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Emerging Techniques Forum
7-9 December 2021
8 AM to 5 PM ET
Hilton Mark Center, Alexandria, VA

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The Emerging Techniques Forum (ETF) is driven to improve analysis and understanding throughout the defense community by seeking out novel and leading-edge approaches, methods, and techniques - wherever they are conceived. By sharing and incorporating the latest (and in-progress) developments across government, academia, private industry, and enthusiasts, the ETF aims to support and maintain relevant, timely, and early comprehension of lessons learned that may grow to have an outsized impact on the community at large.

The ETF seeks advancements in tools and techniques that enable decisive action in complex environments. Our tracks explore how information aggregation, processing, and computation can improve predictions of future needs and risk assessments of complex investment and operational strategies. Many of these efforts have seen rapid maturation and evolutionary leaps in analytic capability borne from recent global crises.
This year’s theme of Digital Transformation focuses on advances in computing tools, technologies, and techniques that revolutionize analysis at scale to enhance awareness and understanding, from strategic decisions to the tactical edge.


This is a tentative agenda-at-a-glance for ETF, designed to provide an outline for timing and structure. The agenda is still under development and will be populated with more content periodically.

Call For Abstracts

The ETF committee is now seeking abstracts for technical presentations. Abstracts should fall under one of the main topics below or to be included in the Visco Prize. All abstracts must be submitted as unclassified and 1,500 or less characters without images or videos. There will be classified presentations held on 8 December. If you are submitting an abstract for the classified session, indicate the classification level at the time of submission. To submit an abstract, visit the Presenter Center or select the button above. Abstracts are due no later than 1 November 2021.

Topic Areas

  • Adaptive Cloud and Computing Resource Integration Analysis
  • Adversarial AI/ML
  • Advances in Reinforcement Learning, Anomaly Detection, and Dynamic Behavior Prediction
  • AI Teaming and Lethal Human-Machine Autonomy
  • Distributed Information Sensing, Data Fusion, and Network Resiliency
  • Image, Video, and Spatiotemporal Big Data Processing
  • Complex Adaptive and Spatiotemporal System Analysis
  • Advances in Uncertainty Sampling and Multi-Dimensional Tradespace Analysis
  • Visco Prize


Brigadier General Andrew S. Dichter (Ret.)
Brigadier General Andrew S. Dichter (Ret.)

President and CEO at Group W Inc.

Andrew Dichter is President and CEO of Group W Inc., an employee-owned, analytics-focused professional services company providing high-impact analytic support to its clients. Andy is a proven senior executive with more than 45 years of experience in the National Security Arena. Commissioned from the USAF Academy in 1975, he enjoyed a wide range of operational flying, command, and staff positions, and led several high-performing organizations. Learn More

Brigadier General Martin F. Klein
Brigadier General Martin F. Klein

Commanding General, 75th Innovation Command, U.S. Army Reserve

Brigadier General Martin F. Klein is the Commanding General, Deployment Support Command in Birmingham, Alabama and the Deputy Commander for Mobilization for the Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. Learn More

Dr. Nina A. Kollars
Dr. Nina A. Kollars, Ph.D.

Associate Professor Strategic and Operational Research Department

Dr. Nina Kollars is an associate professor in the Cyber and Innovation Policy Institute at the U.S. Naval War College. She holds a Ph.D. from The Ohio State University in political science and an M.A. from GWU in international relations. She is a senior adjunct scholar at Center for a New American Security; a Brute Krulak Center fellow at Marine Corps University; an executive board member of Cyber Conflict Studies Association; and an editorial board member for Texas National Security Review. Learn More

Dr. Paul Lopata
Dr. Paul Lopata

Principal Director for Quantum Science

Paul Lopata serves as the Principal Director for Quantum Science in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering within the U.S. DoD. In this role he leads the Department’s efforts at technology modernization in quantum science, one of DoD’s top technology modernization priority areas. He currently serves as Executive Secretary for the Defense Science Board’s Task Force on Applications of Quantum Technologies. Learn More

Lieutenant General Loretta E. Reynolds (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Loretta E. Reynolds (Ret.)

Former Deputy Commandant for Information, Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps; and Commander

Lori Reynolds retired as a Lieutenant General after a 35 year career in the United States Marine Corps. Her service culminated as the Deputy Commandant for Information, a newly established Deputy Commandant that recognized the growing importance of Information, cyberspace and digital technologies and the new warfighting domains of space and cyberspace. Learn More

Dr. Huseyin Topaloglu
Dr. Huseyin Topaloglu

Professor in the School of Operations Research and Information Engineering at Cornell Tech

Dr. Huseyin Topaloglu is a Professor in the School of Operations Research and Information Engineering at Cornell Tech. He got his B.Sc. in Industrial Engineering from Bogazici University of Turkey and his Ph.D. in Operations Research and Financial Engineering from Princeton University. He has been a faculty member at the School of Operations Research and Information Engineering since 2002. Learn More

LTC(P) Natalie Vanatta
LTC(P) Natalie Vanatta

Associate Professor / Academy Professor
Emerging Technologies Team Lead, Army Cyber Institute

LTC(P) Natalie Vanatta is a US Army cyber officer and currently serves as the Emerging Technologies Research Team Lead at the Army Cyber Institute and an Associate Professor in the department of Mathematical Sciences at West Point. Spanning a military career of over 20 years, Natalie has served and operated around the globe (on four continents) in order to defend the nation. Learn More



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5000 Seminary Rd.
Alexandria, VA 22311

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Visco Prize

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Eugene P. Visco

MORS Eugene P. Visco Prize for International Collaboration in Operations Research

Established in 2019, this prize recognizes excellence in research quality, contributions, and presentation. Promoting international collaboration, the Visco prize provides for the presenter to share their work at the International Symposium on Military Operational Research (ISMOR). Early career and Junior Analysts conducting impactful, technically rigorous, and multi-disciplinary research are highly encouraged to apply! Visit the Visco Prize webpage for more information. All abstracts are due by 1 November. Finalists will be notified by the middle of November with finalist presentations provided during the Visco Competition track on Monday, 6 December 2021.