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Below is the schedule for the 2020 forum.

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  • 0800 – 0930
    Accelerating Technology Transition
    Description
    Within OUSD R&E, there are three Directorates of Defense Research and Engineering. The Directorate for Modernization sets the strategic technical direction and investment strategy for DoD; the Directorate for Research and Technology ensures the DoD’s science and technology enterprise is postured to develop the next generation of game-changing technologies and enable rapid delivery of superior capabilities to the warfighter; while the Directorate for Advanced Capabilities accelerates and prototypes more mature technologies, ensuring the integration of new technology into the joint force. In this session, the leaders of each office will discuss what it means to accelerate technology transition to ensure technical dominance on the battlefield.
    Moderator
    Speakers
    • James_Faist_Photo James Faist
      Director, Defense Research and Engineering for Advanced Capabilities
    • Lei_Photo JihFen Lei
      Acting Director, Defense Research and Engineering for Research and Technology
    • Mark_Lewis_Photo Mark Lewis
      Director, Defense Research and Engineering for Modernization
  • 1000 – 1200
    Technical Sessions
  • 1300 – 1530
    Technical Sessions
  • 1600 – 1730
    OUSD R&E Enterprise
    Description
    In 2018 and 2019, DEFENSE Forum attendees heard Mike Griffin, Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering, describe his top modernization priorities, the critical areas identified in the National Defense Strategy the R&E enterprise is built around. In the past two years, he has brought in Assistant Directors for each priority, serving as Department-wide “portfolio managers.” They are charged with establishing and advising Department leadership on budgetary and programmatic priorities, to ensure the Department is focused on fostering technological dominance, securing the unquestioned superiority of the American joint force. The R&E ADs will provide an update on their respective technology development and the critical roles government, industry, and academia play in getting these technologies to the warfighter.
    Panelists
    • Thomas_Karr_Photo Thomas Karr
      Assistant Director, Directed Energy, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering
    • Nicole_Petta_Photo Nicole Petta
      Assistant Director, Microelectronics, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering
    • Titus_Photo Alexander Titus
      Assistant Director, Biotechnology, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering
    • Mike_White_Photo Michael White
      Assistant Director, Hypersonics, Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering
    • Michael Zatman
      Assistant Director, Fully Networked Command, Control and Communications (FNC3), Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering
  • 0800 – 0845
    Leveraging Innovation to Advance Missile Defense
    Description

    "The United States must outpace existing and potential rogue state and rogue actor offensive missile capabilities. To do so, the country will continue to sustain, modernize, and expand the Missile Defense System and pursue the rapid, yet measured, development of advanced missile defense concepts and technologies for homeland and regional defense."(Missile Defense Agency Director’s Vision and Intent, p. 3) How can government, industry and academia work together to advance critical missile defense capabilities?

    Speakers
  • 0845 – 0930
    The Warfighter Perspective: Operational Needs and Military Requirements
    Description
    The 2018 National Defense Strategy is clear that a more lethal force and technological innovation are key to generating a decisive and sustained advantage. What do our warfighters need from the aerospace community in order to become a “more lethal, resilient, and rapidly innovating Joint Force” in an era of multi-domain warfare? Hear from a Combatant Commander (invited) on his operational needs as well as near- and long-term requirements.
  • 1000 – 1200
    Technical Sessions
  • 1300 – 1530
    Technical Sessions
  • 1600 – 1730
    Technological Overmatch: The Critical Role of DoD R&E
    Description

    “Innovation without execution is hallucination.” DoD Research and Development (R&D) is charged with taking fundamental research and applying it to technologies for the warfighter. Hear about current and future projects, upcoming opportunities, and how these organizations enable the research community to transition ideas to technological advantages.

    Panelists
    • David_Hahn_Photo RADM David Hahn, USN
      Chief of Naval Research, Director of Innovation, Technology Requirements and Test & Evaluation (OPNAV N94), Office of Naval Research
    • Michael-Leahy-Photo Michael Leahy
      Director, Tactical Technology Office, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
    • Pamulapati_Photo Jagadeesh Pamulapati
      Director, Laboratories and Personnel, Office of the Director of Defense Research and Engineering for Research and Technology
    • Phil Perconti Philip Perconti
      Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Research and Technology and Army Chief Scientist
  • 0800 – 0930
    Advanced Technology: Industry Prime Contractors Panel
    Description

    “Maintaining the Department’s technological advantage will require changes to industry culture, investment sources, and protection across the National Security Innovation Base.” (National Defense Strategy [Unclassified], p. 3) The sense of urgency is driving a new environmental dynamic in industry, but how can we accelerate through the “valley of death”? Industry leaders respond to DoD modernization priorities and address requirements for fielding technologies at the speed of relevance.

    Panelists
    To Be Confirmed
  • 1000 – 1200
    Technical Sessions
  • 1300 – 1530
    Technical Sessions
  • 1530 – 1700
    Afternoon Panel: AI-Enabled Autonomy
    Description

    “Incorporating these technologies in military systems that collaborate with warfighters will facilitate better decisions in complex, time-critical, battlefield environments; enable a shared understanding of massive, incomplete, and contradictory information; and empower unmanned systems to perform critical missions safely and with high degrees of autonomy.” (DARPA)

    Panelists
    • mulchandani Nand Mulchandani
      Chief Technical Officer, Joint Artificial Intelligence Center
    • Jason_Stack_Photo Jason Stack
      Director, Ocean, Atmosphere, and Space Research Division, and Portfolio Manager, Autonomy, Office of Naval Research
  • 0800 – 1700
    Course: Trusted Autonomous Systems
    Description
    Autonomous systems – enabled by advancement in sensor and control technologies, artificial intelligence, data science, and machine learning – promise to deliver new and exciting applications to a broad range of industries. However, a fundamental trust in their application and execution must be established in order for them to succeed. People, by and large, do not trust a new entity or system in their environment without some evidence of trustworthiness. To trust an autonomous system, we need to know which factors affect system behaviors, how those factors can be assessed and effectively applied for a given mission, and the risks assumed by trusting.

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