Military Tactical Communications Summit


September 9 – 10, 2013 | Alexandria, VA

Mary M. Gates Learning Center

Next iteration will take place September, 2014 (exact dates coming soon). All information below relates to our 2013 Summit.

DSI’s Military Tactical Communications Summit is designed as an educational and training “Town Hall” forum, where thought leaders and key policy-makers across U.S. military and U.S. civilian organizations can come together for actionable discussions and debate. The Summit will focus on an agile approach to modernizing secure, networked, and interoperable tactical communications systems.


Why should you attend the Summit?
2013 Confirmed Subject Matter Expert Speakers Include but are not limited to:
  • * Dr. Ronald Jost, DASD, C3 & Cyber
  • * Mr. Martin M. Westphal, Vice Director C4/Cyber, Joint Staff, J6
  • * Mr. Terry Edwards, SES, Director,  (SoSE&I) Directorate, ASA(ALT)
  • * COL Mark Elliott, USA, Director, HQ G 3/5/7, LandWarNet/ Mission Command
  • * Col Peter Reddy, USMC, PM, MAGTF Command, Control, Communications, MCSC
  • * COL Edward Swanson, USA, PM WIN-T, PEO C3T
  • * Dr. Wayne Phoel, PM, STO, DARPA
  • *Mr. William Jackson, Chief, AFC2IC LO National Capital Region
( Download the agenda for full speaker roster)
Today’s U.S. military services and defense agencies must accelerate the development and fielding of initiatives focused on the agile approach to modernizing secure, networked, and interoperable tactical communications systems.
Military communications networks are by definition dynamic, under stress and vitally important. Real-time Situational Awareness drives real-time Command and Control. Recent efforts have fielded potential capabilities for brigade and battalion-level leaders to plug into the network while on the move and equip soldiers at the squad level with capabilities for sending and receiving voice and data communications over the network.

The achievement of a network-centric battelfield has driven such technologies as software defined radios networking  voice, data and information across deploying units in austere environments, which has reduced the  need to rely upon a “fixed” infrastructure or GPS system to communicate across the unit while on the move.  SATCOM technologies like the MUOS satellite  will soon allow for enabled secure, mobile networked communications worldwide. 

While the technical enablers for this concept of communictions on-the-move are rapidly maturing, the operational challenges are quickly coming to the forefront. Challenges including waveform and signal processing, security, jamming/anti-jamming techniques along with a vast list of distinct operational requirements for the technologies has challenged military leaders to critically analyze next-steps in moving communication technologies forward.

To this end identifying the parts of the communications process that are the most suitable to maximize efficiency and effectiveness is paramount.



Key subject areas to be discussed include:

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 communications from U.S. military commands, leading research centers, government agencies, and industry technology providers. Our non partisan approach allows us to reach across all services and organizations to bring together a truly holistic group of decision makers and solution providers

A full spectrum viewpoint towards tactical communications: From the Network, to the Command Post, to the Platform, and to the dismounted Warfighter.


Several subject areas will include:

  1. 1. SATCOM on-the-move
  2. 2. Joint Aerial Layer Network
  3. 3. Creating a System of Systems Architecture
  4. 4. Dynamic Spectrum Management
  5. 5. Antennas for Tactical Communication
  6. 6. Cellular Networks (Multi-Hop), Mobile Devices and
  7.      applications for Tactical Edge Users
  8.  7. Electronic Warfare and securing the network at
  9.      the tactical edge (including jamming/ anti-jamming)
  10. 8. Integrating comms systems in joint and coalition  environments
Review of current and future evaluations such as the Army's NIE 14.1, fielding of Capability Set 13, and  AFRICOM's "Joint Endeavor 2013"

  • The Military Tactical Communications Summit is compliant with Department of Defense operating guidelines, and adheres to the most recent standards of the Office of General Council, Standards of Conduct Office:
  • *Currently, SOCO advisory 09-03: 7.(a)… purposes of jer 3-211 (a)(7) the Office of Government Ethics (OGE), OGE standards of ethical conduct for employees of the executive branch: currently 5 cfr part 2635 and 31 u.s.c. 1353 as it pertains to OGE standards
  • *Qualifies as training in compliance with 5 U.S.C. Chapter 41 and is compliant with The Office of Government Ethics, Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Executive Branch: currently 5 CFR part 2635 and 31 U.S.C. 1353 as it pertains to OGE Standards.
  • *The Military Tactical Communications Summit is open to all DoD and Federal employees and is considered a compliant education and training forum
  • At our Summit you will have the ability to:
  • Gain Education & Insight: Walk away with knowledge gained from our senior level speakers on some of the complex challenges facing military communications today.
  • Build Partnerships: The agenda is designed to allow for ample networking opportunities and the ability to discover some of the latest technologies related to military tactical communications
  • Influence: Help foster ideas! Share your own insight and knowledge during our interactive sessions. All sessions are designed to allow for interactive discussions and debates amongst the speaker faculty and delegation.