December 03 - 05, 2019 | Detroit, MI.

Main Conference Day 2

8:00 am - 8:50 am Registration & Morning Networking

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Major General (R) William Hix

Managing Partner, Next Horizon Partners, LLC
Former Director of Strategy, Plans & Policy, Deputy Chief of Staff G-3/5/7 Headquarters US Army

·· Robotics & Autonomous Systems and preparing to fight in urban environments
·· Why do we need the RAS capabilities and how RAS enhances combat leaders in maneuver in Multi-Domain Operations?
·· How RAS capability can save lives and led to a decisive advantage in combat operations
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Major General Gary M. Brito

Commanding General, Maneuver Center of Excellence
U.S. Army


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Colonel Warren Sponsler

Deputy Director
NGCV CFT, Army Futures Command

10:30 am - 11:15 am Networking Break and Demo Drive

·· Historical lessons and examples
·· Harnessing S&T efforts in the future
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Colonel Christopher Barnwell

Chief, Field Experimentation Division
Joint Modernization Command, U.S. Army

·· Designing new systems that are “autonomy ready”
·· Identifying capability gaps
·· Upgrading current platforms for interoperability
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Mark Mazzara

Robotics Interoperability Lead | Project Manager Force Projection
U.S. Army Program Executive Office, Combat Support & Combat Service Support

12:45 pm - 1:45 pm Networking Luncheon

1:45 pm - 2:30 pm Developing and Employing Technology for Future Battlefield

Colonel (R) Frederick Gellert - Professor of Resource Management, U.S. Army War College
·· Historical lessons and examples
·· Harnessing S&T efforts in the future
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Colonel (R) Frederick Gellert

Professor of Resource Management
U.S. Army War College

2:30 pm - 4:15 pm Lighter, safer, and durable solid-state batteries for combat vehicles

Jitendra Kumar - Battery Scientist & Team Leader, University of Dayton Research Institute
·· Pros, cons, and limitations of Li-ion batteries (LIBs)
·· Operational temperature limitations of commercial LIBs vs solid-state batteries
·· Discussions on system integration of LIBs
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Jitendra Kumar

Battery Scientist & Team Leader
University of Dayton Research Institute

3:15 pm - 3:45 pm Afternoon Networking & Refreshment Break

3:45 pm - 4:30 pm Identifying Next Generation Weapon Systems that will Increase Lethality of Current and Future GCVs

·· Identifying firepower gaps in the current GCV fleet
·· Determining weapon technologies mature enough to be deployed in the near future
·· Testing and examining the viability of future weapons like directed energy weapons and rail guns

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Major General (R) William Hix

Managing Partner, Next Horizon Partners, LLC
Former Director of Strategy, Plans & Policy, Deputy Chief of Staff G-3/5/7 Headquarters US Army