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Unmanned Systems (UxS) Symposium
For Defense & Government

16 April, 2018 - 17 April, 2018, Arlington, VA, United States

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In the area of autonomous platforms, unmanned aerial vehicles have become the most matured segment to-date as the military has quickly valued their abilities in surveillance and strike missions but as for at sea and on land, the competitive landscape for vendors is largely still shaking itself out as they require more development to get to production, robotics and unmanned ground vehicles are regaining prominence as those obligations have rebounded from $681.8 million in fiscal 2014 to $1.6 billion last fiscal year mostly on R&D spending increases. Those numbers show a turnaround from sequestration cuts and defense spending shifts.

Future compound annual growth rate of 10.2 percent through fiscal 2021 with Army, Navy and Defense  Advanced Research Projects Agency programs among the drivers. Research sees cognitive engineering advancements as a driver of ground robotics as vehicles learn how to operate on their own and collaborate with other like platforms.

Key issues address in the Program General Session will include:

  • DoD, Government Unmanned Systems: Future Plans, Requirements, Policy and Programs
  • UMV, USV, UGV, & UAS Platform Systems Integration and Capabilities
  • Advancements in UMV Persistent Subsea Capabilities
  • Cutting-Edge Unmanned Ground & Robotics Technologies & Testing for the Warfighter
  • Technological Advancements in UGV Manned & Unmanned Teaming for Ground Forces
  • Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning between Manned & Unmanned Technologies
  • Future Unmanned Air and Ground Systems Capabilities
  • Advancements UAS Sensor & Data Collection Capabilities
  • Advancements in Robotic Autonomous System (RAS) Technologies

Attending ''Unmanned Systems'' will be a rewarding investment of your time. All 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 UxS from first hand experiences and address the Needs, Requirements and Opportunities needed in this incredibly fast growing market.

Who You Will Meet

Some of the titles who have attended past UAS 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


Hilton Arlington
950 North Stafford Street
Arlington, VA  22203
(Hotel is Across the from the Ballston Metro Center Stop)

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

Early Confirmed Speakers Include

  • DR. THOMAS RUSSELL, SES, Army Chief Scientist, Deputy Assistant and Secretary of the Army, (Research and Technology)
  • DR. ROBERT (BOB) SADOWSKI, SES, Army Chief Roboticist, U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC)
  • LTC STUART HATFIELD (USA ret), Robotics Branch Chief, Force Development Directorate (FDD), Army G-8
  • DR. STEVEN ROGERS, Senior Scientist for Automatic Target Recognition and Sensor Fusion, Air Force Research Laboratory, (AFRL) WPAFB
  • COLONEL JAMES FREY, USMC, HQMC Aviation APX-1, Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps
  • CAPT TED VENABLE, (USN ret), CNT/UAS Program Manager at Commander, U.S. Naval Forces South & CDR, U.S. 4th Fleet Counter Illicit Trafficking PM
  • MR. DENNIS G. SPARKS, Chief, Technical Management Division, Unmanned Aircraft Systems Project Office, U.S. Army
  • CAPTAIN CLAYTON JAROLIMEK, USMC, UAS Capabilities Integration Officer, HQMC Capabilities Development & Integration
  • MR. JAMSHAID “JD” CHAUDHRY, Scientist, Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) Littoral and Ship Self Defense Test & Evaluation Branch
  • MR. JEAN-CHARLES LEDČ, Program Manager, Tactical Technology Office (TTO), Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
  • DR. BILL POWERS, Research Fellow, Potomac Institute for Policy Studies, Center for Emerging Threats and Opportunities, Futures Assessment Division, Center for Emerging Threats and Opportunities,Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory
  • DR. HANS C. MUMM, Author & Entrepreneur, Futurist and Former Army Intelligence Officer, Victory Systems
  • MR. JAMES JOHANSEN, Director of Advanced Programs and Analysis Directorate, The Aerospace Corporation
  • DR. MITCHELL ROHDE, Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Quantum Signal LLC
  • MR. SCOTT COON, Strategy and Business Development, Major Programs, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company (Skunk Works)
  • DR. ADAM MACDONALD, Director, Business Development and Tactical Missile Systems, AeroVironment (invited)
  • DR. YI CHAO, Founder, SEATREC
  • LTCOL PETER “PEPE” LEHEW (USAF-RET), Trenchant Analytics, Director, Special Projects DARPA Adaptive Execution Office SETA Contractor
  • MR. STEVE JONES, Senior Program Manager, V-24A LightingStrike VTOL X-Plane, Aurora Flight Sciences (tentative)


Event details

16 April, 2018
17 April, 2018
Hilton Arlington
United States


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