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UAS West Symposium

7 March, 2017 - 8 March, 2017, San Diego, CA, United States

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DoD has reported an expected Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) growth rate between 2015 and 2035. It is expected that federal agency UAS fleets will grow from a few hundred to approximately 10,000, with over 90 percent of these vehicles categorized as Nano, Micro, or Small UAS. In all cases, the UAS is the transport for the payload, be it sensors or cargo. The number and type of UAS developed, acquired, and deployed will be driven by mission needs and costs. Analysts still predict growth in this industry, estimating a total increase to just over $89 billion in the next decade. Not only is the military expected to sustain its backing of UAS technology, but the civil and commercial markets are poised to open up to a host of opportunities for the industry.

This exclusive symposium will be an invaluable opportunity that will enable attendees to obtain the latest information on the emerging UAS technical capabilities, needs, and challenges from key DoD, Government, and Industry UAS subject matter experts. Key issues will include:
  • Emerging UAS and DoD Needs & Requirements
  • DoD UAS Joint Program Updates, Emerging Platform & Sensor Capabilities & Testing
  • Hands-on User Perspectives on UAS
  • Next Generation UAS Payloads
  • Major UAV Program Updates and Platforms
  • Developing Counter UAS Sense & Avoid Technologies
  • sUAS & Nano System Innovations, Growth, & Maintenance Opportunities
  • FAA Plans and Programs Status
''Unmanned Aircraft Systems West'' is a must have see investment of your time. Attendees will obtain invaluable information on the emerging opportunities in the Military, Government, Commercial and Civil Markets found nowhere else. Key program offices will examine UAS from first hand experiences and address the Needs, Requirements and Opportunities needed.

Special Presentations by:

  • Brigadier General Mario Leblanc, Deputy Director for Operations (DJ3), RCAF, HQ PACOM Military Keynote Presentations
  • Mr. David "Nark" Narkevicius, Senior Staff Advisor, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Chief Information Officer (CIO C4III), Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense Networks & Information Integration (NII)

Symposium Themes:

  • Emerging UAS and DoD Needs & Requirements
  • DoD UAS Joint Program Updates, Emerging Platform & Sensor Capabilities & Testing
  • Next Generation UAS Payloads

Who You Will Meet

  • CEOs/COOs/CIOs
  • Presidents/Vice Presidents
  • Principles
  • General Managers
  • Commanding Officers
  • Directors
  • Deputy Directors
  • Branch Chiefs
  • Research Directors
  • Business Development Managers
  • Sr. Marketing Managers
  • Sr. Managers, Federal Accounts
  • Sr. Analysts
  • Sales Directors
  • Principal Scientists
  • Program Managers
  • Project Managers
  • Product Managers
  • Program Analyst
  • Aerospace Engineers
  • Mechanical Engineers
  • Systems Engineers
  • Flight Operations Managers
  • Test Engineers
  • Engineering Leads


Wyndham San Diego Bayside
1355 North Harbor Drive
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 232-3861

Attendee accommodations must be arranged directly with the hotel.Registration: 8:15 a.m. March 7, 2017
Program begins at 9:00 a.m.

The agenda is available as PDF under downloads at the right side of the page.


  • BGEN Mario Leblanc, Deputy Director for Operations (DJ3), Royal Canadian Air Force, HQ PACOM
  • Mr. Steven Armstrong, Chief, NORAD Strategic Engagement & Deputy Division Chief of North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) Operations Division
  • Mr. John Fiore, SES, Technical Director, Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren Division
  • COL Courtney Cote, USA, Project Manager, UAS, PEO, Aviation, Redstone Arsenal
  • Mr. Jim Williams, Principal, Public Policy and Regulation Practice, Aviation and Aerospace, Dentons U.S. LLP
  • CDR (ret) Chris “Pyro” Fitzgerald, UAS Requirements for Commander Naval Air Forces, US Pacific Fleet
  • Mr. David “Nark” Narkevicius, Senior Staff Advisor, Office of the Secretary of Defense, CIO C4III, OASD NII
  • Mr. Erik Soykan, Director, Marine & Air Operations, National Air Security Ops, US CBP/DHS
  • Mr. Mark Farrar, Director of Training, USA, UAS Training Center, 2-13th Aviation Regiment
  • Mr. David Bruemmer, Co-Founder and CTO, 5D Robotics
  • LTCOL Todd “Dutch” Holland, USMC, Commanding Officer, Marine Aircraft Group, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing
  • COL Keith “LJB” Ward, USAF, Vice Wing Commander, 163d Attack Wing, ANG, March AFB
  • LTC Tory Burgess, USA, Product Manager, Tactical UAS Project Office, Redstone Arsenal
  • COL Christopher “Lack-O” McDonald, USAF, Director of Disruptive Innovations for Headquarters US Air Force (HAF A2II)
  • Mr. Chris Jensen, Director, CI3 Solutions, Hitachi Data Systems Federal
  • Mr. Layne Merritt, Chief Engineer, Aviation Development, Aviation & Missile Research, Development & Engineering Center (AMRDEC)
  • Mr. David Phillips, Vice President, Small and Medium Endurance UAS, Textron Systems
  • Mr. Matthew Barger, Intelligence and Technology Portfolio Lead, Sector Outreach and Programs Division, DHS
  • Mr. Rob Hughes, Senior Policy Advisor, Airworthiness & Airspace Integration, Northrop Grumman Corporation
  • Colonel Ryan “Skindog” Sherwood, USAF, Commander, 49TH Operations Group, Holloman AFB
  • Mr. Ron Stearns, Business Development Director, Robotics and Unmanned Systems, Velocity Group
  • Mr. Mike Blades, Senior Industry Analyst, Aerospace & Defense, Frost & Sullivan
  • Senior Representative, USAF, 432nd Wing Group, Creech Air Force Base
  • Mr. Thomas Baker, Founder, Shavano Prime Solutions; Formerly, Director, UAS & Counter UAS Initiatives, First Air Force/NORAD Continental Region
  • Dr. Reid Melville, Strategy Lead for Unmanned Air Systems, Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL)
  • Mr. Steve Jones, Manager, UAV, EW & Sensors Business Development, Northrop Grumman Mission Systems, Lands & Avionic C4ISR Division
  • Mr. Laben Fisher, Systems Engineer, SPAWAR Systems Center Pacific
  • Gray Eagle Representatives, USA, 1st Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, “GUNFIGHTERS”


Event details

7 March, 2017
8 March, 2017
San Diego
Wyndham San Diego Bayside
United States


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