UAS WEST for DoD and Government

Military UAV’s Create Multiple-Mission Opportunities for Industry


Military spending for this technology is expected to grow as an overall percentage of large military budgets such as the United States’ and Chinese defense budget, offering specialized drone manufacturers and software developers a tremendous opportunity. While drones will never completely replace soldiers, this debate is becoming less important in the current strategic climate. The Global Military UAV industry, is valued at US$ 30 billion in 2019 and is projected grow at a CAGR of 12.6% by 2027.  Analysts still predict growth in this industry, estimating a total increase to just over $89 billion in the next decade. Not only is the military expected to sustain its backing of UAS technology, but the civil and commercial markets are poised to open up to a host of opportunities for the industry.


Military UAVs are taking over the skies and they are primarily being used by armed forces globally for Intelligence, Surveillance & Reconnaissance (ISR) and for carrying out strike missions. Popularly known as a drone, the use of this type of aircraft is increasing in all sectors, especially in the defense sector. Consequently, the military UAV-industry is advancing at a rapid pace. The creation and development of military UAVs has provided an opportunity for worldwide military entities to extend their operational capability while performing a number of different tasks and missions. This opportunity has motivated the creation of projects, worldwide, that studied the potential of military UAVs, resulting in the creation of more such UAVs and on the identification of requirements to implement, according to the task at hand.


The creation and development of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) has provided a valuable opportunity to develop tasks such as search and rescue (SAR), surveillance, reconnaissance, inspection, patrolling, hazardous materials detection, among many other tasks. Particularly in military scenarios, the danger is more significant, which motivates the use of UAVs to perform certain missions, since its use promotes the safeguard of human lives. This is one of the main motives that has promoted innovation regarding unmanned systems (UxS), and the development of applications for UAVs. Although the deployment of an UAV grants an edge in the performance of a mission, the deployment of several different unmanned systems working together would result in an improvement of the operational capability. The successful achievement of a feat of such dimension can be made possible through the integration of interoperable systems that work together to achieve common objectives.


“Unmanned Aircraft Systems West” is a very valuable investment in your time. Attendees will obtain invaluable information on the emerging opportunities in the Military, Government, Commercial and Civil Markets found nowhere else. Key program offices will examine UAS from first hand experiences and address the Needs, Requirements and Opportunities needed. Key Conference Themes will include:

    • DoD UAS Joint Program Updates, Emerging Sensor Capabilities & Testing
    • Hands-on User Perspectives on UAS Training
    • AI & Autonomy R&D
    • Emerging Major UAV Program Weaponization Updates and Platforms
    • Counter UAS Emerging Technologies & Policies
    • sUAS & Nano System Innovations and Payloads
    • Civil and Commercial Drone Platforms, Payloads Imaging Opportunities
    • Latest FAA Air Traffic Integration Programs Status Updates
    • UAS Swarming MUM-T Capabilities
    • GOGO vs. COCO Decision Making Capabilities

UAS WEST Attendees will obtain invaluable information on the emerging opportunities in the Military, Government, Commercial and Civil Markets found nowhere else. Key program offices will examine UAS from first hand experiences and address the Needs, Requirements, Capabilities and Opportunities for Industry.

Speaker and Presenter Information

We are pleased to announce our 2021 Guest Speakers!



Colonel Nathan Diller, USAF, Director, AFWERX




Colonel Joseph S. Anderson, USA, Project Manager, Unmanned Aircraft Systems, Program Executive Office, Aviation



Colonel Bradley Boyd, USA, Director, Joint Artificial  Intelligence Center (JAIC) Joint Warfighting Mission Initiative



Sam Deneke, Land Warfare & Air Defense, Vice President, Business Execution, Raytheon Missiles & Defense



Brian Keith, Protective Security Advisor, Los Angeles, District Office of Infrastructure Protection, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), U.S. DHS 


CDR Chad Thompson, USCG, UAS Division Chief, USCG Office of Aviation Forces (CG-711) Capt (USN-ret)



Ted Venable, CSL Program Manager, UAS at Commander, U.S. Fourth Fleet Counter Illicit Trafficking (COMUSNAVSO/C4F)



Dr. Parimal “PK” Kopardekar, Acting Director, NASA Aeronautics Research Institute, NASA Senior Technologist, Air Transportation Systems, NASA Ames Research Center



Megan Farris, Vice President of C-UAS Business Development, Mission Technology Group, CACI International Inc



Major Douglass Kottraba, USAF, 432D Wing, Creech AFB



Leslie Smith, Vice President, Global Hawk, Northrop Grumman Corporation



Steve Gizinski, President, Inmarsat Government



Colonel Clark Bramante, CA ANG, 163d Operations Group Commander, March AFB



Kevin Williams, Director, Autonomy and Artificial Intelligence, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems



Colin Carroll, DoD Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC)



Major William Paffett, USMC, Joint Theater Air Missile Defense (TAMD) Chief, CCJ3-C TAMD Branch, U.S. Central Command (USCENTCOM)


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Relevant Government Agencies

Air Force, Army, Navy & Marine Corps, Intelligence Agencies, DOD & Military, Office of the President (includes OMB), Dept of Agriculture, Dept of Energy, Dept of Homeland Security, Dept of the Interior, Dept of Justice, Dept of State, Dept of Transportation, GSA, NASA, Legislative Agencies (GAO, GPO, LOC, etc.), State Government, County Government, City Government, CIA, FEMA, Coast Guard, FAA, National Guard Association, Federal Government, State & Local Government, Foreign Governments/Agencies, NSA

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Wed-Fri, Feb 10-12, 2021, 9:00am - 3:00pm

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