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DoD Unmanned Systems Summit
''Advancing Unmanned Systems Capabilities in Multi-Domain Environments''

7 March, 2017 - 8 March, 2017, Arlington, VA, United States

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Our DoD Unmanned Systems Summit is designed as an educational and training ''Town Hall'' forum, where thought leaders and key policy-makers across military and civilian organizations can come together for actionable discussions and debate. The Summit will offer a full spectrum viewpoint towards air/land/sea systems.

2017 Summit Topics Include

  • Current strategies to increase the interoperability of unmanned systems across multi-domain environments
  • Status of current research in autonomous and swarming capabilities
  • Enhancing Warfighter capabilities through autonomous multifunctional, mobile microsystems
  • Key focus areas for the DoD's Unmanned Systems Roadmap
  • Addressing frequency and bandwidth availability, link security, link ranges, and network infrastructure to ensure availability for operational/mission support of unmanned systems
  • Efforts to improve on-board data processing
  • Near-term strategies to ensure that unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) have routine access to the National Air Space (NAS) needed for operations
  • Leveraging manned-unmanned teaming (MUM-T) operations to obtain a decisive competitive advantage in the combat environment

Why Attend?

Military Services and Operational Commands continuously look to unmanned systems in order to expand capabilities and maximize the success of operations across multi-domain environments. Accordingly, leaders within the US Military, Federal Government, industry, and academia are continuously tasked with providing the innovative strategies, concepts, and technologies needed to rapidly solve many of the current and foreseeable future challenges

From policy and procedures to requirements and technical capabilities, expanding the capabilities and strategic benefits of unmanned systems is not just about solving the near term challenges, but thinking beyond the abilities of today, to how and where these systems can be used in the fight for tomorrow.

At our Summit you will have the ability to:

  • Gain Education & Insight:  Walk away with knowledge gained from our senior level speakers on some of the complex challenges facing the implementation of unmanned systems technologies.
  • Build Partnerships: The agenda is designed to allow for ample networking opportunities and the ability to discover new advances in unmanned systems in support of US Military operations.
  • Influence:  Help foster ideas! Share your own insight and knowledge during our interactive sessions. All attendees are encouraged to address our speaker faculty and each other with their questions, comments or ideas.


AUSA Conference Center
2425 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201The agenda is available as PDF under downloads at the right side of the page.

2017 Speakers Include

  • BGen (Ret.) Frank Kelley, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy (DASN) for Unmanned Systems Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (RD&A)
  • RADM Mark Darrah, USN, Program Executive Officer, PEO Unmanned Aviation and Strike Weapons
  • BGen Julian D. Alford, USMC, Vice Chief of Naval Research & Commander, Marine Corps Warfighting Lab
  • Michael Novak, SES, Acting Director, Unmanned Warfare Systems (OPNAV N99)
  • Bob Sadowski, SES, Robotics Senior Research Scientist, Research, Technology and Integration Directorate, TARDEC
  • Bryan McVeigh, Project Manager, Force Projection, PEO Combat Support & Combat Service Support
  • Bindu Nair, Deputy Director, Human Systems, Training and Biosystems Directorate, OASD (R&E)


Event details

Defense Strategies Institute
7 March, 2017
8 March, 2017
AUSA Conference Center
United States


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