GNSI Tampa Summit

GNSI Tampa Summit 3

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Featuring the 9th Great Power Competition Conference examining the revolution of Artificial Intelligence (AI) as it transforms the very nature of great power competition, conflict, and international cooperation. Competing effectively in this disruptive environment requires understanding how the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and other U.S. rivals are strategically integrating AI technology across economic, diplomatic, information, and military sectors. To meet this challenge, the ninth GPC conference has gathered senior government officials, academic experts, and private industry leaders to examine how great powers such as China are deploying AI, particularly in the pivotal US Central Command Area of Responsibly (AOR), and how the US can respond to these challenges in terms of strategic competition, conflict mitigation, national security, and international cooperation.

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The Global National Security Institute (GNSI) at the University of South Florida (USF), in partnership with the U.S. Central Command (USCENTCOM) and the USF College of Arts and Sciences, along with the Chief Digital and Artificial Intelligence Office (CDAO), as well as the Institute for Artificial Intelligence (AI+X) at USF, is proud to sponsor the ninth bi-annual conference on The Great Power Competition (GPC), scheduled for March 5-7, 2024, at the Marshall Center on the University of South Florida campus in Tampa, Florida.

The three-day interdisciplinary conference will consist of prominent static capabilities and displays, keynote speakers, panels, and roundtables while reserving time for informal discussions and networking. The conference will focus on how the United States can progress, develop, and employ artificial intelligence and machine learning capabilities to enable faster analysis, faster decisions, and faster actions than our adversaries and competitors.  

The Great Power Competition Conference is one of the nation's premier ongoing conferences focused on the Great Power Competition. GPC is a platform that brings together scholars, researchers, private industry, and practitioners with policymakers to ensure that decision-makers can access the most current and complete knowledge possible. This bi-annual conference series provides a conduit for diverse perspectives on the most critical issues and challenges facing the United States at the tactical, strategic, and policy levels to ensure that global security remains operative against emerging threats.

GNSI Tampa Summit 3 and GPC9 will be held March 5-7, in the Royal Palm Ballroom at the Marshall Student Center on the Tampa campus of USF.


Craig Martell, Chief Digital and Artificial Intelligence Officer, U.S. Department of Defense

General (Ret) Frank McKenzie, GNSI & CyberFlorida Executive Director, former Commander U.S. Central Command

Kathleen Hicks, U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense

The Honorable Kirstjen Nielsen, former Secretary of Homeland Security
General Bryan Fenton,
Commander, U.S. Special Operations Command

Vice Admiral Brad Cooper, Deputy Commander, U.S. Central Command

Ylli Bajraktari, President/CEO, Special Competitive Projects Project

The Honorable Laurel Lee, Congresswoman, Florida 15th District

Schuyler Moore, Chief Technical Officer, U.S. Central Command

Leslie Babich, Director, SOFWERX

Todd Borkey, Executive VP and Chief Technology Officer, Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII)

And more are being added to the lineup every day!
See all currently confirmed speakers.


Scheduled Panel Discussions, Breakouts and Sessions:

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<<< How Artificial Intelligence is Transforming National Security

  • How can U.S. decision-makers implement AI technologies into policy decisions? 
  • How can an integrated institutional approach to AI benefit US national security?
  • How can we ensure control of AI capabilities and technology in such a rapidly expanding environment?  
  • How to advance US artificial intelligence capabilities and associated technologies to compete with US rivals in the CENTCOM AOR effectively?

<<< Artificial Intelligence and Great Power Competition

  • What will be the role of AI in the Great Power Competition?
  • How do US rival powers compare in advancements and deployment of AI technology in terms of the GPC?
  • What are the greatest challenges facing US AI advancements in terms of strategic competition?
  • What can we learn from our competitors?

<<< The Role of AI-Powered Disinformation in Conflict

<<< Data Dominance and its Impact on Artificial Intelligence

  • How has China prioritized AI in terms of its wider aims in the Middle East?
  • How is China and Russia intrusively penetrating other governments to gain Data dominance over the U.S.  What Can the U.S do to protect themselves? 
  • What are novel approaches to predict human decision-making and the impacts of potential policy and/or strategy options on the geo-political environment?
  • What advances in machine learning, artificial intelligence and automated software development has the U.S. leaped forward of its global competitors, and what potential advantages do they bring to the future strength of the U.S. military and its allies?  

<<< Small States' Perspective on AI and Global Security

<<< Applying AI in Industry

<<< Developing the Future AI Workfoce

Plus breakout sessions, networking and much more!

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As part of GNSI Tampa Summit 3, we're interested in building a panel or breakout session that incorporates the incredible talent and expertise in the industrial sector, as it relates to Artificial Intelligence in the Era of Strategic Competition.

We're interested in technology and companies that are at all stages of development:

  • start ups
  • early stage
  • small companies
  • industrial giants

If you'd be interested in learning more or in helping us build our content for the Summit, drop us a note here.

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This is an attribution conference, meaning it will be live-streamed and recorded. Attribution for comments and content from this conference may be used by GNSI or any individual or organization for later distribution in the form of online postings, videos, printed materials, case studies, recaps and other reports.