Agenda

 I. Emerging Service and Government UAS Needs, Initiatives & Opportunities

KEYNOTE ADDRESSES:

■ THE HONORABLE CONGRESSMAN SCOTT PETERS
D-52nd Congressional District
“The Need for Unmanned Aircraft for Homeland & Border Security”

■ REAR ADMIRAL MARK LEAVITT, USN
Deputy Commander, Naval Air Force/Naval Air Force Pacific Fleet
“Naval Air Force UAS Needs, Capabilities, and Future Requirements”

■ MR. THOMAS BAKER
Director, UAS and Counter UAS Initiatives, NORAD and USNORTHCOM
“UAS and Counter UAS Initiatives”

 

“Unmanned Aircraft Systems: U.S. Legislation & Privacy Needs & Challenges”
■ MR. EDDIE GLEASON
Director, Office of Legislative Affairs, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

• 2012 FAA Modernization and Reform Act – How Close is the FAA on Reaching This Mandate?
• Does Congress Believe the FAA Will Meet that Date?
• How Much Airspace Above Your Home is Considered Yours?
• What is the Safest Distance to Operate and Not Impede on Individual Privacy Rights?
• You May be Safe From Violating Privacy Rights But Are You Safe From FAA Fines?
• How to Balance the Tension Between Security and Privacy Interest as the Explosion of Surveillance Technology Becomes More Popular

“Army UAS Interoperability and Manned/Unmanned Teaming – Capabilities and Way Ahead”
■ COLONEL PATRICK MASON, US ARMY
Commander, Redstone Technical Test Center, Army Test and Evaluation Center (RTTC/ATEC) (invited)

 “Army UAS Operation’s Needs & Emerging Capabilities”
■ COLONEL COURTNEY COTE, USA
Chief, U.S. Army Unmanned Aircraft Systems Operations

“Marine Aircraft Group 14 Perspective: UAS Needs & Challenges”
■ LIEUTENANT COLONEL KAIN “CHEWIE” ANDERSON, USMC
Commanding Officer, Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron 1 (VMU-1), Marine Aircraft Group 13,
(MAG-13), 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing

“UAS Update & Overview from the Navy’s TYCOM”
■ COMMANDER (ret) CHRIS “PYRO” FITZGERALD, USN
Commander Naval Air Forces Pacific (N809A), (COMNAVAIRFOR, CNAF), UAS Requirements

“How Many Men Does it Take to Fly an Unmanned Aircraft?”
■ COMMANDER ANDREW GEPHART, USN
Director, Unmanned Aircraft Systems Test Directorate (Tentative)

“163RD Reconnaissance Wing RPA Mission Needs & Requirements”
■ COL KEITH “LJB” WARD, USAF
Commanding Officer, Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron 1 (VMU-1), Marine Aircraft Group 13,
(MAG-13), 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing

“UAS Autonomous Take Off and Landing, Training & Development”
■ COL (USAF ret), CHRISOPHER PEHRSON
Director, Strategic Development, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc.    

“Emerging UAS Technologies for ISR”
■ Lt COL SUMMER FIELDS, USAF
13TH Reconnaissance Wing, 940th Air Force Reserve Command, 10th Air Force

 

II. Military & Commercial UAS Programs Integration and Testing Capabilities

 

“Expanding the Capabilities of Contractor Owned/Contractor Operated Airborne ISR Missions”
■ MR. BILLY GILILLAND
President, General Atomics Systems Integration

“Enabling Safe Commercial UAS Operations”
■ MR. ANDY THURLING
Director, Product Safety and Mission Assurance, AeroVironment, Inc.

• Identifying, Mitigating and Managing Risk in UAS Operations
• Building a Regulatory Environment and System-of-Systems to Enable Safe Integration
• Safety Management Systems for UAS Operators

“Commercial UAS Operational Approvals”
■ COLONEL (USAF ret) KURT CARRAWAY
UAS Flight Operations Manager, Applied Aviation Research Center, Kansas State University Salina, Former PACOM
Operations Director (J-33)

• FAA UAS Operating Considerations; Includes Discussion About Hobby Use, Public Operations and Civil (Commercial) Operations as Well as sUAS NPRM
• Section 333 Exemption Process
• Kansas State University UAS Degree Program

“sUAS Observing Strategies & Applications for Marine Wildlife Observations”
■ MR. WAYNE PERRYMAN
Program Leader, Southwest Fisheries Science Center Cetacean Health and Life History Program, National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

• Foundation of the Low Altitude Aerial Photographic Program at the Southwest Fisheries Science Center was Based on US Military Reconnaissance Assets
• In the Digital Age we Transitioned to Commercial Photo Systems
• Now Small UAS Allow us to Collect Images of Higher Quality, at Lower Cost, with No Risk to Field Scientists

“Consortium for Robotics and Unmanned Systems Education & Research and Joint Interagency Field Experiment Program Update”
■ COMMANDER (USN ret) DAVID PLACE
Naval Post, Graduate School Research Associate

 

III. Emerging UAS/ISR Capabilities for Homeland and Maritime Security Operations

“Custom and Border Patrol UAS Program: The Way Forward for Homeland Protection”
■ MR. TIMOTHY SUTHERLAND
Deputy Director, National Air Security Operations Center, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Sierra Vista, Dept of
Homeland Security

“U.S. Fourth Fleet – Theater of Innovation and UAS in the Maritime Environment”
■ CAPT (USN ret) TED VENABLE
UAS Program Manager at Commander, U.S. Naval Forces South and Commander, U.S. Fourth Fleet Counter Illicit Trafficking Program Manager (COMUSNAVSO/C4F), USN

• With Declining Navy Ships, US Fourth Fleet is Pursuing Innovative, Cost-effective Ways to use Current Technology in New Approaches to Leveraging UAS Capabilities
• In the Benign Environment of the Caribbean and Eastern Pacific, U.S. Fourth Fleet is Deploying ISR Resources that have Application in Other Areas of the World
• U.S. Fourth Fleet is Leading the Effort to Utilize Alternate Surface Vessels in New Ways to Accomplish Maritime Security Operations and Maintain Regional Domain Awareness Through the use of Unmanned Systems

“Communications Gateways for Unmanned Aircraft”
■ MR. KEITH SMITH
Chief Engineer, Battlefield Airborne Communications Node (BACN) Joint Urgent Operation Need (JUON) Program,
Northrop Grumman Corporation

• Airborne Communications Gateways
• EQ-4B Operations
• Future Enhancements
• Gateways for Smaller Platforms

“UAS Payloads a Future Forecast”
■ MR. MICHAEL BLADES
Senior Industry Analyst, Aerospace & Defense, Frost & Sullivan