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

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

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

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

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

Conference programme

7:00 Registration & Coffee

7:45 SAE Media Group Welcome Address

7:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Dr Craig Robin

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

Mr Leland Browning

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

    Mr Rob Balloch

    Mr Rob Balloch, Senior Vice President Sales, MARSS Group

  • MARSS seamlessly integrates sensors & effectors into NiDAR C2 for optimum & actionable SA for CUAS challenges
  • MARSS NiDAR Sensor Fusion incorporates 15+ years of AI / ML Research & practical Real-World operations into every system
  • MARSS has multiple Combat Proven CUAS & Surveillance systems in service now
  • 9:00 US C/UAS Requirements and Capability Development: Coordinating a Strategic Response

    Colonel Tony Behrens

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

    Mr Scott Straka

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

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

    Ms Daniela Hildenbrand

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

    Colonel Nathan P. Diller

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

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

    Mr Lewis Poole, Head of Sales, Kirintec Ltd

    Mr Si Timewell

    Mr Si Timewell, Technical Support and Delivery Director, Kirintec Ltd

    12:00 Optimizing Directed Energy Weapons to Fight Against Rogue UAS

    Captain Tylar Hanson

    Captain Tylar Hanson, THOR Deputy PM*, United States Air Force

  • Overview of the Tactical High-Power Operational Responder (THOR) C-UAS system
  • Mjölnir: developing a next-generation counter electronics weapon system to defend against enemy UAS threats using High Power Microwave (HPM) Weapons
  • Enhancing range and technology to improve detecting, tracking and defeat capabilities
  • Ensuring the US maintains electromagnetic spectrum superiority with cutting-edge Directed Energy capabilities
  • 12:30 Networking Lunch

    13:30 Safeguarding Your Decision-Making Process

    Mr Richard Poppelvig Engleholm

    Mr Richard Poppelvig Engleholm, Business Development Manager, Weibel Scientific
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  • How to classify a micro drone at 8 kilometres
  • How to reduce the false alarm rate to the insignificant
  • How to uphold performance in a clutter rich environment
  • 14:00 Panel Debate: Protecting US Homeland Security and Borders from the Emerging Drone Threat

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

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

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

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

    Mr Michael Torphy, Unit Chief / Supervisory Special Agent, Surveillance Emerging Technologies Unit, FBI
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    Mr Steven Willoughby

    Mr Steven Willoughby, Deputy Director, C-UAS Program Management Office, Department Of Homeland Security
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    Colonel (Ret.) Dawn Zoldi

    Colonel (Ret.) Dawn Zoldi, CEO, P3 Tech Consulting
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    14:45 The Threat of Rogue Drones On The Rise: Defending Fixed and Moving Critical Assets from Malicious UAVs

    Mr Bill Haraka

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

    Mr Richard Ast

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

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

    Mr Jeffrey Starr

    Mr Jeffrey Starr, Chief Marketing Officer, D-Fend Solutions
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  • The Emerging Drone Threat in Sensitive Environments
  • Shortcomings of Traditional Legacy C-UAS Solutions
  • The Rogue Drone Incident Lifecycle
  • 16:45 Update on UK MoD C-sUAS Capability Developments and Future Priorities

    Group Captain Gary Darby

    Group Captain Gary Darby, Head UK Joint C-UAS Office, UK Ministry of Defence
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  • A Testing and Innovating UAS Technology– an overview of the current C-UAS projects of the UK MoD
  • The rise of drone swarming capabilities and the need for mobile and deployable technology to defeat the threat
  • Working with the UK Defence industry to test and trial solutions
  • Assessing civilian applications that could be repurposed for Defence requirements
  • 17:15 Session Reserved for Sponsor – Fortem Technologies

    17:45 Detect, Defeat: The Canadian Air Force’s C-UAS Efforts and Requirements

    Mr Philippe Hébert

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

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

    Dr Craig Robin

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

    7:30 Registration & Coffee

    8:20 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Dr Craig Robin

    Dr Craig Robin, CEO, EO Solutions
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    8:30 RCCTO Keynote Address: Aligning Existing and Future C-sUAS Technology Solutions to Support Operational Needs

    Lieutenant Colonel Adam M. Miller

    Lieutenant Colonel Adam M. Miller, PM for Directed Energy, C-sUAS, US Army RCCTO
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  • The RCCTO’s role in the US DoD’s Counter-Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Strategy
  • Acquiring new and emerging High Energy Laser (HEL) C-sUAS technologies to support US DoD Counter UAS objectives
  • Applying existing resources more efficiently in the C-sUAS effort
  • Delivering Palletized-High Energy Laser (P-HEL) to detect, track, identify, and enable hard kill defeat UAS threats
  • 9:00 Expanding the US Army’s Air & Missile Defense Capabilities in the C-UAS Arena

    Ms. Sarah J Parker

    Ms. Sarah J Parker, Air and Missile Defense Capability Area Lead, US Army DEVCOM Aviation & Missile Center
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  • Augmenting US C-UAS and missile defense capabilities with M-SHORAD, DART and BLADE platforms
  • Collaborating with other service branches to maximise the US Military’s C-UAS program potential
  • The role of the Aviation & Missile Center in future C-UAS strategy development
  • 9:30 Session Reserved for Gold Sponsor - NINJA Alliance

    10:00 Morning Coffee

    10:30 Leveraging Terrestrial Sensors to Defeat Enemy UAS

    Colonel Loyd Beal

    Colonel Loyd Beal, Project Manager, Terrestrial Sensors, PEO IEW&S, US Army
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  • Detecting UAS threats through advanced ground sensor technology
  • New PM TS initiatives supporting the engaging and defeating enemy UAS
  • Collaborating with DoD partners and industry to guarantee success
  • 11:00 Protecting USMC Assets and Troops from UAS Threats

    Mr Don A. Kelley

    Mr Don A. Kelley, Program Manager, Ground Based Air Defence, PEO Land Systems, US Marine Corps
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  • USMC C-UAS current and future requirements
  • Procuring new C-UAS technology to counter the growing threat of enemy UAS
  • Integrating new solutions into the Marine Air Defense Integrated System
  • Mounting C-UAS capabilities onto tactical vehicles to protect dismounted troops
  • 11:30 Session Reserved for Gold Sponsor

    12:00 USCG C-UAS Briefing

    Lieutenant Kristopher Wrieden

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

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

    Mr Brad Pasho

    Mr Brad Pasho, Security Cooperation Analyst, Axient

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

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

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

    Group Captain Gary Darby, Head UK Joint C-UAS Office, UK Ministry of Defence
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    Lieutenant Colonel Rüdiger Rauch

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

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

    Captain Rens Govaers, Delegate of Bureau Rockets & Missiles - C-UAS Project Team, General Directorate Material Resources, Belgian Armed Forces
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    14:45 Session Reserved for Sponsor - University of North Dakota

    15:15 Conducting Cutting-Edge Research and Development to Expand the US Air Force’s C-UAS Methods

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

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

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

    16:15 C-UAS for Dismounted, Decentralized Units

    Lieutenant General (Ret.) Michael K. Nagata

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

    Mr David Goldstein

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

    Mr Brett Wade

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

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

    Dr Jamey Jacob

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

    Dr Craig Robin

    Dr Craig Robin, CEO, EO Solutions
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    FEATURED SPEAKERS

    Colonel Loyd Beal

    Colonel Loyd Beal

    Project Manager, Terrestrial Sensors, PEO IEW&S, US Army
    Colonel Nathan P. Diller

    Colonel Nathan P. Diller

    Director, AFWERX
    Colonel Tony Behrens

    Colonel Tony Behrens

    Deputy Director, Joint Integrated Air & Missile Defense Organization (JIAMDO), Joint Staff J8
    Dr Craig Robin

    Dr Craig Robin

    CEO, EO Solutions
    Lieutenant Colonel Adam M. Miller

    Lieutenant Colonel Adam M. Miller

    PM for Directed Energy, C-sUAS, US Army RCCTO
    Mr Leland Browning

    Mr Leland Browning

    Deputy Director, Joint Counter-sUAS Office (JCO)
    Ms. Sarah J Parker

    Ms. Sarah J Parker

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

    Assistant Chief Clint McArdle

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

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

    Captain Rens Govaers

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

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

     

    Colonel (Ret.) Dawn Zoldi

    CEO, P3 Tech Consulting
    Colonel (Ret.) Dawn Zoldi

    Dawn M.K. Zoldi (Colonel, United States Air Force Retired) is a licensed attorney, U.S. Air Force veteran and the founder and Chief Executive Officer of P3 Tech Consulting, connecting people who have a passion for advanced tech platforms with the plans, programs, policies and information they need to succeed. Ms. Zoldi was admitted to the Bar of the Supreme Court of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in 1992 and commissioned through direct appointment in the Air Force in July 1993. In her almost 25 years of active duty as a member of the Judge Advocate General’s Corps as a military attorney, she performed a myriad of duties at various command echelons in the continental U.S. and deployed forward. Upon retirement from active duty in 2018, she spent two years with the Office of the Air Force General Counsel as the Business Matters Attorney for the U.S. Air Force Academy and an additional one as the Deputy Director of the Academy’s Center for Character and Leadership Development. She is an internationally recognized expert on uncrewed aircraft systems and advanced air mobility law and policy. Her recognition includes: Airwards People’s Choice - Industry Impactor (2022), eVTOL Insights 2022 Powerbook, Top 100 Women in Aerospace and Aviation to Follow on LinkedIn (2022, 2021) and recipient of the Woman to Watch in UAS - Leadership Award (2019). Her endeavors in the drone law, regulatory and policy arena include roles as a consultant for multiple technology companies, columnist & contributor for several magazines, host of multiple popular weekly podcasts and conference planner. She has strategic partnerships and leadership roles in multiple aerospace, drone education, non-profit, and media-related companies and organizations. Ms. Zoldi is also an Adjunct Professor at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University Worldwide Campus, College of Aeronautics and former Adjunct at Colorado State University-Pueblo, Political Science Department, Institute for Homeland Security Studies.

    Colonel Brian Neff

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

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

    Colonel Josh Egan

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

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

    Colonel Loyd Beal

    Project Manager, Terrestrial Sensors, PEO IEW&S, US Army
    Colonel Loyd Beal

    COL Loyd Beal III currently serves as the Project Manager, Terrestrial Sensors for Program Executive Office Intelligence, Electronic Warfare, and Sensors (PEO IEW&S). He joined the U.S. Army Reserves as an orthopedic specialist and was assigned to the 4005th U.S. Army Hospital located in Houston, Texas in 1991. In 2006, COL Beal joined the Army Acquisition Corps and served in several positions. COL Beal received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agronomy from Prairie View A&M University in 1997, Master of Science Degree in Management from Troy University in 2004, Doctor of Business Administration from Lawrence Technological University in 2011, and a Masters of Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College in 2019. COL Beal’s military education includes Senior Service College, Acquisition Qualification Course, Combined Arms Service and Staff School, Army Logistics Management College, Maneuver Captains Career Course, and Engineer Officer Basic Course. He is a graduate of the Logistic and Technology Advance Program, Kenan-Flagler Business School, North Carolina University.
     

    Colonel Nathan P. Diller

    Director, AFWERX
    Colonel Nathan P. Diller

    Col Diller received his commission from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 2000. After simultaneous master’s degrees at Harvard and MIT, he attended Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training and flew F-16s for two Combat Air Force assignments, becoming an instructor pilot. He was selected for the French Test Pilot school and then completed his first test tour at Edwards AFB, supporting B-1, B-2, F-16, F-22 and F-35 flight test and instructing at the Test Pilot School. He served as an Executive Officer to the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board and as a Defense Advanced Research Project Agency Service Chiefs Fellow. Upon completing a program management tour at the Space and Missile Center, he took command of the 586th Flight Test Squadron, supervising classified flight test for joint, interagency and international clients.
    Col Diller attended the Eisenhower School, completing the Senior Acquistion Course and was assigned as the Air and Space Branch Chief in the Joint Staff J8. He then became that Assistant Director of Aeronautics at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and served at the Office of the Secretary of Defense Strategic Capabilties Office and the Department of the Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office.
    Col Diller is a member of the Acquisition Corps and is certified as a Level III Program Manager and Test professional. He is a senior pilot with over 2,700 hours in more than 50 aircraft.

    Colonel Tony Behrens

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

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

    Dr Claudio Palestini

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

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

    Dr Craig Robin

    CEO, EO Solutions
    Dr Craig Robin

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Dr Jamey Jacob

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

    Jamey Jacob is the Director of the OSU Unmanned Systems Research Institute and John Hendrix Chair and Professor of Aerospace Engineering in the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Oklahoma State University. His current efforts are focused on advanced air mobility and their enhanced operation in the national airspace for broader innovative applications. He is currently lead on the NASA University Leadership Initiative program WINDMAP to develop aviation weather solutions for advanced aerial mobility applications, including drones and urban air taxis, and is the director for the Counter-UAS Center of Excellence. He received his B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Oklahoma in 1990 and his M.S and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley in 1992 and 1995, respectively. He was a National Research Council Summer Faculty Fellow in the Air Force Research Laboratory and received the SAE Ralph Teetor Award, the Lockheed Martin Teaching Award, and the OSU Regents Distinguished Teaching and Research Awards, among other mentoring accolades. He is a native Oklahoman and dedicates much of his efforts to STEM workforce development, tribal engagement, and increasing diversity in engineering and science.

    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 both 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.

    Lieutenant Colonel Adam M. Miller

    PM for Directed Energy, C-sUAS, US Army RCCTO
    Lieutenant Colonel Adam M. Miller

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

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

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

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

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

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

    His family resides in Madison, AL.

    Lieutenant Colonel Rüdiger Rauch

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

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

    Lieutenant General (Ret.) Michael K. Nagata

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

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

    Lieutenant Kristopher Wrieden

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

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

    Major Dennis Vermeulen

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

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

    Mr Bill Haraka

    VP Defence & Security, Robin Radar Systems
    Mr Bill Haraka

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

    Mr Brad Pasho

    Security Cooperation Analyst, Axient
    Mr Brad Pasho

    Mr Brett Wade

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

    Mr David Goldstein

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

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

    Mr DJ Smith

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

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

    • He is the Unmanned Aerial Systems Program Coordinator for sUAS & Counter UAS operations for the Virginia State Police
    • He serves on the Virginia Safe and Secure Commonwealth Sub-Panel dealing with UAS/Counter UAS implementation and legislative issues for the Commonwealth of Virginia.
    • Has served as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) on various technologies for the DHS office of Electronic Surveillance, Law Enforcement Technology Board (SPAWARS Atlantic & Saver program).
    • As a representative of the Virginia State Police, he is a stakeholder on the Mid-Atlantic UAS Partnership group (Google Wing) at Virginia Tech for Commercial/Enterprise UAS deliveries.
    • He has served on the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate First Responder Robotic Operational System Test (FFROST) assessment & evaluations of sUAS for Public Safety.
    • He has presented and moderated discussions at: Semi-Annual Counter UAS Summit in Washington DC, AUVSI Xponential, Commercial UAV Expo, Center for Innovative Technology and various agencies across the US.
    • He also provides technical advice to legislative groups in Washington, DC assisting in getting the legislative carve-outs for SLTT agencies to obtain sUAS mitigation technology.
    • He is also licensed part 107 pilot and has been flying sUAS for over 13 years.

    Mr Don A. Kelley

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

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

    Mr Jeffrey Starr

    Chief Marketing Officer, D-Fend Solutions
    Mr Jeffrey Starr

    Jeffrey Starr is the Chief Marketing Officer at D-Fend Solutions. He brings a track record of generating revenue and building market leadership through visionary business strategies, inspired marketing and insightful direction for rapid and sustained growth. Fast growing companies in the information, security, compliance and risk management sectors – including AlgoSec, Cellebrite, Verisk 3E, Magic Software Enterprises and Amdocs – have employed Jeffrey in CMO and executive roles. Jeffrey also served as General Partner at Mission Ventures VC fund and as an Analyst at Booz Allen. He graduated magna cum laude with a BA from Columbia University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

    Mr Leland Browning

    Deputy Director, Joint Counter-sUAS Office (JCO)
    Mr Leland Browning

    Mr. Browning has +6 years of dedicated C-sUAS experience. He comes from the US Army Operations Directorate, with focus on response to Urgent Operational Needs, Explosive Ordnance Disposal, and Counter-Improvised Explosive Device. He has experience in exploitation, forensics, biometrics; international engagement; technology development, integration, implementation; and rapid acquisition.
    He was the Chief Operations Officer for a small company, providing analytics, strategy, and technology consulting to Government and industry customers. He is a retired Army Officer with multiple combat deployments.
    He holds a Bachelors Degree in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in International Relations.

    Mr Lewis Poole

    Head of Sales, Kirintec Ltd
    Mr Lewis Poole

    Mr Michael Torphy

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

    Mr. Torphy has served over 19 years in the Federal Bureau of Investigation and currently oversees its UAS and Counter-UAS operational programs, among other initiatives. Prior to reporting to Redstone Arsenal in late 2021 to lead this new unit, he directed manned and unmanned aviation operations in the Los Angeles field office. In previous roles, he managed enterprise technology projects and led the FBI’s aviation security program in Washington, DC. Earlier in his career, he conducted national security and violent crime investigations in the New York and Portland field offices.

    Mr Philippe Hébert

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

    Mr Richard Ast

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

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

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

    Mr Richard Poppelvig Engleholm

    Business Development Manager, Weibel Scientific
    Mr Richard Poppelvig Engleholm
    • 1999-2018: Army officer (infantry and long range recce)
    • Deployed to Kosovo (2002) and Helmand/Afghanistan (2006 & 2010)
    • Strategic HR advisor to the Danish chief of defense
    • 2018-2021: Personal assistant to the prime minister of Denmark
    • Since March 1st 2021: Business Development Manager with Weibel Scientific.
    • Reserve officer posting: Deputy chief of staff with The Queens Royal Guards

    Mr Scott Straka

    Director of Product Management, Echodyne Corp.
    Mr Scott Straka

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

    Mr Si Timewell

    Technical Support and Delivery Director, Kirintec Ltd
    Mr Si Timewell

    Mr Steven Willoughby

    Deputy Director, C-UAS Program Management Office, Department Of Homeland Security
    Mr Steven Willoughby

    Steve serves as the Deputy Director of the Department of Homeland Security’s C-UAS Program Management Office within the Office of Strategy, Policy & Plans (PLCY), Counterterrorism & Threat Prevention Division (CTTP). His focus areas include strategic planning for Air Domain Awareness, Threat Discrimination, Threat Mitigation, and Interagency Threat Information Sharing. Steve also serves as one of DHS’s C-UAS liaisons to the White House National Security Council, represents program interests with the DHS Joint Requirements Council, and participates in Congressional Briefings and Interagency Working Groups to advance C-UAS policy. He focuses his efforts on the safe and secure integration of UA systems into the U.S. National Airspace system and continual improvement of capabilities available to Federal, state, and local law enforcement entities as they strive to protect the homeland from unintentional hazards and nefarious activity.

    Mr Tom Adams

    Former FBI Counter-UAS Program Manager, FBI
    Mr Tom Adams

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

    Ms Daniela Hildenbrand

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

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

    Ms. Sarah J Parker

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

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

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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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    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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