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.
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Marjorie Censer
Marjorie Censer
Editor at Defense News
Jackie Davalos
Jackie Davalos
Reporter at Bloomberg News
Steven Escaravage
Steven Escaravage
Executive Vice President at Booz Allen Hamilton
Bonnie Evangelista
Bonnie Evangelista
Acting Deputy, Chief Digital and Artificial Intelligence Office (CDAO) for Acquisition Directorate
Justin Fanelli
Justin Fanelli
Chief Technology Officer at US Navy
Guy Filippelli
Guy Filippelli
Managing Partner at Squadra Ventures
Donald Gansberger
Donald Gansberger
Software Director at AFWERX
Sam Gray
Sam Gray
Vice President of Strategic Engagements at Second Front
Andrea Hickerson
Dr. Andrea Hickerson
Director of the National Center for Narrative Intelligence at Ole Miss
Corey Jaskolski
Corey Jaskolski
Chief Executive Officer at RAIC Labs
Wasim Khaled
Wasim Khaled
CEO & Co-Founder at Blackbird AI
Lauren Knausenberger
Lauren Knausenberger
Chief Innovation Officer at SAIC
Hon. Ellen McCarthy
Hon. Ellen McCarthy
CEO and Founder at Trust in Media Cooperative (TIM)
Heather McMahon
Heather McMahon
NightDragon Strategic Advisor and Professor at UMD's Applied Research Lab for Intelligence and Security
David Michelson
David Michelson
Autonomy Director at DIU
Schuyler Moore
Schuyler Moore
Chief Technology Officer at U.S. Central Command
Hon. Scott Morrison
Hon. Scott Morrison
30th Prime Minister of Australia
Enrique Oti
Enrique Oti
Chief Technology Officer at Second Front
Alex O'Toole
Alex O'Toole
Chief of Infrastructure and Platforms at ADVANA
daniel Ridge
Daniel Ridge
Program Manager at DARPA
TJ Rowe
TJ Rowe
Executive Vice President of Growth at Second Front
Pat Ryan
Pat Ryan
Congressman Representing New York's 18th District
Derek Strausbaugh
Derek Strausbaugh
DoD Mission Team Leader at Microsoft
Jared Summers
Jared Summers
Vice President & Chief Technology Officer of Defense Markets at LMI
Katie Sutton
Katie Sutton
Chief Technology Advisor to the Commander and Director of Pentagon Operations
Tyler Sweatt
Tyler Sweatt
Chief Executive Officer at Second Front
Jacqueline Tame
Jacqueline Tame
Executive Director at SVDG
Rob Witman
Rob Wittman
Congressman Representing Virginia's 1st District
8:00 - 9:00am
Registration & Breakfast
9:00 - 9:05am
Welcome to Offset Symposium
with Sam Gray
9:05 - 9:45am
Defense Modernization Caucus Fireside Chat
Panelists: U.S. Representative Rob Wittman, U.S. Representative Pat Ryan
Moderator: Tyler Sweatt
10:00 - 10:20am
AUKUS and the Future of Global Defense Collaboration
with The Hon. Scott Morrison
10:20 - 11:00am
The New War - Narrative Attacks Created By Misinformation And Disinformation
Panelists: Wasim Khaled, Dr. Andrea Hickerson, Hon. Ellen McCarthy
Moderator: Heather McMahon
11:00 - 11:20am
11:20am - 12:00pm
Software Agility as a Competitive Advantage
Panelists: Daniel Ridge, Corey Jaskolski, Derek Strausbaugh
Moderator: TJ Rowe
12:00 - 1:00pm
1:00 - 1:45pm
2030 and Beyond: Building for the Next Ridgeline
Panelists: Bonnie Evangelista, Dave Michelson, Chee Gansberger
Moderator: Marjorie Censer
2:00 - 2:45pm
Delivering Tech Capability to Warfighters and the Future Global Landscape
Panelists: Schuyler Moore, Lauren Knausenberger
Moderator: Jacqueline Tame
2:45- 3:00pm
3:00 - 3:45pm
The Role of SIs and Venture in DoD Software Adoption
Panelists: Steven Escaravage, Alex O’Toole, Guy Filippelli
Moderator: Jackie Davalos
4:00- 4:45pm
The Path Forward
Panelists: Justin Fanelli, Katie Sutton, Jared Summers
Moderator: Enrique Oti
4:45 - 5:00pm
Closing Remarks
with Tyler Sweatt and Sam Gray
5:00 - 6:30pm
Happy Hour
Event Pricing
(April 1 - May 16)
GOV, Student,
(Now - May 16)
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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