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Unmanned Maritime Systems Conference

1 November, 2017 - 2 November, 2017, Washington, DC, United States

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Enabling Maritime Domain Dominance with Unmanned Combat Multipliers

With a shift towards conventional warfare with peer threats in the foreseeable future, the importance of Maritime Domain Awareness and Dominance is front and center as priority for success. With the proliferation of surface and subsurface vessel technology and the growing threat environment, it is important the unmanned platforms continue to develop in order to conduct the dangerous, dirty jobs that prevent risking the lives of Sailors and Marines. Anti-Submarine Warfare, Counter Mine operations and persistent ISR capability are just some of the mission sets that autonomous and radio controlled Unmanned Underwater Vehicles (UUVs), and Unmanned Surface Vehicles (USVs) can accomplish while keeping Service members safe.

Also critical to maintaining dominance in the Maritime Domain is developing a better understanding of it. UUVs and USVs can help to conduct important Oceanography and Survey missions that allow us to better understand the complex nature of subsurface operations, from navigation to current and landscape the information gathered, shared and analyzed allows Naval forces and commercial interests to better understand efficient, and effective ways to operate in the Maritime domain.

Recent developments in radar and sensor technology, power generation, transfer and storage, C4ISR capability, as well as delivery and recovery methods have led to a tipping point where investment in Unmanned Maritime Systems can provide a significant advantage to our national defense. Join us to explore the depths of this growing defense priority and shape the discussion of the way ahead in Unmanned maritime systems.

What are the Benefits of Attending?

  • Hear from key thought leaders in Unmanned Maritime Systems, including the latest requirements for Surface and Undersea systems.
  • Understand Operational Requirements and Priorities for Unmanned Systems Employment
  • Gain Insight on Current State of DoD Programs, Upcoming Decisions and Future Acquisitions
  • Discuss Key Capabilities for UUVs, Counter Mine, Anti Submarine Warfare, Persistent Tracking and ISR
  • Collaborate with key DoD, International and Industry partners to influence the future Of Unmanned Maritime Systems

Now Factor:

The scope of unmanned maritime technologies across multiple naval applications has grown in the last several. The systems currently fielded to fulfill today's operational demands need increased integration with existing systems to achieve greater efficiency and affordability. Additionally, while downward economic forces continue to constrain DOD budgets, achieving affordable and cost-effective technical solutions is more important than ever. Building open-architecture while leveraging commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) technology allows for increased economy, interoperability and adaptability can improve existing systems by bringing:

Greater automation Improved performance (SWaP) Interoperability and modularity Survivability in contested environments (resilient communications) Integration with manned systems (Manned-Unmanned System Teaming) Reduced manpower requirements to operate and support unmanned systems


Washington Plaza
10 Thomas Circle, NW
Washington DC 20005
United States
Phone: 202-842-1300
Fax: 202-371-9621

Discover the modern elegance of the newly-renovated Washington Plaza. A balance of cosmopolitan sophistication and casual grace, our resort-like hotel offers spacious, boutique accommodations in an ideal location setting.   Located downtown on Thomas Circle, our hotel sits in the city's trendiest neighborhood, and is only minutes from the iconic attractions of the Nation's Capital. Lounge by our beautifully-landscaped pool, a design highlight of the hotel's world-famous architect, Morris Lapidus. Enjoy innovative American fare dining at 10 Thomas Restaurant, a favorite of both guests and discerning DC residents, or plan your next business meeting or wedding in our 12,000 sq. ft. of flexible meeting space, immersed in the stylish ambiance of our boutique hotel.

The special room rate of $250 has been established to make your reservation process easy.  Simply call 202-842-1300 or 800-424-1140 and give the group name Unmanned Maritime Systems no later than October 9, 2017.  In addition the special rate has been extended to three days before and after the conference.

Please note: We will never recommend, approve or appoint any third party rooming service to act on our behalf. Please be extremely wary if you are approached by any such companies. We will always endeavour to negotiate the best available rates for you so please use the HotelMap link provided; this shows live availability and rates for all hotels in the area and allows you to book directly with the hotel of your choice within your budget.Conference Day One - 1st November 2017

Conference Day Two - 2nd November 2017

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

2017 Speaker Faculty

  • Mr. Frank Kelley, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Unmanned Systems, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy
  • Ms. Gloria Valdez, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Ships),, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy Research, Development and Acquisition
  • Rear Admiral Moises DelToro, Deputy Commander for Undersea Warfare, Naval Sea Systems Command, US Navy
  • Colonel Tony Deluca, Military Assistant to Deputy Director Naval Warfare, Office of Under Secretary for Acquisition, Technology & Logistics
  • Dr. Jim Galambos, Program Manager, Strategic Technology Office, DARPA
  • Captain (Ret) Michael Good, Former Program Manager, Littoral Combat Ship Mission Modules, US Navy
  • Captain Jon Rucker, Program Manager, PMS 406, US Navy
  • Rear Admiral John Okon, Commander, Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command, US Navy
  • Rear Admiral Mike Ryan, Assistant Commandant for Capability, US Coast Guard


Event details

1 November, 2017
2 November, 2017
Washington Plaza
District Of Columbia
United States


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