Annual FutureG Symposium

October 17-19, 2023 • Idaho Falls, ID


This year, the FutureG & 5G Office is hosting its annual FutureG Symposium in Idaho Falls, Idaho, from 17-19 October. Through our partnership with Idaho National Laboratory (INL), attendees will experience demonstrations, static and dynamic displays and participate in both classified and unclassified discussions on the innovative capabilities developed by the FutureG & 5G Office. Previous iterations of the FutureG Symposium, formerly the Combatant Command Conference, emphasized presentations and discussions that were instrumental in creating the overall vision and direction for 5G and future-generation research in the Department of Defense. This year’s meeting aims to deliver tangible demonstrations illustrating the advancements of defense innovation in telecommunications and the adaption of commercial solutions as well as provide a vision for future research. We look forward to having you join us.

Event Information

WHERE: Idaho National Laboratory, Idaho Falls, ID

DATES AND TIMES (Mountain Standard):

Days 1-3: October 17-19
(Classified meetings to be held on Day 1. TS-SCI clearance verification required.)

Days 2-3: October 18-19
(Unclassified briefings and demonstrations)

Days 1-4: October 17-20
(Identified OUSD Staff ONLY)


Registration and Accommodations

TO REGISTER: CLICK HERE (password required)

Recommended Hotels:

Marriott Residence Inn Idaho Falls
635 West Broadway, Idaho Falls, Idaho 83402

Fairfield Inn & Suites Idaho Falls
1293 W Broadway St, Idaho Falls, ID 83402
(208) 552-7378

Tru by Hilton
680 Lindsay Blvd, Idaho Falls, ID 83402
(208) 522-8500

Hilton Garden Inn
700 Lindsay Blvd, Idaho Falls, ID 83402
(208) 522-9500

DOD Leadership

Dr. Tom Rondeau is the Principal Director for the FutureG & 5G Office for the US Department of Defense, serving in the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (OUSD(R&E)). In this role, Dr. Rondeau is responsible for the research, funding, and execution of programs to advance warfighting capabilities using 5G and futuregeneration wireless technologies.

Before assuming his role as Principal Director of the FutureG & 5G Office, Dr. Rondeau spent more than six years as a Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) program manager, where he led efforts that challenged and advanced studies in a variety of warfighting domains, earning him the Distinguished Public Service Medal.
Prior to joining DARPA, Dr. Rondeau was the Project Lead for the GNU Radio project, consulted on wireless communications problem sets, and worked as a visiting researcher with the University of Pennsylvania and as an Adjunct with the IDA Center for Communications Research in Princeton, NJ.

Dr. Rondeau holds a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Virginia Tech, where his dissertation won the Council of Graduate Schools’ 2007 Outstanding Dissertation Award in math, science, and

Dr Dan MasseyDr. Dan Massey leads the Operate Through portion of the DoD 5G to NextG Initiative. Operate Through aims to ensure DoD can securely operate through commercial 5G networks across the globe. Dr. Massey has more than 25 years of research and management experience and is the author over 100 peer reviewed publications on networking and cyber security, including coeditor of the DNS Security Standard (RFCs 4033, 4034, and 4035) and early work on Named Data Networking. Dr. Massey has served as the Principal Investigator on research funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and industry. As a faculty member, he helped develop cybersecurity programs at both the University of Colorado Boulder and Colorado State University. Dr. Massey also served as a Program Manager in the Cyber Security Division, Science and Technology Directorate, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). At DHS, he developed and managed the Distributed Denial of Service Defense (DDoSD) program and the Cyber Physical Systems Security (CPSSEC) program that focused on cyber security for automobiles and other systems that combine the cyber and physical worlds. He earned his doctorate in computer science from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Juan Ramírez is the Director for the (5G CFT), for C3 Infrastructure (C3I) Directorate of the Deputy Chief Information Officer for Command, Control, and Communications (C3), Office of the Secretary of Defense, Chief Information Officer (CIO). As Director of the 5G CFT, Mr. Ramírez provides technical and policy expertise, programmatic oversight, and broad guidance to synchronize and integrate 5G into defense-wide programs and achieve the DoD’s Digital Modernization Strategy initiatives. He represents DoD in interagency efforts defining and implementing U.S. Government policies and strategies for 5G-related critical infrastructure and supports international cooperation in 5G System design and prototyping. Mr. Ramírez leads Executive Secretariat support to the DoD 5G Oversight Committee, an executive body that comprises 3- and 4-Star-level senior leaders and stakeholders.

Mr. Ramírez is a graduate of the Georgetown University McDonough School of Business. He earned his Master’s degree of Public Policy from George Mason University.

Dr. Ted Woodward is Technical Director for the FutureG & 5G Office, where he is heavily relied upon for his technical expertise. Dr. Woodward has an extensive record of innovation, entrepreneurship, research, management, and leadership in fields including radio frequency (RF), optical communications and networking, data systems, semiconductor electronic and optoelectronic devices, full-custom integrated circuits, and commercial optical communication products. With experience in both the commercial and government environment, he works across the boundary of research and application to connect new research to valuable innovations that deliver customer impact.


Prior to joining the FutureG & 5G Office, he served as a Program Manager in the DARPA Strategic Technologies Office (STO). There he created, managed, and transitioned a diverse portfolio of communications, networking, and sensing programs valued at more than $150M. Dr. Woodward began his career with 12 years as a member of technical staff in the Research Division of Bell Laboratories, where he defined and executed impactful research in optical interconnect and communication systems. Dr. Woodward holds a Ph.D. in Applied Physics from the California Institute of Technology.


Office of the Undersecretary of Defense
for Research and Engineering


Idaho National Laboratory
Wireless Security Institute

Symposium Chair

Teresa Rusin

Strategic Communications
OUSD R&E FutureG | DCTO (S&T) | Office of the Secretary of Defense

Symposium Chair

Dr. Arupjyoti (Arup) Bhuyan

Technical Director
INL Wireless Security Institute

Idaho National Laboratory