SAE Media Group is pleased to announce the third annual Unmanned Maritime Systems Technology USA conference, taking place in Arlington, VA on September 23-25, 2024.

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 unmanned platform programmes (such as UUV and USVs), preparing and supporting unmanned systems for operations, Manned/Unmanned Teaming, UMS interoperability initiatives, unmanned 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

Al Seer Marine; Atlas North America; BlueHalo; Bollinger Shipyards Lockport, LLC; CAE USA; CAE USA, Inc; Center for Naval Analysis ; Commander, Navy Installations Command; Crane Division, Naval Surface Warfare Centers; Customs & Border Protection, Air & Marine Operations; Defense Innovation Unit; Dell; Department of Defense, Joint Staff, J8; Department of Navy; Dept of Navy - SSP; DOD; DoD - Navy; DTC; Elbit America; FarSounder; Forum Energy Technologies; GAO; Headquarters Marine Corps; Hexcel Fibers; HII; Honeywell; Institute for Defense Association; Integer Technologies LLC; JECC; Kennedy Maritime Analysis Center, ONI; Kongsberg Discovery; Kongsberg Maritime Inc; Kongsberg Underwater Technology LLC; Kraken Robotics; Leonardo DRS; Lockheed Martin; Marine Acoustics Inc.; Marine Corps Systems Command; Marine Technologies, LLC; Marine Technology Ltd.; Medical Evacuation & Capabilities Division; Medical CDID, AFC; Microsoft; Ministry of Defence the Netherlands; Moog Inc.; MSTP; N2N6E1 Oceanography Capabilities and Requirements; NAL RESEARCH CORPORATION; NATO Allied Maritime Command (MARCOM) ; Nauticus Robotics; Naval Facilities Engineering Command; Naval Forces Central Command, Task Force 59; Naval Information Warfare Center (NIWC) Pacific; Naval Research Lab; Naval Research Laboratory (NRL); Naval Sea Systems Command; Naval Special Warfare Group Two; Naval Surface Warfare Center; Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock Division; Naval Surface Warfare Center PCD; NavalX; NAVFAC Engineering and Expeditionary Warfare Center; NAVSEA; NAVSEA/PEO USC; Navy; Navy Installations Command; Navy Warfare Development Center; NGA; NIWC Pacific; Norbit Group; Northrop Grumman; Northrop Grumman Corporation; NRL; NRL/ONR; NSWC Carderock, Combatant Craft Division; NSWC PHD; NSWCCD; NUWC KPT; NWSC PHD; Ocean Power Technologies, Inc.; Ocean Robotics Planet; Oceaneering International Inc.; Office of Naval Research (ONR); Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (OUSD R&E); ONR; OPNAV N2N6E; OPNAV N96; OSI Maritime Systems; PEO C4I; PEO IWS-80; PEO Land Systems Marine Corps; Persistent Systems; PMW-760; Prescient Edge Corporation; QinetiQ Inc; RNLN; Royal Australian Navy; Royal Navy; Saronic Technologies; Senate Armed Services Committee; Silvus Technologies; Silvus Technologies Inc; South Carolina Military Dept. /State Guard; SparkCognition; Special Operations Command (SOCOM); ST Engineering North America; Teledyne Marine; TF59; ThayerMahan; The Genus Group; The Joint Staff; TVAR Solutions; U.S. Department of Defense, Joint Staff; U.S. Navy; Ultra Maritime; United States Coast Guard Research and Development Center; US Coast Guard; US GAO; US Navy; USN; Westlake Plastics Co; Windward US. inc;


Venue to be Confirmed

Arlington, VA, Virginia, USA

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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.


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.


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.


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

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

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