SAE Media Group is delighted to announce the second annual UAV Technology USA conference, taking place in Arlington, VA on February 6-7, 2023.

UAV Technology USA will return as the leading conference in the US dedicated to unmanned aerial systems and their evolving role in modern warfare. Attracting leading speakers and experts from all branches of the US military, as well as from international allies, this conference will be the place to meet, exchange information and gain access to the latest UAV technological solutions.

 UAV Technology USA will strive to enhance the learning and development of UAV Program managers and experts through a series of briefings and panel discussions. We at SAE Media Group endeavour to deliver genuine insight and learning through the expertly selected participants who deliver briefings, ensuring the latest developments from all parts of the community (industry and military) are covered in great detail.

Whether you want to hear from leading UAV programme managers, technical engineers, chief scientists, system integrator, electronic warfare specialists, or commanders leading UAV operations, this conference is the only place you will return to your offices with a set of strategies and solutions to advance your future unmanned aerial capabilities.


  • UAV Technology USA is a leading event in exploring the evolution of U.S. and international UAV programs and capabilities
  • Listen to keynote briefings from leading U.S. military UAV programmes leaders
  • Hear from key allied military leaders working in their national UAV field
  • Discover the latest topics for the advancement of UAVs, including UAV procurement and modernization projects, UAV policy development, UAV operator training, safety and certification regulation, and ISR capabilities
  • Meet and network with the key decision-makers from both military and industry and learn how to adapt your UAV platforms through innovation and experimentation

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Conference programme

8:00 Registration & Coffee

8:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Dr Robert J. Kraus

Dr Robert J. Kraus, Dean, John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences, University of North Dakota
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9:00 Development and Support of the US RQ-4 Global Hawk RPA Fleet via the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC)

  • Developing, producing, testing, modifying, fielding, and sustaining Air Force ISR and SOF combat capabilities and platforms
  • Ensuring combatant commanders have the information gathering and targeting capabilities to make informed decisions and eliminate threats
  • Integrating multi-platform ISR sensor capabilities onto USAF UAS platforms
  • Colonel William T. Collins Jr.

    Colonel William T. Collins Jr., Senior Materiel Leader, High Altitude ISR Division, ISR & SOF Directorate, US Air Force Life Cycle Management Center
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    9:30 Utilising the Advanced Systems of the MQ-9 Reaper to ‘Guard With Power’

  • The 25th Attack Group’s mission and structure
  • Operational capabilities of the MQ-9 Reaper for 25th ATKG missions
  • Building permanent training and simulation facilities at Shaw AFB to develop effective UAV operators and personnel
  • Future operational requirements for USAF UAV missions
  • Lieutenant Colonel Robert Hetherington

    Lieutenant Colonel Robert Hetherington, Director of Staff, 25th Attack Group, US Air Force
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    10:00 DARPA: Distributed Air Operations with Next Generation UAVs

    Colonel Paul Calhoun

    Colonel Paul Calhoun, Program Manager, Tactical Technology Office, DARPA
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  • Gremlins: Demonstrated UAV air recovery
  • LongShot: UAVs with air-to-air combat capabilities
  • POWER: Energy Beaming for persistent distributed capabilities
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 The Role of UAVs in USCENTCOM Operations

    Mr Eric Follstad

    Mr Eric Follstad, Requirements and Technology Division Chief, Resources and Analysis Directorate J8, USCENTCOM
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    11:30 Rajant Combat Deployed and Combat Proven

    Mr Robert Castillo

    Mr Robert Castillo, Government and Military Sales, Rajant Corporation
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  • Who is Rajant?
  • What is Kinetic Mesh?
  • Rajant Scalability
  • Drones and UGVs
  • Military Programs
  • 12:00 Promoting Collaboration for USAF Autonomous System Development at Air Force Futures

    Lieutenant Colonel Ryan Slaughter

    Lieutenant Colonel Ryan Slaughter, Chief of Autonomous Platforms, Air Force Futures, US Air Force
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  • Setting requirements for future autonomous platforms
  • Developing unmanned and autonomous capabilities to preserve advantage for tomorrow’s Airmen
  • Delivering the tools and training future airmen need to defend the nation
  • Collaboration opportunities across the DoD, with international allies, and with industry
  • 12:30 Laying the Foundation for Future AI-Driven Flight

    Dr Terry Wilson

    Dr Terry Wilson, Autonomy Capability Team 3 (ACT3), US Air Force Research Laboratory
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  • An overview of the work of the AFRL's Autonomy Capability Team
  • (ACT3) and the Autonomous Air Combat Operations (AACO) program
  • Developing learned behaviors (from Compute to Cognition)
  • Testing systems with learned behaviors (Bridging the Sim2real Gap)
  • 13:00 Networking Lunch

    14:00 Use of UAVs from Ukraine to Domestic Operations

    Mr Bobby Ouyang

    Mr Bobby Ouyang, CEO, SkyeBrowse
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  • Overview of deployment of UAVs in Ukraine war
  • Overview and case study of deployment of UAVs in domestic airplane crashes
  • Collaboration opportunities between various federal agencies
  • Future plans for UAV deployments

    14:30 AFWERX: Nurturing Strategic Partnerships Between the USAF and Industry to Rapidly Field Enhanced UAV Technology

  • Transforming and empowering the 21st Century Industrial Base for US Defense
  • Leveraging commercial technology development to deliver better UAV capability to the War?ghter faster
  • Key milestones in Electric Vertical Takeoff and Landing (eVTOL) developments
  • Lieutenant Colonel Tom Meagher

    Lieutenant Colonel Tom Meagher, Chief, Prime Division, AFWERX
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    Mr Darshan Divakaran

    Mr Darshan Divakaran, Head of Airspace Innovation & Prime Partnerships, AFWERX
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    Lieutenant Colonel Bryan Ralston

    Lieutenant Colonel Bryan Ralston, Integration Lead, AFWERX

    MSgt Donald Gansberger

    MSgt Donald Gansberger, Program Manager, AFWERX
    View Bio

    15:15 Afternoon Tea

    15:45 Developing and Integrating Sensors and Sensor Data into UAS Platforms to Support the Modern Warfighter

    Mr Dennis A. Teefy

    Mr Dennis A. Teefy, Project Director, Sensors-Aerial Intelligence, Program Executive Office, Intelligence, Electronic Warfare & Sensors
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  • Overview of PEO IEW&S and the mission of PD SAI
  • Assimilating sensor to be used for targeting, situational awareness, force protection, and Reconnaissance, Surveillance, and Target Acquisition (RSTA)
  • Integrating the Small Tactical Radar – Lightweight (STARLite) onto the MQ-1C Gray Eagle UAV to provide moving target intelligence to enhance the lethality and ensure the protection of Brigade Combat Teams (BCTs)
  • The path ahead: future plans for PD SAI in the UAS arena
  • 16:15 USAF’s MQ-9: Auto Take-off and Land and SATCOM Launch and Recovery

  • Overview of USAF RPA datalink architecture
  • MQ-9 automatic takeoff and land capability
  • ATLC and agile combat employment
  • Major Christopher Peck

    Major Christopher Peck, Director, MQ-9 Future Plans,49th Operations Group, US Air Force
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    16:45 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    Dr Robert J. Kraus

    Dr Robert J. Kraus, Dean, John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences, University of North Dakota
    View Bio

    8:00 Registration & Coffee

    8:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Dr Robert J. Kraus

    Dr Robert J. Kraus, Dean, John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences, University of North Dakota
    View Bio

    9:00 PEO ISR & SOF – Optimising Advanced Sensor Technology for Current and Future UAVs

    Colonel Tyler Harris

    Colonel Tyler Harris, Chief, ISR Sensors and FMS Systems, US Air Force Life Cycle Management Center
    View Bio

  • The Intelligence Community and warfighters must insist on modular open system architectures
  • Enhanced artificial intelligence will be critical to parse data and identify items of interest
  • Space, high-altitude and low-altitude fusion must accelerate to meet the demand of worldwide areas of interest and complex target mission systems
  • 9:30 Enhancing US Army Aviation Capabilities Through UAV Integration

    Mr Patrick C. OBrien

    Mr Patrick C. OBrien, Deputy Director/Engineer, Aviation Platforms Requirements Determination Directorate, US Army Aviation Capabilities Development and Integration Directorate
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  • Developing US Army UAS requirements
  • Modernization plans to bridge current capability gaps
  • Integrating future UAS technologies for greater capabilities
  • 10:00 Developing Future Capabilities for the USAF’s UAV Fleet Through T&E

    Lieutenant Colonel Michael S. Chmielewski

    Lieutenant Colonel Michael S. Chmielewski, Commander, 556th Test & Evaluation Squadron, US Air Force
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  • Developing and delivering multi-domain RPA capabilities to accelerate and drive the Integrated Tactical Advantage
  • Enabling Agile Combat Employment
  • Developing tactics and training for future MQ-9 Reaper pilots
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 AFSOC RPA Capabilities in Urban Operations

    Major Joseph Ritter

    Major Joseph Ritter, MQ-9 Command Evaluator / RPA Branch Chief, US Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC)
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  • An overview of the capabilities of the MQ-9 Reaper and future requirements for future operations
  • Providing a force multiplier for urban ground commanders through enhanced ISR & strike capabilities
  • SOF UAS as a tool for partnered operations
  • Apply lesson’s from Sirte to future operating environments
  • 11:30 Enhancing USMC UAS Capability Development at the Aviation Combat Element Division

  • Updates on the Tier II Capabilities of the Marine Air Ground Task Force Unmanned Aerial System Expeditionary (MUX), Medium Altitude, Long Endurance (MALE) System of Systems
  • USMC Vision of the Operational Environment
  • Development of future USMC UAS capabilities
  • Upgrading current USMC UAS assets for multi-domain operations
  • Major Keenan Chirhart

    Major Keenan Chirhart, Senior UAS Capabilities Integration Officer, Combat Development and Integration, Capabilities Development Directorate, Aviation Combat Element, Air Vehicle Integration Branch, US Marine Corps
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    12:00 Driving the Future of Uncrewed Aerial Systems within the US Coast Guard

  • An overview of the UAS requirements of the USCG
  • Implementing a strategy for UxS in the USCG
  • Synergy between UAS, USV and UUV assets to provide enhanced Maritime Domain Awareness
  • The future of UxS in the USCG in creating a data driven ecosystem and enhancing operations
  • Commander John Walters

    Commander John Walters, Medium Medium and Long Range UAS Platform Manager (Groups 3-5), Office of Aviation Forces, US Coast Guard
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    12:30 Networking Lunch

    13:30 Controlling US Airspace and Defending US Borders with Advanced Drone Systems

    Mr David Fulcher

    Mr David Fulcher, Director, Air and Marine Operations, National Air Security Operations Center - Grand Forks, U.S. Customs and Border Protection
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  • Overview of the Air and Marine Operations (AMO) structure and the UAV capabilities currently operated – Including the MQ-9 Reaper
  • The advantages of deploying the MQ-9 Reaper in CBP operations compared to manned platforms
  • Progress on UAS Traffic Management (UTM) and Air Domain Awareness (ADA) towards integrating drones into US airspace
  • AMO and CPB future UAS requirements and opportunities
  • 14:00 Enabling an Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) Ecosystem for Safe Skies and Advanced UAV Technologies

    Mr Akbar Sultan

    Mr Akbar Sultan, Director, Airspace Ops & Safety Program Office AOSP, NASA

  • Collaborating with industry, government, and academia to promote an outward-facing approach to monitor trends and aviation needs
  • Identifying emerging or rapidly changing technology opportunities for applicability to unmanned aeronautics
  • Update on the Advanced Air Mobility Aircraft Working Group
  • Identify critical considerations related to scalability
  • 14:30 NATO Alliance Ground Surveillance Force – ISR Synergy for the Joint Force

    Liuetenant Colonel Douglas Pruitt

    Liuetenant Colonel Douglas Pruitt, Commander Flying Sq, NATO Alliance Ground Surveillance Force, Imagery Branch, ISR Sqn
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    15:00 Afternoon Tea

    15:30 Developing the RCAF’s ISR Capabilities Through the Procurement and Integration of RPAS

    Lieutenant Colonel Julien Letarte

    Lieutenant Colonel Julien Letarte, RPAS Project Director, DAR 8, Royal Canadian Air Force
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  • Update on the RCAF procurement of an armed RPA fleet
  • Planning and preparation for the integration of this RPA fleet into operations by 2023
  • The importance of UAVs and RPA for intelligence and surveillance of Canadian borders
  • 16:00 Enhancing the Heron Family of UAVs for the Future of German Air Operations

    Lieutenant Colonel Ralf Kleindienst

    Lieutenant Colonel Ralf Kleindienst, Program Director HERON, Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment,Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw)
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  • Capability overview of the Heron 1 MALE and Heron TP UAV platforms
  • Maintaining good relations and cooperation with OEMs to provide in-service support for RPAS
  • Overcoming challenges surrounding RPAS development, including certification acquisition
  • The next step in further combat UAV integration into the German Military – the move toward armed drones?
  • 16:30 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

    Dr Robert J. Kraus

    Dr Robert J. Kraus, Dean, John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences, University of North Dakota
    View Bio


    Program Manager, Tactical Technology Office
    Chief, ISR Sensors and FMS Systems
    US Air Force Life Cycle Management Center
    Senior Materiel Leader, High Altitude ISR Division, ISR & SOF Directorate
    US Air Force Life Cycle Management Center
    Medium Medium and Long Range UAS Platform Manager (Groups 3-5), Office of Aviation Forces
    US Coast Guard
    Dean, John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences
    University of North Dakota
    Autonomy Capability Team 3 (ACT3)
    US Air Force Research Laboratory
    Integration Lead
    RPAS Project Director, DAR 8
    Royal Canadian Air Force
    Commander, 556th Test & Evaluation Squadron
    US Air Force
    Program Director HERON
    Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment,Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw)
    Director of Staff, 25th Attack Group
    US Air Force
    Chief of Autonomous Platforms, Air Force Futures
    US Air Force
    Chief, Prime Division
    Commander Flying Sq
    NATO Alliance Ground Surveillance Force, Imagery Branch, ISR Sqn
    Director, MQ-9 Future Plans,49th Operations Group
    US Air Force
    MQ-9 Command Evaluator / RPA Branch Chief
    US Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC)
    Senior UAS Capabilities Integration Officer, Combat Development and Integration, Capabilities Development Directorate, Aviation Combat Element, Air Vehicle Integration Branch
    US Marine Corps
    AAM Project Manager Government / Industry Partnerships, AUS-440
    Federal Aviation Administration
    Head of Airspace Innovation & Prime Partnerships
    Director, Air and Marine Operations, National Air Security Operations Center - Grand Forks
    U.S. Customs and Border Protection
    Project Director, Sensors-Aerial Intelligence
    Program Executive Office, Intelligence, Electronic Warfare & Sensors
    Requirements and Technology Division Chief, Resources and Analysis Directorate J8
    Division Manager, NextGEN New Entrants Division
    Federal Aviation Administration
    Deputy Director/Engineer, Aviation Platforms Requirements Determination Directorate
    US Army Aviation Capabilities Development and Integration Directorate
    Government and Military Sales
    Rajant Corporation
    Program Manager

    Sponsors and Exhibitors


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    Preliminary Attendee List (As of Jan. 17, 2023)


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    Sponsors and Exhibitors

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