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The SMi Group are delighted to announce the Counter UAS Technology 2021 Conference taking place at the Hilton Arlington on the 6th and 7th of December 2021.

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.

Counter UAS Technology 2021 will showcase the very latest technology in the market to ensure that DoD personnel, equipment and infrastructure are protected from the proliferation of drones.

speakers will feature from leading US DoD agencies, international defence organizations and leading industry providers.

  • 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

 

Conference programme

7:15 Registration & Coffee

8:15 SMi Group Welcome Address

Mr Jack Overell

Mr Jack Overell, Senior Conference Producer/Project Lead US Defence Events, SMi Group Ltd

8:20 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Colonel (Retd) Dave Shank

Colonel (Retd) Dave Shank, Former Commandant, Army Air Defense Artillery School, Fort Sill, US Army
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8:30 Modular Open Systems Approach (MOSA)- Keeping Pace at the Speed of Relevancy

Major General Walter T. Rugen

Major General Walter T. Rugen, Director, Future Vertical Lift Cross Functional Team, US Army Futures Command
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  • Mission flexibility and rapid upgrades
  • Increasing options for industry competition
  • Asymmetric cost advantage for us and allies
  • Shifting cost ratios: Upfront investment to realize cost avoidance later
  • 9:00 JCO Keynote Welcoming Address: Developing and Implementing a Force-Wide Framework for Counter-Small UAS Technology

    • Making sure that all the US DoD stakeholders are part of developing the C-UAS strategy
    • Delivering C-UAS Strategies and solutions across all operating environments
    • Maximizing counter small-UAS capabilities domestically and overseas
    • Working with industry to ensure the latest technology and systems are being considered
     

    Ms. Nicole Thomas

    Ms. Nicole Thomas, Division Chief For Strategy And Policy, Joint C-sUAS Office, US DoD
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    9:30 CUAS Missions and Key Sensor Requirements

    Mr Scott Straka

    Mr Scott Straka, Director of Product Management, Echodyne Corp.
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  • CUAS mission descriptions (Defense, Federal, Civil) including fixed and mobile scenarios
  • Sensor types and capabilities
  • Intelligently optimized and collaborative sensor deployments
  • Ideal system requirements for cueing EO/IR and end effectors
  • 10:00 Defeating Enemy UAS Systems Through Enhanced Sensors

    • How PEO IEW&S are focusing on C-UAS
    • Delivering sensors to the US Army: detecting air threats through advanced technology
    • Engaging and defeating UAS: PM TS updates and new initiatives
    • Working with industry to ensure success
     

    Mr Ken Looney

    Mr Ken Looney, Product Director Aerostats, PM Terrestrial Sensors, PEO IEW&S, US Army
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    10:30 Building a Future Proof Counter UAS Solution: Lessons Learned from Deployments

    Mr Timothy Bean

    Mr Timothy Bean, CEO, Fortem Technologies
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  • The rapidly evolving drone threat from terrorist groups and strategic competition and near peers
  • How the U.S. is sharing autonomous and AI technology with our allies to protect them
  • The Autonomous threats (flocks and swarms, larger drones, or the variety of special purpose OTS drones)
  • The list of challenges with traditional RF-based systems
  • Notes from real deployments
  • The Technology required to defeat today's and evolving drone threats
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:30 The New Drone Threats: How Do We Protect Critical Assets Against Small Rogue Drones?

    Mr Bill Haraka

    Mr Bill Haraka, VP Defence & Security, Robin Radar Systems BV
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  • ROBIN Radar, from Bird detection to Drone detection
  • New rogue drone threats explained 
  • GBAD/M-SHORAD counter drone solutions building blocks and concept of operations (conops) for BCTs
  • Vital Industry leading Counter Drone solutions for military and civil applications
  • 12:00 Unmanned Aircraft Systems Project Office Interests in c-UAS

    Colonel Scott Anderson

    Colonel Scott Anderson, Project Manager for Unmanned Aircraft Systems, PEO Aviation, US Army
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    • Evaluating the current UAS threat level posed to the US Army Aviation Fleet
    • Helicopter protection systems needed to combat UAVS
    • Integrating new counter UAS technologies into existing system architectures
     

    12:30 Counter-Drone Solutions and Concepts for Control and Continuity in Sensitive Scenarios

    Mr Jeffrey Starr

    Mr Jeffrey Starr, Chief Marketing Officer, D-Fend Solutions Ltd.
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  • Concepts and solutions for different approaches to contend with the emerging threat of rogue drones in sensitive and challenging environments
  • Drawbacks of traditional c-UAS technologies
  • Developing innovative approaches based on the key counter-drone concepts of Control, Safety, Focus and Future
  • Approaches to safely neutralize the most dangerous drone threats of today and tomorrow
  • 13:00 Networking Lunch

    14:00 NAWCAD Briefing: The US Navy’s C-UAS Strategy and Roadmap

    Mr Jonathan Wilt

    Mr Jonathan Wilt, Director, Combat Integration and Identification Systems Division, NAWCAD WOLF, US Navy
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    • Evaluating Current UAS Threats to US Navy Assets and People
    • Current C-UAS projects at NAWCAD
    • Working with industry to find the best operational solution
    • Training requirements to ensure C-UAS systems are effectively rolled out across the Navy
     

    14:30 From Instrumentation to Operations

    Mr Richard Engelholm

    Mr Richard Engelholm, Business Development Manager, Weibel Scientific A/S
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  • How to push the boundaries for expected accuracy
  • How to enable interoperability
  • How to keep an eye on a close-in micro-drone and a long-range cruise missile simultaneously
  • 15:00 Overcoming Short Range Air Defence Threats With C-UAS Systems and Technology

    Lieutenant Colonel Rudiger Rauch

    Lieutenant Colonel Rudiger Rauch, Assistant Branch Chief Strategy and Operations Directorate I 6, C-sUAS, NATO Biometrics, Data Protection Military Intelligence, Federal Ministry of Defense, Germany
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    • How the German Ministry of Defense are prioritizing C-UAS technology to increase national Air Defense
    • Evaluating the current threat level that UAVS pose to national security and defense systems and platforms
    • Working with industry to define the art of the possible
    • Next steps in setting requirements and procurement roadmaps
     

    15:30 N-SHORAD - Evolution of an End to End Fully Integrated Counter Unmanned Threat Solution

    Mr Rob Balloch

    Mr Rob Balloch, VP of Sales, Marss
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  • NiDAR is a secure browser-based command and control solution delivering complete situational awareness and smart surveillance through a single C4i intuitive user interface.
  • NiDAR CUAS uses a layered smart defence system for detection and denial of drones and Unmanned Aerial Systems requiring minimal training and reduced operator workload to improve decision making and responses to airborne threats
  • The system achieves 360-degree coverage using Radio Frequency (RF) monitoring and tracks objects via long-range cameras with AI image recognition before any denial/grounding response.
  • Multiple CUAS platforms can be meshed into a single real-time situation awareness picture providing extended surveillance locally and remotely to a centralised command as required

     

  • 16:00 Afternoon Coffee

    16:30 UK C-UAS Capability Development

  • A review of the generic factors that are driving UK C-UAS Capability development
  • An outline of the UK MOD C-UAS Capability management structure
  • A short brief on some of the more important aspects of the UK MOD/Dstl R&D, demonstration and testing programme
     
  • Wing Commander Robert J. Wilson

    Wing Commander Robert J. Wilson , SO1 Force Protection Capability Development, Air & Space Warfare Centre, Royal Air Force
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    Mr Jamie Woodsend

    Mr Jamie Woodsend, Principal Consultant, Counter Uncrewed Air Systems (CUAS), Platform Systems, Autonomy Group, DSTL, UK MoD
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    17:00 Adapting Belgian Air Defence Capabilities to Fend Off Hostile UAS

    • An overview of the Belgian Defence Counter UAS Program
    • Working with defense industry and research to find appropriate technologies and solutions
    • Challenges to future Belgian C-UAS adaptation and integration
    • Future RFI and capability requirements and timelines
     

    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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    17:30 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    Colonel (Retd) Dave Shank

    Colonel (Retd) Dave Shank, Former Commandant, Army Air Defense Artillery School, Fort Sill, US Army
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    17:45 Drinks Reception Hosted by the SMi Group

    7:30 Registration & Coffee

    8:20 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Colonel (Retd) Dave Shank

    Colonel (Retd) Dave Shank, Former Commandant, Army Air Defense Artillery School, Fort Sill, US Army
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    8:30 Enabling Industry to Demonstrate the Latest C-UAS Technology: How the RCCTO are Ensuring Cutting Edge Systems are Being Considered for Future Requirements

    Lieutenant Colonel Adam M. Miller

    Lieutenant Colonel Adam M. Miller, Product Manager, C-sUAS, US Army Rapid Capabilities and Critical Technologies Office
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  • Why partnering with industry is key to the US DoD C-UAS strategy
  • Creating a system-of-systems approach to C-UAS
  • Technology Demonstrators: ensuring industry have regular opportunity to showcase their latest solutions
  • The future roadmap for procurement and fielding of new C-UAS systems
  • 9:00 Expanding the Air & Missile Defense Capabilities of the US Army Against Unmanned Threats

    Ms Sarah J. Parker

    Ms Sarah J. Parker, Air and Missile Defense Capability Area Lead, US Army DEVCOM Aviation and Missile Center
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    • An outline of the CCDC’s C-UAS portfolio and key efforts to support the Army’s Air and Missile Defense Modernisation
    • Working with the JCO and other service branches to maximise the potential for the US Military’s C-UAS program
    • A word on the new C-UAS Strategy and the Aviation & Missile Center’s role in future development

    9:30 GUARDION Counter-UAS Solutions - Reliable and Mission-Proven Protection Against Drones

    Ms Daniela Hildenbrand

    Ms Daniela Hildenbrand, Product Manager & Team Lead Counter-UAS Solutions, ESG Elektroniksystem- und Logistik-GmbH
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  • Holistic approach, multi-sensor multi-effector counter UAS system
  • Common systemarchitecture for civil, police and military CUAS systems
  • Challenges in hardware and cross-domain software integration
  • 10:00 Shaping the Investment to Enable Critical C-UAS Technologies to Defend the US Warfighter – The Platforms and Weapons Technology Office

    Dr Michael Zatman

    Dr Michael Zatman, Principal Director, Fully Network Command, Control and Communications, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (OUSD R&E)
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    • The current and planned C-UAS projects of the Platforms and Weapons Technology Office of the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research & Engineering
    • Kinetic versus Directed Energy methods of disabling UAS threats
    • Tracking and disabling methods for UAS swarming capabilities
    • Collaborating with the wider science and technology community and the US defence industry to assist with developing innovative C-UAS platforms

    10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 The RF Drone Detection of UAS

    Mr Peter Savage

    Mr Peter Savage, Application Engineer, TCI International Inc.
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  • Comparison of drone detection modalities, RADAR, sound, EO/IR, RF detection
  • Focus on RF detection
  • Drone detection reporting and tipping
  • 11:30 Optimising a Single Mobile Platform for Missile, Drone and Aircraft Defence – The GBAD

    Mr Don Kelley

    Mr Don Kelley, Project Manager, Ground Based Air Defense (GBAD), PEO Land Systems, US Marine Corps
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    • C-UAS capabilities of the USMC’s Ground Based Air Defence System
    • Mobility as a priority – Ensuring the GBAD system can conduct the required tracking and identifying whilst being maneuverable
    • Modularity to ensure cost effectiveness – Combining air defence systems into one platform
    • Challenges to the future development of the GBAD system
     

    12:00 The RF Countermeasure for C-UAS

    Mr Paul Taylor

    Mr Paul Taylor, Business Development Director, Enterprise Control Systems Ltd
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  • Countermeasure considerations in C-UAS operations
  • RF Inhibition as a countermeasure
  • RF inhibition as part of a full spectrum C-UAS capability
  • 12:30 Protecting Mobile Forces Against UAS: Future Ground Based Air Defence

    Lieutenant Colonel Manfred Stangl

    Lieutenant Colonel Manfred Stangl, Desk Officer Ground Based Air Defence And All Arms Air Defence, German Air Force Command, Luftwaffe HQ
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    • Developing a new SHORAD C-UAS solution for the German Armed Forces
    • Embedding mobile sensors into the GBAD network to detect and defeat UAS threats
    • Protecting field sites with C-UAS systems
    • Battlefield solutions for drone attacks
     

    13:00 Networking Lunch

    14:00 Countering Future Unmanned Aerial Systems within Canada’s S&T Program (Virtual)

    • Status of the C-UAS research at DRDC
    • Opportunities and challenges with Sandbox innovative collaboration experimentation for C-UAS with IDEaS
    • The road ahead for C-UAS research and development at the Department of National Defence (DND)

    Mr Eric Fournier

    Mr Eric Fournier, Director General Innovation, DRDC - Defence Research and Development, Department of National Defence - Canada
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    Mr David Hazen

    Mr David Hazen, Director S&T Combat in Virtual and Physical Environment (DSTCVPE), Department of National Defence - Canada
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    14:30 Virginia State Police C-UAS Update: Identifying and Engaging with UAS Threats Across the State

    Mr DJ Smith

    Mr DJ Smith, Technical Surveillance Agent, High Tech Crimes Division/Bureau Of Criminal Investigations, Virginia State Police
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    • How the Virginia State Police are managing the rise of UAV activity
    • Defending key state assets and infrastructure
    • Current technologies deployed to identify UAVS being used for disruptive and criminal activity
     

    15:00 NATO Counter UAS Updates And Strategies For Cohesive Standardization

    Dr. Claudio Palestini

    Dr. Claudio Palestini, Project Manager, NATO Counter UAS Working Group, Counter Terrorism Section, Emerging Security Divisions, NATO HQ
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    • How NATO ds supporting member state C-UAS experimentation and standards
    • Feedback from live experimentation and industry testing
    • Planning for future threats
     

    15:30 Afternoon Tea

    16:00 Monitoring the US Airspace and Securing Borders Against the Illicit use of UAS

    Mr Steven Willoughby

    Mr Steven Willoughby, Deputy Director, C-UAS Program Management Office, Department Of Homeland Security
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    • How US Federal partners are cooperating to combat the threat from UAS
    • The rising challenge to deter illegal uses of UAS – From the movement of narcotics to defense against potential terrorists
    • Protecting Critical National Infrastructure and transportation hubs against hostile UAS
    • Working with US DoD to protect the US skies and develop new C-UAS solutions

    16:30 The NORDEFCO Counter UAS Capability Project and Denmark’s GBAD Program

    • The objectives of the NORDEFCO Capabilities Cooperation
    • An assessment of the C-UAS project with current findings
    • Integrating C-UAS into the Danish Brigade GBAD System
    • Opportunities and challenges for future Danish C-UAS integration

    Major Morten Hvalsøe-Dybdahl

    Major Morten Hvalsøe-Dybdahl, Branch Chief UAS / C-UAS, Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organization
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    Captain Kasper Wiese Korshoj

    Captain Kasper Wiese Korshoj, Deputy Branch Chief UAS / C-UAS, Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organization
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    17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

    Colonel (Retd) Dave Shank

    Colonel (Retd) Dave Shank, Former Commandant, Army Air Defense Artillery School, Fort Sill, US Army
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    FEATURED SPEAKERS

    Colonel (Retd) Dave Shank

    Colonel (Retd) Dave Shank

    Former Commandant, Army Air Defense Artillery School, Fort Sill, US Army
    Colonel Scott Anderson

    Colonel Scott Anderson

    Project Manager for Unmanned Aircraft Systems, PEO Aviation, US Army
    Lieutenant Colonel Adam M. Miller

    Lieutenant Colonel Adam M. Miller

    Product Manager, C-sUAS, US Army Rapid Capabilities and Critical Technologies Office
    Mr Don Kelley

    Mr Don Kelley

    Project Manager, Ground Based Air Defense (GBAD), PEO Land Systems, US Marine Corps
    Mr Jonathan Wilt

    Mr Jonathan Wilt

    Director, Combat Integration and Identification Systems Division, NAWCAD WOLF, US Navy
    Ms. Nicole Thomas

    Ms. Nicole Thomas

    Division Chief For Strategy And Policy, Joint C-sUAS Office, US DoD
    Wing Commander Robert J. Wilson

    Wing Commander Robert J. Wilson

    SO1 Force Protection Capability Development, Air & Space Warfare Centre, Royal Air Force

    Captain Kasper Wiese Korshoj

    Deputy Branch Chief UAS / C-UAS, Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organization
    Captain Kasper Wiese Korshoj

    Captain Kasper Wiese Korshøj, in an Army officer with a background in the intelligence branch. In the Army intelligence regiment, Kasper worked in different roles, planning and executing training for soldiers and non-commissioned officers. He had a tour to Iraq as a HUMINT operator in 2015. After 5 years in the intelligence regiment Kasper was transferred to the Army NCO School, and was officer in charge of the Army Staff Sergeants Training Course. After 2 years of service at the Army NCO School, Kasper traveled to Greenland, and worked for the Joint Arctic Command (JACO) in Nuuk, as the operations officer in charge of satellite surveillance around Greenland and in the Atlantic. The last year Kasper has been working in the Danish Defense Acquisition and Logistics Organization (DALO), as Assistant branch chief of the Danish Defense UAS/CUAS branch, and is acting chair of the NORDEFCO CUAS Working group.

    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 (Retd) Dave Shank

    Former Commandant, Army Air Defense Artillery School, Fort Sill, US Army
    Colonel (Retd) Dave Shank

    David E. Shank is a U.S. Army veteran with over 30-years of leadership experience, having commanded at the General Officer level. He commanded Soldiers at every echelon from Platoon to Army Air and Missile Defense Command in garrison and combat. As his final assignment, David served as the U.S. Army Air Defense Artillery Commandant responsible for doctrine, organization, training, and leader development. He is a recognized expert in the U.S., European, and Middle Eastern Air and Missile Defense communities. He is an expert in strategic level planning, leader development, team building, program and supply chain management. David possesses extensive global operations experience with over 35 nations in complex and dynamic environments. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from the University of North Florida, a Master of Science Degree in Military Studies from the U.S. Marine Corps Command and Staff College, and a Master of Science Degree in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army Senior Service College. David has participated in numerous conferences and symposiums worldwide on air and missile defense related topics. He currently serves as the senior ground force advisor and defense analyst for Advanced Strategic Insight, Inc, and is a member of Citadel Analytics (UK) Ltd Advisory Board.

    Colonel Scott Anderson

    Project Manager for Unmanned Aircraft Systems, PEO Aviation, US Army
    Colonel Scott Anderson

    Scott Anderson is an Army Acquisition Officer, who currently serves as the Project Manager Unmanned Aircraft Systems, PEO Aviation, Redstone Arsenal Alabama.
    As an Acquisition Officer, most significantly he served as a Contingency Contracting Officer XVIII Airborne Corps, Assistant Project Manager PEO SOLDIER, Product Manager Tactical Unmanned Aircraft Systems PEO Aviation, and Joint Director, Operational Integration Office/Senior Army Acquisition Official National Reconnaissance Office.
    COL Anderson holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from East Tennessee State University, a Master of Business Administration from The Naval Postgraduate School, and a Master of Strategic Studies The United States Army War College. He is level III certified in Program Management and level II certified in Contracting.
    His awards and decorations include: the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters, the Army Commendation Medal with five oak leaf clusters, the Army Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the Kosovo Campaign Medal, the Iraqi Campaign Medal, the NATO Medal, the Humanitarian Service Medal, the Joint Meritorious Unit Award with oak leaf cluster, and the German Armed Forces Efficiency Badge (bronze). Colonel Anderson also wears the Expert Infantryman’s badge, the Parachutist badge, the Air Assault badge and the US Army Space Badge.

    Dr Michael Zatman

    Principal Director, Fully Network Command, Control and Communications, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (OUSD R&E)
    Dr Michael Zatman

    Dr. Michael Zatman has served as the Principal Director for Fully Networked Command, Control and Communications in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering sinceJanuary 2019. In that capacity Michael is responsible for leading the Nation's vision and strategy for networking, command, control and communications to support and enhance the Department’s warfighting capability.
    During his career Michael has provided both organizational and technical leadership to the creation, development and fielding of new technologies, the solving of complicated technical problems and the optimization of multi-faceted system and platform concepts. He is a nationally recognized expert in communications, radar, sensor and electronic warfare systems with an extensive knowledge and
    understanding of ground, sea, air and space based communications, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance systems.
    Prior to joining the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Michael was a fellow at SAZE Technologies from 2012 to 2018. From 2007 to 2012 Michael was Technical Director of QinetiQ North America's Technology Solutions Group, where he was responsible for technical innovation and competency across a wide range of C4ISR, maritime and transportation projects. Additionally, he was the principal investigator for several new Navy, DARPA, IARPA and Air Force programs. Michael came to QinetiQ North America from DARPA where he spent four years as a Program Manager running programs and studies involving space, airborne and ground-based platforms, radar, communications, signal/electronic/communications intercept, optical sensors, multi-functional structures and quantum theory. Earlier in his career Michael worked at the MIT Lincoln Laboratory where he led multiorganizational & multi-disciplinary teams to design future surface radar, airborne radar and communications systems, developed signal processing algorithms and performed system engineering analysis for Air Force, Navy and MDA radar and communications systems.
    Michael has authored many technical publications, book chapters and patents. Michael received his PhD and BEng (Hons – 1st Class) degrees from the University of Leeds and was awarded the Office of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service in 2007.

    Dr. Claudio Palestini

    Project Manager, NATO Counter UAS Working Group, Counter Terrorism Section, Emerging Security Divisions, NATO HQ
    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).

    Lieutenant Colonel Adam M. Miller

    Product Manager, C-sUAS, US Army Rapid Capabilities and Critical Technologies Office
    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.

    Lieutenant Colonel Manfred Stangl

    Desk Officer Ground Based Air Defence And All Arms Air Defence, German Air Force Command, Luftwaffe HQ
    Lieutenant Colonel Manfred Stangl

    Military CV
    1994 Airforce Basic Training in Bayreuth
    1994 72 . Officercourse at Airforce Officerschool in Fürstenfeld-bruck
    from 07/1995 LS Operator PATRIOT with FlaRakGrp 26 in Husum
    from 10/1995 Mechanical Engineering – Specialization Weapon Technology at the University of the Armed Forces in Munich
    from 09/1999 Tactical Control Officer with 4./ FlaRakGrp 26 in Husum
    from 01/2002 Chief Recce with 4./ FlaRakGrp 26 in Husum
    from 01/2003 Tactical Director PATRIOT with FlaRakGrp 26 in Husum
    from 10/2004 Procurement Support Officer for SAMOC in Ulm
    from 10/2006 General/Admiral Staff Course at Führungsakademie der Bundeswehr in Hamburg
    from 10/2008 Desk Officer for Operations Research at Zentrum für Transformation der Bundeswehr in Ottobrunn
    from 10/2010 Squadron Commander 2./ FlaRakGrp 22 in Penzing
    from 07/2012 Desk Officer Missions at Stab InspL III 3 in Berlin
    from 10/2012 Desk Officer within the Liason Element of the Airforce Headquarters to the Joint Operations Command in Schwielowsee
    from 07/2015 Desk Officer MALI/MINUSMA at BMVg SE II 4 in Berlin
    from 10/2018 Desk Officer GBAD, all Arms Air Defence and C-sUAS at Airforce Headquarters

    Lieutenant Colonel Rudiger Rauch

    Assistant Branch Chief Strategy and Operations Directorate I 6, C-sUAS, NATO Biometrics, Data Protection Military Intelligence, Federal Ministry of Defense, Germany
    Lieutenant Colonel Rudiger Rauch

    Lieutenant Colonel Rudiger Rauch was born on May 08th 1968 in Harderberg near Osnabrueck Lower Saxonia.


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

    Major General Walter T. Rugen

    Director, Future Vertical Lift Cross Functional Team, US Army Futures Command
    Major General Walter T. Rugen

    Major General Walter Rugen was born and raised in Onalaska, Wisconsin, and was commissioned through the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY in 1989.

    His first assignment was as an aviation platoon leader, Camp Page, Republic of Korea. In 1992, he was assigned to 9-101st Aviation Battalion (Air Assault) at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, where he served in a variety of positions and commanded B/9-101st. MG Rugen was then assigned to the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne), where he served as an MH-60K platoon leader and company operations officer in D/1-160 SOAR (A). From 2000-2002, he commanded D/160th SOAR (A) at Roosevelt Roads Naval Air Station, Puerto Rico and flew extensively in Central/South America and the Caribbean. In 2003, he transitioned to become the battalion operations officer for 3rd Battalion 160th SOAR (A) at Hunter Army Airfield, Georgia, where he deployed to Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.

    In 2005 he was assigned as a strategic plans officer in the J5 at the United States Special Operations Command at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida. In 2007, MG Rugen commanded 3rd Battalion, 160th Special Operation Aviation Regiment and again deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan. From 2009-2011, MG Rugen was assigned to the Army Staff in the aviation directorate at the Pentagon, where worked on multiple strategic issues affecting Army Aviation. In 2011, he was designated an Army Fellow and served at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC. From 2012-2014, he commanded the 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade in the Republic of Korea. He then transitioned back to the Pentagon where he became the Chief Army Aviation Force Development Division in the Army G8 from 2014- 2016. From 2016-2017, he served as the Director of Materiel in HQDA G8 before serving as the 7th Infantry Division Deputy Commanding General - Support at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington from 2017-2018. Currently, MG Rugen is the Director of U.S. Army Futures Command’s Future Vertical Lift Cross Functional Team, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama.

    MG Rugen’s awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, Air Medal with numeral 4, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal with bronze star, Afghanistan Campaign Medal (w/ 3 service stars), Iraq Campaign Medal (w/ 4 service stars), the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary and Service Medals, the Korean Defense Service Medal, the Combat Action Badge, the Master Aviator Badge, the Parachutist Badge, the Air Assault Badge, the Army Staff Badge and Dominican Republic Parachutist Badge.

    MG Rugen is married to the former Ms. Leigh Anne Boling and they have three wonderful children, Victoria, Jacob and Wesley.

    Major Morten Hvalsøe-Dybdahl

    Branch Chief UAS / C-UAS, Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organization
    Major Morten Hvalsøe-Dybdahl

    Major Morten Hvalsøe-Dybdahl, air force officer with a background in the army. Morten has been working for the Danish forces for the last 14 years. 10 years as an army operational logistics officer stationed in Kuwait, Iraq and Lithuania. The last 4 years Morten has been working within acquisition, as chief and deputy chief of the Danish Defence UAS/CUAS branch.
    Over the course of the last 4 years Morten has built the UAS/C-UAS branch from scratch, centralized and structured the specialist manpower and build drone programs of all size drones. Denmark will in a few years be operating Unmanned Aircraft Systems in all sizes.
    Mortens philosophy when it comes to drone and counter drone technology is simple; that there is not silver bullet.
     

    Mr Bill Haraka

    VP Defence & Security, Robin Radar Systems BV
    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 David Hazen

    Director S&T Combat in Virtual and Physical Environment (DSTCVPE), Department of National Defence - Canada
    Mr David Hazen

    David Hazen is a native of Grand Manan Is., New Brunswick. He grew up in various rural communities, graduating from Sussex High School in 1977. After High School, he moved to Halifax where he attended the University of King’s College, graduating with a B. Sc. in Physics in 1980, and the Technical University of Nova Scotia (now part of Dalhousie University), graduating with a B. Eng. with Distinction in Electrical Engineering in 1983.

    Following graduation, he joined Dalhousie University as part of the research staff in the Oceanography Dept. During his fifteen year tenure at Dalhousie, he was involved in a number of research projects ranging from boundary layer fluid dynamics, to sediment transport off beaches, to tracking fish larvae on the Scotian Shelf to diurnal mixing in the surface layer of the equatorial Pacific. In 1998, he left Dalhousie to join Brooke Ocean Technology, a small consulting company with whom he had worked on a part-time basis for a number of years.

    In 1999, David joined DRDC Atlantic (then DREA) working on the Towed Integrated Active Passive Sonar (TIAPS) project. On completion of that project, he was promoted to Head of the Technology Demonstration section, which was responsible for the delivery of a series of naval and Arctic Technology Demonstration projects. While in the Section Head role, he completed an assignment as the Director of Science and Technology Maritime and a deployment as the Science Advisor to the Commander CTF-150.

    In 2011 he took up the role of Deputy Director General, DRDC Atlantic and, following institutional reorganization in 2013, became the Centre Director. In 2013-14 he attended the National Security Program at the Canadian Forces College in the course which he was awarded an MPA with the thesis topic “International Governance Gaps in Arctic Regions.”

    In 2015 he was assigned the role of Director of S&T for Joint Force Development (DSTJFD) at NDHQ in Ottawa. Following another institutional reorganization in 2020, he was appointed Director of S&T for Combat in the Virtual and Physical Environment (DSTCVPE) with responsibility for programs in Soldier Systems, CBRNE, Counter Autonomous Systems, Tactical ISR, Special Effects, Cyber and Influence Operations.

    He is the recipient of the Southwest Asia Service Medal (SWASM) and a number of DRDC awards.

    When not immersed in technology, David enjoys hiking, skiing, camping, sailing and cycling. He and his wife reside in Stittsville, ON and they have one son.

    Mr DJ Smith

    Technical Surveillance Agent, High Tech Crimes Division/Bureau 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 Kelley

    Project Manager, Ground Based Air Defense (GBAD), PEO Land Systems, US Marine Corps
    Mr Don 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 Eric Fournier

    Director General Innovation, DRDC - Defence Research and Development, Department of National Defence - Canada
    Mr Eric Fournier

     Mr. Fournier is presently the Director General Innovation for the Assistant Deputy Minister (Science & Technology). He is a Scientific Advisor to the Department of National Defence and to the Canadian Armed Forces. His role is to ensure that the Canadian Armed Forces/Department of National Defence (CAF/DND) have access to the most cutting-edge solutions for their challenges from Canadian Innovators.

    Eric began his career with Defence Research & Development Canada (DRDC) as a Defence Scientist in the Flight Mechanics Group of the Precision Weapons Section at the Valcartier laboratory in August 1992. He spent most of his scientific career in that establishment, where he held a number of positions in the Weapons field of study. He also spent one year at the United Kingdom DERA Fort Halstead laboratory as an exchange scientist in the late ninety’s.

    In May 2006, he was appointed Director, Science & Technology Air, in Ottawa, where he managed the Air Force S&T Program portfolio. As part of his duties, he also served as National Representative on the Aerospace Systems group (AER) in The Technical Cooperation Program. From September 2008 to July 2009, he moved to the Canadian Forces College in Toronto where he completed the National Security Program 1 (NSP-1).

    Upon his return to Ottawa, he was appointed Director of Defence Research and Development Canada’s Centre for Operational Research and Analysis (CORA), and was responsible for the delivery of a Science and Technology program in the areas of operational research, strategic analysis, and scientific and technical intelligence.

    In 2014, Mr. Fournier took up the position of Defence R&D Counsellor at CDLS (London) where he was responsible for liaison in defence Science and Technology between Canada and the United Kingdom, Germany, Netherlands, Sweden, Norway and Denmark.

    Upon returning to Canada in July 2017, he was appointed DG Innovation, and also selected to develop and lead the implementation of the Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security (IDEaS) initiative.

    Mr Jack Overell

    Senior Conference Producer/Project Lead US Defence Events, SMi Group Ltd
    Mr Jack Overell

    Mr Jamie Woodsend

    Principal Consultant, Counter Uncrewed Air Systems (CUAS), Platform Systems, Autonomy Group, DSTL, UK MoD
    Mr Jamie Woodsend

    Jamie Woodsend joined the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) following an extensive career in the British Army. Joining Dstl in early 2020 he has worked on Counter Uncrewed Air Systems in a variety of guises, from industry-developed sensor and capability solutions through to the analysis of currently deployed complete systems.

    Jamie worked directly on the UK’s iteration of Contested Urban Environment (CUE) 21 (under the auspices of The Technical Cooperation Program (TTCP)), enabling CUAS sensors to interact with a Command and Control System via SAPIENT. This architecture provided a common standard to pass information from sensor detection to a fused track to distributed users.

    Most recently, Jamie supported the United Kingdom’s effort at NATO’s Technical Interoperability Exercise (TIE 21) in the Netherlands. It was here that the UK-developed SAPIENT architecture was championed as the principal candidate for a CUAS standard across the Coalition.

    Mr Jeffrey Starr

    Chief Marketing Officer, D-Fend Solutions Ltd.
    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 Jonathan Wilt

    Director, Combat Integration and Identification Systems Division, NAWCAD WOLF, US Navy
    Mr Jonathan Wilt

    Mr. Jonathan A. Wilt currently serves as the Division Director for the Combat Integration and
    Identification Systems (CI&IDS) Division at Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD) Webster Outlying Field (WOLF). As Division Director, Mr. Wilt oversees all program management, contract actions, product development, and engineering services for multiple Department of Defense (DoD) Identification Friend or Foe (IFF), Counter Unmanned Aerial Systems (C-UAS), Air Traffic Control (ATC) installation, and combat suite products and services. The Division utilizes multi-sponsor appropriated funding across a variety of Integrated Product Teams (IPTs). Mr. Wilt supervises approximately 75 civil servants and directs the activities of 300+ contractor personnel across multiple technical and support disciplines. Mr. Wilt has 25 years of civilian experience and a combined total of 28 years supporting CI&IDS and its preceding organizations.
    In 1993, Mr. Wilt graduated from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Electrical Engineering. He began his career later that year as a junior engineer for Tracor, Inc. supporting what was then the Identification Systems Division at the Naval Electronic Systems Engineering Activity (NESEA), Codes 2113 and 2114. Working at Webster Field, Mr. Wilt supported the first article qualification testing, fielding, and technical publication development for the Radar Test Set AN/UPM-155 in support of a variety of Navy, Army, Marine Corps, Air Force, and Coast Guard platforms.
    In June 1996, Mr. Wilt transitioned to civilian service as an Electronics Engineer for the Mark XII Systems Branch. He continued to perform engineering work on IFF test sets and became the Engineering Project Lead as the organization shifted from NISE East to NAWCAD.

    In 2003, Mr. Wilt became the NAWCAD 4.5.9.4 Project Lead for the IFF Transponder Set AN/APX-118(V). He provided technical subject matter expertise and leadership to PMA-209 and PMA-213 to help test, qualify, and field the latest generation of transponders on a large number of disparate U.S. Navy platforms including fixed wing aircraft, rotary wing aircraft, unmanned aircraft and all current classes of ships and submarines. During this time Mr. Wilt helped lead the transition of IFF from 1960s era Mode 4 to the modernized cryptographic capabilities of Mode 5. He oversaw the upgrade of the AN/APX-118(V) transponders to the Mode 5-capable Transponder Set AN/APX-123(V) and led a team of engineers, technicians, and logisticians that saw the Mode 5 program progress through Milestone B and C decisions and Initial Operational Condition (IOC).
    In 2010, Mr. Wilt became the Branch Head for the Transponder and Interrogator Engineering Branch in CI&IDS. As Branch Head, Mr. Wilt oversaw project management, contract actions, product development and engineering services for multiple DoD IFF products and services. The branch utilized multi-sponsor appropriated funding across a variety of IPTs. Mr. Wilt supervised approximately 12 civil servants and directed the activities of 50+ contractor personnel across multiple technical and support disciplines.
    Mr. Wilt is DAWIA Level III certified in Engineering. He is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

    Mr Ken Looney

    Product Director Aerostats, PM Terrestrial Sensors, PEO IEW&S, US Army
    Mr Ken Looney

    Mr. Ken Looney is the Product Director for the United States Army’s Aerostat Program within the Project Manager Terrestrial Sensors (PM TS) and Program Office Executive Intelligence, Electronic Warfare and Sensors (PEO IEW&S) located at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland. Mr. Looney is a seasoned acquisition professional with significant test and evaluation, and program management experience. He joined M TS following graduation from the U.S. Army War College in 2015. Shortly thereafter, Mr. Looney deployed to Afghanistan for 18 months as the Senior Civilian for PM TS. In this role, he provided acquisition guidance and counsel to senior leadership, as well as oversight for the PM TS OCONUS mission. Prior to deploying to Afghanistan, Mr. Looney served as the technical director of the U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command’s (ATEC) U.S. Army Joint Test Element from June 2011 to July 2014. At ATEC, he provided technical oversight and guidance on all ATEC resources and activities that supported the Office of the Secretary of Defense Joint Test and Evaluation Program. He also served as the lead test manager for the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected and Route Clearance Vehicle Survivability programs with the U.S. Army Developmental Test Command from August 2009 to June 2011. In 2002, Mr. Looney entered civil service at the U.S. Army Aberdeen Test Center. During the first seven years of his career, he was responsible for the testing of combat vehicles, and held various positions, including test officer and branch chief. Mr. Looney began his professional career in the automotive industry as a design and development engineer in 1996 with Chrysler Corporation in Auburn Hills, Michigan. Mr. Looney was born in El Paso, Texas. He earned bachelors and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from West Virginia University in 1993 and 1995, respectively, and a master’s degree in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College in 2015. Mr. Looney is Defense Acquisition University Level 3 certified in Test and Evaluation, Engineering, and Program Management. He has been awarded the Army Superior Civilian Service Award, multiple Commander’s Awards for Civilian Service, the Secretary of Defense Medal War for the Global War on Terrorism, and the NATO Medal for Service in relation to the Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan.

    Mr Paul Taylor

    Business Development Director, Enterprise Control Systems Ltd
    Mr Paul Taylor

    Paul Taylor joined Enterprise Control Systems in 2012 and as a key member of the management team has led the Business Development and Sales across both the specialist datalink and countermeasures product portfolios. During this period ECS became the first company to purpose-design a specialist countermeasure capability to defeat the emerging drone threat. Paul’s prior experience includes 21 years military service as a Royal Signals officer in the British Army during which he gained extensive experience in the requirements specification and procurement of specialist counter terrorist technical capabilities. A brief period of technical consulting in the City of London, financial services security and communications sector was followed with 11 years at Harris Corporation where he became Head of UK Operations. At ECS Paul has contributed extensively to shaping the collaborative working environment with multiple stakeholders to deliver world-leading C-UAS solutions for demanding international users.

    Mr Peter Savage

    Application Engineer, TCI International Inc.
    Mr Peter Savage

    Peter Savage joined TCI in 1978 and as a key member of both the Engineering and Management teams, and is a lead Application Engineer across TCI’s Geolocation and signal intercept and collection product lines. During this period, TCI became the Industry leader for multiple initiatives that are now industry standard capabilities (first to create dedicated DSP-based instrument for ITU Regulatory Agency compliance measurement, first to provide commercially available hybrid AOA/TDOA geolocation systems, etc.). TCI has provided RF drone detection systems to various Government Agencies since 2017, all of which are still in active use today.

    Mr Richard Engelholm

    Business Development Manager, Weibel Scientific A/S
    Mr Richard Engelholm

    - Army officer (infantry and long range reconnaissance)
    - Deployed to Kosovo (2002) and Helmand/Afghanistan (2006 & 2010).
    - Last military post: Strategic HR advisor to the Danish Chief of Defence.
    - 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 Rob Balloch

    VP of Sales, Marss
    Mr Rob Balloch

    Rob has decades of both industry and naval military service experience in underwater defense and securitytechnology. As Head of Global Sales for QinetiQ Maritime from 2001 – 2004, he built the team behind the Cerberus Sonar system. As a Board Director at Sonardyne, Rob led the investment into Wavefront and MARSS, building the security division. Rob joined MARSS in 2013 to lead global sales. Rob has been a pivotal point in MARSS for their evolution of end to end CUAS advancements and systems to help combat emerging unmanned threats globally.

    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 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 Timothy Bean

    CEO, Fortem Technologies
    Mr Timothy Bean

    Tim’s passion to stop autonomous drone attacks and other types of criminal and terrorist behavior stems from the events of 9/11. Before cofounding Fortem Technologies, Tim was CRO at a company that excelled at stopping criminal and terrorist behavior through signal intelligence. Prior to 2001, Tim served as VP/General Manager at NextHop, a company that expedited the communications industry transition from circuit to secure internet communications. Tim earned his B.S. in Design Engineering from BYU. A frequent speaker at international counter terror and airspace security events, Tim has been widely quoted in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Forbes, CNN, and The Atlantic.

    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 and 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.
     

    Ms. Nicole Thomas

    Division Chief For Strategy And Policy, Joint C-sUAS Office, US DoD
    Ms. Nicole Thomas

    Ms. Thomas is a senior civilian who has worked at several organizational levels across the Army. She leverages her 10 years of resource management and strategist experience to help senior leaders make resource-informed decisions. Ms. Thomas is currently the Division Chief for Strategy and Policy in the Joint C-sUAS office and responsible for intelligence, C-sUAS related gaming/exercises, and coordinating with interagency partners and international allies/partners to improve information sharing and interoperability. Prior to her assignment in the JCO, she was a Senior Strategist on the Army G-3/5/7 staff where she worked on a range of issues including overseas posture, pre-positioned stock, and global force management.

    Ms. Thomas is a co-author of an article on the recent conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia, “What the United States Military Can Learn from the Nagorno-Karabakh War”. She received her graduate degree from the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, PA.

    Wing Commander Robert J. Wilson

    SO1 Force Protection Capability Development, Air & Space Warfare Centre, Royal Air Force
    Wing Commander Robert J. Wilson

    Wing Commander Rob Wilson started officer training in the RAF during August 1994 after completing a Mechanical Engineering Degree from the University of Liverpool. Originally joining as a potential navigator, he re-branched to the RAF Regiment in 1997. He also trained as an RAF Mountain Rescue specialist and served full time with Stafford Mountain Rescue Team in 1996.
    After professional training at RAF Honington Wilson served on SD814 Squadron providing surety of the airborne nuclear capability at RAF Marham followed by a tour with 3 Squadron RAF Regiment on Operation BANNER in Northern Island carrying out Internal Security duties. Returning to the UK Mainland in August 1999 he was trained in Ground Based Air Defence (GBAD) and served a short period with 16 Squadron RAF Regiment before completing the Qualified Weapon Instructor (Surface to Air Weapons) course at the Joint Rapier Training Unit (JRTU). Subsequent tours were GBAD based with a stint as Training Officer on 2623 RAuxAF Regiment Squadron, Operations Officer for the Resident Rapier Squadron on the Falkland Islands followed by an instructional tour at the JRTU before being selected to run the GBAD Operational Evaluation Unit in December 2003 at RAF Waddington. In January 2006 Wilson was seconded to the United Nations (UN) and served as a Divisional operations officer with the UM Mission in Liberia, known as Op SEQUESTER II to UK MOD. Of note he wrote the operational plan and coordinated the ground element for the UN detention of former Liberia President Charles Taylor and his handing over to the UN Special Court for Sierra Leone. Returning to the UK in mid-2006 he took a staff role at RAF High Wycombe working for the Air
    Principal Security Advisor where he spent a year compiling AP3085 The RAF Manual of Security Risk Management.
    Promotion to squadron leader followed in 2006 and after completing a tour in No 2 Group Headquarters developing Force Protection capability Wilson was selected for command and took post as Chief of Staff on No 1 RAF Force Protection Wing. The Wing deployed to Afghanistan in 2010 on Op HERRICK 13/14 where Wilson became the Executive Officer of the Camp Bastion Force Protection Wing. After command he was posted to 92(R) Squadron in the Air Warfare Centre (AWC) at RAF Waddington. During his time, he was part of the team that planned and executed the Air Security Plan for Op OLYMPICS and was the desk officer responsible for the initial development and deployment of the first C-sUAS capability in UK Defence.
    Command of the Force Protection element of 906 Expeditionary Air Wing in the United Arab Emirates as part of Op KIPION followed and then a tour in Joint Warfare at Northwood covering Counter Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear. In 2018 he moved to the role of Force Protection Desk Officer in Manning at Air Command from which he was promoted to wing commander and completed Advanced Command and Staff Course 22. Wilson then moved to Air Capability at RAF High Wycombe returning to the development of C-sUAS role he had previously filled at the AWC.

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    CACI’s approximately 22,000 talented employees are vigilant in providing the unique expertise and distinctive technology that address our customers’ greatest enterprise and mission challenges. CACI's SkyTracker® Technology Suite is an end-to-end portfolio of counter-unmanned aircraft systems (C-UAS) designed to protect against evolving UAS threats. SkyTracker offers modular, tailorable, and scalable system-of-system C-UAS capabilities, with fixed site, mobile, and on-the-move form factors that meet the UAS/drone defense needs of any environment. Our culture of good character, innovation, and excellence drives our success and earns us recognition as a Fortune World's Most Admired Company. As a member of the Fortune 500 Largest Companies, the Russell 1000 Index, and the S&P MidCap 400 Index, we consistently deliver strong shareholder value. Visit us at www.caci.com.


    Enterprise Control Systems Ltd

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    http://www.enterprisecontrol.co.uk

    Enterprise Control Systems Ltd , a British based Radio Frequency (RF) technology company part of SPX Corporation, is exhibiting at this year's Counter UAS Technology USA, showcasing their Claw RF inhibitor – accredited with over 2,000 Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) defeats and deployed on 2017 operations. Claw is a prime example of how RF technology is helping defence and security organisations across the world, including the US Department of Defence and NATO, address increasing malicious UAS threats in conflict zones. Counter unmanned systems will ultimately have to form part of every country’s overall strategic defence capability. To stay ahead of threats and solve challenges, defence and security organisations will continue to rely upon manufacturers to understand capabilities, prioritise innovation and develop solutions at pace. For over three decades ECS has partnered with defence organisations to develop and deploy the latest RF technology aimed at mitigating the risks associated with these air, sea, and land-borne threats.


    Epirus

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    http://www.epirusinc.com

    Epirus delivers directed energy weapons that enable unprecedented counter-electronics capabilities. Epirus’ flagship product – Leonidas – provides a tactical form factor counter-UAS weapon capable of swarm defeat with increased standoff distances, speed-of-light engagements and the absence of issues with magazine depth and capacity. With a constant emphasis on innovation, Epirus is bringing tomorrow’s capabilities to life today to defeat asymmetric threats and deter near-peer adversaries.


    MARSS

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    At MARSS we help our customers to strengthen their defence & security and modernise their cities. Our AI powered IoT platform, NiDAR provides turnkey solutions by fusing intelligence and surveillance to grant full situational awareness and control. This highly diverse solution is used to enhance complex military operations against asymmetrical (air/land/sea) threats, critical infrastructure protection, superyacht privacy protection, vessel overboard rescue, and to enable a better quality of government service and citizen welfare through smart and secure nations. Trusted globally, our technology helps protect over 3 million lives today.


    TCI International, Inc,

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    http://

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


    The Ninja Counter-UAS system

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    http://

    The Ninja Counter-UAS system was developed under the Ninja Alliance of Black River Systems Company, Inc. (Black River), Trust Automation (Trust), PAR Government (PAR), and OWT Global (OWT) in partnership with government stakeholders. All four small businesses invested in intellectual property, independent research and development, and private equity to create a protocol-based Radio Frequency C-UAS system with advanced signal processing, including sophisticated mitigation options. Because of the unique independent nature of the Ninja business, the Ninja Joint Business Alliance cooperates as a team to service the U.S. government needs for Ninja research, development, test and evaluation, Ninja procurement, and Ninja operations and maintenance. We operate across corporate boundaries to ensure that we collectively provide the best value and capability with the primary focus to keep warfighters and resources safe. Currently deployed with all major branches of the United States Military, Ninja is poised to transition into a program of record.


    Weibel Scientific

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    http://www.weibel.dk/

    Weibel Scientific is a high-tech company that since the 1930s has been dedicated to provide precision data for user all over the world. The modern day company develops and produces a wide range of tactical and instrumental X-band Doppler-based radars, utilizing CW, MFCW and FMCW waveforms for small object detection and tracking with high resolution in both the velocity and range domain. Weibel Scientific’s portfolio ranges from small muzzle velocity and fire director radars for anti-air artillery to radars for the full IAMD spectrum. The technology covers applications from counter drone operations around high value targets through SHORAD/LLAD to air surveillance radars for GBAD and upper tier air defense applications and BMD capable radars. Throughout the last 40 years, Weibel has provided more than 4500 radars to more than 40 countries.

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    UAS Weekly

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

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    Unmanned Systems Technology

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    https://www.unmannedsystemstechnology.com/

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


    Microwave Journal

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    http://www.mwjournal.com

    Microwave Journal provides leading-edge technical content for RF, microwave and wireless engineers worldwide. MWJ the magazine reaches 50,000 qualified subscribers with practical design application articles for working engineers. MWJournal.com delivers the latest news, events, webinars, whitepapers, videos and newsletters to RF/microwave professionals. EDI CON China and USA events bring industry and engineers together for information exchange and education. For over 60 years, Microwave Journal has been THE resource for engineers who are developing infrastructure for the next-generation of wireless and defense technologies. www.mwjournal.com


    GeoConnexion International

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    https://www.geoconnexion.com/publications

    GeoConnexion International and GeoConnexion UK bring you the latest news and stories plus reports from geotechnology industries in UK, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, North America and Asia. Coverage of topics such as 3D Visualisation, Remote Sensing, LiDAR, Cloud, Mobile Mapping, Navigation with emphases on healthcare, public safety, retail, the environment, utilities, surveying, LBS, transport/ logistics, telecommunications and more. To view latest magazine.


    Drone Users

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    http://www.droneuser.co.uk

    This is the only, free, monthly magazine written by drone users, for drone users. Drone User Magazine is now 9 months old and has gone from strength to strength since launch. We now have around 6,000 readers every week. The magazine is available every month at www.droneuser.co.uk and is free to read, 24/7 It’s a 3D interactive magazine packed with content. We have features on all manner of UAVs, drones and associated items We have readers photos and stories about commercial drone operators


    Defence Today

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    http://defencetoday.com

    Defence Today is an online publication covering the latest in global defence and security news, defence intelligence and strategic insight. Terrorism and emerging threats, defence industry coverage, the latest technology developments and emerging platforms and systems. Military equipment profiles and industry showcases. Advertising, press releases and event listings are available.


    My Dear Drone

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    https://mydeardrone.com/

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


    Asian Military Review

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    http://www.asianmilitaryreview.com/

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


    Epicos

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    http://www.Epicos.com

    Epicos is a global, multifaceted portal providing Aerospace and Defense industries around the world with business intelligence and active support to access opportunities on international procurements, industrial cooperation and offsets. Epicos has carried out extensive industry analysis and mapping of capabilities of A&D Industries and offers this knowledge to its members helping them to identify business opportunities and to build strategic alliances. Additionally, Epicos supports the global A&D industry through a wide range of on-line services and products including but not limited to: a large online procurement database, an updated Business Directory, an e-library with extensive information regarding procurement and offsets processes systems and an up to the minute news database.


    World Teleport Association

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    Since 1985, the World Teleport Association (WTA) has been the only trade association that focuses on the business of satellite communications from the ground up. At the core of its membership are the world's most innovative operators of teleports, from independents to multinationals, niche service providers to global carriers. WTA is dedicated to advocating for the interests of teleport operators in the global telecommunications market and promoting excellence in teleport business practice, technology and operations. Companies that do business with teleports also find that WTA is the best investment they can make to open new channels to the industry.


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


    Defense Advancement

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    DefenseAdvancement.com (DA) is a defense marketing and supplier sourcing platform, showcasing supplier capabilities across aerospace, land, naval and security domains. Operated by the team behind UnmannedSystemsTechnology.com, DA connects governments, armed forces and the entire defense and security supply chain, giving suppliers an online platform to showcase their technologies and capabilities.


    21st Century Asian Arms Race

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    21st Century Asian Arms Race (21AAR) is an online resource for conflict and security related information specific to Eurasia. 21AAR's editorial style and open source approach to gathering public intelligence ensures a unique and independent presentation of events in real-time.


    Drones Monthly Magazine

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    http://dronesmonthly.com/

    Your monthly magazine at the forefront of drone innovation. With multi rotor technology now rapidly innovating, Drones Monthly Magazine tracks and reports the latest product developments, industry news, features and reader projects through a multi media platform, explore our fully interactive magazines on your pc, tablet or phone, The digital magazine is a must have guide for every drone pilot connecting the latest product innovations with our readers. For enquires please visit our contact page at www.dronesmonthly.com

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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, SMI 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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