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Unmanned Aircraft Systems West Symposium
Opportunities, Needs and Challenges

4 September, 2013 - 6 September, 2013, San Diego, CA, United States

Benefits of Attending

“In the next 20-30 years these things (RPAs) are going to explode”
General Mark A. Welsh, III, Air Force Chief of Staff

Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UASs) and Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) have seen a golden age in the last decade growing to an annual budget of $7 billion. Most of this growth has been through the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, but with the drawing down of troops, what’s next? Analysts still predict growth in this industry, estimating a total increase to just over $89 billion in the next decade. Not only is the military expected to sustain its backing of UAS technology, but the civil and commercial markets are poised to open up to a host of opportunities for the industry.

This comprehensive symposium brings together key officials and representatives from both government and industry that will examine the recent developments, most critical capability gaps, and likely future direction for unmanned aircraft systems.

  • The First Look at the FY 2013-2038 DoD Unmanned Systems Roadmap
  • Congressional perspectives on the way forward with UAS
  • Commercial and civil UAS opportunities
  • Emerging technologies that will continue UAS evolution including autonomy (collaboration, aerial refueling, etc.), sensors, control, and more
  • UAS in contested environments
  • End-user perspectives straight from the battlefield and training sites

These and many other questions will be addressed during this outstanding event.


“Very well organized. Great speakers and networking”
UAS/RPA Subject Matter Expert, 705th Combat Training Squadron

“A very good lineup of relevant experts”
Deputy Director, Air Force Joint Test Office (AFJO)

“Speakers are good, location good, contacts very good”
Director, New Business Development, HITCO

“Great span of the field, real authorities”
Vice President, Business Development, Space Data Corp

Over 25 UAS/RPA Experts from U.S. Congress, USAF 432nd Wing, Navy PMA-266, Army 1-227 AVN REGT, USMC, U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/FOURTH Fleet, SPAWAR, NASA, Frost & Sullivan, Teal Group, General Atomics-ASI, Northrop Grumman, Boeing Phantom Works, L-3 Communications, BAE Systems, Hughes, Cubic, MTSI, ISR Group, USS, Adaptive Flight, Altavian, Crescent Unmanned Systems, BSI, DZYNE and UVU examine:

  • Emerging UAS/RPA Opportunities, Needs & Requirements
              • USAF • Navy • Army • USMC •
  • First In Depth Look at the FY 2013-2038 Unmanned Systems Roadmap
  • Opportunities in the Civil and Commercial Domestic Markets for UAS
  • The Latest on UAS National Airspace System Integration

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


Holiday Inn on the Bay
1355 North Harbor Drive
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 232-3861
Attendee accommodations must be arranged directly with the hotel.

Attendance is limited to US, NATO, and allied countries only.

The conference agenda is available as PDF under downloads.

Speakers for Unmanned Aircraft Systems West include:

  • CONGRESSMAN KEN CALVERT (R-CA-44TH), Member, Subcommittee on Defense, House Appropriations Committee
  • CONGRESSMAN DANA ROHRABACHER (R-CA-46TH), Member, Congressional Unmanned Systems Caucus
  • COLONEL JIM CLUFF, USAF, Commander, 432nd Wing, Creech AFB
  • LT. COMMANDER DAVID AVERY, USNR, PMA-266 VTUAV Op Support, NR PEO Support Unit (N82889)
  • MAJOR JAMES NEUSHUL, USMC, Communication Officer, MCTSSA
  • CAPTAIN GLENN ANDERSON, US Army, Commander, Company F, 1st Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment
  • MR. STEVE MARLOW, Vice President, Business Development, Selex, ES
  • MR. WAYNE PLUCKER, Senior Industry Analyst, Frost & Sullivan
  • MR. PHILIP FINNEGAN, Analyst, Teal Group
  • CAPTAIN PAUL MORGAN, USN (ret), CEO, Unmanned Systems Services
  • MR. WAYNE PICKEL, CEO, Adaptive Flight
  • COLONEL JERRY LEMIEUX, USAF (ret), President, Unmanned Vehicle University
  • MR. JOHN PERRY, President, Altavian, Inc.
  • MR. CHARLES EASTERLING, II, President and CEO, Crescent Unmanned Systems LLC
  • MR. DAVID ALEXANDER, Vice President of Engineering, Aircraft Systems Group, GA-ASI
  • MR. RICK LOBER, Vice President and General Manager, Hughes Network Systems
  • COLONEL KENNETH DUCK, USAF (ret), Vice President, Battlespace Simulations, Inc.
  • LT. COLONEL DALLAS BROOKS, USAF (ret), Vice President, Government Affairs and SME on FAA/UAS, ISR Group
  • MR. MARK PAGE, Vice President, DZYNE Technologies
  • COLONEL ROBERT SOVA, US ARMY (ret), Director, Hunter Unmanned Aerial Systems, Northrop Grumman
  • MR. DOM HOULEMARD, Director, Advanced Programs, L-3 Sonoma EO
  • COLONEL TIM KOKINDA, US ARMY (ret), Director, Business Development, Cubic Defense Applications
  • DR. ROBERT TOMES, Director, Tradecraft Advancement Center, Global Analysis, BAE Systems
  • MR. GABRIEL SANTANDER, Program Director, Advanced Autonomous Networks, Boeing
  • MR. BILL WALKER, Manager, Global Hawk and Future UAVs BD, Northrop Grumman
  • MR. NORM PRINCEN, Chief Engineer, X-48B, Boeing Phantom Works
  • MR. SCOTT MYERS, Senior Engineer, DoD UAS Task Force and Unmanned Systems Integrated Roadmap Support Team, MTSI
  • MR. SAM MCKEEHAN, System Test Engineer, Northrop Grumman


Event details

4 September, 2013
6 September, 2013
San Diego
Holiday Inn on the Bay
United States


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