Unmanned Systems West

Understanding the latest in Unmanned Systems innovations and technologies

September 29-30, 2022- San Diego, CA, United States

(Air - Land - Sea - Robotics)
Needs - Capabilities - Requirements - Opportunities

As Unmanned Systems and Robotics capabilities continue to grow exponentially, Military, Academia and Industry thought leaders are collaborating to safely and effectively incorporate Unmanned Systems (UxS) into combat and within multi domains (Air-Land-Sea). Ever increasing DoD support operations sustaining these emerging capabilities, needs and requirements for U.S. defense superiority, continue to focus on cutting edge technological advantages with the end goal to maintain dominance in the future battlefield.

With this in mind, we have created the Unmanned Systems West Summit to offer an engaging forum where we will comprehensively analyze and assist in furthering dialogue that will cover not only the tactical and technical priorities and challenges of autonomy and artificial intelligence, but the ongoing research and innovation that will help integrate both UxS and robotic capabilities into support for the U.S. warfighter and their allies.

Join our Unmanned Systems West Summit as our esteemed faculty and representatives will address these topics as well as emerging opportunities, capabilities, requirements and technologies, as well as their applications for UxV, and what this continued development means for our military.

Topics We Will Cover Include

  • Emerging DoD & U.S. Government Unmanned Systems, Needs, Requirements and New Initiatives
  • Warfighter and End User Needs and Requirements & Opportunities in: UAS, UUV, USV & UGV platforms
  • Platform Development - Acquisition & Sustainment Programs
  • Experimentation - Emerging UxS Programs, Payloads and Weaponization
  • Industry UxS Technologies and Cutting-Edge Capabilities for Defense

Conference Co-Chairs

  • Layne Merritt, VP for Tech Innovation, Elbit Systems of America
  • Dr. N. Andrew Browning, Senior Program Director of Autonomy, AeroVironment

Government Speakers

  • Brigadier General Robert Brodie, Assistant Wing Commander, 3d Marine Aircraft Wing, USMC
  • Chris Henry, Deputy Director Naval Warfare, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Director, Operational Test & Evaluation
  • Bryan Scurry, SES, Executive Director, Naval Air Forces, U.S. Pacific Fleet
  • Dennis Teefy, Project Director, Sensors Aerial Intelligence (PDSAI), Program Executive Office Intelligence, Electronic Warfare and Sensors (PEO IEW&S)
  • Colonel Nathan Diller, Director, USAF AFWERX Technology Accelerator
  • Captain Ben Cohen, Director The NavalX SoCal Tech Bridge, USMC
  • Captain Patrick Thien, Deputy Director, Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center (SMWDC), Mine Warfare Division, USN
  • Sgt. Nicholas Link, UAS Unit Sergeant, San Diego Police Department Operational Support
  • CAPT Shea S. Thompson, Commodore, Surface Development Squadron ONE (CSDS 1), USN
  • Alyson Turri, Program Manager, Air Force Research Lab, Wright Paterson Air Force base
  • Commander Jerry Daley, Commanding Officer, Unmanned Surface Vehicles Division ONE, USN
  • Major Mike Brabner, Chief, Air Branch, U.S. Army Maneuver Center of Excellence (MCoE)
  • Maj David “Jon” Lilja, Assistant Product Manager, Future Tactical Unmanned Aircraft Systems, Army Unmanned Aircraft Systems Program Office, Program Executive Office, Army Aviation
  • Col Steven Beattie II,USAF, Commander, 49th Operations Wing, Holloman AFB, NM
  • Rebecca Boxerman, Science Advisor, ONR, Science Advisor to Commander, Naval Surface Forces, Surface Development Squadron (SURFDEVRON) 1
  • Mike Tall, Senior Scientific Technical Manager (SSSTM), Project Overmatch Autonomy Lead, Integrated Autonomous C4ISR,, Naval Information Warfare Center (NIWC)
  • Colonel (USAF-ret) Stephen “Lux” Luxion, Executive Director, ASSURE FAA Center of Excellence for UAS
  • Dr. John Matyjas, SES, Chief Scientist, Air Combat Command
  • Capt (USN-ret) George Galdorisi, Strategic Assessments and Technical Futures, Naval Information Warfare Center (NIWC)
  • Carson L. Wakefield, Product Lead, Soldier Unmanned Aircraft Systems, Unmanned Aircraft Systems Project Office, Program Executive Office (PEO) Army Aviation

Industry Speakers

  • Mike Atwood, Senior Director, Advanced Programs, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc.
  • Jane Bishop, Vice President and General Manager, Global Surveillance, Autonomous Systems Division, Northrop Grumman Aeronautics Systems
  • Travis Burdine, Director of Domestic Business Development & Strategy, Insitu (A Boeing Company)
  • Steve Fendley, President, Unmanned Systems, Kratos Defense and Security Solutions
  • Erik Grant, Vice President, C-UAS Solutions, CACI International Inc.
  • Dr. Nick Ernest, Chief AI Architect, Thales USA
  • Dave Ogburn, Capture Manager, Undersea and Seabed Technologies, Aerojet Rocketdyne
  • Wayne Prender, Senior Vice President of Air Systems, Textron Systems
  • Chan Saunders, Technical Director, Naval Surface & Undersea Systems, Raytheon Missiles & Defense
  • Neil Zerbe, CEO, AeroSpace & Defense Industry Partners
  • Lt Col (USAF-ret) Jerry L. Frazier, Jr., Amalgam Defense Solutions, LLC, Managing Partner, Director, Integrated Air and Missile Defense
  • Colonel (USA-ret) Rob Menti, Business Development, Armament Systems, Northrop Grumman Corporation Defense Systems
  • Chris Pehrson, Chief Growth Officer, Parry Labs
  • Joe Murray, Principle, Blue Force Technologies

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Four Points by Sheraton
8110 Aero Drive, 92123
San Diego, CA, USA

We are pleased to offer our delegates a limited number of hotel rooms at a negotiated rate. To take advantage of these rates, please contact the hotel directly and quote "ACI's Unmanned Systems West".

Please note that the guest room block cut-off date is August 29, 2022. After that date OR when the room block fills, guestroom availability and rate can no longer be guaranteed.

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Event details
Organizer : American Conference Institute
Event type : Conference
Reference : ASDE-23756