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Counter UAS Technology USA
December 2 - December 4, 2024
Counter UAS Technology USA

SAE Media Group is delighted to announce the 4th annual Counter UAS Technology USA Conference, taking place in Arlington, VA, on December 2-4, 2024.

Building from the sell-out 2023 edition, Counter UAS Technology USA 2024 will return in a bigger platform than ever before, to bring together key military and government C-UAS program managers, policy makers, research and development experts, along with industry partners, to forge valuable discussions on how to strengthen US protection against the threat of UAS.

With the recent release of the new Counter UAS legislation - ‘Safeguarding the Homeland from the Threats Posed by Unmanned Aircraft Systems Act of 2023’- it is evident that advancing robust C-sUAS capabilities is critical to enable the DoD and Military to protect personnel, assets and locations from the proliferation of illegal and hostile drones.

Counter UAS Technology USA 2024 is the perfect forum for this important topic, as it will facilitate discussions surrounding C-sUAS priorities, challenges and solutions, promoting dedicated discussion and networking to enhance the approach, analysis, and solutions to address one of the most prevalent pressures facing the US military, government, and allies: the sUAS threat.
 

FEATURED SPEAKERS

Brian Fishpaugh

Brian Fishpaugh

Deputy National Intelligence Manager for Aviation, National Intelligence Manager-Aviation (NIM-A), Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI)
Brigadier General Kazimierz Dynski

Brigadier General Kazimierz Dynski

Air and Missile Defence Department Chief, Polish Armed Forces
Colonel (Ret.) Garry P. Bishop

Colonel (Ret.) Garry P. Bishop

Deputy Director, Land and Expeditionary Warfare, Director, Operational Test and Evaluation Office of the Secretary of Defense
Colonel Adam M. Miller

Colonel Adam M. Miller

Deputy Director for Directed Energy C-sUAS, RCCTO, US Army
Colonel Andrew Konicki

Colonel Andrew Konicki

Program Manager, Ground Based, Air Defense, PEO Land Systems, US Marine Corps
Colonel Guy Yelverton

Colonel Guy Yelverton

Deputy for Acquisition Systems Management DASM and Program Manager, Integrated Fires and Rapid Capability Office IFRCO, PEO Missiles and Space
Colonel Shaun S. Conlin

Colonel Shaun S. Conlin

Director, ACM-IBCT
Colonel Tony Behrens

Colonel Tony Behrens

Senior IAMD Advisor, Joint Program Office - Guam Defense System, Headquarters, JPEO, Department of the Army
Colonel Yuka Nakazato

Colonel Yuka Nakazato

Air and Space Attache, Embassy of Japan in the US, Japan Air Self-Defense Force
Group Captain Gary Darby

Group Captain Gary Darby

Head UK Joint C-UAS Office, UK Ministry of Defence
Lieutenant Colonel Chris Labbé

Lieutenant Colonel Chris Labbé

Head of the Canadian Joint C-UAS Office, Chief of Combat Systems Integration, Canadian Armed Forces
Mike Muccio

Mike Muccio

Director, Unmanned Systems Technology UxST, ASD(S&T)/Futures/Emerging Technologies/Unmanned Systems Technologies (UxST), Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (OUSD R&E)
Sarah J. Parker

Sarah J. Parker

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

Brian Fishpaugh

Deputy National Intelligence Manager for Aviation, National Intelligence Manager-Aviation (NIM-A), Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI)
Brian Fishpaugh

Brigadier General Kazimierz Dynski

Air and Missile Defence Department Chief, Polish Armed Forces
Brigadier General Kazimierz Dynski

Kazimierz Dynski earned his commission from the Radar Engineering Military School. He is graduated from the National Defence University and the Air War College.
He started his career in Air Defence as a targeting officer up to A3 Division Chief of the POLAF HQ. He served as A7 Division Chief at the CC Air HQ Ramstein and J7 Deputy Chief the General Staff of the PAF, Deputy Chief of Staff - J3 Division Chief of the GENCOM and Director of the National Military Standardization Committee. He was assigned as commander of the 3rd Air Defence Brigade.

Colonel (Ret.) Garry P. Bishop

Deputy Director, Land and Expeditionary Warfare, Director, Operational Test and Evaluation Office of the Secretary of Defense
Colonel (Ret.) Garry P. Bishop

After a multi-decade career of service to the nation, Mr. Garry P. Bishop was promoted to the Senior Executive Service in December 2022 and appointed DOT&E Deputy Director for Land and Expeditionary Warfare. In this capacity, he is responsible for the oversight and adequacy of operational test and evaluation for land force capabilities, including ground vehicles and platforms, rotary-wing aviation, tactical unmanned aerial systems, command, control and communications systems, force protection systems, and artillery, mortars and missiles. Mr. Bishop was commissioned at the United States Military Academy in May 1985 as a lieutenant in Armor. During his 27 years of distinguished Army service, he held numerous key assignments, including: Armored Company Commander during Operation Desert Shield / Desert Storm; Executive Officer, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division; Commander, 1-37 Armor Regiment during its 15-month Operation Iraqi Freedom deployment in Baghdad and Karbala; and Aide de Camp, United States Security Coordinator, Israel-Palestinian Authority (later, Deputy Commander, U.S. European Command). These critical experiences continue to inform his warfighter-centric approach to operational test and evaluation. Following his retirement in the grade of colonel, Mr. Bishop chose to continue supporting national defense by joining DOT&E as a civilian military analyst and interdisciplinary engineer. During his 10 years in this position, Mr. Bishop was responsible for the evaluation of most land-based ground combat systems. He also led development of a new Department of Defense Instruction for test and evaluation, which encompasses developmental, operational, and integrated test and evaluation. In addition, he developed DOD’s Test and Evaluation Guidebook and was instrumental in crafting the 2022 DOT&E Strategy Update and its implementation plan. Mr. Bishop is a native of Philadelphia. He holds a Bachelor of Science from the United States Military Academy, a master’s degree in industrial engineering from New Mexico State University, and a Master of National Security Strategies from the National Defense University. His many awards and decorations include the Presidential Unit Citation, Joint Meritorious Unit Award with one oak leaf cluster, the Army Superior Unit Award, the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal with Valor Device, the Bronze Star Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Meritorious Service Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, the Army Commendation Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Army Achievement Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Southwest Asia Service Ribbon with three Bronze Stars, the Iraq Campaign Medal with two Bronze Stars, and the National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star.

Colonel Adam M. Miller

Deputy Director for Directed Energy C-sUAS, RCCTO, US Army
Colonel Adam M. Miller

Colonel Miller is the Deputy Director for the Army’s Directed Energy Prototype Office, within the Army’s Rapid Capabilities and Critical Technologies Office (RCCTO). He leads and advises the development, integration, testing, and fielding of multiple laser weapon systems in support of Joint, Army, and Combatant Command priorities. He is a graduate of the US Army War College, Carlisle, PA.

He received his commission in the Air Defense Artillery from Ohio University in 2001. 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, 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; Product Manager, Integrated Fires Mission Command Software, Huntsville, AL; Executive Officer to the Director of the RCCTO and later Project Manager, Counter-small-Unmanned Aircraft Systems (C-sUAS) High Energy Lasers, RCCTO, Huntsville, AL.

Colonel Miller holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Clemson University. 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.

He and his family reside in Madison, AL.
 

Colonel Andrew Konicki

Program Manager, Ground Based, Air Defense, PEO Land Systems, US Marine Corps
Colonel Andrew Konicki

Colonel Guy Yelverton

Deputy for Acquisition Systems Management DASM and Program Manager, Integrated Fires and Rapid Capability Office IFRCO, PEO Missiles and Space
Colonel Guy Yelverton

Colonel Guy Yelverton, III was commissioned a Field Artillery Officer upon graduation from Texas A&M University in 1996 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Aerospace Engineering. After completion of the Field Artillery Basic Course, Colonel Yelverton was assigned as the Fire Support Officer for Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 9th US Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division, Ft. Hood, Texas. He next served as the Fire Direction Officer and then Platoon Leader for Alpha Battery, 2nd Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery, after which he was selected to serve as the Aide-de-Camp for the Commanding General, Test and Experimentation Command, Ft. Hood, Texas. After attending the Captain’s Career Course, he served as the Battalion Fire Direction Officer for 1st Battalion, 15th Field Artillery. Colonel Yelverton then assumed
command of Bravo Battery, 1st Battalion, 15th Field Artillery on 19 June 2001. Bravo Battery was recognized as runner-up for the 2002 Henry Knox Award (best battery in the Army). Upon relinquishing command in 2003, he moved to Fort Belvoir to serve as the Battalion S3 for the USAG Headquarters Battalion. In 2005, he was selected to join the Army Acquisition Corps and attend Advanced Civil Schooling where he earned a Master of Arts degree with Honors in Computer Resource Information Management from Webster University. He was then assigned as the Strategic Planning Division Chief for the Ballistic Missile Defense System Operational Test Agency, Army Evaluation Center, Army Test and Evaluation Command. Colonel Yelverton next served as an Assistant Product Manager for Soldier Precision Targeting Devices in PEO Soldier. He next deployed to Afghanistan as the Executive Officer and Chief of Acquisition and Contracts for Task Force Biometrics, Combined Joint Interagency Task Force 435. Colonel Yelverton was next selected as a Department of the Army Systems Coordinator for Program Executive Officer Missiles and Space and the Space and Missile Defense Command in the office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology. He was next selected as a Special Assistant to the Director of the Army Staff in the Executive Communications and Control for the Office of the Chief of Staff of the Army and later selected to serve as a Special Assistant and Acquisition Advisor to the Vice Chief of Staff, Army. Colonel Yelverton was the Product Manager of the Re-designed Kill Vehicle program at the Missile Defense Agency. He previously served as the Project Manager for Strategic and Operational Rockets and Missiles at PEO Missiles and Space. He is currently assigned as the Project Manager for Integrated Fires and Rapid Capability Office at PEO Missiles and Space and also serves as the acting Deputy for Acquisition and Systems Management. Colonel Yelverton’s military education includes the Field Artillery Officer Basic Course (Commandant’s List), Field Artillery Captain’s Career Course (Honor Graduate), Combined Arms and Services Staff School, Army Acquisition Basic Course (Distinguished Graduate), Intermediate Contracting Course (Honor Graduate), Intermediate Level Education, the Acquisition Intermediate Qualification Course, the DAU Program Manager’s Course, and the Air War College with Academic Distinction. Colonel Yelverton’s decorations include the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters, the Army Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the Joint Service Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster, the Army Achievement Medal with seven oak leaf clusters, the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, the ISAF NATO Medal, the Joint Meritorious Unit Award with two oak leaf clusters, the Army Superior Unit Award, the Basic Space Badge, and the Army Staff Identification Badge. He has also received the Ancient Order of Saint Barbara and the Noble Patron of Armor awards.

Colonel Shaun S. Conlin

Director, ACM-IBCT
Colonel Shaun S. Conlin

Colonel Tony Behrens

Senior IAMD Advisor, Joint Program Office - Guam Defense System, Headquarters, JPEO, Department of the Army
Colonel Tony Behrens

Colonel Tony Behrens is assigned as the Senior Integrated Air & Missile Defense (IAMD) Advisor to the Joint Program Executive Officer (JPEO) for the Guam Defense System, Headquarters, Department of the Army in Huntsville, Alabama. His chief responsibility is to synchronize and integrate the INDOPACOM Commander’s operational intent across the joint force and IAMD enterprise to support the defense of Guam. COL Behrens has influenced strategic and national Joint Fires and IAMD priorities, requirements, concepts, capability development, integration and warfighter advocacy from various positions, to include Army Capability Manager for Army Air & Missile Defense Commands (Army Futures Command); Director, Army Fires Capabilities Development & Integration Directorate (Army Futures Command); Deputy Director, Joint Integrated Air & Missile Defense Organization (Joint Staff, Pentagon), and Senior Advisor to the Air & Missile Defense Cross Functional Team (Army Futures Command). While on the Joint Staff in 2023, COL Behrens contributed to policy decisions and the strategy to equip and integrate Ukrainian air defenses by advising national and operational leaders. He’s commanded and led staffs in combat operations throughout his 29-year career.

Colonel Yuka Nakazato

Air and Space Attache, Embassy of Japan in the US, Japan Air Self-Defense Force
Colonel Yuka Nakazato

Colonel Yuka Nakazato serves as Air and Space Attaché at the Embassy of Japan in the US. She is the first woman to serve as a defense attaché to the US for Japan. She has made her career as a Weapon control officer responsible for air defense operations in the Japan Air Self-Defense Force with 20 years of service. She graduated Air Command Staff Course at the US Air Force University in Montgomery, Alabama and she has over 10 years of experience working related to Japan-U.S. defense cooperation.

David Goldstein

C-UAS Lead, US Army DEVCOM Armaments Center
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.

DJ Smith

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

DJ Smith is a Technical Surveillance Agent for the Virginia State Police and has worked in the area of Covert Technical/Tactical Surveillance for almost 30 years. Several areas of specialty are GPS Installs, Video-Audio Clarification, Technical Surveillance Counter Measures (TSCM), Title III Intercepts, Mesh-Node Camera Deployments, Technical/Tactical Lock Bypass & Safe Penetration including GSA locks & containers, Cellular Tracking and Geo-Locating, Covert Audio/Video deployments, sUAS & Counter UAS deployment operations to name a few.

In the area of sUAS and Counter UAS Operations:

  • 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.
     

Dr Craig Robin

Chief Executive Officer, EO Solutions
Dr Craig Robin

Dr Cristian Coman

Principal Scientist, Joint Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, NCI, NATO
Dr Cristian Coman

Dr Coman was born in Romania in 1972. He is educated as an Electronics and Electrical Engineer and received his engineer’s degree in 1996 from the Military Technical Academy, Bucharest, with a specialization in radio electronics for surface to air missiles. In 2006 he obtained a PhD degree from the Delft University of Technology, in The Netherlands with a thesis on sparse array antennas for radar and communication systems, and a second PhD degree (Cum Laude) from the Military Technical Academy, Bucharest with a thesis on short range radar tracking systems. He served in the Romanian Air Forces for 20 years.
He started his career as a researcher at the Military Equipment and Technologies Research Agency, in Bucharest. His research activities focused on air surveillance radars, tracking radars, as well as microwave and antenna systems.
In April 2006, Dr Coman started work at the NATO C3 Agency in The Hague where he led a variety of research and development projects in the areas of ground surveillance radars, evaluation of Ground Moving Target Indicator (GMTI) trackers and supported the Multi-intelligence All-source Joint Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance Coalition (MAJIIC) project.
In 2019, Dr Coman was appointed to establish and lead a Counter-Drone Alliance RDO [Research via Development to Operations] Team (CDART), which is the NATO’s expertise centre for counter-drone technology and operations and is being created within the Joint Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (JISR) Centre in The Hague.
 

Dr Daniel Guillette

Program Manager, HPEM Weapon System Transition, High Power Electromagnetics Division, US Air Force Research Laboratory
Dr Daniel Guillette

Daniel Guillette is an Electronics Engineer for the Air Force Research Laboratory's High Power Electromagnetics Division. He joined AFRL as a student in 2011 before becoming a full-time employee in 2014. He received his B.S. and M.S. In Electrical Engineering from the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology in 2012 and 2014, and his PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of New Mexico in 2022. Dr. Guillette has held a number of jobs in his 12 years at AFRL most notably as the THOR System Principal Investigator.
 

Dr Donald Shiffler

Chief Scientist for Directed Energy, US Air Force Research Laboratory
Dr Donald Shiffler

Group Captain Gary Darby

Head UK Joint C-UAS Office, UK Ministry of Defence
Group Captain Gary Darby

Group Captain Gary Darby joined the Royal Air Force in 1989 and has served globally, including on operations in Northern Ireland, Afghanistan and Iraq. Whilst a military policeman by background, Gary has held a number of senior appointments within both security and cyber targeting and was recently embedded with US CYBERCOM, Maryland for 2 years. Before taking up his current post as Head of the UK MoD’s Joint C-UAS Office in February 2022, Gary was the MoD’s Assistant Head for Strategic Campaigning Counter Russia.
 

Gus Anderson

CUAS Security Specialist, Transport Security Administration (TSA)
Gus Anderson

Lieutenant Colonel Chris Labbé

Head of the Canadian Joint C-UAS Office, Chief of Combat Systems Integration, Canadian Armed Forces
Lieutenant Colonel Chris Labbé

From Québec City, Québec, Lieutenant-Colonel (LCol) Labbé joined the Canadian Armed Forces in 2005, attending the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston, Ontario where he received a degree in Mechanical Engineering.

After completing Aerospace Engineering Officer training in 2011, he joined the project team responsible for bringing the CC130J Hercules into service as a System Engineering Officer and subsequently transferred to the Weapon System Management office.

He was posted to 8 Wing Trenton, Ontario in 2015 where he performed the duties of Senior Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Officer as well as Operations Officer at 424 (Transport and Rescue) Squadron. During his five years supporting Search and Rescue (SAR), LCol Labbé had to opportunity to participate in multiple SAR operations including as an Air Task Force Commander for a major search.
Deploying to the 609th Air Operations Center of the United States Air Force in 2018, he contributed to coalition operations in Southwest Asia by fulfilling the duties of Chief of Air Tasking Order Coordination and Master Air Attack Planner.

Employed in the Royal Canadian Air Force Headquarters from 2021 to 2024, he served as the Director of Air and Space Programmes managing the Force Development coordination and capital investment portfolios, as well as spearheading Counter-Uncrewed Aircraft Systems (C-UAS) capability development.
In July 2024, LCol Labbé moved to the office of the Chief of Combat Systems Integration as the first Head of the Canadian Joint C-UAS Office.

LCol Labbé holds a Master’s degree in Engineering Management from the University of Ottawa. He has completed the Canadian Forces College Joint Command and Staff Programme Advanced Joint Warfighting Studies stream, obtaining a Master’s of Defence Studies from the Royal Military College of Canada.
LCol Labbé is married to a serving Canadian Armed Forces officer, and they have two lovely children.
 

Lieutenant Colonel Rudiger Rauch

Assistant Branch Chief, Federal Ministry of Defense, Germany
Lieutenant Colonel Rudiger Rauch

Assistant Branch Chief Strategy and Operations Directorate I 6, C-sUAS, NATO Biometrics, Data Protection Military Intelligence, Federal Ministry of Defense, Germany
Lieutenant Colonel Rudiger Rauch was born on May 08th 1968 in Harderberg near Osnabrueck Lower Saxonia.
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 Commander Charles S. Johnson III

Test & Evaluation IPT Lead, C-UAS Team, NAWC Webster Outlying Field (WOLF), US Navy
Lieutenant Commander Charles S. Johnson III

Lieutenant Commander Charles Johnson is a United States Navy Reserve officer assigned to Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division as a Counter-Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems test engineer and program manager. He is a 2013 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and previously served as a Submarine Warfare Officer and Strike Warfare lead instructor at Naval Submarine School Groton, CT. He holds a master’s degree in Unmanned Systems from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

Lieutenant Commander Phillip Durand

Project Director – Electromagnetic Systems and C-UxS, Director of Naval Requirements, Royal Canadian Navy
Lieutenant Commander Phillip Durand

LCdr Phillip Durand joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 2003. After graduating from RMC, he was posted to HMCS Athabaskan as a Bridge Watchkeeper, then as the ship’s Navigating Officer. In 2011, LCdr Durand return to RMC as a Squadron Commander, where he concurrently completed his Masters in Disaster Management. In 2013, he was posted to HMCS Montreal as the ship’s Combat Officer, in which he oversaw several different missions, including the At-Sea Demonstration for MTMD. In 2016, he was posted to Ottawa in various roles, including positions at Strategic Joint Staff, CFINTCOM and at the Director of Naval Requirements.

Major Andrew Durfee

Assistant Product Manager, PdM Medium Caliber, PM MAS, JPEO Armaments and Ammunition
Major Andrew Durfee

MAJ Andrew F. Durfee is currently assigned to JPEO Armaments and Ammunition and PM Maneuver Ammunition Systems, where he serves as the Assistant Product Manager (APM) for PdM Medium Caliber focusing on rapidly producing proximity munitions for a C-UAS solutions. MAJ Durfee’s prior acquisition experience includes APM for PdM Terrain Shaping Obstacles, and graduate of the Naval Postgraduate School. Prior to his Acquisition career, MAJ Durfee served as a HHC Commander deployed to Iraq, and a Light Infantry commander with the 1-506IN BN, 101st ABN DIV. Additionally he served as a Mechanized Infantry Platoon Leader and HHC Executive Officer while supporting the Army’s Network Integration Evaluation at Fort Bliss, TX.

Major Jason Dempsey

Counter UAS and GBAD Capabilities Integration Officer, Capabilities Development Directorate, Combat Development & Integration, US Marine Corps
Major Jason Dempsey

Maj Dempsey commissioned in May 2005. He is a former CH-53E pilot and Air Support Control Officer. He served as the lead integrator at the Marine Corps Warfighting Lab for sUAS and CUAS from 2014-2017. Since 2020, he has been the Ground Based Air Defense and CUAS Capabilities Integration Officer at Capabilities Development Directorate. Maj Dempsey has deployed to Djibouti, Belize, Afghanistan, Ethiopia and on the USS Boxer as part of the 13th MEU. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Business from Longwood University and a Masters Degree in Business from Marshall University.

Major Michel K.C. Koopman

C-UAS Program Manager, Royal Netherlands Air Force
Major Michel K.C. Koopman

The Major Michel Koopman has been an FP officer for twenty years, the first four years as an ground defense force platoon commander. Then followed different functions as an training officer for ground defense forces and basic military personnel, in the same area’s he then did two tours as a Captain.
After a short staff tour he became an FP officer within the Army staff of an GBAD unit. At the last post before his current task, as an C-UAS program manager, he was Squadron Commander of the 640 Sqn at Airbase Volkel. Throughout the years he has been deployed to Afghanistan, Kirgizstan, Kuwait, Mali and Jordan. He’s married with Sabine and has 1 daughter of 9 years (Senna) and 1 dog (Stacey) and lives in the southern part of Holland. (Brabant)
 

Mario Behn

DEU VNC/Principal Scientist, Joint Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, NCI, NATO
Mario Behn

Mario Behn is working at the NATO Communication and Information Agency (NCIA). He supports the Joint ISR Centre on Countering Unmanned Aerial Systems (C-UAS) and Navigational Warfare (NAVWAR) as a German Voluntary National Contribution (VNC). Immediately before, he was the German National Technical Expert (NATEX) for IAMD/AirC2. He is a graduate from the German Federal Civil Service Academy (Senior Track in Defence Technology and Procurement) and holds two Master degrees (Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, USA & Business Administration, Koblenz University of Applied Sciences, Germany).

Michael Torphy

Unit Chief / Supervisory Special Agent, UAS and Counter UAS, Federal Bureau of Investigation
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.

Mike Muccio

Director, Unmanned Systems Technology UxST, ASD(S&T)/Futures/Emerging Technologies/Unmanned Systems Technologies (UxST), Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (OUSD R&E)
Mike Muccio

Rob Helweg

Senior C-UAS Manager, Royal Netherlands Air Force
Rob Helweg

Rob Helweg joined in 1992 the new formed Airmobile Brigade and was deployed in 1994 to Srebrenica in former Joegoslavia. After this tour he stayed as an reservist till present time as an warrant officer. In 2023 the Royal Netherlands Airforce (RNLAF) contracted him as an civilian on the Counterdrone program. During 2024 he is also deploying drone (UAS) within the RNLAF. At the Airmobile Brigade he is working on the same progams.
He’s married with Myrna and has 1 son of 16 year old and a daughter of 12 years and lives in the southern part of the Netherlands in the city Dordrecht.
 

Ryan Berry

Senior Advisor for Aviation Security, UAS Security Branch , Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)
Ryan Berry

Ryan Berry is currently the Senior Advisor for Aviation Security to the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency’s (CISA) Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Security Branch, while also serving as a FAA liaison. In this role he provides advisement on a variety of aviation security related factors and serves as a subject matter expert on UAS and C-UAS efforts. Previously, Mr. Berry was the manager of the UAS Security Division within FAA’s Office of Security and Hazardous Materials Safety (ASH).

Prior to joining the FAA, Mr. Berry served as a subject matter expert in the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense-Policy, Homeland Defense Integration, helping to develop and improve the counter-UAS coordination process between DoD and the FAA. Mr. Berry also served for 11 years in the US Navy as a tactical naval flight officer in the EA-6B Prowler conducting afloat flight operations supporting US and coalition partners in Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Indian and Pacific oceans.

Mr. Berry is a graduate of the Federal Executive Institute and holds a MA in International Security from George Mason University, a MBA from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and Bachelors in History from Virginia Tech.
 

Sarah J. Parker

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

Second Lieutenant Ruben Hasselman

C-UAS Program Officer, Royal Netherlands Air Force
Second Lieutenant Ruben Hasselman

Lieutenant joined the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) in 2021 and has actively participated in the C-UAS program since then. Currently stationed at RNLAF headquarters, his primary responsibility involves planning and conducting C-UAS operations within the RNLAF. His main focus is preparing the force by education and training courses. He also involved in concept development and experimentation with the latest generation of C-UAS systems, as well in the implementation of proven C-UAS concepts.

 

Squadron Leader Hugo Morris

SO2 Counter-small Uncrewed Air Systems, Project 6 Lead, British Army HQ
Squadron Leader Hugo Morris

Squadron Leader Morris joined the RAF Regiment in 2000. His first assignment was as a Flight Commander on 26 Squadron with operational deployments to Op RESINATE SOUTH in Kuwait and Op TELIC I in Iraq. In 2004, he was posted to RAF Honington as the Ground Defence Training Officer and Officer Commanding the Nuclear Accident Response Team. After a second Op TELIC tour commanding an Iraq Department of Border Enforcement Training Team, in September 2006 Morris was amongst the first Bowman Signals Officers and assigned to 3 Squadron. During 3 Squadron’s Op HERRICK deployment in southern Afghanistan, Morris concurrently commanded a Rifle Flight and Support Weapons Flight.
On return from Afghanistan Morris joined the Bowman Training and Advisory Group (Joint), responsible for converting 3 Commando Brigade and 16 Air Assault Brigade units to the Bowman communication system. This role required a four-month deployment embarked on HMS Ocean whilst on attachment to 40 Commando Royal Marines. Following an extended Op HERRICK (LANSBURY) Afghanistan tour with UK Special Forces and the Security and Intelligence Agencies at the end of his Bowman role, in January 2012 Morris was posted to the Joint Counter-Terror Training and Advisory Team as the Pakistan High-Threat Team Leader on Op MONOGRAM
Returning from two years in Pakistan in January 2014, Morris was posted to the Full Spectrum Coordination Cell in London, a joint Ministry of Defence and Security and Intelligence Agency body for whom he spent a year in the United States as Liaison Officer. Promoted to Squadron Leader in November 2015 whilst in the United States, Morris returned to the UK in January 2016 for his first OF3 tour as the Close Combat and C-UAS Capability Development staff officer at Air Command. In November 2018 he was assigned to the Defence Portfolio & Approval Secretariat as the Air Desk Officer, during which time Morris deployed for eight months with UK Special Forces on Op BLANCA in Afghanistan in a high-threat mentoring capacity. In October 2022 Morris returned to the CUAS world as SO2 C-sUAS in Army HQ Programmes Directorate, responsible for the delivery of Land GBAD Project 6.
Morris is married to Caroline, a consultant Transplant physician, and they have a son, Rufus, aged 8.

 This year's Counter UAS Technology USA will feature a brand-new Focus Day on December 2, dedicated to Mobile Deployable Counter UAS. This will provide a unique opportunity for the community to discuss the integration of mounted, dismounted, and on-the-move capabilities to provide the US war fighter with operational advantage against rogue drones.

The Main Conference, taking place on December 3-4, will continue to forge insightful discussions around the development and integration of effective countermeasures to identify, target, intercept and ultimately defeat illicit UAS activity.

Benefits of attending

  • Access exclusive C-UAS updates from a range of key US Military and DoD Senior Leaders, representing leading organizations including RCCTO, PEO Missiles and Space, ACM-IBCT, US Marine Corps, DEVCOM Armaments Center, DEVCOM Aviation & Missile Center, US Air Force Research Laboratory, ODNI, CISA, FBI, among many others
  • A brand-new Focus Day, providing dedicated discussions around Mobile Deployable Counter UAS Systems
  • Engage and network with influential decision-makers and solution providers driving advancements in the C-UAS sector
  • Listen to comprehensive briefings covering a variety of topics including kinetic and non-kinetic systems; detection, identification and mitigation capabilities; policy and regulation updates; multi-layered defense; maritime C-UAS efforts; among many others
  • Meet and listen to key international speakers from across NATO and allied nations, to find out more about their latest developments and efforts to combat illicit and hostile drones
     

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Conference agenda

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8:00

Registration & Coffee

Counter UAS Technology USA 2024 will feature a brand-new Focus Day, dedicated to Mobile Deployable Counter UAS.

This will provide a unique opportunity for the  C-UAS community to discuss the integration of mounted, dismounted, and on-the-move capabilities to provide the US war fighter with operational advantage against rogue, illicit and malicious drones.

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Chair's Opening Remarks

Dr Craig Robin

Dr Craig Robin, Chief Executive Officer, EO Solutions

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ACM-IBCT Keynote Address: Overview of Current Infantry Brigade Combat Team C-sUAS Priorities

  • ACM-IBCT’s role in advancing technology to address C-sUAS capability gaps and future operational concepts
  • The IBCT C-sUAS Fight: detecting, tracking and defeating sUAS through overmatch
  • Latest updated on mounted C-sUAS capabilities
  • Integrating advanced Counter UAS systems at infantry level
     
  • Colonel Shaun S. Conlin

    Colonel Shaun S. Conlin, Director, ACM-IBCT

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    9:30

    Session Reserved for Sponsor

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    PEO Land Systems Keynote Address: Fielding Integrated C-sUAS Systems to Enhance Mounted Operations for the USMC:

    Colonel Andrew Konicki

    Colonel Andrew Konicki, Program Manager, Ground Based, Air Defense, PEO Land Systems, US Marine Corps

  • Insights into status of MADIS, L-MADIS, MRIC, and I-CsUAS
  • How the Marine Corps is addressing dismounted operations for CsUAS
     
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    Assessing the Effectiveness of CUAS Technologies: Key Insights from DOT&E

    Colonel (Ret.) Garry P. Bishop, Deputy Director, Land and Expeditionary Warfare, Director, Operational Test and Evaluation Office of the Secretary of Defense

  • The ongoing conflicts (e.g., Ukraine/Russia, Gaza/Israel, Yemen) have shown that UAS and C-UAS systems are deeply entrenched into, if not central to, modern military tactics.
  • Evolution of Unmanned Air System Threat
  • Peer threats have emerged to cover all levels of battle space, based on lessons from SCW + Ukraine. Operational gaps are now filled.
  • Commercial C-UAS vendors are developing solutions to detect and mitigate UAS threats. C-UAS technology is not as mature or widespread as UAS technology.
     
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    Morning Coffee

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    USMC Dismounted Counter UAS Systems

    Major Jason Dempsey, Counter UAS and GBAD Capabilities Integration Officer, Capabilities Development Directorate, Combat Development & Integration, US Marine Corps

  • Overview of current USMC dismounted CUAS capabilities
  • Enhancing all Marines’ ability to conduct self-defense against Group 1 & 2 UAS
  • Challenges encountered and areas of focus going forward
     
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    Session Reserved for Sponsor

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    12:30

    C-UAS at the Tactical Edge

    Major Andrew Durfee, Assistant Product Manager, PdM Medium Caliber, PM MAS, JPEO Armaments and Ammunition

  • Problem Statement:
  • Current cost exchange ratio is too high using current C-UAS methods
  • Limited proliferation of C-UAS capabilities at the tactical level
  • Every maneuver platform as a C-UAS platform
  • How PM MAS is enabling any medium caliber platform to take on a C-UAS role through proximity munitions
  • Future concepts for smarter munitions for platforms and dismounted soldiers.
     
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    Networking Lunch

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    Ballistic Counter-Uncrewed Aerial Systems (C-UAS) Technologies for the Current and Future Fight

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

  • Role of gun-based weapons as part of a layered defense
  • How to increase effectiveness of gun systems against difficult targets
  • Challenges and advantages of achieving closed-loop solutions
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    14:30

    Session Reserved for Sponsor

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    15:00

    UK Close Combat C-sUAS

    Squadron Leader Hugo Morris, SO2 Counter-small Uncrewed Air Systems, Project 6 Lead, British Army HQ

  • Project 6 Update
  • Kinetic vs Non-Kinetic – current thinking for future procurement
  • FP ECM vs C-sUAS RF – benefits and challenges
  • CUAS Generalist to CUAS Specialist – Divisional Warfighting
     
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    15:30

    Afternoon Tea

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    16:00

    Session Reserved for Sponsor

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    16:30

    Panel Discussion: Enhancing Dismounted and Mounted C-UAS Capabilities for the Warfighter

  • Understanding the different C-UAS requirements for mounted vs dismounted war fighters
  • Current challenges in integrating mobile Counter UAS systems
  • Working with industry to advance more technologically innovative systems that meet the requirements of the war fighter in an evolving battlefield
  • Dr Craig Robin

    Dr Craig Robin, Chief Executive Officer, EO Solutions

    Major Andrew Durfee, Assistant Product Manager, PdM Medium Caliber, PM MAS, JPEO Armaments and Ammunition

    Squadron Leader Hugo Morris, SO2 Counter-small Uncrewed Air Systems, Project 6 Lead, British Army HQ

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    17:00

    Chair’s Closing Remarks and Close of Focus Day

    Dr Craig Robin

    Dr Craig Robin, Chief Executive Officer, EO Solutions

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    7:30

    Registration & Coffee

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    8:20

    Chair's Opening Remarks

    Dr Craig Robin

    Dr Craig Robin, Chief Executive Officer, EO Solutions

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    8:30

    RCCTO’s Keynote Address: Developing and Fielding Directed Energy to Address the UAS Threat

    Colonel Adam M. Miller, Deputy Director for Directed Energy C-sUAS, RCCTO, US Army

  • Overview of RCCTO’s Mission and current modernization priorities
  • Directed Energy efforts across mobile air defense and fixed and semi-fixed base defense
  • Latest updates on the Army’s multi-purpose high energy laser
     
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    9:00

    Session Reserved for Lead Sponsor

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    9:30

    PEO Missiles and Space Keynote Address: Integrating Advanced C-UAS Capabilities into the US Air and Missile Defence

    Colonel Guy Yelverton, Deputy for Acquisition Systems Management DASM and Program Manager, Integrated Fires and Rapid Capability Office IFRCO, PEO Missiles and Space

  • Outlining current PEO Missiles and Space C-UAS projects
  • An update on SHIELD: enhancing short-range and medium-range air defence through advanced effectors
  • Employing offensive and defensive fires capabilities to counter rogue and illicit UAS
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    Latest Updates on the Polish Armed Forces Strategy to Counter UAS

    Brigadier General Kazimierz Dynski, Air and Missile Defence Department Chief, Polish Armed Forces

  • The Polish Armed Forces Development Concept
  • The critical importance of layered defense to counter UAS: network centric, multi-layered air and missile defense
  • Key elements of C-UAS superiority
     
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    10:30

    Morning Coffee

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    11:00

    Session Reserved for Gold Sponsor - Echodyne

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    11:30

    Session Reserved for Gold Sponsor - BlueHalo

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    12:00

    DEVCOM C-sUAS Overview: Enabling the Development of Advanced Capabilities that Meet the Army C-sUAS Framework and Strategy

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

  • The Role of S&T in the CUAS fight
  • Near, Mid, and Far term strategies
  • Joint strategies for advanced capabilities
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    12:30

    Session Reserved for Gold Sponsor - Aaronia AG

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    13:00

    Networking Lunch

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    14:00

    Session Reserved for Sponsor - Robin Radar

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    14:30

    Securing the Air Domain Within the Homeland through C-UAS System Synchronization

    Brian Fishpaugh

    Brian Fishpaugh, Deputy National Intelligence Manager for Aviation, National Intelligence Manager-Aviation (NIM-A), Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI)

  • The sUAS Threat Within the Gaps and Seems of Government
  • Leveraging Interagency Data for Mutual Benefit
  • The Need for a Common UAS Signature Database and Activity Visualization Tool
     
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    Session Reserved for Sponsor - D-Fend

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    15:30

    Protecting Airports from Small UAS

    Gus Anderson

    Gus Anderson, CUAS Security Specialist, Transport Security Administration (TSA)

  • TSA current authorities (CUAS)
  • Understanding TSA roles / responsibilities for Airport protection
  • Risk / Mitigation strategies for Airports to protect against small UAS
     
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    Panel Discussion: Protecting Critical Infrastructure, Airports and Large-Scale Events from Illicit Drone Activity

  • Outlining current efforts to enhance the protection of critical infrastructure, locations and assets from the threat of drones
  • Lessons learned from recent large-scale events
  • Driving international collaboration to improve future efforts
     
  • Dr Craig Robin

    Dr Craig Robin, Chief Executive Officer, EO Solutions

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

    Gus Anderson

    Gus Anderson, CUAS Security Specialist, Transport Security Administration (TSA)

    Michael Torphy, Unit Chief / Supervisory Special Agent, UAS and Counter UAS, Federal Bureau of Investigation

    Ryan Berry, Senior Advisor for Aviation Security, UAS Security Branch , Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)

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    16:30

    Afternoon Tea

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    17:00

    Session Reserved for Sponsor - Skycope

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    17:30

    Ship-Shore Counter-sUAS Integration: Insights from Naval Air Systems Command

  • The Problem of In-Port Defense
  • Homeland-Specific Concerns
  • Expanded Capability – Not Expenditure
     
  • Lieutenant Commander Charles S. Johnson III, Test & Evaluation IPT Lead, C-UAS Team, NAWC Webster Outlying Field (WOLF), US Navy

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    Advancing Maritime Counter Uncrewed System (C-UxS) Capabilities: Key Insights from the Royal Canadian Navy

    Lieutenant Commander Phillip Durand, Project Director – Electromagnetic Systems and C-UxS, Director of Naval Requirements, Royal Canadian Navy

  • The evolution of the use Uncrewed Systems in the maritime operational theatre
  • Current challenges in deploying C-UxS systems in maritime operations
  • The Royal Canadian Navy’s approach to Countering the Threat
     
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    18:30

    Chair’s Closing Remarks and Close of Main Conference Day One

    Dr Craig Robin

    Dr Craig Robin, Chief Executive Officer, EO Solutions

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    7:45

    Registration & Coffee

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    8:20

    Chair's Opening Remarks

    Dr Craig Robin

    Dr Craig Robin, Chief Executive Officer, EO Solutions

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    8:30

    DoD Capability Portfolio Management for Counter-UxS Technology

    Mike Muccio

    Mike Muccio, Director, Unmanned Systems Technology UxST, ASD(S&T)/Futures/Emerging Technologies/Unmanned Systems Technologies (UxST), Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (OUSD R&E)

  • Conduct Counter UxS Technology Modernization Transition (Portfolio) Review (TMTR).
  • Assess Counter UxS technology risks and interdependencies.
  • Synchronize Counter UxS R&D with transition planning.
  • Establish integrated Counter UxS roadmaps for technology development.

    * Conducted in accordance with DoD Directive 7045.20, “Capability Portfolio Management (CPM),” September 25, 2023

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    Session Reserved for Gold Sponsor - Fortem Technologies

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    C-UAS Technology to Support Indo-Pacific Operations: Joint Force Capabilities and Integrated Air and Missile Defense Systems

    Colonel Tony Behrens, Senior IAMD Advisor, Joint Program Office - Guam Defense System, Headquarters, JPEO, Department of the Army

  • UAS threats in archeologic regions: from the insider to state actions
  • Joint Force requirements, concepts and employment strategies
  • Combined Indo-Pacific, homeland defense and homeland security operations
  • Protection and Defense: defending critical areas and protecting the defenders
  • Joint Force and multi-national command & control integration: challenges and solutions
     
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    Morning Coffee

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    C-UAS: Looking to the Future 2031 and Beyond

    Group Captain Gary Darby, Head UK Joint C-UAS Office, UK Ministry of Defence

  • What will the Threat look like in 2031?
  • What will be the emerging Technologies?
  • How will C-UAS laydowns look?
  • What will C-UAS collaboration look like?
     
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    Canadian Armed Forces C-UAS Strategic Environment, Structure and Capabilities

    Lieutenant Colonel Chris Labbé, Head of the Canadian Joint C-UAS Office, Chief of Combat Systems Integration, Canadian Armed Forces

  • Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) C-UAS Capability Development
  • Policy Framework and Challenges
  • The Canadian Joint CUAS Office – Mandate and relationships
     
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    11:30

    Session Reserved for Gold Sponsor - Northrop Grumman

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    12:00

    Advancing Japanese C-UAS Capabilities to Boost Regional Security

    Colonel Yuka Nakazato, Air and Space Attache, Embassy of Japan in the US, Japan Air Self-Defense Force

  • National security environment surrounding Japan.
  • National Defense Strategy
  • Japanese C-UAS Capabilities and future efforts
     
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    12:30

    Networking Lunch

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    Employing Directed Energy to Counter the Growing Threat of UAS: Latest Updates from the Air Force Research Laboratory

    Dr Daniel Guillette, Program Manager, HPEM Weapon System Transition, High Power Electromagnetics Division, US Air Force Research Laboratory

  • Overview of recent activities
  • Evaluation of air, ground transport, system mobility, vs. size weight and power
  • Collateral damage myths and considerations
     
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    14:00

    Session Reserved for Sponsor

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    14:30

    Harnessing High Powered Microwaves for Counter UAS Operations

    Dr Donald Shiffler

    Dr Donald Shiffler, Chief Scientist for Directed Energy, US Air Force Research Laboratory

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    15:00

    Afternoon Tea

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    Overview of NATO’s Latest C-UAS Exercises: Improving Counter Drone Technology through Live Testing Events

    Mario Behn, DEU VNC/Principal Scientist, Joint Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, NCI, NATO

  • NATO C-UAS work programme and standardisation roadmap
  • RALY24, NOVUS, TIE24 and Innovation Continuum: overview of NATO’s 2024 exercises
  • Lessons identified on standards, testing and interoperability
     
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    Current C-UAS / UAS Detection Capabilities for the Dutch Air Force

  • Future capabilities for the Dutch Air Force
  • Cooperation with the other OPCO’s within the Dutch MOD
  • The experience (so far) on implementing a C-UAS system across the Dutch Air Force
     
  • Major Michel K.C. Koopman, C-UAS Program Manager, Royal Netherlands Air Force

    Rob Helweg, Senior C-UAS Manager, Royal Netherlands Air Force

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    International Panel Discussion: Working in Collaboration to Effectively Integrate C-UAS into Wider Air Defense Networks

  • Overview of current efforts to integrate counter drone systems into national air defense platforms
  • Driving international cooperation to strengthen air defence against rogue UAS
  • Specific challenges in countering Class 1 drones: limiting the enemy’s ability to operate UAS, while enabling effective friendly uses of UAS
  • Areas of focus for future C-UAS integration
     
  • Dr Cristian Coman, Principal Scientist, Joint Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, NCI, NATO

    Brigadier General Kazimierz Dynski, Air and Missile Defence Department Chief, Polish Armed Forces

    Lieutenant Colonel Rudiger Rauch, Assistant Branch Chief, Federal Ministry of Defense, Germany

    Second Lieutenant Ruben Hasselman, C-UAS Program Officer, Royal Netherlands Air Force

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    Chair’s Closing Remarks and Close of Main Conference Day Two

    Dr Craig Robin

    Dr Craig Robin, Chief Executive Officer, EO Solutions


    Deputy National Intelligence Manager for Aviation
    National Intelligence Manager-Aviation (NIM-A), Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI)
    Air and Missile Defence Department Chief
    Polish Armed Forces
    Deputy Director, Land and Expeditionary Warfare
    Director, Operational Test and Evaluation Office of the Secretary of Defense
    Deputy Director for Directed Energy C-sUAS
    RCCTO, US Army
    Program Manager, Ground Based, Air Defense, PEO Land Systems
    US Marine Corps
    Deputy for Acquisition Systems Management DASM and Program Manager, Integrated Fires and Rapid Capability Office IFRCO
    PEO Missiles and Space
    Director
    ACM-IBCT
    Senior IAMD Advisor
    Joint Program Office - Guam Defense System, Headquarters, JPEO, Department of the Army
    Air and Space Attache
    Embassy of Japan in the US, Japan Air Self-Defense Force
    C-UAS Lead
    US Army DEVCOM Armaments Center
    Technical Surveillance Agent Unmanned Aerial & CUAS Program Coordinator
    Virginia State Police
    Chief Executive Officer
    EO Solutions
    Principal Scientist, Joint Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance
    NCI, NATO
    Program Manager, HPEM Weapon System Transition, High Power Electromagnetics Division
    US Air Force Research Laboratory
    Chief Scientist for Directed Energy
    US Air Force Research Laboratory
    Head UK Joint C-UAS Office
    UK Ministry of Defence
    CUAS Security Specialist
    Transport Security Administration (TSA)
    Head of the Canadian Joint C-UAS Office, Chief of Combat Systems Integration
    Canadian Armed Forces
    Assistant Branch Chief
    Federal Ministry of Defense, Germany
    Test & Evaluation IPT Lead, C-UAS Team
    NAWC Webster Outlying Field (WOLF), US Navy
    Project Director – Electromagnetic Systems and C-UxS, Director of Naval Requirements
    Royal Canadian Navy
    Assistant Product Manager, PdM Medium Caliber, PM MAS
    JPEO Armaments and Ammunition
    Counter UAS and GBAD Capabilities Integration Officer, Capabilities Development Directorate, Combat Development & Integration
    US Marine Corps
    C-UAS Program Manager
    Royal Netherlands Air Force
    DEU VNC/Principal Scientist, Joint Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance
    NCI, NATO
    Unit Chief / Supervisory Special Agent, UAS and Counter UAS
    Federal Bureau of Investigation
    Director, Unmanned Systems Technology UxST
    ASD(S&T)/Futures/Emerging Technologies/Unmanned Systems Technologies (UxST), Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (OUSD R&E)
    Senior C-UAS Manager
    Royal Netherlands Air Force
    Senior Advisor for Aviation Security, UAS Security Branch
    Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)
    Air and Missile Defense Capability Area Lead
    DEVCOM Aviation & Missile Center
    C-UAS Program Officer
    Royal Netherlands Air Force
    SO2 Counter-small Uncrewed Air Systems, Project 6 Lead
    British Army HQ

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    WHAT IS CPD?

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

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

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

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

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

    CPD AND PROFESSIONAL INSTITUTES

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    GLOBAL CPD

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

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