Main Conference Day 1

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

8:50 am - 9:00 am Chairperson’s Welcome and Opening Remarks

9:00 am - 9:45 am DARPA’s System-of-Systems Enhanced Small Unit for Future U.S. Land Forces

Dr. Paul Zablocky - Program Manager, Systems-of-Systems Enhanced Small Unit (SESU), Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
Future U.S. land forces are increasingly likely to face an adversary force that is overwhelmingly superior in size and armament with formidable anti-access/area denial (A2/AD) capabilities. SESU seeks to deliver system-of-systems (SoS) capabilities that could enable a small unit (~200-300 soldiers, corresponding materiel footprint, and limited rear-echelon support) to destroy, disrupt, degrade, and/or delay the adversary's A2/AD and maneuver capabilities in order to enable joint and coalition multi-domain operations at appropriate times and locations. 


- Ensuring adaptive command control capabilities between Land Forces
- SESU efforts to disrupt A2/AD and maneuver capabilities
- Enabling system-of-systems capabilities for U.S. Land Forces for improved Force interoperability
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Dr. Paul Zablocky

Program Manager, Systems-of-Systems Enhanced Small Unit (SESU)
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)

9:45 am - 10:30 am Driving Maneuver Force Modernization to Enable NGCV Dominance

Major General Gary M. Brito - Commanding General, United States Army Maneuver Center of Excellence
As the MCoE is the primary driver for material and concept development for the maneuver force, the Command will play a critical role in advancing the Next-Generation Combat Vehicle initiative.

-Developing maneuver concepts that complement future NGCV operations
-MCoE Priorities as it relates to NGCV initiative
-Global threat environment and its affect on MCoE mission set
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Major General Gary M. Brito

Commanding General
United States Army Maneuver Center of Excellence

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

Browse the cutting edge security solutions on display in the exhibit hall and enroll in a chance to win prizes!

11:15 am - 12:00 pm Strategic Overview of Resourcing Efforts and Impact on Advancement of Ground Combat Vehicle Fleets

Lieutenant General James F. Pasquarette - Army Deputy Chief of Staff, G-8, United States Army

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Lieutenant General James F. Pasquarette

Army Deputy Chief of Staff, G-8
United States Army

Dr. Miele is responsible for ensuring that Army and OSD senior leaders have the essential information required before weapons and equipment are placed into the hands of Soldiers and throughout the lifecycle of those systems. He directs the test and evaluation for over 400 weapons programs through a 9000 person workforce and a $2B budget.

- Weapons systems testing efforts for future GCVs
- Ongoing experimentation efforts for current fleet of GCVs
- Guiding ATEC evaluation strategy: vision for future ATEC efforts
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Dr. Robert Miele, SES

Executive Technical Director/Deputy to the Commander
United States Army Test and Evaluation Command

12:45 pm - 1:45 pm LUNCH

1:45 pm - 2:30 pm Driving CCDC International Armaments Cooperation Activities to Advance Army GCV Capability

Mark C. Hassler II - Associate Director, Global Technology Office, United States Army Combat Capabilities Development Command
CCDC's Global Technology Office is the Army's centralized organization for global engagement, one that ensures interoperability with US allies and greater international cooperation for GCVs. 

-Supporting international armaments cooperation to better align support CCDC, AFC, and ASA(ALT) GCV needs
- Acquiring assessing mature technologies from the industry of friendly foreign nations to meet current acquisition and/or operational needs
- Domestic and foreign technologies of current interest

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Mark C. Hassler II

Associate Director, Global Technology Office
United States Army Combat Capabilities Development Command

2:30 pm - 3:15 pm Advancing Army Ground Combat Vehicle Warfighting Concepts and Modernization Efforts

Colonel Christopher Barnwell - Chief, Field Experimentation Division, Joint Modernization Command, United States Army
The U.S. Army Joint Modernization Command provides insight about future ways of fighting, future technology, and force structure during realistic live, constructive, and/or simulated training exercises, providing a unique viewpoint as to the role of NGCV in the future battlespace. 

- Efforts to assess Army ground combat vehicle warfighting capabilities and concepts
- Necessary next steps to improve ground combat vehicle effectiveness
- Challenges associated with defining warfighting concepts for unidentified future areas of operation
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Colonel Christopher Barnwell

Chief, Field Experimentation Division
Joint Modernization Command, United States Army

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

3:45 pm - 4:30 pm Improving Armor and Protection Capabilities While Reducing Weight

Afsaneh Rabiei - Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, North Carolina State University
Advancing protection capabilities for current GCVs is of the highest priority, and our invited speaker will highlight their efforts to improve protection capabilities without adding on undue weight. 

- Providing improved armor capabilities for ground combat vehicles at lower weights
- Reducing weight of armor without sacrificing protection: engineering challenges to be met
- Efforts to advance composite metal foam capabilities for ground combat vehicle insertion
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Afsaneh Rabiei

Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
North Carolina State University

4:30 pm - 5:15 pm Aggregating Ground Combat Vehicle Data to Rapidly Deliver Next-Gen Technology Development

Ryan Makinson - AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow, Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC)
The Defense Technical Information Center has served the information needs of the Defense Community for nearly 70 years, delivering the tools and data needed to empower the research and engineering enterprise to accelerate ongoing technological developments. Yhis session will highlight some of their collaborative research efforts.

- DTIC GCV efforts
- DTIC collaborative efforts to spur advanced results
- Technology suggestions as a result of collaboration and data collection
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Ryan Makinson

AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow
Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC)

5:15 pm - 5:30 pm Chairperson’s Closing Remarks

5:30 pm - 5:30 pm Post Conference Networking