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Opening Ceremony and Tri-Service Maritime Leadership

Introduction: then-Undersecretary of the Navy James Geurts (performing the duties of)

Speakers: Adm. Mike Gilday, Chief of Naval Operations

Gen. David Berger, Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps

Adm. Karl Schultz, Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard

Moderator: Adm. John Richardson, Retired 31st Chief of Naval Operations 

What does it take to command our maritime forces? Building on the newest guidance from the Tri-Service Maritime Strategy guide and the 2018 National Defense Strategy, our panel of sea service chiefs will discuss the myriad opportunities and challenges our commanders face while operating on land, sea and air.

Arctic Domain Readiness

Speakers: Mr. Richard Jenkins, Saildrone CEO

Vice Adm. Andrew Lewis, Commander, U.S. 2nd Fleet, U.S. Navy

Vice Adm. Scott Buschman, Deputy Commandant for Operations, U.S. Coast Guard

Dr. Alyson Azzara, International Trade Specialist, Department of Transportation

Moderator: Rear Adm. Lars Saunes, Norway (ret.) Chief of Royal Norwegian Navy

How do we best ensure readiness in the Arctic domain to meet the challenges of the future? This includes battling harsh, dynamic operational conditions as well as countering volatile influences at the strategic level. The approach will require whole-of-government and like-minded, transparent partners to address Arctic security risks and readiness in both the current and future Arctic environments.

Sea-Air-Space Luncheon

Speaker: Gen. Mark A. Milley, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

Facilities and Maintenance Resiliency

Speakers: Rear Adm. Carola List, Assistant Commandant for Engineering and Logistics, U.S. Coast Guard

Rear Adm. John Korka, Commander, Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command, and Chief of Civil Engineers, U.S. Navy

Ms. Tina Dolph, CEO, Siemens Government Technologies

Mr. James Balocki, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Installations and Facilities


Historically, the Department of the Navy has assumed risk in shore infrastructure investments to increase readiness, future force structure and other priorities. Given the imperative of contested domains in future operations outlined in the 2018 National Defense Strategy, today’s enterprise of installations and ranges serving as platforms for a new generation of weapon systems need to be configured and resilient to enable current and future missions. The panel will address initiatives and challenges to sustain U.S. shore capabilities, while enhancing installation resilience to meet mission assurance requirements for the warfighter. 

International Partnerships: How Global Industries Meet the Global Needs of Our Sea Services

Speakers: Vice Adm. Nicholas Hine, Second Sea Lord, Royal British Navy 

Adm. James Foggo, U.S. Navy (ret.)

Mr. Dak Hardwick, Assistant Vice President, International Affairs, Aerospace Industries Association

Moderator: Vice Adm. M.F.R. Lloyd, Canadian Navy (ret.), 35th Commander of the Canadian Navy

Hear from a panel of international naval leadership on the current state of foreign navies and their partnerships for cooperative naval alliances with the United States.

Indo-Pacific Security Strategy

Speakers: Vice Adm. Michael McAllister, Pacific Area Commander, U.S. Coast Guard

Mr. Ronald Bushar, Senior Vice President and CTO, FireEye

Maj. Gen. Dave Furness, Deputy Assistant Commandant, Plans, Policy and Operations, Marine Corps Headquarters

Vice Adm. Phillip Sawyer, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Operations, Plans and Strategy, N3/N5, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations

Moderator: Mr. Richard Buangan, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Indo-Pacific Affairs, East Asia and Pacific Affairs Bureau, Department of State

A peaceful, free and open Indo-Pacific is vital to the U.S. and its allies’ economies in the 21st century. All nations should enjoy unfettered access to the seas and airways upon which all nations’ economies depend. Panelists will discuss what it takes to maintain safe sea lines of communication and growth in such a large and dynamic region.

Congressional Breakfast

Speakers: Sen. Tammy Baldwin, Senate Appropriations Committee (recorded remarks)

Mr. Mark Rosen, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Center for Naval Analysis

Mr. John Lucio, Professional Staff Member, U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations, Defense Subcommittee

Rear Adm. John Gumbleton, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Budget, Director, Fiscal Management Division

Moderator: Mr. Bryan Clark, Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute

Join us as our expert panel assesses the top priorities, concerns and opportunities relating to defense spending in a post-COVID-19 budget environment. How will flat military budgets impact critical weapon systems? Can we meet the challenges of great power competition and maintain our competitive advantage against advancing rival military forces? Hear from subject matter experts whose backgrounds span both the legislative and military domains. This timely discussion will provide a thorough overview of the fiscal challenges that will confront the sea services in the coming years. 

Aviation and Future Warfighting

Sponsored by

Speakers:  Mr. Sean Bond, Senior Vice President for Airborne Solutions, Elbit Systems of America

Rear Adm. Andrew Loiselle, Director, Air Warfare Division (N98) Office of the Chief of Naval Operations

Lt. Gen. Mark Wise, Deputy Commandant for Aviation, U.S. Marine Corps

Rear Adm. Pat DeQuattro, Deputy for Operations, Policy, and Capabilities, U.S. Coast Guard

Ms. Janice Zilch, Vice President, Manned Airborne Surveillance Programs, Northrop Grumman

Moderator: Rear Adm. Mike “Nasty” Manazir, U.S. Navy (ret.), Vice President, Government Services Sales, Boeing Global Services

As aviation continues to transform its fleet with advancing future warfighting capabilities, it has successfully been tackling readiness barriers and warfighting degraders. Panelists will discuss how the sea services are overcoming the challenges of maintaining and evolving the fleet while keeping up with the demands on maintenance and future capabilities.


Inclusion and Diversity as a Force Multiplier

Speakers: Vice Adm. John Nowell Jr., Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Manpower, Personnel, Training and Education, Chief of Naval Personnel 

Brig. Gen. A.T. Williamson, Director, Manpower Plans & Policy Division, U.S.Marine Corps

Ms. Michelle Godfrey, Senior Advisor for Diversity and Inclusion, U.S. Coast Guard

Mr. Jimmy Smith, Director, Office of Small Business Programs, Department of the Navy

Moderator: Ms. Steffanie Easter, Vice President, Strategy and Planning for Defense and Civilian Sector, SAIC

Mission readiness is more powerful when diverse strengths are leveraged and differing perspectives are applied. This panel will discuss the importance of embracing Inclusion and Diversity (I&D) in day-to-day work, provide advice as to how I&D should be integrated into talent management, operational capabilities, compliance and culture and share ways barriers have been dismantled and equity increased.


Managing Cloud Systems in Disrupted and Disconnected Environments

Speakers: Ms. Jane Rathbun, Deputy Assistant Secretary Navy Information Warfare & Enterprise Services/CTO, Department of Navy

Rear Adm. David Dermanelian, Assistant Commandant for C4IT, U.S. Coast Guard

Mr. Josh Jackson, Senior Vice President for Navy and Marine Corps Systems, SAIC

Moderator: Mr. Jared Serbu, Federal News Network

We see a greater dependence on cloud infrastructure, but naval forces will operate in environments where the connectivity to the cloud will be disrupted, disconnected, intermittent or low bandwidth (D-DIL). Although the services have ventured into partnerships with commercial industry to address their challenges, there remains government responsibility to be technically proficient in this emerging and very dynamic environment. The panel will discuss the challenges the community will face in D-DIL, not just from an operator’s perspective, but also from the technical perspective. 


Sea Services Luncheon

Speaker: Gen. James Dickinson, Commander, U.S. Space Command 

U.S. Space Command conducts operations in, from and to space to deter conflict and, if necessary, defeat aggression, deliver space combat power for the Joint/Combined force, and defend U.S. vital interests with allies and partners.  From his perspective as commander of the nation’s 11th and newest Combatant Command, U.S. Army Gen. James H. Dickinson, will speak on his role in protecting and defending U.S. and allied interests in the space domain, and the command’s interaction with maritime components to his and other Combatant Commands as part of the DoD’s multi-domain approach to U.S. national security. 

Naval Sustainment System Supply

Sponsored by

Speakers: Rear Adm. Peter Stamatopoulos, Commander, Naval Supply Systems Command/Chief of Supply Corps, U.S. Navy

Rear Adm. John Meier, Commander, Naval Air Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet

Rear Adm. Ed Anderson, NAVSEA’s Commander, Undersea Warfare

Mr. Anthony Mathis, President & CEO, GE Edison Works

Moderator: Rear Adm. Michael Lyden, U.S. Navy (ret.), Principal, Katahdin Associates 

Naval Sustainment System Supply is an initiative that will leverage our end-to-end supply chains to run more effectively and affordably to generate the readiness our Navy and our fleet needs. A whole-of-Navy approach, NSS-Supply embraces industry best practices tailored for specific Navy needs and fleet operations in order to proactively manage demand, optimize organic repair, reduce maintenance turnaround times, increase end-to-end velocity (spares and repairs), and shape the industrial base while prioritizing and balancing costs.

Artificial Intelligence: Operational Challenges and Opportunities

Speakers: Mr. Tony Davis, Navy Account Executive, IBM

Dr. Misty Blowers, CTO, U.S. Marine Corps

Rear Adm. Lorin Selby, Chief of Naval Research, U.S. Navy

Moderator: Mr. Bryan Clark, Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute 

Civil-military partnerships help advance artificial intelligence (AI) development through building stronger nations and improving lives around the globe. How do we continue to ensure the United States grows and recruits the best and brightest AI developers? How do our adversaries use AI, and what are they trying to achieve? What are the ethical, technological and operational challenges of AI that confront the military? 

The Business of Space

Sponsored by

Speakers: Mr. Shawn Barnes, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Space Acquisition and Integration

Mr. Steve Butow, Director of Space Portfolio, Defense Innovation Unit

Uyen Dinh, Vice President for Government Relations and Strategy, BlackSky

Mr. Eric Brown, Senior Director, Military Space Mission Strategy for Lockheed Martin Space

Moderator: Ms. Sandra Erwin, National Security Reporter, SpaceNews

In this industry-led discussion on where we are and where we are going, panelists will discuss topics from on how the future of satellites, missiles and GPS are just a few tools deployed into space to aid, educate and protect our great nation. What new technologies and strategies are our sea services using in outer space to continue this mission, and where will these new opportunities take us? 

Coast Guard Breakfast

Speaker: Adm. Karl Schultz, Commandant of the Coast Guard

Ms. Michelle Godfrey, Director of Civilian Human Resources, Diversity and Leadership, U.S. Coast Guard

Ms. Ann Castiglione-Cataldo, Director of International Affairs and Foreign Policy Advisor (DCO-I), U.S. Coast Guard

Rear Adm. John Mauger, Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy (CG-5P), U.S. Coast Guard


The Commandant will join service leaders to discuss emerging demands and opportunities for the U.S. Coast Guard.

Addressing the Strategic Sealift Crisis

Speaker: Mr. Douglas Harrington, Deputy Associate Administrator for Federal Sealift, Maritime Administration

Mr. Christopher Thayer, Director, Maritime Operations, Military Sealift Command 

Mr. Christopher Thomas, Senior Sales Director, APL

Moderator: Ms. Erica Plath, Director, Strategic Mobility/Combat Logistics, Division, Chief of Naval Operations, U.S. Navy

Winning conflicts overseas depends on a robust strategic sealift capability in order to project and sustain military power at a time and place of the nation’s choosing. What is being done to keep this capability modern and capacity adequate to accommodate the nearly 90% of required military equipment expected to deploy via sealift during a major conflict? 

IUU Fishing: The New Piracy at Sea

Speaker: Dr. Jared Dunnmon, Technical Director, Artificial Intelligence, Defense Innovation Unit 

Rear Adm. Heidi Berg, Director, J2, U.S. Africa Command, U.S. Navy

Adm. Linda Fagan, Vice Commandant of the United States Coast Guard

Ms. Constance Arvis, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary, Oceans, Fisheries, and Polar Affairs

Moderator: Mr. Whitley Saumweber, Director, Stephenson Ocean Security Project, and Senior Associate (Non-Resident), Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative

Illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing is a security, economic and environmental threat with damaging effects for oceans and coastal states around the world. Working with other U.S. government agencies, like-minded foreign partners, regional fisheries management organizations and nongovernmental organizations, the U.S. Coast Guard will provide leadership to protect and promote sovereignty; support cooperative enforcement of international laws; and drive stability, legitimacy and order in the maritime domain.

ISR and Unmanned Advancements

Speaker: Mr. Michael Zatman, Principal Director for Fully Networked Command, Control and Communications, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense

Dr. Robert Miller, CEO, Skydweller Aero

Mr. John Schierling, Director of Tactical Space Advance Programs, Lockheed Martin

Vice Adm. Scott Conn, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Warfighting Requirements and Capabilities, N9, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations

Moderator: Mr. Marcus Weisgerber, Global Business Editor, Defense One

This panel will delve into the future of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) and the growing need among Department of Defense and national security domains for persistent ISR. What is true persistence? Is this an achievable goal, and how? What value will this bring to our airborne intelligence operations and warfighters on the ground? This panel will delve into the importance of this type of technology and how the U.S. plans to lead the next frontier of military intelligence.

Secretary of the Navy Luncheon

Speakers: The Honorable Thomas Harker, then-Secretary of the Navy (acting)