- Daniela Fayer, Publisher, Defense One
- Patrick Tucker, Technology Editor, Defense One
- Sue Gordon, Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence, ODNI
Space, Lasers, and Missiles
The United States, China and Russia, are all developing new hypersonic missiles that make the most terrifying rockets of the Cold War look quaint in comparison. New satellites and emerging technologies like directed energy (lasers) will play a key role in defending against such threats.
- Congressman Jim Cooper (D-TN 5th District), U.S. Congress
- Trey Obering, Executive Vice President and Lead, Directed Energy at Booz Allen Hamilton; Former Director, Missile Defense Agency
- Moderated By: Patrick Tucker, Technology Editor, Defense One
China, Your Phone, and National Security
Consumer technology trends today have a direct effect on national security and the U.S. military. That trend will grow as future Internet-of-Things devices permeate the landscape, connected via highspeed communications networks, many of which will be Chinese in origin. We’ll look at how Chinese tech is shaping national-security realities for government and military leaders.
- John Demers, Assistant Attorney General for National Security, Department of Justice
- William Evanina, Director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center, Office of the Director of National Intelligence
Moderated By: Kara Frederick, Associate Fellow for the Technology and National Security Program, Center for a New American Security
AlphaPilot: Innovating Autonomous Flight with Drone Racing
A Session Presented By Our Underwriter Lockheed Martin
In 1997, IBM’s “Deep Blue” computer defeated chess Grandmaster Gary Kasparov in a historic match that marked the end of an era where humans could win against machines playing complex strategy games. To date, AI machines and autonomous drones have contributed to significant advancements in the defense industry, but haven’t come close to beating humans in a real-life, head-to-head sporting competition. Join Lockheed Martin’s Chelsea Sabo and Drone Racing League’s James Slider to discover how the two companies are accelerating AI innovation and shaping the future of autonomous flight – from search-and-rescue missions to disaster relief – with their AlphaPilot Innovation Challenge and Artificial Intelligence Robotic Racing (AIRR) Circuit.
- James Slider, Director of Special Projects, The Drone Racing League
- Dr. Chelsea Sabo, Staff Software Engineer, Autonomous Systems Group, Lockheed Martin’s Missiles and Fire Control
- Moderated by: Meghan Macdonald, Lockheed Martin Communications
Networking Break & D Lab
Information Warfare and Selling Discontent
Misinformation as a tactic in warfare is as old as war itself. But the rise of online networks, the fracturing of public consensus around basic facts, the weaponization of the online information space has turned misinformation into the background noise in our daily, online conversations, threatening the very fabric of democracy itself. We’ll talk to key experts on what to expect next and new tools to fight the forces of digital deception.
- Rocky Cole, Researcher, Jigsaw
- Lea Gabrielle, Special Envoy and Coordinator of the Global Engagement Center, Department of State
Moderated by: Olivia Gazis, Intelligence and National Security Reporter, CBS News
Smart Base Network Interoperability with 5G
A Session Presented By Our Underwriter Verizon
For DoD facilities, future 5G wireless technology can provide a cost-effective platform to help improve network infrastructure and system interoperability. IT systems, networks, wireless/IoT devices, and on-base first responders should seamlessly and securely work together to deliver data to the right person at the right place and at the right time. Verizon will discuss how interoperability of 5G wireless devices and network can help defense agencies bring network entities together in the future to make faster, more informed decisions with the most current, secure IT modernization tools available and better concentrate on their core missions (virtualization, adaptive learning, automation, and AI).
- Nicholas Nilan, Director of Product Development for Public Sector, Verizon
Synthetic Biology: New Lifeforms, Nanotech, and Super Soldiers
Technologies like CRISPR are opening up a new world of opportunities for altering the genetic makeup of organisms, for good or ill. It’s an area where the U.S. military, and China, are both investing, heavily. We’ll separate the facts from the fiction to discuss the future of genetic science in a military and national security context.
- Dr. Sarah Glaven, Research Biologist, U.S. Naval Research Lab
- Dr. Justin Sanchez, Life Sciences Research Technical Fellow, Battelle
- Dr. Dimitra Stratis-Cullum, Essential Research Program Manager, Synthetic Biology, Army Research Laboratory, Combat Capabilities Development Command
Moderated By: Patrick Tucker, Technology Editor, Defense One
Lunch & D Lab
The Role of Technology in Great State Competition
- Sam Bendett, Research Analyst, International Affairs Group, Center for Naval Analyses
- Abraham Denmark, Asia Program Director, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
- Moderated By: Lara Seligman, Pentagon Correspondent, Foreign Policy
Battlefield Tech Breakthroughs and Wishlist for the Near Future
From augmented reality helmets to next generation tactical gear, we'll explore the battlefield tech of the next decade.
- Cynthia Bedell, Director, Computational and Information Sciences Directorate, Army Research Lab
- Christian Brose, Head of Strategy, Anduril Industries
- Greg Myers, VP of US Federal Government for Microsoft
Moderated By: Sean Gallagher, IT Editor and National Security Editor, Ars Technica
Cyberapocalypse Now: The Future of Offensive and Defensive Cyber Operations
Electronic and cyber operations will play a key role in the future of every military operation that the United States is a part of from now on. We will look at how defensive and offensive cyberoperations are changing and how they’ll affect the rest of the battlespace.
- B. Edwin Wilson, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Cyber Policy, Department of Defense
- Moderated by: Patrick Tucker, Technology Editor, Defense One
- Kevin Fahey, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Department of Defense
- Moderated by: Marcus Weisgerber, Global Business Editor, Defense One
- Daniela Fayer, Publisher, Defense One
Reception & D Lab