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NOAA UAS Program Participates in Counter-UAS (Unmanned Aircraft System) Discussion

British Embassy hosts panel on 09 Nov 2017.

The proliferation of innovative unmanned technologies to improve productivity, bolster safety and create new business opportunities has accelerated over the past several years.  Unfortunately, these developments have also introduced new capabilities for adversaries.  The panel explored the emerging issues associated with drones and unmanned systems from a military perspective, including spectrum, safety and solutions, and discuss how to best capture lessons learned in theater to protect our homeland.  John “JC” Coffey attending for the NOAA UAS Program.

Guest Panel Speakers

  • Andrew MacDonald, Deputy Program Executive Officer, Unmanned Aerial Systems, Science and Technology, Department of Homeland Security
  • Ryan McCready, Director Hex​ ​Horus​ ​LTD, Counter Unmanned Aerial Systems
  • Chris O’Donnell, Office of the Undersecretary of Defense Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, Joint Rapid Acquisition Cell
  • Brandon Sasnett, Director of UAS Threat & Training, TechINT Solutions Group, LLC


  • Dr. Andrew Roettgen, Ph.D., C-UAS Engineer/Scientist, Technology Strategy Branch (TSB), J8, DTRA, Joint Improvised-Threat Defeat Organization (JIDO)

The Royal Aeronautical Society, Washington, DC Branch was formally inaugurated on 17 December 2003, a momentous date in the annals of aviation, as it was the centenary of manned flight by the Wright brothers.

The aims of the branch are to stimulate advances in aviation safety and technology by providing a forum to improve still further the technical, political and social interchange between the US and UK aerospace communities.

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