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Unmanned Aircraft Systems West Symposium
Opportunities, Needs and Challenges

11 March, 2014 - 12 March, 2014, San Diego, CA, United States

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“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.

  • Future UAS development opportunities and trends – DoD, international, and more
  • Emerging UAS Service needs and initiatives – Air Force, Navy, Army, Marines
  • Key COCOM UAS needs, challenges, and requirements
  • UAS weapon technologies, initiatives and tactics
  • Emerging UAS sensor capabilities and future requirements
  • UAS autonomy and Manned/Unmanned Teaming (MUM) break-throughs

These and many other topics 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 20 UAS/RPA Experts from U.S. Navy, USAF, USMC, USPACOM, USNORTHCOM, USSOUTHCOM, SPAWAR, Redstone Technical Test Center, AF 558th FTS, Frost & Sullivan, General Atomics-ASI, Northrop Grumman, Boeing, Raytheon, General Dynamics, Ball Aerospace, MBDA, Telephonics, Arcturus, Sensintel Inc.and Prioria

  • Emerging UAS DoD Needs & Requirements
  • Next-Generation Armed UAS and Weaponization Initiatives and Technologies
  • Latest Break-throughs in UAS Autonomy, MUM Teaming and other Enabling Technologies
  • Emerging UAS Sensor Payload Capabilities
  • The Latest on UAS National Airspace System Integration

Who You Will Meet

Some of the titles  who have attended past events

  • 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


Wyndham San Diego Bayside
1355 North Harbor Drive
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 232-3861

Attendee accommodations must be arranged directly with the hotel.

The agenda is available as PDF under downloads at the right side of the page.


  • VICE ADMIRAL DAVID BUSS, Commander, Naval Air Forces & Commander, Naval Air Force US Pacific Fleet
  • LT GENERAL THOMAS CONANT, USMC,Deputy Commander, U.S. Pacific Command
  • DR. MICA ENDSLEY, Air Force Chief Scientist
  • BRIGADIER GENERAL MARK WISE, USMC, Assistant Wing Commander, Third Marine Aircraft Wing, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing
  • MR. THOMAS BAKER, GS-15, Director, UAS-AI Joint Test, U.S. Northern Command
  • MR. TED VENABLE, Commander, U.S. Naval Forces South and Commander, U.S. Fourth Fleet, US Navy
  • CAPTAIN GEORGE GALDORISI, USN (ret), Director, Corporate Strategy Group, SPAWAR Systems Center Pacific (SSC Pacific)
  • MS. RACHEL VOLNER, Strategic Analyst, 8.4.1, Corporate Strategy Group, SPAWAR Systems Center Pacific
  • LT COLONEL MICHAEL BEAVIN, USAF, Chief, Collection Management Division, ISR Directorate, U.S. Southern Command
  • MR. DENNIS “ZAK” ZAKLAN, Deputy Director, UAS Flight Test Center, New Mexico State University
  • DR. DOUG BEASON, Chief Scientist, Air Force Space Command and Associate Laboratory Director for Threat Reduction, Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • MR. MICHAEL BLADES, Senior Industry Analyst, Frost & Sullivan
  • MR. MATTHEW POBLOSKE, President, Sensintel, Inc.
  • MR. KEVIN MCSWEENEY, President, Radar Systems Division, Telephonics
  • MR. DOUG DENNENY, Vice President, BD, Government Relations and Communications, MBDA Incorporated
  • MR. DEREK LYONS, Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Prioria, Inc.
  • DR. DAVID BOSSERT, Senior Engineering Fellow, Advanced Missile Systems, Raytheon Missile Systems
  • MR. MIKE LOBB, Director of Business Development, Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems
  • MR. ROY NELSON, Senior Manager, Advanced Systems, Ball Aerospace
  • MR. DINO CERCHIE, Program Manager, Unmanned Little Bird, The Boeing Co.
  • COLONEL JERRY LEMIEUX, PhD, (ret), President at Unmanned Aerial Vehicle University
  • MR. KEITH SMITH, Chief Engineer, EQ-4B Battlefield Airborne Communication Node (BACN) UAS, Northrop Grumman Corporation
  • MR. JASON EHRET, Manager, Strategic Development, Aircraft Systems Group, GA-ASI
  • MR. GARY GARCEAU, Chief Engineer, Stores Management Systems, General Dynamics (GD-AIS)
  • MR. STEVE SMITH, Senior Application Engineer, Arcturus UAV


Event details

11 March, 2014
12 March, 2014
San Diego
Wyndham San Diego Bayside
United States


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