Defence iQ’s Digital Transformation in Defence webinar series is designed to take our community on a virtual digital transformation and disruptive technology journey. Each webinar will bring thought leaders from traditional and non-traditional defence industry, SMEs and start-ups to share their expertise with defence customers and military end-users. Discussion will cover the development and application of some of the most innovative technologies emerging today, as well as advise on core requirements, security considerations and future technology implementation.

Confirmed Speakers include:

Mary Lee


RAND Corporation

Luis Bastos

Principal Scientist - Head of NSII Technology Office

NATO Communications and Information Agency

Anika Binnendijk

Political Scientist

RAND Corporation

Mr Warren Low

Principal C3 Policies, Industry, and Capability SME

NATO Allied Command Transformation

Tim Marler

Senior Research Engineer

RAND Corporation

Mr Gerard Elzinga

Head, Spectrum and C3 Infrastructure Branch


Dr. Alexander Kott

Chief Scientist

U.S. Army Research Laboratory

Randy Brown

VP & Division Manager

Applied Research Associates, Inc. (ARA)

Tarek Abdelzaher

Director, IoBT REIGN

University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

Matthew Bennett

Technical Director

Applied Research Associates, Inc. (ARA)

Dean Hoover

Systems Engineering Section Manager/Virtual Systems


Michael Powell

Cyber Representative – North America, UK Defence & Security Exports, DIT,

British Embassy Washington

Lieutenant Colonel Roberto Baldisserri

Deputy Director and Chief of the Concept Development and Experimentation Department

Italian Joint C-M/M UAS Centre of Excellence

Suranga Wickramasekera

Business Development Manager

Pitch Technologies Ltd

Chris Poole

Digital SME, Government, BAE Systems Applied Intelligence

BAE Systems Applied Intelligence

Dr. Claudio Palestini

Officer, Counter Terrorism Section, Emerging Security Divisions, NATO

PM, NATO Counter UAS Working Group

Chad Gray

Cybersecurity and Privacy Principal


Dr. Christian Coman

Joint Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance


Kurt Fields

Director, Emerging Technology Advisory


Jon Touryan

Senior Research Scientist (Neuroscience)

US Army Research Laboratory

Miguel Smart


Strategy&, part of the PwC network (formerly Booz & Company)

Dr. Gaurav Sharma

Senior Technical Lead for Cognitive Neuroscience, 711 HPW

US Air Force Research Laboratory

James (Rusty) Rentsch

Vice President, Technical Operations and Standards

Aerospace Industry Association

Ted Maciuba

Deputy Director of Robotics Requirements, Maneuver Capability Development Integration Directorate

US Army Futures Command

Jean-Paul Buu-Sao

Lately Senior Architect at Exostar


Paul Hollingshead

Head of EMEA

Anduril Industries, Inc


Land Open Systems Architecture, Land Equipment

DE&S – UK Ministry of Defence

Dr. Thomas Hamilton

Senior Physical Scientist

RAND Corporation

Lt Col (USMC) Brandon Newell

Director, SoCal Tech Bridge, NavalX

U.S. Department of Navy

Tony White

Chief Technology Officer - Land (Precision Control Systems)

Ultra Electronics Group

Andrew Hartigan

Vice President, Aviation

Innovative Defense Technologies

Doug Brown

Head of Artificial Intelligence and Analytics Guild


Craig Gottlieb

Managing Director, Aerospace and Defense


Jason Rios

Sr Vice President & General Manager, Aerospace

Sentient Science Corporation

Steven Roemerman

Chairman and CEO

Lone Star Analysis

Dr. Bill Lewis

Former Director of the Aviation Development Directorate of AMRDEC

Tennessee Technical Test Team

Shannon Parker

Senior Manager of Business Development for Government Services


Brandon Johnson

Digital Product Strategy Leader

Bell Flight

Jordan Garrett

Digital Twin and Edge Solutions Lead

Dell Technologies

Peter Shultz

Senior Manager, FVL Digital Systems

Bell Flight

Lieutenant Colonel Arnel David


UK Fight Club