies have the potential to transform the OODA loop and accelerate joint all domain command and control?
  • What are some of the advantages and risks of integrating a hyper-scale cloud? How can we ensure data access in contested and denied environments?
  • What provisions need to be incorporated to allow for intelligence sharing and interoperability with allies and partners?

12:30
Lunch and Networking
1:30
MODERNIZING INTELLIGENCE, ELECTRONIC WARFARE, AND SENSORS

Mr. Mark Kitz
Program Executive Officer, Intelligence, Electronic Warfare and Sensors,IEW&S
U.S. Army

  • Developing the Army’s portfolio of intelligence, electronic warfare, cyber, integrated base defense; force protection; position, navigation, and timing; biometrics; and target acquisition programs
  • Enabling the soldier to detect, recognize, and identify targets to feed the tactical network and support force protection maneuver
  • Supporting the acquisition and fielding of innovative systems for effective intelligence

2:00
Translating Vision Into Capability: Adopting Ai-Enabled Solutions

Colonel Hank Hurt III
Director, CE-Intelligence Integration Division,
Development and Integration (CD&I)

US Marine Corps

  • Force Design 2030: revamping and posturing the force for high-intensity operations in degraded and denied environments
  • Assessing the opportunities of AI/ML technologies for future communications, C2, and decision-making
  • Developing and evaluating innovative concepts and technologies
  • Investing in AI and Machine Learning tools to enhance recruitment and retention of personnel
  • Integrating data-driven models across the USMC
  • Mixing and matching capabilities from various companies to integrate the best open architecture autonomy software

2:30

PANEL DISCUSSION

AI/Ml-Enabled Technologies In Defense

Panelists

Air Vice Marshal David Arthurton
Director of Military Digitisation, for Defence Digital
UK Ministry of Defense

Brigadier General Eric Vandenberg
Director General Intelligence Enterprise
Canadian Armed Forces

Dr. Roy Campbell
High Performance Computing Modernization Program
US Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC)

Ms. Barbara McQuiston
Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Science and Technology
US Department of Defense

John Goolgasian
Chief Innovation Officer
Seerist

  • It is widely recognized that unlocking the power of big data and AI maximizes operational success. Due to the huge potential of advanced analytics, armed forces have prioritized the integration of data-driven capabilities to enhance complex decision-making. What lessons defense can learn from other industries to maximize value from data? How can embracing cloud & AI capabilities break down the barriers of disparate data sources and accelerate mission insight?
  • What are the main barriers to delivering such capabilities in defense in a par with commercial organizations? How can we ensure that AI & ML technologies are delivered to the Warfighter quicker?
  • What lessons can defense learn from adjacent industries in this regard? How can we speed up acquisition to build the digital backbone and unlock the power of AI/ML-enabled solutions?
  • How should data management transform to reduce silo effect and ensure accessibility?

3:15
Afternoon Coffee & Networking
3:45
Autonomy And Disruptive Innovation For High-Intensity Operations

Major General Steve Boivin
Commander
Canadian Special Forces

  • Integrating data-driven solutions and game-changing technologies to enhance the effectiveness of high-intensity operations in austere environments
  • Stretching communications to the breaking point: assessing challenges and requirements to strengthen network resilience and enhance decision-making at the lowest echelon
  • Establishing data pipelines and integrating AI-enabled technologies to enable operations in complex and siloed information technology environments
  • Leveraging unmanned and autonomous technologies to extend reach

4:15
Enhancing Maritime ISR For All Domain Warfare

Rear Admiral Brian Santarpia
Commander, Joint Task Force Atlantic and Maritime Forces Atlantic
Royal Canadian Navy

  • Incorporating unmanned technologies to enhance ISR and maintain superior situational awareness
  • Enhancing operational readiness and training to perform joint operations
  • Improving communications to accelerate response and mission effectiveness

4:45

PANEL DISCUSSION

MUM-T & AUTONOMY

William McHenry
Senior Engagement Advisor to the Director
DIUx

Commodore Michael Brasseur
Commander, Unmanned & A.I. Integration
US Navy Subject to Final Confirmation

  • Unmanned and autonomous technologies are developing at a rapid pace. What challenges remain when it comes to their integration into the force structure? How can we overcome challenges with information integration, AI certification, and network resilience? What role will cloud architecture play in enabling the fielding of autonomous technologies at scale?
  • What are some of the current experimentation and R&D initiatives? What are the main operational requirements for unmanned and autonomous systems? How can information integration and communications be improved?
  • Will autonomous technologies increase lethality and act as force multipliers in the future? How can we incorporate robots as teammates in constellation systems?
  • How will doctrine and concepts of operation need to change to accommodate for greater autonomy and MUM-T? What are the implications at each command level? How should training transform to allow for the integration of autonomy?

6:00
Chairpersons Closing Remarks

Lieutenant General (Ret’d) Raymond Palumbo
Former Director for Defense Intelligence - Warfighter Support
U.S. Department of Defense

6:10
Conference Drinks Reception

Day 2 - Wednesday, March 22, 2023

8:00
Morning Cofee & Registration
8:50
Chairman’s Opening Remarks

Lieutenant General (Ret’d) Raymond Palumbo
Former Director for Defense Intelligence - Warfighter Support
U.S. Department of Defense

9:00
Game-Changing Digital Capabilities: Adopting Cloud Architecture, Data Analytics, AI

Charles Forte
Chief Information Officer
UK Ministry of Defense

  • Building a digital backbone to help equip the UK with game-changing capabilities and cutting-edge technologies
  • Instituting cloud architecture to deliver real, live intelligence and data across all military domains
  • Using data strategically and instituting a multi-class hyperscale cloud on secure, resilient networks
  • Integrating cloud management processes to transition from conglomerate silos to cohesive operation across the MoD
  • Accessing digital innovation from SEMs to deliver capability faster through to the front line
  • Promoting new ways of working, information technology-enabled innovation; and the delivery of effective IT services

9:20
Digital Strategy For The British Army

Brigadier Stefan Crossfield
Head Information Exploitation & Chief Data Officer
British Army

  • Establishing a next-generation resilient network
  • The Digital Foundry: AI, Robotics, Synthetics at scale
  • Ensuring common architectures and standards driving design and delivery integration by default
  • Advancing digital transformation and artificial intelligence to maintain battlefield advantage
  • Breaking down barriers to data and AI adoption

9:40
Data Strategy Of The Canadian Department Of Defense

Brigadier-General Patrice Sabourin
Director General Information Capabilities Force Development
Canadian Armed Forces

  • Establishing a global cloud environment
  • Creating a DevSecOps framework and introducing a data service environment
  • Synchronize planning, resourcing and acquisition activities in the institutional and operational environments.
  • Overview of the Canadian Data Strategy and policy for data, analytics, and AI
  • Building the digital backbone and revolutionizing intelligence to compete below the threshold of warfare and break the will of rivals
  • Exploiting data-driven technologies enabled by IOT, cloud, robot processing, and AI to fuel information advantage

10:00
CIO / CTO Panel Discussion: Achieving Digital Transformation & Enabling The Cloud Environment

Charles Forte
Chief Information Officer
UK Ministry of Defense

Brigadier-General Patrice Sabourin
Director General Information Capabilities Force Development
Canadian Armed Forces

Brigadier Stefan Crossfield
Head Information Exploitation & Chief Data Officer
British Army

  • In order to retain strategic advantage, we will need to deliver digital overmatch through data-driven outcomes at the speed of relevance. What are some of the barriers in building a digital backbone across defense services? How can we overcome these challenges and enable enterprise-wide digitization?
  • Our data is fixed inside internal and contractual silos. It is incredibly hard to access it and integrate it.  How can we break these silos and institute cloud architecture across the enterprise? How do we ensure data is exploited at scale and speed, and treated as a strategic asset?
  • How can we enable digital infrastructure and services that support the development and deployment of data, analytics, AI, and digital-enabled solutions?
  • How can we improve data literacy and integrate a single technology backbone to support integration, platform interoperability and operational speed?

10:45
Coffee Networking Break
11:15
Industry Innovators’ Panel Discussion: Innovation At The Heart Of The Defense Enterprise

  • The defense sector’s procurement structure is inherently bureaucratic and rigid in its nature. Equipped for the procurement of conventional platforms, it poses inhibitors to the adoption of game-changing technologies. What can be done to accelerate the integration of disruptive innovation?
  • Should more efforts be geared towards S&T synchronization and experimentation to field technologies to the front-line at scale and at pace? Should the defense enterprise mimic start-up culture in its approach to the acquisition of commercial technologies and disruptive innovation?
  • Adoption of game-changing technologies requires a change in the mentality of the military commanders. How can we foster a culture of innovation at the heart of the defense enterprise? How should the mentality within the armed forces change to encourage rapid innovation, experimentation, and greater agility?
  • How should training, doctrine, and CONOPS change in response to the integration of disruptive technologies?

12:00
Better Cost, Quality, Schedules, and Planning through Defense Supercomputing

Major General Wolfgang Gäbelein
Director, Bundeswehr Office for Defense Planning
German Armed Forces

  • Integrating sensors and effectors into the battle management system to create a consistent network
  • Modernizing communications infrastructure and technologies to enable dispersed operations and rapid decision-making: assessing the procurement of deployable and stationary communication networks
  • Integrating modular and scalable IT infrastructure for stationary, deployable, and seagoing platforms
  • Enhancing access to data to drive efficiency and responsiveness of the armed forces in complex situations in remote and dangerous operating environments

12:30
The Pathway To Mosaic Warfare: Distributed Kill Chains

Dr. Roy Campbell
High Performance Computing Modernization Program
US Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC)

  • Extending high-performance computing to address the DoD’s most significant challenges
  • Providing vision, funding, and expertise to develop advanced physics-based computational analysis capabilities through the Department’s network of laboratories and warfare center
  • Developing, demonstrating, and maturing world-class, large-scale scientific software development capabilities within the Department
  • Advancing experimentation for new networking and cybersecurity technologies
  • Instilling computational literacy within the next generation S&T workforce and future military leaders
  • Increasing the robustness of data sharing and distributed processing across large networks of systems through algorithms

1:00
Advancing S&T Synchronization And Ai Adoption

Ms. Barbara McQuiston
Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Science and Technology
US Department of Defense

  • Developing the technical industrial base and innovation communities for future technology adoption
  • Advancing initiatives to enable digital transformation, incorporation of cloud computing, and the integration of AI-enabled capabilities
  • Unifying enterprise and tactical clouds to achieve standardization and greater optimization
  • Prioritizing, maturing, and scaling data management efforts to leverage data for decision-making across all echelons
  • Instituting zero trust principles for IT and OT assets
  • Leveraging automated cybersecurity monitoring tools, big data analytics, and AI/ML

1:30
Lunch and Networking
2:30
Round Tables

Each roundtable will be led by a subject matter expert, who will facilitate honest discussions between the key stakeholders in each field. Each roundtable leader will summarize the main findings and present them to the audience. The roundtables will take place in the main plenary session room.

TRANSFORMING C4ISR CAPABILITY
 

Future all domain warfare requires the modernization of C4ISR capability and a transition to a system of systems. What solutions and technologies should be adopted to transform C2 and accelerate decision-making? What are some of the challenges of implementing a system of systems design or JADC2 architecture for future warfare? What role will disruptive technologies play in future C4ISR?

UNLOCKING THE POWER OF AI/ML-ENABLED TECHNOLOGIES

The importance of AI-enabled technologies is growing with the proliferation of data. What are the benefits of AI-enabled tech in defense? How can we make use of them and field these technologies to the Warfighter at pace? How can we widen the use of AI-enabled technologies to gain and retain the information advantage in the Digital Age? How can we leverage data and incorporate data-driven technologies? How can we improve data literacy and ensure data is treated as a strategic asset?

ENABLING CLOUD ARCHITECTURE IN DEFENSE
 

The battlespace is becoming more information-dominated, while operations are becoming more dispersed. Cloud architecture is essential in such an operating environment. How can we adopt common cloud services and attain standardization in cloud architecture? What solutions and processes are required to leverage cloud as an enabler? How can we ensure cloud access from the tactical edge to the enterprise?

MANNED-UNMANNED MIX OF CAPABILITY FOR FUTURE JOIT WARFARE

The future force structure will see a combination of manned, optionally manned, unmanned, and autonomous technologies. What are some of the challenges of integrating a manned-unmanned mix of capability? What solutions are required to enhance information integration and introduce autonomy at scale?

CYBER RESILIENCE IN THE INFORMATION AGE
 

While digitization of the armed forces is inevitable and presents various advantages, it is also paired with risks. How can we ensure that systems are cyber resilient by design? How can we strengthen cyber resilience and protect critical data assets from malicious attacks? What processes are required to leverage open systems architecture to enable rapid updates to platforms and technologies?

INNOVATION THROUGH EXPERIMENTATION WITH START-UPS

Innovation at the speed of relevance will require the armed forces to work with dual-use, scaling-up, and start-up companies. What are some of the challenges that start-ups face when working in defense? How can we overcome these challenges. How can the armed forces attract innovators and encourage joint experimentation and R&D?

 

3:30
Manifesting An Integrated Future Force Design To Fight And Win

Thomas Lawhead
Director, Operational Capability Requirements, Deputy Chief of Staff for Strategy, Integration and Requirements
US Air Force

  • Achieving timely and effective operational capabilities required for air operations of tomorrow
  • Conducting strategic assignments of the operating environment through wargames and workshops
  • Enhancing Command and Control capabilities of the Air Force
  • Developing cross-domain networked capabilities to retain the competitive advantage

4:00
Afternoon Tea & Coffee Networking
5:00
Developing Leaders Of The Future And Inculcating Innovation

Dr. Jim Breckenridge
Provost and Chief Academic Officer
US Army War College

  • Reassessing learning models and changing the mentality of defense leaders to embed innovation at the heart of the enterprise
  • Transforming Command and Control to secure decision dominance in the Information Age
  • Revolutionizing doctrine, injecting innovation, establishing robust C2 and intelligence capability to maintain information dominance in complex environments

5:30
Transforming Doctrine, Conops, And Training For Future Joint Warfighting

Dr. Jim Breckenridge
Provost and Chief Academic Officer
US Army War College

  • Russia and China will compete simultaneously across all five warfighting domains in grey zone, or otherwise known as information operations below the threshold of conventional conflict. How will doctrine need to change to adapt to this changing political and threat landscape?
  • How should Concepts of Operation change to prepare the future force for all domain warfare in the Information Age? How should CONOPS change to reflect the use of joint C2, logistics, joint fires, and information technologies in contested environments?
  • How should we transform training to cultivate talent and ensure high readiness for near-peer confrontation? How can we ensure that innovation is at the heart of defense? What can be done to make sure that future leaders are less risk averse and more open to experimentation and innovative technologies?

6:15
Chairman’s Closing Remarks And End Of Conference Day

Lieutenant General (Ret’d) Raymond Palumbo
Former Director for Defense Intelligence - Warfighter Support
U.S. Department of Defense