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U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, and OSD Leaders in Unmanned Systems to Convene in 2 Weeks at Town Hall Summit in Alexandria, VA

With the newly released FY '14 Budget and the "DoD Unmanned Systems Roadmap," Senior Leaders from within OSD, Army, Navy, and Air Force will join members from academia and industry in a Town Hall forum March 25 -26, 2014 in Alexandria, VA, hosted by DSI, to discuss the next mission critical needs, and steps in the evolution of the use of unmanned systems.

Washington, DC, March 13, 2014 --( The focus of U.S. military Services in times of budget constraints and shifting theaters of operation is on operational efficiency. Systems will need to be able to carry out a broader range of surveillance missions, demonstrating interoperability with other platforms.

Next-generation systems will need to prove they have a systems architecture that can rapidly integrate a wide range of capabilities. Open architectures and a SOA approach towards the evolution of unmanned Common Control Systems is already at the forefront.

Advanced UAV sensor payloads are acquiring a wealth of data but bandwidth is often limited. High performance onboard data processing will need to be improved upon to increase the efficiency of data being streamed off of a platform, while taking into account SWaP especially on smaller UAVs.

Autonomous activity continues to make advancements. But it is “not about making widgets…It is [about] making existing/future systems more self-governing.” DoD 8 November 2012Autonomy Priority Steering Council Brief.

DSI invites members of the public who are U.S. citizens (excluding press) to join the discussions and engage in dialogue and debate with Senior Leaders including:

Mr. Earl Wyatt, DASD, Rapid Fielding (RF), OSD (AT&L)

Mr. Dyke Weatherington, Director, UW & ISR, Strategic and Tactical Systems, USD (AT&L)

RDML Mathias Winter, USN, PEO, Unmanned Aviation and Strike Weapons (PEO(U&W))

Mr. Stuart Timerman, SES, DSO, DISA

CAPT David Honabach, USN, Unmanned Maritime Systems, PMS 406 Major Acquisition

LTC Stuart Hatfield, USA, Soldier Team Chief FDD, Army G-8

LtCol James Hamill, USMC, UAS Requirements Officer, HQMC, CD&I

"We encourage all who have a working knowledge of the issues at hand and want to contribute or learn more about the subject matters to join us in March," stated Monica Mckenzie, Senior Partner at Defense Strategies Institute.

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