Chair Person

Bryan Scurry

SES, Former Executive Director, Commander Naval Air Forces, U.S. Pacific Fleet

Keynote Speakers

Christopher Collins, SES

Executive Director, Developmental Test Eval, and Assessment Office of the Undersecretary of Defense Research and Engineering (OUSD(R&E))

Rear Admiral Stephen Tedford

USN, Program Executive Officer Unmanned Aviation and Strike Weapons

CAPT Shea S. Thompson

USN, Commodore Surface Development Squadron ONE (CSDS 1)

DoD & Government Speakers

LTC Jeff Bess, USA

Product Manager, TUAS (Shadow and FTUAS) Program Executive Office, Aviation

Rebecca Boxerman

ONR Global Science Advisor, ONRG, Science Advisor to Commander Naval Surface Forces

Gerald James “Jay” Cavalieri

SoCal Tech Bridge (NavalX) Co-Chair NUWC Division, Keyport

Neil Cribb

Human Machine Integration (FDH) Division Chief, GS-15, G-8 U.S. Army

Doug Haskin

Product Manager, Aerial Enhanced Radars, Optics, and Sensors (AEROS) Program Executive Office Intelligence, Electronic Warfare and Sensors (PEO IEW&S)

CAPT Scott Hattaway, USN

Director, Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center (SMWDC) Mine Countermeasures Technical Division (MCMTD)

Brian Keith

Protective Security Advisor US Department of Homeland Security, Cybersecurity, and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)

LtCol Nicholas Law, USMC

Commanding Officer Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron 3 (VMU-3)

Colonel (USAF-ret) Stephen “Lux” Luxion

Executive Director ASSURE FAA UAS CoE

CAPT Dennis Monagle, USN

Program Manager Multi-Mission Tactical Unmanned Aerial Systems NAVAIR

Graham Plaster

Director Nautilus
A DEFENSEWERX Partnership with NavalX

Dr. Gregory Power

Program Manager, Senior Research Engineer HQ, U.S. Indo-Pacific Command

Dr. Robert Sadowski

SES U.S. Army Chief Roboticist

Shivanjli Sharma

ATM-X Deputy Project Manager NASA Ames Research Center

Scott Shyne

Chief of the Information Warfare Division Air Force Research Laboratory

Mark B. Thompson

Office of Research and Technology Applications (ORTA) Manager Naval Facilities Engineering and Expeditionary Warfare Center

Mr. Sean Tynan

Product Manager, EUAS (Gray Eagle) Program Executive Office, Aviation

Lt Col Bradford “CRUSH” Wade

USAF, Director of Operations 17th Attack Squadron, 732d Operations Group, 432d Wing, Creech AFB, NV

Dr. Steven Wills

Navalist Center for Maritime Strategy at the Navy League of the United States

David Zahn

NASA Ames Research Pilot and Principal Investigator NASA Advanced Air Mobility National Campaign (AAM-NC)

Alex Zimmer

Underwater EOD AI/ML Program Lead Naval Information Warfare Center Pacific (NIWC)

Senior Representative

San Diego UAS Working Group FBI

Industry & Academia

Andrew Carter

Senior Director, Strategy Anduril Industries

Andrew Capodieci

Director of Robotics Neya Systems

Ray Chaney

San Diego Chapter Board member Gary Sinise Foundation

Dr. Maia Cook

Director, Human-Autonomy Integration & Chief Scientist Pacific Science & Engineering

Dr. Nick Ernest

Chief AI Architect Thales USA

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

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

CAPT Jeffrey Hoyle (USN-ret)

Vice President, Maritime Elbit Systems of America

Ted Maciuba

Former Deputy Director US Army Robotics Requirements U.S. Army Maneuver Center of Excellence

James McPherson

Program Manager General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc.

Dr. Sophia Merrifield

Research Marine Physicist & Engineer, Marine Physical Laboratory UC San Diego Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Adam Outlaw

Senor Program Manager, Maritime Undersea Boeing Maritime & Intelligence Systems

Lichen “Scuba” Pursley

Director, USAF Programs (StratDev) General Atomic Aeronautical Systems, Inc.

Jim Ryan

Senior Director, Global Military Sales Air Domain Systems Textron

John “Streak” Scudi

MQ-25, Director Boeing Defense, Space & Security

Gad Shaanan


Dr. Eric Terrill

Director, Marine Physical Laboratory UC San Diego Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Neil Zerbe

CEO AeroSpace & Defense Industry Partners
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