April 17-18, 2024 | The Sunset Room, National Harbor, MD

All information below pertains to the 2024 Summit. 2025 details coming soon!

Defense Strategies Institute’s MOSA for Defense Summit will provide a forum for members of the DoD, Military Services, Industry, Academia, and other key stakeholders to discuss the warfighting imperative of implementing a modular open systems approach (MOSA) in the design, development, delivery, acquisition, and sustainment of modern warfighting systems.


2024 Confirmed Speakers:

The Honorable Nickolas H. Guertin
Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development, and Acquisition

The Honorable Douglas Schmidt, PhD
Operational Test & Evaluation

Thomas W. Simms, SES
Principal Deputy Executive Director, Systems Engineering and Architecture,

Kristen Baldwin, SES
Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Science, Technology, and Engineering

Nadine Geier
Director, Systems Engineering,

Jason Dirner
MOSA Chief Engineer, MOSA Management Office, Engineering & Systems Integration Directorate, DEVCOM C5ISR Center

Harry Sotomayor
Director of Engineering/Chief Systems Engineer,

Download the Agenda Here


Why You Should Attend This Summit:

Adversaries are developing advanced warfighting capabilities faster than the U.S. To maintain the competitive edge in an age of rapid change in technology, information, and threat complexity, the United States is mandating a modular open systems approach (MOSA) in the design of complex warfighting systems. To accelerate innovation and the delivery of warfighting systems at the speed of relevance, the United States must continually design, acquire, and sustain next generation capabilities with efficiency and flexibility by using architectures that are modular and open.

Attendees at this year’s event will explore how the DoD is taking steps to implement this technical and business strategy to realize its full benefits of enhanced competition, innovation, interoperability, and cost-effective system design and delivery. Further, the 2024 MOSA for Defense Summit will explore how to integrate MOSA to enable defense capabilities programs to respond more quickly to changing threats by allowing them to add, remove, and replace components and subsystems throughout the system’s life cycle more easily and cost-effectively. Additionally, this year’s event features panels that will explore the role of consortiums in developing and maintaining open standards, the applications of MOSA for EW and C5ISR systems, and how MOSA can advance manned and unmanned air platform design and delivery. Join us at this year’s MOSA for Defense Summit to network with senior leaders and contribute to the discussion focused on advancing open systems architectures and approaches across the DoD.

DSI’s team specializes in the extensive research and development of our Summits' content and focus areas, and we will assemble the most respected minds in modular open systems approaches across the DoD, industry, and academia. Our non-partisan approach allows us to reach across all services and organizations to bring together a truly holistic group of decision makers and solution providers. ___________________________________________________________________________________

Exhibit and Sponsorship Information:

The MOSA for Defense Summit provides opportunities including exhibit space, round table discussions, product demonstrations, and networking receptions.

__________________________________________________________________________________ Topics to be covered at the 2024 Summit:

- Acquiring Interoperable and Adaptable Defense Systems that Evolve to Joint Force Mission Needs

- Testing the Future: DOT&E Insights on MOSA Implementation in Defense Systems

- Engineering the Future: Advancing Defense Capabilities Through MOSA

- The Role of Consortiums in Developing and Maintaining Open Standards for Government and Industry Technologies

- Driving Standardized Approaches to Promote Efficiency, Cost-Effectiveness, and Interoperability across Defense Systems and Technologies


At Our Summit You Have the Ability To:

Gain Education & Insight: Walk away with knowledge gained from our senior level speakers on some of the complex challenges facing the MOSA community.

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 and Government 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. ___________________________________________________________________________________

*Summit is Closed to The Press/ No Recordings*