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The SAE Media Group are delighted to announce the 2nd annual Counter UAS Technology Conference taking place at the in Arlington, VA on the 5th and 6th of December 2022.

Building off the back of a sell-out 2021 event Counter UAS Technology 2022 will return to Arlington, VA once again showcase the very latest technology in the market to ensure that DoD personnel, equipment and infrastructure are protected from the proliferation of drones

Furthermore, with the establishment of the US DoD Joint Counter-Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Office, (JCO) there is now a drive across the US Armed Forces to have a comprehensive and centralised approach to tackling the ever evolving drone threat facing the nation. Speakers will feature from leading US DoD agencies, international defence organizations and leading industry providers to give the best insight into Counter UAS priorities, developments and solutions to protect from UAS proliferation.

  • Hear from US DoD Senior Leadership and Program Managers on how they are utilizing technology to combat UAS
  • Meet and Network with international speakers from NATO and aligned nations to discover how they are defending their defence networks from drone attacks
  • Listen to how innovative technology is driving advancement and enabling defence to counter drone swarms and attacks

11 SFS; Air & Space Warfare Centre; Air Force; Army/RCCTO DE; Atolla Tech; Aurora Flight Sciences; AvMC - Technology Development Directorate - Aviation; Axient; Axient Corp; Ball Aerospace; Belgian Armed Forces; Black River Systems; Breaking Defense; C Speed; CACI; CACI, Inc.; Carmenta Inc.; Convexum; Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organization; Defence Science and Technology Laboratory; Defense Digital Service; Defense Technical Information Center; Department Of Homeland Security; Department of National Defence; DEU Defense Intelligence Liaison Staff; DEVCOM AvMC; D-Fend Solutions Ltd.; D-fendsolutions; DHS; DHS S&T; DOD; DroneShield; Echodyne Corp.; Edgesource; Elta IAI; ELTA Systems Ltd; Enterprise Control Systems Ltd; Epirus; ESG Elektroniksystem- und Logistik; ESG Elektroniksystem- und Logistik-GmbH; EXEC MANAGER; Federal Ministry of Defence (Germany); Federal Ministry of Defense, Germany; Federal Police Germany; Federal Police of Germany; Fortem Technologies; GEN-AVIV; General Dynamics Land Systems - Canada; German Air Force Command, Luftwaffe HQ; HQ US Air Force / Defensive Base Operations Division; Imperative Systems LLC; JCom; JGW Group; Joint Counter-small UAS Office; Joint C-sUAS Office; Joint Staff / JIAMDO; Kirintec Ltd; Liteye Systems Inc; MAB7; MARSS; Marss Group; Military Aviation Authority; Ministry of Defense; MOD Hungary State Aviation Department; National Defense University; NATO HQ; Naval Weapons Station Yorktown; Navy; Navy Unmanned Aerial Vehicles - PMA-266; NAWCAD ASI; NAWC-AD WOLF; Nigerian Army; Noology NA, Inc.; NSWC Crane Division; Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (OUSD R&E); Ousd R R&t; OWT Global LLC (Ninja Alliance); PEO USC PMS 408; Rafael; Rafael Systems Global Sustainment (RSGS); Raytheon; Raytheon Solipsys; Raytheon Technologies; Robin Radar Systems BV; SAE International; Sentry View Systems, Inc.; SMi Group Ltd; SpotterRF; SRC, Inc.; Survice Engineering Company; TCI International Inc.; Teledyne FLIR Defense Systems; TEST; Trident Defence LLC; Twist Bioscience; U.S. Army; U.S. Coast Guard; United States Air Force; United States Army; US Air Force; US Air Force Academy; US Air Force Research Laboratory, Space Vehicles Directorate; US Army; US Army Futures Command; US Army, PEO IEW&S / PM PNT; US Dept of Energy, Sandia National Laboratories; US DOD Joint Counter small UAS Office (JCO); US Marine Corps; US Navy; US SOCOM; Usaf; USAFA ; USMC; USNORTHCOM JTF-NCR; USSOCOM JRU SOC-JC; USSOCOM Surgeon 9SOSG); Virginia State Police; Weibel Scientific A/S

Conference programme

7:00 Registration & Coffee

7:45 SAE Media Group Welcome Address

7:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Dr Craig Robin

Dr Craig Robin, CEO, EO Solutions
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8:00 JCO Keynote Address: Providing the Framework to Address sUAS Across the Spectrum of Hazards and Threats

CW3 Judson Brant

CW3 Judson Brant, Electronic Warfare Officer with JCO Technology Planning, Joint Counter-sUAS Office (JCO)
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  • Developing a holistic C-UAS strategy across the DoD
  • Providing C-UAS strategies and solutions across all operating environments
  • Maximizing counter small-UAS capabilities domestically and overseas through collaboration
  • Working with industry to consider and evaluate the latest technology and systems
  • 8:30 MARSS NiDAR C2: BEST of BREED

  • MARSS seamlessly integrates sensors & effectors into NiDAR C2 for optimum & actionable SA for CUAS challenges
  • MARSS NiDAR Sensor Fusion incorporates 15+ years of AI / ML Research & practical Real-World operations into every system
  • MARSS has multiple Combat Proven CUAS & Surveillance systems in service now
  • Mr Jeff Tipton

    Mr Jeff Tipton, Defense Business Development Manager, Marss Group
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    9:00 US C/UAS Requirements and Capability Development: Coordinating a Strategic Response

    Colonel Tony Behrens

    Colonel Tony Behrens, Deputy Director, Joint Integrated Air & Missile Defense Organization (JIAMDO), Joint Staff J8
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  • The U.S. Joint Warfighting Concept is focusing on prioritizing required capabilities
  • The Integrated Air & Missile Defense (IAMD) Capability Portfolio Management Review (CPMR) process established C/UAS as a mission focus area
  • The Joint IAMD Portfolio Priority List (JIPPL) will prioritize all IAMD requirements, including C/UAS in support of Combatant Commanders’ operational needs
  • Joint C/UAS development must synchronize with the Department’s vision; at the pace of operational relevancy
  • Combined and Inter-Agency coordination in developing concepts, requirements and capability must be informed by necessary policy (authorities)
     
  • 9:30 Mission Set Defined Radar

    Mr Scott Straka

    Mr Scott Straka, Director of Product Management, Echodyne Corp.
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  • Rethinking the Field of Regard
  • Integrating environmental data to refine FoR
  • Tailored radar resources and intelligence in the loop
  • Outsized performance as the norm
  • 10:00 Morning Coffee

    10:30 Operational Experience with the Fielded Military GUARDION C-UAS Solution

    Ms Daniela Hildenbrand

    Ms Daniela Hildenbrand, Product Manager & Team Lead Counter-UAS Solutions, ESG Elektroniksystem- und Logistik-GmbH
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  • ESG as hardware-agnostic system integrator provides mission-proven GUARDION C-UAS solutions (fielded with German Armed forces)
  • Importance of balancing customer expectations with technological limits of commercially available equipment (high degree of automation & reliability necessary)
  • Independent system integrators can intelligently combine complementary sub-systems in close cooperation with end users in order to maximize the operational benefits
  • 11:00 Expanding US CUAS Capability Development Through the Empowerment of the Defense Industrial Base

    Lieutenant Colonel Tom Meagher

    Lieutenant Colonel Tom Meagher, Chief, Prime Division, AFWERX
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  • Incentivizing partnerships between DoD and Non-DoD stakeholders to pursue national security interests by matching emerging commercial solutions with operational needs
  • Leveraging commercial technology development to deliver better CUAS capability to the war?ghter at speed
  • Agility Prime: driving transition to operational capability
  • Next steps: collaborating with AFWERX to enhance national CUAS capabilities
  • 11:30 C-UAS Effectors and Cyber Electromagnetic Activity (CEMA) Systems

  • Kirintec (who we are)
  • What systems we offer as CUAS Effectors (portable and [semi]static)
  • What is CEMA
  • Kirintec’s K-CEMA system
  • Mr Lewis Poole

    Mr Lewis Poole, Head of Sales, Kirintec Ltd
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    Mr Dave Longmuir

    Mr Dave Longmuir, Sales Director, Kirintec Ltd
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    12:00 AFCENT cUAS Perspective

    Lieutenant Colonel Steven ‘Chuck’ Norris

    Lieutenant Colonel Steven ‘Chuck’ Norris, cUAS Cell Chief, 9th Air Force, US Air Forces Central
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  • UAS are a 360 degree threat, and Group 3 are seam between Force Protection and traditional IAMD
  • This traditionally asymmetric threat challenges technology, training, and doctrine as it quickly evolves
  • Layered, Integrated Defensive systems will have to replace legacy and JUON-based hardware
  • 12:30 Networking Lunch

    13:30 Safeguarding Your Decision-Making Process

    Mr Lars Krogh Vammen

    Mr Lars Krogh Vammen, Business Development Director, Weibel Scientific A/S
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  • How to classify a micro drone at 8 kilometres
  • How to reduce the false alarm rate to the insignificant
  • How to uphold performance in a clutter rich environment
  • 14:00 Panel Debate: Protecting US Homeland Security and Borders from the Emerging Drone Threat

  • Overview: what is the UAS threat?
  • Preventing illegal smuggling and protecting US borders from drone attacks
  • Ensuring national security is not threatened by UAS
  • Mr Tom Adams

    Mr Tom Adams, Former FBI Counter-UAS Program Manager, FBI
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    Assistant Chief Clint McArdle

    Assistant Chief Clint McArdle, C-UAS Operations Director, Customs and Border Protection (CBP), US Border Patrol
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    Mr DJ Smith

    Mr DJ Smith, Technical Surveillance Agent/Unmanned Aerial and CUAS Systems Program Coordinator of Criminal Investigations, Virginia State Police
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    Mr Michael Torphy

    Mr Michael Torphy, Unit Chief / Supervisory Special Agent, Surveillance Emerging Technologies Unit, FBI
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    Mrs Mary Rupert

    Mrs Mary Rupert, Program Analyst, C-UAS Program Management Office PMO, Department of Homeland Security
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    Mr Kenneth Dunlap

    Mr Kenneth Dunlap, UAS Security Specialist, PM Section 383 Mitigation Program, UAS Security Division, Federal Aviation Administration
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    14:45 The Threat of Rogue Drones On The Rise: Defending Fixed and Moving Critical Assets from Malicious UAVs

    Mr Bill Haraka

    Mr Bill Haraka, VP Defence & Security, Robin Radar Systems
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  • What makes a company with 33 years of experience in bird detection uniquely positioned to detect, track and classify drones for the Counter Drone (C-UAS) sector?
  • The exponential increase in drone usage and recent examples of malicious intent, a holistic C-UAS solution, RADAR On The Move (OTM) and baseline C-UAS requirements for the protection of critical infrastructure and fixed and moving Military assets from small rogue drones
  • What are the vital counter-UAS solutions and protective measures to the new drone threats facing our world?
  • 15:15 S&T of Critical Counter-small UAS Technologies to Support the US Warfighter

    Mr Richard Ast

    Mr Richard Ast, Director, Unmanned Systems Technology (UxST), Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (OUSD(R&E))
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  • US DoD S&T Counter-small UAS major focus areas
  • OUSD(R&E) Counter-small sUAS technology priorities
  • Collaborating with the wider S&T community and defense industry to develop innovative C-UAS capabilities
  • 15:45 Afternoon Tea

    16:15 Next-Generation Cyber-Centric Counter-UAS Technologies for Sensitive Environments: Maintaining Safety, Control, and Continuity

    Mr Zohar Halachmi

    Mr Zohar Halachmi, Chairman & CEO, D-Fend Solutions
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  • The Emerging Drone Threat in Sensitive Environments
  • Shortcomings of Traditional Legacy C-UAS Solutions
  • The Rogue Drone Incident Lifecycle
  • 16:45 Update on UK MoD C-sUAS Capability Developments and Future Priorities

    Wing Commander Carl Hamilton-Reed

    Wing Commander Carl Hamilton-Reed, SO1 CUAS Programme & Requirements Manager, UK Joint CUAS Office – DE&S JSENS
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  • A Testing and Innovating UAS Technology– an overview of the current C-UAS projects of the UK MoD
  • The rise of drone swarming capabilities and the need for mobile and deployable technology to defeat the threat
  • Working with the UK Defence industry to test and trial solutions
  • Assessing civilian applications that could be repurposed for Defence requirements
  • 17:15 C-UAS Capability Gaps and Solutions

    Mr Magnus Wallmark

    Mr Magnus Wallmark, EVP, Business Development and Sales, Fortem Technologies
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    17:45 Detect, Defeat: The Canadian Air Force’s C-UAS Efforts and Requirements

    Mr Philippe Hébert

    Mr Philippe Hébert, Director General R&D Innovation, Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security (IDEaS), Defence Research and Development Canada

  • Integrating C-UAS solutions into the broader military command and control system
  • Ensuring C-UAS capabilities can operate Beyond Line of Sight for maximum effectiveness and protection
  • Kinetic vs. non-kinetic neutralization of drones
  • 18:15 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    Dr Craig Robin

    Dr Craig Robin, CEO, EO Solutions
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    18:30 Networking Drinks Reception – Hosted by Lead Sponsor MARSS

    7:30 Registration & Coffee

    8:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Dr Craig Robin

    Dr Craig Robin, CEO, EO Solutions
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    9:00 RCCTO Keynote Address: Aligning Existing and Future C-sUAS Technology Solutions to Support Operational Needs

    Lieutenant Colonel Adam M. Miller

    Lieutenant Colonel Adam M. Miller, PM for Directed Energy, C-sUAS, US Army RCCTO
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  • The RCCTO’s role in the US DoD’s Counter-Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Strategy
  • Acquiring new and emerging High Energy Laser (HEL) C-sUAS technologies to support US DoD Counter UAS objectives
  • Applying existing resources more efficiently in the C-sUAS effort
  • Delivering Palletized-High Energy Laser (P-HEL) to detect, track, identify, and enable hard kill defeat UAS threats
  • 9:30 Expanding the US Army’s Air & Missile Defense Capabilities in the C-UAS Arena

    Ms. Sarah J Parker

    Ms. Sarah J Parker, Air and Missile Defense Capability Area Lead, US Army DEVCOM Aviation & Missile Center
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  • Augmenting US C-UAS and missile defense capabilities with M-SHORAD, DART and BLADE platforms
  • Collaborating with other service branches to maximise the US Military’s C-UAS program potential
  • The role of the Aviation & Missile Center in future C-UAS strategy development
  • 10:00 Session Reserved for Gold Sponsor - NINJA Alliance

    10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Protecting USMC Assets and Troops from UAS Threats

    Mr Don A. Kelley

    Mr Don A. Kelley, Program Manager, Ground Based Air Defence, PEO Land Systems, US Marine Corps
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  • USMC C-UAS current and future requirements
  • Procuring new C-UAS technology to counter the growing threat of enemy UAS
  • Integrating new solutions into the Marine Air Defense Integrated System
  • Mounting C-UAS capabilities onto tactical vehicles to protect dismounted troops
  • 11:30 Advanced Protection Systems: SKYctrl Military-Grade Anti-Drone Systems and FIELDctrl 3D MIMO Radars

  • Company overview
  • Technological milestones
  • FIELDctrl 3D MIMO radars
  •  Implementations
  • Captain (Ret.) Dariusz Wichniarek

    Captain (Ret.) Dariusz Wichniarek, Business Development Director, Advanced Protection Systems
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    12:00 USCG C-UAS Briefing

    Lieutenant Kristopher Wrieden

    Lieutenant Kristopher Wrieden, Policy Analyst and CUAS SME, Office of Maritime Security Response Policy, US Coast Guard
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  • USCG C-UAS history and implementation
  • Authorities and assistance to US DoD
  • Capabilities Overview
  • UAS Threats in the Maritime Domain
  • Interagency relationships and preparedness to support UAS threat response
  • 12:30 Networking Lunch

    13:30 Who's in Charge Here?: Adapting National Airspace to CUAS Challenges

    Mr Brad Pasho

    Mr Brad Pasho, Security Cooperation Analyst, Axient

  • Laydown of statutory landscape
  • Challenges to implementation of coherent whole of Government CUAS strategy
  • Recommendation for a path forward
  • 14:00 European C-UAS Panel Debate: Collaborating and Cooperating to Ensure European C-UAS Protection

  • Overview of national CUAS capabilities
  • Working together to create holistic C-UAS capabilities
  • Adopting integrated and interdepartmental approaches to ensure nationwide CUAS protection
  • Future C-UAS challenges and priorities in the European theatre
  • Dr Claudio Palestini

    Dr Claudio Palestini, Project Project Manager, NATO Counter UAS Working Group, Counter Terrorism Section, Emerging Security Divisions, NATO
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    Lieutenant Colonel Rüdiger Rauch

    Lieutenant Colonel Rüdiger Rauch, Assistant Branch Chief, Strategy and Operations Directorate I 6, C-sUAS, Federal Ministry of Defense, Germany
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    Major Dennis Vermeulen

    Major Dennis Vermeulen, Staff Officer Force Protection, Royal Netherlands Air Force
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    Captain Rens Govaers

    Captain Rens Govaers, Delegate of Bureau Rockets & Missiles - C-UAS Project Team, General Directorate Material Resources, Belgian Armed Forces
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    Squadron Leader James Hodgson

    Squadron Leader James Hodgson, Air Capability C-UAS Delivery Team, Royal Air Force
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    14:45 Session Reserved for Sponsor - University of North Dakota

    Dr Mark Askelson

    Dr Mark Askelson, Associate Vice President for Research - National Security Initiative, Unviversity of North Dakota
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    Mr Chris J. Theisen

    Mr Chris J. Theisen, Director of Research and Development, Northern Plains UAS Test Site

    Mr Jared Oren

    Mr Jared Oren, Director, T&E Division, National Urban Security Technology Laboratory, Department of Homeland Security
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    Mr Paul Snyder

    Mr Paul Snyder, Assistant Chair, Director of UAS Program, University of North Dakota
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    15:15 Conducting Cutting-Edge Research and Development to Expand the US Air Force’s C-UAS Methods

  • Overview of the C-UAS initiatives and opportunities at the US Air Force Academy
  • Developing innovative and low-cost C-UAS solutions
  • Update on the USAFA’s Swarm, Offensive and Defensive Applications (SODA) Effort
  • ‘Defense in Depth’: detecting and sensing to defeat the UAS threat
  • Colonel Brian Neff

    Colonel Brian Neff, Permanent Professor and Head for Electrical and Computer Engineering, US Air Force Academy
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    Colonel Josh Egan

    Colonel Josh Egan, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Head, Us Air Force Academy
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    15:45 Afternoon Tea

    16:15 C-UAS for Dismounted, Decentralized Units

    Lieutenant General (Ret.) Michael K. Nagata

    Lieutenant General (Ret.) Michael K. Nagata, Senior Vice President and Strategic Advisor, CACI International
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  • Current relevance: Ukraine operating in decentralized unit need to maintain mobility while still maintaining capability
  • Importance in system providing identification and location to determine threat
  • Importance of system to network to other like systems, enhancing situational awareness amongst adjacent units
  • Importance of being able to relay information of threats to higher HQ, to increase commander’s awareness of operational picture
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    16:45 Researching and Developing Next-Generation Kinetic C-UAS Capabilities to Support US Army Futures Command’s Modernization Efforts

    Mr David Goldstein

    Mr David Goldstein, C-UAS Lead, US Army DEVCOM Armaments Center
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  • Developing and testing weapon systems for the ballistic defeat of UAS
  • Completing the killchain with detection, tracking, and targeting capabilities
  • Expanding C-UAS defense capabilities for a maneuverable and multimission future force
  • 17:15 Testing, Evaluating and Integrating the US Army’s Future C-UAS Platforms

    Mr Brett Wade

    Mr Brett Wade, ATEC System (AST) Chair, Aviation and Fires Evaluation Directorate, US Army Test & Evaluation Command – Army Evaluation Center

  • ATEC’s T&E efforts in the past for various costumers.
  • Update on what T&E ATEC are doing now for various customers.
  • What we are posturing oneself to support near to out-year efforts associated with JCO led CDD-Inc1 and ACDD efforts
  • 17:45 Rapid Development and Evaluation of C-UAS Threats at the Counter-UAS Center of Excellence (COE)

    Dr Jamey Jacob

    Dr Jamey Jacob, Director, Counter-UAS Center of Excellence, Oklahoma State University
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  • Counter-UAS Center of Excellence Mission
  • Emerging Threat Assessment
  • Current Efforts and Path Forward
  • Government Agency and Corporate Involvement
  • 18:15 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

    Dr Craig Robin

    Dr Craig Robin, CEO, EO Solutions
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    FEATURED SPEAKERS

    Colonel Tony Behrens

    Colonel Tony Behrens

    Deputy Director, Joint Integrated Air & Missile Defense Organization (JIAMDO), Joint Staff J8
    CW3 Judson Brant

    CW3 Judson Brant

    Electronic Warfare Officer with JCO Technology Planning, Joint Counter-sUAS Office (JCO)
    Dr Craig Robin

    Dr Craig Robin

    CEO, EO Solutions
    Lieutenant Colonel Adam M. Miller

    Lieutenant Colonel Adam M. Miller

    PM for Directed Energy, C-sUAS, US Army RCCTO
    Lieutenant Colonel Tom Meagher

    Lieutenant Colonel Tom Meagher

    Chief, Prime Division, AFWERX
    Ms. Sarah J Parker

    Ms. Sarah J Parker

    Air and Missile Defense Capability Area Lead, US Army DEVCOM Aviation & Missile Center

    Assistant Chief Clint McArdle

    C-UAS Operations Director, Customs and Border Protection (CBP), US Border Patrol
    Assistant Chief Clint McArdle

    Assistant Chief Clint McArdle currently serves as the C-UAS Operations Director at the U.S. Border Patrol Headquarters in Washington, D.C. Chief McArdle has served in multiple sectors along the southwest border as well as at Special Operation’s Group in El Paso, TX. He was also a co-founder of the CBP Unmanned Technology Operations Center (UTOC) in Summit Point, W.V. where CBP hosts its SUAS and C-UAS integration, testing, and training programs.

    Captain (Ret.) Dariusz Wichniarek

    Business Development Director, Advanced Protection Systems
    Captain (Ret.) Dariusz Wichniarek

    CAPTAIN (Navy) Ret. Dariusz Wichniarek is a director of Business Development in Advanced Protection Systems in Gdynia, Poland. He is a retired officer of the Naval Special Operations Forces, former commander of the Naval Special Operations Unit “Formoza”. He graduated from the Military Academy (Engineering) in Wroclaw, the University of Technology in Gdansk, the Naval Academy in Gdynia, the Joint Special Operations University at Hurlburt Field (now Tampa), the National Defense University in Washington, DC, and the Naval War College in Newport, RI, USA.
    CAPT Dariusz Wichniarek was appointed to numerous positions in the Polish Navy and Special Operations Forces: a platoon leader in the Military Diving Center in Gdynia, a commander of the Combat Diving Group, an underwater demolition and weaponry systems officer, a senior specialist of the Naval Special Operations Department in the Navy HQ in Gdynia. In 2007 he was appointed a head of the Operational Planning Department in the newly created Polish Special Operations Forces Command HQ (POL SOFCOM). In 2009 he became a commander of the Naval Special Operations Unit “Formoza” (NSOU). In the years 2013/2014, as the first Pole, he served on the chief of staff position in the newly created NATO Special Operations Component Command in Afghanistan (NSOCC-A). From 2015 to 2018 he performed his duties as a director of the Strategy and Defense Planning Department in the Ministry of the National Defense in Warsaw, Poland. After retirement in 2018 he has held managerial positions in business, focusing on business development, protection and defense concepts, and implementation of modern technologies in security systems of critical infrastructure.
    CAPT Dariusz Wichniarek completed numerous specialist courses in the country and abroad, which include: combat diving course, underwater demolitions course, special warfare course, parachute course, NATO Combined Joint Forces Special Operations Component Command Staff Officer Course, NATO CJFSOCC Operational Planning Course, Security Stability Transition and Reconstruction Course, Special Operations Combating Terrorism Course, NSOCC-A Staff Course, ISAF SOF Predeployment Training.
    His awards include: a gold medal "For Merit for National Defense," silver medal "Armed Forces in the National Service ", "Star of Afghanistan", "Non-Article 5 NATO Medal", US medal "The Legion of Merit ".

    Captain Rens Govaers

    Delegate of Bureau Rockets & Missiles - C-UAS Project Team, General Directorate Material Resources, Belgian Armed Forces
    Captain Rens Govaers

    Captain Rens Govaers joined the Belgian Armed Forces in 2010 as student at the Belgian Royal Military Academy where he graduated in 2015 with a master’s degree in Social and Military Sciences. After his graduation, he was assigned to the Belgian Airforce as a Force Protection officer. From 2016 to 2021, Captain Govaers was one of the responsible officers for the Airbase Security of Kleine-Brogel Airbase. Since his assignment to the Directorate General Material Resources in 2021, he is one of the members of the C-UAS Project Team which is tasked with the acquisition of C-UAS equipment.

     

    Colonel Brian Neff

    Permanent Professor and Head for Electrical and Computer Engineering, US Air Force Academy
    Colonel Brian Neff

    Colonel Brian Neff is the Permanent Professor and Head of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the U.S. Air Force Academy. He instructs students in a variety of classroom and laboratory courses, and leads the department’s 25 faculty, staff, and researchers in the instruction of approximately 1,400 students per year. Additionally, Colonel Neff directs an active research program including the Academy Center for Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Research and maintains state of the art lab and test facilities.
    Colonel Neff entered the Air Force in 1999 through Air Force ROTC at the University of Pittsburgh. He has deployed in support of Iraqi Freedom, where he was the Detachment Commander for the Joint Air Battle Staff. Colonel Neff was previously a permanent party faculty member at the USAF Test Pilot School and continues to serve as adjunct faculty, where he leads the test community in modernizing Electro-Optic flight test techniques. Prior to his current position, Colonel Neff was a squadron commander for the 746th Test Squadron, where he led the developmental test efforts for DoD global positioning system upgrades.
    Colonel Neff is an accomplished flight test engineer with 573 military flight hours in 35 unique aircraft types. Additionally, he has 292 combat flight hours in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

    Colonel Josh Egan

    Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Head, Us Air Force Academy
    Colonel Josh Egan

    Colonel Joshua C. Egan, PhD, is the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Head at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He instructs students in a variety of classroom and laboratory courses, and leads the department’s 25 faculty, staff, and researchers in the instruction of approximately 1,400 students per year.
    A fighter pilot and test pilot, Colonel Egan has over 2,300 flight hours in over 40 aircraft types, but primarily in the F-15C/D/E, T-38A/B/C, F-16C/CM, and PA-200 Tornado. His PhD research focused on spread spectrum signals and artificial intelligence.

    Colonel Tony Behrens

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

    CW3 Judson Brant

    Electronic Warfare Officer with JCO Technology Planning, Joint Counter-sUAS Office (JCO)
    CW3 Judson Brant

    Cyber and Electronic Warfare Officer with 19 years in the Army and 55 months deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan. I began my military career immediately after the events of 9/11 with my motto “Affect what you can”. I have established relationships across the Joint Services, agencies and coalition partners focused on C-sUAS. I am committed to affect what I can to posture the DoD to win our nations warsnwith our material C-sUAS solutions.

     February 2002-1015 Technical Solider and Warrant Officer

    • OIF 2003-04 2-101st 04-05 2-101st 07-09 1-1ID
    • OEF 2010-11 170th IBCT 13-14 3-10th IBCT(L)

    Siemens Corporation 2015-2016 Training With Industry (TWI)

    • 2016 North America Siemens Hackathon winner
    • Lead for Cyber Security analysis and proposal for Positive Train Control (PTC)
    • Patent awarded for Persistent State Monitoring Box (PSMB)

    PM EW&C 2016-2018 Army Material Solutions

    • USAEUR Operational Needs Statement (ONS) - SME leading to a PACARD award 
    • 8th Army ONS- SME identifying material solutions to address the INDOPACOM needs
    • Lead for User Jury comparing POR to Joint GOTS EW and Intel planning and management tools

    RCCTO 2018 – Current Joint Material Solutions 

    • Tactical Dismounted Electronic Warfare (TDEW) down select and test evaluation
    • Cyber Electro Magnetic Activities (CEMA) ONS OPR support to identify overmatch and operational requirements 
    • JCO Technology Planning Team Lead identifying material solutions to address gaps and create C-sUAS overmatch 
    • Responsible for Industry Engagements and identifying state of the art material solutions to address the Joint C-sUAS need

    Dr Claudio Palestini

    Project Project Manager, NATO Counter UAS Working Group, Counter Terrorism Section, Emerging Security Divisions, NATO
    Dr Claudio Palestini

    Claudio Palestini is working in the Emerging Security Challenges Division in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). He deals with capability and technological development in a number of fields, including countering drones and other asymmetric threats. Before joining NATO, he has worked in European Union institutions, dealing with the satellite navigation programme Galileo and the Single European Sky ATM Research (SESAR) deployment. He holds a PhD in telecommunication engineering from University of Bologna (Italy).

    Dr Craig Robin

    CEO, EO Solutions
    Dr Craig Robin

    Dr. Craig A Robin is the Chief Executive Officer and owner of EO Solutions. Founded in 2022, EO Solutions is a physics and engineering company with technical and programmatic expertise in providing electro-optical technology solutions for multi-domain warfighting capability gaps.

    Prior to starting EO Solutions, Dr. Robin was the Director of the Directed Energy Project Office within the Army Rapid Capabilities and Critical Technologies Office (RCCTO), Redstone Arsenal, Al. In that position, Dr. Robin was responsible for oversight and execution of research, development, prototyping, test, evaluation, procurement and fielding directed energy technologies and capabilities that address immediate, near-term, and mid-term threats, consistent with the Army’s modernization priorities.

    Dr. Craig A. Robin was appointed as a Senior Scientific Professional (ST) in August 2017, and served as Senior Research Scientist (Directed Energy Applications), Technical Center, United States Army Space and Missile Defense Command/ Army Forces Strategic Command. In this role, Dr. Robin was responsible for the overview, execution, and coordination of programs in basic research, exploratory development, advanced development, and system integration in the technological and functional areas of directed energy weapons necessary to advance the pioneering development of revolutionary military systems and equipment.

    Dr. Robin previously worked with Lockheed Martin Laser and Sensor Systems in Bothell, Washington as a Research Scientist from October of 2013 to August of 2017. Prior to that, Dr. Robin spent 10 years, from 2003 to 2013, as a Research Physicist and graduate student with the Air Force Research Laboratory in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

    Dr. Robin holds a Bachelor's degree in Physics from Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon; a Master's degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, New Mexico; and a PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of New Mexico.

    Dr. Robin is a member of the Directed Energy Professional Society, the Optical Society of America, the International Society for Optics and Photonics, and the Association of the United States Army.

    Dr Jamey Jacob

    Director, Counter-UAS Center of Excellence, Oklahoma State University
    Dr Jamey Jacob

    Jamey Jacob is the Director of the OSU Unmanned Systems Research Institute and John Hendrix Chair and Professor of Aerospace Engineering in the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Oklahoma State University. His current efforts are focused on advanced air 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, and is the director for the Counter-UAS Center of Excellence. 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.

    Dr Mark Askelson

    Associate Vice President for Research - National Security Initiative, Unviversity of North Dakota
    Dr Mark Askelson

    Dr. Askelson is the Associate Vice President for Research—National Security Initiative at the University of North Dakota (UND). He recently served as Executive Director of the Research Institute for Autonomous Systems (RIAS), Associate Dean of Research for the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences, and Professor in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at UND. He has over 15 years of experience working with autonomous systems and over 25 years of research and applications experience with radar, including advanced applications involving radar polarimetry and phased array technologies. His areas of expertise include autonomous systems, testing and validation, and radar. His current research efforts include Detect And Avoid (DAA) systems, integration of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UASs) into the National Airspace System (NAS), and counter-UAS/autonomy. Dr. Askelson has led multiple UAS research efforts, including multimillion-dollar efforts focused on using both ground-based phased-array radars (development of the Ganged Phased Array Radar-Risk Mitigation System; GPAR-RMS) and cooperative data (the Limited Deployment-Cooperative Airspace Project; LD-CAP) for DAA. He is a lead in multiple ASSURE (Alliance for System Safety of UAS through Research Excellence) research efforts.

    Lieutenant Colonel Adam M. Miller

    PM for Directed Energy, C-sUAS, US Army RCCTO
    Lieutenant 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.

    Lieutenant Colonel Rüdiger Rauch

    Assistant Branch Chief, Strategy and Operations Directorate I 6, C-sUAS, Federal Ministry of Defense, Germany
    Lieutenant Colonel Rüdiger Rauch

    1988 Airforce Basic Training Essen-Kupferdreh
    1992 67. Officercourse Airforce Officerschool Fuerstenfeldbruck
    1994 Electronic Warfare Officer Course Airforce Technical School Lechfeld
    1994 - 2000 Electronic Warfare Officer (Duty Officer COMINT, Platoonleader)
    Signal Sector D, Berlin-Gatow
    2000 - 2002 Electronic Warfare Officer, Desk Officer
    German Airforce Command A3Va, Cologne
    2002 - 2003 Electronic Warfare Officer, Desk Officer
    Strategic Reconnaissance Command, Directorate Future Development, Equipment Department, Rheinbach
    2003 - 2006 Sector Commander
    3./COMINT Bn 911, Stadum
    2006 - 2009 Teaching Staff Officer Airforce
    Strategic Reconnaissance School, Flensburg
    2009 - 2012 J3 and Deputy Commander
    COMINT Bn 911, Stadum
    2012 - 2013 Deputy Commander and J3
    Signal Analysis Center 91, Flensburg
    2013 - 2014 Group Leader 4 Technical Analysis and Head of COMINT Department
    Bundeswehr SIGINT Technical Analysis Center (BwSTAC), Hof
    05/2014 – 07/2018 Assistant Branch Chief for the authorised representative FMOD within the Paliamentary Inquiry Council, SME SIGINT
    FMOD Berlin
    08/2018 – 10/2018 Assistant Branch Chief Strategy and Operations Directorate II 4, EUTM MLI
    FMOD Berlin
    11/2018 – 07/2019 Assistant Branch Chief Strategy and Operations Directorate I 1, C-sUAS, NATO Biometrics, Data Protection Military Intelligence FMOD, Berlin
    07/2019 –
    today Assistant Branch Chief Strategy and Operations Directorate I 6, C-sUAS, NATO Biometrics, Data Protection Military Intelligence
    FMOD, Berlin
     

    Lieutenant Colonel Steven ‘Chuck’ Norris

    cUAS Cell Chief, 9th Air Force, US Air Forces Central
    Lieutenant Colonel Steven ‘Chuck’ Norris

    Lt Col Steven “Chuck” Norris is the chief of the Air Base Air Defense Division, 9th Air Force (Air Forces Central), Shaw AFB, and counter-UAS cell chief. He is charged to organize, train and equip airmen to defend AFCENT air bases against airborne threats.

    Lt Col Norris commissioned in May 2002 from the US Air Force Academy. “Chuck” is a Command Pilot with over 4,000 flying hours, including more than 600 combat and 2,200 combat support hours in the F-16C/D, T-38A/C, T-6A, MQ-1B, and MQ-9. His operational experience includes Operations NOBLE EAGLE, IRAQI FREEDOM, ENDURING FREEDOM, and INHERENT RESOLVE.

    Lieutenant Colonel Tom Meagher

    Chief, Prime Division, AFWERX
    Lieutenant Colonel Tom Meagher

    Lt Col Tom Meagher is the Chief of the AFWERX Prime Division. He leads the acceleration of emerging dual-use technology markets by leveraging government resources for rapid and affordable fielding for the Department of the Air Force.
    Lt Col Meagher commissioned from the Air Force Academy in 2004. A graduate of the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School, he has held positions as an operational B-52 pilot, program manager, and test and evaluation pilot for multiple aircraft platforms. Recent assignments include commanding the 419th Flight Test Squadron for B-1, B-2, and B-52 developmental test and C-12 training operations, followed by graduation from the Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy.

    Lieutenant General (Ret.) Michael K. Nagata

    Senior Vice President and Strategic Advisor, CACI International
    Lieutenant General (Ret.) Michael K. Nagata

    Michael K. Nagata is a Senior Vice President and Strategic Advisor for CACI International; joining the company in December 2019. Retiring from the US Army in 2019 after 38 years of Active Duty, with 34 years in US Special Operations, his final assignment was Director of Strategic Operational Planning for the National Counterterrorism Center.
    A native of Virginia, he graduated from Georgia State University, and first enlisted in the US Army as an Infantry Private, later receiving his Commission as an Infantry Officer in 1982 from the US Army Officer Candidate School.
    He served in the 2nd Infantry Division in Korea before volunteering for Army Special Forces in 1984. Assigned to the 1st Special Forces Group, he served in both 1st and 2nd Battalions. In 1990, he was selected for a Special Mission Unit, and deployed extensively over several assignments there on contingency and combat operations.
    From 1999 to 2000, he commanded the Army's Special Forces Qualification Course. In 2000, he returned to a Special Mission Unit as a Squadron Commander, and was involved in the initial combat deployments after the 9/11 attacks.
    After graduating from the National War College in 2003, he served in the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence. From 2005 to 2008, as a Special Mission Unit commander, he led multiple Joint SOF task forces across more than a dozen countries in Africa, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia.
    He then served within the US Intelligence Community in Washington D.C. as a Military Deputy for Counterterrorism until 2009. He then deployed again until late 2011 to Pakistan as the Deputy Chief, Office of the Defense Representative at the US Embassy. Upon returning to the US, he served on the Joint Staff as the Deputy Director for Special Operations and Counterterrorism until 2013.
    From 2013 to 2015 he commanded US Special Operations Command-Central, was responsible for Special Operations across the Central Command, and was heavily involved in the first two years of combat against the Islamic State.
    LTG (R) Nagata is a graduate of the Infantry Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, the Special Forces Qualification Course, the United States Marine Corps Command and Staff College, and the National War College in Washington D.C.
    He and his wife Barbara have five children, and several grandchildren, who are the lights of their lives.

    Lieutenant Kristopher Wrieden

    Policy Analyst and CUAS SME, Office of Maritime Security Response Policy, US Coast Guard
    Lieutenant Kristopher Wrieden

    LT Wrieden assumed his current position as a policy analyst of the Office of Maritime Security Response Policy at USCG Headquarters in June 2019. Shortly thereafter, he became a part of the USCG’s initial implementation efforts of C-UAS capabilities and contributed to the USCG’s inaugural domestic operation in September 2019, and 10 subsequent operations. He supports all USCG C-UAS operations, research, testing, training, and evaluation events.

    Major Dennis Vermeulen

    Staff Officer Force Protection, Royal Netherlands Air Force
    Major Dennis Vermeulen

    Major Dennis Vermeulen graduated the Royal Military Academy in 2003 and has been working in the Force Protection career field since. He has been working on NATO and bilateral surety issues and crisis response. He has been involved in C-UAS operations since 2016.
    Major Vermeulen has been formally in charge of the Royal Netherlands Air Force C-UAS program since January 2021.
    The C-UAS approach of this program is on combining military safety of air bases with flight safety, focusing on a interdepartemental cooperation in order to have an integrated C-UAS approach with civil partners and national law enforcement.

    Mr Bill Haraka

    VP Defence & Security, Robin Radar Systems
    Mr Bill Haraka

    Bill Haraka, graduated from the Technical University of Delft in the Netherlands and holds more than 20 years of business experience in the high-tech fields of Telecommunication, Defence & Security (EW, C6ISR, SIGINT, RADAR/SAR), Cyber Security and Aerospace (Small Satellites, TT&C and EGSE).
    Bill is considered subject matter expert by the EW/C6ISR and C-UAS industry, Airport Operators worldwide, Ministry of Defense organisations and is security advisor to Dutch government parliament members on counter uas/drone, legislation and protection of Netherlands critical infrastructures.
    Bill is passionate about bringing smart people together, utilizing technical innovation to make the world safer place for all people.

    Mr Brad Pasho

    Security Cooperation Analyst, Axient
    Mr Brad Pasho

    Mr Brett Wade

    ATEC System (AST) Chair, Aviation and Fires Evaluation Directorate, US Army Test & Evaluation Command – Army Evaluation Center
    Mr Brett Wade

    Mr Chris J. Theisen

    Director of Research and Development, Northern Plains UAS Test Site
    Mr Chris J. Theisen

    Mr Dave Longmuir

    Sales Director, Kirintec Ltd
    Mr Dave Longmuir

    A CEMA and EW professional Dave Longmuir is the Director of Sales for Kirintec. With 37 years working in the field of Multi Domain Operations across numerous defence, commercial and academic programmes including EW, C-UAS and C-IED, he ensures the customer receives the right capability for the right mission. His understanding of C-UAS techniques and countermeasures to develop customer’s needs and requirements.

    Mr David Goldstein

    C-UAS Lead, US Army DEVCOM Armaments Center
    Mr David Goldstein

    Mr. David Goldstein graduated from Stevens Institute of Technology (Hoboken, NJ) with a Bachelors and Masters of Mechanical Engineering in 2007 and from Fairleigh Dickinson University (Madison, NJ) with a Masters of Business Administration in 2014. He has spent his entire career at US Army DEVCOM Armaments Center in Picatinny Arsenal, NJ and has developed ballistic C-sUAS systems for the last decade. He is the lead for C-sUAS at Armaments Center and a co-chair of the Tri-Service Counter-Swarming Working Group.

    Mr DJ Smith

    Technical Surveillance Agent/Unmanned Aerial and CUAS Systems Program Coordinator of Criminal Investigations, 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 A. Kelley

    Program Manager, Ground Based Air Defence, PEO Land Systems, US Marine Corps
    Mr Don A. Kelley

    Mr. Kelley received his Navy commission in 1984 upon graduating from the University of Utah NROTC with a Bachelor’s of Science in Political Science. He served in the United States Navy from 1984 – 1996, serving onboard Destroyers and Cruisers in 7th and 3rd Fleet. He attended the Naval Post-Graduate School 1989-1991, earning a Master of Science in Information Systems.
    He continued his Navy career in the NAVAL Reserves retiring in 2007, with the rank of Commander.
    Between 1996 and 2001, Mr. Kelley worked in private industry at Hughes Aircraft Company, OSEC as a Senior System Engineer and at EG&G as the Program Manager of the Radar Support Contract for PMS 465 Navy Radar Programs.
    In 2001 Mr. Kelley left industry and joined NAVSEA, PEO IWS 6 as the CEC Surface Integration Manager, responsible for the integration of CEC with AEGIS and SSDS Navy Ships. In 2004 he was the PEO IWS point of contact to the Single Integrated Air Picture (SIAP) program. In 2006 he was promoted to the Director of Strategic Planning for PEO IWS 6 and was responsible for the Track Management, Display and Navigation systems strategic plans. In 2007 he received the Civilian Meritorious Medal for his efforts within IWS 6.
    Mr. Kelley reported to MARCORSYSCOM in 2007 as the Team Lead and acting Deputy Program Manager for USMC CREW. He was responsible for the procurement, fielding and sustainment of USMC CREW systems in support of the Marines in OIF and OEF. In 2009 Mr. Kelley was selected as the Product Director for the CAC2S Phase II, responsible for the acquisition, development and procurement of CAC2S Phase 2 software and hardware. In 2012, he received his second Civilian Meritorious Medal for his efforts during the CAC2S Phase 2 Demonstration Contract and the CAC2S Phase 2 Engineering, Manufacturing and Development Contract source selection. In Sep 2012 Mr. Kelley was selected as the Deputy Program Manager AC2SN, responsible for the development, procurement and sustainment of CAC2S, CTN, MACCS Sustainment and TBMCS programs. In Dec 2016 Mr. Kelley received his third Civilian Meritorious Medal for leadership and institutionalizing Better Buying Power within AC2SN.
    In Jan 2016, Mr. Kelley was hand selected to be the Chief of Staff for the Program Executive Officer, Land Systems (PEO LS). As Chief of Staff, he provided support to the six program offices which developed, fielded and sustained the light, medium and heavy tactical vehicles, amphibious assault vehicles, and the TPS-80 Radar systems, the M777 towed artillery and the CAC2S, TBMCS and CTN systems. In Aug 2018, Mr. Kelley was choosen to stand up the Ground Based Air Defense (GBAD) Program Office with the mission of rapidly developing and deploying the Marine Air Defense Integrated System (MADIS) to meet the Counter – Air (Rotary Wing/Fixed Wing) and Counter –Unmanned Aerial Systems threat faced by our Marines. Additionally, he is responsible for maintaining legacy AMANPADS/stinger systems and the development of the Counter – Cruise Missile, Medium
    Range Intercept Capability that integrates the CAC2S, TPS-80 and Israeli Iron Dome Components/Tamir Missile. Within his portfolio of programs he currently manages a budget of approximately $1.8B across the Future Years Defense Program.

    Mr Jared Oren

    Director, T&E Division, National Urban Security Technology Laboratory, Department of Homeland Security
    Mr Jared Oren

    Jared Oren is a Test and Evaluation (T&E) Division Director at the National Urban Security Technology Laboratory (NUSTL), a government-owned and government-operated laboratory of the US Department of Homeland Security’s Science & Technology Directorate (S&T).
    In coordination with and in support of DHS S&T’s Office of Mission & Capability Support (MCS), Jared oversees NUSTL’s Counter-Unmanned Aircraft Systems (C-UAS) RDT&E portfolio, oversees the Operational Field Assessments (OFAs) program where NUSTL serves as an independent test agent to assess S&T-developed capabilities in realistic first responder use cases and operational settings, and oversees other NUSTL projects and associated personnel impacting first responders around the country.
    Jared brings 18 years of experience leading organizations and individuals to accomplish a variety of military engineering missions worldwide—from rapid research and development to combat engineering and construction. He started his federal service in 2004 as a Platoon Leader with the U.S. Army where he was responsible for the welfare, training, deployment preparation and operations of 28 personnel in Ramadi, Iraq and Schweinfurt, Germany. He served for eight years as Chief of the Engineering Resources Branch, at the U. S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center’s (ERDC) Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (CRREL), growing a branch of 18 personnel to 57 and overseeing a varied RDTE program in cold regions pavements and materials, systems engineering, energy, and oil spill cleanup. He also served a temporary detail as Chief of the Research & Engineering Division, overseeing five R&D branches comprised of 185 engineers, scientists, technicians, and administrative personnel.
    Jared’s honors and awards include the DHS Under Secretary’s Award for Science and Engineering, ERDC R&D Achievement Award, ERDC Technology Transfer Award, ERDC Commander’s Award for Civilian Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Emerging Leader Award, and the Bronze Star Medal for Meritorious Service. He has authored a number of publications cataloguing R&D successes in cold weather concrete, novel pavements and materials monitoring and evaluation, and various operations research topics impacting the Department of Defense (DoD). He holds an M.S. in Operations Research from Georgia Institute of Technology and a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point.

    Mr Jeff Tipton

    Defense Business Development Manager, Marss Group
    Mr Jeff Tipton

    Jeff has over 30 years’ practice in leadership, strategy development, training, marketing and combat military experience in the International & Domestic Defense markets. Jeff served as a Field Artillery Officer in the US Army for over 23 years, having retired as a Colonel in 2012.
    Jeff recently joined MARSS and is responsible for identifying target markets, supporting business development, developing relationships with prospective customers and driving sales objectives. Jeff will help support the evolution of end to end CUAS advancements and systems in MARSS to help combat emerging unmanned threats globally.

    Mr Kenneth Dunlap

    UAS Security Specialist, PM Section 383 Mitigation Program, UAS Security Division, Federal Aviation Administration
    Mr Kenneth Dunlap

    Ken Dunlap serves as a UAS Security Specialist in FAA's UAS Security Division. In this capacity, he leads research and discovery efforts on drone mitigation, as mandated by Congress under Section 383 of the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018. Ken’s career spans both commercial and military aviation, crewed and uncrewed. He is the author of numerous reports on countering autonomous systems, the UAS regulatory framework, and leveraging safety culture and SMS for the industry. Ken has served as the Vice-Chairman of the Department of Homeland Security’s Aviation Security Advisory Committee (ASAC). He has also served as the Vice-Chairman of the Air Line Pilot Association's (ALPA) National Security Committee. He holds a M.A. in National Security Studies and B.A. in Government both from Georgetown University. Ken has logged thousands of hours as both a commercial airline and military pilot, holds a Part 107 license, and is an avid drone hobbyist.

    Mr Lars Krogh Vammen

    Business Development Director, Weibel Scientific A/S
    Mr 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, 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).

    Mr Lewis Poole

    Head of Sales, Kirintec Ltd
    Mr Lewis Poole

    Lewis Poole is Head of Sales for Europe for Kirintec. He has an extensive background in military and defence sales including aerospace and land platforms. Lewis regularly leads customer engagements with military and civil end users to understand their C-UAS, C-IED and CEMA needs and provide appropriate systems and solutions to end users.

    Mr Magnus Wallmark

    EVP, Business Development and Sales, Fortem Technologies
    Mr Magnus Wallmark

    Magnus Wallmark is the Executive Vice President of Worldwide Sales and Business Development at Fortem Technologies. Fortem, a Utah based company develops military tested, leading Counter-UAS solutions. Mr. Wallmark has global executive industry leadership experience with more than twenty years of strategy, sales, and business development in more than 140 countries across several related technology sectors. This includes aerospace & defense, satellite, telecommunication and automotive for defense, government, and commercial markets.

    Magnus has authored several books and articles on a variety of topics: national security, public safety, telecommunication, satellite communication, and computer science. He also holds several patents worldwide. He holds a master’s degree in Business Administration and a bachelor’s degree in Communications Science from the University of Gothenburg.

    In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with family and participating in outdoor activities.
     

    Mr Michael Torphy

    Unit Chief / Supervisory Special Agent, Surveillance Emerging Technologies 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 Paul Snyder

    Assistant Chair, Director of UAS Program, University of North Dakota
    Mr Paul Snyder

    Professor Snyder is an Assistant Chair / Director of UAS Program for the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences and Lead for Autonomous Platforms at the University of North Dakota (UND). He continues to be active in aviation education with experience as an FAA Designated Pilot and Instructor Examiner, an OEM certified Insitu ScanEagle UAS pilot, Chief Flight Instructor, Associate Professor, and Safety Consultant for various aviation organizations. As a DOT-certified SMS trainer, Professor Snyder is a member of UND SMS Committee and Events Review Team (ERT), analyzing flight data and conducting safety risk assessments to reduce risk within the organization. He has worked with the FAA to assist UND Aerospace in being recognized as meeting active conformance for UND’s Part 141 Pilot School and Part 145 Maintenance Repair Station under the FAA SMS Voluntary Program. Professor Snyder also actively teaches safety management systems, aviation safety, unmanned aircraft systems, and various advanced flight courses for the UND.
    A sample of Professor Snyder's recent research activities include: Identifying Models for Advanced Air Mobility (AAM)/Urban Air Mobility (UAM) Safe Automation, developing UAS Right-of-Way Rules for Unmanned Aircraft Systems Operations and Safety, identifying Safety Risk and Mitigations for UAS Operations On and Around Airports, conducting counter-UAS Drone Mitigation Demonstration and Test and Evaluation, and UAS Parameters, Exceedance, and Recording Rates for ASIAS.
    Published author of Practical Safety Management Systems Edition 2, Aviation High School Facilitator Guide, and Aviation High School Student Notebook; Professor Snyder holds a degree in Aeronautical Studies and Master of Science in Educational Leadership.

    Mr Philippe Hébert

    Director General R&D Innovation, Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security (IDEaS), Defence Research and Development Canada
    Mr Philippe Hébert

    Mr Richard Ast

    Director, Unmanned Systems Technology (UxST), 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 Scott Straka

    Director of Product Management, Echodyne Corp.
    Mr Scott Straka

    Scott Straka is the Director of Product Management at Echodyne. A seasoned engineering management professional, Scott has with extensive experience directing new product developments in high-volume commercial, military, and medical markets. Prior to joining Echodyne, Scott was an Associate Vice President for Device Development Engineering at Clarisonic, part of the L’Oreal Group, where he led the development of products for the personal care and health industry. Prior to that, he led engineering teams in the development of head-mounted displays, laser targeting and non-lethal dazzling systems for various military end users. Scott holds an engineering MS from Duke University and an engineering BS from The Johns Hopkins University.

    Mr Tom Adams

    Former FBI Counter-UAS Program Manager, FBI
    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.

    Mr Zohar Halachmi

    Chairman & CEO, D-Fend Solutions
    Mr Zohar Halachmi

    Zohar Halachmi is the Chairman and CEO at D-Fend Solutions. Before co-founding D-Fend Solutions, he was the founder and CEO of two mobile and enterprise application start-up companies. He also held VP and C-level positions at Amdocs and ECI Telecom (global and public telecommunication enterprises). While managing multi-disciplinary large- and small-scale organizations, Zohar created fast-growth and profitable businesses, bringing innovative solutions and services to the market. He graduated cum laude with a B.Sc. from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology and M.Sc. from Tel Aviv University, and was a lecturer at both institutions.

    Mrs Mary Rupert

    Program Analyst, C-UAS Program Management Office PMO, Department of Homeland Security
    Mrs Mary Rupert

    Ms. Mary Rupert is an expert in the field of Homeland Security, with over 20 years of specialized experience in transportation security, aviation security, watch floor operations, and countering Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS). Mary began her Federal career with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) at Pittsburgh International Airport, just after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. Mary has spent the last 13 years as a Command Duty Officer at TSA’s Transportation Security Operations Center (TSOC) in Herndon, Virginia, where she has managed countless high-level security incidents and has vast experience in coordinating with all levels of government during ongoing events. Mary currently serves as a Program Analyst for Counter-Unmanned Aircraft Systems (C-UAS) Program Management Office at the Department of Homeland Security Office of Strategy, Policy, and Plans, under the Counterterrorism and Threat Prevention - Law Enforcement umbrella. She has coordinated more than 70 C-UAS deployments across the country and continues to provide government-level governance, oversight, and guidance ensuring the effective implementation of the Preventing Emerging Threats Act of 2018 and the Administration’s National Action Plan for C-UAS. Her operational expertise in transportation security makes her uniquely qualified to discuss a wide range of issues affecting the safe integration of UAS into the National Airspace System (NAS).

    Mary holds a bachelor’s degree in Criminology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and attended American University’s Leadership Institute. Mary is married with two dog children and lives in Fairfax, VA. She is an aspiring golfer, a diehard Steeler fan, and loves to travel the world with her wife and friends.

    Ms Daniela Hildenbrand

    Product Manager & Team Lead Counter-UAS Solutions, ESG Elektroniksystem- und Logistik-GmbH
    Ms Daniela Hildenbrand

    Daniela Hildenbrand is Team Lead and Product Manager for Counter-UAS Systems at ESG DEFENCE + PUBLIC SECURITY in the Unmanned Systems Department. With an academic background (LL.M.) and previous experience in international affairs, diplomacy and international law focusing on intelligence, unmanned aerial reconnaissance and Shared Situation Awareness, her objective is the harmonisation of enhanced perspectives for the constructive use of UAS with a significant reduction of their misuse for criminal and terroristic purposes.

    Ms. Sarah J Parker

    Air and Missile Defense Capability Area Lead, US Army DEVCOM Aviation & Missile Center
    Ms. Sarah J Parker

    Sarah Parker serves as the Air and Missile Defense (AMD) Capability Area Lead (CAL) for the Technology Development Directorate (TDD) of the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command (DEVCOM) Aviation and Missile Center (AvMC). The AMD Capability Area Lead serves as the primary representative for AMD Science and Technology (S&T) activities for all of DEVCOM and the primary representative for AvMC to the AMD Cross Functional Team, PEO Missiles and Space and various Program Offices.
    Ms. Parker has served numerous assignments that provided oversight, guidance and direction for a variety of technology development initiatives for the U.S. Army. Her expertise is in infrared sensor and seeker development and system integration. She recently led a radar seeker development and system integration as chief engineer for a seeker-based missile program. She has also led several initiatives within the AvMC to investigate swarming missile and counter swarm UAS technologies.
    As the DEVCOM AvMC AMD CAL, Ms. Parker sets the strategic direction for AvMC AMD S&T, leads the DEVCOM C-UAS Community of Practice, and oversees the AMD portfolio of missile interceptor, air defense radar and fire control technology developments in support of AMD modernization priorities.
    She completed both her Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and her Master of Science degree in Systems Engineering from the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH). Ms. Parker has accomplished Level III certification in Systems Planning, Research, Development, and Engineering (SPRDE) and is an Army Acquisition Corp member. She resides in Huntsville, Alabama with her husband, Tony and three children, Andrew, Olivia and Levi.

    Squadron Leader James Hodgson

    Air Capability C-UAS Delivery Team, Royal Air Force
    Squadron Leader James Hodgson

    Sqn Ldr James Hodgson is a RAF Regiment Officer, who works within Air Capability C-UAS Delivery. Prior to this he was a Trials Officers on 56 Sqn at the Air and Space Warfare Centre where he led a number of trials on C-UAS equipment across Defence.

    Hodgson has recent C-UAS operational experience, overseeing the installation of UK C-UAS systems in a coalition environment and is currently working on the delivery of additional systems to the operational frontline.

    Wing Commander Carl Hamilton-Reed

    SO1 CUAS Programme & Requirements Manager, UK Joint CUAS Office – DE&S JSENS
    Wing Commander Carl Hamilton-Reed

    Wg Cdr H-Reed is a Weapon Systems Officer (WSO) - Rotary Wing Loadmaster by trade and has served operationally as both a Support Helicopter Crewman and a Search & Rescue Winch-operator. On ground tours, as an instructor, he has managed initial and specialist aircrew training. And, as an acquisition practitioner, he has gained significant experience in the pre-concept capability development of aviation, Force Protection and CUAS related technology.

    Currently, building on his CUAS acquisition experience, he is the Senior CUAS Requirements Mgr for the Royal Air Force (RAF). This role is embedded within the Joint Sensors & Engagement Networks Team (JSENS); which sits within the MOD’s Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) organisation. This role has been generated to cohere and exploit CUAS knowledge, skills and experience within DE&S, and support the delivery of the PRESAGIUM Option; the UK MOD’s long-term static-site CUAS capability requirement

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    Advanced Protection Systems

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    Advanced Protection Systems from Gdynia creates pioneering FIELDctrl 3D MIMO radars and SKYctrl anti-drone systems that detect and neutralise unmanned aerial vehicles.

    The company independently develops, manufactures and implements every component of the technology in-house: from integrated circuits, electronics, mechatronics to software and final implementation.

    Advanced Protection Systems radar technologies protect key locations around the world. The company cooperates, among others, with telecommunication corporations from the Gulf region, the airport network in Norway, the Azoty Group and the Port of Gdynia.

    The SKYctrl system has been part of the equipment of the Ukrainian Armed Forces since the end of September and is already being used in the war zone.

    "So far, this is the best system that I and the other units have seen and experienced," shared one of the Ukrainian commanders.



    Echodyne

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    https://www.echodyne.com

    Echodyne, the radar platform company, designs and delivers innovative, high performance, compact, solid-state radars built on proprietary Metamaterials ESA (MESA®) technology. Ideally suited for advanced 4D situational awareness, Echodyne’s commercially priced electronically scanned array radars are used by defense and government agencies, defense contractors, and security integrators for counter-UAS, portable ISR, border security, and critical infrastructure protection applications and autonomous machine developers for unmanned aerial and ground vehicle applications. Privately held, the company is based in Kirkland, Washington, and is backed by Bill Gates, NEA, Madrona Venture Group, Vulcan Capital, Vanedge Capital, and Lux Capital among others. For more information, please visit: Echodyne.com


    ESG Elektroniksystem- und Logistik-GmbH

    Gold Sponsor
    http://www.esg.de/en

    ESG Elektroniksystem- und Logistik-GmbH has been one of the leading German providers of design, integration, in-service support and operation of complex, security-related electronic and IT systems for five decades. ESG provides products and services for German and international customers from government authorities, the fields of defence and public security and industry. ESG is a certified aviation company for aircraft and aviation equipment for the Bundeswehr (German Federal Armed Forces) and an aviation engineering company in line with EASA Parts 21J/G and EASA Part 145. As a special systems company for mission avionics, simulation and training, as well as special deployment systems, ESG offers customized solutions. In the field of C-UAS, ESG is the lead system integrator for the GUARDION consortium and provider of the state-of-the-art C3I software ELYSION. In this role, ESG is currently supplying the German Armed Forces with C-UAS systems for field camp protection


    Kirintec

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    Kirintec has over 100 years of combined experience in the field of counter terrorism and has become a leading manufacturer and supplier of specialist security equipment to customers throughout the world.

    Its range of life saving products include cutting edge Cyber Electromagnetic Activity (CEMA) systems, highly capable Counter Unmanned Aerial Systems (CUAS), Electronic Counter Measures (ECM) and a comprehensive range of Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) and Improvised Explosive Device Disposal (IEDD) products. As a company Kirintec designs and manufactures a complete range of cutting-edge technology products, putting substantial resources into the development of new products every year.

    K-CEMA and Sky Net solutions are our patented product to defeat UAS threats irrespective if it is one or a swarm of drones. Kirintec collaborate with best of breed C-UAS detection to identify and deliver the whole requirement and solution.



    The Ninja Counter-UAS system

    Gold Sponsor
    https://ninjauas.com/

    The Ninja Counter-UAS system was developed under contract from AFRL to Black River Systems Company, Inc. (Black River), as prime contractor. Black River along with its team comprising Trust Automation, (Trust) PAR Government (PAR) and OWT Global worked closely in partnership with government stakeholders to develop this capability of a protocol-based Radio Frequency C-UAS system with advanced signal processing, including sophisticated mitigation options. All four small businesses invested in intellectual property, independent research and development, and private equity toward this end. The Windtalker Counter-UAS sensor and Dowding common operating picture were created by Edgesource Corporation (Edgesource) and joined the Ninja system to create an elite precision takeover system with long range detection and unmatched analytics tools for premier airspace awareness. Because of the unique independent nature of the Ninja-Windtalker business, the Ninja Joint Business Alliance companies cooperate as a team to service the U.S. government’s needs for research, development, testing and evaluation, as well as procurement, and operations and maintenance of the Ninja-Windtalker suite of solutions. We ensure that we collectively provide the best value and capability with the primary focus to keep warfighters and resources safe. Currently deployed with all major branches of the United States Military, both Ninja & Windtalker are poised to transition into a program of record.



    Weibel Scientific A/S

    Gold Sponsor
    www.weibelradars.com

    Weibel Scientific is a high-tech 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 instrumental 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 and fire director radars for anti-air artillery 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 defence 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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    Axient

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    Axient is an aerospace and defense company headquartered in Huntsville, Alabama that has provided premier services and solutions to the Federal Government for more than three decades. Customers choose Axient because they know they can trust our people and count on our performance. With over 2200 employees and locations in Alabama, Tennessee, Florida, California, New Mexico, Colorado, and the National Capital Region, Axient advances defense and civilian missions from aerospace to cyberspace with multidomain test and analysis, mission engineering and operations, and advanced technologies. We partner with our customers to identify and analyze their most important challenges and design solutions that turn challenges into breakthroughs to accelerate assured performance. With extensive domain expertise in defense and aerospace, we rapidly develop mission-enabling technologies that allow customers to move at mission speed. With an unwavering commitment to mission success, we make customers more capable, decisions more informed, systems more efficient, and outcomes more certain.


    CACI

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    https://www.caci.com

    CACI has supported national security for decades by providing expertise and technology that address our customers’ greatest enterprise and mission challenges. We provide counter-unmanned aircraft systems (C-UAS) technologies designed to protect against evolving UAS threats with fixed-site, mobile, and on-the-move form factors that meet the UAS/drone defense needs of any environment. To learn how CACI is countering UAS and sUAS threats, visit caci.com.


    Convexum

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    http://www.convexum.com

    Convexum offers the technology-leading commercial drone-protection solution, with the widest coverage. It delivers sky security and safety with a reliable and scalable solution that works autonomously, detects, tracks, takes over and safely lands unauthorized drones in a designated zone, without collateral damage. With very little training, operations and security teams can setup the system and define a no-fly-zone above penitentiary establishments, oil & gas facilities, critical infrastructures, governmental institutions, mass events, HLS bodies, and more – to get their skies covered.



    D-Fend Solutions Ltd.

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    https://www.d-fendsolutions.com

    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.


    Fortem Technologies

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    https://fortemtech.com/

    Fortem Technologies is the leader in airspace awareness, security, and defense for detecting and defeating dangerous drones. Through an advanced, end to end system of distributed radar, AI at the Edge, deep sensor integration, and autonomous drone capture, Fortem monitors and defends the world’s venues, infrastructures, cities, and regions. The same system is accelerating the safety of the world’s airspace for urban air mobility.


    Robin Radar Systems

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    http://www.robinradar.com

    We are Robin Radar Systems. Technology leader in tracking and classification of small objects. At Robin Radar Systems, we’ve specialised in detecting and tracking small objects for 33 years. Birds actually. And even though we started with tracking birds, we validated our data with drones, in order to prove our radar tracking accuracy. So we’re in a unique position, with a wealth of experience, to detect, track, and classify (read separate) birds from drones. Drone detection radar: ELVIRA® covers a full 360 degrees and comes with a standard instrumented range of five kilometres. ELVIRA® provides unlimited coverage by combining multiple radar devices into an integrated sensor network. The output from multiple radars is incorporated into one unambiguous picture, meaning a single drone causes a single alarm. Bird radar: Our range of bird radars track the exact flight paths of both flocks and individual birds up to 10 kilometres. They automatically detect and log hundreds of birds simultaneously, including their size, speed, direction and flight path. With our avian radars, you'll be tracking in real-time, 24/7, all around your airport. You’ll have all the information you need to mitigate bird strikes, and even intervene, when necessary.


    TCI International, Inc,

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    TCI International, Inc. is a global supplier of turnkey solutions for ITU-Compliant Spectrum Monitoring & Management, Communications Intelligence, direction finding and TDoA geolocation, and drone detection. TCI's diverse hardware and software engineering capabilities provide field-proven solutions to ITU regulatory agencies, the military, intelligence, and law enforcement for spectrum monitoring, intercept, collection, and geolocation. For more than 50 years, TCI has applied innovation to development of new capabilities and solutions enabling our partners to address emerging threats in the electronic warfare domain, with systems currently operating in more than 100 countries. TCI is a wholly owned subsidiary of SPX Corporation. SPX Corporation is a supplier of highly engineered products and technologies, holding leadership positions in the HVAC, detection and measurement, and engineered solutions markets. Based in Charlotte, North Carolina, SPX Corporation has approximately 4,000 employees in about 17 countries. SPX Corporation is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under "SPXC.".


    University of North Dakota

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    The University of North Dakota is the state's oldest and largest university. Our mission is to provide transformative learning, discovery and community engagement opportunities for developing tomorrow's leaders. With 250+ highly accredited on-campus and online degrees, UND is educating leaders in engineering, medicine, aviation, and unmanned aircraft systems.

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    Amentum

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    http://amentum.com

    Amentum is a premier global leader in designing, engineering, managing and modernizing critical systems and programs of national significance across defense, security, intelligence, energy, and environment. Driven to create a safer, smarter, cleaner world, we innovate as a team of inventive doers passionate about making a difference.

    Underpinned by a strong culture of ethics, safety and inclusivity, Amentum is fiercely committed to operational excellence, mission focus, and successful execution.

    We have more than 36,000 employees in 72 countries in all seven continents.


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    UAS Weekly

    Official Media Partner
    http://www.uasweekly.com/

    UASweekly.com is an independent and authoritative source for Unmanned Aerial Systems and Drone industry news and information. Our industry-focused approach provides you with the latest news, product reviews, videos, and unbiased perspective on the UAS and commercial drone market.

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    P3

    Key Media Partners
    http://www.p3techconsulting.com/

    To connect people and companies who are passionate about advanced tech platforms with the plans, policies, programs, and information they need to succeed.

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    Homeland Security

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    http://www.homeland-sec.de/en/epaper-global-security/

    HOMELAND SECURITY is a publishing house that produces specialist periodicals. “Homeland Security“ is a quarterly specialist periodical in German language and “Global Security“ is released twice a year in English language. They focus on international political, scientific, technical and additional up-to-date challenges arising from the sectors of safety and security, civil protection, disaster assistance and security research. The periodicals aim at decision makers in politics, ministries, public services and industry. Our specialist editorial team is located all over the world (e. g. USA, Canada, Australia, Asia). Accordingly, reporting is being carried out on the spot. Please have a look at a sample issue of our magazine “Global Security”: http://www.homeland-sec.de/en/epaper-global-security/


    My Dear Drone

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    https://mydeardrone.com/

    Are you a UAV Fan? MyDearDrone is perfect for you because it's a free, original and best community to learn everything from news, reviews, guides and much more about drone and it's technology. So come and experience the Quadcopter (UAV) world with us.


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    Professionals in the Aerospace & Defence market use the ASD Media internet platforms to:
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    GeoConnexion International and GeoConnexion UK bring you the latest news and stories plus reports from geotechnology industries in UK, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, North America and Asia. Coverage of topics such as 3D Visualisation, Remote Sensing, LiDAR, Cloud, Mobile Mapping, Navigation with emphases on healthcare, public safety, retail, the environment, utilities, surveying, LBS, transport/ logistics, telecommunications and more. Subscribe to GeoConnexion magazines and sign up for free GeoConnexion Newsletters: visit GeoConnexion.com Tel: +44 1223 279151; Email: info@geoconnexion.com


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    Asian Military Review is ABC audited publication, read & discussed by key decision makers & advisors to Asia Pacific militaries. Published since 1993 it’s widely recognised as authoritative provider of unbiased & objective information to Asian military. Editorial content comprises capability analysis, special reports & relevant news coverage from the region. AMR provides information, opinion & facts allowing military professionals to track & understand defence developments worldwide, concerning equipment, training, organisation & doctrine issues. The magazine is a proven source keeping military professionals up to date on national & international defence & security issues.


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    Unmanned Systems Technology.com (UST) is dedicated to technology and innovation within unmanned systems. Our website and weekly e-newsletter provide up-to-the-minute information about technological developments in this sector – both military and commercial – to a global audience, with over 80,000 visitors from over 200 countries every month. Our comprehensive supplier profiles showcase products, services and capabilities in the unmanned land, sea and air vehicle industry.


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    Uncrewed Systems Technology magazine focuses entirely on the innovative engineering that's successfully pushing boundaries on land, at sea, in flight and even through the universe. The magazine is unique - the first ever publication to focus entirely on providing independent coverage of the engineering at the heart of uncrewed vehicles. It applies the same rigorous scientific approach to this brave new world as critically acclaimed Race Engine Technology has brought to the subject of racing powertrain technology. Published 6-times a year, we probe today's cutting-edge projects to provide in-depth research insights - rigorous investigation is backed by professional peer review and critical analysis.


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    ARMADA INTERNATIONAL is leading defence magazine which reports on and analyses defence systems, equipment and technology. Together with its Compendium supplements, ARMADA provides defence planners in the militaries, in government, in procurement and in the defence industry itself with the information they need to plan their strategies.


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