Counter UAS Summit 2024

Confronting the Threat of UAS from the Homeland to the Battlefield

August 27-28, 2024 - Arlington, VA, United States

Strategic Insights, Tactical Solutions: Exchange Ideas and Expertise at the Forefront of Counter-UAS Efforts

The sixth annual Counter-UAS Summit provides a forum comprised of key decision-makers and senior military leaders for discussions on ways to collaboratively combat the threat of UAS to the United States military and civilians. At this year's event we will be returning to Arlington, Virgina at the Marriott Crystal Gateway hotel, August 27th and 28th, 2024. Across two days of learning and collaboration we will engage our audience with high level discussions surrounding kinetic and non-kinetic approaches for countering drones, including exploring case studies on specific incidents, insights into the latest innovative CUAS technologies, the impact of shifting legal authorities, and much more.  

This event is for anyone who wants to gain an advanced understanding of the evolving UAS threat and C-UAS technologies and work towards appropriate solutions for their own unique issues. Covering both the civilian and military threat, this event is for individuals who are looking to build vital connections and work collaboratively with the wide range of senior and experienced personnel attending from government administrations, the military, and the industry. This summit strives to be beneficial for solution providers, as well as attendees from the military and federal administrations alike.  

The Counter-UAS Summit will provide you the unique opportunity to network, connect, and learn from the most influential thought leaders and practitioners, all tirelessly dedicated to mitigating this multi-domain challenge.

2024 Focus Areas Includes:

  • JCO and RCCTO Updates & Current Lines of Effort
  • Acquisition and Procurement Strategies and Priorities
  • Critical National Infrastructure Protection
  • CUAS for Large Public Gatherings
  • Updates on the Legal and Policy Landscape
  • Bolstering Technical and Operational Interoperability
  • Securing Sensitive Environments

2024 Conference Chair

  • David Shank, Former Commandant, U.S. Army Air Defense Artillery School, US Army

2024 Speakers

  • The Honorable Dr. Douglas Schmidt, Director, Operational Test & Evaluation, The Office of the Director, Operational Test and Evaluation
  • G.B. Jones, Chief Safety and Security Officer, FIFA World Cup 2026
  • Scott Parker, Branch Chief, Advanced Threats Security, Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), Department of Homeland Security
  • Kevin M. Jinks, Senior Counsel, Office of Legal Policy, Department of Justice
  • Michael Torphy, Unit Chief, Surveillance and Emerging Technology Unit, Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • David Letters, Air Domain Policy Advisor, Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD)
  • Kirklin Williams, Test and Evaluation Lead, Directed Energy Prototype Office, Rapid Capabilities and Critical Technology Office, US Army
  • Queron Thompson, Manager, UAS Program Design and Analytics Division, UAS & Emerging Entrants Security, FAA
  • Lt. Col. Steven Norris, C-UAS Cell Chief, US Air Force Central
  • Jarred D. Pennington, Branch Chief, Unmanned Systems Security Branch, Federal Protective Service, Department of Homeland Security 
  • Steven Willoughby, Deputy Director, C-UAS PMO, Department of Homeland Security
  • Kevin Gearhart, Chief Office of Security Technology, Federal Bureau of Prisons, Office of Security Technology
  • DJ Smith, Technical Surveillance Agent, High Tech Crimes Division, Bureau Of Criminal Investigations, Virginia State Police
  • Dr. Jay (Gee) Simmons, Deputy Air & Missile Defense Capability Area Lead, DEVCOM Aviation and Missile Center, US Army
  • Corey Hinderstein, Principal Deputy Administrator, National Nuclear Security Administration, Department of Energy
  • Craig Doheny, Acquisition Program Manager, Counter Unmanned Aircraft Systems, Customs and Border Protection
  • Ryan Berry, Senior Advisor for Aviation Security (detail, liaison from FAA), UAS Security Branch, Office of Security Programs, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), Department of Homeland Security
  • Theodore Reddinger, C-UAS Program, System Integration and Monitoring (DS/SSI/SIM), Diplomatic Security Service, Department of State
  • Special Agent James Peaco, Weapons of Mass Destruction Coordinator, Federal Bureau of Investigation Los Angeles
  • Sergeant Adam Wright, Emergency Operations Bureau, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department
  • Jennifer Smith, Director, Joint C-sUAS University
  • Dr. Cynthia Patterson, Training and Curriculum Specialist, Joint C-sUAS University
  • Amir Edwards, Special Operations Divison Commander, Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority
  • Mitchell Roberts, C-UAS Engineer, Support Contractor, National Urban Security Technology Laboratory, Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate 
  • Jonathan Herman, 124n/2661 C-UAS Program Manager, AJR-262, FAA ATO
  • Nelson Balido, Chair, Border Commerce and Security Council
  • Grant Jordan, Chief Executive Officer, Skysafe Solutions
  • Glenn McArthur, Business Development Manager, D-Fend Solutions
  • Bob Moll, Business Development Manager, Robin Radar Systems
  • Dane Pigott, Chief Executive Officer, Kinard Technologies

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Marriott Crystal Gateway Hotel
1700 Richmond Highway, 22202
Arlington, Virginia, USA

Tel: +1 703-920-3230

Group Rate: $199 per night, excluding applicable taxes and fees

Reservation Method: Reserve your room by clicking on the reservation link below. There are reserved a selection of rooms at a discounted group rate, subject to availability. Book your room here.

Cut-off date:
Monday, August 05th, 2024 (After that time, the group rate will be offered based on hotel availability only.)