POC - 9th Annual Defense Research and Development Summit

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 - 1:30pm
Eastern Time Zone


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


Dr. Jonathan Ashdown

Senior Electronics Engineer

Air Force Research Lab

Winston Beauchamp

Deputy Chief Information Officer

U.S. Department of the Air Force

Dr. Joe Besselman

Chief Disruption Officer

U.S. Air Force

Dr. Victoria Coleman

Chief Scientist

U.S. Air Force

Dr. Bruce Danly

Director of Research

U.S. Naval Research Laboratory [NRL]

Vincent DiFronzo

Senior Vice President, Air Force, Combatant Command and DoD Agency Business Unit


Sgt. Maj. (Ret.) Daniel Gile

Vice President of Government & Funders

Digital Science

Jeff Harman

President and CEO


Luke Hartig


National Journal Research

Maynard Holliday

Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Critical Technologies (OUSD R&E)

U.S. Department of Defense (DOD)

Mike Madsen


Defense Innovation Unit (DIU)

Lt Col Tom Meagher

Lead, AFWERX Prime Programs

U.S. Department of the Air Force

Dr. Eric Moore

Deputy to the Commanding General, DEVCOM

Army Futures Command

Mike Murphy

Chief Technology Officer

Ericsson North America

Dr. Bindu Nair

Director, Basic Research Office, OUSD R&E

U.S. Department of Defense (DOD)

Maj Gen Heather Pringle

Commander, Air Force Research Laboratory, Technology Executive Officer

U.S. Department of the Air Force

Col Jason Quinter

Assistant Chief of Staff, G-6, 3d Marine Aircraft Wing, I Marine Expeditionary Force

U.S. Marine Corps

Dr. Jaret Riddick

Senior Fellow, Center for Security and Emerging Technology (CSET)

Georgetown University

Bob Ritchie

Chief Technology Officer


Joe Staier

Chief Engineer, Enterprise IT and Cyber Infrastructure Division

U.S. Air Force

Christopher Thomas

Administrator, Defense Technical Information Center [DTIC]

U.S. Department of Defense (DOD)

Dr. Duane Williams

Senior Vice President of U.S Government

Digital Science


7:00am 8:00am Networking Reception
8:00am 8:05am Welcome & Opening Remarks
8:05am 8:45am

Opening Keynote: Maynard Holliday
Keynote Introducer: Jeff Harman

8:45am 9:30am Morning Keynote: Mike Madsen
Keynote Introducer: Vinnie DiFronzo
9:30am 10:00am Break
10:00am 11:00am

Panel A: Staying on Top of the Rapidly Evolving Defense R&D Landscape: Dr. Eric Moore, Dr. Bindu Nair, Dr. Jaret Riddick, Christopher Thomas and Dr. Duane Williams (Moderator)

10:00am 11:00am

Panel B: Empowering the JADC2 Infrastructure Through Technology: Winston Beauchamp, Dr. Joe Besselman, Bob Ritchie (Moderator) and Joe Staier

11:00am 11:10am Break
11:10am 12:10pm Panel A: Build Greater Capacity With an Enterprise 5G Network: Dr. Jonathan Ashdown, Jeff Harman (Moderator), Mike Murphy and Col Jason Quinter
11:10am 12:10pm

Panel B: Autonomy: Managing Risk and Harnessing Opportunity: Dr. Bruce Danly, Luke Hartig (moderator), Lt Col Tom Meagher and Maj Gen Heather Pringle

12:10pm 12:40pm Lunch Break
12:40pm 1:20pm

Closing Keynote: Dr. Victoria Coleman
Keynote Introducer: Luke Hartig

1:20pm 1:25pm

Closing Comments

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