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. 


Several Confirmed Speakers (16 plenary sessions will occur):

  1. *BG Brian Mennes, USA, Director, Joint and Integration, G-8, HQDA
  2. *Mr. Douglas Tamilio, SES, Director, U.S. Army Natick Soldier
  3.  Research, Development and Engineering Center
  4. *COL Ed Barker, USA, PM Soldier Warrior, PEO Soldier 
  5. *Dr. John Pazik, SES, Department Head, Expeditionary Maneuver
  6.  Warfare and Combating Terrorism Department, ONR 
  7. *COL James Miller, USA, Director  Joint Acquisition Task Force
  9. *Col Brian L. Magnuson, USMC, Director, Expeditionary Energy Office,
  10.  HQMC 
  11. *Dr. Rajesh Naik, SES, Chief Scientist, 711th Human Performance
  12.  Wing, Air Force Research Laboratory  
  13. *Dr. Mike LaFiandra, Chief Scientist (A), Human Research and
  14.  Engineering Directorate, ARL
  15. *COL Richard Malish, USA, Commander, U.S. Army Aeromedical
  16.  Research Laboratory 
  17. *Dr. Mark Livingston, Head of Virtual Environments and
    Visualization, NRL
  18. *Mr. Cory Goetz, Power and Energy Directorate, CP&ID, CERDEC
  19. *Mr. David B. Law, Technology Division Chief & Chief Scientist
  20.  Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Directorate
  21. *With Charlie Squadron, Asymmetric Warfare Group; 
  22. The Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office;
  23. and Harvard BioLabs
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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… (The Marine Corps Operating Concept (MOC): How an Expeditionary Force Operates in the 21st Century, Sept 2016.)
  • In the years ahead troops will carry a lot more sensors and data collection devices into battle which all require novel power sources.
  • For the Navy,  ONR’s BAA highlights the current research and thrust areas in Human & Bioengineered Systems and Warfighter Protection & Applications division.
  • Part of Army 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 for 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. Joint non-lethal weapons 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!
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Operating Guidance for Military and 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)



Advisory Board

DSI strives to provide the most up to date, mission relevant, topics and discussion points for our meetings.  In order to assure that we are providing the best subject content possible, our Advisory Board Members have volunteered to share their respective insight and expertise with us. We are truly grateful to have their support and guidance as we strive to continually create truly effective meetings and events for all.  Learn more about our Advisory Board Members.