Inaugural Unmanned Maritime Systems Summit to take place in Washington

By Caroline Rees / 11 Sep 2015
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Unmanned_Maritime_SystemsIDGA, the premier military and government conference company, is proud to announce the Unmanned Maritime Systems Summit is Dec.7-9, in Washington, D.C. The event will bring together top military maritime leaders and solution providers to discuss and explore current and future requirements of unmanned maritime operations.

The summit will provide the unique opportunity to gain access to the most active maritime stakeholders in the industry when they discuss ongoing and future acquisition programs of unmanned maritime systems and vehicles.

“We will be unmanned under, on and above the sea. We need to have an organic, unmanned, persistent, unblinking eye capability,” said Admiral Michael G. Mullen, former CNO and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

In August 2015, China announced it will develop unmanned ships. In response, the U.S. Navy revealed the formation of an unmanned weapons systems director (OPNAV N99) and a deputy assistant secretary of the Navy for Unmanned Systems. While the U.S. Navy continues to decrease in size and manpower, an increased focus on unmanned maritime systems has propelled the industry forward, thereby creating a need for emerging requirements in this growing field. Stakeholders and solution providers are needed to evaluate the capability gaps of existing fleets of small- and medium-sized unmanned systems, which are struggling to meet future demands.

Key decision makers in attendance include:

  • Rear Admiral Charles Richard USN – Director, Undersea Warfare (OPNAV N97) U.S. Navy
  • Rear Admiral Anita Lopez NOAA – Deputy Director, Office of Marine and Aviation Operations NOAA.
  • Rear Admiral Lorin Selby USN – Commander, Naval Surface Warfare Center U.S. Navy
  • CAPT David Honabach USN – Program Manager, Unmanned Maritime Systems (PMS-406) U.S. Navy

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Posted by Caroline Rees Caroline co-founded Unmanned Systems Technology and has been at the forefront of the business ever since. With a Masters Degree in marketing Caroline has her finger on the pulse of all things unmanned and is committed to showcasing the very latest in unmanned technical innovation. Connect & Contact