Feb 6

Tuesday, February 6

0800 – 0900 Registration Open & Continental Breakfast
0900 – 0905 Welcome

Speaker: Brian Wynne, President and CEO, AUVSI

0905 – 0920 Fifth Generation Warfare and the Third Offset

Description:  Delivering the effect when, how and wherever – the dawn of all systems as nodes and the inversion of the decision chain – centralized situational awareness, decentralized control and execution.  This presentation will highlight the expansion of unmanned vehicles from Predator to the “last mile” domain – ground platforms and the modularity that allow the Squad or Company to have a “skateboard” approach to plug and play of mission sets, weapons, and roles.  And the lynchpin to make it successful – commercial innovation speeds that turn ideas into valued outcomes – real innovation.

Speaker: Patrick Weldon, Director, Advanced Technology, Polaris

0920 – 0950 Keynote Address

Description: LtGen Walsh will present information on the Marine Corps vision for unmanned systems in 21st century combined arms as our means to conduct maneuver warfare across all domains. 

Speaker: Lt. Gen. Robert S. Walsh, Deputy Commandant for Combat Development and Integration, U.S. Marine Corps

 0950 – 1020 Accelerating Commercial Innovation for National Defense

Description: DIUx will present a talk on the methodologies and technologies to accelerate commercial Innovation into DoD.  The program will review DIUx areas of interest, business processes, and Other Transactional Authorities as well as provide an open Q&A period.

Speaker: Mr. Orin Hoffman, Autonomy and Robotics HQE, DIUx

1020 – 1050 Techstars Autonomous Technology Accelerator with the U.S. Air

Techstars and the U.S. Air Force are teaming to accelerate commercially viable startups with dual-purpose technologies that serve private sector and government applications. This includes autonomous technologies with abilities to detect, track, identify, and mitigate unmanned aerial systems or related advanced innovation.

Speaker: Aaron Pierce, Entrepreneur in Residence and CEO, Pierce Aerospace  

1050 – 1115 Break
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

1215 – 1315 Lunch on Own – Concessions Provided
 1315 – 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 – 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 Navy Unmanned Systems - Key Milestones and Opportunities

Description: The U.S. Navy continues to advance the integration of UAS into naval warfighting capabilities.   Join Rear Admiral Mark Darrah as he provides an overview of recent and future milestones across his unmanned portfolio while highlighting new opportunities for industry to work with the Navy to bridge the gap between technology and capability through initiatives like the Navy's Innovation and Modernization Patuxent River (IMPAX).

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

1515 – 1545 Joint Service EOD Robotics

Description: This session provides a brief look at the use and challenges of using robots during EOD operations. Recommendations for future systems are provided from an end-user perspective.

Speaker: Staff Sgt. Jesse T. King, EOD Equipment Review Board, USAEODTECHDET

1545 – 1615 Break
1615 – 1715 Panel: Unmanned Systems Supporting Operational Logistics and Sustainment

Description: The military is looking to unmanned systems to solve a complicated challenge – logistics. Across services and domains, the DOD is investing in new technologies to accomplish troop resupply, facilitate medical evacuations and provide secure mobility for convoys. This panel session will feature key leaders representing different services and efforts discussing the future of unmanned systems supporting operational logistics, lessons learned from recent experimentation and opportunities for industry participation.

Moderator: Mr. Matt Dooley, Principal Consultant, Robotics and Autonomous Systems, JHNA, Inc.

Panelists: Lt. Col. Daniel Schmitt, OIC, Field Testing Branch, Experiment Division, Marine Corps Warfighting Lab; Maj. Justin Gogel, Rapid Capabilities Officer, Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory; Chris Van Buiten, Vice President, Sikorsky Innovations, Lockheed Martin

1715 – 1730 Closing Remarks
1730 – 1830 Networking Reception