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Counter UAS Homeland Security USA
February 7 - February 8, 2024
Counter UAS Homeland Security USA

SAE Media Group is delighted to announce the return of the Counter UAS Homeland Security USA Conference to Arlington, VA on February 7-8, 2024.

With the growing proliferation and use of small drones and UAS technology in daily life, and the safety and privacy concerns resulting from this, the Biden Administration announced the first Domestic Counter-Unmanned Aircraft Systems National Action Plan in April 2022. This Government approach aims to expand the protections currently in place against the criminal use of drones, to ensure consistent safeguarding of the airspace, communications spectrums, individual privacy, civil liberties, and civil rights.

Counter UAS Homeland Security 2024 will showcase the very latest technology in the market to ensure that civilians, domestic infrastructure, borders and all aspects of homeland security are protected from the criminal use of drones.
 

FEATURED SPEAKERS

Angelissa Savino

Angelissa Savino

Attorney Advisor, Office of Law & Policy, National Security Division, U.S. Department of Justice
David R. Kontny

David R. Kontny

Retired, Former Chief of Staff, Joint Program Office for Countering IEDs, Federal Bureau of Investigation
DJ Smith

DJ Smith

Technical Surveillance Agent Unmanned Aerial & CUAS Program Coordinator, Virginia State Police
L. Scott Parker

L. Scott Parker

Chief, UAS Security Branch, Office of Security Programs, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency
Micheal Torphy

Micheal Torphy

Unit Chief / Supervisory Special Agent, Federal Bureau of Investigation
Sandra Hobson

Sandra Hobson

Deputy Director, Strategic Initiatives, Policy and Emerging Technologies, Office Under the Secretary of Defense/Director, Operational Test & Evaluation
Special Agent Robert J. Waltman

Special Agent Robert J. Waltman

Special Agent CUAS, US Secret Service
Steven Willoughby

Steven Willoughby

Deputy Director, C-UAS Program Management Office, Department Of Homeland Security
Timothy Tyler

Timothy Tyler

Deputy Chief of Police Services, Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority

Angelissa Savino

Attorney Advisor, Office of Law & Policy, National Security Division, U.S. Department of Justice
Angelissa Savino

Angie Savino has been an Attorney Advisor in the U.S. Department of Justice’s National Security Division since 2021. She previously served on active duty as a judge advocate in the U.S. Marine Corps.

Antonio Farelo

Innovation and Technology Officer, INTERPOL
Antonio Farelo

Antonio Farelo is an Innovation and Technology Officer of the INTERPOL Innovation Centre. He joined INTERPOL 17 years ago and works at its headquarters in Lyon, France. He previously spent a decade with the Portuguese Judiciary Police, where he got experience in law enforcement and criminal investigation. He is currently involved in Project Courageous, a coordinated approach to CUAS in law enforcement, as well as other projects, particularly the implementation of smart city technologies for law enforcement applications and the Toolkit for Responsible Artificial Intelligence.

Blake Stone

C-sUAS Policy Analyst and Integrator, Strategy and Policy Division, Joint Counter-sUAS Office (JCO)
Blake Stone

 Blake Stone is an Army Career Program (CP) 60 (Strategic Planning & Foreign Affairs) civilian employee assigned to the Joint Counter-sUAS Office (“JCO”), Strategy & Policy Division, at the Pentagon, Washington, DC. Blake’s policy responsibilities include: the homeland defense application of counter- small UAS (C-sUAS), the JCO’s coordination efforts with its interagency and intergovernmental partners, to include the JCO’s coordination with the National Security Council Staff, as well as the Strategy & Policy Division’s emerging technology policy portfolio.

Blakeley Williams

General Engineer, National Nuclear Security Administration, US Department of Energy
Blakeley Williams

 Blakeley Williams has been with the United States Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) as a General Engineer since 2021. She is responsible for a portfolio of $500M+ of over 200 Projects and Procurements for the Office of Defense Nuclear Security’s Security Planning and Technology program, including developing a future counter uncrewed aircraft system, portable intrusion detection systems, and command control and display equipment systems. Prior to her experience with NNSA, she worked as a Senior Engineer for the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority, focusing on special projects such as private LTE and rail vehicle-integrated data communication systems. She earned a Master of Science and bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from California State University, Los Angeles.
Mrs. Williams also has extensive experience in physical security, policy development, program management, database management, budget management, data analysis, technical reviews, and technology research, development, and engineering.

Chris Oswald

Senior Vice President of Safety and Regulatory Affairs, Airports Council International - North America
Chris Oswald

Dan Delgado

CUAS Instructor, New Mexico Tech University
Dan Delgado

Dan Delgado is a U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Academy civil engineering graduate, a veteran of 15 years, who flew 2000 hours as a USCG helicopter pilot, performing Law Enforcement and Search & Rescue missions, including rescuing over 30 lives at sea. Thereafter, Dan served as a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Special Agent accumulating a myriad of criminal and counter-terrorism investigative experience with a focus on countermeasures to Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) threats. In his 22-year career, he also served as SWAT operator, FBI Tactical Medic/EMT, Crisis Management Coordinator and flew an additional 2000+ hours. With a master’s degree in WMD Studies, his last assignment was Unit Chief at FBI Headquarters WMD Directorate, Critical Infrastructure, Emerging Threats & Technologies Unit, where he led a staff identifying malicious or intentional misuse of advanced or evolving technologies and directing proactive measures to conduct outreach to prevent/prepare for potential WMD attacks utilizing these new technologies. Throughout the years, he also served his local communities as a volunteer fire fighter, HazMat technician and EMT. Dan now devotes his efforts with his new passion, serving as a Program Technical Lead for AVIAN, growing DOD and U.S. Government programs to promote awareness of the risks related to the continued evolution of unmanned systems and development of opportunities to mitigate related threats to U.S. critical infrastructure. He is currently directly supporting New Mexico Tech University, as he led the development of the DHS’ Drone Awareness and Response Techniques (DART) suite of courses, offered free of cost, for domestic SLTT partners.

David R. Kontny

Retired, Former Chief of Staff, Joint Program Office for Countering IEDs, Federal Bureau of Investigation
David R. Kontny

Prior to his retirement, with over forty years of federal service, Dave joined the FBI in August of 2015 and served as the Chief of Staff, Joint Program Office for Countering Improvised Explosive Devices. Dave also had primary responsibility for both the FBI’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) and Counter-UAS (C-UAS) portfolios.
Prior to joining the FBI, Mr. Kontny was assigned to Headquarters Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Infrastructure Protection (OIP), as the Chief of Staff.
Mr. Kontny was assigned as the Director, National Explosives Detection Canine Team Program within TSA. Prior to joining the TSA, he was assigned as a Special Agent with the FAA Office of Civil Aviation Security.
Prior to his assignment with the FAA and TSA, Dave was stationed at HQ United States Air Force Directorate of Security Forces, Pentagon, Washington DC., where he earned the rank of Chief Master Sergeant.

DJ Smith

Technical Surveillance Agent Unmanned Aerial & CUAS Program Coordinator, Virginia State Police
DJ Smith

 DJ Smith is a Technical Surveillance Agent for the Virginia State Police and has worked in the area of Covert Technical/Tactical Surveillance for almost 30 years. Several areas of specialty are GPS Installs, Video-Audio Clarification, Technical Surveillance Counter Measures (TSCM), Title III Intercepts, Mesh-Node Camera Deployments, Technical/Tactical Lock Bypass & Safe Penetration including GSA locks & containers, Cellular Tracking and Geo-Locating, Covert Audio/Video deployments, sUAS & Counter UAS deployment operations to name a few.
In the area of sUAS and Counter UAS Operations:
o He is the Unmanned Aerial Systems Program Coordinator for sUAS & Counter UAS operations for the Virginia State Police
o He serves on the Virginia Safe and Secure Commonwealth Sub-Panel dealing with UAS/Counter UAS implementation and legislative issues for the Commonwealth of Virginia.
o Has served as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) on various technologies for the DHS office of Electronic Surveillance, Law Enforcement Technology Board (SPAWARS Atlantic & Saver program).
o As a representative of the Virginia State Police, he is a stakeholder on the Mid-Atlantic UAS Partnership group (Google Wing) at Virginia Tech for Commercial/Enterprise UAS deliveries.
o He has served on the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate First Responder Robotic Operational System Test (FFROST) assessment & evaluations of sUAS for Public Safety.
o He has presented and moderated discussions at: Semi-Annual Counter UAS Summit in Washington DC, AUVSI Xponential, Commercial UAV Expo, Center for Innovative Technology and various agencies across the US.
o He also provides technical advice to legislative groups in Washington, DC assisting in getting the legislative carve-outs for SLTT agencies to obtain sUAS mitigation technology.
o He is also licensed part 107 pilot and has been flying sUAS for over 13 years.

Grant Jordan

CEO, Skysafe
Grant Jordan

 Grant Jordan is CEO at SkySafe. After graduating from MIT, Grant served as an officer in the US Air Force for four years. At the Air Force Research Lab, he designed and built hardware systems for counter-IED missions and small UAVs, specializing in rapid product development for Special Forces units. In graduate school at UC San Diego, Grant conducted research in online criminal campaigns and analysis of the Bitcoin network. As President of Somerset Recon, he led a team of security researchers and engineers analyzing the security of hardware systems for government and commercial customers. Grant has spoken at numerous conferences including DEFCON and the Commercial UAV Expo.

Jamey Jacob

Director, Counter-UAS Center of Excellence
Jamey Jacob

 Jamey Jacob is the Executive Director of the OSU Oklahoma Aerospace Institute for Research and Education (OAIRE) and the Williams Chair in Energy Technology and Regents Professor of Aerospace Engineering in the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Oklahoma State University. His current efforts are focused on emerging technology and the societal impact of advanced mobility and their enhanced operation in the national airspace for broader innovative applications. He is currently lead on the NASA University Leadership Initiative program WINDMAP to develop aviation weather solutions for advanced aerial mobility applications, including drones and urban air taxis. He is the director for the Counter-UAS Center of Excellence focused on assessing and mitigating UAS threats both at home and abroad. As part of recent EDA funding through the Build Back Better program, he is leading the development of the LaunchPad Center for Advanced Air Mobility in Tulsa and affiliated Skyway Range operated by the Osage Nation and the associated Tech Hubs for trusted and equitable autonomy. He received his B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Oklahoma in 1990 and his M.S and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley in 1992 and 1995, respectively. He was a National Research Council Summer Faculty Fellow in the Air Force Research Laboratory and received the SAE Ralph Teetor Award, the Lockheed Martin Teaching Award, and the OSU Regents Distinguished Teaching and Research Awards, among other mentoring accolades. He is a native Oklahoman and dedicates much of his efforts to STEM workforce development, tribal engagement, and increasing diversity in engineering and science.

Jeffrey Starr

Chief Marketing Officer, D-Fend Solutions Inc.
Jeffrey Starr

 Jeffrey Starr is the Chief Marketing Officer at D-Fend Solutions, leading global provider of RF-cyber counter-drone solutions for sensitive and challenging environments.

Jeffrey is a frequent writer, speaker, and evangelist on next generation C-UAS/counter-drone technology topics. He has authored numerous articles and has been interviewed on the topic in many professional, technical, trade and news publications.

Jeffrey brings a record of generating new defense and security technology adoption with thought leadership, visionary strategies, and insightful direction for rapid and sustained growth.

Jeffrey has served in CMO and executive roles for fast growing companies in the security, public safety, defense, compliance, and risk management sectors – including AlgoSec, Cellebrite, Verisk 3E, Magic Software Enterprises and Amdocs. Jeffrey also served as General Partner at Mission Ventures Venture Capital and as an Analyst at Booz Allen.

Keith Stephenson

Director, Public Affairs, North America, IAAPA Global Headquarters
Keith Stephenson

L. Scott Parker

Chief, UAS Security Branch, Office of Security Programs, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency
L. Scott Parker

 L. Scott Parker is the UAS Security Branch Chief for Infrastructure Security within the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). In this role, he leads efforts to enhance the security and resilience of the nation’s critical infrastructure against cyber and physical threats from uncrewed aircraft systems. Prior to this position, he served as the Advanced Threats Security Branch Chief where he advised critical infrastructure partners in mitigating risk posed by cyber-physical system convergence and autonomous vehicles. He also managed the DHS Soft Targets and Crowded Places Executive Steering Committee that was responsible for coordinating and communicating Department-wide efforts to protect public gatherings. Before joining CISA, he served 27 years in the U.S. Army and held several leadership positions in airborne, intelligence and special operations organizations.

Lars Krogh Vammen

Marketing Manager, Weibel Scientific A/S
Lars Krogh Vammen

 Lars Krogh Vammen has a 21-year Danish Army background. He has served in various operational branches including 11 years in the Danish army air defense, as well as ISTAR and HUMINT. Lars Vammen has served in the Danish Defence Acquisitions and Logistics Organization (DALO) in the Land Equipment Division as System Manager Mortars & Artillery. Lars Krogh Vammen’s military service includes three deployments to Afghanistan, where he e.g. has served with the US Marine Corps in Helmand. Lars Vammen is now Director of Business Development in Weibel Scientific with the responsibility for the global expansion of the entire Weibel portfolio. The role covers the full scope of business development activities with governments and non-governmental organizations, EU organizations as well as B2B relations with other large OMEs and primes. He is responsible for the full portfolio of Weibel products, with radars for IAMD as main priority – which covers the XENTA radar for SHORAD and C-UAS purposes as well as the long range tracking and discrimination radars for ballistic missile defense. In this context Lars has been a part of a number NATO Industrial Advisory Group studies as well as the recently concluded NIAG Industrial Interface Group to GBAD (NIIGBAD).

Leo McCloskey

VP Marketing, Echodyne Corp.
Leo McCloskey

Leo McCloskey leads brand and marketing efforts for Echodyne, is a frequent speaker on topics of technology and security, and has represented the company in the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) BVLOS and Counter-UAS Advanced Rulemaking Committees (ARC). Prior to joining Echodyne, he built and led marketing and product marketing teams in the US and Europe for a broad range of companies, from technology startups to established brands, with an emphasis in carrier and large enterprise service delivery architectures. His work in connected and autonomous vehicles, enterprise software, networks and cloud services, and end user experience management complements his education in languages, history, and political science.

 

Meir Avidan

VP Business Development & Strategic Partnership, SentryCS
Meir Avidan

 Meir Avidan is a seasoned professional at the helm of business development for Sentrycs, a leading provider of Counter-Unmanned Aircraft Systems (C-UAS) solutions, specializing in serving law enforcement and government agencies within the US and global markets.

Meir previously served as the Director of the National Preparedness Centre at Israel's National Cyber Directorate (INCD). During his tenure, he spearheaded the development and implementation of a comprehensive national framework for cyber crisis preparedness, fostering collaboration and dialogue at the national level.

Prior to his INCD leadership, Meir amassed nearly two decades of experience in senior management positions within various governmental and private defense entities.

Meir's distinguished career also saw him serve as a Defense Attaché in India, where he initiated and led crucial connections between Israeli institutions and India's Ministries of Defense, government agencies, and industries.

Meir Avidan holds a B.A. in Political Science and an M.A. in National Security, both from Tel Aviv University.

Committed to the advancement of the Israeli Homeland Security (HLS) sector, he selflessly volunteers as the Chairman of the Israeli HLS Industry Advisory Board, further solidifying his dedication to safeguarding nations and their critical assets.

Micah Campbell

Deputy Executive Director UAS Security & Emerging Entrants, FAA
Micah Campbell

 Micah Campbell serves as the Executive Director (A) of the
Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Office of Unmanned
Aircraft Systems (UAS) and Emerging Entrants Security, which
is the FAA’s lead organization responsible for drone and
Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) security in U.S. airspace. Mr.
Campbell leads FAA’s efforts to safely integrate detection and
mitigation systems for drones and AAM operations in the
National Airspace System (NAS) and supports UAS securityrelated rulemaking, research and development, policy
formulation, education and outreach, and data management.
Prior to joining the Office of UAS & Emerging Entrants Security, Mr. Campbell served as the
Deputy Director for Aircraft Certification Service (AIR) Enterprise Business Operations in the
FAA’s Aviation Safety (AVS) Line of Business where he was responsible for administrative and
technical direction of business program activities supporting 1,500 personnel across nine AIR
divisions and offices conducting aircraft certification and manufacturing oversight activities.
Mr. Campbell began his public service as an airman in the U.S. Air Force. After serving on
active duty, he transitioned to the Air National Guard and later retired from the Air Force
Reserve. Following his active-duty commitment, Mr. Campbell joined the FAA as an Electronics
Technician at the Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center and later became an Electronic Engineer
Instructor at the FAA Academy. Mr. Campbell has held multiple positions including, FAA
Academy Environmental Section Manager, Air Traffic Organization (ATO) Navigation and
Communications Training Team Manager, ATO Technical Operations Training Group Manager,
ATO Safety and Technical Training Service Unit Senior Technical Advisor, and AVS Office of
Accident Investigation and Prevention Senior Advisor.
Mr. Campbell holds a Bachelor of Science in Technical Management and a Master of Science in
Engineering Management with a concentration in Project Management from Embry-Riddle
Aeronautical University. Additionally, he completed senior leadership development through the
Office of Personnel Management, Federal Executive Institute

Micheal Torphy

Unit Chief / Supervisory Special Agent, Federal Bureau of Investigation
Micheal Torphy

 Mr. Torphy has served over 19 years in the Federal Bureau of Investigation and currently oversees its UAS and Counter-UAS operational programs, among other initiatives. Prior to reporting to Redstone Arsenal in late 2021 to lead this new unit, he directed manned and unmanned aviation operations in the Los Angeles field office. In previous roles, he managed enterprise technology projects and led the FBI’s aviation security program in Washington, DC. Earlier in his career, he conducted national security and violent crime investigations in the New York and Portland field offices.

Sandra Hobson

Deputy Director, Strategic Initiatives, Policy and Emerging Technologies, Office Under the Secretary of Defense/Director, Operational Test & Evaluation
Sandra Hobson

Shaan Shaikh

Associate Director and Associate Fellow, Missile Defense Project, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
Shaan Shaikh

Shaan Shaikh is an associate director and associate fellow with the Missile Defense Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), where he focuses on missile proliferation, unmanned aerial systems, air defense, and nuclear weapons. He is also deputy editor of the CSIS website Missile Threat, an online clearinghouse for information and analysis on missile and missile defense systems. Prior to joining CSIS, he worked at the U.S. Department of Defense and The Syria Institute.

Simon Chesterman

Chief Constable, Civil Nuclear Constabulary
Simon Chesterman

 

Simon has been a police officer for 38 years, during this time he has served with three police forces.

He successfully completed the Strategic Command Course in 2006 and was appointed as Assistant Chief Constable (Specialist Operations) with West Mercia Police in 2007. In 2011 he was promoted to Deputy Chief Constable.

In January 2014 he was appointed as Deputy Chief Constable with the Civil Nuclear Constabulary, a national armed police force with over 1600 officers and staff. The Civil Nuclear Constabulary is responsible for the security of nuclear material on civil nuclear sites and in transit around the world.

On 1st April 2019 Simon was appointed as the Chief Constable/Chief Executive Officer of the Civil Nuclear Constabulary.

Simon has been the UK lead on Armed Policing, for 14 years. For five years he was also the national lead on Less Lethal Weapons.

He was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal in the Queen's New Year’s Honours list in 2012 and on 1st June 2022 Simon was awarded the OBE for services to policing in the late Her Majesty the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

 

Special Agent Robert J. Waltman

Special Agent CUAS, US Secret Service
Special Agent Robert J. Waltman

 Special Agent Robert J. Waltman, US Secret Service, Technical Security Division, CUAS Program Management and Advance Coordination

Stephan Kraschansky

Managing Director, AARONIA AG
Stephan Kraschansky

 Stephan Kraschansky, the Managing Director of AARONIA Austria, a subsidiary of AARONIA AG Germany, has a global portfolio overseeing military, law enforcement, and critical infrastructure clients; At the age of 33, Mr. Kraschansky currently manages a Team of C-UAS experts in Austria. His professional journey and educational background are deeply rooted in his service as an Officer with the Austrian Armed Forces. Over the past 13 years, he has dedicated his career to the Austrian Armed Forces, specializing in the domains of cyber and electronic warfare. In his final three years of military service, he had the privilege of serving as the Chief Training Officer for Cyber and ICT security, contributing significantly to the development of officers and non-commissioned officers in this field. Mr. Kraschansky found immense satisfaction in teaching and conducting training sessions for military personnel. Furthermore, he assumed command of Austria's sole Counter Unmanned Aircraft Systems (C-UAS) Element. During his tenure, he successfully led more than a hundred C-UAS operations, which included safeguarding high-profile events like Austria's European Council Presidency and providing C-UAS support for Europe's largest air show, AIRPOWER. Among his civilian accomplishments, one of the most notable was the honor of safeguarding the G20 Summit together with Indonesian Special Police Forces.

Stephen Lloyd

Senior Director, BlueHalo
Stephen Lloyd

Stephen Lloyd, a seasoned aviation and aerospace professional with over 45 years of experience, currently serves as Senior Director at BlueHalo. Retiring from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in 2015 after a 40-year tenure, Mr. Lloyd has since provided consulting guidance to government agencies, including the Department of Defense (DOD), and commercial clients. His expertise spans the National Airspace System (NAS), operational safety programs, SMS for piloted and unmanned operations, CUAS, and Federal Aviation Regulations. As a former FAA Executive and Director for Safety, Air Traffic Operations (ATO), Mr. Lloyd led ATO Safety programs, chaired the FAA ATO Safety Committee, and collaborated with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). Currently, his diverse experience is supporting clients in autonomous aviation transportation operations, safety programs, UAS Traffic Management Systems (UTM), and counter UAS systems (CUAS). A key member of the AFRL SkyVision GBDAA Team, Mr. Lloyd's contributions were recognized with prestigious awards, including the 2019 ATCA Annual Civilian Team Award, the 2020 AUVSI Excellence Award in Technology & Innovation, and the 2020 Aviation Week Program Excellence Award.

Steve Simoni

CEO, World Marshall
Steve Simoni

Steve Simoni is a former U.S. Naval Officer who worked at NAVSEA08 on the reactor protection systems for the Virginia-class submarines and Ford-class carriers. After the Navy, Steve founded a company called Bbot to help restaurants with their digital ordering experiences. Bbot was sold to DoorDash in 2022. Now, full circle back to defense, Steve and his team are working on helping humans maneuver in the Age of Drones.

Steven Willoughby

Deputy Director, C-UAS Program Management Office, Department Of Homeland Security
Steven Willoughby

Steven A. Willoughby currently serves as the Deputy Director for the Department of Homeland Security’s Counter-UAS Program, where he focuses on strategic planning for air domain awareness, threat discrimination, threat mitigation, and interagency information sharing. Steve previously served as the Director for Aviation and Surface Transportation for the White House’s National Security Council where he advised leadership and coordinated multiple interagency workgroups on various issues including unmanned systems, international transport agreements, and incident response. Prior to these roles, Steve worked for the Transportation Security Administration, conducting red team vulnerability assessments across the transportation sector, and for TSA’s Office of Security Operations, supporting the National Explosives Detection Canine Team Program. Steve began his federal career as a Transportation Security Officer at Washington-Dulles International Airport after graduating from Florida Atlantic University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science.

Timothy Tyler

Deputy Chief of Police Services, Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority
Timothy Tyler

Timothy W Tyler is a Deputy Chief of Police with the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Police Department. Deputy Chief Tyler is a member of the police department’s executive command staff responsible for the safety and security of Reagan National Airport, Dulles International Airport and the Dulles Toll Road and Access Road. Deputy Chief Tyler is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps and has over three decades of experience in aviation, municipal and federal law enforcement. He has a master’s degree from The Johns Hopkins University and is on the Board of Directors for the Airport Law Enforcement Agencies Network (ALEAN).

Why should you attend? 
  •  Learn about the Biden Administration's Domestic Counter-Unmanned Aircraft Systems National Action Plan and the priorities and objectives it seeks to achieve.
  • Hear from leading US DoD and Homeland Security experts on how they are combatting the criminal use of drones and UAS
  • Listen to how innovative technology is driving advancement and enabling defence to counter drone swarms and attacks
  • Meet industry solution providers to discover how to leverage their C-UAS platforms

 What you can look forward to...

Hear from key speakers from the FBI, US Border Patrol, Department of Energy, US Secret Service, JCO, DHS and more.

Learn about the Biden Administration's Domestic Counter-Unmanned Aircraft Systems National Action Plan and the priorities and objectives it seeks to achieve.

Engage with a dynamic audience from the US and from around the world to fully understand the latest techniques and policies.

Connect with industry solution providers to discover how to leverage their C-UAS platforms.

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Conference agenda

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7:30

Registration & Coffee

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8:20

Chairman's Opening Remarks

David R. Kontny, Retired, Former Chief of Staff, Joint Program Office for Countering IEDs, Federal Bureau of Investigation

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8:30

Ensuring a Capable Level of Domestic C-UAS Protection Whilst Prosecuting the Criminal Use of UAS

Micheal Torphy, Unit Chief / Supervisory Special Agent, Federal Bureau of Investigation

  •  Delivering C-UAS protection at large scale public events
  • Working to create a consistent standard of training in public safety C-UAS across the community
  • The threat to public safety created by careless and criminal usage of UAS Systems
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    Thinking out of the bands - Detection and Mitigation of non-standard frequency sUAS as a must-have!

    Stephan Kraschansky, Managing Director, AARONIA AG

    Frequency Dilemma: Non-standard frequency drones simply evade regulations and existing CUAS solutions, posing massive challenges for security efforts.

  •  C-UAS Challenge: Rogue drones on non-standard frequencies present a significantly growing security threat.
  • Communication Disruption Risk: These drones can disrupt own essential communications as a side effect, emphasizing the need for timely neutralization.
  • Rising of layered CUAS Demand: The increasing incidents of hostile drone activities also by non-state actors call for robust and multi layered Counter Unmanned Aircraft Systems (CUAS) to protect critical assets of our society.
  • Comprehensive Defense: A multi-layered CUAS system, covering detection and jamming capabilities across the usable electromagnetic spectrum, is essential to effectively counter nowadays drones.
  • Covering standard frequencies only is simply not enough any more
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    Mitigating Threats from UAS Systems Whilst Simultaneously Protecting the Rights of Lawful Users

    Steven Willoughby, Deputy Director, C-UAS Program Management Office, Department Of Homeland Security

  •  The Preventing Emerging Threats Act and its influence on C-UAS policy
  • Pre-empting developments of UAS Threats
  • Creating a robust definition for credible threats posed by UAS Systems
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    Homeland CUAS will look like…

    Leo McCloskey, VP Marketing, Echodyne Corp.

  • Defence drivers
  • Homeland realities
  • Messy Ps
  • Solution constants
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    Morning Coffee

    Break Sponsored by SAIC

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    11:00

    Outpace the Drone Threat

    Meir Avidan, VP Business Development & Strategic Partnership, SentryCS

  •  The ever-changing environment and evolving drone threat
  • Lessons learned from October 7th
  • Existing counter-drone technologies and their drawbacks
  • How can you adapt and outpace drone security threats?
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    Mitigating UAS-Enabled Cyber-Attacks on Critical Infrastructure

    L. Scott Parker, Chief, UAS Security Branch, Office of Security Programs, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency

  •  Provide an overview of UAS capabilities that may enable cyber-attacks on networks and IT/OT devices
  • Discuss potential consequences of UAS-enabled cyber attacks with physical consequences on critical functions
  • Review options to consider when mitigating cyber risk posed by UAS to critical infrastructure
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    VigilantHalo – Mobile and Modernized Airspace Command and Control

    Stephen Lloyd, Senior Director, BlueHalo

  • ATC Space technology , Air Defense , Directed Energy , Sensing and Tracking are the foundation of VigilantHalo
  • CUAS technology vs. real world experience
  • Advantages of data distribution and multi sensor integration
  • Secure, micro-services-based architecture enabling cloud, mobile and fixed-site deployments
  • VigilantHalo’s core is a data fusion platform, enabling Plug-n-Play
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    Networking Lunch

    Break Sponsored by SAIC

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    Mitigating the Threat from Drones in a Contested Environment

    Lars Krogh Vammen, Marketing Manager, Weibel Scientific A/S

  • What do you (the end user) want in a Danish airspace deconfliction perspective?
  • When is safe safe enough?
  • Deconflicting airspace usage
  • What can modern sensors provide, and when do you need more than one layer?
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    NNSA Future Approach to Counter Uncrewed Aircraft Systems

    Blakeley Williams, General Engineer, National Nuclear Security Administration, US Department of Energy

  •  Due to current system limitations and rapidly evolving UAS threats, NNSA is currently developing requirements and an execution strategy for our long-term NextGen CUAS
  • NNSA/Defense Nuclear Security (DNS) Collaborated with multiple inter-agency organizations to identify best practices/ideas, major concerns and issues, and CUAS successes
  • Moving forward, NNSA is investigating NextGen CUAS systems to provide more component integration possibilities, robust mitigation capabilities, and comprehensive maintenance coverage
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    Next Generation C-UAS Approaches and Capabilities for the Most Challenging Homeland Security Environments & Sectors

    Jeffrey Starr, Chief Marketing Officer, D-Fend Solutions Inc.

  •  Evolving drone threats as reflected in the most recent incidents across sectors, including urban and border environments, critical infrastructure sites and multiple homeland security scenarios.
  • Traditional Legacy C-UAV technology challenges and technological innovations to overcome the constraints and protect personnel, assets, and sites
  • Key Considerations and Often Overlooked Factors in Evaluating and Testing New Cyber-Centric C-UAS Technologies
  • Optimized operational deployments and configurations for varied use cases, scenarios, and sectors, including the need for extreme on the go mobility and flexibility
  • Openness, integration, and the emerging optimal layered and escalating defense concept
  • Control, Safety, and the Quest for Continuity
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    The UK Approach to Counter UAV Across the Nuclear Industry

    Simon Chesterman, Chief Constable, Civil Nuclear Constabulary

  • Counter UAV in a UK policing context
  • Constraints for counter UAV in the UK nuclear environment
  • Looking ahead: adapting to an evolving threat
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    Afternoon Tea

    Break Sponsored by SAIC

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    Maneuvering in the Age of Drones

    Steve Simoni, CEO, World Marshall

  • The changing threat landscape
  • From quadrotors to fixed-wing
  • Existing solutions that are working
  • How those solutions need to evolve to meet the changing threat
  • How agencies should be thinking about working with private industry
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    CUAS From an Airport Law Enforcement Perspective

  •  Overview of current capabilities to conduct detection, and the eventual need to move to mitigation capabilities
  • Collaborating with Federal partners
  • Future Airport Law Enforcement CUAS priorities to reduce disruption
  • Timothy Tyler, Deputy Chief of Police Services, Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority

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    The COURAGEOUS Effect: A Collaborative Approach to CUAS for Law Enforcement

    Antonio Farelo, Innovation and Technology Officer, INTERPOL

  •   Efforts to create a standardised testing methodology for detecting, tracking and identifying illicit drones
  • Creating a C-UAS framework for law enforcement available to INTERPOL member countries
  • Future priorities and the road ahead – intentions for further development
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    Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    David R. Kontny, Retired, Former Chief of Staff, Joint Program Office for Countering IEDs, Federal Bureau of Investigation

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    Networking Reception Hosted by Lead Sponsor AARONIA AG

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    Registration & Coffee

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    Chairman's Opening Remarks

    David R. Kontny, Retired, Former Chief of Staff, Joint Program Office for Countering IEDs, Federal Bureau of Investigation

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    Ensuring Policy and Planning is in step with Technologies to defeat Emerging UAS threats

    Sandra Hobson

    Sandra Hobson, Deputy Director, Strategic Initiatives, Policy and Emerging Technologies, Office Under the Secretary of Defense/Director, Operational Test & Evaluation

  • Limiting the time delay between identifications of emerging UAS threats and the response to them
  • Steps taken to limit the impact of UAS Systems in the domestic setting
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    Counter UAS Legislation to Provide Protection for Those Who Need It

    Angelissa Savino, Attorney Advisor, Office of Law & Policy, National Security Division, U.S. Department of Justice

  •  The trends in evolving criminal use of UAS platforms
  • The future of prosecuting the most serious and malicious use of UAS
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    Generating Actionable Insights from Drone Detection Data

    Grant Jordan, CEO, Skysafe

  • The emergence of drone detection as a service to stay ahead of a rapidly evolving industry
  • A breakdown of the new Remote ID requirements and the challenges that exist
  • Considerations for an increasingly complex drone landscape and where organizations are most vulnerable
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    Morning Coffee

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    Current Potential & Realized Threats to State, Local, Tribal, & Territorial (SLTT) Agencies from the Rapid Proliferation of Small Unmanned Aerial Systems

    DJ Smith, Technical Surveillance Agent Unmanned Aerial & CUAS Program Coordinator, Virginia State Police

  • How will Remote ID help solve these current gaps in operational security
  • Where the current legislative gaps exist for SLTT to effectively and actionably deal with the threat posed by sUAS
  • How will current proposed legislation work to move SLTT agencies towards being able to Detect, Track, & Classify sUAS in their airspace as well as offer solutions to mitigating any threats
  • What SLTT agencies would like to see in the future by way of relief to effectively & actionably deal with sUAS.
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    The Challenges of C-UAS in the Protective Operations Environment

    Special Agent Robert J. Waltman, Special Agent CUAS, US Secret Service

     
  • Detecting, Identifying, and Mitigating Unmanned Aircraft Systems That May Pose a Potential Threat to Covered Facilities’
  • Lessons identified for future C-UAS activities by the US Secret Service

     

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    Interagency C-UAS Integration and Interoperability

    Blake Stone, C-sUAS Policy Analyst and Integrator, Strategy and Policy Division, Joint Counter-sUAS Office (JCO)

  •  Role of the Joint Counter-UAS Office (JCO) in coordinating a Joint Force approach to addressing small UAS (aUAS) threats within the Homeland
  • Overview of regulatory and policy issues impacting the DoD’s testing, evaluation, and operational deployment of C-sUAS systems and technologies within the Homeland
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    An overview of the DHS/FEMA DART Course

    Dan Delgado, CUAS Instructor, New Mexico Tech University

  •  An introduction to New Mexico Tech University (NMT), a partner within the National Domestic Preparedness Consortium (NDPC)
  • Demonstration of the capabilities within the Energetic Materials Research & Testing Center (EMRTC), a research branch of NMT
  • Request for collaboration as NMT develops anticipated updates of the DART course
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    Networking Lunch

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    Prosecuting the C-sUAS Mission: More Than Just the Material Solution

    Shaan Shaikh, Associate Director and Associate Fellow, Missile Defense Project, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)

  • Understanding why C-sUAS has become an essential part of air defense
  • The small UAS challenge: high threat capacity, extreme time compression, and various C2 issues
  • Highlighting critical, unresolved questions about the C-sUAS mission: operations, acquisition policies and culture, and integration with current air defense platforms
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    Panel Discussion: Protecting Critical Public Infrastructure from the Emerging Drone Threat

  •   Overview of current Counter-UAS priorities
  • Counter-UAS considerations within critical infrastructure andtrade organizations
  • Lessons identified from recent C-UAS activities and prioritiesfor future efforts
  • Closer collaboration efforts to increase efficiency
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    Keith Stephenson, Director, Public Affairs, North America, IAAPA Global Headquarters

    Chris Oswald

    Chris Oswald, Senior Vice President of Safety and Regulatory Affairs, Airports Council International - North America

    David R. Kontny, Retired, Former Chief of Staff, Joint Program Office for Countering IEDs, Federal Bureau of Investigation

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    Afternoon Tea

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    Ensuring the Safe and Secure Operation of UAS

    Micah Campbell, Deputy Executive Director UAS Security & Emerging Entrants, FAA

  •   The risks posed to the US Public through the improper use of UAS Systems
  • Working with federal partners on C-UAS actions and solutions
  • Recognizing the safety consideration
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    Characterization and Validation of Counter-UAS Technologies

    Jamey Jacob, Director, Counter-UAS Center of Excellence

  •  The need for a toolbox of C-UAS Capabilities
  • Common areas of C-UAS Systems Failure
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    Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

    David R. Kontny, Retired, Former Chief of Staff, Joint Program Office for Countering IEDs, Federal Bureau of Investigation


    Attorney Advisor, Office of Law & Policy, National Security Division
    U.S. Department of Justice
    Innovation and Technology Officer
    INTERPOL
    C-sUAS Policy Analyst and Integrator, Strategy and Policy Division
    Joint Counter-sUAS Office (JCO)
    General Engineer
    National Nuclear Security Administration, US Department of Energy
    Senior Vice President of Safety and Regulatory Affairs
    Airports Council International - North America
    CUAS Instructor
    New Mexico Tech University
    Retired, Former Chief of Staff, Joint Program Office for Countering IEDs
    Federal Bureau of Investigation
    Technical Surveillance Agent Unmanned Aerial & CUAS Program Coordinator
    Virginia State Police
    CEO
    Skysafe
    Director
    Counter-UAS Center of Excellence
    Chief Marketing Officer
    D-Fend Solutions Inc.
    Director, Public Affairs, North America
    IAAPA Global Headquarters
    Chief, UAS Security Branch, Office of Security Programs
    Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency
    Marketing Manager
    Weibel Scientific A/S
    VP Marketing
    Echodyne Corp.
    VP Business Development & Strategic Partnership
    SentryCS
    Deputy Executive Director UAS Security & Emerging Entrants
    FAA
    Unit Chief / Supervisory Special Agent
    Federal Bureau of Investigation
    Deputy Director, Strategic Initiatives, Policy and Emerging Technologies
    Office Under the Secretary of Defense/Director, Operational Test & Evaluation
    Associate Director and Associate Fellow, Missile Defense Project
    Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
    Chief Constable
    Civil Nuclear Constabulary
    Special Agent CUAS
    US Secret Service
    Managing Director
    AARONIA AG
    Senior Director
    BlueHalo
    CEO
    World Marshall
    Deputy Director, C-UAS Program Management Office
    Department Of Homeland Security
    Deputy Chief of Police Services
    Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority

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    BlueHalo

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    Convexum are excited to announce they have rebranded to Sentrycs. With this name and brand change we embark on a new journey that reflects the evolution of our company, and our commitment to protecting the sky from threats caused by unauthorized commercial drones, while enabling the progress drones are bringing to society, and contributing to a healthy drone economy. Under our new ownership by Treo Asset Management, we will keep focusing on providing the best possible service to and protecting the interests of our customers and partners while driving the Integrated Counter-drone category in the market. If you want to learn more, you can read the press release we've just published. We hope that you will join us in embracing this new chapter and continue to support us as we strive to foster a safe and secure drone-empowered future. Thank you for following Convexum. We look forward to continuing our joint journey as Sentrycs. Visit us at sentrycs.com


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    D-Fend Solutions Ltd.

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    D-Fend Solutions is the leading counter-drone takeover technology provider, enabling full control, safety and continuity during rogue drone incidents across complex and sensitive environments, to overcome both current and emerging drone threats. With hundreds of deployments worldwide, EnforceAir, the company’s flagship offering, focuses on the most dangerous drone threats in military, public safety, airport, prison, major event and critical infrastructure environments. D-Fend Solutions’ technology has been chosen as best-in-class and is in deployment at top-tier U.S. government agencies – including with U.S. military, federal law enforcement and homeland security – as well as major international airports globally. EnforceAir autonomously executes RF, cyber-takeovers of rogue drones for a safe landing and outcome, ensuring the smooth flow of communications, commerce, transportation and everyday life.


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    SAIC® a premier Fortune 500® technology integrator driving our nation’s technology transformation. Our robust portfolio of offerings across the defense, space, civilian and intelligence markets includes secure high-end solutions in engineering, digital, artificial intelligence and mission solutions. Using our expertise and understanding of existing and emerging technologies, we integrate the best components from our own portfolio and our partner ecosystem to deliver innovative, effective and efficient solutions that are critical to achieving our customers' missions.

    We are approximately 24,000 strong; driven by mission, united by purpose, and inspired by opportunities. SAIC is an Equal Opportunity Employer, fostering a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion, which is core to our values and important to attract and retain exceptional talent. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, SAIC has annual revenues of approximately $6.9 billion. For more information, visit saic.com. For ongoing news, please visit our newsroom.



    SkySafe

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    SkySafe is a global leader in Drone Detection, Tracking, and Identification (DTI) as a Service (DDaaS). Tested and validated by the FAA, SkySafe’s cloud-based technology is vetted and approved for ensuring airspace safety and security and world-class drone forensics capabilities. Through its network of scalable and interconnected detection sensors, SkySafe’s drone detection platform provides users with real-time, historical and predictive data as a service. It enables the generation of actionable insights for the purpose of predicting, protecting, and prosecuting drone activity within their airspace. Teams using SkySafe for localized airspace intelligence and management get alerts to drones, and their operators, within their area so they can manage potential threats, approve authorized flights, and gain full awareness of their protected space.Founded in 2015 and based in San Diego, California, SkySafe was started by and employs recognized experts and leaders in the field of drone threat analysis. SkySafe’s technology is Made in the USA and distributed globally. For more information, visit www.skysafe.io or follow us on LinkedIn or X @SkySafe



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    Weibel Scientific is a high-tech radar company that since the 1970s has been dedicated to provide precision data for user all over the world. The modern day company develops and produces a wide range of tactical and instrumentation X-band Doppler-based radars, utilizing CW, MFCW and FMCW waveforms for small object detection and tracking with high resolution in both the velocity and range domain. Weibel Scientific’s portfolio ranges from small muzzle velocity radars to radars for the full IAMD spectrum. The technology covers applications from counter drone operations around high value targets through SHORAD/LLAD to air surveillance radars for GBAD and upper tier air defense applications and BMD capable radars. Throughout the last 40 years, Weibel has provided more than 5000 radars to more than 50 countries.



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    World Marshal is a startup in the private military sector, pioneering a tech-enabled approach to defense. Focused on safeguarding high-value targets from modern threats, such as drone attacks, the company swiftly implements the latest commercial technologies for effective and efficient solutions. This approach reinforces traditional military procurement processes by rapidly deploying cutting edge technologies in support of our warfighters.

    The team at World Marshal consists of elite professionals skilled in military tactics and advanced technology. They specialize in creating customized, mission-specific defense strategies that integrate smoothly with existing military systems.

    World Marshal is at the forefront of innovation in private military services, offering dynamic and scalable security solutions to governments and corporations globally.


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