10th Annual Unmanned Systems and Robotics Summit

March 16-17, 2022 | The Sunset Room | National Harbor, MD


The 10th Annual Unmanned Systems and Robotics Summit provides leaders within the Department of Defense, academia, industry, and other critical stakeholders an open ‘Town Hall’ forum that serves as a conduit for information exchange, idea generation, and open dialogue and debate.


The goal of this year’s Summit is to focus on deeper integration of UxS capabilities across domains as well as the utilization of robotics in sustainment and manufacturing in support of the DoD.


Why You Should Attend This Summit:


DSI’s 10th Annual Unmanned Systems & Robotics Summit will emphasize the integration of UxS capabilities into the multi domain operating environment as well as their use cases beyond the battlefield in support of DoD. The Summit will cover both strategic and technical priorities and emerging research to best support utilization across the Services.
In order to maintain our technological and military advantage and dominate on the future battlefield, the US Military must continue to integrate robust, cutting-edge UxS and robotic capabilities. This past year has seen continued effort through various exercises and ‘Campaigns of learning’ including the Navy’s Task Force 59, The Army’s Project Convergence 21 and the evolving JADC2 construct, to the Air Forces’ continued acceleration through AFWERX.

This year we will also emphasize a few key enablers supporting the deeper integration of these capabilities; recent research on improving human- machine communication, navigation and controlled decision-making autonomy in denied environments and unknown terrain, developing common standards for increased flexibility, and a look at the broader supporting data management, sensors and software to integrate systems into a joint C2 environment.

The Summit will also look at the use cases for robotics in sustainment and maintenance that help reduce Soldier burden and safety.

The 2022 Unmanned Systems & Robotics Summit ‘Town Hall’ format will serve as a conduit for cross collaboration and the interchange of knowledge among military, government, industry and academia. Military and government attendees and speakers will gain feedback from industry towards the technical ‘art of the possible’ and their current challenges, while disseminating their respective organizations’ current priorities and initiatives.


Topics to be covered at the 2022 Summit:

  • Moving from a platform centric approach to a capability centric approach
  • How each Service is developing open systems and commonalities to support faster innovation and integration across capabilities and what industry and mission partners need to know
  • Autonomous navigation and decision making in denied environments and unknown terrain
  • Utilizing robotics as key enabling technologies for sustainment and manufacturing for DoD
  • Improving human – machine communication
  • The Army’s next generation of robotic combat vehicles
  • Accelerating the US Navy’s Unmanned Systems Campaign in Support of Distributed Maritime Operations
  • Supporting the Marine Corps Force Design 2030 with Enhanced Uxs / Robotic Capabilities
  • Enhancing partnerships for greater innovation at AFWERX including electric propulsion , manufacturing, and V-TOL
  • Improving cross-domain capabilities of UxS: Integrating UxS assets into a JADC2 construct


At Our Summit You 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 the future of unmanned systems and robotics across the DoD.

Build Partnerships: The agenda is designed to allow for ample networking opportunities and the ability to discover some of the latest unmanned systems and robotics 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.

Speaker and Presenter Information

LtGen Karsten Heckl, USMC
Commanding General, MCCDC; Deputy Commandant for CD&I Headquarters


BGen James Adams, USMC
Deputy Director for Requirements and Capability Development, J8
Joint Staff


Dr. Jason Stack, SES
Technical Director


COL Robert Ryan, USA
Director, Robotics Requirements, Maneuver Capabilities Development Integration Directorate
U.S. Army Futures Command


Kevin Mills
Associate Director, Ground Vehicle Robotics, Ground Vehicle Systems Center (GVSC)


Jean-Charles (JC) Ledé
Autonomy Technical Advisor
Air Force Research Laboratory


Dr. Stuart Young
Program Manager, TTO,

Expected Number of Attendees


Relevant Government Agencies

Air Force, Army, Navy & Marine Corps, DOD & Military, NASA, State Government, Coast Guard

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Wed-Thu, Mar 16-17, 2022, 8:00am - 5:00pm

Exhibit Dates
Wed-Thu, Mar 16-17, 2022


Government/Military:  $0.00

The Sunset Room
137 National Plaza
Oxon Hill, MD 20745
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