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9th Annual Defense Research and Development Summit | Potomac Officers Club



In response to rapid technological advancements around the world, the Pentagon is ramping up its research and development efforts in 14 critical and emerging technology areas which include AI, microelectronics and hypersonics, among others. The Department of Defense has identified these technologies as paramount to U.S. national security, and the list now serves as a guide for government and industry technology investments.

In the coming years, we can expect to see particularly increased investments in the Seed Areas of Emerging Opportunity category, which includes biotechnology, quantum science, future generation wireless technology (FutureG) and advanced materials. The Biden Administration’s recent Executive Order on biotechnology and biomanufacturing, for example, has invested $1.2 billion in accelerating biotechnology towards prototyping, operational demonstration and production, which is expected to strengthen U.S. national and economic security.

Learn more about the DOD’s 14 critical technologies, R&D priorities, mission needs and global defense concerns during the Potomac Officers Club’s 9th Annual Defense R&D Summit. Leading voices from the public and private sectors will convene in dynamic discussion surrounding the R&D needs for tomorrow’s defense needs.


Thursday, March 23, 2023
7:00am - 2:00pm
Eastern Time Zone


Falls Church Marriott Fairview Park
3111 Fairview Park Dr
Falls Church, VA 22042



7:00am 8:00am Networking Reception
8:00am 8:05am Welcome & Opening Remarks
8:05am 8:45am Opening Keynote: Heidi Shyu
Keynote Introducer: Daniel "DJ" Gile
8:45am 9:30am Morning Keynote: Mike Madsen
9:30am 10:00am Break
10:00am 11:00am Panel A: Staying on Top of the Ever Changing, Rapidly Evolving Defense R&D Landscape: Bindu Nair, Jaret Riddick, Christopher Thomas and Duane Williams (Moderator)
10:00am 11:00am Panel B: Empowering the JADC2 Infrastructure Through Technology
11:00am 11:10am Break
11:10am 12:10pm Panel A: Build Greater Capacity With an Enterprise 5G Network: Jeff Harman (Moderator) and Col Jason Quinter
11:10am 12:10pm Panel B: Autonomy: Managing Risk and Harnessing Opportunity: Bruce Danly and Maj Gen Heather Pringle
12:10pm 12:40pm Lunch Break
12:40pm 1:15pm Afternoon Keynote: William Nelson
1:15pm 1:55pm Closing Keynote: Jay Dryer
1:55pm 2:00pm Closing Comments
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