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Developing Innovative Reconnaissance and Surveillance Technologies to Improve Maritime Domain Awareness

SAE Media Group is proud to present the 2nd annual Maritime Reconnaissance and Surveillance Technology USA conference, taking place on May 4 - 5 in Arlington, VA.

With rapid technological advances changing the way US maritime forces need to utilise and manage ISR capabilities across domains, Maritime and Littoral Reconnaissance and Surveillance systems and platforms have become a critical component of US naval capability.

This conference presents the perfect opportunity to meet a diverse range of US Naval actors, Naval aviation experts, senior military figures and industry vendors involved in Maritime Surveillance and Intelligence gathering.

Unlike other events, our conference places particular emphasis on the relationship between the Maritime and Joint Domains and how ISR capabilities are developing to improve these in tandem as well as individually.
 

Hear the latest updates on maritime reconnaissance and surveillance programs and capabilities from US and International Senior Leadership and Program Managers

A varied and specific range of topics including a unique emphasis on space-based maritime domain awareness, unmanned maritime systems, traditional ISTAR platforms, and sensors at sea

Engage and network with senior program leaders and solution providers developing and integrating innovative technologies in the space of maritime ISR

Listen to comprehensive briefings delivered by US and international speakers, including the National Reconnaissance Office, the OUSD R&E, the Defense Innovation Unit, the US Air Force Research Laboratory, the US Space Force, US Fleet Forces Command, NOAA, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection and a range of frontline military organizations

This year we are delighted to welcome support from the US Navy, DoD community, U.S. Space Force, USMC, NRO, DIU, U.S. Customs And Border Protection and a range of additional naval experts. Maritime Reconnaissance and Surveillance Technology USA 2023 will continue to provide a unique platform for government, academia and industry to address the operator requirements, and very latest developments in enhancing the maritime surveillance capabilities of the US and their allies

National militaries:
• Maritime communications specialists
• Reconnaissance technology experts

Industry:
• Businesses looking to break into the regional market
• Established players in the regional market
• Developers and innovators in military technology

Conference programme

8:00 Registration & Coffee

8:30 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Captain (Ret.) Edward Lundquist

Captain (Ret.) Edward Lundquist, Chair, Communications Committee, Surface Navy Association
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9:00 Optimizing Maritime Intelligence to Gain Information Advantage over Potential Adversaries

Rear Admiral Mike Studeman

Rear Admiral Mike Studeman, Commander, Director, Office Of Naval Intelligence, National Maritime Intelligence-Integration Office (NMIO)

• Collecting, analyzing, producing and disseminating vital maritime intelligence: key insights into the ONI’s mission
• Ensuring intelligence provided meets the requirements of Navy, DoD and national decision makers
• Expanding foresight into new technologies, platforms and weapons to strengthen the Navy’s warfighting capabilities

9:30 Space Force: ISR in Space and Support to Terrestrial Domains

Major General Gregory Gagnon

Major General Gregory Gagnon, Deputy Chief of Space Operations for Intelligence, U.S. Space Force
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• Strategic competition in the space domain
• Priorities of the U.S. in space and our way forward
• Roles of Space Force ISR in maritime and all-domain operations

10:00 Session Reserved for Sponsor

10:30 Morning Coffee

11:00 Integrating Space-Based Capabilities into Maritime ISR Operations

Mr Jeremy Mucha

Mr Jeremy Mucha, Technical Director, Communications Systems Directorate, National Reconnaissance Office
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• Using space-based data to improve military reconnaissance at sea
• Partnering with industry leaders to enhance space presence, resiliency and operational advantage
• Outlining ISR priorities for the NRO

11:30 Session Reserved for Sponsor

12:00 Developing an Expansive Space Portfolio to Support Naval ISR Operations

Dr Wellesley Pereira

Dr Wellesley Pereira, Mission Lead, ISR/MW, US Air Force Research Laboratory

• Outlining current priorities and mission areas for the Space Vehicles Directorate
• Developing the latest space component and satellite technology to enhance US space-based superiority
• The power of Hybrid Space Architecture: improved maritime reconnaissance through the use of ISR, SATCOM, PNT and SSA
• Working with allied partners via Microsatellite Military Utility (MSMU): data sharing, joint experiments and ground interoperability

12:30 Networking Lunch

13:30 Developing USMC Aviation Assets to Support Marines with Real-Time ISR for Maritime Operations

Colonel Lawrence Brad

Colonel Lawrence Brad "Verde" Green, Unmanned Aircraft Systems Branch Chief , U.S. Marine Corps
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• Developing, integrating, and coordinating plans and policies to manage USMC UAV programs
• Identifying emerging aviation concepts, technologies, capabilities, and systems to enhance maritime ISR
• Force Design 2030: shifting the USMC to a more maritime focus

14:00 Session Reserved for Sponsor

14:30 Improving Maritime ISR Capabilities through the Development of Advanced Multi-Mission UAS

Captain Dennis Monagle

Captain Dennis Monagle, Program Manager, Tactical Unmanned Aerial Systems, US Navy

• Integrating unmanned systems into maritime missions to enhance situational awareness and critical decision-making
• Latest updates on the expeditionary capabilities of the MQ-8 Fire Scout
• Key insights into the emerging role of vertical lift systems

15:00 Operationalising the Stratosphere: Using AI and UAS to Optimise ISR Operations

Mr Lawrence Fink

Mr Lawrence Fink, Division Manager, Expeditionary Command Control Communications and Cyber Division, NSWC Crane Division

• Overview of the US Navy and US Central Command’s Strategic Command, Control, Communications, Computers and ISR (C4ISR) to Operationalize the Stratosphere (SCOS) programme
• Leveraging existing and emerging technologies including solar power, stratospheric balloons and UAS
• The importance of effective stratospheric ISR data for the maritime arena
 

15:30 Afternoon Tea

16:00 Exploiting Unmanned Technological Developments for Greater Maritime Awareness for NATO Allies

Mr Sean Trevethan

Mr Sean Trevethan, Director NATO Maritime Unmanned Systems Innovation and Coordination Cell/Maritime Portfolio Lead in Defence Investments NATO HQ, NATO
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• An outline of the NATO MUS Innovation Advisory Board with rationale for introduction
• Aims, objectives, progress and challenges to date
• Cooperation and development with military, industry and academic partners
• Expediting digital transformation: ensuring interoperability across all domains, enhancing situational awareness and facilitating data-driven decision-making

16:30 The Future Commando Force: Modernising ISR Operations to Improve Maritime Reconnaissance Capabilities

Captain William Docherty

Captain William Docherty, SO3 ISR, Royal Marines
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• Rapidly developing tactics and equipment to improve surveillance capabilities
• Integrating autonomous systems into operational procedures
• Increasing global presence to enhance maritime domain awareness and strengthen national security

17:00 Enhancing Air-Based Assets in Existing ISR Structures to Improve Maritime Domain Awareness

Lieutenant Colonel Daniel Arsenault

Lieutenant Colonel Daniel Arsenault, Commanding Officer, 405 Long Range Patrol Squadron, Canadian Armed Forces

• Key insights into the Canadian Multi-Mission Aircraft (CMMA) project: developing an improved long-range maritime patrol aircraft
• Integrating secure, interoperable and net-ready systems to enhance Canada’s intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities
• Increasing connectivity with maritime patrol aircraft through space-based assets to provide real-time information gathering

17:30 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

Captain (Ret.) Edward Lundquist

Captain (Ret.) Edward Lundquist, Chair, Communications Committee, Surface Navy Association
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8:00 Registration & Coffee

8:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

9:00 From Street-to-Fleet: Producing Highly Skilled, Operational, and Combat Ready Warfighters

Rear Admiral Peter Garvin

Rear Admiral Peter Garvin, Commander, Naval Education and Training Command, US Navy

• NETC: applying innovative concepts and integrating emerging technologies into training to provide highly skilled Sailors to the fleet
• Ready, Relevant Learning (RRL): creating more proficient and technically capable Sailors
• The importance of effective training to provide skilled Naval personnel to conduct ISR missions and analyse data

9:30 Building a Robust Platform to Enable Naval Stakeholders to Rapidly Deliver Maritime Capabilities

Captain Casey Plew

Captain Casey Plew, Director, NavalX
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• Key insights into the role of NavalX in accelerating the pace of discovery, learning and experimentation
• Upskilling naval workforce to rapidly deliver high-impact capabilities across the DoD
• Fostering interagency collaboration to better serve warfighter needs
 

10:00 Session Reserved for Sponsor

10:30 Morning Coffee

11:00 OUSD (R&E): Developing Air-Delivered Capabilities for Defeating Maritime Threats

Mr Elmer Roman

Mr Elmer Roman, Director, Mission Integration SES , Office of the Secretary of Defense
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• Rapidly providing capabilities to a modernized warfighting force
• Open Systems Interoperable and Reconfigurable Infrastructure Solution (OSIRIS): addressing the need for test facilities that enable rapid experimentation and dual-use application prototyping
• Key insights into the Accelerate the Procurement and Fielding Innovative Technologies (APFIT) program

11:30 Session Reserved for Sponsor

12:00 Advancing Improved ISR Technologies to Protect US Maritime Borders

Mr Andrew Campbell

Mr Andrew Campbell, Director, National Air Security Operations, U.S. Customs And Border Protection
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• Overview of the Air and Marine Operations (AMO) capabilities
• Deploying unmanned assets to the maritime domain to improve border security
• Coordinating situational awareness with international, federal, state, local, and tribal partners to enable detection, identification, classification and tracking of land and maritime threats
• Detecting and deterring illicit maritime border crossings, interdicting illicit threats and collecting law enforcement intelligence to safeguard US Homeland Security

12:30 Merlin Helicopter Force: Advancing Merlin Capabilities for Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) and Airborne Surveillance and Control (ASaC) Operations

Commander Aidan Riley

Commander Aidan Riley, Commanding Officer, Merlin Helicopter Force, Royal Navy
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• Naval Aviation capabilities of the Royal Navy
• Merlin HM Mk2 ASW and ASaC crewed rotorcraft
• Improving airborne surveillance and control to enhance maritime domain awareness

13:00 Providing Real-Time Situational Awareness to Ensure the Safety of Maritime Operations

Mr Lee Stuart

Mr Lee Stuart, Manager Maritime Domain Awareness, US Fleet Forces Command
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• Key insights into NCAGS and the USFF N3 Maritime Domain Awareness
• Providing real-time data to support the Navy Fleet assets and interagency partners
• Identifying, monitoring and forecasting maritime security risks

13:30 Networking Lunch

14:30 Driving Maritime Security Advancement through the Adoption of Commercial Technology

Captain Gurpartap

Captain Gurpartap "GP" Sandhoo, Project Officer, Space Portfolio, Defense Innovation Unit/Under Secretary of Defense, Research & Engineering
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• The Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) accelerates the U.S. military’s adoption of commercial technology to strengthen national security.
• DIU has shown the ability to prototype, scale, and connect the DoD to best-of-breed ideas and capabilities
• Overview of DIU’s Space Portfolio: leveraging significant venture capital and private equity investment in “New Space”

15:00 Improving Maritime Reconnaissance through Operational Experimentation: Portuguese Navy OPEX Centre & REPMUS 2022

Commander Antonio Mourinha

Commander Antonio Mourinha, CEOM Director, Portuguese Navy
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• Promoting the development of advanced surveillance systems to enhance maritime domain awareness
• Successfully coordinating collaboration between branches of the armed forces, allies, industry and research centres
• Developing interoperable systems to increase the efficacy of maritime reconnaissance efforts

15:30 Scalable and Adaptable Unmanned Maritime Technologies to Expand and Enhance Maritime Situational Awareness

Captain (Ret.) Edward Lundquist

Captain (Ret.) Edward Lundquist, Chair, Communications Committee, Surface Navy Association
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• Adapting platforms to derive new capabilities
• Understanding how new platforms and technologies can be demonstrated and tested in exercises and operations
• Examining innovation engines that can bring technologies together to create synergies
 

16:00 Mapping and Exploring Deep Waters to Strengthen U.S. National Security

Mr Philip L. Hoffman

Mr Philip L. Hoffman, Uncrewed Maritime Systems Research & Development Coordinator, National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
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• Working closely with federal partners to better understand and meet national security needs
• Collating high quality data to inform future expeditions that protect homeland security
• Developing novel technology and approaches to accelerate the pace and efficiency of ocean exploration
• Producing open access data to ensure discoveries are shared with the public in real time

16:30 Afternoon Tea

17:00 Building Pathways for Global Maritime Cooperation

Mr Guy Thomas

Mr Guy Thomas, Director, C-SIGMA LLC
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• Outlining the contribution of space systems towards improved maritime reconnaissance
• Key drivers for enhanced space-based maritime awareness
• Sharing existing data between MSRs to improve MSA coverage and management
• Developing a shared platform to facilitate the procurement of space-acquired data

17:30 Panel Discussion: Working Together to Improve Maritime ISR

• Cross-agency collaboration efforts between agencies to improve data sharing and ground network interoperability
• Working with industry to explore more innovative ways to use emerging technologies
• Overcoming future challenges through increased allied integration

Captain (Ret.) Edward Lundquist

Captain (Ret.) Edward Lundquist, Chair, Communications Committee, Surface Navy Association
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Captain Casey Plew

Captain Casey Plew, Director, NavalX
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Captain Gurpartap

Captain Gurpartap "GP" Sandhoo, Project Officer, Space Portfolio, Defense Innovation Unit/Under Secretary of Defense, Research & Engineering
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Mr Lee Stuart

Mr Lee Stuart, Manager Maritime Domain Awareness, US Fleet Forces Command
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18:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Conference

Captain (Ret.) Edward Lundquist

Captain (Ret.) Edward Lundquist, Chair, Communications Committee, Surface Navy Association
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FEATURED SPEAKERS

Captain Casey Plew

Captain Casey Plew

Director, NavalX
Major General Gregory Gagnon

Major General Gregory Gagnon

Deputy Chief of Space Operations for Intelligence, U.S. Space Force
Mr Elmer Roman

Mr Elmer Roman

Director, Mission Integration SES , Office of the Secretary of Defense
Mr Jeremy Mucha

Mr Jeremy Mucha

Technical Director, Communications Systems Directorate, National Reconnaissance Office
Rear Admiral Mike Studeman

Rear Admiral Mike Studeman

Commander, Director, Office Of Naval Intelligence, National Maritime Intelligence-Integration Office (NMIO)

Captain (Ret.) Edward Lundquist

Chair, Communications Committee, Surface Navy Association
Captain (Ret.) Edward Lundquist

Captain Edward Lundquist, U.S. Navy (Retired), is chief engagement officer of Echo Bridge LLC, in Springfield, Virginia, his own company. He served on active duty with the Navy as a surface warfare officer and public affairs officer and has a BA in Journalism from Marquette University and a master’s in journalism and public affairs from the American University. He is an IABC Fellow and an accredited business communicator. Captain Lundquist is the communications chair of the Surface Navy Association and a member of the SNA executive committee. He writes on naval, maritime, defense and security issues for international trade and professional journals.

Captain Casey Plew

Director, NavalX
Captain Casey Plew

Captain Casey Plew from Weaverville, CA, is a 1997 graduate of Oregon State University, where he earning a Bachelor of Science degree in History prior to his commission as an Ensign in the United States Navy through the Reserve Officer Training Corps program. In October 2009, he completed his Master of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies at the Naval War College while also a Gravely (formerly Halsey IIIC) “Warrior-Scholar” studying Ballistic Missile Defense plans and operations. In 2016, he earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the Naval Post Graduate School.

Captain Plew served in USS WADSWORTH (FFG 9), San Diego, CA, first as the Auxiliaries Officer prior to fleeting-up to assume duties as the Main Propulsion Assistant. He next reported to USS BLUE RIDGE (LCC 19) in Yokosuka, Japan, as Navigator and Assistant Operations Officer. His initial shore tour was at Naval Special Warfare Unit Ten, Rota, Spain assigned as the Surface Operations Officer responsible for the safe deployment of the Mark V (5) Special Operations Craft and the Special Operations 11-meters Rigid Inflatable Boats. Captain Plew reported for his third sea tour as the Weapons Officer in USS DECATUR (DDG 73) prior to fleeting-up and assumed the duties as the Combat Systems Officer. His tour culminated in the completion of Flight Test Missile Twelve (FTM-12) in which USS DECATUR became the first Destroyer to successfully search, track, and engage a ballistic target with the Standard Missile Three (SM-3).
2013 - 2016, Captain Plew had the distinct pleasure to be the Executive Officer and then Commanding Officer of Beachmaster Unit ONE – Any Beach, Any Time!


His shore tours include assignment as:
- Flag Aide and Administrative Assistant to the Commander, Naval Sea Systems Command
- Advanced Radar Requirements Section Head, Chief of Naval Operations, Surface Warfare Directorate (OPNAV N86)
- Ballistic Missile Defense Operations and Readiness Officer, Space and Naval Warfare System Center, Pacific
- Zumwalt Class Program Office (PMS500) Program Manager Representative in San Diego, CA executing the USS ZUMWALT (DDG 1000) Post-Delivery Availability
- Director, Large Surface Combatant, Program Executive Office SHIPS
From April 2019 – April 2022, Captain Plew proudly served as the Commanding Officer of Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division. In September 2022, he became the Director, NavalX.
Captain Plew is a Surface Warfare Officer, holds Acquisition Professional membership, and is certified DAWIA Program Management level III.

Captain Gurpartap "GP" Sandhoo

Project Officer, Space Portfolio, Defense Innovation Unit/Under Secretary of Defense, Research & Engineering
Captain Gurpartap "GP" Sandhoo

GP is currently a Navy Reserve (NR) Engineering Duty Officer assigned to the Defense Innovation Unit’s space portfolio, where his focus is on operationalizing commercial space technologies for national security space. Previously he led the innovation efforts of the Tenth Fleet’s Navy Cyber Warfare Development Group’s reserve team. From 2017-2019, he led the reserve team supporting the acquisition and life cycle support of naval platforms at Naval Sea Systems Command. He also led and provided operational and technical support for the National Reconnaissance Office/Space and Naval Warfare Systems Commands’ Space Field Activity HQ reserve unit. From 2009-2012, GP was the lead of the Navy Reserve detachment under the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering. GP is a member of U.S. Navy’s’ Space Cadre with expertise in space operations (VS8) and acquisition (VR2).

GP started his career in the Navy after serving as a Platoon Sergeant in 2nd Medical Battalion during operations Desert Shield and Storm. In 1992, he was commissioned as an Engineering Duty Officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve. GP holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland, an M.S. in Space Systems, a D.Sc. in Aeronautics, Astronautics and Propulsion from George Washington University, an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the Johns Hopkins University, and a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College. He is 2016-2017 Fellow of the MIT Seminar XXI.
 

Captain William Docherty

SO3 ISR, Royal Marines
Captain William Docherty

Capt Docherty joined the Royal Marines in 2014, upon completion of Officer training at the Commando Training Centre Royal Marines, he was posted to 4 SCOTS, The Highlanders on an exchange draft as a Platoon Commander of a Mechanised Infantry Platoon. During his time with the Highlanders, he deployed on Op SHADER IV in Iraq as a Team Commander and later the Company Operations Officer, training the Iraqi Border Guards and the Iraqi Commandoes in their conflict with Daesh. He was then posted to the Commando Training Centre Royal Marines as a Recruit Troop Commander, leading 249 and 265 Troop through their 32-week Commando training course. He then went on to complete a Mortar Platoon Commanders Course before taking command of 42 Commando Mortar Troop working to develop mortar tactics during exercises in the UK and Germany. He later became the lead for developing partner relationships in West Africa where he planned and delivered multiple training packages with West African partners in Nigeria, Senegal and The Gambia. After completing an Intelligence Officer Course, he was posted to 30 Commando Information Exploitation Group as the SO3 ISR, shortly afterwards deploying to Norway to complete Artic Warfare training and taking part in the NATO exercise Cold Response 22. He is currently leading the Intelligence Cell at 30 Commando as the SO2 J2

Captain William Docherty

SO3 ISR, Royal Marines
Captain William Docherty

Colonel Lawrence Brad "Verde" Green

Unmanned Aircraft Systems Branch Chief , U.S. Marine Corps
Colonel Lawrence Brad "Verde" Green

Colonel Green graduated from San Diego State University in 1997 with a Bachelor’s Degree of Liberal Arts in Sociology, Geography and Naval Science. Commissioned in 1998 via the Platoon Leader’s Course, he completed The Basic School (TBS) the following year. After TBS, he attended both Air Support Control Officers Course and Low Altitude Air Defense (LAAD) Officers Course in 1999.

In September 1999 he reported to Marine Air Support Squadron 1 (MASS-1), qualifying in all positions in the Direct Air Support Center (DASC); while serving as a Platoon Commander, Air Support Liaison Team OIC, LNO, Air Contingency MAGTF (ACM) OIC, multiple CONUS and OCONUS deployments Det OIC and as Weapons and Tactics Training Program (WTTP) OIC. In 2000 he was promoted to First Lieutenant, then completed Winter Mountain Warfare Course at the Mountain Warfare Training Center in Bridgeport, California in 2001.

In 2002 he was promoted to Captain and later that year reported to the 26 MEU (SOC) as the Marine Air Control Group (MACG) Detachment OIC. During the deployment he participated in Operation IRAQI FREEDOM (OIF-1) with Joint Special Operations Task Force-North (JSOTF-N) in Mosul, Iraq and later as part of Joint Task Force Liberia. Upon returning from the MEU in 2003, he returned to MASS-1 to serve as the DASC Commander until June 2004.

From 2004-07 he served at Air Schools (C Co.), Marine Corps Communications and Electronics School (MCCES) in Twenty-nine Palms as the Air Support Training Section OIC and later as the C Co. Deputy Director, OpsO and XO. From 2005-07 he also led both the MCCES Bn and Marine Corps Base Shooting Teams as OIC and trained with 3d Battalion, 4th Marines Scout Snipers in long range marksmanship. In 2006, he graduated from the WTI Course.

In 2007 he attended the UAS Mission Commander (MC) Course and was assigned to the VMU-2 Nightowls; deploying twice to OIF as an MC for the RQ-2 Pioneer, RQ-7B Shadow and ScanEagle UASs. Promoted to Major in 2008, he served in VMU-2 as the Fleet NATOPS Evaluator, Squadron WTI, Operations Officer and Executive Officer.

Assigned to MAWTS-1 from 2010-13, he stood up the UAS Specialist billet in the Aviation Development, Tactics & Evaluation (ADT&E) Dept, served as the UAS Division Head and transitioned to the 7315 Unmanned Aircraft Commander (UAC) MOS on the Marine Corps' first 7315 officer MOS transition board. Major Green led the transition of the UAS Div from the C3 Dept to the TACAIR Dept, due evolving UAS fires integration and terminal guidance operations. He also attended and assessed the USAF’s MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) Officers Course, which became the foundation for the Marine Corps’ 7315 MOS school training pipeline.

In 2013-14, Major Green attended the Marine Corps Command and Staff College, serving as the Class President and earning his Master’s Degree in Military Studies. Upon graduation, he reported to the Pentagon to serve in the Aviation Hallway as a UAS Requirements officer and was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in 2014. In 2015 he checked into Marine Aircraft Group-14, serving as the Department of Safety and Standardization OIC, then became VMU-2’s XO.

Lieutenant Colonel Green took command of VMU-2 in 2016. Under his charge, the Nightowls transitioned T/M/S from RQ-7B Shadow to RQ-21A Blackjack, deployed multiple RQ-21A dets to Operations ODYSSEY LIGHTNING in Sirte, Libya with the MEUs and to INHERANT RESOLVE in Mosul, Iraq with MARSOC ISO CJSOTF-OIR. VMU-2 earned the VMU Squadron of the Year for 2015 and 2016. The squadron completed the Army’s Cold Weather Operations Course (CWOC) at Ft. McCoy, Wisconsin and were the first VMU to deploy for training in Norway.

From 2018-19 he attended the Army War College, graduating with honors and earning his Master’s Degree in Strategic Studies. He reported to Headquarters, European Command, serving as the J35X Special Operations Branch (SOB) Chief from 2019-21. During his tenure, the SOB ran EUCOM’s SOF sensitive activities and operations and presidentially directed missions. He was promoted to Colonel in 2020.

As of August 2021, Colonel Green was assigned to Headquarters Marine Corps, Aviation as the UAS Branch Head.

Colonel Green accumulated over 1900 flight hours and is also a Joint Terminal Attack Controller (JTAC). His personal awards include Joint and Meritorious Service Medals, Navy Commendation Medals, one with Combat “V,” a Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal and the Combat Action Ribbon, winner of the Holcomb Trophy Medal and multiple military and civilian shooting match medals and trophie.

Commander Aidan Riley

Commanding Officer, Merlin Helicopter Force, Royal Navy
Commander Aidan Riley

Commander Riley joined the Navy in 2002 and has served in both front line and second line assignments with Merlin Helicopter Force.

As Merlin Capability Manager 2015-17, he helped deliver Merlin HM Mk2 into service and reach FOC, delivering to performance, cost and time. A return to flying saw him assume Senior Observer of both 829 NAS and 824 NAS.

His last job was in MoD with Finance and Military Capability. The portfolio majored on Shipbuilding, Aviation and Carrier Enabled Power Projection.
 

Commander Antonio Mourinha

CEOM Director, Portuguese Navy
Commander Antonio Mourinha

Commander António Mateus Anjinho Mourinha is a Portuguese Navy officer currently serving as Director for the Portuguese Maritime Operational Experimentation Centre and the first Portuguese Free Technology Zone at Troia and Setubal Bay. He is also Innovation Adviser to the Chief of Portuguese Naval Staff.
Commander Mourinha was born in Elvas, Portugal, in 1972. He joined the Portuguese Navy by entering the Naval Academy in 1990, having completed his degree in Naval Military Sciences in 1995.
He is a Navigation Officer by trade, getting his specialization in 2003. In his naval training CDR António Mourinha completed several other courses mainly related to MSO, like the Royal Navy’s “British Sea Fisheries Officers Enforcement Course” (2008) or the U.S. Coast Guard “Advanced Boarding Officers Course” (2009).
In his tours at sea, from 1995 to 2005, he embarked in several naval units namely, FS “Honório Barreto”, Sail Training Ship “Creoula”, FF “Cte. Hermenegildo Capelo”, FF “Cte. João Belo” and in USS “Nashville”, as Staff Officer for the mission “Africa Partnership Station 2009”, off the west coast of Africa.
Commander Mourinha got also three commands at sea: he was the first commander of the FPB “Oríon” from 2001 to 2002, later, between March 2005 and August 2006, he commanded the patrol vessel “Cuanza”, and later, from 2013 to 2015 he commanded the FS “João Roby”.
Ashore Commander António Mourinha served at the Patrol Boat Squadron between 2007 and 2010, being the head of the Maritime Enforcement Office. During this first commission ashore, he keep embarking often as sea rider for maritime enforcement training of the fleet assets.
After, he served at the Fleet Command Staff, from 2010 to 2013, as head of Subsurface and Maritime Enforcement Section of the Operations Division, being responsible for the constabulary operations of the fleet. At the Fleet Command he was also leading the operational experimentation of Maritime Unmanned Systems and the planning of the related exercises of the REPMUS series.
Later Commander António Mourinha served at the Portuguese Naval Staff, as Head of Concept, Development & Experimentation Section, being responsible for developing concepts of employment, operational requirements and related operational experimentation. He was also the secretary of the Portuguese Navy Maritime Unmanned Systems (MUS) working group. In this duty he was the Portuguese Navy representative in the NATO Joint Capability Group on Unmanned Air Systems, in the NATO Maritime Tactical Unmanned Air Systems Working Group (being the secretary) and in the NATO MUS Initiative Steering Board.
In his last appointment he served at the Allied Maritime Command (MARCOM) as Planner of Operation Sea Guardian and subject matter expert for Maritime Security and Maritime Unmanned Systems (MUS) being involved in the development of the new NATO MUS Exercise Dynamic Messenger
His main hobby is spearfishing, being international judge for the World Underwater Confederation, he participated in several International Championships.
António is married and has two children.
 

Dr Wellesley Pereira

Mission Lead, ISR/MW, US Air Force Research Laboratory
Dr Wellesley Pereira

Major General Gregory Gagnon

Deputy Chief of Space Operations for Intelligence, U.S. Space Force
Major General Gregory Gagnon

Major General Gagnon is the Deputy Chief of Space Operations for Intelligence, U.S. Space Force. In this capacity, he serves as the Senior Intelligence Officer to the Chief of Space Operations and is responsible to the Secretary of the Air Force and Chief of Space Operations for intelligence policy, oversight, and guidance of Space Force intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities. He exercises overall responsibility for the Space Force Intelligence Community Element, which is the 18th member of the U.S. Intelligence Community. Additionally, he serves as the Chief, Service Cryptologic Component with delegated authorities from the Director of the National Security Agency.

Mr Andrew Campbell

Director, National Air Security Operations, U.S. Customs And Border Protection
Mr Andrew Campbell

Andrew Campbell is the Director, Air Operations, National Air Security Operations (NASO), Air and Marine Operations (AMO), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Director Campbell is a U.S. Navy veteran with over 30 years of military and federal law enforcement service. A pilot by training and experience, in his current role, he is responsible for providing oversight for all domestic and international operations requiring the use of AMO national strategic assets, including long-range P-3 maritime patrol aircraft, Predator B/Gardian unmanned aircraft systems, and Mongoose technical collection-equipped aircraft

Mr Elmer Roman

Director, Mission Integration SES , Office of the Secretary of Defense
Mr Elmer Roman

Elmer Roman serves as the Director of Mission Integration (MI) for Mission Capabilities (MC) in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (OUSD(R&E). In this role, Mr. Roman directs MI in developing mission-based inputs for the requirements process, improves Joint Force capability integration and experimentation, and informs development and maturation of joint warfighting concepts and operational plans. He is focused on bringing together the technical infrastructure and expertise for mission engineering analysis, including the data, modeling and simulation, and training, to evaluate and address end-to-end mission-based capability gaps to guide key enterprise technology investment decisions.


Prior to assuming his current duties, Mr. Roman served as Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, and Secretary of Public Safety of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. He was also the Homeland Security Advisor to the Governor of Puerto Rico. Mr. Roman’s experience includes serving as Director of the Joint Capability Technology Demonstration (JCTD) Program within OUSD(R&E), for which he directed the planning and transition of new capabilities to the Joint Forces and National Security Agencies. He served as Oversight Executive for International Cooperation and Asymmetric Warfare programs, implementing Department of Defense efforts in security cooperation, humanitarian assistance and disaster management, fighting transnational organized crime, and capacity building for allied countries. From 2005 to 2010, Mr. Roman served in a diplomatic assignment as Regional Director of the Office of Naval Research Global at the United States Embassy in Santiago, Chile.


Mr. Roman joined the Senior Executive Service in August 2020 and is a Captain (O-6) in the U.S. Navy Reserve for which he serves as the Diving, Heavy Lift and Salvage Mentor Group Lead following three successful tours as a Commanding Officer. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1991 to 1997. He made his transition to the Navy Reserve as an Engineering Duty Officer leading heavy lift salvage support missions worldwide including heavy lift operations of destroyers USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) and USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) after collisions in 2017. Mr. Roman served in Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2009.


Mr. Roman’s awards include U.S. Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Medals (two awards), U.S. Navy Meritorious Service Medals (two awards), and the Chilean Armed Forces Military Star for his work during response to a category 8.8 earthquake in 2010 amongst others. He is a recipient of the U.S. Navy League’s Rear Admiral William S. Parsons Award for Scientific and Technical Progress, the General Carl A. Spaatz Award, the STEM Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Luminary Award, a Department of State Meritorious Honor Award, and a NASA Technical Achievement Commendation.


Mr. Roman holds a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering from the University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez Campus and a master of science in systems engineering from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He graduated from the USMC Recruit Depot in Parris Island, the USMC Officer Candidates School, the U.S. Navy Senior Engineering Duty Officer School, and the Federal Executive Institute of the Office of Personnel Management.

Mr Guy Thomas

Director, C-SIGMA LLC
Mr Guy Thomas

Guy Thomas, inventor of satellite AIS, spent 35 years in signals intelligence, leading surveillance missions and systems development in the US Navy, US Air Force, and at Johns Hopkins APL.

He led reconnaissance operations in aircraft, cruisers, and submarines, spending a year+ in hostile waters, and 2,000+ hours in unfriendly airspace in reconnaissance aircraft. Quadruple qualified, he was also one of the Navy’s first space cadre.

He led the mission systems acceptance tests of both the Navy’s EP-3E and the USAF RC-135W, Rivet Joint Block III, and was allowed to wear both USN and USAF wings, a unique honor.

He also served as the US’s Science & Technology Advisor for Maritime Domain Awareness from 2003 to 2012.
 

Mr Jeremy Mucha

Technical Director, Communications Systems Directorate, National Reconnaissance Office
Mr Jeremy Mucha

Mr. Mucha currently serves as the Technical Director, National Communication Systems, aligned under the Commander, Naval Information Warfare Systems Command (NAVWAR), and located at the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), Chantilly, Virginia. As the Technical Director in the NRO Communications Systems Directorate, he directs strategic planning and technical execution of the acquisition roadmap for the NRO’s information technology and transport infrastructure in support of the satellite reconnaissance mission. Additionally, he serves as the senior naval civilian and advocate at the NRO for naval requirements across a wide range of space capabilities. Mr. Mucha was promoted to this Senior Level position in August 2019.
Mr. Mucha began his federal career in 2002, at the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center, San Diego. During this assignment, he worked as a systems engineer on several SATCOM terminal programs and also as a test and evaluation engineer on the Wideband Global SATCOM payload interoperability and characterization test team. Mr. Mucha’s next assignment was as a project manager and systems engineer in PMW/PMA 170 within PEO C4I. He led a team to develop and field the Global Broadcast System Split Internet Protocol project and also served as the Lead Engineer for the Commercial Broadband SATCOM Program.
In 2008, Mr. Mucha’s first CAP assignment was as the Assistant Program Manager – Engineering for PMW/PMA 170. He led the satellite communication, tactical communication, and GPS navigation divisions in establishing consistent and rigorous engineering processes. Mr. Mucha’s next CAP assignment was to establish the role of APM - Engineering for Air Integration in PMW 750.In this capacity, he was responsible for guiding the engineering efforts of TacMobile,TBMCS, JADOCS, and aircraft integration programs.
In 2015, Mr. Mucha established the Key Leadership Position of Assistant Program Executive Officer - Engineering within the MIDS Program Office and led a staff of over 90 engineers. He led a period of rapid growth for the MIDS JTRS program, including the integration of the CMN-4 terminal on multiple new aircraft types. Mr. Mucha was asked to spearhead NAVWAR 5.0’s innovation initiatives in 2017 in support of high velocity learning and rapid prototyping.

Mr Lee Stuart

Manager Maritime Domain Awareness, US Fleet Forces Command
Mr Lee Stuart

Mr. Lee Stuart manages Maritime Domain Awareness for United States Fleet Forces Command within the Maritime Operation Center, and serves as the Program Director for US Naval Cooperation and Guidance for Shipping (NCAGS). Graduating Maine Maritime Academy in 1994, Lee has worked within the commercial maritime industry with a focus on marine transportation, port and terminal operations before transitioning to USFF in 2009. Mr. Stuart represents CNO/USFF at various NCAGS treaty obligations to include NSWG, PACIOSWG, and SIANC-NCS. Additionally he represents USNAVNORTH/USFF at the MDA Executive Steering Committee, Maritime Security Regime Round Table, and at Theater Security Cooperation efforts globally.

Mr Philip L. Hoffman

Uncrewed Maritime Systems Research & Development Coordinator, National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Mr Philip L. Hoffman

Philip is leading efforts to expand the use of UMS for deep ocean exploration at NOAA. He also serves as the NOAA R&D lead under the Commercial Engagement Through Ocean Technologies (CENOTE) Act of 2018; coordinates joint R&D and operations with the U.S Navy and is NOAA’s R&D liaison to other federal agencies conducting UMS work, especially those activities taking place in the Gulf of Mexico. Philip sits in NOAA UMS Operations Center in Gulfport, MS. Prior federal service includes leading NOAA’s Cooperative Institutes Program, work in NOAA Fisheries and with the U.S Army Corps of Engineers.

Mr Sean Trevethan

Director NATO Maritime Unmanned Systems Innovation and Coordination Cell/Maritime Portfolio Lead in Defence Investments NATO HQ, NATO
Mr Sean Trevethan

Sean Trevethan is a former Royal Navy Commander and a graduate of the UK’s Advance Command and Staff Course. He has seen service in the Arabian Gulf as part of several Carrier Strike Groups, in Afghanistan within Joint Force Support and more recently as the Royal Navy’s Fleet Robotics Officer. In his role as Fleet Robotics Officer he was charged with cohering the future capability development of all Unmanned Systems within the Royal Navy, with the specific challenge of accelerating capability into service, rising to the challenge of delivering this across the full DOTMILPFI Spectrum. He also served as the Co-Chair of the NATO Maritime Unmanned Systems Initiative – developing new technologies with allies.

He was the UK Exercise Director for REP 19 in Portugal where the UK contributed a full Maritime Operations Centre and the UK and US led NATO’s largest Operational Experimentation Exercise with conventional and Unmanned Assets – developing tacdev at pace, exploiting several systems such as armed USVs for the first time. In the UK he led 2 Amphibious Operational Experimentation Exercises (Autonomous Advance Force 1.0 and 2.0 respectively), again blending cutting edge technologies with conventional force elements to deliver an enhanced operational effect. Trevethan took up his latest post as the Secretary for the NATO Naval Armaments Group in 2020 where he is charged with coordinating the efforts of 1100 Maritime SME’s, both Military and Civilian to develop capability cooperatively and produce technical standards that are key to NATO interoperability moving forward.

The Maritime Capability focus areas of NATO involve a Digital Transformation to enhance situational awareness, exploiting new systems and sensors augmented by AI. A fresh look at high end warfare including innovative techniques for Anti-Submarine Warfare and Surface Force Protection.

When out the office, Sean is a father to 3 beautiful children who make sure he is up to date with the latest trends on tik tok! In order to keep up with his children he has to undergo an intense ‘fitness’ regime for his health and sanity.

Rear Admiral Mike Studeman

Commander, Director, Office Of Naval Intelligence, National Maritime Intelligence-Integration Office (NMIO)
Rear Admiral Mike Studeman

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CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development’. It is essentially a philosophy, which maintains that in order to be effective, learning should be organised and structured. The most common definition is:

‘A commitment to structured skills and knowledge enhancement for Personal or Professional competence’

CPD is a common requirement of individual membership with professional bodies and Institutes. Increasingly, employers also expect their staff to undertake regular CPD activities.

Undertaken over a period of time, CPD ensures that educational qualifications do not become obsolete, and allows for best practice and professional standards to be upheld.

CPD can be undertaken through a variety of learning activities including instructor led training courses, seminars and conferences, e:learning modules or structured reading.

CPD AND PROFESSIONAL INSTITUTES

There are approximately 470 institutes in the UK across all industry sectors, with a collective membership of circa 4 million professionals, and they all expect their members to undertake CPD.

For some institutes undertaking CPD is mandatory e.g. accountancy and law, and linked to a licence to practice, for others it’s obligatory. By ensuring that their members undertake CPD, the professional bodies seek to ensure that professional standards, legislative awareness and ethical practices are maintained.

CPD Schemes often run over the period of a year and the institutes generally provide online tools for their members to record and reflect on their CPD activities.

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Professional bodies and Institutes CPD schemes are either structured as ‘Input’ or ‘Output’ based.

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