The World of Airborne Expendables & small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) Webinar
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When: May 23, 2019
14:00 - 15:00 EDT (18:00 - 19:00 UTC)
Where: United States
Presenter: Dr. Patrick Ford
Contact: Caleb Herr
703 549 1600

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The World of Airborne Expendables & small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS)

Thursday, May 23, 2019 14:00 -15:00 EDT



Expendables and sUAS are playing an increasingly important role in military operations, due in large part to their unique capabilities, often low development and deployment costs, and expanding platform, payload and mission planning technologies afforded by a robust commercial off the shelf (COTS) market. This webinar will provide attendees with an overview of expendables and sUAS, current technologies/trends, and why such platforms can play a critical role in the modern EW battle space.


Dr. Patrick Ford has spent the past four decades in support of EW, including systems engineering, research, development, ground/in-flight testing, and extensive tactical experience supporting surface, subsurface, and airborne platforms. He has presented EW and UAS training around the globe, including professional seminars for both Erevno Aerospace and Corvus Consulting, as well as graduate courses for a leading aerospace university. He is currently an EW science adviser for the U.S. Navy, as well as a commercial UAS pilot, the latter including chief test pilot/test director for a new series of high speed/high altitude jet powered UAS. He also serves as the volunteer UAS Operations Advisor for Washington State’s Center of Excellence for Unmanned Systems. Pat received his Ph.D. in Applied Management and Decision Sciences from Walden University, with a Specialization in Naval Warfare Operations Analysis, where his research focused on the first ever use of a commercial off-the-shelf radar on a Group 3 or smaller UAS. He received his Master of Science degree in Space Studies from the University of North Dakota. A retired U.S. Naval Reserve cryptologic officer, he is one of the few individuals to graduate from both the National Intelligence University Post Graduate Intelligence Program and the Middle Enlisted Cryptologic Career Advancement Program.




*Registration will close one hour prior to the start of the webinar (1pm ET)! Any registrations taken after this time will not be able to view the live webinar.

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For questions, please contact Caleb Herr.


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The entire presentation and Q&A will be recorded for viewing approximately 24 hours after the event.  On-demand viewing of recorded webinars is reserved as a benefit for dues-paying AOC members only.  You can join the AOC here.  You can find the link to the recording in our AOC Virtual Series Archive.



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