5th Annual Autonomous Capabilities for DoD Summit

The 5th Annual Autonomous Capabilities for DoD Summit will provide a ‘town-hall’ style forum to discuss the advanced capabilities that AI-enabled autonomous systems and machine learning provide to the Warfighter in the battlespace, and how these transformative technologies are revolutionizing current and future DoD efforts to achieve mission success at scale. This event will focus on current initiatives across the DoD to integrate AI to transform U.S. joint warfighting processes, as well as to enhance both the situational awareness and decision making for our nation’s Warfighters.


Topics to be Covered at the 2021 Summit:

- Driving the transformation of U.S. joint warfighting & departmental processes through the integration of artificial intelligence

- Utilizing the DoD’s digital transformation to generate the Military Internet of Autonomous Systems for Multi-domain Access (MIASMA)

- Leading USD R&E efforts toward accelerating AI & autonomous system modernization

- Rapidly integrating & synchronizing AI across the Army & the DoD

- USAF Strategic Vision: Leveraging advances in AI to enhance decision-making for the Airmen

- Implementing autonomous capabilities to increase the overall power of Naval platforms

- Developing & driving autonomous capabilities & technologies in support of the future MAGTF

- Optimizing advanced AI & autonomous technologies to increase a Warfighter’s situational awareness

- Integrating enhanced autonomous technologies to transform Army’s 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.


Why You Should Attend this Year's Summit

The global Artificial Intelligence market for the military industry is expected to reach $11.6 Billion by 2025. such increases in RDT&E funding & the integration of emerging technologies is increasingly being requested to bolster current and future DoD efforts to achieve mission impact at scale. The 2021 Autonomous Capabilities for DoD Summit will provide a ‘town-hall’ style forum to discuss the advanced capabilities that AI-enabled autonomous systems and machine learning provide to the Warfighter in the battlespace. At this event, various initiatives across the DoD to implement AI to transform U.S. joint warfighting processes will be detailed.

This Summit will also offer perspectives from Senior level leaders across the DoD and Military Services on how leveraging AI & other autonomous technologies will be key to their future modernization efforts and keeping pace in the Great Power Competition. Effectively identifying these capabilities and integrating them across the Joint Force is vital to helping the Warfighter to be more adaptive, lethal, & competitive in the future high-end fight. The application of these capabilities & the increase of human-machine teaming across the military services can help minimize the number of Warfighters in harm’s way and enable critical new mission sets that would have never been possible. Attendees at this event will have the opportunity to hear about how the DoD is pushing for the rapid application and insertion of autonomous capabilities across DoD systems and platforms. The DoD continues to push for increased strategic partnerships with industry as well as the educating of young Warfighters on AI software systems; ultimately, to help the joint force leverage such innovations in future all-domain operations.

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 Autonomy, AI, and machine learning, to include key policymakers across military and civilian offices.

Speaker and Presenter Information

2021 Confirmed Speakers:


LtGen Michael Groen, USMC, Director, Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC), DoD CIO


Barbara K. McQuiston, SES, Performing the Duties of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering


Jeffrey D. Singleton, SES, Director, Technology, ASA (AL&T)


Thomas Kenney, SES, Chief Data Officer/ Director of SOF AI, USSOCOM

Dr. Robert Sadowski, ST, Army Chief Roboticist, CCDC Ground Vehicle Systems Center, USD R&E Autonomy CoI Lead


Deji Coker, Ph.D., Portfolio Manager for Autonomy, Office of Naval Research, ONRG Science Director


Expected Number of Attendees


Relevant Government Agencies

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

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Wed-Thu, Sep 15-16, 2021, 8:00am - 5:00pm ET

Exhibit Dates
Wed-Thu, Sep 15-16, 2021


Advanced Registration:  $890.00

The Sunset Room
National Harbor Marina, 137 National Plaza
Oxon Hill, MD 20745
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