9:30 – 11:30am Tivoli Brewery Garage, Track: UAS

The Emergence of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (Drones) as Significant Threat Vectors

This presentation will provide an overview of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) technology, capabilities and industry applications. In addition, industry drivers and enabling technologies will be discussed, including the current regulatory environment. The introductory section will conclude with future trends and the likely developmental path the industry will traverse over the next 3 years. With this foundational knowledge established, the remainder of the presentation will cover specific case studies regarding the ways UAS are being utilized to both propagate and counter security threats. Q&A to follow.

Learning Objective(s):

Learn the basics of UAS/drone technologies, laws/regulations and applications

Understand industry drivers and the near-term future vision

Learn various UAS/Drone security measures and countermeasures

Nathan has 17 years of experience as a Strategy & Operations Consultant to Fortune 500 companies around the world. Leading projects in North America, Europe, Australia and Asia, Nathan has a proven track record helping organizations achieve meaningful results. As Managing Director for the Coalition of UAS Professionals, Nathan helps businesses excel in the burgeoning UAS (drone) industry. Specific expertise includes integrating unmanned aircraft systems into organizational workflows; small business launch and incubation; mission operations; UAS education; and UAS/Counter UAS security applications. Nathan is also a founding partner and CEO of UASidekick, an app-based airspace de-confliction technology that provides enhanced situational awareness to both manned and unmanned pilots on a shared FAA platform (UTM). Formal education includes Brown University (B.A.), Georgetown University (Masters) and the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Lyon, France. Nathan has always had a passion for aviation; he is certified as a Part 61 Private Pilot, Part 107 Remote Pilot, USPA Skydiver and USPPA Power Paraglider. In his free time, Nathan also enjoys spending time skiing, sailing, and instructing scuba diving.