Military Tactical Communications Summit

“A Networked Approach to Communications at the Tactical Edge”

September 9 – 10, 2014

The Mary M. Gates Learning Center, Alexandria, VA

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 a networked approach to providing communications at the tactical edge.


Confirmed 2014 speakers include:

  • Maj Gen Craig Olson, USAF, PEO C3I & Networks, AFLMC speaking on industry opportunities for providing managed infrastructure services, improving gateway and data link capabilities; key building blocks for a JALN; viewpoint on a JIE vision and framework
  •  MG Daniel Hughes, USA, PEO, PEO PC3T addressing expectations and needs for more intuitive, simplified systems, and technology imperatives for the short term implementation of the Network Modernization Roadmap
  • Mr. Randall Conway, SES, Principal Director, C4 and Information Infrastructure, DoD CIO proving opening remarks on the JIE framework’s impact at the tactical edge, and future joint C4 efforts in the tactical communications environment
  •  BGen Kevin Nally, USMC, Director, C4 /CIO, HQMC discussing C2 for rapid response for special purpose MAGTs, expanding NOTM and mobile handheld devices, and a JIE framework for the Marine Corps at the tactical edge
  •  COL Mark Elliott, USA, Director, HQ G 3/5/7, LandWarNet/ Mission Command on delivering the network to the tactical edge
  • Mr. Frank Konieczny, SES, CTO, Office of Information Dominance, US Air Force providing a technical perspective towards communications at the tactical edge for the Air Force
  • Col Scott Normandeau, USAF, Director, J6/CIO, NGB discussing the NGB’s perspective towards interoperability challenges with civilian emergency responders and improving interagency, and Joint Force Headquarters (State) information sharing
  • Col Troy Endicott, USAF, Chief, Policy & Integration Division, SAF/ DoD Executive Agent for Space Staff on space policy, integration, and strategy that impacts the tactical edge
  • Mr. John Merrill, Deputy Director, Office for Interoperability and Compatibility, DHS addressing how DHS’s OIC partners with first responders and industry to improve the development of technologies and standards
  • Mr. John Chapin, PM, STO, DARPA discussing current R&D efforts with advanced RF mapping and shared spectrum access for radar and communications

(Download 2014 agenda for full sessions)


Today’s U.S. military services and defense agencies must accelerate the development and fielding of initiatives focused on a networked approach to secure, reliable communications at the tactical edge.

  • Military communications networks are by definition dynamic, under stress and vitally important. Advances in Navy’s SATCOM technologies like the MUOS satellite,  and the Air Force’s efforts at joint aerial layer networking will soon allow for more secure, mobile networked communications worldwide. However challenges such as  interoperability amongst legacy systems,cyber security, electronic warfare, spectrum access,  remain at the forefront.  
  • For the Army, with respect to mission command, the “short term goal is to complete the Army’s transition from stand-alone mission command systems to an integrate, web-based environment that delivers powerful warfighting systems as user-friendly ‘widgets’, or apps, merged with the common operating picture of the battlefield.” Army AL&T magazine, April-June, 2014
  • “For DoD, The Joint Information Environment framework will ensure that the warfighter at the tactical-edge is equipped with a single, joint infrastructure by integrating previously stove-piped structures. This clear shift in approach demands new policies to support both technical changes as well as policy and cultural changes.” DoD Strategy for Implementing the Joint Information Environment, Sept. 2013.

Over 15 expert speakers and sessions covering subject areas including:

  • JIE at the tactical edge
  • Key building blocks for a Joint Aerial Layer Network
  • C2 OTM
  • Spectrum management/ shared spectrum access
  • Shipboard and undersea C4I capabilities
  • Antennas for tactical communication
  • Mobile technologies for tactical edge users
  • Electronic warfare/ cyber security considerations at the tactical edge
  • Improving data link capabilities

Review of current and future evaluations such as the Army’s NIE 14.2, and fielding of Capability Set 14

DSI’s team specializes in the extensive research and development of our Summits’ content and focus areas, and we  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 for actionable outcomes and takeaways.

  • 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


Exhibit & Sponsorship Opportunities: The Summit provides opportunities to demonstrate your technologies / solutions live during the Summit, host a thought leadership session, or  luncheon and cocktail reception.

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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.

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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.