Unmanned Systems West 2024

September 25-26, 2024
United States
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Key Details Dates: September 25-26, 2024 Venue: San Diego, CA, United States Organizer: American Conference Institute
About Unmanned Systems West 2024

The 3rd Annual Unmanned Systems West Conference invites professionals in the defense and security sectors to explore the latest advancements in unmanned systems (UxS), including drones, robotic platforms, AI-powered systems, and autonomous vehicles.

This conference provides a platform to network with military, government, and industry experts, discussing the diverse applications of UxS in intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, logistics, and combat scenarios. Stay informed on the geopolitical dynamics and defense strategies shaping the future of national security.

When is the Unmanned Systems West Conference?

Unmanned Systems West 2024 will take place from the 25th-26th September 2024.

What to expect at Unmanned Systems West 2024?

The conference features expert-led panel discussions, keynote presentations, and interactive sessions that delve into the latest trends and developments in unmanned systems. Topics include:

  • Redefining the Autonomy Battlespace
  • Future Tactical UAS Platforms and Emerging ISR Capabilities
  • Air Force UAS Applications for Adversary Air
  • NATO Maritime Unmanned Systems


  • Cutting-edge UxS capabilities and tactical advantages in defense and security
  • Enhancing intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities
  • Real-time situational awareness and decision-making in complex environments
  • Innovative defense strategies and national security advancements
  • Building partnerships and collaborations within the UxS community

Guest Speakers


  • Lieutenant General (USMC-ret) Steven R. Rudder: Former Deputy Commandant for Aviation, USMC
  • Bryan Scurry: Former SES, Executive Director, Commander Naval Air Forces, Naval Air Systems Command

Industry & Academia:

  • Lichen “Scuba” Pursley: Director, INDOPACOM, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc.
  • Neil “Cowboy” Zerbe: CEO, Defense Industry Partners

DoD & Government:

  • CDR Sophia Haberman, USN: Commander, Unmanned Surface Vehicles Division ONE (USVDIV-1)
  • Capt Justin Shin, USMC: Intelligence Officer, S-2, Battalion Landing Team 1/5, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit
  • Alex Zimmer: MK 18 UUV Autonomy & AI/ML Data Dominance Lead, Naval Information Warfare Center Pacific (NIWC)
  • Joel Young: UUV SME, USINDOPACOM, J81 Innovation & Experimentation Division
  • Mark “Bum” Steers: Trident Warrior Operations Lead, NAVWAR 5.2/C3F N8/9 Fleet Experimentation
  • Christopher Collins, SES: Executive Director, Developmental Test, Evaluation, and Assessments, OUSD(R&E)
  • Capt (USN-ret) George Galdorisi: Director, Corporate Strategy, Strategic Assessments and Technical Futures, Naval Information Warfare Center (NIWC)
  • Dr. Gregory Power: Program Manager, Senior Research Engineer, HQ, U.S. Indo-Pacific Command

Where will Unmanned Systems West 2024 take place?

Four Points by Sheraton
8110 Aero Drive
San Diego, CA

“I thought the UXS conference was informative, including SMEs from industry and the military end users completely framed current UXS environment and direction of the future. It should serve as a catalyst for both public/private sectors to prioritize innovation in preparation for peer-to-peer conflict.”

– Explosive Safety Analyst, U.S. Navy
More Information and Registration

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