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DoD Future Warfighter Performance, Capabilities and Survivability to be the Focus of Upcoming Senior Level Symposium for DoD, Industry and Academia

On April 25-26, 2017, senior leaders within the U.S. Military Services, DoD, Industry and Academia will convene in Alexandria, VA, for two days of off the record briefings and senior level discussions at Defense Strategies Institute’s "Town Hall" Future Warfighter Symposium. The Symposium will take an integrated approach, spanning multiple capabilities and research areas that ultimately combine on the dismounted Warfighter.

Washington, DC, March 01, 2017 --( Viewing the Warfighter as a “system of systems” the Symposium will cover topics such as:

1. Advanced materials and fabrics to aide in clothing efficiencies
2. Wearable robotics and advancements in human-machine integration
3. Next-gen research in personal protective equipment / exoskeletons: malleable fabric exosuits, and "liquid armour" and buoyant body armor
4. Energy and Power for the dismounted Soldier: energy harvesting capabilities, improved battery power (supplying, harnessing and generating power)
5. Research and technologies in human factors to improve Warfighter performance
6. Integrating biometric sensors and monitoring physiological data
7. Augmented reality technology and tactical operations

“We have created a Symposium that will bring together a variety of stakeholders in order to build out two days of discussion and dialogue that spans a variety of disciplines involved in enhancing the capabilities and performance of our future Warfighters,” stated Monica Mckenzie, Senior Partner, Defense Strategies Institute.

Several speakers include:

*BG Brian Mennes, USA, Director, Joint and Integration, G-8, HQDA
*COL Ed Barker, USA, PM Soldier Warrior, PEO Soldier
*Dr. John Pazik, SES, Department Head, Expeditionary Maneuver Warfare and Combating Terrorism Department, ONR
*COL James Miller, USA, Director Joint Acquisition Task Force (JATF) TALOS, USSOCOM
*Col Brian L. Magnuson, USMC, Director, Expeditionary Energy Office, HQMC
*Dr. Rajesh Naik, SES, Chief Scientist, 711th Human Performance Wing, Air Force Research Laboratory
*Dr. Mike LaFiandra, Chief Scientist (A), Human Research and Engineering Directorate, ARL
*COL Richard Malish, USA, Commander, U.S. Army Aeromedical Research Laboratory
*Dr. Conor Walsh, BioDesign Lab, Harvard University
*Mr. Cory Goetz, Power and Energy Directorate, CP&ID, CERDEC

Seating is limited –
In order to allow for actionable discussion and dialogue amongst speaker and attendees, seating will be limited. Register now to reserve your seat. Active military, government and State personnel attend complimentary.

Anyone interested in participating in the Summit can go to Defense Strategies Institute's website at for more information or contact Lisa Madison at 1-917-435-1266

Recognizing the great sacrifice that our men and women of the Armed Services have endured, DSI supports our Veteran’s and severely injured Service men and women and their families through our direct charitable donations. To learn more, please visit

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