September 12-13, 2018 | The Mary M Gates Learning Center, Alexandria, VA


The 2018 Tactical Communications Summit will focus on advancing network capabilities by delivering enhanced C4ISR and information dominance to the current and future Warfighter. The Summit will look to strengthen reliable access to data, voice, and video anytime and anywhere to support situational awareness and operational flexibility at the tactical edge.

This Year’s Confirmed Speakers Include:

MG Mitchell L. Kilgo, USA
Director, C4 J-6

Kevin M. Mulvihill, SES
Director, C4, Information Infrastructure
DoD CIO Office

Linderman Circle
Dr. Richad W. Linderman, SES
Director C4I/Cyber

MG (Ret.) N. Lee S. Price, USA
Price Solutions, LLC (SDVOSB)
Former Program Executive Officer

Col Scott F. Stebbins, USMC
Director, Information Warfare Integration Division (IWID)

Johnston Circle
COL Wade Johnston, USA
Division Chief of Networks, Services and Strategy
Headquarters, Department of the Army, CIO/G-6

COL Hugh McCauley, USA
Operations Division Chief, C4 Systems Directorate, J6

Glode Circle
COL Michael A. Glode, USA
Cyber Center of Excellence Liaison Officer
Network Cross Functional Team

Event Moderator:

Dan Hughes_Circle
MG (Ret.) Dan Hughes, USA
Former Program Executive Officer

Download Full Agenda Here

Why You Should Attend This Summit:

The 2018 Military Tactical Communications Summit will serve as an educational forum for personnel from US Military Commands, DoD Labs, and Industry to discuss the efforts being made to advance C4ISR capabilities, as well as enhance the tactical network for the Warfighter. The Summit will look to strengthen the commanders’ situational awareness and C2 capabilities through ensuring reliable access to data, voice, and video anytime and anywhere on the tactical edge.

The current Warfighter requires a real-time, operational picture to ensure information dominance. While operating in an array of austere, expeditionary environments, their ability to receive and transmit critical information may become compromised. This makes the Warfighter reliant on the Commander to effectively communicate this vital information to them from Mission Command.

To ensure that operational superiority is maintained, both the Commander and the Warfighter will need to be provided with a network that is simple, yet agile. Commanders are dependent upon the development of resilient, sustainable tactical networks for continued battlefield success. This summit will provide an in-depth look into the policies and strategies that are currently facilitating tactical communication networks for increased operational flexibility.

DSI’s team specializes in the extensive research and development of our Summit’s content and focus areas, and we will assemble the most respected minds in the community from operational leaders, the R&D Community, key policy-makers, as well as solution providers from industry and academia. Our non-partisan approach allows us to reach across all involved organizations bring together a truly holistic group of decision makers and solution providers.


Topics to be covered at the 2018 Summit:

– Facilitating secure and resilient communications for commanders in expeditionary environments

– Enabling Warfighter readiness through the increase of intuitive communication devices at the tactical edge

– Integrating sustainable tactical communications systems to ensure operational dominance

– Enabling Warfighter superiority and information dominance across the Army Enterprise

– Developing emerging technologies to secure robust tactical networks and improve expeditionary operations

– Ensuring the Warfighter’s ability to communicate from long distances anytime and anywhere in austere environments

– Advancing C2 architecture to maintain and secure tactical communications between the Warfighter and mission command

– Developing a simplified network to assist the Warfighter from anywhere in the battlespace

– Shaping the Army’s tactical communications to ensure readiness now and in the future


At our Symposium You Have the Ability To:

  • Gain Education & Insight: Walk away with knowledge gained from our senior level speakers on some of the complex challenges facing our tactical communications community.

  • Build Partnerships: The agenda is designed to allow for ample networking opportunities and the ability to engage in constructive dialogue among all in attendance

  • Influence: Help foster ideas! Share your own insight and knowledge during our interactive sessions. All attendees are given the opportunity to address our speaker faculty with their questions, comments or ideas.

Participating organizations at last year’s Summit:

PEO C3T, FBI Critical Incident Response Group, Joint C4 Planners Course, USAF HQ AFSPC A2/3/6CJoint Communications Support Element (Airborne), HQDA G-8, 1st Combat Communications Squadron / UASFE, Institute for Defense Analyses, HQDA G-8, U.S. Army CIO / G-6, DoD CIO, Harris Corporation, 1st Combat Communications Squadron USAF, Joint Staff Naval Air Forces, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, US Naval Research Laboratory, U.S. Department of State, Manager, Security Forces Unit Type Code Management AFSFC/FGCM, SAF/ADIQ, 5th Combat Communications Group, Defense Intelligence Agency Division for Cyber & Enterprise Operations (CIO-3), FCI Enterprises, LLCCTR DTRA J3-7 (US)USAF, U.S. Coast Guard, MAGTF Tactical Networks USMC, NSA, DISA & JFHQ-DODIN, HQMC C4/CS, Boeing, Pacstar, Axom Technologies, Raytheon, General Dynamics, Cisco, Rockwell Collins, SCI Technology, Motorola Solutions, DuPont Electronics, Thales, Elbit, NES- A CSRA Company, Gentex, Leidos, Booz Allen Hamilton, John Hopkins Applied Physics Lab, DARPA, CECOM, USSOCOM, USN, CERDEC and many more!

Exhibit and Sponsorship Information:

The Military Tactical Communications Summit provides opportunities including exhibit space, roundtable discussions, product demonstrations, and networking receptions.

Download the Sponsorship and Exhibiting Prospectus Here.


Operating Guidance for Government Attendees:

– DSI’s Summit directly supports DoD and Federal Government 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 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 employees and is considered an educational training forum, and a widely attended gathering.

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.