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Excerpts from the live 2021 C4ISRNET Conference are available below. You can also click here to explore coverage and analysis by C4ISRNET’s editorial team.

Opening Keynotes

  • Gen. David D. Thompson, Vice Chief of Space Operations, United States Space Force
  • Moderator: Nathan Strout, C4ISRNET
  • Lt. Gen. Dennis Crall, Command, Control, Communications and Computers/Cyber; Chief Information Officer Joint Staff, J6, Joint Chiefs of Staff
  • Moderator: Andrew Eversden, C4ISRNET

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?

  • Dr. David Markowtiz, Chief Data Officer, U.S. Army 
  • Eileen Vidrine, Chief Data Officer, U.S. Air Force
  • Moderator: Andrew Eversden, C4ISRNET
  • Col. John S. Rosenbach (Ret.), U.S. Air Force Strategic Lead, JADC2 Programs, Thinklogical
  • Moderator: Rose Shilling, Editor, C4ISRNET

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.

  • Derek Tournear, Director, Space Development Agency 
  • Moderator: Nathan Strout, C4ISRNET

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?

  • Maj. Mike Kanaan, Director of Operations, MIT Artificial Intelligence Accelerator, U.S. Air Force
  • Sarah Pearson, AI/ML Commercial Executive, Defense Innovation Unit
  • Moderator: Andrew Eversden, C4ISRNET
  • Arlene Espinal, Vice President, Analytics, Automation, Artificial Intelligence (A3) Innovation & Capabilities Office, ManTech
  • Moderator: Rose Shilling, Editor, C4ISRNET

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.

  • 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, U.S. Marine Corps
  • Air Vice Marshal Gary Waterfall (Ret.), Senior Air Advisor, DSEI
  • Moderator: Mark Pomerleau, C4ISRNET 

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.

  • Col. Rob Ryan, Chief of Operations, Army Futures Command Network Cross-Functional Team, U.S. Army
  • Col. Garth Winterle, Program Manager for Tactical Radios, Program Executive Office for Command, Control and Communications-Tactical, U.S. Army
  • Lt. Col. Brandon Baer, Product Manager, Program Executive Office for Command, Control and Communications-Tactical, U.S. Army
  • Moderator: Andrew Eversden, C4ISRNET

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.

  • Erica Borghard, Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council
  • Mark Montgomery, Executive Director, Cyberspace Solarium Commission
  • Moderator: Mark Pomerleau, C4ISRNET
  • Kevin Fogarty, Vice President, CTO for Cyber and SIGINT Solutions, Leidos
  • Moderator: Rose Shilling, Editor, C4ISRNET

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.

  • 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 
  • Paul Zablocky, Program Manager, Strategic Technology Office, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
  • Moderator: Nathan Strout, C4ISRNET
  • Scott Newbern, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, AeroVironment
  • Moderator: Rose Shilling, Editor, C4ISRNET

Closing Keynote

  • Vice Adm. Jeffrey Trussler, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations/Director of Naval Intelligence, U.S. Navy

  • Moderator: Mark Pomerleau, C4ISRNET