Established in 2013, the objective of the Communicators Forum is twofold. It enables communications between government and industry on requirements for mobile tactical communications to enable rapid technology development and delivery of communications systems to our warfighters. The forum also provides a unique conduit for top communications organizations within the DoD to meet with similar teams outside of their respective offices to collaborate on common issues faced and generate solutions that directly impact their department’s mission success. This forum encourages in-depth technical discussions on communications systems requirements from the warfighters to the commercial experts developing those products. The forum allows senior military members from the US and NATO partners to gather in a central location. The location also allows them to meet face to face with top executives from international engineering companies while the industry engineers are talking to the government operators, technicians, and engineers. In this way, industry can work the product pro’s and con’s with government teams while the executives secure buy-in with the senior leader discussions. The forum directly supports the Deputy SecDef’s policy on engaging with Industry. This is a multi-vendor event organized by an independent tax exempt non-profit with critical support from over a dozen different companies. Previous speakers to the forum have included retired General Keith Alexander, USA; retired General Martin Dempsey, USA; retired General John F. Mulholland, Jr., USA; and retired General Stanley McChrystal, USA and others leaders.
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This year’s keynote speaker is Ash Carter, who served as the 25th Secretary of Defense from 2015 to 2017. Leading the largest organization in the world with more than three million civilian and military employees and an annual budget of more than half a trillion dollars, Carter became known for his savvy leadership and for ensuring the Pentagon thought “outside its five-sided box.”View All Speakers