POSTPONED: The Urban Operations Summit will be back soon with new dates.

The 2020 Urban Operations Summit will provide a forum for members of DoD, law enforcement, private industry, and academia to highlight the tools, techniques, and training necessary for warfighters to successfully navigate conflicts in dense urban landscapes. Speakers will address the development of innovative policies and capabilities ahead of future conflicts in urban subterranean environments and megacities.


2020 Confirmed Speakers Include:

Dr. Russell Glenn
Director, Plans and Policy, G-2
US Army Training and Doctrine Command

COL Douglas Winton, Ph.D, USA
Chair, Department of Military Strategy, Planning, and Operations
US Army War College

Col Wendell Leimbach, Jr., USMC
Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Directorate

Col Kris Stillings, USMC (Ret)
Director, Experimentation Division
Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory
Marine Corps Combat Development Command

Dr. Robert Davis
Chief Scientist, Geospatial Research and Engineering
US Army Engineering Research and Development Center

Robert Hesse
Subterranean and Dense Urban Environment Working Group Operations Lead
CCDC Armaments Center

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Why You Should Attend This Summit:

DSI’s Urban Operations Summit will provide the latest updates on US efforts to modernize military strategies, tools, and training initiatives ahead of future urban conflicts. This forum will convene senior-level officials from throughout the US Army, US Marines, metropolitan governments, and academia to share their unique insights into the challenges of urban operations.

The population of megacities is continuing to grow across the globe. It is becoming increasingly likely that the future fight will be fought on an urban battlefield. However, our military has not faced a similar operational environment in decades, necessitating a shift in training and doctrine across the military services. Our summit’s speakers will examine the strategies and capabilities for enhancing situational awareness, maneuverability, lethality, and training exercises in city landscapes. Furthermore, the event will highlight the challenges of subterranean warfare and the technologies urgently needed by warfighters to ensure they can effectively operate across surface, super surface and subsurface environments.

Attendees at DSI’s Urban Operations Summit will have a unique opportunity to engage in open and honest conversations with key decision-makers from across the DoD about navigating conflicts in modern megacities. Attendees will gain valuable insights into the military technology acquisition process and will hear about the solutions urgently needed by our government to ensure we are prepared for future threats we may face at home or abroad.

DSI’s team specializes in the extensive research and development of our summit's content and focus areas, and we will assemble the most respected minds in the defense community, including operational leaders, intelligence providers, key policymakers and solution providers from industry and academia. Our non-partisan approach allows us to reach across all involved organizations bring together a truly holistic group.

This Year's Topics of Discussion Include:

- Addressing the Changing Operational Environment and Future Urban Fight

- Examining the Complex and Diverse Nature of Urban Operations

- Developing Technologies Equipped to Support Warfighters in Megacity Environments

- Preparing for Subterranean Warfare

- Leveraging Innovative ISR Capabilities to Improve Situational Awareness in Urban Landscapes

- Preparing for the Complexities of Urban and Subterranean Warfare Through Innovative, Collaborative Training Exercises


Exhibit and Sponsorship Information:

The Urban Operations Summit provides opportunities including exhibit space, round table discussions, product demonstrations, and networking receptions.

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At our Summit You Have the Ability To:

  • Gain Education & Insight: Gain Education & Insight: Walk away with knowledge gained from our senior level speakers on some of the complex challenges facing the national defense communities.

  • Build Partnerships: The agenda is designed to allow for ample networking opportunities and the ability to engage in constructive dialogue among all in attendance.

  • Influence: Help foster ideas! Share your own insight and knowledge during our interactive sessions. All attendees are encouraged to address our speaker faculty and each other with their questions, comments or ideas.

Operating Guidance for Government Attendees:

- DSI’s summit directly supports DoD priorities by providing a conduit for officials to efficiently reach audiences outside of their respective offices that directly impact their department's mission success, at no charge to the government, and in an efficient expenditure of time.

- DSI’s summit will provide a forum to address and improve internal and external initiatives, meet with and hear from partner organizations, disseminate vital capability requirements to industry, increase visibility within the larger community, and generally support their mission.

- The summit is open and complimentary to all DoD and Federal employees and is considered an educational and training forum.