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Keynote Sessions

Hear directly from military and defense leaders on their vision and perspective on how unmanned systems are changing the landscape of military and intelligence operations and what that means for procurement, technology development and inter-agency collaboration. These Keynote sessions will give you insight you won’t find any place else.


Tuesday, August 20, 2019 | 0900 - 1200

0900 – 0915

Brian Wynne, President & CEO, AUVSI

0915 – 0920

Session Chair Remarks: Kevin G. Switick, President, AVIAN

0920 – 0950

The Honorable Ellen Lord, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment

0950 – 1010

Helen Greiner, Army HQE Robotics, Autonomous Systems, and AI, Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics and Technology)

1010 – 1030

The USMC Approach to Developing Unmanned Systems
Lt. Gen. Eric Smith, Commanding General, Marine Corps Combat Development Command

1100 – 1120

Reimagining Tomorrow's Tech for Today's Teens
Lisa Atherton, President and CEO, Textron Systems

1120 – 1140 

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Engineering Solutions Using Unmanned Aircraft & Remote Systems
Maj. Gen. Richard G. Kaiser, Deputy Chief of Engineers/Deputy Commanding General, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

1140 – 1200

Airborne ISR and the National Defense Strategy: Challenges and Solutions
Maj. Gen. Peter J. Lambert, Deputy Director for ISR Operations, Joint Staff J32




Wednesday, August 21, 2019 | 1100 - 1200 and 1330 - 1500

1100 – 1110

Mark Gordon, President & CEO, Stratom

1100 – 1115

Session Chair Remarks: Kevin G. Switick, President, AVIAN

1115 – 1140

Defense Innovation for Early-Stage Ventures
Kristen R. Hajduk, National Capital Regional Director, National Security Innovation Network, Department of Defense

1140 – 1200

Army's Robotic Modernization Efforts for Unmanned Ground Combat Systems
Brig. Gen. Ross Coffman, Director of the Next Generation Combat Vehicle (NGCV) – Cross Functional Team (CFT)

1330 – 1350

Consortia: A Better Way of Doing Business
Tony Melita, Executive Director, National Advanced Mobility Consortium

1350 – 1410

Operationalizing Autonomy: Challenges and Approaches
Lt. Col. Philip Root, Deputy Director, Defense Sciences Office, DARPA

1410 – 1430

Mustangs and Unicorns: A Commercial Drone Integration Story
Mark L. Bathrick, Director, Office of Aviation Services (OAS), Department of the Interior

1430 – 1455

Chris O'Donnell, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Platform and Weapon Portfolio Management, OUSD A&S