2021 Agenda:

8:00 AM EST

Opening Remarks

  • Rose Shilling, Editor, C4ISRNET

8:05 AM EST

Opening Keynote

  • Gen. David D. Thompson, Vice Chief of Space Operations, United States Space Force
  • Moderator: Nathan Strout, C4ISRNET

8:33 AM EST

Let’s Get Together: Linking Multidomain Operations

The Army and Air Force plan to link their operations and share data this year to defend across all domains — land, sea, air, space and cyberspace. It’s an initial step to connect all the services’ multidomain efforts to ultimately achieve joint war fighting. How hard is it to work together on CJADC2? What improvements will be noticeable right away?

Industry Fireside Chat

  • John S. Rosenbach, MBA PMP, COL, U.S. Air Force (RET), Thinklogical


Fireside Chat Keynote

  • Lt. Gen. Dennis Crall, Director, Command, Control, Communications and Computers/Cyber; Chief Information Officer Joint Staff, J6
  • Moderator: Andrew Eversden, C4ISRNET


Panel Discussion

  • Dr. David Markowitz, Chief Data Officer, U.S. Army 
  • Eileen Vidrine, Chief Data Officer, U.S. Air Force
  • Moderator: Andrew Eversden, C4ISRNET

9:38 AM EST

Launching New Space Sentinels - Fast!

The Space Development Agency’s plans to put 1,000 satellites in orbit in record time is shaking up typically slow acquisitions, promising a new-style constellation to track hypersonic weapons, deter deeper space threats, and offer a GPS alternative when signals get jammed. With the first satellites to launch next year, we ask leaders how they’ll stick to the whirlwind schedule and what challenges the project has overcome.

Fireside Chat

  • Dr. Derek Tournear, Director, Space Development Agency
  • Nathan Strout, C4ISRNET

10:01 AM EST

Next Steps for Artificial Intelligence

Vast volumes of data and artificial intelligence are key to making joint war-fighting operations a reality. How are the services using AI, and where will the capabilities lead them in the future?

Industry Fireside Chat

  • Dr. Arlene Espinal, VP, Analytics, Automation, Artificial Intelligence (A3) Innovation & Capabilities Office, ManTech


Panel Discussion

  • Maj. Mike Kanaan, Director of Operations, MIT Artificial Intelligence Accelerator, U.S. Air Force
  • Sarah Pearson, Defense Innovation Unit 
  • Moderator: Andrew Eversden, C4ISRNET

10:45 AM EST

The New Tools of Electronic Warfare

With electronic warfare gaining outsize importance in future conflicts, the services are making big changes to their approaches and the technology they’re procuring. We’ll ask leaders to update us on their plans to dominate the electronic domain and the tools they need.

Panel Discussion

  • Col. William Young, Special Advisor for Spectrum Warfare, U.S. Air Force 
  • Col. Daniel Holland, Army Capability Manager – Electronic Warfare
  • Col. Dave Burton, Program Manager, Intelligence Systems, Portfolio Manager, Command Element Systems, Marine Corps Systems Command
  • AVM Gary Waterfall
  • Moderator: Mark Pomerleau, C4ISRNET 

11:47 AM EST

The Latest Communication Technology for Soldiers

The Army’s new Capability Set 23 will build on its commitment to modernize its tactical network. We’ll ask leaders to share what they learned from CS21 and to preview the goals and new technologies coming with CS23.

Panel Discussion

  • COL Rob Ryan, Chief of Operations, Network Cross-Functional Team 
  • COL Garth Winterle, Program Manager for Tactical Radios, Program Executive Officer for Command, Control and Communications-Tactical
  • LTC Brandon Baer, Product Manager, Program Executive Officer for Command, Control and Communications-Tactical
  • Moderator: Andrew Eversden, C4ISRNET

12:20 PM EST

The Future of Supply Chain Security

To prevent hackers from stealing information from Pentagon systems, the agency is working to ensure that the companies it hires have practiced strong cyber hygiene. The Defense Department is increasing its reliance on endpoint security and zero-trust architectures, and it will learn more about its vendors’ safeguards with CMMC risk audits. As the DoD turns to vendors for IT services, let’s learn about the protections in place and the ideas the department might explore, including a possible threat-hunting system with the defense industrial base.

Industry Fireside Chat

  • Kevin Fogarty, Vice President, CTO for Cyber and SIGINT Solutions, Leidos


Panel Discussion

  • Erica Borghard, Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council
  • Mark Montgomery, Executive Director, Cyberspace Solarium Commission
  • Moderator: Mark Pomerleau, C4ISRNET

1:04 PM EST

Drones at the Edge

The U.S. military is using unmanned systems in innovative ways across land, sea and air to fend off enemy attacks. What technologies are on the horizon, and how are military leads using drones in novel ways for tasks that they were not originally intended for? We’ll explore how unmanned machines help with missile defense, stronger communications and surveillance, and precision strikes on the front line.

Industry Fireside Chat 

  • Scott Newbern, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, AeroVironment


Panel Discussion

  • Lt. Col. Olin L. Walters, Threat Detection Branch Chief, Counter Improvised Thread Technologies Department, U.S. Army
  • Andrew Musto, Deputy Director, Autonomous Systems, Defense Innovation Unit 
  • Dr. Paul Zablocky, Program Manager, Strategic Technology Office, DARPA
  • Moderator: Nathan Strout, C4ISRNET

1:48 PM EST

Closing Keynote

  • Vice Adm. Jeffrey Trussler, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Warfare, N2/N6, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations/Director of Naval Intelligence
  • Moderator: Mark Pomerleau, C4ISRNET

2:18 PM EST

Closing Remarks

  • Rose Shilling, Editor, C4ISRNET