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SAE Media Group is delighted to announce the inaugural Counter UAS Homeland Security Conference taking place on February 8-9, 2023, in Arlington, VA, USA.

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 2023 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.

  • 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

Conference programme

8:00 Registration & Coffee

8:45 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Mr Tom Adams

Mr Tom Adams, Co-Founder and CEO, AeroVigilance
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9:00 Addressing threats and synchronising C-UAS activities

Mr Blake Stone

Mr Blake Stone, C-sUAS Policy Analyst and Integrator, Strategy and Policy Division, Joint Counter-sUAS Office (JCO)
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- Role of the Joint Counter-small Aircraft Systems Office (JCO) in creating a framework for addressing threats to the homeland
- Overview of the current requirements and testing of domestic C-UAS
- Establishment of the counter UAS academy at Fort Still
 

9:30 Maintaining domestic C-UAS protection and prosecuting criminal UAS operators

Mr Michael Torphy

Mr Michael Torphy, Unit Chief, Surveillance and Emerging Technology Unit, FBI
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- Risk posed to the American people by careless and criminal usage of UAS
- Providing protection at mass gatherings and National Special Security Events (NSSEs)
- Developing consistency in training and standards across the public safety C-UAS community
 

10:00 Session Reserved for Gold Sponsor Echodyne

10:30 Morning Coffee

11:00 Armed Non-State Actor Use of UAS: Evolution, Threat Mapping, and Key Challenges

Mr Don Rassler

Mr Don Rassler, Director of Strategic Initiatives, Combating Terrorism Centre
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- Examine the evolution of the armed non-state actor UAS threat – where the threat has been, where it is currently, and future directions
- Explore threat mapping and left of launch considerations, as well as key challenges and homeland security implications of armed non-state actor UAS use
 

11:30 Session Reserved for Gold Sponsor - Weibel Scientific A/S

12:00 Ensuring continuous advancement of C-UAS technology and innovation in the Department of Defense

Mr Richard Ast

Mr Richard Ast, Director, Unmanned Systems Technology, Emerging Technologies, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (OUSD R&E)
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- Advisory function of the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering
- Necessity of technological advancement to maintain operational superiority
- Current critical technologies in development to counter emerging uncrewed arial threats
 

12:30 Networking Lunch

13:30 Developing C-UAS Capabilities for Homeland Defense

Colonel Anthony Behrens

Colonel Anthony Behrens, Deputy Director, Joint Integrated Air & Missile Defense Organization (JIAMDO), Joint Staff J8
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- Overview of the Joint Integrated Air and Missile Defense Organization (JIAMDO)
- Identifying emerging C-UAS capabilities and foster innovation to develop enduring advantages for the Joint Force
- Integrating Joint Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) and C-UAS capabilities with Interagency and Whole of Government efforts in support of Homeland Defense
 

14:00 Session Reserved for Sponsor

14:30 Future of Counter UAS protection: US Army development and implementation of Directed Energy weapon systems

Colonel Adam M. Miller

Colonel Adam M. Miller, PM for Directed Energy C-sUAS, Army/RCCTO DE
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- Transformation to a Multi-Domain capable force through C-sUAS stakeholder coordination
- C-sUAS Modernization strategy to develop laser and high-power microwave technology
- Overview of Army Rapid Capabilities and Critical Technologies Office (RCCTO) and Army Future Command (AFC) Directed Energy prototype fielding efforts
 

15:00 Panel Discussion: Securing the Airspace

Mr Darshan Divakaran

Mr Darshan Divakaran, Senior Manager, AFWERX
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- Using drones safely
- Ensuring security of drones from cyber threats
- Unmanned traffic management priorities with UAS
 

15:30 Afternoon Tea

16:00 Countering the evolving challenges and threats of UAS activity at the SLTT level

Mr DJ Smith

Mr DJ Smith, Technical Surveillance Agent Unmanned Aerial & CUAS Program Coordinator, Virginia State Police
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- Challenges of nefarious UAS activity to state law enforcement
- Current C-UAS technology used by Virginia State Police
- Impact of the Peters-Johnson Bill on providing local law enforcement with the framework to counter threats
 

16:30 Base protection: Development of the ASUL system for German Air Defense

Mr Dennis Wilhelm

Mr Dennis Wilhelm, Civil Servant, Bundeswehr*

- Previous limitations of Bundeswehr Counter-UAS technology
- Capability of the containerised ASUL system in detecting, classifying, identifying, and combating UAS
- Successful deployment of the ASUL system at the 2022 G7 Summit in Elmau (Bavarian Alps)

17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

Mr Tom Adams

Mr Tom Adams, Co-Founder and CEO, AeroVigilance
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8:00 Registration & Coffee

8:45 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Mr Tom Adams

Mr Tom Adams, Co-Founder and CEO, AeroVigilance
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9:00 Mitigating threats from UAS whilst protecting the rights of lawful owners

Mr Brent Cotton

Mr Brent Cotton, Director, DHS C-UAS Program Management Office, Department of Homeland Security
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- Impact of the Preventing Emerging Threats Act on C-UAS policy
- Assessing and defining a credible threat to homeland security
- Looking to the future: staying ahead of UAS developments
 

9:30 Border Security: mitigating UAS threats on the US-Mexico border

Mr Glenn McArthur

Mr Glenn McArthur, Assistant Chief Patrol Agent - Intelligence Liaison, U.S. Border Patrol

- Current situation regarding the use of UAS platforms to transport narcotics
- Impact of illegal UAS activity on the American public and law enforcement officers
- Future capabilities: operational testing of the Titan Counter-drone system
 

10:00 Session Reserved for Sponsor

10:30 Morning Coffee

11:00 Department of Justice (DOJ): Counter UAS legislation to put protection in the hands of those who need it.

Mr Colin T Ross

Mr Colin T Ross, Attorney Advisor, U.S. Department of Justice
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- The increasing and evolving criminal use of UAS platforms
- The implications of the National Action Plan and related Congressional efforts for the public safety and national security communities’ ability to Counter UAS threats
- Department initiatives to prosecute most serious and malicious use of UAS
 

11:30 Social impacts of C-UAS in metropolitan areas: insights from the EU

Dr Bruno Oliveira Martins

Dr Bruno Oliveira Martins, Senior Researcher, Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO)
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- C-UAS are surveillance systems that impact on different dimensions of urban life
- Increasing societal resilience in metropolitan areas require increasing civil-military collaboration
- The presentation provides empirical analysis focusing on how different EU countries have addressed this issue
 

12:00 Session Reserved for Sponsor

12:30 C-UAS; A Unit Commander’s Perspective

Wing Commander Sam Wiseman

Wing Commander Sam Wiseman, Officer Commanding No 2 Force Protection C-UAS Wing, RAF UK

- Journey from concept to operational delivery.
- Current and future direction of travel.
- Key lessons.

13:00 Networking Lunch

14:00 Protecting critical infrastructure and national assets across the US

Mr Brandon Wales

Mr Brandon Wales, Executive Director, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)
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- Role of the Cyber Security and Infrastructure Agency (CISA)
- Outline of the potential risks posed by these systems to critical infrastructure
- New age of theft: threats posed to intellectual property within secure locations
- Examples of offensive and non-kinetic mitigation techniques

14:30 Session Reserved for Sponsor

15:00 Ensuring the security and protection of the UK’s civil nuclear infrastructure

Anthony Cole

Anthony Cole, Operational Unit commander Sellafield, Civil Nuclear Constabulary

- Future threat: Uncrewed Arial Systems and their implication on critical infrastructure security
- Overview of the Civil Nuclear Police Authorities Counter-UAS Strategic Plan
- Creation of a framework to assess, develop and operate tactical capabilities
 

15:30 Afternoon Tea

16:00 Panel: Defining industrial aviation standards for Counter-UAS implementation

- Necessity of a homogenised and safe introduction of C-UAS technology at airports
- EUROCAE working group: developing capabilities with C-UAS stakeholders
- Standardising interoperability through defined requirement and characteristic guidelines
 

Ms Karan Hofmann

Ms Karan Hofmann, Program Director, RTCA
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Mrs Julia Sanchez

Mrs Julia Sanchez, UAS & C-UAS Specialist, EUROCONTROL

16:30 Ensuring the safe and secure operation of UAS

Mr Ryan Berry

Mr Ryan Berry, Manager, UAS Security Division, Federal Aviation Administration*

- Potential impact of non-compliant UAS activity on the American public and critical infrastructure
- Coordinating with authorized federal partners on C-UAS actions under The Preventing Emerging Threats
Act to ensure safety of the NAS
- Looking to the future: understanding the safety impacts of the use of UAS detection and mitigation systems
 

17:40 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

Mr Tom Adams

Mr Tom Adams, Co-Founder and CEO, AeroVigilance
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FEATURED SPEAKERS

Colonel Adam M. Miller

Colonel Adam M. Miller

PM for Directed Energy C-sUAS, Army/RCCTO DE
Colonel Anthony Behrens

Colonel Anthony Behrens

Deputy Director, Joint Integrated Air & Missile Defense Organization (JIAMDO), Joint Staff J8
Mr Brandon Wales

Mr Brandon Wales

Executive Director, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)
Mr Brent Cotton

Mr Brent Cotton

Director, DHS C-UAS Program Management Office, Department of Homeland Security
Mr Colin T Ross

Mr Colin T Ross

Attorney Advisor, U.S. Department of Justice
Mr Don Rassler

Mr Don Rassler

Director of Strategic Initiatives, Combating Terrorism Centre
Mr Michael Torphy

Mr Michael Torphy

Unit Chief, Surveillance and Emerging Technology Unit, FBI
Mr Tom Adams

Mr Tom Adams

Co-Founder and CEO, AeroVigilance

Anthony Cole

Operational Unit commander Sellafield, Civil Nuclear Constabulary
Anthony Cole

Colonel Adam M. Miller

PM for Directed Energy C-sUAS, Army/RCCTO DE
Colonel Adam M. Miller

Lieutenant Colonel Miller is the Program Manager for the Army’s Directed Energy, Counter-small Unmanned Aerial Systems (C-sUAS) Office, part of the Rapid Capabilities and Critical Technologies Office (RCCTO). His office is responsible for developing, integrating, testing, and fielding a low-cost palletized prototype laser weapon system capable of detecting and defeating groups 1 and 2 UAS threats. He previously served as the Executive Officer to the Director of the RCCTO.

He graduated from Ohio University in 2001, receiving his commission in the Air Defense Artillery. His initial assignment was in the 3rd Battalion, 62d Air Defense Artillery Regiment, 10th Mountain Division (Light), Fort Drum, NY where he served as platoon leader and deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

In 2004, Lieutenant Colonel Miller was assigned to 5th Battalion, 5th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, 2d Infantry Division, Republic of South Korea (later Fort Lewis, WA) where he served as assistant operations officer and battalion logistics officer. In 2007, he assumed command of Foxtrot Company, 3d Battalion, 13th Infantry Regiment, Fort Jackson, SC.

His follow-on assignments include: Program Integrator for Bradley Fighting Vehicle and Paladin Integrated Management System, Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) BAE Systems, York, PA; Program Manager at United States Forces Command-Afghanistan (USFOR-A), DCMA-Afghanistan; Chief of Programs, DCMA New Cumberland, New Cumberland Army Depot, PA; Assistant Product Manager for PATRIOT Advanced Capability Three (PAC-3), Huntsville, AL; Assistant Product Manager for Integrated Air & Missile Defense Battle Command System (IBCS) Modernization, Huntsville, AL; Department of the Army System Coordinator for Counter-Rocket, Artillery, & Mortar (C-RAM), Pentagon; Special Assistant to the Director of the Army Staff, Executive Communication and Control, Office of the Army Chief of Staff, Pentagon; and Product Manager, Integrated Fires Mission Command Software, Huntsville, AL.

Lieutenant Colonel Miller holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Clemson University. He is also a graduate of the US Army War College, Carlisle, PA. Other education includes the Air Defense Artillery Officer Basic Course, Short Range Air Defense Officer Course, Marine Corps Expeditionary Warfare School, Command and General Staff College, and multiple Army Acquisition courses.

His awards include the Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, and Army Achievement Medal. He wears the Army Parachutist Badge and Army Staff Identification Badge.

His family resides in Madison, AL.

Colonel Anthony Behrens

Deputy Director, Joint Integrated Air & Missile Defense Organization (JIAMDO), Joint Staff J8
Colonel Anthony Behrens

Colonel Tony Behrens is assigned to the Joint Integrated Air & Missile Defense Organization (JIAMDO), Joint Staff, J-8, under the Deputy Director for Force Protection at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. Native to St. Louis, Missouri, Colonel Behrens is a 1995 graduate of Wentworth Military Academy, Lexington, Missouri.
A career Soldier, Colonel Behrens has held numerous air and missile defense leadership, staff and command positions from the platoon to general staff levels. He has deployed in combat on several occasions as a commander and staff officer from 2002 to 2014 and has served as an air and missile defense expert to senior military commanders, Army, Joint service and U.S. Congressional leaders.
Most recently, COL Behrens served as the Director, U.S. Army Fires Capabilities Development & Integration Directorate (CDID), one of the Army’s eight organizations responsible for the modernization and integration of warfighter capabilities.
Colonel Behrens holds a Bachelor of Science in Law Enforcement from Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas, a Master of Public Administration and National Security Policy from Troy University in Troy, Alabama, and a Master of National Security and Strategic Studies from the United States Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island.

Dr Bruno Oliveira Martins

Senior Researcher, Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO)
Dr Bruno Oliveira Martins

Dr. Bruno Oliveira Martins is a senior researcher at the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO), where he coordinates the Security Research Group. He has previously been assistant professor / postdoc at the Universities of Aarhus and Malmö. At PRIO he conducts research on themes at the intersection of technological innovation, security practices, and societal change. In 2020-2022 Dr. Martins has provided input to EU regulatory initiatives in the field of drones and counter-drone technology. He is a member of the UN Global Network of Experts on the Protection of Vulnerable Targets against Terrorist Attacks.

Mr Blake Stone

C-sUAS Policy Analyst and Integrator, Strategy and Policy Division, Joint Counter-sUAS Office (JCO)
Mr 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.
Blake is also a Colonel in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps, currently serving as the Senior USAR Legal Advisor in the Office of the Judge Advocate General, National Security Law Division, also at the Pentagon. He previously served as Commander, 8th Legal Operations Detachment, headquartered in Independence, MO. Prior to assuming command, he served as Staff Judge Advocate for the 98th Training Division, Fort Benning, GA. He also served as Legal Advisor to the Army Operations Center and the Army’s Current and Contingency Operations Division, at the Pentagon, from 2015-2017.
His previous assignments include: Staff Judge Advocate, Medical Readiness & Training Command, Joint Base San Antonio (2012-2015); Military Assistant to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (Training, Readiness & Mobilization), Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Manpower & Reserve Affairs), the Pentagon (2008-2012), where he served as one of the principal authors of the Army Total Force Policy; Command Judge Advocate, 244th Theater Aviation Brigade, Fort Sheridan, IL (2007-2008); Team Leader, Legal Services Team, 91st Legal Support Organization, Fort Sheridan, IL (2006-2007); Executive Officer and subsequently Officer-in-Charge, Combined Review & Release Board, Task Force 134, Multi-National Force-Iraq, United States Embassy-Baghdad, (2006); Assistant Staff Judge Advocate (AGR), 84th Division (Institutional Training) and 84th US Army Reserve Readiness Training Command, Fort McCoy, WI (2004-2006); Trial Counsel (AGR), Headquarters, US Army Reserve Command, Fort McPherson, GA (2003-2004); Administrative Law Attorney and Legal Assistance Attorney, US Army Combined Arms Center, Fort Leavenworth, KS (2002-2003); Assistant S-3, Trial Counsel and Defense Counsel, 91st Legal Support Organization, Fort Sheridan, IL (1997-2002); Combat Engineer Platoon Leader, Illinois Army National Guard (1990-1993). He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant,
USAR, Corps of Engineers, in 1990 through the ROTC Early Commissioning Program at Marion Military Institute, Marion, AL.
Colonel Stone is a graduate of the Army War College, Naval War College (College of Naval Command & Staff) (with distinction); Air War College (Distance Learning), the Marine Corps Command & Staff College, the Air Command & Staff College, and the US Army Command & Staff College (ILE Common Core and Combined Arms & Services Staff School). He is also a 2021 graduate of the Syracuse University (Maxwell School of Citizenship & Public Affairs) National Security Management Course (Post-Senior Service College SES Development Course). Blake is also recent graduate of the Continuing Education for Senior Leaders course at the Army Management Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, KS, and the Executive Branch Artificial Intelligence Lab at the Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington, DC.
Mr. Stone is a Ph.D. student in the International Relations Program at Salve Regina University, Newport, RI. He holds a Master of Strategic Studies from the Army War College, Master of Arts in National Security & Strategic Studies (with distinction) from the Naval War College, Juris Doctor cum laude, Northern Illinois University, undergraduate degree from Eastern Illinois University and an Associate’s Degree from Marion Military Institute.
Blake previously served as an Adjunct Professor of National Security Decision Making, at the United States Naval War College, College of Distance Education, on the Adjunct Faculty of the US Army Command & General Staff College, and as an Adjunct Professor in the Graduate School of Security & Global Studies, American Military University. He also holds the Army’s 6Z (Army Strategist) Additional Skill Identifier and 3U (Expert National Security Law Practitioner) Professional Development Proficiency Code.
Blake was awarded the State Department’s Expeditionary Service Award for his civilian service as a Senior Governance Advisor on an embedded Provincial Reconstruction Team in Iraq from 2008-2010.
Blake and his wife Krine are both originally from the same small farm town in rural Southern Illinois. They currently reside on a small farm in Southern Maryland and have five children.

Mr Brandon Wales

Executive Director, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)
Mr Brandon Wales

Brandon Wales is the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency’s (CISA) first Executive Director, serving as the senior career executive helping oversee execution of CISA operations. He is responsible for leading long-term strategy development, managing CISA-wide policy initiatives and ensuring effective operational collaboration across the Agency.
In February 2022, Wales was appointed as the lead for the Federal Government’s domestic preparedness and response related to the Russian-Ukraine crisis. In this capacity, Wales was responsible for establishing and leading an interagency Unified Coordination Group (UCG) to ensure unity of effort, building U.S. government-wide strategic objectives, identifying and resolving gaps in operations and interagency coordination, and coordinating with federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial officials, as well as representatives of private sector and non-governmental entities.
From November 2020 through July 2021, Wales was the Acting Director of CISA. In this capacity, he led CISA’s efforts to defend civilian networks, manage systemic risk to national critical functions, and work across both the public and private sectors to raise the security baseline of the Nation’s cyber and physical infrastructure. During his tenure as the acting Director, he led the agency’s response to the SolarWinds Orion Supply Chain Attacks, Microsoft Exchange vulnerabilities, the Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack, Pulse Connect Secure vulnerabilities, and the Kaseya VSA supply chain ransomware attack, among many others, while completing the stand-up and reorganization of the Agency following the passage of the CISA Act of 2018, which established CISA as an independent agency.
From August 2017 to December 2019, Wales directly supported the Secretary of Homeland Security beginning as the Senior Counselor to the Secretary for Cyber and Resilience, Wales was responsible for advising on cybersecurity, emergency management, incident response and building a more resilient nation. Following that assignment, he served as the Deputy Chief of Staff (Acting), developing and advancing the Department’s strategic priorities. In June 2019, Wales assumed the role of Chief of Staff (Acting), assisting the Secretary in overseeing the Department, ensuring close coordination across its operational components and managing interagency relationships.
Wales’ experience within and understanding of the Department is both broad and deep. He served as the Director of the DHS Office of Cyber and Infrastructure Analysis (OCIA), which provided integrated analysis of cyber and physical risks to the Nation’s critical infrastructure.
From 2009 to 2014, Wales was the Director of the Homeland Infrastructure Threat and Risk Analysis Center (HITRAC), an all-hazards analytic resource for public and private sector partners covering the full array of risks facing the infrastructure community. In this capacity, he oversaw the Department’s advanced modeling, simulation, and analysis program, leading a team of researchers conducting ground-breaking and forward-leaning analysis of some of the Nation’s most complex infrastructure challenges.
Wales has been called upon to support a variety of Department-wide initiatives. When the Department began working on the first Quadrennial Homeland Security Review in 2009, Wales was asked to lead the review of the counterterrorism and cyber security mission areas. Following the 2013 release of Executive Order 13636, Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity, Wales led the effort to identify critical infrastructure at potential catastrophic risk from cybersecurity incidents.
Wales’ contributions have been recognized with an Exceptional Performance Award from the Director of National Intelligence, a DHS Secretary’s Award for Excellence, and two DHS Distinguished Service Medals, the Department’s highest civilian award.
Before joining the Department in 2005, Wales was the national security aide to United States Senator Jon Kyl and a Senior Associate at a Washington-based foreign policy and national security think-tank.
Wales received his Bachelor’s degree from George Washington University and his Master’s degree from The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

Mr Brent Cotton

Director, DHS C-UAS Program Management Office, Department of Homeland Security
Mr Brent Cotton

Brent is an expert in the field of Homeland Security, with specialized experience in transportation security, red teaming, and countering uncrewed aircraft systems (UAS). Brent has served in number of homeland security focused leadership positions including his current role as the Director for Counter-Uncrewed Aircraft Systems (C-UAS) at the Department of Homeland Security Office of Strategy, Policy, and Plans, under the Counterterrorism and Threat Prevention -Law Enforcement umbrella. Brent is responsible for the Department’s C-UAS policy, and implementation of the C-UAS authorities granted to DHS in the Preventing Emerging Threats Act of 2018.
Background: Mr. Cotton’s security career began during the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) rollout in 2002, when he began training the first federalized screeners and played an active role in developing and implementing checked baggage screening policy and protocols. After arriving at TSA headquarters in 2010, he joined the Operations Improvement Branch (OIB) where he created and refined procedures associated with rolling out new types of equipment. Identified as an unconventional thinker willing to challenge assumptions, Brent was recruited as a member of the Administrator’s Risk Based Security Team where he developed new and innovative approaches to transportation security. In this role Brent helped create and implement the TSA Precheck program which now has more than 10M voluntarily enrolled members.
Prior to moving to DHS HQ, Brent spent 5 years at TSA’s Office of Inspection where held several leadership positions including Deputy Assistant Administrator (DAA), Executive Advisor, and Branch Manager in the Special Operations Division (SOD) Red Team. Mr. Cotton’s diverse experience in transportation security, which includes training development, operations improvement, Risk Based Security, and Inspections, makes him uniquely qualified to discuss a wide range of issues affecting movement of people and commerce.
 

Mr Colin T Ross

Attorney Advisor, U.S. Department of Justice
Mr Colin T Ross

Colin T. Ross currently serves in the National Security Division (NSD) of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), where he focuses on developing and coordinating the federal government’s response to the threats of domestic terrorism, terrorist use of the Internet, and misuse of unmanned aircraft systems (drones), among other issues. He is the recipient of NSD’s Award for Excellence and the U.S. Intelligence Community’s award for serving on the best legal team of the year.
Prior to joining DOJ, he clerked for Judge Ronnie Abrams in the Southern District of New York and Judge Gregory Phillips on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.
His work on special prosecutors in the context of police shootings has been featured in the Harvard Journal on Legislation and The Washington Post.

Mr Darshan Divakaran

Senior Manager, AFWERX
Mr Darshan Divakaran

Darshan “Dash” Divakaran is an aerospace intrapreneur and technology evangelist with expertise in unmanned aviation, aviation development, geospatial analysis, emerging technologies, and program management. His areas of expertise in unmanned aviation also includes Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM), Counter-UAS (CUAS) and Advanced Air Mobility (AAM). He has led efforts to work with federal, state, public safety, industry, and academia to develop, integrate and manage national/statewide programs and initiatives. He has been recognized by Interdrone and Commercial UAV News as one of the top commercial drone visionaries.
Darshan works for AFWERX, the innovation arm of the Department of Air Force, as the Senior Manager for Strategic Innovation & Partnerships. In this role he leads efforts to promote innovation and integration through joint operations, interagency, state, and academic partnerships. In addition, he supports the industry engagement, outreach, and educational initiatives for AFWERX. He is also the government subject matter expert for Advanced Air Mobility (AAM), Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM) and Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) on the AFWERX Agility Prime program, a non-traditional program to accelerate the commercial market for advanced air mobility vehicles and create a robust domestic industry and supply chain to support their development and production.
Darshan holds a Masters in Geospatial Information Science and Technology from North Carolina State University and BS in Professional Aeronautics and Aviation Management from EmbryRiddle Aeronautical University. He is also an FAA certified commercial pilot with multi engine rating and holds a FAA part 107 remote pilot certificate.

Mr DJ Smith

Technical Surveillance Agent Unmanned Aerial & CUAS Program Coordinator, Virginia State Police
Mr 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:

  • He is the Unmanned Aerial Systems Program Coordinator for sUAS & Counter UAS operations for the Virginia State Police
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • He is also licensed part 107 pilot and has been flying sUAS for over 13 years.

Mr Don Rassler

Director of Strategic Initiatives, Combating Terrorism Centre
Mr Don Rassler

Don Rassler is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Sciences and Director of Strategic Initiatives at the Combating Terrorism Center (CTC) at the U.S. Military Academy. He is also a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Joint Special Operations University. His research interests are focused on how violent non-state actors innovate and use technology, counterterrorism performance, and understanding the changing dynamics of militancy in Asia. In his role as Director of Strategic Initiatives at CTC, Don manages special projects and important Center relationships, and provides advice to the CTC Director about the development of the Center. Don has conducted counterterrorism assessments for headquarters staff and advised operational units overseas. He is the co-author of Fountainhead of Jihad: The Haqqani Nexus, 1973-2012, a book released by Oxford University Press, and sits on the editorial board of the CTC Sentinel. Don’s work has been cited by the New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, Foreign Policy, and other outlets. Prior to joining the CTC, Don worked on intelligence, defense reform, and NATO transformation projects for the Department of Defense as a Senior Consultant at Detica. He holds an M.A. in International Affairs from Columbia University and a B.S. from the University of Oregon.

Mr Glenn McArthur

Assistant Chief Patrol Agent - Intelligence Liaison, U.S. Border Patrol
Mr Glenn McArthur

Mr Michael Torphy

Unit Chief, Surveillance and Emerging Technology Unit, FBI
Mr Michael 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.

Mr Richard Ast

Director, Unmanned Systems Technology, Emerging Technologies, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (OUSD R&E)
Mr Richard Ast

Mr. Ast currently serves as the Director, Unmanned Systems Technology, in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (OUSD(R&E)). He has Bachelors in Science from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York; and graduated from New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, with a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering.

Mr. Ast served in the U.S. Army for 22 years, and shortly after retirement joined OUSD(RE)’s Joint Capability Technology Demonstration office as a Deputy Oversight Executive supporting multiple unmanned aircraft system’s initiatives.

Mr Ryan Berry

Manager, UAS Security Division, Federal Aviation Administration*
Mr Ryan Berry

Mr Tom Adams

Co-Founder and CEO, AeroVigilance
Mr Tom Adams

Tom recently retired from the FBI as a Supervisory Special Agent where he was a Counter-UAS Program Manager for over three years.
He has an extensive background in urban Counter-UAS operations with numerous deployments at high profile public events and iconic venues throughout the U.S. He has considerable experience in the deployment and operation of EO/IR, radar, RF, and acoustic sensors and the deployment and operation of multiple UAS mitigation systems.
Mr. Adams is the Co-Founder and CEO of AeroVigilance, a Counter-UAS training and consulting firm based in Richmond, Virginia.

Mrs Julia Sanchez

UAS & C-UAS Specialist, EUROCONTROL
Mrs Julia Sanchez

Ms Karan Hofmann

Program Director, RTCA
Ms Karan Hofmann

Karan Hofmann has been a Program Director at RTCA since November 2014. She guides Special Committees through consensus-driven process to develop minimum performance requirements, affecting aviation community concepts, requirements, standards and guidance materials. Karan is a retired Air Force Weather officer. She helped design and integrate multimillion dollar weather systems for both military and civil needs. In the private sector, she led R&D and transition of transportation, meteorology and logistics modeling & visualization capabilities. She is an instrument certified single engine private pilot with over 1,500 hours. She has MS in Aviation Management, BS in Meteorology and BS in Geology.

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WHAT IS CPD?

CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development’. It is essentially a philosophy, which maintains that in order to be effective, learning should be organised and structured. The most common definition is:

‘A commitment to structured skills and knowledge enhancement for Personal or Professional competence’

CPD is a common requirement of individual membership with professional bodies and Institutes. Increasingly, employers also expect their staff to undertake regular CPD activities.

Undertaken over a period of time, CPD ensures that educational qualifications do not become obsolete, and allows for best practice and professional standards to be upheld.

CPD can be undertaken through a variety of learning activities including instructor led training courses, seminars and conferences, e:learning modules or structured reading.

CPD AND PROFESSIONAL INSTITUTES

There are approximately 470 institutes in the UK across all industry sectors, with a collective membership of circa 4 million professionals, and they all expect their members to undertake CPD.

For some institutes undertaking CPD is mandatory e.g. accountancy and law, and linked to a licence to practice, for others it’s obligatory. By ensuring that their members undertake CPD, the professional bodies seek to ensure that professional standards, legislative awareness and ethical practices are maintained.

CPD Schemes often run over the period of a year and the institutes generally provide online tools for their members to record and reflect on their CPD activities.

TYPICAL CPD SCHEMES AND RECORDING OF CPD (CPD points and hours)

Professional bodies and Institutes CPD schemes are either structured as ‘Input’ or ‘Output’ based.

‘Input’ based schemes list a precise number of CPD hours that individuals must achieve within a given time period. These schemes can also use different ‘currencies’ such as points, merits, units or credits, where an individual must accumulate the number required. These currencies are usually based on time i.e. 1 CPD point = 1 hour of learning.

‘Output’ based schemes are learner centred. They require individuals to set learning goals that align to professional competencies, or personal development objectives. These schemes also list different ways to achieve the learning goals e.g. training courses, seminars or e:learning, which enables an individual to complete their CPD through their preferred mode of learning.

The majority of Input and Output based schemes actively encourage individuals to seek appropriate CPD activities independently.

As a formal provider of CPD certified activities, SAE Media Group can provide an indication of the learning benefit gained and the typical completion. However, it is ultimately the responsibility of the delegate to evaluate their learning, and record it correctly in line with their professional body’s or employers requirements.

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Increasingly, international and emerging markets are ‘professionalising’ their workforces and looking to the UK to benchmark educational standards. The undertaking of CPD is now increasingly expected of any individual employed within today’s global marketplace.

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We can provide a certificate for all our accredited events. To request a CPD certificate for a conference , workshop, master classes you have attended please email events@saemediagroup.com

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