Bridging national security and autonomy

Join Applied Intuition and the Atlantic Council for Nexus 23—a two-day symposium with visionaries, leaders, and operators at the forefront of national security and autonomy.
This year’s symposium will feature two days of keynote presentations, expert panel discussions, hands-on workshops, networking forums, and more. 
  • May 17 - 18, 2023
  • The National Press Club, Washington, D.C.
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Nexus 23 convenes experts, operators, and senior leaders to discuss issues at the intersection of national security and autonomy. This year’s event builds on the success of last year’s one-day Nexus 22 symposium. 
For Nexus 23, Applied Intuition and the Atlantic Council are thrilled to bring new perspectives, fresh formats, additional networking opportunities, and other exciting updates across the two-day symposium.  
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?
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At Nexus 23, you will hear from the world’s top experts on national security and autonomy, including foreign policy experts, allied delegations, warfighters, technology visionaries, policy leaders, and program managers. 
More speakers will be announced soon. 
Marc Andreessen
Andreessen Horowitz
Dr. Mark T. Esper
Department of Defense
27th Secretary of Defense
Hon. Ellen Lord
Department of Defense
Former Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment
Hon. Michèle Flournoy
WestExec Advisors
Co-Founder and Managing Partner
Rep. Rob Wittman
U.S. House of Representatives (VA-01)
Major General Borys Kremenetskyi
Embassy of Ukraine
Defense Attaché
Nand Mulchandani
Central Intelligence Agency
Michael Brown
Shield Capital
Venture Partner
Bilal Zuberi
Lux Capital
General Partner
Qasar Younis
Applied Intuition
Co-Founder and CEO
Peter Ludwig
Applied Intuition
Co-Founder and CTO
Clementine Starling
Atlantic Council Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security
Director, Forward Defense
Ylli Bajraktari
Special Competitive Studies Project
Dorothy Engelhardt
U.S. Navy
Director for Unmanned Systems, DASN Ships
Dr. Jane Pinelis
Chief Digital and Artificial Intelligence Office
Former Chief of AI Assurance
Katherine Boyle
Andreessen Horowitz
General Partner
Capt. Michael D. Brasseur
U.S. Navy
Former Commodore, Task Force 59
Ivan Kanapathy
Beacon Global Strategies
Vice President
Margarita Konaev
Forward Defense, Atlantic Council
Non-Resident Senior Fellow
James “Hondo” Geurts
U.S. Navy
Former Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development, and Acquisition
Dr. Arun Seraphin
National Defense Industrial Association
Deputy Director, Emerging Technology Institute
GEN (Ret.) Raymond Anthony Thomas III
U.S. Army
11th Commander of SOCOM
LTC Alexander Brand
Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany to the United States
Air Attaché
SES Schuyler Moore
Preston Dunlap
U.S. Air Force and Space Force
Former CTO and CAO
Nick Sinai
Insight Partners
Senior Advisor and Venture Partner
Whitney McNamara
Beacon Global Strategies
Vice President
Jacob Helberg
U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission
Don Burnette
Kodiak Robotics
Founder and CEO
Stephen Rodriguez
Atlantic Council Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security
Senior Advisor
Peter R. Dixon
Second Front Systems
Co-Founder and CEO
Gregory C. Allen
Center for Strategic and International Studies
Director and Senior Fellow
Lara Sayer
PPBE Reform Commission
Executive Director
Dr. Bruce D. Jette
U.S. Army
Former Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology
GEN (Ret.) Stephen Wilson
U.S. Air Force
Former Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force
Colin Carroll
Applied Intuition
Head of Government
Sunmin Kim
Applied Intuition
Government Relations
John Mark Wilson
Applied Intuition
Government Relations
Joseph Cymerman
Applied Intuition
Government Relations
Ahmed Humayun
Applied Intuition
Government Relations
Interested in speaking at Nexus 23? Contact us with your proposal.


A detailed agenda of keynotes, fireside chats, expert panels, hands-on workshops, and networking events is coming soon. 
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Rewatch recordings of last year’s Nexus 22 symposium.

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  • May 17 - 18, 2023
  • The National Press Club, Washington, D.C.
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