Conference Co-Chairs

Layne Merritt

Vice President, Technology & Innovation
Elbit Systems of America

Dr. N. Andrew Browning

Senior Program Director of Autonomy

Government & DoD Speakers

Chris Henry

Deputy Director
Naval Warfare
Office of the Secretary of Defense
Director, Operational Test & Evaluation

Bryan Scurry, SES

Executive Director, Naval Air Forces
U.S. Pacific Fleet

Dennis Teefy

Project Director
Sensors Aerial Intelligence (PDSAI), Program Executive Office Intelligence, Electronic Warfare and Sensors (PEO IEW&S)

Captain Ben Cohen

Director The NavalX SoCal Tech Bridge

Captain Patrick Thien

Deputy Director, Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center (SMWDC)
Mine Warfare Division

Sgt. Nicholas Link

UAS Unit Sergeant
San Diego Police Department Operational Support

Alyson Turri

Program Manager
Air Force Research Laboratory
Wright-Patterson AFB, OH

Commander Jerry Daley, USN

Commanding Officer
Unmanned Surface Vehicles Division ONE

Major (P) Michael P. Brabner

Robotics Requirements Division / Air Branch Chief Maneuver Capabilities Development & Integration Directorate
Army Futures Command

Maj David “Jon” Lilja

Assistant Product Manager, Future Tactical Unmanned Aircraft Systems, Army Unmanned Aircraft Systems Program Office
Program Executive Office, Army Aviation

Col Steven Beattie II, USAF

Commander, 49th Operations Group
Holloman AFB, NM

Rebecca Boxerman

Science Advisor, ONR, Science Advisor to Commander
Naval Surface Forces, Surface Development Squadron (SURFDEVRON) 1

Mike Tall

Senior Scientific Technical Manager (SSSTM), Project Overmatch Autonomy Lead, Integrated Autonomous C4ISR,
Naval Information Warfare Center (NIWC)

Colonel (USAF-ret) Stephen “Lux” Luxion

Executive Director
ASSURE FAA Center of Excellence for UAS

Dr. John Matyjas

SES, Chief Scientist
Air Combat Command

Carson L. Wakefield

Product Lead
Soldier Unmanned Aircraft Systems
Unmanned Aircraft Systems Project Office
Program Executive Office (PEO) Army Aviation

The Honorable Andrew P. Hunter

Assistant Secretary of the Air Force
Acquisition, Technology & Logistics (AT&L)

Vinny Capobianco

Rapid Innovation Cell, Navy Unmanned Task Force
Naval Surface Warfare Center, Corona

Keith Jones

Executive Director, Domain Awareness Security Operations
U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Air and Marine Operations

Dr. Doug Meador

Air Vehicles Lead
Autonomous Collaborative Enabling Technologies (ACET) Portfolio
Air Force Research Lab

LtCol Lawrence Ware, USAF

Director of Autonomous Collaborative Enabling Technologies
Air Force Research Laboratory

Darshan “Dash” Divakaran

Senior Manager, Strategic Innovation & Partnerships
Company - AFWERX, United States Air Force

Industry Speakers

Mike Atwood

Senior Director
Advanced Programs
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc.

Travis Burdine

Director of Domestic Business Development & Strategy
Insitu (A Boeing Company)

Dr. Nick Ernest

Chief AI Architect
Thales USA

Lt Col (USAF-ret) Jerry L. Frazier, Jr.

Managing Partner, Director,
Integrated Air and Missile Defense
Amalgam Defense Solutions, LLC

Erik Grant

Vice President
C-UAS Solutions, CACI International Inc.

Dr. Doug Meador

Air Vehicles Lead
Autonomous Collaborative Enabling Technologies (ACET) Portfolio
Air Force Research Lab

Colonel (USA-ret) Rob Menti

Business Development
Armament Systems, Northrop Grumman Corporation Defense Systems

Joe Murray

Blue Force Technologies

Dave Ogburn

Capture Manager, Undersea and Seabed Technologies
Aerojet Rocketdyne

Chris Pehrson

Chief Growth Officer
Parry Labs

Wayne Prender

Senior Vice President of Air Systems
Textron Systems

Chan Saunders

Technical Director
Naval Surface & Undersea Systems
Raytheon Missiles & Defense

Kevin D. Stamey, SES

Director for Information Dominance Programs
Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force
Acquisition, Technology and Logistics (AT&L)

Joe Valenzuela

Vice President of Strategy
Tactical Platforms
Kratos Unmanned Aerial Systems

Neil Zerbe

AeroSpace & Defense Industry Partners