UAS WEST Symposium

For DoD, Government & Industry

San Diego, CA, United States

Military UAV's Create Multiple-Mission Opportunities for Industry

Military spending for this technology is expected to grow as an overall percentage of large military budgets such as the United States' and Chinese defense budget, offering specialized drone manufacturers and software developers a tremendous opportunity. While drones will never completely replace soldiers, this debate is becoming less important in the current strategic climate. The Global Military UAV industry, is valued at US$ 30 billion in 2019 and is projected grow at a CAGR of 12.6% by 2027.  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.

Military UAVs are taking over the skies. They are primarily being used by armed forces globally for Intelligence, Surveillance & Reconnaissance (ISR) and for carrying out strike missions. Popularly known as a drone, the use of this type of aircraft is increasing in all sectors, especially in the defense sector. Consequently, the military UAV-industry is advancing at a rapid pace. The creation and development of military UAVs has provided an opportunity for worldwide military entities to extend their operational capability while performing a number of different tasks and missions. This opportunity has motivated the creation of projects, worldwide, that studied the potential of military UAVs, resulting in the creation of more such UAVs and on the identification of requirements to implement, according to the task at hand.

The creation and development of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) has provided a valuable opportunity to develop tasks such as search and rescue (SAR), surveillance, reconnaissance, inspection, patrolling, hazardous materials detection, among many other tasks. Particularly in military scenarios, the danger is more significant, which motivates the use of UAVs to perform certain missions, since its use promotes the safeguard of human lives. This is one of the main motives that has promoted innovation regarding unmanned systems (UxS), and the development of applications for UAVs. Although the deployment of an UAV grants an edge in the performance of a mission, the deployment of several different unmanned systems working together would result in an improvement of the operational capability. The successful achievement of a feat of such dimension can be made possible through the integration of interoperable systems that work together to achieve common objectives.

"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 Conference Themes will include:
  • DoD UAS Joint Program Updates, Emerging Sensor Capabilities & Testing
  • Hands-on User Perspectives on UAS Training
  • AI & Autonomy R&D
  • Emerging Major UAV Program Weaponization Updates and Platforms
  • Counter UAS Emerging Technologies & Policies
  • sUAS & Nano System Innovations and Payloads
  • Civil and Commercial Drone Platforms, Payloads Imaging Opportunities
  • Latest FAA Air Traffic Integration Programs Status Updates
  • UAS Swarming MUM-T Capabilities
  • GOGO vs. COCO Decision Making Capabilities
UAS WEST 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, Capabilities and Opportunities for Industry.

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

Prior  UAS Speakers Included


  • John F. Vona, Chief, Intelligence Systems Division, Plans, Programs and Requirements Directorate, Headquarters Air Combat Command, Joint Base Langley-Eustis,
  • Dr. John Dargan, Deputy Director, Operations and Requirements Analysis,Science & Technology Directorate, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Rear Admiral Scott D. "Jonser" Jones, USN, Commander, Naval Air Force Reserve, Deputy Commander, Naval Air Force U.S. Pacific Fleet, Vice Commander, Naval Air Forces
  • John Fiore, SES, Technical Director for the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD)

General Session DoD/Gov & Industry

  • Darren Moe, Senior Director, Automation and UX at General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc.
  • CAPTAIN (USN-ret) Ted VENABLE, CNT/UAS Program Manager at Commander, U.S. Fourth Fleet Counter Illicit Trafficking PM (COMUSNAVSO/C4F), USN                           
  • Colonel Michele Olsen, USAF, Commander, 707th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Group
  • Dr. Marcus Johnson, Deputy Lead, NASA Urban Air Mobility Grand Challenge, NASA Ames Research Center
  • Capt Warren "JuCo" Choi, USMC, UAS Operational Test Director, VMX-1
  • Lt Col Trevor Laribee, USAF, Commander, 492nd Attack Squadron, 49th Operations Group, Holloman AFB
  • Josh Wells, Founder/CEO Planck Aerosystems Inc.
  • Frederick Bissonnette, UAS Test Expert, ASRC Federal Technical Services, Contract Support to Army TRADOC Capability Manager (TCM) Aerial
  • Dr. Doug Krause, Leader, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Antarctic UAS Program
  • Brian Keith, Protective Security Advisor, Los Angeles, District, Office of Infrastructure Protection, U.S. DHS
  • CDR (USN-ret) Josh Dittmar, Systems Engineering Integration and Test, Northrop Grumman (tentative)
  • Lt Col CJ Bramante, USAF, Company Commander, 163d Operations Group, March Air Force Base
  • Major Michael "Rabbi" Shick, USAF, Branch Chief, C2 Systems Integration & Configuration (NORAD/J36C)
  • Major Chase "Milk Toast" Thompson, USMC, UAS Capabilities Integration Officer, HQMC Capabilities Development & Integration
  • Ron Stearns, Growth Consulting Director for Aerospace Defense and Mobility, N. American Research Director, Aerospace, Defense & Security, Frost & Sullivan
  • Lt Col Lewis, USAF, Director of Operations, 432d Wing Group, Creech Air Force Base
  • Andy Christian, Vice President, Business Development & Defense, Nikola Corporation
  • Robert Toth, Executive Director, Carnegie Mellon, University, AI Hub

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