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Unmanned Aircraft Systems West Symposium
Opportunities, Needs & Challenges

10 September, 2014 - 11 September, 2014, San Diego, CA, United States

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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.
  • 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
  • Status and Forecast for FAA Mandates on UAS National Airspace System Integration
  • Emerging UAS sensor capabilities and future requirements
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

“Broad based perspectives were excellent”
Defense Fellow, U.S. Congress and U.S. Air Force
Over 20 UAS/RPA Experts from U.S. CBP/DHS, FAA, U.S. Congress, USN, USAF/HQ, (USMC/MCWL) USCG, PACAF, USNORTHCOM, USSOUTHCOM, SPAWAR/SSP, COMNAVAIRFOR/CNAF, USA/Redstone Technical Test Center, (COMUSNAVSO/C4F), General Atomics-ASI, Northrop Grumman, Boeing, Harris, AeroVironment, Potomac Institute, K2Share, CTJA LLC, and Jove Sciences

  • Emerging UAS DoD Needs & Requirements
  • Emerging New Roles and Missions in • Homeland Security Border Protection • Counter Trafficking, Maritime Surveillance and more!
  • Major UAS Program Updates and Emerging Platforms
  • Status and Forecast for FAA Mandates on UAS National Airspace System Integration
    • Potential Commercial and Civil Opportunities
    • Emerging Sense and Avoid (SAS) Capabilities and Public Safety Considerations
  • Latest Advancements and Break-throughs With UAS Enabling Technologies
  • Special Joint Presentation by SPAWAR Systems Center Pacific

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

Venue & Accommodation

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.

Speakers for Unmanned Aircraft Systems West include:

  • MR. JOHN PRIDDY, Director, National UAS Operations, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Air and Marine
  • LT GENERAL ROBERT OTTO, USAF, Deputy Chief of Staff for ISR, Headquarters, USAF (invited)
  • MR. THOMAS BAKER, Director, UAS-AI Joint Test, U.S. Northern Command
  • DR. DAVID WHELAN, V.P/G.M and Deputy President, Boeing Phantom Works (invited)
  • MR. MIKE WILSON, Southern Region UAS Program Manager, Federal Aviation Administration
  • MR. EDDIE GLEASON, Director, Office of Legislative Affairs, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • COLONEL PAT MASON, USA, Commander, Redstone Technical Test Center
  • MR. CHARLES HICKS, JR., Aviation Advisor to Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA))
  • CAPTAIN GEORGE GALDORISI, USN (ret), Director, Corporate Strategy Group, SPAWAR System Center Pacific (SSC Pacific)
  • CDR (ret) CHRIS “PYRO” FITZGERALD, USN, Commander Naval Air Forces Pacific (N809A), (COMNAVAIRFOR, CNAF)
  • LT COLONEL MICHAEL “SNIPER” BEAVIN, USAF, Chief, Collection Management Division, ISR Directorate, U.S. Southern Command
  • DR. BILL POWERS, U.S. Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory, Research Fellow, Potomac Institute
  • COLONEL (ret) CHRIS PEHRSON, USAF, Director, Strategic Development, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc.
  • MR. KEITH BRYARS, Client Executive, Federal Law Enforcement and National Security, Harris Corp.
  • MR. BRYAN TOLLEFSON, UxS Business Portfolio Manager, SSC/Pacific
  • LT COLONEL (ret) DAVID GERHARDT, USAF, Former Course Director for the USAF’s Remotely Piloted Aircraft Fundamental’s Course
  • SENIOR REPRESENTATIVE, USAF, 91st Attack Squadron, Nellis Air Force Base
  • MR. TED VENABLE, CNT UAS, UAS Program Manager at Commander, U.S. Naval Forces South and Commander, (COMUSNAVSO/C4F), USN
  • LCDR JEFFREY VAJDA, UAS Platform Manager, Office of Aviation Forces, US Coast Guard
  • MR. W. ANDREW PENNINGTON, Vice President, (Colonel, USAFR) Cybersecurity & Intelligence, K2Share LLC
  • MR. DOUG DAVIS, Director of Air Worthiness, Northrop Grumman Corporation
  • MR. DAVID HENDRICKSON, Director, Business Development, AeroVironment
  • MR. CLIFFORD JOHNSON, CEO, Clifford T. Johnson & Associates, Unmanned Systems Engineering, LLC
  • MS. RACHEL VOLNER, Strategic Analyst, 8.4.1, Corporate Strategy Group, SPAWAR/SSC Pacific
  • DR. JAMES WILSON, Chief Scientist, Jove Sciences, Inc.
  • MS. JENNY PELS, Strategic Analyst, 8.4.1, Corporate Strategy Group, SPAWAR/SSC Pacific


Event details

10 September, 2014
11 September, 2014
San Diego
Wyndham San Diego Bayside
United States


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