Breakout Sessions

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Breakout Sessions

Designed for education and direct interaction, these new breakout sessions are smaller, intimate sessions created to facilitate a more interactive and engaging experience through shared interest in a topic.

Tuesday, August 20 | 1500 – 1630

Breakout 1: UAS Plans, Programs and Progress Across the Services

Join representatives from the Air Force, Navy, Army and Marine Corps as they discuss what’s next for the DoD’s unmanned aircraft for small, tactical and long endurance applications. Gain valuable insights into where the services are making investments, what technological challenges are being faced and when key leaders expect to see emerging capability developments affecting future programs and initiatives.


Brig. Gen. James "Cliffy" Cluff, Director, RPS/Big Wing ISR, HAF/A2

Lt. Col. Philip Root, Program Manager, TTO, DARPA

Cmdr. Jeff Sullens, USCG Office of Aviation Acquisition

Maj. William Taylor, APM-ISR, United States Special Operations Command

Breakout 2: Capability Advancements for Surface and Subsurface Unmanned Systems

This session explores developments in U.S. Navy unmanned maritime technologies including current and future technology initiatives for surface and undersea systems. Key areas of technology development will be discussed including hardware and software improvement, AI and autonomy, navigation and communications advancements and opportunities for industry participation. 


Dr. Jason R. Stack, Portfolio Manager for Autonomy, ONR

Capt. Pete Small, Program Manager, PMS 406, Unmanned Maritime Systems PEO Unmanned and Small Combatants, U.S. Navy

PEO Unmanned and Small Combatants, U.S. Navy

CAPT Daniel Malatesta, Program Manager, Expeditionary Missions (PMS 408), U.S. Navy

John A Moses, Navy Battery Development Safety Enterprise Program Manager, NAVSEA 05Z

Dr. Andrew Nuss, Program Manager, DARPA

Breakout 3: USDPS Innovation Challenge

The Innovation Challenge is an opportunity for small, start-up and early stage companies operating in the commercial, defense, and non-traditional unmanned systems or autonomous systems spheres to present their technology to government and industry representatives at USDPS. During the Innovation Challenge, on Wednesday, August 21, 2019, five finalists will pitch their technology to the USDPS audience and an esteemed Advisory Panel.

Wednesday, August 21 | 0900 – 1030

Breakout 1: UAS Threat Detection and Mitigation

The threat of the nefarious drone use continues to be a concern for the DoD overseas and security agencies here at home. Hear from defense leaders, homeland security professionals and industry experts as they discuss UAS mitigation. Session topics will cover the latest technologies available to counter drone threats, opportunities to engage with government agencies to develop new solutions and discussions on proactive measures to combat illicit drone use.


Elizabeth Neumann, Assistant Secretary for Threat Prevention and Security Policy, DHS

Breakout 2: DoD Acquisition Innovation

The DoD is working to improve the acquisition process with a focus on attracting non-traditional companies, cutting down the acquisition timeline, encouraging innovation and saving money.  Join acquisition officials from across the services who are working to improve the process.


Ben McMartin, Chief of the Acquisition Management Office, CCDC, Ground Vehicle Systems Center

Breakout 3: Defense Robotics, Autonomy, and Artificial Intelligence

As autonomous systems become more prevalent on the battlefield, numerous challenges must be overcome including how these technologies collaborate with humans, how they make decisions, interact with other unmanned assets and how they are tested and evaluated to ensure safety metrics are met. Join defense, industry and academic experts as they discuss the future of AI and its impact on DoD capabilities and missions.

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