Data-Driven Decision Making


Thank You for Joining Us!

We are immensely grateful to everyone who participated in the 2024 DCTF. Our heartfelt thanks go out to all of our delegates, speakers, and panelists who brought this event to life with their enthusiasm and engagement.

Special Thanks to Our Sponsors

We extend our deepest appreciation to our sponsors for their generous support and partnership. Your contributions were vital in making the 2024 DCTF possible.

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Join us, Warriors Ethos, at our unique educational symposium created to facilitate the direct collaboration and innovation between government and industry at all levels to develop solutions that directly impact mission success. We are an independent 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit, with support from leading commercial partners active in U.S. readiness and defense. Benefits of the forum include:

  • Thought leadership sessions from distinguished speakers
  • Complimentary training opportunities
  • Panels and breakout sessions
  • Networking between government and industry
  • Direct collaboration between end users and industry leading engineers
  • Dedicated working groups to identify gaps and develop solutions
  • Presentations from experts in tactical communications deployments


GEN (R.) Austin S. (Scott) Miller

General (R.) Austin “Scott” Miller assumed responsibilities as the Executive Chairman for PrairieFire in January 2023. GEN Miller spent over 38 years in uniform graduating from the United States Military Academy, West Point in 1983 and retiring from active duty in 2021. His career took him to the far reaches of conflict in complex geopolitical regions including the Indo-Pacific, Africa, Middle East, and South Asia.

As an Airborne-Ranger, Infantry officer, he commanded at every grade including a company in Korea, the TF Ranger assault force in Mogadishu during “Black Hawk Down”, the Joint Special Operations Command and as the final commander of NATO’s Resolute Support Mission and United States Forces – Afghanistan.

Likely the most deployed leader throughout the Global War on Terror – from 2001 until 2021, he was one of the early Americans on the ground to commence the hunt for Usama Bin Laden and other high-value targets. Through the years he commanded multiple Special Operation Task Forces in combat throughout the Middle East and South Asia, culminating in his assignment as the final commander of NATO’s Resolute Support Mission and United States Forces – Afghanistan from September 2, 2018, through July 12, 2021.

In 2014, as commanding general of the United States Army Maneuver Center of Excellence at Fort Benning, he led the initiative to integrate women into the prestigious U.S. Army Ranger School; a significant advancement that laid the foundation for women to pursue top positions across the Army.

His awards include two awards of the coveted Combat Infantryman Badge, two Purple Hearts, the Silver Star and an unprecedented 20 Overseas Service Bars denoting in excess of ten full years in combat zones.


Ash Carter

Apr 16, 2019

25th U.S. Secretary of Defense, former Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy, and Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics.

GEN (Ret.) Stanley McChrystal

Apr 10, 2018

Former Commander of JSOC, Commander ISAF, Commander USAFOR-A, and Director of Joint Staff.

LTG (Ret.) John F. Mulholland Jr.

Apr 11, 2018

Former Associate Director of the CIA for Military Affairs, Deputy Commander of the USSOCOM, Deputy Commanding General of the JSOC, Commanding General of USASOC.

GEN (Ret.) Keith Alexander

Feb 28, 2017

16th Director of the National Security Agency, former Chief of the Central Security Service, and Commander of USCYBERCOM.

GEN (Ret.) Martin Dempsey

Mar 15, 2016

18th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, 37th Chief of Staff of the Army, former Commanding General of USTRADOC, Acting Commander USCENTCOM, Deputy Commander CENTCOM, Commanding General of MNSTC-I.


Training sessions will be given by leading technology companies including

  • Klas
  • Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Dell Technologies

What Others Are Saying​

"Great assembly of the world's most talented communicators. Tremendous venue and experience!"
GEN (Ret.) Tony Thomas
“The Deployable Communications Technology Forum is one of the only events that brings together operators and enablers to work out real problems beyond just putting a bandaid around it. Real relationships are created beyond the products, and services. Everyone takes the need to be able to “fight tonight” seriously and put their resources where their mouth is. Throughout the week, no matter where I turn, I see industry partners trying to find ways to work together, with more than just lip service for the good of the mission.”
Clifton Basnight, attended as Director of Strategic Programs under Thales Defense & Security
“I have attended the last two forums and have been extremely impressed by the community in attendance from business partners, users, leaders and innovators who are all willing to collaborate, push the boundaries and demand the delivery of rapid solutions. This forum is unique and growing with the critical requirement being to maintain the leading edge in capability.”
Brigadier (Ret.) Mark Smethurst DSC, AM
“I’ve had the privilege of attending and presenting at the last several forums and look forward to it every year. This event is different from others I’ve attended because of the smaller size and combination of government and industry. The honest and informal engagements lead to material solutions from the industry that meets the unit’s requirements; several products in use today are a direct result of this forum. If I could only attend one forum per year this would be it.”
Johnston, Wade B., Colonel JCSE
COL (Ret.) Wade Johnston, U.S. Army
"The DCTF gave us an opportunity to spend uninterrupted time with users and administrators to hear about their real NetOps challenges and to get to know them on a personal level. We were also able to connect with industry partners to engineer combined solutions for warfighter benefit. As a platinum sponsor, we really appreciated the feedback we received during our sessions and used it to improve current capabilities and our future roadmap."
Suman Mallick, VP of Systems Engineering, CodeMettle
“Everything in DoD and American Society as we know it today depends on reliable communications. Last year’s capabilities aren’t good enough for tomorrow. The US and our Allies must stay ahead of all competitors. One of the best ways that we can successfully meet this task is with events like this forum as proven over the past five years. It’s a forum where we always have thought provoking presentations, interactive discussions and demonstrations about cutting-edge technology, professional team building events, and true collaboration between DoD and Industry; all of which are integrated with quality training. The net result is real learning, measurable modernization progress, and increased trust between participants.”
LTG (Ret.) Mark Bowman
“Simply put, this forum, more than any other I’ve attended, provides an unmatched opportunity for robust discussion, real collaboration, and active learning.”
LTG (Ret.) John F. Mulholland Jr.​
“As a first time attendee to the forum, I was blown away by everything. To have that many key users, program managers, decision makers, and future planners in a single room, discussing technology, requirements, providing feedback to industry, was something I've not seen at any other forum. This is not a trade show. It really is a users forum, and we look forward to attending all future ones!”
Jithin Raghunath, attended as ISR Program Development under Haivision

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