Past event: Unmanned Systems West Summit

An International Forum for Capability Advancement and Collaboration UAS-UGV-USV-UUV-Robotics

We Proudly Announce the 2nd Annual Unmanned Systems West Summit - A Flagship National Defense "Must Attend" Program for DoD - Government & Industry.

By taking part of the 2nd Annual Unmanned Systems West event, you will gain invaluable insights into the latest advancements in UXS, ranging from drones and robotic platforms to AI-powered systems and autonomous vehicles. Network with military/government and industry experts to explore the diverse applications of unmanned systems in intelligence gathering, surveillance, reconnaissance, logistics, and even combat scenarios. With geopolitical dynamics constantly shifting, attending this event will help equip you with the knowledge and awareness necessary to navigate the complexities of the modern battlefield, shape defense strategies, and contribute to the future of national security.

  • Explore the cutting-edge capabilities and tactical advantages UxS offers to today’s combat, multi domain and DoD support operations.
  • Gain the knowledge and awareness essential to negotiate the complexity of the modern battlefield, as well as discuss innovative defense strategies.
  • Contribute to the advancement of national security in an era where geopolitical forces are continuously changing.
  • Build effective partnerships across the UxS community to stay up-to-date on the latest developments and establish critical business partnerships with key decision-makers in the unmanned systems sector.

Join us this Fall as we explore the cutting-edge capabilities and tactical advantages unmanned systems offer to modern defense and security operations, as well as discovering how unmanned systems are enhancing intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities, enabling real-time situational awareness and informed decision-making in complex operational environments.


Chair Person

  • Bryan Scurry, SES, Former Executive Director, Commander Naval Air Forces, U.S. Pacific Fleet

Keynote Speakers

  • Christopher Collins, SES, Executive Director, Developmental Test Eval, and Assessment Office of the Undersecretary of Defense Research and Engineering (OUSD(R&E))
  • Rear Admiral Stephen Tedford, USN, Program Executive Officer Unmanned Aviation and Strike Weapons
  • CAPT Shea S. Thompson, USN, Commodore Surface Development Squadron ONE (CSDS 1)

DoD & Government Speakers

  • LTC Jeff Bess, USA, Product Manager, TUAS (Shadow and FTUAS) Program Executive Office, Aviation
  • Rebecca Boxerman, Science Advisor, ONR, Science Advisor to Commander Naval Surface Forces, Surface Development Squadron (SURFDEVRON) 1
  • Captain Gerald James “Jay” Cavalieri, SoCal Tech Bridge (NavalX) Co-Chair NUWC Division, Keyport
  • Commodore Colin Corridan, USN, Commander of Task Force 59 U.S. 5th Fleet
  • LTC (USA-ret) Stuart Hatfield, Chief, Robotics Branch, HQDA Force Development Directorate Army G-8
  • CAPT Scott Hattaway, USN, Director, Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center (SMWDC) Mine Countermeasures Technical Division (MCMTD)
  • Brian Keith, Protective Security Advisor, US. Department of Homeland Security Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)
  • LtCol Nicholas Law, USMC, Commanding Officer Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron 3 (VMU-3)
  • Colonel (USAF-ret) Stephen “Lux” Luxion, Executive Director ASSURE FAA UAS CoE
  • CAPT Dennis Monagle, USN, Program Manager Multi-Mission Tactical Unmanned Aerial Systems NAVAIR
  • Graham Plaster, Director Nautilus, Program Manager, A DEFENSEWERX Partnership with NavalX
  • Dr. Gregory Power, Program Manager, Senior Research Engineer HQ, U.S. Indo-Pacific Command
  • Shivanjli Sharma, ATM-X Deputy Project Manager NASA Ames Research Center
  • Scott Shyne, Chief of the Information Warfare Division Air Force Research Laboratory
  • Dennis Teefy, Project Director Sensors Aerial Intelligence (PDSAI), Program Executive Office Intelligence, Electronic Warfare and Sensors (PEO IEW&S)
  • Mark B. Thompson, Office of Research and Technology Applications (ORTA) Manager Naval Facilities Engineering and Expeditionary Warfare Center
  • Mr. Sean Tynan, Product Manager, EUAS (Gray Eagle) Program Executive Office, Aviation
  • Dr. Steven Wills, United States Navy League Center for Maritime Strategy
  • David Zahn, NASA Ames Research Center

Industry & Academia Speakers

  • Andrew Carter, Senior Director, Strategy Anduril Industries
  • Andrew Capodieci, Director of Robotics Neya Systems
  • Ray Chaney, San Diego Chapter Board member Gary Sinise Foundation
  • Dr. Maia Cook, Director, Human-Autonomy Integration & Chief Scientist Pacific Science & Engineering
  • Dr. Nick Ernest, Chief AI Architect Thales USA
  • Egan Greenstein, Senior Director, Maritime Undersea Autonomy Boeing Undersea Maritime Portfolio
  • CAPT Jeffrey Hoyle (USN-ret), Vice President, Maritime Elbit Systems of America
  • Ted Maciuba, Former Deputy Director US Army Robotics Requirements U.S. Army Maneuver Center of Excellence
  • James McPherson, Program Manager General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc.
  • Dr. Sophia Merrifield, Research Marine Physicist & Engineer, Marine Physical Laboratory UC San Diego Scripps Institution of Oceanography
  • Skyler Myrick, Air Dominance Director for MQ-25 Boeing
  • Jim Ryan, Senior Director, Global Military Sales Air Domain Systems Textron
  • Lichen “Scuba” Pursley, Director, USAF Programs (StratDev) General Atomic Aeronautical Systems, Inc.
  • Dr. Eric Terrill, Director, Marine Physical Laboratory UC San Diego Scripps Institution of Oceanography
  • Paul Turczynski, Senior Director, Solutions Boeing Maritime & Intelligence Systems
  • Neil Zerbe, CEO AeroSpace & Defense Industry Partners AeroSpace & Defense Industry Partners

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

Event details
Organizer : American Conference Institute
Event type : Conference
Reference : ASDE-24425