Bridging national security and autonomy

Nexus is Applied Intuition’s annual symposium with national security and autonomy thought leaders in Washington, D.C.
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Nexus convenes experts, operators, and senior leaders to discuss issues at the intersection of national security and autonomy.
What can we learn from today’s battlefields and the rapidly changing threat environment? How can we strengthen partnerships and counter the threat? 
The Department of Defense, Congress, and industry must act collectively. What use cases for autonomy are most valuable to the end users? 
Operators of today’s manned systems need to trust the autonomous systems of tomorrow. How can we build trust into systems to ensure seamless integration?
Harnessing autonomy is imperative to prevailing in a future conflict. How can we streamline acquisition processes to acquire essential capabilities?

Past speakers

Nexus features the world’s top experts on national security and autonomy, including technology visionaries, program managers, policy leaders, warfighters, foreign policy experts, and allied delegations.
Marc Andreessen
Andreessen Horowitz
Dr. Mark T. Esper
27th Secretary of Defense
Department of Defense
Ellen Lord
Former Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment
Department of Defense
Michèle Flournoy
Co-Founder and Managing Partner
WestExec Advisors
Rep. Rob Wittman
U.S. House of Representatives (VA-01)
Rep. Michael Waltz
U.S. House of Representatives (FL-06)
Nand Mulchandani
Central Intelligence Agency
LTG Christopher Donahue
Commanding General
XVIII Airborne Corps

Past sessions

Rewatch panels, fireside chats, and spotlights from our Nexus 23 and Nexus 22 events.

Welcome to Nexus 23

Qasar Younis • Peter Ludwig

Warfighter kickoff

James "Hondo" Geurts

Venture capital keynote

Marc Andreessen • Qasar Younis

Ukraine: Autonomy, AI, and lessons from the battlefield

Preston Dunlap • LTC Alex Brand • Dr. Margarita Konaev • Samuel Bendett

The state of defense & commercial autonomy

Colin Carroll • Ryan Tseng • Chris Lynch • Apeksha Kumavat • Dr. Regan Campbell

The race for autonomy and AI in the Indo-Pacific

Megan Eckstein • Lachlan McGovern • Liza Tobin • Gregory C. Allen • GEN (Ret.) Stephen Wilson

Opening remarks: Ylli Bajraktari

Ylli Bajraktari

Investment landscape for defense autonomy

Stephen Rodriguez • Katherine Boyle • Bilal Zuberi • Nick Sinai • Peter R. Dixon

Industry and the warfighter: Breaking down barriers

Justin Lynch • Michael D. Brasseur • Zachary Mears • Don Burnette • Mandy Long

Indo-Pacific kickoff

Tate Nurkin

Foreign policy kickoff

Matthew Kroenig

Distinguished keynote: Rep. Rob Wittman

Rep. Rob Wittman • Nicholas Kazvini-Gore

Distinguished keynote: Michèle Flournoy

Michèle Flournoy • Clementine Starling

Distinguished keynote: Marc Andreessen

Marc Andreessen • Qasar Younis

Distinguished keynote: Ellen Lord

Ellen Lord • Whitney McNamara

Data, tech, and warfighting: A discussion with LTG Christopher Donahue

John Mark Wilson • LTG Christopher Donahue • GEN (Ret.) Raymond Anthony Thomas III

Distinguished keynote: Dr. Mark Esper

Dr. Mark Esper • Stephen Rodriguez

Defense keynote

Michèle Flournoy • Brendan McCord

Defense policy keynote

Dr. Michael Horowitz • Sunmin Kim

Defense autonomy & trust

Capt. Michael D. Brasseur • Dr. Jane Pinelis • Dr. Jeff Schneider • Mustafa Suleyman CBE • Joe Kernan

Congressional Chairman's keynote

Rep. James R. Langevin • Nicholas Kazvini-Gore

Creating pathways to mission-critical technologies through capital investment

Stephen Rodriguez • Bilal Zuberi • Katherine Boyle • Jason Rathje

Breaking the defense barrier for commercial autonomy

Nand Mulchandani • Michael Brown • Chris Brose • Devaki Raj • Dr. Angel Smith

Acquisition kickoff

Joseph Cymerman

Congressional spotlight

Rep. Michael Waltz

Autonomy policy: Shaping the future of warfighting

Dr. Michael Horowitz • Sunmin Kim

Autonomy acquisitions at the service and program level

Dr. Arun Seraphin • Dorothy Engelhardt • COL Jeffery Jurand • LTC Tom Meagher

Autonomy: The threat perspective

Josh Rogin • August Cole • Dr. Margarita Konaev • Gregory C. Allen

Autonomy: A national security imperative

LTG (Ret.) H. R. McMaster

Acquiring critical technologies at speed: New strategies and reforms

Ahmed Humayun • Lara Sayer • Nand Mulchandani • Peter R. Dixon • Michael Brown


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