Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Summit 2024

February 27-28, 2024 - San Diego, CA, United States

The Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Summit Systems San Diego is a premiere UAS event, created to focus on cutting-edge advancements, strategic insights, and collaborative discussions shaping the future of military Unmanned technology. With the increased investment in UAS Technology in the FY24 $842 DoD budget in mind, we have brought together key thought leaders from DoD, U.S. Government, Industry, Academia, and NATO partners, to explore the latest developments in UAV systems and foster collaborations that can drive progress in defense technology.

About the Conference

Attendees will be provided the latest in DoD and Government UAV Development Plans, Programs, Requirements and Opportunities for Industry, as well as an interactive environment amongst delegates and topics discussed where a blending of keynotes and special presentations and panels will address:
  • Future UAV Development Opportunities and Trends – DoD International and more
  • Special Operations Forces (AT&L) – Unmanned Aircraft R&D and Procurement Programs
  • Emerging UAV Service Needs and Initiatives – Air Force, Navy, Army & Marine Corps.
  • COCOM UAV Needs, Challengers and Requirements
  • UAV Cutting-edge Weapon Technologies, Initiatives and Tactics
  • Emerging UAV Sensors and Secure Communications
  • Urban Air & Advanced Air Mobility Future Vision
  • The Intersection of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning a Future Vision of MUM-T
  • CUAS Military Capabilities in Ukraine and the Middle East
  • Rapid and Assured, Highly Automated Aerial Distribution to Small Units Operating in Contested Environments
  • UAV Innovation for a Next Gen ISR
  • Emerging Civil and Commercial UAS Opportunities

Benefits of Attending

  • Enhance your understanding of the key DoD & Government latest needs, requirements, capabilities and industry opportunities
  • Meet key policymakers, leading subject matter experts, UAS thought leadership and innovators
  • Learn about the key solutions and technologies to enhance stealth, lethality, agility, and situational awareness
  • Improve your understanding of unmanned technologies to transform force structure for the future fight in contested operating environments

Conference Chairmen

  • Ambassador Lincoln Bloomfield Jr, Chairman, Stimson Center, Chairman Emeritus Fmr Asst. SecState, Political Mil. Affairs, Dep Asst. to the VP, Natl. SEC Affairs, Prin. Dep Asst. SecDef, Intl. SEC Affairs, US Special Envoy
  • Lieutenant General (USMC-ret) Steven R. Rudder, Co-Chairman, Former Deputy Commandant for Aviation, USMC,, Former Commanding General, United States Marine Corps Forces, Pacific


  • Dr. John Matyjas, SES, Chief Scientist Air Combat Command
  • Captain (USN-ret) Ted Venable, CNT/UAS Program Manager, (COMUSNAVSO/C4F) U.S. Fourth Fleet Counter Illicit Trafficking
  • Captain Jim Bamberger, Branch Chief of Requirements and Analysis Transportation Security Administration
  • Doug Brouwer, Senior Director for International and Naval MQ-9B Programs General Atomic Aeronautical Systems, Inc.
  • Edward Dolejsi, President Autonomous Flight Research Inc. (AFSI)
  • Gregory Skinner, Program Manager, STUAS, PMA 263 NAVAIR
  • Bryan Scurry, President Scurry Associates Former Executive Director, Commander, Naval Air Forces, Commander, Naval Air Forces, U.S. Pacific Fleet
  • Darshan “Dash” Divakaran, Airspace Innovation and Prime Partnerships Head AFWERX
  • Lieutenant Colonel Christopher Luger, USMC, Commanding Officer Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron 1 (VMU-1)
  • Neil Zerbe, CEO Aerospace and Defense Industry Partners
  • Charlie Dean, Vice President, International Business AeroVironment
  • Shivanjli Sharma, Project Manager for the Air Traffic Management eXploration Project NASA Ames Research Center
  • David Breede, PEO, C4, Center for Special Operations Forces, Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology (SOF AT&L) USSOCOM
  • Colonel Clark Bramante, Commander, 163rd Attack Wing, CA ANG, March ABF U.S. Air Force
  • Colonel John Whelahan, USA, Deputy Executive Director Innovation and Technology XVlllth Airborne Corps
  • Craig Riedel, Project Manager, Tactical Aviation & Ground Munitions (TAGM) PEO Missiles and Space
  • John Vona, SES, Director Center 2 (Requirements and Capability Development), Air Force Futures AF/A5/7D)
  • Maia B. Cook, PhD, Director, Human-Autonomy Integration & Chief Scientist Pacific Science & Engineering
  • Angel McDowell, Engineer and Program Development Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute
  • Cynthia L. Perazzo, Executive Director Weapon and Software Engineering Center, US Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Armaments Center, Picatinny Arsenal
  • Ethan Brown, Technical Director Engineering in Advanced Programs, General Atomic Aeronautical Systems, Inc.
  • Bhavanjot Singh, PMP, Senior Scientific Technical Manager Autonomy and Automation for Armament Systems Weapons, Engineering and Software Center, U.S. Army DEVCOM Armaments Center
  • Dennis Teefy, Project Director Program Executive Office, Intelligence, Electronic Warfare & Sensors (PEO, IEW&S)
  • Alex Weintraub, Senior Program Manager, Advanced Programs Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation
  • Mark McKinnon, Partner Fox Rothschild LLP, FAA Senior Representative, FBI Representative
  • Michael Stewart, SES, Director Disruptive Capabilities Office (DCO), United States Navy
  • Justin Pearce, Vice President of Programs Engineering and Flight, Insitu, a Boeing Company
  • Eddy Butler, Sr. Director of Solutions Development Teledyne FLIR Defense
  • Captain Laura McLean, Captain, Operational Support San Diego Police Department
  • Richard “Rich” Bonnett, Chief Technology Officer Kratos Unmanned Systems Former VP, UAS Engineering
  • Benjamin Tran, Chief ISR-SOF Capabilities Development Office (CDO), WPAFB
  • Andy Lowery, Chief Executive Officer Epirus
  • Michael MacKay, Former National Security Advisor Senator Joni Ernst (R-Iowa)
  • Lt Colonel Pavlo Khazan, Chief of the Territorial Defense Forces (TDF), Unmanned Systems Department Armed Forces of Ukraine
  • Craig Burns, Law Enforcement Assistance Program (LEAP) Special Agent, FAA
  • Colonel Stefano Bianca, Italian Air Force NATO ISR Force (NISRF) Deputy Commander and Training Centre Commander
  • Commander Jerry Daley, USN, Commanding Officer Unmanned Surface Vessel Division ONE (USVDIV-1)
  • Damien Tyrrell, Regional Director Sentient Vision Systems
  • Dr. Raymond O’Toole, Jr., Acting Director Office of Secretary of Defense Director, Operational Test and Evaluation (DOT&E)
  • Mr. Travis Sinclair, Deputy, Project Manager UAS Project Office Army PEO Aviation
  • Mike Butler, Director of Navy Programs Launched Effects Anduril Industries
  • Lt Col Chase “Milk Toast” Thompson, Aviation Forces
  • Lt Col Joshua “Shiva” Trimble, Director of Operations, 558th Flying Training Squadron Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, TX
  • Hector Ubinas, Aviation Operations Lead San Diego Gas and Electric

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Marina Village
1936 Quivira Way, 92109
San Diego, CA, USA