DAHLGREN, Va. (Aug. 23, 2018) – Steering Committee members of the fifth annual Unmanned Systems Integration Workshop and Technical Exchange Meeting are pictured in front of a Common Unmanned Surface Vehicle. The speakers at this year’s event – a who’s who of military and civilian unmanned systems experts throughout the Naval Research and Development Establishment – briefed on technologies and policies related to offensive payload applications via autonomous unmanned systems. Situational briefs, senior leadership perspectives, and related policy background provided attendees – including Naval Warfare Center scientists and engineers – with the necessary information to develop agile weapon systems integrated across all domains. The two-day event was co-hosted by NSWCDD and NSWC Indian Head Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division (IHEODTD).

It was sponsored by the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics Tactical Warfare Systems, Land Warfare and Munitions, and Joint Ground Robotics Enterprise. Committee members left to right are Tony Harris, Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) Unmanned and Autonomous Systems Branch head; Daniel Pines, NSWC IHEODTD chief innovation officer; Charlie Miller, NSWCDD scientist; Carrie Gonzalez, NSWCDD project manager; Amy O’Donnell, NSWC IHEODTD deputy technical director; Ben Goldman, NSCWDD engineer; and Dr. John Wilkinson, NSWC IHEODTD customer advocate for science and technology business development. Not pictured are Chris Nerney, NSWCDD technical program manager; Dr. Harry Dreany, deputy current technology officer for the Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory Science and Technology Division; and Michael Demmick, Joint Weapon Safety Working Group executive secretary for the Naval Ordnance Safety and Security Activity.