December 8 Major Event: Emerging Technologies Sponsored by Lockheed Martin!

*** Zoom and in-person options available for attendance. Ticket Details below ***

*** 2 Panels and a Keynote for 1 Ticket***


It’s become clear that the United States Military must modernize to meet the challenges of the Emerging Threats associated with 21st Century Warfare.  This includes developing technologies such as Hypersonics, Quantum Systems, AI and Autonomy,  5G, directed energy, edge and distributed computing, biotechnology, advanced networking, and other advanced areas.  To accomplish this we’ll need whole of industry cultural shift, enabling more contributors to take part in innovation, finding more funding methods, and non-traditional contractual relationships, working with allies (we aren’t the lead in all the core technologies needed to the level we’ve been in the past), enabling a powerhouse US supply chain that retains its IP, and ensuring we understand the mission needs of the warfighter on a more complex level than before.  This task is very achievable with the right focus.  That’s why we at the NDIA Lone Star Chapter Proudly host this event on Emerging Technologies, to fully discuss the speed bumps we need to overcome and meet the challenges ahead!

NDIA champions, builds and convenes the forums that tackle the industry’s most challenging issues. The Lone Star Chapter has been right in the middle of having the most relevant speakers of our time.

Keynote speaker, Dr. Mark Lewis

Bio for Dr. Mark Lewis
Executive Director
Emerging Technologies Institute

Event Flyer with Photos of Speakers
Bios of speakers are hyperlinked with their names below

Panel 1: Technology Development – Surviving the Requirements Cavern

Mr. Alexander Gray – Panel Moderator
Dr. Mark Lewis
Dr. Ron Sega
Mr. Atherton Carty
COL Jay Wisham

Panel 2: Innovation Speed and Overcoming Speedbumps

BG (ret) Guy Walsh – Panel Moderator
Mr. Carter Biggs
Dr. Rodney Bowersox
Dr. Tomas Diaz de la Rubio
MG (ret) Thomas Ayres

Event Details:


  • Wednesday, December 8th, 2021

Times: 3:30 PM to 8:30 PM

  • 3:30 PM – Arrival and pre-event networking
  • 4:00 PM – NDIA Leadership Opens Event
  • 4:15 PM – Panel 1: Technology Development – Surviving the Requirements Cavern
  • 5:15 PM – Break and networking between sessions (Zoom Breakout Rooms)
  • 5:45 PM – Panel 2: Innovation Speed and Overcoming Speedbumps
  • 7:00 PM – Dinner and Keynote remarks, Dr. Mark Lewis
  • 8:30 PM – Adjourn



  • Business Casual, business, or jeans business (jeans and sport coat) attire.  Western attire also acceptable.  Event is open to the public.


  • Billy Bob’s 81 Club
  • 2525 Rodeo Plaza
  • Fort Worth, TX 76164


  • Free Parking (Use this map).
  • Easily accessible, secure, on site parking garage.

Sponsorship Opportunities:


  • Contact Committee Chair Mike Dietz at

Need a Hotel?:

  • Stockyards Hotel is offering $169 up through Dec 3 at 5PM. Tell them you’re with NDIA Lone Star.
  • Address and phone: 109 E Exchange Ave, Fort Worth, TX 76164 (+1800-423-8471)

Our Charity Cause for this event:

Meet the Event Committee:

Our Valued Sponsors:

Thank you to our generous Sponsors:


  • Lockheed Martin



  • TMAC

Video Sponsor

  • Sustainment


  • Butler Aerospace & Defense


  • AUSA – Audie Murphy Chapter
  • Kingsbrae Global

Special thanks to our promotional sponsors:

Air Force Association Seidel Chapter
Navy League (Dallas and Fort Worth)
Association of the United States Army Audie Murphy Chapter
World Affairs Council of DFW
PTAC – Procurement Technical Assistance Center (Cross Timbers)
The America’s Future Series
NSIC – National Security Innovation Council
SMU Tower Center
INCOSE North Texas Chapter