September 9-10, 2020 | Mary M Gates Learning Center, Alexandria, VA


The 8th Annual Military Tactical Communications Summit will bring together senior-level experts from across the services to discuss initiatives towards advancing expeditionary network and communication capabilities. This summit will look to strengthen the warfighter’s reliable access to information, regardless of when and where they are operating, through the development of modern tactical communications policies, networks, and technologies.

2019 Confirmed Speakers Include:


MG David Isaacson, USA
Director of Networks, Services and Strategy
Office of the Chief Information Officer/G-6
U.S. Army

Joseph Welch, SES
Deputy Program Executive Officer
Program Executive Office Command Control Communications – Tactical (PEO C3T)

Arsenio Gumahad, SES
Director, C4ISR
Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment

Thomas Michelli, SES
Vice Director, Command, Control, Communications, and Computers (C4)/Cyber
Deputy Chief Information Officer
Joint Chiefs of Staff/J6


COL Wade Johnston, USA
Chief Information Officer
Army Futures Command

COL Eulys Shell, USA
Director, Network Integration Division
Joint Modernization Command

COL Robert King, USAF
Senior Materiel Leader, C3I & Infrastructure Division
Air Force Life Cycle Management Center

Event Moderator:

MG Daniel Hughes, USA (Ret.)
Former Program Executive Officer
Program Executive Office Command Control Communications – Tactical (PEO C3T)

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Why You Should Attend This Summit:

The 2019 Military Tactical Communications Summit will focus on the advancement of communication capabilities for the modern warfighter. The event will discuss DoD efforts to improve the reliability, security, and scalability of key expeditionary networks. It will bring together speakers from the DoD, industry, and academia to discuss the challenges of delivering uninterrupted access to information to forward-deployed warfighters in both austere and hostile operating environments.

Speakers will address the overarching policies, acquisition priorities, technological advancements and end-user perspectives regarding military tactical communications and networking capabilities. Attendees will have the unique opportunity to speak with decision-makers about key network modernization efforts and initiatives towards ensuring continuous communications for the warfighter.

In addition to our senior level plenary sessions, this event will feature two panels which will examine innovative themes disrupting the C4ISR community. The first panel on “Achieving Army Tactical Network Multi-Path Diversity” will discuss leveraging alternate communication pathways when faced with disconnected intermittent limited situations. The second panel on “Deploying 5G Network Technologies” will bring together representatives from industry, academia and the military for a discussion on how 5G is setting the stage for the digital future and the implications it will have on national defense.

DSI’s team specializes in the extensive research and development of our Summit’s content and focus areas. We will assemble the most respected minds in the C4ISR community, including operational leaders, key policymakers, DoD labs, 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 2019 Summit:

– Modernizing Key US Army Networks and Tactical Communications Technologies

– Developing Resilient and Secure Networks in the Face of Sophisticated Cyber and Jamming Techniques

– Advancing USMC Command and Control Architectures

– Fielding Innovative Expeditionary Communications to Maximize Battlespace Situational Awareness

– Furthering the Development of the Integrated Tactical Network

– Equipping the Warfighter with Reliable Communications Tools including Tactical Radios

– Managing the Development and Acquisition of Advanced Satellite Communications Systems

– Leading the R&D of Tactical Radio and Antenna Technologies

– Ensuring Continuous Communications and Situational Awareness for the Warfighter

– Exploring the Use of 5G Network Technologies


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:

Army CIO/G6, Army Research Laboratory, All Purpose Networks, AT&T Public Sector, AQYR, BAE Systems, Booze Allen Hamilton, Cisco Systems, Comtech Systems, Collins Aerospace, Crystal Group, US CENTCOM, CDNI, DARPA, Dell EMC, Digital Globe, Defense Intelligence Agency, Department of State, DISA, Elbit Systems, Fluor Government, General Dynamics Mission Systems, Georgia Tech Research Institute HQDA G-3/5/7, HQMC C4/CIO, HQMC DCI, iDirect Government, Intelsat General Communications, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab, Klas Telecom, L3 Datron, Leidos, Lockheed, Naval Research Laboratory, Network Cross Functional Team, NAVAIR, OSD DoD CIO, Pacific Star Communications, Raytheon, SAF/CIO A6CW, SOCOM, SafeNet, SES GS, SPAWARSYSCEN, Thales Defense and Security, US. Army USARPAC, USGAO, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense R&E, USAF, USMC, ViaSat, and more.


Exhibit and Sponsorship Information:

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

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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.