Hear from defense leaders and industry experts as they discuss defense and security spending trends and impacts on the unmanned industry, DOD technology acquisition strategies changing and what is the way forward and the near-term opportunities for industry participation.

Tuesday, February 6

1115 – 1145 Transforming Next-Gen Unmanned Systems

Description: The U.S. Navy continues to invest resources into unmanned systems technology. Join Gen. Frank Kelley as he discusses new opportunities for industry to engage with the Navy as well as challenges to be addressed.

Speaker: BGen (Ret.) Frank Kelley, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy (DASN) for Unmanned Systems Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (RD&A)

1145 – 1215 Unmanned Maritime Systems for Oceanographic Applications and Hydrographic Missions

Description: Naval Oceanography is responsible for operating the largest number of unmanned maritime systems within the U.S. Department of Defense. To ensure DOD forces have the home field advantage for all away games, its current unmanned maritime systems inventory is able to conduct operations from the beach to the deepest parts of the ocean to observe the atmosphere and ocean environment to meet multiple warfare missions. This session will detail Naval Oceanography's strategic vision for unmanned maritime systems which is to expand the number of unmanned platforms it owns and operates, enabling the U.S. Navy to successfully operate unmanned maritime systems and engage with academia and industry to incorporate new platforms and techniques into operations.

Speaker: Dr. William Burnett, Deputy Commander/Technical Director Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command

1315 &ndsah; 1345 PEO LCS: Incorporating Unmanned Systems into Future Naval Missions

Description: The unmanned systems portfolio within PEO LCS is maturing at a rapid rate and will play an important role for the Navy moving forward. Join Rear Adm. Neagley as he discusses how the Navy plans to incorporate the technologies across all domains to improve future operations, particularly in the areas of mine countermeasures and anti-submarine warfare.

Speaker: Rear Admiral John P. Neagley, Program Executive Officer, Littoral Combat Ships, U.S. Navy

1345 &ndsah; 1415 U.S. Army Ground Robotics Portfolio

Description: Mr. Mazzara will provide an update on the robotic projects undertaken by the Army’s Combat Services and Combat Support Services office. The systems designed, developed and delivered by CS&CSS are engineered to aid soldiers across a diverse range of combat missions. Systems discussed by Mr. Mazzara will include heavy transportation systems and light tactical vehicles, among others.

Speaker: Mark Mazzara, Robotics Interoperability Lead, PM Force Projection, U.S. Army

1415 – 1445 Army Perspectives on the Future of Unmanned

Speaker: Maj. Gen. John George, Director, Force Development, Army G-8

1445 – 1515 PEO U&W: Navy and Marine Corps UAS Programs

Description: Rear Adm. Mark Darrah will provide insight into NAVAIR’s UAS programs. One of the critical objectives of this office is to develop, acquire and maintain unmanned aerial vehicles to support NAVAIR missions. The presentation will outline how this goal is being achieved and upcoming developments to improve the Navy’s UAS capabilities.

Speaker: Rear Adm. Mark Darrah, PEO, Unmanned Aviation and Strike Weapons, U.S. Navy


Wednesday, February 7

0945 – 1015 The DoD Research and Engineering Enterprise

Speaker: Ms. Mary J. Miller, Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering

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