AUVSI to host Phase II of Unmanned Systems Defense conference

AUVSI Press Release | July 22, 2021

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The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems (AUVSI) will host Phase II of its annual Unmanned Systems Defense conference virtually starting next week. This iteration will build on conversations that took place during Phase I this past April and set the stage for Phase III in October. 

The conference will bring together senior Department of Defense (DOD) officials, program managers at federal security agencies and industry executives to assess current plans and future opportunities for the integration of unmanned and autonomous systems in military operations throughout air, ground and maritime domains. Phase II topics of discussion include the Ghost Fleet Overlord USV Autonomous Transition, the 2020 updated National Robotics Roadmap, commercial market trends in autonomy, and more. All panels and keynotes are open to press.

Prominent speakers include:

  • RADM Lorin Selby, Chief of Naval Research, U.S. Navy
  • Representative Joe Courtney, Chairman, Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, U.S. House of Representatives
  • Representative Jim Langevin, Chairman, Intelligence and Emerging Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee, U.S. House of Representatives
  • Captain Pete Small, Program Executive Office, Unmanned and Small Combatants, PMS-406, U.S. Navy
  • Colonel Nathan Diller, Director, AFWERX, U.S. Air Force
  • Steve Bradford,Chief Scientist for Architecture & Next Gen, FAA
  • Darshan Divakaran, Program Manager, Agility Prime, U.S. Air Force
  • Dr. Marcus Johnson, UTM Deputy Program Manager, NASA
  • Dr. Whitney Mason, Program Manager of Microsystems Technology Office, DARPA
  • Dr. Kevin O’Brien, Autonomy Portfolio, Defense Innovation Unit


What: AUVSI’s Unmanned Systems Defense Conference, Phase II

When: July 27-29, 2021

Where: Online event. Interested individuals can register on the event website. For assistance, please contact

This press release was prepared and distributed by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems.

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