ARLINGTON, Va., Oct. 15, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- In an effort to support our troops and provide them with education and networking opportunities in unmanned systems technologies, AUVSI is offering free admission to its upcoming Unmanned Systems Defense conference for active duty military personnel in uniform. The conference is set for Oct. 27 to 29 at the Ritz-Carlton Pentagon City in Arlington, Virginia, with each day dedicated to a specific unmanned systems domain, maritime, air and ground.
Recently, the Office of the Secretary of Defense released updated guidance for participation at conferences by military personnel. According to Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert Work, military-focused conferences and events are "critical to our ability to share information and break down barriers that block innovation.
"Restrictions on conference participation and attendance by DOD personnel have become counterproductive, undermining the professional development for communities such as our science and technology, medical, and educational personnel, and making it more difficult for them to come together with others to promote the free exchange of ideas that drive creativity and innovation," Work said.
"Unmanned systems help protect warfighters by keeping them out of dangerous scenarios and providing mission-critical intelligence," Brian Wynne, president and CEO of AUVSI, said. "Unmanned Systems Defense is an ideal opportunity for military personnel to learn about these rapidly proliferating technologies at a venue that is just minutes from the Pentagon."
Unmanned Systems Defense will bring together industry, government program managers, decision makers and technology experts for information sharing and interaction, including panel discussions, in-depth presentations and extensive networking opportunities.
These are the keynote addresses scheduled for each day at Unmanned Systems Defense:
Maritime Day, Tuesday, Oct. 27
U.S. Rep. Mark Takai (D-HI), congressional address at 9:15 a.m.
Navy Secretary Mabus, keynote address at 9:45 a.m.
Air Day, Wednesday, Oct. 28
U.S. Rep. Chris Stewart (R-UT), congressional address at 9:15 a.m.
Lt. Gen. Robert P. Otto, deputy chief of staff for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, Headquarters, U.S. Air Force, keynote address at 9:45 a.m.
Ground Day, Thursday, Oct. 29
U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-MT), congressional address at 9:15 a.m.
Dr. Paul Rogers, director, U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research Development and Engineering Center, keynote address at 9:45 a.m.
The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) — the world's largest nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of unmanned systems — represents more than 7,500 members from 60+ countries involved in the fields of government, industry and academia.
SOURCE Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI)
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