Ground Robotics Capabilities Conference & Exhibition

"What Will It Take to Achieve the Vision?: Requirements, Technology, Acquisition, ROI"

21 - 23 March 2012

San Diego, CA

Conference Brochure

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Point/Counter-Point Panel: Focused Technology
"Which Will Best Serve: Interface Control Standards or Open Systems?"

  • Ms. Mary E. Lacey, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development, Test and Evaluation

Keynote Speaker:

  • The Honorable Jacques S. Gansler, PhD, Former Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics; Professor and Roger C. Lipitz Chair, Public Policy and Private Enterprise, University of Maryland

Point/Counter-Point Panel: Balanced Requirements
"Requirements Pull or 'Technology/Capability Push' Based Acquisition - Can Our Requirements be What We are Capable of?"
Moderator: Mr. Thomas Gonzalez, Vice President, Corporate Development, Stratom, Inc.

  • Ms. Susie Alderson, Program Manager, SPAWAR Systems Center, Pacific
  • LTC Stuart Hatfield, USA, Chief, Lethality Branch, Maneuver, Aviation, & Soldier Division, TRADOC

JGRE Update


Friday, March 23, 2012


  • Mr. Howard Leyda, Vice President, Marketing, Home Business Unit, iRobot Corporation
  • Mr. Tim Trainer, Interim General Manager, Military Business Unit, iRobot Corporation

Keynote Speaker:

  • Mr. Chuck Thorpe, Assistant Director, Advanced Manufacturing and Robotics, Executive Office of the President, Office of Science and Technology Policy

Streamlined Acquisition
"Test and Evaluation of Autonomous Ground Robots"
Topic Introduction:

Point/Counter-Point Panel: Streamlined Acquisition
"Do We Optimize for Technology Insertion or Logistics Efficiency?"

  • Dr. Marilyn Gaska, Strategic Planning Director, Corporate Logistics and Sustainment, Lockheed Martin Corporation

Warfighter/User Panel