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Senior DoD leaders within the Unmanned Systems Community to Address Interoperability, Autonomy and Rapid Fielding at DSI's DoD Unmanned Systems & Robotics Summit

Senior Leaders within DoD, Academia and Industry will convene at Defense Strategies Institute's upcoming Town Hall Unmanned Systems & Robotics Summit, March 26 27, 2013 in Alexandria, VA. The Summit will benefit the 501c3 Wounded Warrior Project.

Washington, DC, December 12, 2012 --( “U.S. and allied combat operations continue to highlight the value of unmanned systems in the modern combat environment... The DoD’s vision for unmanned systems is the seamless integration of diverse unmanned capabilities that provide flexible options for Joint Warfighters while exploiting the inherent advantages of unmanned technologies, including persistence, size, speed, maneuverability, and reduced risk to human life. DOD envisions unmanned systems seamlessly operating with manned systems while gradually reducing the degree of human control and decision making required for the unmanned portion of the force structure... [Some of ] the challenges facing all military Services in the Department include: Interoperability , Autonomy, [and] Manned-Unmanned (MUM) Teaming…” (DoD Unmanned Systems Integrated Roadmap, ‘FY 2011- 2036)

“These are the challenges we will address during the Summit. The recent “DOD DEFENSE SCIENCE BOARD: TASK FORCE REPORT: The Role of Autonomy in DoD Systems”, “The Robotic Systems Joint Project Office Unmanned Ground Systems Roadmap ADDENDUM July 2012” and the recent DEPSECDEF Directive of November, 2012 towards weaponization and autonomy, all address certain topics and subject matters that our Senior Level speakers will be covering at the Summit,” stated Lisa Madison, Director of Communications for Defense Strategies Institute.

Confirmed Speakers at the Summit, include experts such as:
· Mr. Earl Wyatt, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Rapid Fielding (RF), OSD (AT&L)
· RDML Mathias W. Winter, USN, PEO, Unmanned Aviation and Strike Weapons (PEO(U&W))
· BGen Mark Wise, USMC, Commanding General, Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory; Vice Chief, Office of Naval Research
· Dr. Morley O. Stone, SES, Chief Scientist, 711th Human Performance Wing, AFRL
· CAPT Duane Ashton, USN, Unmanned Maritime Systems, PMS 406 Major Acquisition Program Manager
· Mr. Joseph A. Giampapa, Senior Member, Technical Staff, Carnegie Mellon University’s Software Engineering Institute

“Almost all stakeholders in this field have a general understanding and working knowledge of the basic roadmaps moving forward. We feel there is now a need to really look at how are we defining what 'success' will mean for the Warfighter. Our educational and training Summits offer a non-partisan, informal forum where we encourage real, actionable, discussion and debate, and this is a chance for the experts in the field to really role their sleeves up and talk about their unique and shared perspectives with their respective colleagues,” Ms. Madison further stated.

The Summit benefits the non profit 501c3 Wounded Warrior Project through DSI’s personal charitable donations to the WWP.

Anyone interested in participating in the Summit can go to Defense Strategies Institute website at for more information or directly to the Summit site at
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