4th Annual Joint Networks Summit

January 29-30, 2020 | Parma Payne Goodall Center | San Diego, CA

The ability to share information and maintain reliable, secure lines of communication between people, platforms, weapons, and systems is essential to military success. The 4th Annual Joint Networks Summit will convene leaders to discuss the current state of the DoD’s communication networks, the challenges facing them, and future requirements as technology continues to advance and the threat landscape evolves.

The DoD’s current communications infrastructure is sprawling, including over 15,000 networks, 17,000 satcom terminals, and 10,000 operational systems. Advancing technology has surpassed the DoD’s hardware-based infrastructure and the military’s piecemeal efforts to update this infrastructure has led to challenges with interoperability between updated COTS systems and legacy systems. In the current era of Great Power Competition our peer competitors, Russia and China, pose a serious threat: cyber attacks and information warfare have become a constant challenge, and a technology arms race has led to a DoD-wide push for network modernization and continued investment in new technologies, including space-based networks.

2020 Confirmed Speakers:
CAPT Kerrie Trebbe, Chief of C4IT, USCG Pacific Area

CAPT Shaun A. Swartz, Program Manager, MIDS Program Office US Navy, US Navy

CAPT Shawn Roberts, Commander, JITC

James “Jeff” Mercer, Director, JTNC

Lt Col Michael Orenchick, USAF, Deputy Commander, 505th Test and Evaluation Group

Stephan Lapic, Chief Scientist, Naval Information Warfare Center Pacific
Topics to be Covered at the 2020 Summit:

- Aligning, Integrating, and Advancing the Navy’s Information Warfare Capabilities

- Ensuring Operational C4I Capability for the US Pacific Fleet

- Providing and Protecting the Coast Guard’s Critical Communication Infrastructure

- Leveraging C4 Capabilities to Achieve Mission Success and Overcome the Tyranny of Distance

- Leveraging MilSatCom Technologies to Strengthen and Enhance Joint Networking Capabilities

- The Role of Resilient and Interoperable Network Capabilities in Joint Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief Missions

Why You Should Attend:

In order for the US Military to fight and win in Multi-Domain Operations, there must be a secure and robust communications network. Ensuring reliable and interoperable communications is essential to coordinating a response between the branches of service and their domestic partners and foreign allies. As we enter an era of Great Power Competition, such coordination is critical. DSI’s 4th Annual Joint Networks Summit will focus on these communication capabilities and will examine how tactical data links and IT networks can be strengthened, particularly in the expansive Asia-Pacific arena, where networks are key to overcoming the tyranny of distance.


The 2020 Joint Networks Summit will convene speakers from across the services and Federal Government to discuss the challenges of exchanging information during joint operations in a multi-domain environment. Critical themes, such as the increasing connection between C4I and space capabilities, protecting networks from cyber threats, the role of networks in humanitarian and disaster relief missions, and new interoperability initiatives across the Joint Staff, will be discussed.


DSI’s team specializes in the extensive research and development of our Summits’ content and focus areas, and we will assemble the most respected minds in identity management as well as key-policy makers across military and civilian offices. Our non-partisan approach allows us to reach across all services and organizations to bring together a truly holistic group of decision makers and solution providers.


At the 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 Federal Government as it relates to modernizing and improving our networks and C4ISR capabilities.

Build Partnerships: The agenda is designed to allow for ample networking opportunities and the ability to discover some of the latest joint networks priorities of interest to the DoD and Federal Government.

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.

Expected Number of Attendees


Relevant Government Agencies

Air Force, Army, Navy & Marine Corps, DOD & Military, Dept of Homeland Security, Coast Guard

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Wed-Thu, Jan 29-30, 2020, 8:00am - 5:00pm PT

Exhibit Dates
Wed-Thu, Jan 29-30, 2020

San Diego State University, Parma Payne Goodall Al
5250 55th Street
San Diego, CA 92115
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