By: Jennifer Rocha

Military, corporate, and academic leaders convene in Austin next month to address the pressing energy needs of the military and industry.

AUSTIN, Texas, Oct. 2, 2014 The annual Defense Energy Summit (DES) will take place November 11-13, 2014 at the AT&T Executive Education & Conference Center, Austin, TX (  The Defense Energy Summit brings together the Nation's energy, business and defense leadership as they accelerate the development and deployment of new energy and infrastructure solutions for the U.S. Military.

Key speakers include:

  • Mr. Edward Thomas Morehouse, Jr., Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Operational Energy Plans and Programs, U.S. Department of Defense 
  • The Honorable Katherine Hammack, Assistant Secretary of the Army (Installations, Energy & Environment), U.S. Army
  • The Honorable Dennis McGinn (VADM, Ret), Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Energy, Installations & Environment
  • Congressman Bill Flores, Texas
  • Christopher Zember, Director, Information Analysis Centers, Department of Defense
  • Rudy Wynter, President, FERC Regulated Business, National Grid
  • Base and Energy Leadership from Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Pacific Command & National Guard
  • SBIR Program Leadership from DOD, Navy, DOE, NSF, and NASA

This year, the Defense Energy Summit is co-located with the Fall National SBIR/STTR Conference. Meet 1-1 with government SBIR/STTR program managers and industry leaders to learn how to access SBIR/STTR, build partnerships, and create successful commercialization strategies. The SBIR/STTR Program represents more than $2.5 Billion in non-diluted funding for small businesses.

The joint 5th annual Defense Energy Challenge (DETC), held jointly with the Smart Cities Challenge, match top energy and infrastructure solutions with military and utility testing and procurement opportunities. DETC is run in collaboration from the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Army National Guard and installation and operational programs worldwide. Finalists from both programs present to attendees and a military-industry review panel and will also showcase their technologies onsite. To view the presenters in both programs, visit: and

"We are pleased to be work closely with leaders in the armed services, government, and industry to address the massive energy needs and requirements of the U.S. military," said Dr. Matthew Laudon, Co-Chairman of the Summit and Executive Director of CTSI. "The Defense Energy and Smart Cities Challenges are two examples of successful collaborations between the public and private sectors to bring next generation energy technologies to the warfighter, military installations and civilian marketplace world-wide."

The Defense Energy Summit is produced by TechConnect, in partnership with the Clean Technology & Sustainable Industries Organization (CTSI). Discounted hotel room rates are available through October 10, and a discounted advance registration rate through October 28.

For more information on the Defense Energy Summit visit:

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