Defense Strategies Institute Announces MOSA for Defense Summit 2024

The summit, to be held in National Harbor, MD, will feature an array of high-level speakers, and cover topics such as advancing defense capabilities through MOSA, and acquiring interoperable and adaptable defense systems By Joseph Macey / 04 Apr 2024
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The Defense Strategies Institute has provided details of speakers and the topics being covered at the upcoming MOSA for Defense Summit, taking place in National Harbor, MD, from April 17-18, 2024.

The 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.

Adversaries are developing advanced warfighting capabilities faster than the U.S. To maintain the competitive edge, the United States is mandating 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.

High-level speakers at the summit include:

  • The Honorable Nickolas H. Guertin, Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development, and Acquisition
  • Thomas W. Simms, SES, Principal Deputy Executive Director, Systems Engineering and Architecture, OUSD R&E
  • Kristen Baldwin, SES, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Science, Technology, and Engineering, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics) 
  • Raymond O’Toole, Jr., PhD, SES, Acting Director, Operational Test & Evaluation 
  • Nadine Geier, Director, Systems Engineering, OUSD(R&E)
  • Harry Sotomayor, Director of Engineering/Chief Systems Engineer, PEO STRI
  • Wayne Artuso, Chief, Open Architecture Management Office, AFLCMC 

Topics to be covered at the 2024 MOSA for Defense Summit include:

  • 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

Sponsorship and exhibition opportunities are now available. The summit is open and complimentary to all active-duty military and government personnel.

Those interested in learning more or asking questions, visit or contact Emma Watters at [email protected].

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