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March 7th, 2016

Unmanned Systems Leaders Convene for Summit in Alexandria, Virginia

[Satnews] Defense Strategies Institute, a nonpartisan group, will host their 4th DoD Unmanned Systems Summit in Alexandria, Virgina, March 29 to– 30 , 2016.

Designed as an educational and training “Town Hall” forum, where thought leaders and key policy-makers across military and government organizations and the private sector and academic institutions that support them, can come together for actionable discussions and debate. The Summit will offer a full spectrum viewpoint towards all robotic systems that may be remotely piloted or contain a level of autonomous tasking, and operate on land, sea, air and space domains. From policy and procedure to requirements and technical capabilities, the discussions will revolve around expanding capabilities by thinking beyond the abilities of today, to where and how these systems can be used tomorrow.

Several 2016 speakers confirmed for the Summit:

  • MG Robert Dyess, USA, Deputy Director, Army Capabilities Integration Center,TRADOC
  • LTC Christopher Downey, USA, UAS Division Chief, DCS G3/5/7 (DAMO-AV)
  • Mr. Bryan McVeigh, PM, Force Projection, PEO CS
  • RADM Robert Girrier, USN, Director, N99 Unmanned Weapons Systems Directorate, OPNAV (tentative)
  • Brig. Gen. Julian Alford, USMC, Commanding Officer, MCWL, Futures Directorate, and
    Vice Chief of Naval Research
  • RDML Lorin Selby, USN, Commander, NSWC, Panama City, NAVSEA
  • Dr. Lawrence Schuette, SES, Director of Research, ONR
  • Mr. Steve Olson, Unmanned Systems Autonomy Lead, OPNAV N99
  • Mr. Jeffrey Eggers, SES, CTO, DCS ISR, AF/A2
  • Dr. Reid Melville, Strategy Lead for UAS across Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL)
  • Air Cdre. S. D. Ellard, Head of Unmanned Air Systems, Defence Equipment & Support Organization,
    RAF, UK MoD
  • L. Col. Scott Heristch, USAF, of the Joint Staff
  • Maj. Gen. (ret) Marke "Hoot" Gibson, Senior Advisor, UAS Integration, FAA

Topics will include...

  1. Fusion warfare, the combat cloud, and future implications for the unmanned ISR community
  2. Autonomy research and activity and human- machine teaming
  3. Improving communication systems within and among land, sea, air and space systems
  4. Opportunities to improve commonalities and interoperability, including integrating and standardizing open architectures
  5. Improving onboard data processing for ISR
  6. Activities with MUM-T 7
  7. Improving power, endurance and efficiency
  8. Cyber and EW considerations
  9. Latest FAA discussions regarding UAS in US airspace and creating a UTM

Seating is limited—In order to allow for actionable discussion and dialogue among speakers and attendees, seating will be limited. Register now to reserve your seat. Active military, government and State personnel attend complimentary. Anyone interested in participating in the Summit can go to Defense Strategies Institute's website at http://unmannedsystems.dsigroup.org for more information

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