• White Facebook Icon
  • White Twitter Icon
  • White YouTube Icon
  • White Instagram Icon

Defense Innovation Summit

October 27, 2020

in Partnership with

Raytheon Technologies



Virtual event hosted by America's Future Series, available on desktop, mobile and in Virtual Reality

Convening thought leaders, investors, entrepreneurs and influencers with leaders from across the military, DoD, industry and academia to modernize and better equip our armed forces.

Join General John "Mike" Murray of the AFC, Secretary James "Hondo" Geurts, Secretary Patrick Murphy, Congressman Pete Sessions, Secretary Gordon England, LTG Neil Thurgood, LTG Laura Richardson and other prominent business, government, academic and military leaders in meaningful discussions on the future of advance technologies, the needs of our military and investment opportunities.

8:40 to 8:55am EDT - Fireside Chat with Mitch Johnson, Curtis Process Consulting, and Rich Jarvis, CEO Blueprints Lab

Opening Keynote: 9:00 to 9:30am EDT - Jason Colosky, Business Development & Strategy Executive at Raytheon Intelligence & Space to introduce:


           GEN Mike Murray – Army Futures Command


9:30 to 9:45am EDT – Fireside Chat with Keith Flail, EVP, Advanced Vertical Life Systems Bell Flight and Mitch Johnson, Federal Services Practice Lead at Curtis Process Consulting

Morning Theme: Advanced Technologies and National Security


Morning Sessions Honorary Host: 

Sec. Patrick Murphy

Panel Session #1: 9:45 to 10:45am EDT 

Leading Technologies and Applications / Development Success Factors

  • Mr. Nand Mulchandani, Acting Director Joint AI Center

  • CAPT Frank Futcher, Director NavalX

  • COL Len Rosanoff, Director Army Applications Lab

  • Col. Nathan Diller, Director AFWERX

  • Michael Brown, Director Defense Innovation Unit

Panel Session #2: 11:00 to 12:00pm EDT

Requirements and Capabilities / Needs and Use Cases

  • LTG Neil Thurgood, Director Hypersonics, Directed Energy, Space and Rapid Acquisition

  • Lt Gen Tom Sharpy, Deputy Chief of Staff for Capability Development

  • BG Ross Coffman, Director Army Futures Command NGCV CFT

12:30 to 1:00pm EDT Enabling Innovation in the Government: People / Process / Technology – NCI, Inc.


  • Brad Mascho, Chief Artificial Intelligence Officer, NCI, Inc. 

  • Jennifer Hoover, NCI Director of Digital Transformation

  • Carlton “Bubba” Fox, NCI Chief Product Officer, SVP Technology Products

Keynote 1:00 to 1:45pm EDT - Jim Jaska, Valiant Integrated Systems to Introduce:                                               


           Keynote:  Sec. James “Hondo” Geurts 

1:45 to 2:15pm EDT – Fireside Chat - Morgan Plummer, Managing Direct NSIN (National Security Innovation Network) with Alex Goldberg, DARPA Fellow

2:15 to 2:30pm EDT - Fireside chat with Secretary Gordon England & Carl Coffman, Vice President, Future Vertical Lift Strategy at Bell Flight


Afternoon Theme: Partnerships for Defense Innovation


Afternoon Sessions Honorary Host: Secretary Gordon England


Panel Session #1: 2:30 to 3:40 pm EDT

Small and Mid-Sized Business Strategies for Defense Innovation 

  • Michael Howe and Geoff Howe, Founders and Senior Vice Presidents Howe & Howe Technologies Inc.

  • Dr. Lisa Kearney, Engineering Fellow Raytheon

  • Dr. Larry Schuette, Director of Global Science and Technology Engagement Lockheed Martin 

  • Steve Fendley, President, Kratos Autonomous Systems

Panel Session #2: 3:45 to 4:30 pm EDT   

Prime Contractors 

  • Lisa Atherton, President and CEO Textron Systems Technologies

  • Raanan Horowitz, President and CEO Elbit Systems of America

  • Jim Jaska, CEO Valiant Integrated Systems


Panel Session #3: 4:30 to 5:00 pm EDT

The Business of Partnerships for Defense Innovation

  • Steve Mathias, Vice President, Global Military Sales and Strategy Bell Flight

  • Barbara Borgonovi, Vice President of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Systems Raytheon Intelligence & Space- Raytheon Technologies


5:00 to 5:05 pm EDT - Secretary Gordon England Closing remarks

5:05 to 6:00 pm EDT - VIRTUAL HAPPY HOUR  

AUSA Audie Murphy Chapter with the Army Scholarship Foundation 

General Mike Murray
GEN Mike Murray
Secretary James (Hondo) Geurts
Sec. James "Hondo" Geurts
Show More

Hosts and Moderators

Sec. Gordon England
Sec. Gordan England
Secretary of the Army Patrick Murphy
Sec. Patrick Murphy
Lt. Gen. Harry Raduege
Lt. Gen. Harry Raduege
Congressman Pete Sessions
Congressman Pete Sessions
Show More
Scott Murray
Scott Murray
Show More

Registering provides access to both the Pitch Day and the Defense Innovation Summit

Morning Session #1 - Featured Speakers and Panelists

Captain Frank Futcher NavelX
CAPT Frank Futcher
Nand Mulchandani  Dod Joint Articial Int
Nand Mulchandani
Joint AI Center
Colonel Len Rosanoff
COL Len Rosanoff
Michael Brown DIU
Michael Brown
Nathan Diller
Nathan Diller
Show More

Morning Session #2 - Featured Speakers and Panelists

Registering provides access to both the Pitch Day and the Defense Innovation Summit

MG Sharpy
Lt Gen Tom Sharpy
LTG Neil Thurgood
LTG Neil Thurgood
BG Ross Coffman US Army
BG Ross Coffman
Show More

Fireside Chat - NCI, Inc.

Brad Mascho, CAIO NCI inc
Brad Mascho, CAIO of NCI, Inc.
Jennifer Hoover, Director of Digtal Tran
Jennifer Hoover
Director of Digital Transformation
NCI, Inc.
Carlton Bubba Fox, CPO Leading AI innova
Carlton "Bubba" Fox
CPO leading AI innovation
NCI, Inc
Show More

Fireside Chat - Morgan Plummer, NSIN

Morgan Plummer NSIC Eccalon
Morgan Plummer, Managing Director NSIN
Alex Goldberg
Alex Goldberg
DARPA Fellow
Show More

Afternoon Session #1 - Featured Speakers and Panelists

Steve Fendley
Michael Howe Textron
Michael Howe
Howe and Howe Technologies - Textron
Geoff Howe Textron
Geoff Howe
Howe and Howe Technologies - Textron
Dr Lisa Kearney - Engineering Fellow, Raytheon
Dr Lisa Kearney - Engineering Fellow, Raytheon
Dr. Larry Schuette - Director of Global Science and Technology Engagement, Lockheed Martin
Show More

Afternoon Session #2 - Featured Speakers and Panelists

Registering provides access to both the Pitch Day and the Defense Innovation Summit

lisa-atherton Textron
Lisa Atherton
Textron Systems
Raanan Horowitz, Elbit Systems of Americ
Raanan Horowitz
Elbit Systems America
Jim Jaska Valiant Integrated Services
Jim Jaska
Valiant Integrated Services
Show More

Additional information will be posted as it becomes available.

Speakers subject to change.


Questions:    David Hamilton (972) 814-3283, or wmdavidhamilton@gmail.com 

Registering provides access to both the Pitch Day and the Defense Innovation Summit

Registering provides access to both the Pitch Day and the Defense Innovation Summit

Steve Fendley Kratos