SAE Media Group is pleased to announce the second annual Unmanned Maritime Systems Technology USA conference, taking place in Arlington, VA on September 27-28, 2023.

The development of unmanned systems in the land and air domains has grown rapidly over the last decade, and the importance of unmanned systems in the maritime domain has and will only continue to grow. In 2021 the US Navy revealed their Unmanned Campaign Framework, outlining the goal to innovate and adapt new technology to build a more lethal and distributed naval force for the future. The US is now committed to deliver a hybrid fleet will be necessary for the Navy to meet emerging security concerns and compete and win in an era of great power competition by expanding and developing a range of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), unmanned undersea vehicles (UUV), and unmanned surface vessels (USV).

Key topics to be discussed include: Autonomy for MCM and ASW operations, updates on key unmanned platform programmes (such as UUV and USVs), preparing and supporting unmanned systems for operations, Manned/Unmanned Teaming, UMS interoperability initiatives, unmanned hydrography and oceanography, and many more.

  • Listen to keynote briefings from leading US military leaders driving the development of unmanned maritime systems
  • Hear updates and guidance from allied UMS programme managers
  • Delve into the latest topics and trends shaping the future of unmanned maritime systems and learn of how to integrate these new technologies into enhance your operational effectiveness
  • Discover cutting-edge technology to enhance operational effectiveness and explore opportunities for greater coalition interoperability.
  • Benefit from the extensive networking opportunities at the conference and meet your fellow peers at dedicated networking lunches and drinks receptions.
  • Explore the Unmanned Maritime Systems equipment exhibition showcasing the latest technology

Air & Marine Operations; Anduril Industries; Battelle; Bramer Group; CD&I / USMC; Chess Dynamics Ltd; Chess Dynamics ; CNA; Current Scientific Corporation; Dell Federal; Deloitte; Directorate of Naval Requirements/Royal Canadian Navy; DoD; Edge Case Research; Epoch Concepts, LLC; Fairbanks Morse; FBI; Fortress Information Security; Honeywell; HQMC DC I; IDF; Integer Technologies LLC; Kongsberg Maritime Inc; Kongsberg Maritime Ltd; Kongsberg Underwater Technology LLC; Liteye Systems Inc; Marin; Maritime Tactical Systems (MARTAC); Microsoft; MIND Technology; National Geosaptial-Intelligence Agency; National Guard Bureau; National Maritime Intelligence-Integration Office; NATO Naval Mine Warfare Centre of Excellence (NATO NMW COE); Naval Research Laboratory (NRL); Naval Special Warfare; Naval Surface Warfare Center; Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock Division; Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane Division; Naval Surface Warfare Center, Port Hueneme; Naval Surface Warfare Centre; NavalX; NAVSEA ; NAVSEA Carderock; Navy Office of the Judge Advocate General ; NGA Maritime Safety Office ; NIWC; NIWC PAC; NIWC Pacific; Northrop Grumman; Northrop Grumman Corporation; NRL; NSWC Carderock; NSWCCD; NUWC-Keyport; Office of Naval Research; Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (OUSD R&E); ONI; OPNAV N96; OPNAV N974; OPT; PEO IWS-80; PEO USC PMS 408; Picarro; Prescient Edge Corporation; Renaissance Strategic Advisors; Rolling Motion Industries; Royal Australian Navy; Royal Navy; SAE Industry Technologies Consortia (SAE ITC); Sante Group; Sayres And Associates; Silvus Technologies; Silvus Technologies Inc; SOCOM; SparkCognition; ST Engineering North America; Surface Navy Association; Textron Systems Unmanned Systems; Thales; Tomahawk Robotics; TVAR Solutioins; U.S. Coast Guard; U.S. Customs And Border Protection; U.S. Navy; Ultra Maritime, Sonar Systems; United States Coast Guard; US Coast Guard; US Marine Corps; US Naval Academy; US Naval Research Laboratory; US Navy; US Navy - USC S&T; USN; Viasat; Windward;

Conference programme

8:00 Registration & Coffee

8:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

9:00 The Activities and Results of Task Force 59 - The Rapid Development of Maritime Uncrewed Systems to Achieve Maritime Domain Overmatch

Captain Colin Corridan

Captain Colin Corridan, Commander,Task Force 59, Commander, Unmanned & A.I. Integration, US Navy

• The TF 59 Design Sprint and other innovation challenges of Task Force 59 for the development of UMS and AI capabilities
• Challenges to integrating UMS and AI into fleet operations
• The future of the Task Force and the roadmap to future integration and innovation with UMS

9:30 Supporting Future Naval Power by Developing the US Navy’s Next Strategic Hedge: Hybrid Force of the Future

Dr Craig Sawyer

Dr Craig Sawyer, Doctor of Engineering, DoN Unmanned Task Force Chief Strategy & Analysis Officer, OPNAV N9I S&T Advisor, NATO Maritime Unmanned Systems Initiative Steering Board Chairman, US Navy
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  • Reimagining US Naval Force Design
  • Diversifying the US naval portfolio to prepare for a potential change in future naval warfare – A capability vice platform approach to what needs to happen
  • “The small, the agile and the many”: building collaborating, autonomous, unmanned formations
  • Global approach to Systems of systems – Work with Strategic Dialogs, NATO, Partners and Allies
  • 10:00 Session Reserved for Sponsor

    10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 UUVRON-1 – Operationalizing Unmanned Undersea Vehicles

    Captain Jason Weed

    Captain Jason Weed, Commanding Officer, Unmanned Undersea Vehicles Squadron ONE UUVRON-1, US Navy
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    • Updates on UUVRON-1 plans to field the Orca XLUUV in 2023
    • Discussing Capabilities to Requirements to assist fielding of UUV systems in the future
    • Challenges faced in shifting from Expedition to Operation

    11:30 Deploying and Leveraging Unmanned Systems for Expeditionary Combat Operations

    Captain Cameron Chen

    Captain Cameron Chen, Branch Head, Navy Expeditionary Combat Branch (N957), Expeditionary Warfare Division (N95), US Navy
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     • Current capabilities and success with of Mk-18 family of systems
    • Expeditionary UAS family of system for EOD and NCF rapid area reconnaissance
    • Next Generation UUVs – Lionfish and Viperfish to be employed by ExMCM Companies
    • Maritime Expeditionary Standoff Response (MESR) EOD ROV

    12:00 Session Reserved for Sponsor - Kongsberg

    12:30 Networking Lunch

    13:30 Future Force Design with the Integration of Uncrewed Systems into the Royal Navy

    Rear Admiral James Parkin

    Rear Admiral James Parkin, Director Develop, Royal Navy
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    • An overview of Royal Navy future force design and the ongoing integration of uncrewed capabilities into the underwater, surface, air, and space domains
    • The new strategic possibilities opened by progressively integrating uncrewed systems into the Royal Navy
    • Incoming capability and infrastructure changes designed to develop and integrate uncrewed systems in current and future Royal Navy platforms
    • The importance of the role of industry and academia in supporting the Royal Navy’s uncrewed systems and opportunities for new engagement through new initiatives

    14:00 Session Reserved for Sponsor

    14:30 Developing Intelligent Swarming systems for the Royal Netherlands Navy

    • The transition from a disruptive technology to an operational capability
    • How to bridge the of valley of death
    • An exploration approach to connect the technician with the operator
    • General approach to facilitate unmanned autonomous systems to work together as a team

    Commander Pieter Blank

    Commander Pieter Blank, Innovator Program Manager, Royal Netherlands Navy
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    Mr Ferdinand Peters

    Mr Ferdinand Peters, Naval Systems Architect, Ministry of Defence the Netherlands
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    15:00 Leveraging Unmanned Capabilities for Underwater Mine Detection and Clearing

    Captain Ryan Ventresca

    Captain Ryan Ventresca, Commodore, Mine Countermeasures Group Three, U.S. Navy
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    - Role of Mine Countermeasures Group 3
    - Integration and role in Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations
    - Development of U.S. port partner unmanned capabilities in MCM
    - Unmanned capabilities in MCM: Persistent IPOE*, Automated Change Detection, Automated Target Recognition, and their impact on Commander’s “Risk”

    * IPOE - Intelligence Preparation of the Environment

    15:30 Afternoon Tea

    16:00 Harnessing AI for Contested Maritime Dominance

    Mr Rome Ruiz

    Mr Rome Ruiz, Senior Director, Business Development, SparkCognition Government Systems (SGS)
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    • Enabling and enhancing uncrewed Fleet Readiness with AI
    • Maritime-Domain Operations and AI – from Competition to Crisis
    • AI’s Role in Contested Logistics
    • Distributed unmanned/attritable systems: Asymmetric strategic advantage for fighting the fleet
    • Overview of SGS and its capabilities

    16:30 Ensuring Continuous Advancement of Unmanned Technology and Innovation in the Department of Defence

    Mr Richard Ast

    Mr Richard Ast, Director, Unmanned Systems Technology UxST, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (OUSD R&E)
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    • Advisory function of the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering
    • Necessity of technological advancement to maintain operational superiority
    • Current critical technologies in development to counter emerging uncrewed arial threats

    17:00 Integrating C4ISR into Unmanned Maritime Systems

    Mr Mike Tall

    Mr Mike Tall, Senior Scientific Technical Manager, Integrated Autonomous C4ISR, Naval Information Warfare Center (NIWC) Pacific
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    • Developing Mission Autonomy for the Navy
    • Rapidly scaling the Navy’s operational systems through attritable designs and mission autonomy
    • Project Overmatch

    17:30 Chairman's Closing Remarks

    8:00 Registration and Coffee

    9:20 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    9:30 Naval Undersea Warfare Centre – Research and Development, Testing and Evaluation for Autonomous Underwater Systems

    Captain Chad F. Hennings

    Captain Chad F. Hennings, Commanding Officer, Naval Undersea Warfare Center, Division Newport, US Navy
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    • Ensuring Underwater Superiority through Unmanned Systems
    • Researching and Developing UUV’s
    • Testing and Evaluating UUV’s

    10:00 NSWC Carderock: Advancing Maritime Uncrewed and Autonomous Systems through R&D and T&E

    Mr Robert Iannuzzi

    Mr Robert Iannuzzi, Director of Unmanned and Autonomous Systems Development and Integration, Naval Surface Warfare Center

  • Governance and regulatory challenges related to uncrewed systems and their deployment
  • Research and Development of new uncrewed capabilities
  • Modelling & Simulation, Testing, and Evaluation of UMS systems
  • 10:30 Session Reserved for Sponsor

    11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:30 Leveraging Unmanned Systems to Provide Persistent Surveillance

    Captain Erik Thomas

    Captain Erik Thomas, MQ-4C Triton Deputy Program Manager, Program Management Office PMA-262, US Navy

    12:00 Future of NATO Maritime Air integration; role of UAV/MPA in future Maritime Situational Awareness

    Commander Marty Van Duin

    Commander Marty Van Duin, Section Head Future Operations, NATO Allied Maritime Command (MARCOM)
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    • Recent changes in NATO
    • Integrating UAV technology across multi-domains using NATO frameworks
    • NATO Maritime Air – the way ahead

    12:30 Session Reserved for Sponsor

    13:00 Networking Lunch

    14:00 Session Reserved for Sponsor

    14:30 Enabling U.S. Coast Guard with UxS

    Captain Thomas Remmers

    Captain Thomas Remmers, Unmanned Systems Cross-Functional Work Group Lead, Assistant Commandant for Capabilities (CG-7 UxS), US Coast Guard
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    • Published an Unmanned Systems Strategic Plan to pursue integrated and interoperable unmanned systems for the USCG
    • Overview of current USCG UxS capabilities and strategies
    • Discuss the USCG vision for UxS in the future.
    • The importance of UxS for future USCG maritime missions – increasing range, scope, and endurance and expanding collection of data to improve maritime domain awareness.

    15:00 The Future of UxS and Naval Oceanography

    Dr Christopher Ekstrom

    Dr Christopher Ekstrom, Deputy Oceanographer and Navigator of the Navy, Technical Director OPNAV N2N6EB, Chief of Naval Operations, US Navy
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    • Naval Oceanography Enterprise UxS history at a glance
    • Naval Oceanography partnerships with industry in support of UxS technologies
    • Importance of environmental modeling to maximize effect of UxS
    • Naval Oceanography way ahead with UxS data strategy

    15:30 Enhancing Ocean Exploration through Uncrewed and Autonomous Means

    Mr Philip L. Hoffman

    Mr Philip L. Hoffman, Uncrewed Maritime Systems Research & Development Coordinator, National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

    • Working with academia, the private sector, other U.S. government agencies, and foreign government partners to expand our use of technology to accomplish this mission
    • Working with our US academic partners on completing environmental data collection at depth with a variety of uncrewed and autonomous platforms, including performing missions with multiple platforms in a single location. We are also driving innovation and platform acquisition across NOAA
    • Developing automated AI/ML based processes to enhance our data ingest, storage and archiving functions so that the new picture we create of the deep is available to a broad range of stakeholders

    16:00 Afternoon Tea

    16:30 Overcoming the Threat of Russian Unmanned Maritime Capabilities

    Mr Samuel Bendett

    Mr Samuel Bendett, Analyst, Russia Studies Program, Center for Naval Analysis
    View Bio

    • Assessing the current status of Russian unmanned maritime systems
    • Evaluating future Russian developments in the AI and autonomy fields
    • The Russian unmanned threat and appropriate US responses

    17:00 Overcoming the Threat of Chinese Unmanned Maritime Capabilities

    Mr Kevin Pollpeter

    Mr Kevin Pollpeter, Senior Research Scientist, China and Indo-Pacific Security Affairs Division, Center for Naval Analysis
    View Bio

    • The PLA is preparing for future warfare to be dominated by artificial intelligence and autonomy.
    • PLA researchers describe unmanned systems as the main type of combat force in future warfare that will lead to an expanded battlespace
    • The PLA is testing and developing a range of unmanned maritime capabilities, including autonomous vehicles, for future warfare


    17:30 Chairman's Closing Remarks


    Commander,Task Force 59, Commander, Unmanned & A.I. Integration
    US Navy
    Director Develop
    Royal Navy
    Branch Head, Navy Expeditionary Combat Branch (N957), Expeditionary Warfare Division (N95)
    US Navy
    Commanding Officer, Naval Undersea Warfare Center, Division Newport
    US Navy
    MQ-4C Triton Deputy Program Manager, Program Management Office PMA-262
    US Navy
    Unmanned Systems Cross-Functional Work Group Lead, Assistant Commandant for Capabilities (CG-7 UxS)
    US Coast Guard
    Commodore, Mine Countermeasures Group Three
    U.S. Navy
    Commanding Officer, Unmanned Undersea Vehicles Squadron ONE UUVRON-1
    US Navy
    Doctor of Engineering, DoN Unmanned Task Force Chief Strategy & Analysis Officer, OPNAV N9I S&T Advisor, NATO Maritime Unmanned Systems Initiative Steering Board Chairman
    US Navy
    Director of Unmanned and Autonomous Systems Development and Integration
    Naval Surface Warfare Center
    Director, Unmanned Systems Technology UxST
    Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (OUSD R&E)
    Senior Scientific Technical Manager, Integrated Autonomous C4ISR
    Naval Information Warfare Center (NIWC) Pacific
    Director General, Warfare Innovation Navy
    Royal Australian Navy
    Section Head Future Operations
    NATO Allied Maritime Command (MARCOM)
    Innovator Program Manager
    Royal Netherlands Navy
    Naval Systems Architect
    Ministry of Defence the Netherlands
    Deputy Oceanographer and Navigator of the Navy, Technical Director OPNAV N2N6EB, Chief of Naval Operations
    US Navy
    Uncrewed Maritime Systems Research & Development Coordinator
    National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
    Analyst, Russia Studies Program
    Center for Naval Analysis
    Senior Research Scientist, China and Indo-Pacific Security Affairs Division
    Center for Naval Analysis
    Senior Director, Business Development
    SparkCognition Government Systems (SGS)

    Sponsors and Exhibitors


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    Sponsors and Exhibitors

    Kongsberg Maritime AS

    Sponsors and Exhibitors

    We are a global marine technology company providing innovative and reliable ‘Full Picture’ technology solutions for all marine industry sectors. Headquartered in Kongsberg, Norway, we have facilities in 34 countries. Our solutions cover all aspects of marine automation, safety, maneuvering, navigation, and dynamic positioning as well as energy management, deck handling and propulsion systems, and ship design services. Our sensors and robotics division delivers autonomous systems, sensors, navigation and positioning systems across all market segments. The pinnacle of our capabilities is the HUGIN Family of Autonomous Underwater Vehicles and Sounder Uncrewed Surface Vessel. HUGIN can be configured for a variety of requirements and mission durations from 24 hours to several weeks of autonomous operation. Equipped with the best sensor fit and navigation solution HUGIN Superior is most capable commercially available AUV today. HUGIN Endurance pushes this capability further, with deep water operations for weeks at a time.

    Silvus Technologies

    Sponsors and Exhibitors

    Silvus Technologies develops advanced MIMO technologies that are reshaping broadband wireless connectivity for mission critical applications. Backed by an unmatched team of PhD scientists and design engineers, its technologies provide enhanced wireless data throughput, interference mitigation, improved range, mobility, and robustness to address the growing needs of its government and commercial customers. Silvus has demonstrated an aggressive product development cycle, with a focus on continually improving the size, weight, power, and cost–while simultaneously introducing next-generation features and capabilities. Silvus’ StreamCaster family of MIMO enabled mesh radio products are designed to address the growing demand for distributing video, voice and high-speed data in harsh tactical environments. StreamCaster radios, featuring MN-MIMO, join together to form a robust, self-healing, self-forming fluid mesh network to provide high-speed, reliable wireless video and data connectivity. Today, Silvus continues to innovate, with an ever-growing line up of R&D contracts, COTS products, and happy customers. The experience gained through our early research efforts made possible the StreamCaster radios, and new concepts currently incubating in our R&D labs will pave the way for tomorrow’s product breakthroughs

    SparkCognition Government Systems

    Sponsors and Exhibitors

    SparkCognition Government Systems' (SGS) award-winning AI solutions solve the most critical challenges for government, national security, and defense. Using its patented AI, machine learning, and natural language technologies, SGS analyzes complex and diverse data in real time to inform and accelerate decision making, predict future outcomes, prescribe next-best actions, and augment human intelligence. We partner with organizations to ensure mission readiness, national security, and operational excellence. For in-depth information about SGS and its offerings, visit www.sparkgov.ai.


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