Event Date/Time: May 23, 2012 End Date/Time: May 24, 2012
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Successful Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) attacks on insurgents in Iraq and Afghanistan have forever changed the landscape of future aviation development in the Department of Defense. The Predator, Reaper and Hunter have shown unprecedented capability in pairing persistent surveillance with quick, precision strike further adding to their value as integral assets on the battlefield. As a result, DoD and the Services are forging ahead with UAS weaponization development from the near-term Air Force Reaper and Army Grey Eagle to the long-term Navy UCAS and everything in between including smaller unmanned aircraft. With yearly worldwide UAS spending expected to double in the next 10 years from the already $4.4 billion annually, unmanned lethal capabilities promise to be a focal point in near-term development as the demand for “lethal ISR” is at a fever pitch.

I. Government Needs, Initiatives, Opportunities and Challenges

“Emerging Service and Government Missions, Needs and Opportunities”
COLONEL KEITH BEARDEN, USAF, Director, Capabilities Integration Directorate, Aeronautical Systems Center, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH [invited]

“Army AATD UAS Weaponization Developments, Challenges and Initiatives”
MR. RAYMOND WALL, Chief, Systems Integration Division, Applied Aviation Technology Directorate

“Naval Air Warfare Center UAS Weaponization Initiatives”
MR. ROBERT EKSTROM, Director, Weapon Systems Center for Integration Lab, Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division (NAWCWD) [invited]

“Reaper UAS Program Update”
COMMANDING OFFICER, 42nd Attack Squadron, 432nd Wing, Creech AFB, NV

“Army Experience with Weaponized UAS – A Warfighter’s Perspective”
LT. COLONEL FERNANDO GUADALUPE, US ARMY 1st Infantry Division – G-3 Air, Ft. Riley, KS [invited]

“UAS Support of Special Operations: What Works, What Doesn’t, and What We Need in the Future”
MR. LOUIS CASABIANCA (Captain USNR), Former Air and Fires Officer

II. Emerging Roles and Trends for Armed UAS

“Armed Military UAS – Emerging Capabilities, Trends and Challenges”
DR. BILL POWERS, Research Fellow, Potomac Institute for Policy Studies, Center for Emerging Threats and Opportunities, Marine Corps Warfighting Lab, Quantico, VA

“DARPA Persistent Close Air Support Program”
MR. JASON BOWMAN, Next Generation UAS Studies, Air Vehicles Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL)

“Perspective on Current and Future Armed UAS Employment”
DR. JOHN STILLION, Senior Analyst, Analysis Center, Northrop Grumman Corporation

“NCADE Program Update – Future UAS Missile Defense Scenario”
MR. STAN GORENC, Director, Missile Defense Business Development, Mission Capabilities Executive, Raytheon Missile Systems

“The Next Generation of Armed UAS – Predator C Avenger Program Update”
MR. SCOTT NYBERG Senior Marketing Communications Associate, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc.

III. The Latest on Small UAS Weaponization

“Switchblade – Increased Precision with a Weaponized Small UAS”
MR. JEFF JONAS, Chief Scientist, Entity Analytics Group, IBM

“SkyStinger Small Weaponized UAS”
DR. DON MACARTHUR, Chief Technology Officer, IATech

“Weaponized UAVs – The Backpack Portable Smart Bomb”
MR. DEREK LYONS, President, Sales and Marketing, Prioria Robotics, Inc.

“Weaponization and the T-20 Small UAS”
MR. STEVE SMITH, Senior Application Engineer, Arcturus UAV

“The Next Generation of Armed UAS – Predator C Avenger Program Update”
DR. MRIDUL GAUTAM, Associate Vice President for Research, West Virginia University

“Shadow UAS Weaponization”
MR. VANCE KING, Vice President, Tactical Unmanned Aircraft Systems (TUAS), AAI Corporation [invited]

IV. Current and Emerging Weapon Systems for Unmanned Aircraft

“Medusa JCTD/LOGIR Project Update”
MR. KURT ROCKWELL, Technical Manager, Medusa JCTD, Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, NAS China Lake

“Hatchet – ATK’s Miniature Air Delivered Weapon”
MR. DOUG STORSVED, Chief Engineer, Advanced Weapons Division, ATK

“SUAS Weapon Integration”
MR. JEAN-CHARLES LEDÉ, Director, Unmanned Systems, Raytheon Missile Systems

“Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS) II Program Update”
MS. RAJANI CUDDAPAH, Director, Precision Guided Solutions Business Development, BAE Systems

“Enhancing Precision Strike Capability”
MR. STEVE MCCANN, Director, Business Development, Government Programs, L-3 Wescam

“Scorpion Program Update”
MR. CHUCK MORANT, Director Tactical Missiles Business Development, Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control [invited]

V. Key Enabling Technologies for the Armed UAS Mission

“Increasing Precision for UAS Weapons”
MR. BEL LAZAR, President and Chief Operating Officer, API Technologies [tentative]

“Research and Application of High Fidelity, High Speed, Onboard Autonomous Route Generation Techniques”
MR. GEOFFREY S. BUTLER, Director, Engineering, Battle Management Systems, BAE Systems

“Non-Pyrotechnic Weapon Release Systems/Concepts for Unmanned Aircraft”
MR. LYNN SEAL, Manager, Advanced Armament Systems Business Development, ITT Corporation