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Armed UAS Conference
Need, Opportunities & Challenges

13 November, 2012 - 15 November, 2012, Washington, DC, United States

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Successful Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) attacks on insurgents in Iraq and Afghanistan have forever changed the landscape of future aviation development in the Department of Defense. The Predator, Reaper and Hunter have shown unprecedented capability in pairing persistent surveillance with quick, precision strike further adding to their value as integral assets on the battlefield. As a result, DoD and the Services are forging ahead with UAS weaponization development from the near-term Air Force Reaper and Army Grey Eagle to the long-term Navy UCAS and everything in between including smaller unmanned aircraft. With yearly worldwide UAS spending expected to double in the next 10 years from the already $4.4 billion annually, unmanned lethal capabilities promise to be a focal point in near-term development as the demand for “lethal ISR” is at a fever pitch.

This outstanding conference examines the latest needs, challenges and opportunities for arming unmanned aircraft systems.

  • What are the Services’ needs and initiatives for armed UASs?
  • What are the latest major developments towards Small UAS Weaponization?
  • What are the critical lessons learned for armed UASs and UAS weapons from both integrators and end-users?
  • What is the status on current and emerging UAS weapons?

Over 20 Experts from OSD, US Navy, HQMC, AF ACC, Army TRADOC, OPNAV N2/N6, PEO MS, USAFWS, NAWCWD, AFRL, NSWC, Raytheon, Lockheed Martin, General Atomics-ASI, Thales UK, General Dynamics, Aurora Flight Sciences, Lexington Institute, Metal Storm, Arcturus UAV, IATech, Longreach, GTRI, and WVU examine.

  • Current and Future Service Needs & Requirements for Armed UAS
  • The Dawn of Small Armed UAS – Switchblade, Shadow, T-RAM, TigerShark, SkyStinger and more
  • The Future of Armed UCAS – Avenger, Excalibur, X-47, and more
  • Invaluable User Perspectives
  • Current Challenges and Future Roles for Armed UAS
  • Emerging UAS Weapon System Updates – Hatchet, Medussa, APKWS, Scorpion and more

Who You Will Meet

  • 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


Sheraton Pentagon City
900 South Orme Street
Arlington, VA 22204
Tel: (703) 521-1900) or (888) 627-8210

(Mention  “Armed UAS “ for a special room rate)

Attendee accommodations must be arranged directly with the hotel.

The agenda is available as PDF under downloads.


  • THE HONORABLE ROBERT WORK, Under Secretary of the Navy
  • DR. JOHN WILCOX, SES, Director, Munitions Directorate, Air Force Research Lab
  • COLONEL EARL C. WYATT, USAF (ret), Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Rapid Fielding, OUSD (AT&L)
  • COLONEL MICHAEL ZIGAN, USAF, Chief, Irregular Warfare Division (A8Q), Requirements Directorate, Air Combat Command
  • COLONEL JEFFREY MERCHANT, USMC, Head, Aviation Expeditionary Enablers (APX-1) Branch, Department of Aviation, HQMC
  • COLONEL GREG SEMMEL, USAF, Commander, 174th Attack Wing (174 ATKW), New York Air National Guard (NY ANG)
  • COLONEL MICHAEL CAVALIER, US Army, Project Manager, Joint Attack Muntion Systems Project Office (JAMS PO), PEO MS
  • COLONEL ROBERT GARLAND, USAF, Commander, U.S. Air Force Weapons School
  • LT. COLONEL GEOFF MCLAUGHLIN, US ARMY, Chief, Aviation Branch, Aviation and Fires Division, HQ TRADOC
  • COMMANDER KEN WEINSTEIN, US NAVY, Requirements Officer, Fire Scout, OPNAV N2/N6
  • MR. WILLIAM NICHOLS, Product Director, Lethal Miniature Munition System, US Army
  • DR. DAN GOURE, Vice President, Lexington Institute
  • MAJOR GENERAL STAN GORENC, USAF (ret), Director, Missile Defense Bus. Dev./Mission Capabilities Executive, Raytheon Missile Systems
  • COLONEL CHRIS PEHRSON, USAF (ret), Director, Strategic Development, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc.
  • COLONEL PETER LEHEW, USAF (ret), Director, UAS Operations, Aurora Flight Sciences
  • MR. GEORGE ORRISON, Director of Sales, Metal Storm, Inc.
  • MR. JAMES SMITH, Senior Program Manager, Joint Air-to-Ground Missile (JAGM) Bus. Dev., Raytheon Missile Systems
  • MR. YOUSEF HABASH, Programs Manager, Guidance Technologies, General Dynamics OTS
  • MR. KEVIN MCCORMICK, Technical Manager, Medusa JCTD, Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division
  • LT. COLONEL STEVE TANNER, USAF (ret), Manager, Business Development, Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control (MFC)
  • MR. PADDY MALLON, Chief Technologist, Missile Systems, Advanced Weapon Systems, Thales UK
  • DR. DON MACARTHUR, Chief Technology Officer, IATech
  • MR. WARREN “SKIP” PARISH, Chief Technology Officer, Longreach, Inc.
  • MR. JOHN CANNING, Chief Engineer, Platform Integration, Engagement Systems Dept., NSWC – Dahlgren
  • MAJOR GENERAL GEORGE HARRISON, USAF (ret), Associate Director, Georgia Tech Research Institute
  • DR. MRIDUL GAUTAM, Associate Vice President for Research, West Virginia University
  • MR. DAVID NEEL, Technical Fellow, Advanced Development Programs, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics
  • MR. STEVE SMITH, Senior Application Engineer, Arcturus UAV


Event details

13 November, 2012
15 November, 2012
Sheraton Pentagon City
District Of Columbia
United States


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