Unmanned Maritime Systems Technology USA 2024 Conference

Integrating Unmanned Assets to Enhance US Naval Combat Power

September 23-25, 2024 - Arlington, VA, United States

We are pleased to announce the third annual Unmanned Maritime Systems Technology USA conference, taking place in Arlington, VA on September 23-25, 2024.

The development of unmanned systems in the land and air domains has grown rapidly over the last decade, and the importance of unmanned systems in the maritime domain has and will only continue to grow. In 2021 the US Navy revealed their Unmanned Campaign Framework, outlining the goal to innovate and adapt new technology to build a more lethal and distributed naval force for the future. The US is now committed to deliver a hybrid fleet will be necessary for the Navy to meet emerging security concerns and compete and win in an era of great power competition by expanding and developing a range of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), unmanned undersea vehicles (UUV), and unmanned surface vessels (USV).

Key topics to be discussed include:

  • Autonomy for MCM and ASW operations
  • updates on key unmanned platform programmes (such as UUV and USVs)
  • preparing and supporting unmanned systems for operations,
  • Manned/Unmanned Teaming, UMS interoperability initiatives
  • unmanned hydrography and oceanography
  • and many more.

Benefits of attending

  • Listen to keynote briefings from leading US military leaders driving the development of unmanned maritime systems
  • Hear updates and guidance from allied UMS programme managers
  • Delve into the latest topics and trends shaping the future of unmanned maritime systems and learn of how to integrate these new technologies into enhance your operational effectiveness
  • Discover cutting-edge technology to enhance operational effectiveness and explore opportunities for greater coalition interoperability.
  • Benefit from the extensive networking opportunities at the conference and meet your fellow peers at dedicated networking lunches and drinks receptions.
  • Explore the Unmanned Maritime Systems equipment exhibition showcasing the latest technology

Exciting 2024 Update: Unmanned Surface Vessel Focus Day!

In response to unprecedented USV R&D, testing and acquisition activity, the brand new USV Focus Day offers an opportunity for exclusive discussions regarding the US Navy's strategy on unmanned surface vessels. Hear from and network those responsible for the hybrid surface fleet including the Surface Warfare Division, PEO USC, PMS 406 & NSWC.

Featured Speakers

  • Vice Admiral Daniel Dwyer, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Warfighting Development, OPNAV N7
  • Vice Admiral James Pitts, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Warfighting Requirements and Capabilities, OPNAV N9
  • Rear Admiral Buzz Donnelly, Director, Air Warfare Division, OPNAV N98
  • Brigadier General (Ret.) Frank Kelley, Former DASN UxS and Vice President, Defense Acquisition University
  • Captain Cameron Chen, Branch Head, U.S. Navy
  • Commander Antonio Mourinha, Director of the Naval Operational and Experimentation Centre, Portuguese Navy
  • Commander Bodo Ahlers, Branch Leader, Planning Department, Naval Air Command, German Navy
  • Commander Dave Couchman, C-UAS Lead, OPNAV Disruptive Capabilities Office
  • Commander David Edwards, N9 Technology and Innovation Director, US Fourth Fleet
  • Commander John Walters, Unmanned Aircraft Systems Division Chief, USCG
  • David Fulcher, Director Air and Marine Operations, National Air Security Operations Center-Grand Forks, CBP Air and Marine Operations, Department of Homeland Security
  • Dorothy Engelhardt, Director, Unmanned Systems DASN Ships, US Navy
  • Dr Christopher Ekstrom, Deputy Oceanographer and Navigator of the Navy, Technical Director OPNAV N2N6EB, Chief of Naval Operations, US Navy
  • Dr Craig Sawyer, Chief of Staff, Office of Strategic Assessment, The Pentagon
  • Dr Greg Avicola, Program Manager, No Manning Required Ship NOMARS Program, DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency)
  • Dr Kenneth Plaks, Director, Tactical Technology Office, DARPA
  • Holli Foster, Chief Technology Officer, TF59
  • Jonathan Reed-Beviere, Programme Director, Royal Navy
  • Luis Velazquez, Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Marine Corps Systems Command
  • Marjan Ahmed, Director of Unmanned Technology Maturation, PMS 406
  • Rear Admiral Eric Ruttenberg, Reserve Deputy Commander, US Pacific Fleet
  • Rear Admiral Fred Pyle, Director, Surface Warfare Division, OPNAV N96
  • Robert Iannuzzi, Director of Unmanned and Autonomous Systems Development and Integration, Naval Surface Warfare Center
  • Senior Representative, Defense Innovation Unit
  • Senior Representative, UK Royal Navy
  • Senior Representative, USDIV-1
  • Vice Admiral (Ret.) John "Fozzie" Miller, Former Commander, US Navy Central Command and President and CEO, The Fozzie Miller Group

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