The 2023 Airspace Awareness and Protection Conference will be held June 7-8, 2023, at Xelevate in Leesburg, Virginia. Xelevate is the DC Region’s Unmanned Systems Center of Excellence.

The event will feature panel interviews covering important Counter-UAS and airspace awareness topics and live outdoor demonstrations of technologies at Xelevate’s 66-acre facility, located within one hour of Washington, D.C.

Early bird pricing and sponsorship opportunities are currently available.

2023 Airspace Awareness and Protection Conference Registration and Sponsorship Information Page

June 7th Panels- Counter-UAS Capabilities at a Glance- Where are we now, and where are we going?

The Power to Protect: Examining the Expansion of Counter-UAS Authorities               

The thoughtful and logical expansion of authorities for the use of certain Counter-UAS technologies, tactics, and techniques in the homeland has been an important topic for quite some time. There is no easy “one size fits all” solution. Protecting our nation’s critical infrastructure, assets, and mass gatherings must be balanced with the safety of the national airspace, the integrity of the radio frequency spectrum, and privacy and civil liberty considerations. Where are we now and what is our path forward? How do we manage the expectations of law enforcement agencies and critical infrastructure who are seeking to increase their airspace awareness and protection capabilities?   

Panel – UTM, AAM, RID, WTH?: How to tackle the Airspace Alphabet Soup 

What is all of this, and why does it matter? What role will Unmanned Traffic System Management, Remote ID and Advanced Air Mobility play in airspace awareness and protection missions in, and around, our nation’s military bases, critical infrastructure, and urban areas? How do we de-conflict operations in the UTM when C-UAS operations are present?  When crewed and uncrewed flight operations are occurring? What should we be discussing and working on now to ensure we can protect important assets from the threat of nefarious drones without negatively impacting the quickly evolving use of UAS in the national airspace for commercial purposes?

June 8th Panels- Harnessing Data to Drive Intelligence and Security Operations

Data is King: Maximizing the Value of Intelligence through Effective Information Management             

The evolution of airspace awareness and protection tactics, techniques, and procedures cannot occur in a vacuum. To effectively evolve, relevant, appropriate, and timely information must be shared with private and government stakeholders. Both the consumption and sharing of information must occur between the intelligence community, training, research and development, government, industry product and service suppliers, critical infrastructure, and policy makers, to name a few. How do we breakdown the natural information and intelligence stovepipes that exist?  Get data to those it matters for at the speed of mission?  How can we share pertinent information with stakeholders without tipping our hand to nefarious actors?

Integrating Drone Forensics into the Intelligence Cycle  

As data becomes a key element in successful flight operations, how do we “bake in, not bolt-on” the right processes to secure veritable data?  Few are focused on the importance of drone forensics, its role in the intelligence cycle, and how it impacts TTPs, technology, etc. In many ways, the federal government must manage the UAS threat like the Improvised Explosive Device (IED) threat during Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. When UAS-related evidence is legally acquired, there is an enormous amount of exploitation needed to take the data and organize, manage, synthesize it.  Metadata needs to be identified, and chain of custody of such data needs to be established, especially if such data will be used in a court of law. Who is responsible for the evidence and the chain of custody?  How do we use all of this data in a proactive way to help for future threats?

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