Future of Software-Enabled Statecraft
Offset Symposium 2024
May 16, 2024 |
Washington, DC
Second Front's annual Offset Symposium promotes constructive engagement between the venture-backed innovation ecosystem, traditional defense base, academia, and national security mission users to accelerate the development and scaling of new technologies for national security.
We're just getting started. More speakers to be added soon!
Event Pricing
(April 1 - May 16)
GOV, Student,
(Now - May 16)
8:00 - 9:00am
BREAKFAST sponsored by Carahsoft
9:00 - 9:05am
Kickoff & Intro
9:05 - 9:45am
Panel 1 - Delivering tech capability to warfighters and the future global landscape
9:45 - 10:00am
10:00 - 10:40am
Panel 2 - Changing relationship between national security and software
10:40 - 10:55am
BREAK with snacks
10:55 - 11:35am
Panel 3 - merging tech/software acceleration
11:35 - 11:50am
11:50am - 12:30pm
Panel 4 - Customer / partner panel
12:30 - 1:30pm
1:30 - 2:10pm
Panel 5
2:10 - 2:25pm
2:25 - 3:05pm
Panel 6
3:05 - 3:20pm
BREAK with snacks
3:20 - 4:00pm
Panel 7
4:00 - 4:15pm
4:15 - 4:55pm
Panel 8
4:55 - 5:00pm
Closing / HH Kickoff
5:00 - 7:00pm
Happy Hour and Networking Session
8:00 - 9:00 am
From ships to tanks to F35s—every defense system is now a form factor for software. Listen as Peter Dixon, CEO of Second Front Systems, sets the stage for Offset Symposium 2023 discussing the central role software plays in the U.S. and Allied National Security landscape today—and what changes the DoD and Intelligence Communities must make to evolve and become agile in this evolving arena. For a legacy institution like the Department of Defense to fit with layers upon layers of bureaucracy, this can either be a condemning reality or a transformational opportunity. Facing this head-on requires new mental and operating models diffused throughout the institution.
9 - 9:20 am
The State of U.S. National Security
Join us as Rep. Chrissy Houlahan, Congresswoman representing Pennsylvania’s 6th District, and Rep. Don Bacon, Congressman representing Nebraska 2nd District, both members of the House Armed Services Committee, discuss the challenges the U.S. faces in maintaining our leadership on the global stage. From polarization across our population to competition with peer competitors, we’re in the midst of a critical point in our history that’s challenging our democratic ideals and values. Addressing this will require strong leadership and a holistic approach to building partnerships across government, private capital, tech companies, international allies, and defense primes.
9:20 - 9:50 am
FireSide Chat
Innovation ≠ National Security
Innovation, left to its own devices, often follows market signals or leadership whims. Phones become smaller, bigger, lighter, heavier. Agencies host challenges, pitch competitions, workshops. A flurry of activity occurs, but lacks direction toward delivering value. In this fireside chat with Gen. (Ret.) John W. Raymond, former Chief of Space Operations of the U.S. Space Force, and Sally Donnelly, founding partner at Pallas Advisors, we’ll discuss how government agencies must move beyond the self-limiting idea of impartiality and neutrality to create tangible outcomes for U.S. National Security. The DoD and IC must set a clear path forward, attract critical stakeholders and capabilities, and not fear backing winners.
9:50 - 10:25 am
10:35 - 11:00 am
Private vs. Government Funding
For this all-star panel, our speakers will discuss the government's unique role in de-risking emerging markets before becoming a buyer and crowding-in private capital to support further innovation and commercialization. In the DoD’s case, there are plenty of tools available to create mutually-beneficial deals that deliver value for the mission and companies alike. They’ll cover what’s needed to do this well, where there’s opportunity for further improvement, and how these entities can ultimately deliver the best in commercial tech to National Security professionals.
11:00 - 11:45 am
The Role of the Primes in Emerging Tech - Making the Case for Partnerships
Tune into this engaging session session to hear about the role primes play and how they can support the structural changes needed to meet increasingly dynamic present-day challenges. Prime contractors have something of a bad rap. Their consolidation between the ‘60s and ‘80s and subsequent growth contributed to a slow-moving industrial base resistant to change. But this doesn’t mean primes should be excluded from the innovation conversation when they play such an integral role in equipping the DoD with tools to accomplish their mission.
11:45 am - 12:30 pm
12:30 - 1:30 pm
Stories of Scale - Tech Leadership Lessons Learned
Join this can’t miss-conversation to better understand how companies and the DoD alike have to make strategic choices about who they work with, how they acquire technology and services, and by which means they invest in continuously improving their capabilities. Unfortunately for both, the barriers to entry can appear insurmountable and deter plenty of willing companies from delivering their tech for national security. Lucky for our audience, we’re pulling together a panel of entrepreneurs in FVEY (Five Eyes) companies to discuss their paths to success in this space. They’ll discuss everything from developing a federal go-to-market strategy, securing your first contract, building the right relationships, and more.
3:30 - 4:15 pm
Closing Remarks
4:15 - 4:30 pm
Happy Hour
4:30 - 6:30pm
Waldorf Astoria, Washington DC
1100 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20004
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
When and where is the Offset Symposium taking place?
Where? Waldorf Astoria located at
1100 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20004, United States
When? May 16, 2024 from 8am - 7pm
What is the cost of attending the Offset Symposium?
$75 Early Bird Pricing (until April 1st)
$99 General Admission (April 1st and beyond)
$25 for Government Officials, Students, and Nonprofits
How do I register for the Offset Symposium?
Through our eventbrite page.
Is there a deadline for registration?
There’s no deadline to register; however tickets are limited so the earlier the better before we sell out!
What is the cancellation policy?
Cancellation policies are handled on a case-by-case basis. Please follow the instructions on the eventbrite registration confirmation email to request a refund.
Do you provide parking?
Due to limited parking in the area, we suggest ride sharing or carpooling.
If you choose to drive, here are your parking options:

$20-$25 Options:
  • 415 11th St NW, Washington, DC 20004, United States
  • 1111 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20004, United States
  • 555 11th St NW, Washington, DC 20004, United States
$45 Onsite Valet Parking (very limited)
Is there a dress code for the Offset Symposium?
We encourage you to be yourself! But if you're looking for guidance, we expect Business Casual to be the vibe.
The most important question: Will there be food?
Food and beverage will be provided for Breakfast, Lunch, Breaks, and Happy Hour.
If you have any dietary restrictions, please note them in the registration form so we can make sure you have something to eat.
Do you offer any scholarships or financial assistance for attending the Offset Symposium?
Scholarships and financial assistance further than those provided for Government, Students, and Nonprofits will be handled on a case-by-case basis. Please email offsetsymposium@secondfront.com for more information.
Take a look back at '23
Offset Symposium ‘23 was packed with learning, thought-leadership, and connections! Explore the comprehensive session summaries of Offset ‘23.
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