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UAS West Symposium
Opportunities, Needs and Challenges

12 February, 2018 - 13 February, 2018, San Diego, CA, United States

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Emerging Opportunities, Needs and Challenges

DoD has reported 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. Ultralight, Light Sport, and Medium sized UAS will find a role with a number of agencies, such as Bureau of Land Management or Coast Guard, who need to survey large tracts of land or water for a variety of missions. 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.

''Unmanned Aircraft Systems West'' is a very valuable investment in 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.

Key issues will include:
  • Emerging Defense and Government UAS Needs & Requirements
  • DoD UAS Joint Program Updates, Emerging Platform & Sensor Capabilities, Training & Testing
  • UAV Program Updates and Platforms
  • Developing Counter UAS & Detect & Avoid Technologies
  • sUAS Innovations, Growth, Capabilities and Opportunities
  • FAA NAS Regulatory Updates

''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.

Symposium Themes:

  • Emerging UAS DoD and Government Needs & Requirements from:
  • Major UAS Program Updates and Emerging Platforms Needs, Capabilities & Opportunities
  • Cutting-Edge Mission Opportunities and Updates Within Homeland Security, Customs & Border Protection, Maritime Security, and FAA

Who You Will Meet

Some of the titles  who have attended past events –
  • 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.

(No access code required)
For registrations, visit:
The agenda is available as PDF under downloads at the right side of the page.

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Mr. Bryan Scurry, SES, Executive Director, Commander, Naval Air Forces, Commander, Naval Air Force US Pacific Fleet
  • Ms. Anh Duong, SES, Program Executive for Unmanned Aerial Systems, Department of Homeland Security, S&T Directorate
  • Lt. General John N.T. “Jack” Shanahan, USAF, Director for Defense Intelligence (Warfighter Support), Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence
  • LTC Warner R. Ward, Chief, Air Branch, U.S. Army, Aeronautical Services Agency (USAAS)
  • Ms. Jennifer Gillum, Director, U.S. Army Rapid Integration and Acceptance Center (RIAC)
  • CAPT (USN-ret), George Galdorisi, Director, Strategic Assessments and Technical Futures, SPAWAR Systems Center Pacific
  • Mr. Donald Williamson, Vice President and General Manager, Insitu Defense
  • COLONEL Paul A. Cravey, USA, Director, TRADOC Capabilities Manager, Unmanned Aircraft, Systems, US Army Aviation Center of Excellence (tentative)
  • CAPT Terence “Tree” Hoeft, USN, CNAP Deputy, Force Requirements (N8A)
  • Mr. Robert Winn, Airworthiness Inspector, FAA/UAS Integration Office AUS-420
  • MAJOR KALY, USAF, 432d, Air Expeditionary Wing Group, Creech Air Force Base
  • COLONEL Courtney Cote, USA, Project Manager, Unmanned Aircraft Systems, Program Executive Office, U.S. Army Aviation, Redstone Arsenal
  • Mr. Timothy Sutherland, Deputy Director Air Operations U.S. Customs and Border Protection CBP, AMO, NASOC-SV
  • Dr. Paul A. Fleitz, Team Lead, Air-Launched Off-Board Operations (ALOBO), AFRL/RQQC, Aerospace Systems Directorate
  • Mr. Scott Coon, Capture Management Senior Staff, Lockheed Martin Skunk Works
  • CAPT K. Austin Delorme, USAF, Technology Innovation Officer, Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), AFWERX
  • LTC Todd A. Moe, USA, Infantry/Functional Area-57 (Simulation Operations) Acting Command Science Advisor & Joint Capability  Technology Demonstration (JCTD) Coordinator J7/9-1, Science, Technology & Innovation Division USSOUTHCOM
  • Mr. Michael Lyons, Global Hawk Business Development, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems
  • Mr. Adam McDonald, Director, Business Development and Tactical Missile Systems, AeroVironment
  • Mr. Andrew Gibson, President, /Aerospace Engineer, Empirical Systems Aerospace
  • Dr. Leah Rowe, Senior Research Psychologist, Warfighter Readiness Research Division, Air Force Research Laboratory’s Airman Systems Directorate, 711 Human Performance Wing
  • Mr. Logan Fuller, Rickard Consulting Group
  • Mr. David “Nark” Narkevicius, Department of Defense Office of the Chief Information Officer, C4 & Information Infrastructure Capabilities
  • LtCol Richard “Astro” Lawson, USMC, Marine Corps Chief Test Pilot
  • Major David “Charge” Zyga, USMC, UAS Operational Test Director VMX-1
  • Mr. Andy von Stauffenberg, Founder & CEO, VStar Systems, Inc.
  • Mr. Eric Johnson, Senior Program Manager  at the Flight Test and Training Center, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc.


Event details

12 February, 2018
13 February, 2018
San Diego
Wyndham San Diego Bayside
United States


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