Registration Open

Time: 6:30 a.m.– 5 p.m.

Location: Maryland B

Maryland CD Exhibit Hall Open

Time: 8 a.m.– 4 p.m.

Location: Maryland CD

Prince George’s Exhibit Hall Open

Time: 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Location: Prince George’s Exhibit Hall

National Security in the Maritime Century:
Center for Maritime Strategy Breakfast

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Time: 7 a.m.-8:30 a.m.
Speakers: The Honorable Mara Karlin, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy, Plans, and Capabilities

Adm. Samuel Paparo Jr., Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet

 Lt. Gen. Karsten Heckl, Commanding General, Marine Corps Combat Development Command, Deputy Commandant for Combat Development and Integration

Mr. Mitch Waldman, Principal, M Barnet Advisors

Moderator: Adm. James Foggo, Dean, Center for Maritime Strategy, Navy League of the United States, Retired U.S. Navy

Location: Potomac AB

This breakfast discussion will examine how the maritime services fit in the new National Defense Strategy.  The session will feature the perspectives of a warfighter, a policymaker, a strategist and an industrialist.  In this conversation, we hope to discern how the United States, its allies and partners can harness public-private partnerships to increase vital maritime capacity in the face of adversarial aggression. In addition to discussing the rationale behind the new National Defense Strategy, panelists will address priorities for the current administration, as well as gaps within the industrial base that pose challenges to implementing the next NDS.

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Future of Naval Information Technology: The Invisible Battlefield

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Time: 9 a.m.-9:45 a.m.
Speakers: Ms. Jennifer Edgin, Assistant Deputy Commandant for Information, U.S. Marine Corps

Mr. Aaron Weis, Chief Information Officer, Department of Navy 

Moderator: Mr. Jared Serbu, Deputy Editor, Federal News Network

Location: Maryland A

An invisible battlefield lies beyond the terrestrial plane of conventional warfare in the form of networked computer systems. Digital command and control programs connect our warfighters and provide operability to autonomous weapon systems through cyberspace. This unseen realm of 21st century warfighting is as essential to victory or defeat as the bombs and bullets targeted at enemy positions. What is the future of this new front in global conflict, and can the United States compete with great power competitors like China? Are we doomed to fall behind in the race for digital battlefield supremacy? Hear from our expert panel as they discuss these issues and more.


Marine Corps Force Design

Time: 9 a.m.-10 a.m.
Speakers: Lt. Gen. Karsten Heckl, Commanding General, Marine Corps Combat Development Command, Deputy Commandant for Combat Development and Integration

Brig. Gen. Arthur J. Pasagian, Commander, Marine Corps Systems Command

Sgt. Maj. Troy Black, 19th Sergeant Major, U.S. Marine Corps 

Moderator: Gen. Eric Smith,  Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps

Location: Potomac CD

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.


Women's Leadership with SSLA

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Time: 9 a.m.-10 a.m.
Speakers: Brig. Gen. Bobbi Shea, Legislative Assistant to the Commandant, U.S. Marine Corps

Rear Adm. Shoshana Chatfield, USN President, U.S. Naval War College

Rear Adm. Megan Dean, Director of Government and Public Affairs, U.S. Coast Guard

Ms. Tami North, Director, Naval Information Forces West

Moderator: Capt. Emily Bassett, U.S. Navy, President, Sea Service Leadership Association

Location: Potomac 1-3

Women in service have celebrated significant milestones and accomplishments in recent decades, yet so much still remains to be done before we can claim victory as a fully integrated force where all genders equally belong. Authentic conversations are a prerequisite for a meaningful, lasting solution. Come listen to this authentic conversation moderated by Sea Service Leadership Association President Capt. Emily Bassett.


Unmanned Advancements in Warfighting

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Time: 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
Speakers: Vice Adm. Scott Conn, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Warfighting Requirements and Capabilities, N9, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations 

Dr. Kenneth Plaks, Acting Director, Strategic Technology Office, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency 

Mr. Dave Johnson, Vice President, Strategy, L3Harris

Mr. Jeffrey Hoyle, Vice President of Maritime Systems, Elbit Systems of America

Moderator: Dr. Andrew Mara,  Executive Vice President Federally Funded Research and Development Centers, CNA

Location: Potomac AB

With an increasing emphasis on distributed forces capable of confusing enemy fires, the advancement and implementation of unmanned weapon systems will prove transformative in the warfighting effort. Such platforms, be they undersea or in the air, will increasingly determine the efficacy of military conflicts by expanding warfighter capabilities while decreasing attrition of troops. As such, these weapon systems will exponentially increase the intensity, duration and lethality that a military force can bring to the battle. Join our expert panel as they discuss the ways in which these technologies have already progressed, the current needs of the industry and the military, and future uses for unmanned weapon systems.


Supply Chain Risk Roundtable

Time: 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Speakers: Mr. Jimmy Smith, Director, The Department of the Navy Office of Small Business Programs

Rear Adm. Peter Stamatopoulos, Commander Naval Supply Systems Command and 49th Chief of Supply Corps

Mr. Kurt Wendelken, Vice Commander, Naval Supply Systems Command 

Ms. Karen Fenstermacher, Executive for Strategic Initiatives, Naval Supply Systems Command

Mr. Clark Dumont, Senior Director, Global Procurement
BAE Systems

Moderator:  Mr. Chris Espenshade, Small Business Director, NAVSUP

Location: Cherry Blossom Ballroom

Participants will support a roundtable discussion on the health of the weapon system supply chain, current readiness risks that have been identified, initiatives to combat these weaknesses and where the small business community can best support this mission.

Artificial Intelligence: The Next Level of Defense

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Time: 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Speakers: Dr. David Aha, Director, Navy Center for Applied Research in AI

Mr. Todd Borkey, CTO, HII Mission Technology Division

Mr. Alexandr Wang, Founder and CEO, Scale AI

Moderator: Mr. Bryan Clark, Senior Fellow, Director, Center for Defense Concepts and Technology, Hudson Institute

Location: Potomac CD

Civil-military partnerships help advance artificial intelligence 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?


100 Years of Aircraft Carrier Operations

Time: 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Speakers: Capt. Paul “Pooh” Campagna, Commanding Officer, CVN 69, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower 

Capt. Brent “Hollywood” Gaut, Commanding Officer CVN 73, USS George Washington 

Capt. Cassidy “Dudley” Norman, Commanding Officer, CVN 74, USS John C. Stennis

Capt. Paul “Paulie” Lanzilotta, Commanding Officer, CVN 78, USS Gerald R. Ford

Moderator: Rear Adm. Mike “Nasty” Manazir, Vice President, Business Development, Boeing Global Services, Retired U.S. Navy

Location: Maryland A

2022 marks the 100th anniversary of Navy aircraft carriers. This panel of aircraft carrier commanding officers will delve into the heritage of aircraft carriers, how their presence provides warfighters options with multimission capabilities and the future of carrier aviation. Hear how Navy leaders emphasize the importance of training and building resilient Sailors that enable our aircraft carriers to project power, deter aggression, sustain sea control and maintain our enduring commitments around the world.

Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations

Time: 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Speakers: Maj. Gen. Benjamin Watson, Commanding General, Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory/Futures Directorate
Vice Chief, Office of Naval Research

Brig. Gen. David Odom, Director, Expeditionary Warfare, OPNAV N95

Rear Adm. Jamie Barnett, Vice President, Global Communications Solutions, Viasat, Retired U.S. Navy

Mr. Tim Kao, Vice President of Data Science, CNA

Moderator: Ms. Megan Eckstein, Naval Warfare Reporter, Defense News

Location: Potomac 1-3

The U.S. Marine Corps is halfway between its 2019 announcement that it would reshape the force to address a pacing threat in China and the 2023 initial deadline it set for being able to operate in new and more lethal ways. A key aspect of this Force Design 2030 effort is the Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations concept, which will drive Marine forces to operate in smaller and more distributed groups. This panel will explore what progress the service has made in the first two years, including early investments in long-range anti-ship missiles, sensors and more; what more it can accomplish by 2023, such as the refinement of what a Marine Littoral Regiment tasked with conducting EAB operations will look like; and what challenges still remain to implementing this full overhaul of the force by the end of the decade.

Secretary of the Navy Luncheon

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Time: 12 p.m.-1:30 p.m.
Speaker: The Honorable Carlos Del Toro, Secretary of the Navy

Location: Potomac AB

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5G: Accelerated Data Speeds Mean Accelerated Battlefield Operations

Time: 1:45 p.m.-2:30 p.m.

Speakers: Mr. Brian Campo, Deputy Assistant Commandant for C4IT, U.S. Coast Guard

Dr. Daniel Corbin, Deputy Commandant for Information, C4 Technical Director, U. S. Marine Corps 

Mr. Ed Naef, Partner, EY

Moderator:  Dr. Tarun Soni, NG Fellow, Chief Engineer, Communications Business Unit, Networks and Information Systems, Northrop Grumman Mission Systems

Location: Maryland A

In an increasingly data-driven battlespace, the proper implementation of 5G technology will prove essential to victory in future combat scenarios. This game-changing advancement in data application will affect everything from logistics and supply chain forecasting, to command and control with expedited decision-making, to better integrated combined forces which include unmanned weapon systems and applied artificial intelligence. Like the applications, the benefits of such real-time data utilization are myriad, to include better use of battlefield intelligence, elimination of friendly fire incidents, reduced casualties and fatalities, and vastly improved forecasting of enemy counteroperations. Hear from our expert panel as they discuss the implications of this transformative technology and how it will be applied to military operations in the coming years.

Future of Naval Innovation

Time: 2 p.m.-3 p.m.

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

Mr. Michael Brown, Director, Defense Innovation Unit

Location: Potomac 1-3

Our Navy is at a crossroads. We have been steadily building upon the force structure that won World War II and the Cold War but we have fundamentally not changed the makeup of our force in decades. As our presence and performance has been showcased on the world stage for the past 30 or more years, we’ve simultaneously projected both our strengths as well as potential vulnerabilities. Will this stand the test of time? Do we need a plan B?  A hedge strategy?  In this age of innovation and rapid technological development we need to consider a new way to address the challenges our peer competitors pose. We need new ways to introduce new capabilities to our warfighters in both real and virtual experiments. We need to overhaul our processes for dealing with technologies that are digital and software based. We need to develop novel approaches to bring industry, academia and government to the table to focus on solving both Sailor and Marine problems with speed and at scale. It’s time to reimagine naval power.

Navy is Open for Business

Time: 2 p.m.-4 p.m.

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

Col. Ross A. Monta, Portfolio Manager Supporting Establishment Systems, Marine Corps Systems Command

Mr. Howard Berkof, Deputy Program Manager, PMS 501 / PEO Unmanned and Small Combatants, NAVSEA

Mr. John Meyers, Executive Director, Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division Orlando, NAVAIR

Ms. Whitney Tallarico,  Tech Bridge Director, NavalX

Emcee: “Mohawk” Matt Denny, Co-Founder, Brand Strategist, DenLyn Group

Location: Cherry Blossom Ballroom

Watch the top pitches by companies submitted to the Navy is Open for Business small business showcase event, which features a live panel of participants from the Department of the Navy and our event emcee, “Mohawk” Matt Denny. 

Companies will make their pitches, followed by questions from the panelists. 

Disclaimer: Participation in this event is not a solicitation for any business opportunity, guarantee or promise of any award, contract, commitment or endorsement from the Department of the Navy.

How JADC2 Connects With Distributed Maritime Operations

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Time: 2:15 p.m.-3:15 p.m.

Speakers:  Rear Adm. Susan BryerJoyner, Navy Cyber Security Division Director, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, U.S. Navy

Ms. Margaret Calomino, Senior Director of Strategy, L3Harris

Mr. Todd Harrison, Director, Aerospace Security Project, CSIS

Moderator: Dr. Jason Thomas, Vice President, Director, Operational Warfighting Division, CNA

Location: Potomac CD

As near-peer competitors develop alarming new military technologies, the concept of Distributed Maritime Operations has received a greater sense of urgency from the sea services. In order to negate the impact of sophisticated adversarial weapon systems, our forces must confuse enemy fires through the widespread distribution of warfighting platforms across vast areas of ocean. However, such a force posture would be meaningless without the overarching command and control structure required of any large-scale military effort. Join our expert panel as they discuss the importance of DMO, the effort to ensure that American forces are communicating and coordinating effectively regardless of how dispersed they may be, and what the sea services will need to do in order to effectively utilize this type of force structure in potential future conflicts.

Electronic Warfare

Time: 3 p.m.-3:45 p.m.

Speakers: Capt. Thomas Duncan McKay, Commanding Officer, Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane Division, U.S. Navy 

Mr. Ran Hidalgo, Leidos

Moderator: Dr. David Broyles, Research Program Director, CNA

Location: Maryland A

From the early use of radio waves to relay battlefield intelligence, electronic warfare has provided a means of interrupting command, control and communication. Its importance and evolution have only accelerated in the decades since. Today, electronic warfare incorporates countless applications all designed to disorient, disrupt and degrade enemy capabilities. What is next for this critical component of combat operations, and which technologies hold the greatest promise of providing overwhelming dominance in the arena of electronic warfare? Hear from our expert panel as they assess the current threat environment and discuss what comes next.

DEI Workshop: Psychologically Safe, Warfighting Ready

Time: 3:45 p.m.-4:45 p.m.

Speakers: Rear Adm. Sinclair Harris, President, National Naval Officers Association, Retired U.S. Navy

Capt. Roy Love, President, Association of Naval Services Officers, Retired U.S. Navy

Capt. Emily Bassett, U.S. Navy, President, Sea Services Leadership Association

Location: Potomac 1-3

Power up your leadership! Engage on all vectors by leaning up, out and down, learning from all leaders in this edgy interactive workshop diving into diversity, equity and inclusion from a warfighting perspective, led by affinity group presidents for African American and minority officers (NNOA), Hispanic officers (ANSO) and women in the sea services. (SSLA). 

Open-Source Intelligence: Information Mining and Analysis

Time: 4 p.m.-5 p.m.

Speakers: Ms. Megan Dane, Director, N5 (Plans and Programs)
Naval Intelligence Activity

Mr. Joseph Obernberger, Software Engineer, Space & Intel, Peraton

Mr. Andy Henson, Senior Vice President, Artificial Intelligence, SAIC

Moderator: Mr. Shane Harris, Writer, The Washington Post

Location: Maryland A

From the “surface web” to more obscure corners of the internet, each individual has extensive data portfolios wafting through cyberspace. Such information is routinely intercepted by open-source intelligence operations conducted by friend and foe alike. What types of information are they looking for, where do they find it and how is it used? Join our expert panel as they discuss the value of open-source intelligence, its practical application and the evolving uses of analytics derived from mining open-source data.

Maritime Cybersecurity Integration

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Time: 4 p.m.-5 p.m.

Speakers: Lt. Gen. Matthew Glavy, Deputy Commandant for Information, U.S. Marine Corps

Rear Adm. John Okon, Director, Warfare Integration Directorate, N2N6I, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, U.S. Navy

Rear Adm. Mike Ryan, Commander, Coast Guard Cyber, U. S. Coast Guard

Mr. Charles Henderson, Global Managing Partner and Head of X-Force, IBM

Moderator: Mr. Josh Reiter, Deputy Principal Cyber Adviser, Department of Navy

Location: Potomac AB

The Secretary of Defense’s integrated deterrence approach, the Comprehensive Readiness Review, the Tri-Service Maritime Strategy, CNO’s NAVPLAN, the Coast Guard’s Cyber Strategic Outlook all emphasize cybersecurity in some aspect. This panel will explore how the Department of the Navy and the three sea services are aligning their efforts with the guidance and how they are working together to achieve those cybersecurity goals.

Future Naval Aviation Warfighting

Time: 4 p.m.-5 p.m.

Speakers: Vice Adm. Kenneth Whitesell, Commander, Naval Air Forces, and Commander, Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet

Vice Adm. Carl Chebi, Commander, Naval Air Systems

Lt. Gen. Mark Wise, Deputy Commandant For Aviation

Rear Adm. John Meier, Commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic

Rear Adm. James Downey, Program Executive Officer, Aircraft Carriers

Moderator: Rear Adm. Mike “Nasty” Manazir, Vice President, Business Development, Boeing Global Services, Retired U.S. Navy

Location: Potomac CD

Naval aviation continues to transform its fleet with advancing future warfighting capabilities. It has successfully been delivering capability and capacity to win in our great power competition. What future technologies will our air wing have in place to grow the next generation of naval aviators? Will our aircraft and pilots have the edge over adversaries using manned and unmanned assets? Generating future readiness across the force will prove pivotal to maintaining the vision of the aviation framework. 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.

Sea-Air-Space Exhibition Hall Reception

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Time:  5 p.m.-7 p.m.

Location: Prince George’s Exhibition Hall

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