Future Warfighter Symposium

“An Integrated Approach to Improving Warfighter capabilities, performance and survivability”

April 25 – 26, 2017: The Mary M. Gates Learning Center, Alexandria, VA

This educational Symposium will engage the DoD, Military Services, industry and academia in a collaborative, open forum to discuss the  near term combat environment and threats the Warfighter is facing and the technological solutions and ‘leap ahead’ research and innovations to help improve their capabilities, performance and survivability.



Early announced speakers (15 plenary sessions will occur):  
  1. *BG Brian Mennes, USA, Director, Joint and Integration, G-8, HQDA
  2. on rebuilding the Army's strategic readiness: A perspective of the impact
  3. on the future soldier
  4. *COL Ed Barker, USA, PM Soldier Warrior, PEO Soldier on supporting
  5.  tomorrow's soldier through the acquisition of integrated systems
  6. *Dr. John Pazik, SES, Department Head, Expeditionary Maneuver
  7.  Warfare and Combating Terrorism Department, ONR discussing
  8.  current research 
  9. *COL James Miller, USA, Director  Joint Acquisition Task Force
  10.  (JATF) TALOS, USOCOM providing an update on TALOS and the
  11.  integrated acquisition process
  12. *Col Brian L. Magnuson, USMC, Director, Expeditionary Energy Office,
  13.  HQMC briefing on meeting the power demands of the dismounted
  14.  Warfighter in distributed operations across the Battlefield
  15. *Dr. Rajesh Naik, SES, Chief Scientist, 711th Human Performance
  16.  Wing, Air Force Research Laboratory  providing  a discussion on
  17.  human-centered research to optimize and protect tomorrow's Airman
  18. *COL Richard Malish, USA, Commander, U.S. Army Aeromedical
  19.  Research Laboratory discussing current research towards supporting
  20.  health, performance, and safety of the Aviator, the Airborne Soldier,
  21.  and the Ground Warrior
  22. *Dr. Mark Livingston, NRL, Head of Virtual Environments and Visualization
  23.  on augmented reality for the dismounted Warfighter
  24. Download Working Agenda for full sessions
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  • The evolution of military operations from localized linear fronts to a dispersed battlefield occurring in both urban environments and remote, austere environments requires expeditionary and ‘light’ operations that are flexible and adaptable by nature.
  • Marine Corps Leadership states: "We must be an Expeditionary Force that is trained and equipped and able to operate in austere conditions and hostile environments. We must be an Agile Force that can navigate the physical and cognitive dimensions of complex situations and seize the initiative…. (The Marine Corps Operating Concept (MOC): How an Expeditionary Force Operates in the 21st Century, Sept 2016.)
  • Of interest for the R&D and S&T communities, in the years ahead troops will carry a lot more sensors and data collection devices into battle which all require novel power sources. For example. projects to develop helmets that pick up the brain’s electromagnetic signals ; “human performance" biometric sensors to monitor the health of the Warfighter, and sensors to help in aiding 'ISR' will all require power sources.
  • The Navy is looking for innovation in protective systems expeditionary in nature, lightweight, and capable of providing a far greater degree of performance than any comparable system currently available. ONR's BAA highlights the current research and thrust areas in Human & Bioengineered Systems  and Warfighter Protection & Applications division.
  • Reducing the Marine combat burden continues to be a challenge. The Marine Corps’ focuses on the squad as a system, using human factors data collection equipment and a lab to develop prototypes for new equipment and equipment modifications.
  • For the Army, part of TRADOC's “Big 6+1”: Conformal wearable computers and integrated sensors are all part of the Army’s scientific initiative for the Soldier of the Future.
  • With the WinSite lab, Army is not only looking to decrease the combat load carried by Soldiers into battle but also identify and integrate the best emerging technologies..
  • OSD R&E has established a Community of Interest (COI) Across DoD S&T, that focuses on materials and manufacturing process and includes individual SMEs on applications for the individual Warfighter. "We need to be open and agile, to leverage all potential sources of technical advantage, from our traditional industrial base, from nontraditional suppliers, and from academia to help to create competitive advantage.” 

  • 1.Understanding the near term combat environment and threats the Warfighter is facing
  • 2. Advanced materials and fabrics to aide in clothing efficiency : heat/cold weather, wicking, waterproofing
  • 3. Augmented reality technology and tactical operations
  • 4. Wearable robotics and advancements in human- machine integration
  • 5. Next-gen research in personal protective equipment / exoskeletons : malleable fabric exosuits, and ‘liquid armour’ and buoyant body armor
  • 6. Energy and Power for the dismounted Soldier: energy harvesting capabilities, improved battery power (supplying, harnessing and generating power)
  • 7. Research in technologies for Warfighter Performance Enhancements
  • 8. Integrating biometric sensors and monitoring physiological data : Overcoming challenges with collecting, analyzing and disseminating data in an austere environment
  • 9.Biomimetic applications: new technologies inspired by biological solutions at macro and nanoscales for the dismounted Warfighter
  • 10. Improving digital integration on the dismounted Warfighter
  • 11. Defensive and offensive EW capabilities for the dismounted Warfighter
  • DSI's Future Warfighter Symposium is a unique forum that allows for personnel from DoD, Military Services, Federal Agencies, Industry and Academia to convene in one location.  Our "Town Hall" format is designed to encourage challenging discussion and dialogue among all in attendance.The forum is off the record and non attribution.
  • We will discuss both near term and at 'leap ahead' technologies and cover the most current and predicted capability gaps facing the Warfighter. We strive to achieve actionable takeaways for all in attendance.
  • We limit our attendance size in order to allow everyone a chance to actively participate in the discussions and to mix and mingle with each other easily over the two days we are together.
  • We encourage you to explore our site  more, give us a call if you have any questions, and we hope to welcome you in April!
  • Gain Education & Insight:  Walk away with knowledge gained from our senior level speakers on some of the complex challenges facing intelligence officers and analysts.
  • Build Partnerships: The agenda is designed to allow for ample networking opportunities and the ability to engage in constructive dialogue among all in attendance.
  • Influence:  Help foster ideas! Share your own insight and knowledge during our interactive sessions. All attendees are encouraged to address our speaker faculty and each other with their questions, comments or ideas
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Operating Guidance for Government Attendees:
  • DSI’s Summit directly supports DoD, IC, and federal priorities by providing a conduit for officials to efficiently reach audiences outside of their respective offices that directly impact their department's mission success, at NO COST to the government, and in an efficient expenditure of time.
  • DSI’s Summit will provide a forum to address and improve internal and external initiatives, meet with and hear from partner organizations, disseminate vital capability requirements to industry, increase visibility within the larger community, and generally support their mission.
  • The Symposium is open and complimentary to all DoD and Federal employees and is considered an educational and training forum.
  • (Industry and academia members are charged a fee for admission)