Military Tactical Communications Summit

“Bringing the Network to the Tactical Edge”

September 22-23, 2015 | 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.



Ms. Mary Woods, SES, DPEO, PEO C3T speaking on priorities within PEOC3T for expeditionary networking for the Army

Mr. John Willison, SES, Director, (CERDEC), S&TCD, discussing CERDEC’s work in supporting and defending the network at the tactical edge

Mr. Phillip Minor, Deputy Director, COE Directorate,  ASA (ALT) on current priorities and efforts towards creating an effective and efficient system-of-systems architecture for the tactical edge


Dr. Ron Jost, DASD, C3CB, OUSD AT&L on “Bringing the Network to the Tactical Edge”: Considerations from an acquisition perspective

Ms. Kerry Kelley, SES, Director of C4 Systems; CIO; and Director, Joint Cyber Center, USSTRATCOM speaking on meeting C4 requirements for the Joint fight

Mr. Frederick D. Moorefield Jr., SES, Director, Spectrum Policy and Programs, DoD CIO addressing DoD efforts for improving spectrum access


Mr. Kenneth Bible, SES, USMC, Deputy Director, C4 / DCIO, HQMC  speaking on extending the network seamlessly to the tactical edge for the Marine Corps including emerging C4 technologies of interest  and increasing common applications and using cloud/ virtualization for C2 OTM

Col Gregory Breazile, USMC, Director, C2/Cyber & EW ID, Capabilities Development Directorate, USMC DC CD&I  discussing C2, cyber, and EW capabilities development for tactical communications for the Marine Corps


Dr. Camron Gorguinpour, SES, Director of Transformational Innovation, USAF, Office of the Assistant Secretary (Acquisition) on open systems based C4ISR

Col Todd Krueger, USAF, Senior Materiel Leader and Division Chief, Space, Aerial & Nuclear Networks Division (AFLCMC/HNA) speaking on Air Force’s roadmap for Tactical Networks/Tactical Datalinks, and the JALN


CAPT Chris Moss, USCG, Chief, Office of C4 and Sensors Capabilities, USCG presenting the unique mission critical C4ISR needs of the USCG and current areas for improving interoperability with  U.S. and Allied Partners

Mr. John Merrill, Director, Office for Interoperability and Compatibility, IC/NGFR Apex PM, DHS


Above topics subject to slight edits. Download full agenda for more details



The network of ‘tomorrow’ for the tactical edge should support a broad range of operational conditions and deliver robust, reliable communications to all echelons and various mission partners throughout all stages of any operation, in any environment.  Efforts towards creating common operating environments, utilizing virtualization / cloud computing, hosted payloads for SATCOM, and creating a JIE are just a few of the TTPs helping to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of tactical comms.

Military communications networks are by definition dynamic, under stress and vitally important. The Army’s focus to ‘simplify’  the network along with advances with WIN-T, the Navy’s SATCOM technologies 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, converging network operations tools , spectrum access,  and untethering the maneuver commander remain at the forefront.  


Held since 2012, DSI’s  Military Tactical Communications Summit is a unique forum that allows for personnel from DoD, Military Services,  and Federal Agencies, Industry and Academia to convene in one location.  Our “Town Hall” format is designed to encourage challenging discussion and dialogue amongst all in attendance.

By keeping our forum off-the record and non-attribution, we allow for a level of stream of consciousness and shared ideas and thoughts to flow freely. Our agendas cover the most current priorities and 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 September!



1.) Bringing common data and operating environments to the tactical edge

2.) JIE and MPEs: Improving secure messaging  with coalition and Allied Partners in a tactical  environment

3.) Cloud computing / virtualization for a tactical environment

4.) Future afloat MAGTF:  network-enabled and digitally interoperable

5.) Open architectures for C4I

6.)  Increasing high-speed transmission capacity for voice and data communications

7.) Pushing cyber situational awareness data to the tactical edge

8.) Spectrum management/ shared spectrum access

9.) Untethering the maneuver commander

10.) Hosted payloads and SATCOM – OTM

11.) Shipboard and undersea C4I capabilities

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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.


OPERATING GUIDANCE for Military and Government attendees:

  • DSI’s Military Tactical Communications Summit  is open and complimentary  to all DoD and Federal employees and is considered a compliant education and training forum
  • DSI’s Summit will provide a forum for Military Services, OSD, DHS, and other federal agencies to address and improve current mission critical needs and initiatives, meet with and hear from partner organizations, disseminate vital capability requirements to industry, and engage in senior level dialogue with all in attendance while increasing visibility within the larger community.



This Summit offers several distinct opportunities for a few organizations to demonstrate their technologies or solutions that address the Summit subject matter, or to partake in a thought leadership role.  If you are an organization that would like to learn more about how you can be involved, please visit us at:





General Dynamics, Northrop Grumman, DISA,  BAE Systems, Harris, Headquarters Marine Corps Aviation,  Oceus Networks, PEO C3T, MITRE, Raytheon, Smartronix, Thales Defense & Security, Inc., Lockheed Martin, 335th Signal Command (Theater), Motorola Solutions, Inc, Inmarsat Government, U.S. Navy, Georgia Tech Research Institute, S&T Directorate, DHS, US Army, Boeing,  John Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratories, DoD CIO, Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute, Rockwell Collins, Viasat, Inc, Exelis, Inc, ADS, Inc, ManTech Intl, Honeywell International, Innoflight, Airbus Defense and Space, Hughes Network Systems, Nexagen Networks,  Delphix Software, Booz Allen Hamilton Inc.,Naval Post Graduate School, US Army War College, Institute for Defense Analysis


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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.