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Congressional Breakfast

Time: 7 a.m.-8:30 a.m.
Speakers: TBD
Moderator: Mr. Bryan Clark, Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute

Location: Potomac AB
Ticketed Event

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

Time: 9:00 a.m.
Speakers: Rear Adm. Andrew Loiselle, Commander, Carrier Strike Group 4, U.S. Navy (invited)

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

Rear Adm. Todd Wiemers, Assistant Commandant for Reserve, U.S. Coast Guard

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

Location: Potomac D

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.


Cyber: Today’s Fight, Tomorrow’s Capabilities

Time: 9:00 a.m.
Speakers: Vice Adm. Jeffrey Trussler, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Warfare, Director of Naval Intelligence, U.S. Navy

Rear Adm. Michael Ryan, Commander, U.S. Coast Guard Cyber Command

Ms. Karen Van Dyke, Director for Positioning, Navigation, and Timing and Spectrum Management, Department of Transportation

Moderator: Dr. David Broyles, Research Program Director, CNA (invited)

Location: Potomac C

We are in the cyber fight today. Our sea services and our industry partners face persistent adversary activity in a highly dynamic threat environment. Panelists will discuss how each service confronts the challenges of fighting and defending our network today, while building the forces and capabilities to ensure our forces have resilient systems for the business and warfighting needs of the future.  

Inclusion and Diversity as a Force Multiplier

Time: 9:30 a.m.
Speakers: Lt. Gen. David Ottignon, Deputy Commandant for Manpower and Reserve Affairs, U.S. Marine Corps (invited)

Vice Adm. Robert Nowell Jr., Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Manpower, Personnel, Training and Education, Chief of Naval Personnel (invited)

Rear Adm. Joanna Nunan, Assistant Commandant for Human Resources, 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 Systems, SAIC

Location: Potomac AB

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

Time: 10:30 a.m.
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, SAIC, Senior Vice President for Navy and Marine Corps Systems

Moderator: Mr. Jared Serbu, Federal News Network

Location: Potomac D

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. 


Expeditionary Warfare and the Future of the Marine Corps

Time: 10:30 a.m.
Speakers: Maj. Gen. David Odom, Deputy Commanding General, II Marine Expeditionary Force, and Commander, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade, U.S. Marine Corps (invited)

Rear Adm. Joseph DiGuardo, Commander, Navy Expeditionary Combat Command, U.S. Navy (invited)

Col. Gregory Breazile, U.S. Marine Corps (ret.)

Moderator: Maj. Gen. Tim Hannifin, U.S. Marine Corps (ret.)

Location: Potomac C

What does “right” look like? Gen. David Berger’s Commandant’s Planning Guidance emphasizes the Marine Corps will be a naval expeditionary force-in-readiness, with a focus on operational integration. Panelists will discuss how the Navy and Marine Corps are adapting technology and shifting processes to meet the demand and provide the capabilities necessary for great power competition today.  

Transition Connection Hiring Event

Time: 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Speakers: TBD

Location: Cherry Blossom Ballroom/Foyer
Ticketed Event

Sea Services Luncheon

Time: 12:30 p.m.-2 p.m.
Speaker: Gen. James Dickinson, Commander, U.S. Space Command

Location: Potomac AB
Ticketed Event

Senior Enlisted Challenges

Time: 2:30 p.m.
Speakers: Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Russell Smith, U.S. Navy

Sgt. Maj. Troy Black, U.S. Marine Corps

Command Master Chief Jahmal Pereira, U.S. Coast Guard

Moderator: Rear Adm. Terry McKnight, U.S. Navy (ret.)

Location: Potomac C

With a total combined ratio of five-to-one enlisted personnel to officers military-wide, we will hear from the top enlisted personnel in each sea service about the changing face of todays enlisted Marine, Sailor and Coastie. What are the challenges that they are facing today and what changes are being made to ensure that we have the best, most equipped force in the world?

Naval Sustainment System Supply

Time: 2:30 p.m.
Speakers: Rear Adm. Peter Stamatopoulos, Commander, Naval Supply Systems Command/Chief of Supply Corps, U.S. Navy

Vice Adm. Kenneth Whitesell, Commander, Naval Air Forces/Commander, Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (invited)

Vice Adm. William Galinis, Commander, Naval Sea Command (invited)

Mr. Anthony Mathis, President and CEO Government Solutions, GE Aviation

Moderator: TBDs

Location: Potomac D

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.

The Business of Space

Time: 2:30 p.m.
Speakers: Gen. John Raymond, Chief of Space Operations, U.S. Space Force (invited)

Moderator: TBD

Location: Potomac AB

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? 

Artificial Intelligence: Operational Challenges and Opportunities

Time: 4:00 p.m.
Speakers: Mr. Tony Davis, Managing Consultant, IBM

Ms. Jennifer Edgin, CTO, Deputy Commandant Information, U.S. Marine Corps,

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

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

Location: Potomac D

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? 

Marine Corps Force Design

Time: 4:00 p.m.
Speakers: Lt. Gen. Eric Smith, Commanding General, Marine Corps Combat Development Command, and Deputy Commandant for Combat Development and Integration, U.S. Marine Corps (invited)

Brig. Gen. Arthur Pasagian, Commander, Marine Corps Systems Command, U.S. Marine Corps (invited)

Brig. Gen. Benjamin Watson, Vice Chief of Naval Research and Commanding General, Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory, U.S. Marine Corps

Moderator: Mr. Dakota Wood, Senior Research Fellow for Defense Programs, Heritage Foundation

Location: Potomac C

This discussion will outline steps and plans to create the Marine Corps America needs. The Marine Corps must invest in the technologies that maintain a competitive edge, give up legacy capabilities that cannot be economically adapted to meet the demands of the future, and divest to gain the ability to develop and adopt capabilities better suited to the future threat.

Sea-Air-Space Exhibit Hall Reception

Time: 5 p.m.-7 p.m.

Location: Prince George’s Exhibit Hall
Ticketed Event