October 30-31, 2018 | 20 F Street Conference Center – Washington, DC

The Military Vehicle Systems Summit will examine the DoD’s current and future initiatives aimed at maximizing the power, survivability and lethality of US Military combat and tactical vehicles. Speakers from the US Army and Marine Corps will address recent vehicle modernization efforts including the fielding of the Next Generation Combat Vehicle and the further development of autonomous and semi-autonomous vehicles and vehicle systems. Lastly, this event will convene a panel of representatives from our foreign allies to discuss “Leveraging International Partnerships in Support of Next Generation S&T.”





2018 Confirmed Speakers:

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Jimmy Smith, SES, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Expeditionary Programs and Logistics Management
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Ms. Ann Castiglione-Cataldo, SES, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army, Defense Exports and Cooperation
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Major General Michael Edelstein, Israel Defense and Armed Forces Attaché to the US
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Brigadier General David Lesperance, Armor School Commandant, Deputy Commanding General (Armor), U.S. Army Maneuver Center of Excellence (Tentative)
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Robert Sadowski, Army Chief Roboticist, Ground Vehicle Robotics, Tank Automotive Research Development & Engineering Center
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Bryan McVeigh, Project Manager, Force Projection, PEO Combat Support and Combat Support Systems
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Lou Anulare, PdM Unmanned Ground Vehicles, PEO Combat Support and Combat Support Systems


Thomas Miller, Former Program Manager, MRAP, PEO Land Systems
Defense Acquisition Consultant, Defense Acquisition Contracting Solutions
Why you should attend this year’s Summit:
The Military Vehicle Systems Summit will bring together experts from across the Defense Community to discuss the modernization of our Military’s combat and tactical vehicles and vehicle systems. Speakers from across the DoD and academia will share their critical and unique insights into the research, development and acquisition of innovative ground and amphibious vehicle capabilities.
Our speakers will examine the current and future DoD initiatives aimed at maximizing the maneuverability, lethality, survivability and efficiency of military vehicles. For example, the Summit will focus on the modernization of existing vehicle platforms and fielding of new families of vehicles such as the Next Generation Combat Vehicle. Additionally, the Summit will examine the growing role of autonomous/semi-autonomous vehicles and vehicle systems in combat.
Attendees will have a unique opportunity to engage in open and honest conversation with key decision makers about US military vehicles. Attendees will gain valuable insights into navigating the vehicle capabilities acquisition processes and will hear about the solutions urgently needed by warfighters to ensure the successful defense of American interests.
DSI’s team specializes in the extensive research and development of our Summits' content and focus areas, and we will assemble the most respected minds in the engineering and acquisition communities, as well as the key policy-makers across military and civilian offices. Our non-partisan approach allows us to reach across all services and organizations to bring together a truly holistic group of decision makers and solution providers.   

Topics to be covered at the 2018 Summit

  • - Developing the Next Generation Combat Vehicle
  • - Integrating Unmanned and Autonomous Capabilities into Current and Future Vehicle Systems
  • - Maximizing Survivability and Lethality of Army/Joint Ground Combat Vehicles
  • - Delivering Modern Vehicles to Replace Obsolete and Costly Fleets
  • - Rapidly Acquiring Innovative Ground and Amphibious Vehicles to meet USMC needs
  • - Balancing Current Force Needs with Future Capabilities
  • - Assuring Readiness for Ground and Support Systems Around the World
  • - Delivering Unmanned/Autonomous Ground Vehicles in support of the Warfighter
  • - Leveraging International Partnerships to Bolster US/Allied Dominance in the Land Domain


At our Summit you will have the ability to:

Gain Education & InsightWalk away with knowledge gained from our senior level speakers on some of the complex challenges facing the Military Vehicles communities.

Build Partnerships: The agenda is designed to allow for ample networking opportunities and the ability to engage in constructive dialogue among all in attendance.

Influence:  Help foster ideas. Share your own insight and knowledge during our interactive sessions. All attendees are encouraged to address our speaker faculty and each other with their questions, comments or ideas.


Exhibit and Sponsorship Information

  • The Military Vehicle Systems Summit provides opportunities including exhibit space, round table discussions, product demonstrations, and networking receptions.


Operating Guidance for Government Attendees

  • DSI’s Summit directly supports DoD priorities by providing a conduit for officials to efficiently reach audiences outside of their respective offices that directly impact their department's mission success, at no charge to the government, and in an efficient expenditure of time.
  • DSI’s Summit will provide a forum to address and improve internal and external initiatives, meet with and hear from partner organizations, disseminate vital capability requirements to industry, increase visibility within the larger community, and generally support their mission.
  • The Summit is open and complimentary to all DoD and Federal employees and is considered an educational and training forum.
  • (Industry and academia members are charged a fee for admission)