March 24, 2018

Is Autonomy the New Cyber?

Join The Patuxent Partnership on Wednesday, March 21, 2018, for a program titled “Is Autonomy the New Cyber?” Three separate panels will offer expert advice on whether autonomous programs will be replacing cyber as the newest innovation in technology and defense.

The event, which will be held at the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center, will start at 8 am with a welcome by Bonnie Green, executive director of The Patuxent Partnership. Opening remarks will begin at 8:05 am, by Rear Admiral Mark Darrah.

Panel 1 will begin at 9 am, with the title “Strategic Navy/Marine Autonomous Capabilities.”

Moderator: Pete Wolt, ADPEO (U&W)
Maj. Michael “Cheffy” Kempf, USMC, Unmanned Aircraft Systems Cell APW-50
Mr. Robert Kimble, SES, Deputy Program Executive Officer for Unmanned Aviation PEO (U&W)
Dr. Brian McKeon, Head; Undersea Warfare Weapons, Vehicles and Defensive Systems Department;Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division Newport [confirmed]
Mr. Scott Sampson, Unmanned Surface Vehicle Senior Craft Design Manager, NSWC Carderock

A speaker will educate the audience at 11, going into lunch time, which begins at 11:30 am. The speaker has not yet been announced.

At 12:30 pm, Panel 2 will begin, titled “Leveraging Autonomous Capabilities for Warfighter Combat Superiority.”

Moderator: Dr. Jason Stack, Program Officer & Team Lead, Mine Warfare and Ocean Engineering
Mr. Carmine Borrelli, Director, Unmanned Ariel & Ground Systems, HQMC
Col. John Neville, Program Manager, Navy and Marine Corps Small Tactical Unmanned Aircraft Systems Program Office (PMA 263) [confirmed]
LTC, Mark Scherbring, US Army, TRADOC, ARCIC
Mr. Stuart Young, Chief, Information Systems Division, Army Research Lab

A coffee break and chance to see exhibits will be held from 2:10 to 2:40 pm.

At 2:30 pm, Panel 3 will begin, titled “Real Life Experiences in the Small UAV Market.”

Moderator: TBD
Mr. Peter Bale, CEO, Sentinel Robotic Solutions LLC
RADM (retired) Tim Heely, CEO, Vanilla Aircraft LLC
Mr. Anthony Pucciarella, Director of Operations, UMD UAS Test Site
Mr. Dave Seagle, BAMS-D Program Lead
Mr. Paul Ausley, Ausley Associates

A presentation is set for 3:55  to 4:15 pm.

Matt Scassero of the University of Maryland UAS Test Site will speak from 4:15 to 4:30 pm with a demo from 4:45 to 4:55 pm.

A reception will follow.

Sponsorship opportunities are available. Admission to the event is $75, $125 for non-members.

For information, call Jen Brown, programs and membership director, at 240-317-6018, or by email at Information is available on The Patuxent Partnership website.

About The Patuxent Partnership

TPP fosters collaboration and the sharing of knowledge and expertise across a diverse network that includes government, industry, and academia. TPP also supports STEM education and workforce development within the local community including hosting programs of interest to NAVAIR, NAWCAD, and the broader DoD community.

To learn more about The Patuxent Partnership and its programs, visit its Leader member page.

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