September 7-8, 2022 | The Sunset Room, National Harbor, MD

Defense Strategies Institute’s AI for Defense Summit will bring together members of the federal government, military services, DoD, research labs, industry, and academia to discuss ways to leverage digital and AI capabilities across the DoD to harness next-generation innovation. This year’s AI for Defense Summit will explore the role of artificial intelligence, big data standards, machine learning, and advanced analytics in enhancing decision advantage, situational awareness, and technological overmatch for a more robust defense.

2022 Confirmed Speakers:

Honorable Gabe Camarillo
Under Secretary
U.S. Army

Honorable Gina Ortiz Jones
Under Secretary
U.S. Air Force

Dr. Jaret Riddick, STTM
Principal Director for Autonomy

Maj Gen John Olson, USAF
Chief Data and AI Officer
Department of the Air Force

Brett Vaughan
Navy Chief AI Officer/ AI Portfolio Manager

Harry Dreany, PhD
AI Development Lead
Marine Corps Warfighting Lab

Robert Sadowski, ST, PhD
Army Chief Roboticist
DEVCOM Ground Vehicle Systems Center

Download the 2022 Agenda


Why You Should Attend This Summit:

Artificial intelligence is changing the landscape of war, and it remains a top focus area for the Department of Defense. The Pentagon has requested its largest budget ever for research and development in 2023, with a particular emphasis on artificial intelligence and technology. This year’s newly re-focused AI for Defense Summit will provide perspectives from senior leaders across the DoD, military, academia, and industry on how artificial intelligence can enhance U.S. defense capabilities.

The 2022 AI for Defense Summit will provide a ‘town-hall’ style forum to discuss the vitality of AI and ML in enhancing the warfighter’s situational awareness, information advantage, combat force power, connectivity, and overall digital capacity at the strategic and tactical edge. As U.S. adversaries continually invest in AI and ML to counter U.S. influence and power digitally, culturally, and technologically, it is imperative the U.S. rapidly pursues and leverages the power of AI across a whole of government approach. AI has the potential to improve business processes, deliver the information advantage, speed up data dissemination and exploitation, aid in decision making, identify threats and targets, enhance the efficiency of logistics and so much more. Attendees will have the unique opportunity to hear from senior leadership, ask questions, and share their own insights and perspectives as to the importance of AI, ML, deep learning, and edge computing in our nation’s defense. Join us at this year’s event to discuss how to achieve AI across the DoD to enable the warfighter’s maximum advantage.

DSI’s team specializes in the extensive research and development of our Summits’ content and focus areas, and we will assemble the most respected minds in AI to include key policymakers across military and civilian offices.


Past Participating Organizations:

Neya Systems, Department of the Army, MITRE Corporation, Carnegie Mellon University, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, Southwest Research Institute, GSA, Lockheed Martin, The Boeing Company, HQ Air Force, Shield AI, US Military Academy, Leidos Innovation Center, PacStar, DEVCOM, ANAWA, Skydio, SRC Inc, NSA, BAE Systems, GM Defense, HEICO, Modern Technology Solutions, Oceaneering, Collins Aerospace, Mile Two, Moog Inc, Nvidia, Dataminr, Best LIDAR Corporation, DHS, Teledyne FLIR, Kongsberg Geospatial, US Navy, Maxar Technologies, Curtiss Wright, KEF Robotics, Cybernet Systems Corporation, DTRA, Federal Aviation Administration, JAIC, Office of Chief of Naval Operations, CSAF & many more…!

Exhibit and Sponsorship Opportunities Available!

The 2022 AI for Defense Summit provides opportunities including exhibit space, product demonstrations, and networking receptions.

Topics to be covered at the 2022 Summit:

– Accelerating the Adoption and Integration of AI for Decision Advantage

– Strategic Vision for Achieving the AI Advantage to Ensure Decision Superiority

– Unifying and Advancing the DoD’s Research and Development of Autonomous Systems

– Accelerating the DoD’s Adoption of Artificial Intelligence with Responsible Speed

– Leveraging Industry’s Rapid Pace of Innovation to Accelerate AI Adoption

– Developing, Coordinating, and Synchronizing AI Integration Across the Army

– Air Force Strategies for Continually Innovating and Integrating Autonomous Capabilities

– Integrating Trustworthy, Sustainable AI to Support the Future Maritime Mission


At Our Summit You Have the Ability To:

Gain Education & Insight: Walk away with knowledge gained from our senior level speakers on some of the most complex issues facing the DoD and government as it relates to artificial intelligence.

Build Partnerships: The agenda is designed to allow for ample networking opportunities and the ability to discover some of the latest technologies, policy considerations, and solutions of interest to the DoD and government for AI, machine learning, and autonomy.

Influence: Help foster ideas! Share your own insight and knowledge during our interactive sessions. Our town hall format is your opportunity to address our speakers with questions or comments on the current mission.



Operating Guidance for Government Attendees:

DSI’s Summit directly supports DoD & Federal Government priorities by providing a conduit for officials to efficiently reach audiences outside of their respective offices that directly impact their organization’s overall mission success, at no charge 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 Summit is open and complimentary to all DoD and Federal Government employees and is considered an educational and training forum.

*Summit is Closed to The Press / No Recordings*