SAE Media Group are pleased to announce the first annual Unmanned Maritime Systems Technology USA conference, taking place in Arlington, VA on the 28th and 29th September 2022.

The development of unmanned systems in the land and air domains has grown rapidly over the last decade, and the importance of unmanned systems in the maritime domain has and will only continue to grow. In 2021 the US Navy revealed their Unmanned Campaign Framework, outlining the goal to innovate and adapt new technology to build a more lethal and distributed naval force for the future. The US is now committed to deliver a hybrid fleet will be necessary for the Navy to meet emerging security concerns and compete and win in an era of great power competition by expanding and developing a range of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), unmanned undersea vehicles (UUV), and unmanned surface vessels (USV).

Key topics to be discussed include: Autonomy for MCM and ASW operations, updates on key uncrewed platform programmes (such as UUV and USVs), preparing and supporting uncrewed systems for operations, Crewed/Uncrewed Teaminhg, UMS interoperability initiatives, uncrewed hydrography and oceanography, and many more.

  • Listen to keynote briefings from leading US military leaders driving the development of unmanned maritime systems
  • Hear updates and guidance from allied UMS programme managers
  • Delve into the latest topics and trends shaping the future of unmanned maritime systems and learn of how to integrate these new technologies into enhance your operational effectiveness
  • Discover cutting-edge technology to enhance operational effectiveness and explore opportunities for greater coalition interoperability.
  • Benefit from the extensive networking opportunities at the conference and meet your fellow peers at dedicated networking lunches and drinks receptions.
  • Explore the Unmanned Maritime Systems equipment exhibition showcasing the latest technology


Conference programme

8:00 Registration & Coffee

8:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

9:00 Enhancing US Navy Undersea Warfighting Capabilities and Readiness with Unmanned Systems

Rear Admiral Doug Perry

Rear Admiral Doug Perry, Director, Undersea Warfare (N97), Office of the Chief of Naval Operations
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  • Guaranteeing US undersea superiority to optimize missions across the theater, operational and tactical levels of war
  • Leveraging the US Navy’s unmanned undersea portfolio to maintain asymmetric advantage and readiness for combat
  • Tackling the broad and complex USW challenges facing the US Navy using UUVs
  • 9:30 Achieving the US Navy’s Strategic Vision

    Mr Michael Stewart

    Mr Michael Stewart, Unmanned Task Force Executive Director, US Navy

  • Unmanned Task Force: vision and mission following the USN’s Unmanned Campaign Framework
  • Supporting asset prototyping, scaling, and testing of unmanned and autonomous systems in the US fleet
  • Overcoming the challenges faced in achieving the USN’s unmanned systems R&D initiatives
  • 10:00 Session Reserved for Sponsor

    10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Leveraging Uncrewed Systems to Develop Hydrography and Meteorology Capabilities for the Royal Navy

    Rear Admiral Rhett Hatcher

    Rear Admiral Rhett Hatcher, National Hydrographer and UKHO Deputy Chief Executive , UK Hydrographic Office
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  • The role of the Hydrographer of the Royal Navy and the growing requirement to utilise uncrewed systems
  • How are hydrographic missions leveraging uncrewed systems to collect and disseminate geospatial survey data?
  • Exploiting uncrewed systems sensors to assist with ship navigation and data collection, increasing Royal Navy operational effectiveness
  • 11:30 Session Reserved for Sponsor - Honeywell

    Mr Mark Hedden

    Mr Mark Hedden, Solutions Architect Director, Services & Connectivity, Honeywell

    12:00 Augmenting US Naval Unmanned Surface Warfare Capabilities

  • Design implications of Unmanned Systems
  • Technology Introduction hurdles
  • Legacy System Management
  • Dr Jason D. Strickland

    Dr Jason D. Strickland, Maritime Staff Specialist, Platform & Weapons Technology, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering
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    12:30 Enhancing US Coast Guard Capabilities with UxS

    Captain Thomas Remmers

    Captain Thomas Remmers, Unmanned Systems Cross Functional Team Lead, Assistant Commandant for Capabilities (CG-7), US Coast Guard
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  • Developing a comprehensive strategy to pursue integrated and interoperable unmanned systems for the USCG
  • Deploying small ship-based UAS to supplement manned assets
  • Enhancing USCG capabilities with the new Legend-class National Security Cutter and ScanEagle UAS
  • Overview of USCG USV and UUV capabilities and strategies
  • The importance of UxS for USCG maritime missions – increasing range, scope and endurance
  • 13:00 Networking Lunch

    14:00 Developing US Marine Corps UAS Assets for Greater Operational Reach

    Colonel Brad Green

    Colonel Brad Green, Unmanned Aircraft Systems Branch Chief , U.S. Marine Corps
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  • Developing, integrating and coordinating plans and policies to manage USMC UAS programs
  • Supporting Joint, Combatant Command and MAGTF warfighting operations with advanced UAS capabilities
  • Overview of USMC UAS platforms and their capabilities 
  • Identifying emerging unmanned aviation concepts to maintain USMC operational overmatch 
  • The path ahead: the future of UASs in USMC operations
  • 14:30 Session Reserved for Sponsor - Windward USA

    15:00 Providing Persistent ISR to Maritime Operations with the MQ-4C Triton

    Commander Brian Conlan

    Commander Brian Conlan, Commanding Officer, Unmanned Patrol and Reconnaissance Squadron 19 (VUP-19), US Navy
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  • The role of the USN’s first dedicated UAS squadron: VUP 19
  • ‘Big Red’ Squadron: distributing valuable and time-critical intelligence to front-line Commanders
  • Refining tactics, techniques, and procedures to prepare for future UAS Squadrons and the objectives of the Navy Unmanned Campaign Framework
  • 16:00 Afternoon Break

    16:30 Supporting Future Naval Power by Developing the US Navy’s Next Strategic Hedge: Advanced Unmanned Maritime Systems

  • Reimagining US naval formation by leveraging advanced data and software capabilities
  • Diversifying the US naval portfolio to prepare for a potential change in future naval warfare
  • “The small, the agile and the many”: building collaborating, autonomous, unmanned formations
  • Dr Ayodeji Coker

    Dr Ayodeji Coker, Autonomy Portfolio Manager, Office of Naval Research
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    17:00 Overcoming the Threat of Russian Unmanned Maritime Capabilities

    Mr Samuel Bendett

    Mr Samuel Bendett, Adviser, Russia Studies Program, CNA
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  • Assessing the current status of Russian unmanned maritime systems
  • Evaluating future Russian developments in the AI and autonomy fields
  • The Russian unmanned threat and appropriate US responses
  • 17:30 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    8:15 Registration & Coffee

    8:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    9:00 Rapid Integration of Unmanned Systems and A.I. into Fleet Operations to Achieve Maritime Domain Overmatch

    Ms. Schuyler Moore

    Ms. Schuyler Moore, Chief Strategy Officer, Task Force 59, US Navy
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  • Creating naval overmatch with uncrewed maritime systems
  • Identifying and overcoming the challenges to integrating UMS and AI into fleet operations using innovative solutions
  • The advantages of UMS and AI for maritime operations and achieving strategic overmatch
  • The future of Task Force 59 and the roadmap to future integration and innovation with UMS
  • 9:30 Identifying the Gaps in Current UMS Capabilities to Drive Future Investments

    Ms Dorothy Engelhardt

    Ms Dorothy Engelhardt, Director for Unmanned Systems DASN Ships, US Navy

  • Overarching enterprise view of USN and USMC unmanned capabilities
  • Enabling future technologies with unmanned systems
  • Collaborating with industry to fill capability gaps
  • 10:00 Session Reserved for Sponsor

    10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 NavalX: Enabling R&D Partnerships to Accelerate Unmanned Systems

    Captain Ben Van Buskirk

    Captain Ben Van Buskirk, Director, NavalX
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  • Guiding naval stakeholders to rapidly deliver unmanned capabilities to the warfighter
  • Utilizing a series of tech bridges to collaborate with international allies and enhance unmanned systems
  • Connecting the growing US Naval unmanned needs and challenges with expert solution providers across industry, academia, and the Department of the Navy


  • 11:30 Session Reserved for Sponsor

    12:00 NavyX: Accelerating Royal Navy Autonomy and Lethality Capabilities

    Colonel Tom Ryall

    Colonel Tom Ryall, Head of NavyX and Navy BattleLab, Royal Navy
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  • Developing, testing and trialing cutting-edge equipment and new technology to deliver to the operational environment at pace
  • Collaborating with the wider stakeholder community to integrate emerging UMS and AI into existing platforms
  • Updates from REPMUS 2021 and a look at priorities for the 2022 exercise
  • Leveraging UAS and RPAS for a range of mission-sets, including SAR and reconnaissance
  • New possibilities: leveraging disruptive and emerging technology to augment uncrewed systems
  • 12:30 Networking Lunch

    13:30 Panel Debate: Collaboration to Augment Future US Navy Unmanned Capabilities

    14:15 Leveraging Unmanned Capabilities for Underwater Mine Detection and Clearing

    Captain Michael Egan

    Captain Michael Egan, Mine Warfare Branch OPNAV N952 Branch Head, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations

  • Conducting underwater explosive ordnance disposal using UUVs to reduce risk to crew
  • Leveraging unmanned underwater vehicles to detect and pinpoint buried undersea mines
  • Future plans for deploying UMS in US MCM operations
  • 14:45 Afternoon Tea

    15:15 Detecting and Eliminating Hostile Mines with Uncrewed MCM Systems

    Commander Filip Clauwaert

    Commander Filip Clauwaert, Director, NATO Naval Mine Warfare Centre of Excellence (NATO NMW COE)
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  • Current capabilities and future requirements for the NATO NMW COE’s uncrewed MCM operations and experimentation projects
  • Crewed/Uncrewed teaming considerations – continuing to focus on the importance of human interaction with autonomous systems
  • Advances in mine detection and future integration recommendations
  • Collaborating within NATO and with academia and industry to best counter the current and future mine threat
  • 15:45 Leveraging Unmanned Maritime Systems and AI In Support Maritime Security

    Commander Paul Hornsby

    Commander Paul Hornsby, Operational Requirements Sponsor – Autonomous Warfare, Royal Australian Navy
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  • The importance of advanced RAS-AI capabilities for Australian, and Indo-Pacific, maritime security
  • Optimising Australian Naval capabilities with human-autonomy teaming
  • Integrating and enhancing – not replacing – crewed platform capabilities
  • Future mission potential for the RAN’s evolving UUV, USV and UAV platforms
  • 16:15 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two



    Captain Ben Van Buskirk

    Captain Ben Van Buskirk

    Director, NavalX
    Captain Thomas Remmers

    Captain Thomas Remmers

    Unmanned Systems Cross Functional Team Lead, Assistant Commandant for Capabilities (CG-7), US Coast Guard
    Colonel Brad Green

    Colonel Brad Green

    Unmanned Aircraft Systems Branch Chief , U.S. Marine Corps
    Mr Michael Stewart

    Mr Michael Stewart

    Unmanned Task Force Executive Director, US Navy
    Mr Robert Iannuzzi

    Mr Robert Iannuzzi

    Director of Unmanned and Autonomous Systems Development and Integration, Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock Division (NSWCCD), US Navy
    Rear Admiral Doug Perry

    Rear Admiral Doug Perry

    Director, Undersea Warfare (N97), Office of the Chief of Naval Operations
    Rear Admiral Rhett Hatcher

    Rear Admiral Rhett Hatcher

    National Hydrographer and UKHO Deputy Chief Executive , UK Hydrographic Office

    Captain Ben Van Buskirk

    Director, NavalX
    Captain Ben Van Buskirk

    CAPT Van Buskirk was born and raised in Menlo Park, CA. He attended the University of Arizona, receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance in 1998 and his commission in January, 1999. He attended naval flight training in Pensacola, Florida, graduating with distinction in September, 2000. After advanced training in Coronado, CA he was qualified as an SH-60F/HH-60H Seahawk pilot.
    At sea, CAPT Van Buskirk served as Commanding Officer and Executive Officer of the “World Famous Golden Falcons” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 12 in Atsugi, Japan. During this tour, his command earned his 3rd “Battle E” and the Secretary of Defense Phoenix award for the best maintenance practices in the Department of Defense. Prior to HSC-12, he served with the “Chargers” of HS-14 in Atsugi, Japan. During this tour he earned his second “Battle E” and participated in OPERATION TOMODACHI relief
    operations. Prior to arriving at HS-14, he served with Expeditionary Sea Combat Unit ONE as Director of Operations, where he flew multiple combat missions in support of JOINT SPECIAL OPERATIONS TASK FORCE - PHILIPPINES. Prior to arriving at HS-14, he served with the “Dusty Dogs” of HS-7 in Jacksonville. During this tour he deployed in support of OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM, where his squadron earned the “Battle E”.
    Ashore, he served as a Secretary of Defense Executive Fellow at VMware, Inc. in Palo Alto, CA, where he worked with senior executives on business strategy and technology innovation. He also served on the Joint Staff, J-3 Directorate at the National Military Command Center, Washington D.C. as Presidential Strike Advisor, and Assistant Deputy Director for Operations.
    Prior to arriving at the NMCC, he served as Aide to Commander, Navy Region Hawaii in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Prior to that, he served as an FRS Instructor Pilot in Coronado, CA.
    Prior to assuming his role as Director of NavalX, CAPT Van Buskirk served as a founding member of the Strategic Warfighting Innovation Cell, OPNAV N7 Warfighting Development Directorate, Washington, D.C.
    He holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (Defense Focus) from Naval Postgraduate School at Monterey, California, and has completed executive programs at Harvard Business School (Entrepreneurship) and University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business (Finance, Marketing, and Business Strategy). CAPT Van Buskirk has over 3,000 flight hours in the SH/MH/HH-60 and holds numerous personal and unit level awards.

    Captain Michael Egan

    Mine Warfare Branch OPNAV N952 Branch Head, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations
    Captain Michael Egan

    Captain Thomas Remmers

    Unmanned Systems Cross Functional Team Lead, Assistant Commandant for Capabilities (CG-7), US Coast Guard
    Captain Thomas Remmers

    CAPT Remmers reported as the Unmanned Systems Cross- Functional Team Lead in 2021. In this role, he leads all CG stakeholders in the development of a servicewide
    strategy and framework to begin implementing unmanned systems across statutory mission sets.
    Prior to his current assignment, CAPT Remmers was assigned as Program Manager for the US Coast Guard’s National Security Cutter (WMSL) Acquisition Program from 2019 to 2021. During this time, he was also detailed to co-chaired the Coast Guard's Crisis Action Team in responding to COVID-19. Previously, he was the first Commanding Officer of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Offshore Patrol Cutter Project Resident Office (OPC PRO) for the acquisition of the Offshore Patrol Cutter, the largest acquisition project in U.S. Coast Guard history.
    CAPT Remmers previously served as the Surface Forces Logistics Center’s Medium Endurance Cutter Product Line Manager, providing engineering, logistics, and supply support for all 27 Medium Endurance Cutters and the Coast Guard’s Tall Ship, Barque EAGLE. He also served in command of Naval Engineering Support Unit Alameda providing organic and depot maintenance support for both shore infrastructure and surface forces throughout the Coast Guard including the first three National Security Cutters which were homeported in Alameda, CA.
    In 2007, CAPT Remmers was assigned as the first maintenance integrator for the new National Security Cutter class, in which he established the maintenance management staff and planned and executed the first Post-Shakedown Availability and major maintenance periods for USCGC BERTHOLF (WMSL 750). Other shore assignments include Medium Endurance Cutter Typedesk Manager at Maintenance and Logistics Command Pacific and the Senior Port Engineer for USCGC HEALY, the Coast Guard’s largest and most technologically advanced icebreaker.
    CAPT Remmers’s underway assignments include Engineer Officer aboard USCGC MIDGETT (WHEC 726) and Damage Control Assistant aboard USCGC MUNRO (WHEC 724).
    CAPT Remmers holds a Bachelor of Science in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, in New London, CT. He earned two Masters of Science in Engineering in Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from the University of Michigan. He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval War College where he earned a Masters of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies and served as an Arleigh Burke Fellow to the Naval Command College. He is a licensed professional engineer in Mechanical Engineering in the State of California and holds a DHS Senior Level Certification for Program Management.
    CAPT Remmers’s awards include the Legion of Merit, three Meritorious Service Medals, four Coast Guard Commendation Medals (with operational distinguishing device), the Coast Guard Achievement Medal (with operational distinguishing device), and numerous unit commendations.
    He was the recipient of the 2015 CAPT Richard D. Poore Award for significant contribution to the USCG Naval Engineering Program

    Colonel Brad Green

    Unmanned Aircraft Systems Branch Chief , U.S. Marine Corps
    Colonel Brad Green

    Colonel Green graduated from San Diego State University in 1997 with a Bachelor’s Degree of Liberal Arts in Sociology, Geography and Naval Science. Commissioned in 1998 via the Platoon Leader’s Course, he completed The Basic School (TBS) the following year. After TBS, he attended both Air Support Control Officers Course and Low Altitude Air Defense (LAAD) Officers Course in 1999.

    In September 1999 he reported to Marine Air Support Squadron 1 (MASS-1), qualifying in all positions in the Direct Air Support Center (DASC); while serving as a Platoon Commander, Air Support Liaison Team OIC, LNO, Air Contingency MAGTF (ACM) OIC, multiple CONUS and OCONUS deployments Det OIC and as Weapons and Tactics Training Program (WTTP) OIC. In 2000 he was promoted to First Lieutenant, then completed Winter Mountain Warfare Course at the Mountain Warfare Training Center in Bridgeport, California in 2001.

    In 2002 he was promoted to Captain and later that year reported to the 26 MEU (SOC) as the Marine Air Control Group (MACG) Detachment OIC. During the deployment he participated in Operation IRAQI FREEDOM (OIF-1) with Joint Special Operations Task Force-North (JSOTF-N) in Mosul, Iraq and later as part of Joint Task Force Liberia. Upon returning from the MEU in 2003, he returned to MASS-1 to serve as the DASC Commander until June 2004.

    From 2004-07 he served at Air Schools (C Co.), Marine Corps Communications and Electronics School (MCCES) in Twenty-nine Palms as the Air Support Training Section OIC and later as the C Co. Deputy Director, OpsO and XO. From 2005-07 he also led both the MCCES Bn and Marine Corps Base Shooting Teams as OIC and trained with 3d Battalion, 4th Marines Scout Snipers in long range marksmanship. In 2006, he graduated from the WTI Course.

    In 2007 he attended the UAS Mission Commander (MC) Course and was assigned to the VMU-2 Nightowls; deploying twice to OIF as an MC for the RQ-2 Pioneer, RQ-7B Shadow and ScanEagle UASs. Promoted to Major in 2008, he served in VMU-2 as the Fleet NATOPS Evaluator, Squadron WTI, Operations Officer and Executive Officer.

    Assigned to MAWTS-1 from 2010-13, he stood up the UAS Specialist billet in the Aviation Development, Tactics & Evaluation (ADT&E) Dept, served as the UAS Division Head and transitioned to the 7315 Unmanned Aircraft Commander (UAC) MOS on the Marine Corps' first 7315 officer MOS transition board. Major Green led the transition of the UAS Div from the C3 Dept to the TACAIR Dept, due evolving UAS fires integration and terminal guidance operations. He also attended and assessed the USAF’s MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) Officers Course, which became the foundation for the Marine Corps’ 7315 MOS school training pipeline.

    In 2013-14, Major Green attended the Marine Corps Command and Staff College, serving as the Class President and earning his Master’s Degree in Military Studies. Upon graduation, he reported to the Pentagon to serve in the Aviation Hallway as a UAS Requirements officer and was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in 2014. In 2015 he checked into Marine Aircraft Group-14, serving as the Department of Safety and Standardization OIC, then became VMU-2’s XO.

    Lieutenant Colonel Green took command of VMU-2 in 2016. Under his charge, the Nightowls transitioned T/M/S from RQ-7B Shadow to RQ-21A Blackjack, deployed multiple RQ-21A dets to Operations ODYSSEY LIGHTNING in Sirte, Libya with the MEUs and to INHERANT RESOLVE in Mosul, Iraq with MARSOC ISO CJSOTF-OIR. VMU-2 earned the VMU Squadron of the Year for 2015 and 2016. The squadron completed the Army’s Cold Weather Operations Course (CWOC) at Ft. McCoy, Wisconsin and were the first VMU to deploy for training in Norway.

    From 2018-19 he attended the Army War College, graduating with honors and earning his Master’s Degree in Strategic Studies. He reported to Headquarters, European Command, serving as the J35X Special Operations Branch (SOB) Chief from 2019-21. During his tenure, the SOB ran EUCOM’s SOF sensitive activities and operations and presidentially directed missions. He was promoted to Colonel in 2020.

    As of August 2021, Colonel Green was assigned to Headquarters Marine Corps, Aviation as the UAS Branch Head.

    Colonel Green accumulated over 1900 flight hours and is also a Joint Terminal Attack Controller (JTAC). His personal awards include Joint and Meritorious Service Medals, Navy Commendation Medals, one with Combat “V,” a Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal and the Combat Action Ribbon, winner of the Holcomb Trophy Medal and multiple military and civilian shooting match medals and trophies.

    Colonel Tom Ryall

    Head of NavyX and Navy BattleLab, Royal Navy
    Colonel Tom Ryall

    Colonel Tom Ryall was born in 1980, educated at Sherborne School, Dorset followed by King’s College London where he completed a degree in Hispanic Studies.
    He was commissioned into the Royal Marines in 2002 and, after completing Commando training, joined the Fleet Protection Group Royal Marines as a Troop Commander. Subsequently he moved to 42 Commando as
    a Heavy Weapons Troop Commander and conducted a Norway deployment, represented the Navy in rugby at Twickenham, and deployed to Bosnia as the EUFOR Media Spokesperson to COM EUFOR. On return he was selected to be the first RM Troop Commander at the newly formed Special Forces Support Group from which he deployed to Iraq in 2006. After a brief stint in the RM Corps Colonel’s Recruitment Team he went on to complete a number of professional development assessments and courses. A steady tempo of operational deployments to Afghanistan, Iraq and wider Middle East followed, interspersed by Maritime Counter Terrorism duties and advising the UKMCC in Bahrain on counter-piracy and counter-terrorist operations.
    On promotion to Major he attended Intermediate Command and Staff Course (Land) at Shrivenham, before returning as Chief of Staff (Operations), both in the UK and deployed in Afghanistan. Sub-Unit command followed, with the bulk of this period on operations. For the success achieved on one of these operational tours he was awarded the MBE in 2015. In September 2016 he moved to Deputy Commander and established a human performance and resilience programme.
    Following promotion to Lt Colonel he moved to Navy Command Headquarters as SO1 Land, the principal desk officer for Royal Marine Dismounted Close Combat and Ground Manoeuvre Capabilities. This required
    close and detailed integration with Army, DE&S, DSTL and industry. Concurrently he led on the procurement of new and more novel technologies to enable the Royal Marines to develop and experiment with innovative technology in support of the Future Commando Force vision.
    In 2020 he deployed to the Middle East as the permanent in theatre Commander for a regional, International Task Force. On return he assumed the Chief of Staff role in the Naval Special Operations Cell, assisting both the Navy and wider Defence to design and implement processes to deliver the Special Operations Transformation Programme concept.
    In April 2021 he was promoted to Colonel to lead the Royal Navy’s technology and innovation accelerator, NavyX, as well as overseeing the Navy’s contribution to the Defence BattleLab at the Dorset Innovation Park.
    Colonel Ryall is married and has 2 children and 2 dogs. His interests include rugby (now spectating), teaching his family to sail and working his older dog while trying to train the new addition.

    Commander Brian Conlan

    Commanding Officer, Unmanned Patrol and Reconnaissance Squadron 19 (VUP-19), US Navy
    Commander Brian Conlan

    CDR Brian X. Conlan is a graduate of the College of William and Mary and U.S. Air Force Air Command and Staff College, Joint Professional Military Education Program. He received his commission through Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, FL and was designated a Naval Aviator in 2006.

    Operationally, CDR Conlan has deployed to CENTCOM, INDOPACOM, EUCOM, AFRICOM and SOUTHCOM AORs. He served as VP-10’s Pilot Training Officer and Assistant Operations Officer and as VP-45’s Tactics, Safety-NATOPS, Training and Maintenance Department Head while qualifying as Functional Check Flight Pilot, Instructor Pilot, Mission Commander, and Special Mission Aircraft Commander. Afloat, he served as Aide-de-Camp to Carrier Strike Group TEN aboard both the USS Truman and USS Eisenhower.

    His shore tours include Commander, Task Force 67, Turkey and Levant Desk Officer, and Assistant Officer-in-Charge of Tactical Operations Center, NAS Sigonella; military advisor, US State Department; and as a member of the Vice Chairman’s, Joint Chiefs of Staff, Strategic Innovation Group.

    CDR Conlan has more than 2,000 flight hours in multiple Air Force, Naval and civilian manned and unmanned aircraft and is entitled to wear the Air Medal (1st Strike/Flight Award) and other personal, unit and service awards.

    Following service as Executive Officer from April 2020 until May of 2021, he now serves as the Commanding Officer of the US Navy’s first Unmanned Aviation Squadron, VUP-19, employing both the BAMS-D[Broad Area Maritime Surveillance Demonstrator] and MQ-4C Triton in multiple theatres.

    Commander Filip Clauwaert

    Director, NATO Naval Mine Warfare Centre of Excellence (NATO NMW COE)
    Commander Filip Clauwaert

    Commander Filip Clauwaert joined the Belgian Navy as conscript in 1986.
    As of July 2022, he is Director of the NATO Naval Mine Warfare Centre of Excellence, in Ostend, Belgium.
    He is an experienced Naval Mine Warfare officer, with an operational background on frigate, command and support ship and minehunters/sweepers and has national and international staff experience.
    He was Commanding Officer of the minehunters BNS Crocus and Narcis. He held the post of Head of Training and Head of Simulators at the Binational Mine Warfare School EGUERMIN in Ostend, Belgium. He became Head of the Belgian MCM Services in 2018, where he was involved in the rMCM project.
    As Staff Officer NMCM he participated in the Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 1 (SNMCMG1) in 2007 and 2011.

    Commander Paul Hornsby

    Operational Requirements Sponsor – Autonomous Warfare, Royal Australian Navy
    Commander Paul Hornsby

    Paul Hornsby is a marine geophysicist by education and a Mine Warfare specialist by profession. Since early 2019, he has been Navy Lead – Autonomous Warfare Systems, which has included being capability sponsor for multiple innovation projects and representational duties on various FVEY and NATO working groups. Previously he was responsible for Navy’s Mine Warfare, Diving and Special Operations capability, and was concurrently Navy Lead for the successful Autonomous Warrior 2018. Prior to this, Hornsby was responsible for Littoral Warfare projects, including Capability Sponsor for SEA 1180 and SEA 3036, in addition to drafting Navy’s position on most Army projects including LAND 400.
    His recent operational roles within HQJOC have included responsibility for maritime planning and commitments, including running a number of exercises in SE Asia. Prior to this he served with US Central Command as Branch Chief for US Joint Operations Planning covering US and Coalition maritime operations in the Middle East, in addition to US operations in Syria, Lebanon, Egypt and Jordan. For this he was awarded the US Meritorious Service Medal. With two US officers, he co-drafted the US Theatre Campaign Plan for all US operations in the Middle East, and is the only non-US officer to have led an entire Line-Of-Effort planning team, convening with multiple US departments and other agencies. He was previously the Australian Defence Force’s liaison with US Central Command Forward HQ where he worked with Coalition forces in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere in the Middle East.
    In areas of strategic management Hornsby has previously been the RAN’s Director Navy Governance, Director Navy Business Improvements, Director Navy Improvement Strategies and Deputy CIO of the Navy. Prior to this he was the Operational Test Director for Mine Warfare and Hydrographic projects. At sea he has commanded patrol boats, mine hunters and the submarine rescue ship HMAS Protector. Additionally, he has commanded a number of Advance Force Task Groups as part of some large FVEY exercises. In areas of training he has been both Commanding Officer of the Navy’s Recruit Training School and Head of Faculty for Maritime Warfare Officers Training (previously EXAC).
    Despite a broad Navy career, he is better known outside the RAN for his Chairmanship of the International Federation HS (2004 to 2008) and as President of the Australasian Hydrographic Society (1999 to 2008). With the support of the then CN, among other achievements he established the tripartite MoUs with the IHO and Federation Internationale Geometric, in addition to having his views on maritime exploration and the future of undersea technology published widely. He retired from both positions in 2008 in order to pursue operational opportunities. Since 2013, he has been Chairman of Australia On The Map (AOTM).
    In his early career, he qualified in DDGs, FFGs and DEs and served as Diving Officer of HMA Ships Perth and Jervis Bay. Hornsby also served over a year in the US as part of the Commissioning Crew of HMAS Sydney, in addition to serving briefly with the Royal Marines 3rd Raiding Squadron, 10th Ghurkha Rifles and HM Ships Yarnton and Monkton. He was awarded the Peter Mitchell Prize on graduating 1st in his class from the Royal Australian Naval College and the University of NSW. In July 2018 he became one of two people to be the longest continuously commissioned officers in the permanent Navy and ADF.

    Dr Ayodeji Coker

    Autonomy Portfolio Manager, Office of Naval Research
    Dr Ayodeji Coker

    Dr. Ayodeji Coker serves as the Office of Naval Research (ONR) Portfolio Manager for Autonomy. In this role, he leads ONR’s corporate strategy in Autonomy; manages the corresponding investment portfolio; and provides focus on transition, operationalization, and fielding for autonomy and autonomous unmanned systems. Dr. Coker is currently overseeing ONR’s Intelligent Autonomous Systems (IAS) S&T strategy execution plan initiative.
    Prior to this role, Dr. Coker served as a Science Director for Artificial Intelligence, Autonomy, and Unmanned Systems at the Office of Naval Research Global (ONRG) London office. He brings domain expertise in Complex Adaptive Systems, Distributed and Collaborative Autonomy, and Command and Control (C2) Battlespace Awareness. His key technical areas of interest are in Swarm Intelligence and Artificial Intelligence. In particular, Swarm intelligence as it relates to how swarm collectives make decisions in complex dynamic environments, and how humans interact effectively with Swarms.

    Dr Jason D. Strickland

    Maritime Staff Specialist, Platform & Weapons Technology, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering
    Dr Jason D. Strickland

    Dr. Strickland is a maritime systems expert. Previous posts include Technical Director for Unmanned Surface Warfare (USuW), Senior Naval Architect for Advance Concepts, FFG(X) [FFG62] Indicative Design Lead, T-AKE Senior Ship Design Manager, Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV) Deputy Ship Design Manager, JHSV Design Integration Manager, and OPLOG Deputy Program Manager. Prior to those appointments, Jason held several positions in support of naval expeditionary logistics R&D.
    Dr. Jason Strickland earned his Ph.D from the University of Michigan, a MS in Engineering and Technology Management from George Washington University, and a BS in Ocean Engineering from Florida Institute of Technology.

    Mr Logan Jones

    President & General Manager, SparkCognition
    Mr Logan Jones

    Mr Mark Hedden

    Solutions Architect Director, Services & Connectivity, Honeywell
    Mr Mark Hedden

    Mr Michael Stewart

    Unmanned Task Force Executive Director, US Navy
    Mr Michael Stewart

    Mr Robert Iannuzzi

    Director of Unmanned and Autonomous Systems Development and Integration, Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock Division (NSWCCD), US Navy
    Mr Robert Iannuzzi

    Mr Samuel Bendett

    Adviser, Russia Studies Program, CNA
    Mr Samuel Bendett

    Samuel Bendett is an Adviser with CNA' Adversary Analysis Group, where he is a member of the Russia Studies Program. He is also an Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Center for a New American Security. His work involves research on the Russian defense and technology developments, unmanned and autonomous military systems and Artificial Intelligence, as well as Russian military capabilities and decision-making during crises. He is a Member of CNA’s Center for Autonomy and Artificial Intelligence, and an honorary Mad Scientist with the USARMY TRADOC’s Mad Scientist Initiative. He is also a Russian military autonomy and AI SME for the DOD’s Defense Systems Information Analysis Center.
    Prior to joining CNA, Mr. Bendett worked at the National Defense University on emerging and disruptive technologies for the Department of Defense response in domestic and international crisis situations. His previous experience includes working for US Congress, private sector and non-profit organizations on foreign policy, international conflict resolution, defense and security issues.
    Mr. Bendett’s analyses, views and commentary on Russian military robotics, unmanned systems and Artificial Intelligence capabilities appear in the Washington Post, Voice of America, Forbes, C4ISRnet, DefenseOne, War on the Rocks, Breaking Defense, Popular Science, The National Interest and The Strategy Bridge.
    Samuel Bendett received his M.A. in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School, Tufts University and B.A. in Politics and English from Brandeis University. He has native fluency in Russian.

    Ms Dorothy Engelhardt

    Director for Unmanned Systems DASN Ships, US Navy
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    Chief Strategy Officer, Task Force 59, US Navy
    Ms. Schuyler Moore

    Schuyler Moore is currently Director for Strategic Plans (N00Z) for Task Force 59, integrating unmanned systems and AI into fleet operations for NAVCENT. Schuyler was previously Senior Defense & Foreign Policy Advisor at the U.S. House of Representatives for the Armed Services Committee, and Director of Science & Technology (S&T) on the staff of the Defense Innovation Board (DIB) in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research & Engineering before that. Schuyler was also a Senior Analyst at an aerospace & consulting firm, with a special focus on defense budget forecasting and emerging technologies. She taught at a women's boarding school in Kabul, Afghanistan in 2013 and continued to remotely tutor and mentor her students until 2018. Schuyler was named Forbes 30 Under 30 in 2021, and holds a Master of Arts degree in Technology & Security from Georgetown University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government from Harvard University.

    Rear Admiral Doug Perry

    Director, Undersea Warfare (N97), Office of the Chief of Naval Operations
    Rear Admiral Doug Perry

    Rear Admiral Douglas Perry is a 1989 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy. As a Flag Officer, Admiral Perry commanded Submarine Group Nine and Task Group 114.3,
    and served as Director, Joint and Fleet Operations, U.S. Fleet Forces Command.
    He served at sea as division officer and Navy diver aboard USS Pittsburgh (SSN 720); executive officer/operations officer aboard Submarine NR-1 and executive officer of USS
    Maine (SSBN 741). His deployment experiences span the Caribbean and Mediterranean, Gulf of Mexico, Atlantic and Pacific. As commanding officer of USS Pasadena (SSN 752), he led the ship on highly successful deployments to the Eastern and Western Pacific.
    Perry served as, Commander, Submarine Development Squadron Five where he led Submarine Force development of unmanned systems tactics and employment, and commanded the Navy’s squadron of Seawolf-Class Fast Attack submarines.
    Ashore, he served as Submarine Force Atlantic Chief of Staff, a branch chief for Director Undersea Warfare, on the Joint Staff as combatant commander Joint Exercise Engagement division chief and subsequent chief of staff for the Director of Joint Force Development; executive assistant to Commander, Submarine Forces Pacific Fleet; deputy commander, Submarine Squadron 7; congressional liaison in the Navy Office of Legislative Affairs and Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps instructor at Marquette University.
    Rear Admiral Perry is currently serving as Director, Undersea Warfare Division, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (N97).

    Rear Admiral Rhett Hatcher

    National Hydrographer and UKHO Deputy Chief Executive , UK Hydrographic Office
    Rear Admiral Rhett Hatcher

    Rhett is a bridge watchkeeper, helicopter pilot and Above Water Warfare officer.

    He has commanded both air squadrons and ships, undertaken Initial, Advanced and Higher Command and Staff training, gained a Masters in Defence Studies from Kings College London and is a graduate of the US Capstone Course. Staff appointments include the UK Permanent Joint HQ, DCDC and the Ministry of Defence.

    He was promoted to Rear Admiral and appointed as Director Data Acquisition at the UKHO in September 2020 and additionally as the National Hydrographer, Director Defence and Deputy Chief Executive in June 2021.

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