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Maritime Reconnaissance and Surveillance Technology USA
April 29 - April 30, 2024
Maritime Reconnaissance and Surveillance Technology USA

Conference Overview

 The Maritime Reconnaissance and Surveillance Technology USA conference is North America’s only event this year exclusively dedicated to Maritime ISR, bringing together the senior military leadership responsible for acquiring, implementing and operating Maritime ISR platforms.

The event will reflect the urgent need to enhance MISR capabilities in an era of rapid technological advancement and renewed strategic competition with specific focus areas including:

  • Proliferation of unmanned platforms
  • Establishing seabed to space architectures
  • Sensors at sea
  • Fighter jets as MISR assets
  • Data leverage and analytics
  • Rotary wing MISR capabilities

US Fleet Forces Command - “Great event and very senior speakers, I have really enjoyed it."

FEATURED SPEAKERS

Andrea Bell-Miller

Andrea Bell-Miller

Director of International Programs, PEO Unmanned and Small Combatants, NAVSEA, US NAVY
Captain Casey Plew

Captain Casey Plew

Director, NavalX
Captain Dennis Monagle

Captain Dennis Monagle

Program Manager, Tactical Unmanned Aerial Systems, US Navy
Lieutenant General Michael J. Schmidt

Lieutenant General Michael J. Schmidt

Program Executive Officer, F-35 Lightning II Program, Department of Defense
Rear Admiral (Ret.) Lance Scott

Rear Admiral (Ret.) Lance Scott

Former Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Group, US Navy
Rear Admiral Adam Kijek

Rear Admiral Adam Kijek

Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Group, NAVAIR, US Navy
Rear Admiral Todd Weeks

Rear Admiral Todd Weeks

Program Executive Officer, Undersea Warfare Systems
Senior Representative

Senior Representative

Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command, US Navy

Andrea Bell-Miller

Director of International Programs, PEO Unmanned and Small Combatants, NAVSEA, US NAVY
Andrea Bell-Miller

 Andrea R. Bell-Miller currently serves as the Director of International Programs for the US Navy’s Program Executive Office, Unmanned and Small Combatants (PEO USC). She is leading the NATO Maritime Unmanned System Initiative as the appointed Head of Delegation for the United States. Beyond NATO, she leads over 20 bilateral international agreements as the US Navy’s Technical Project Officer for Unmanned Systems and Naval Mine Warfare.

Ms. Bell-Miller aligning opportunity with action. Identifying way’s in which collaboration with our partners and allies can help to meet critical capability gaps, , whilst developing and delivering capability that’s not only interoperable but interchangeable.

As the US Head of Delegation to the NATO MUS Initiative, Ms. Bell-Miller was awarded the Meritorious Civilian Service Medal in October of 2020 which recognized her for leading the and cohering the efforts of 14 different nations in devising NATO’s largest Operational Experiment with Maritime Unmanned Systems in record time, with concept to delivery in just 5 months.

Captain Casey Plew

Director, NavalX
Captain Casey Plew

Captain Plew served in USS WADSWORTH (FFG 9), San Diego, CA, first as the Auxiliaries Officer
prior to fleeting-up to assume duties as the Main Propulsion Assistant. He next reported to USS BLUE
RIDGE (LCC 19) in Yokosuka, Japan, as Navigator and Assistant Operations Officer. His initial shore
tour was at Naval Special Warfare Unit Ten, Rota, Spain assigned as the Surface Operations Officer
responsible for the safe deployment of the Mark V (5) Special Operations Craft and the Special
Operations 11-meters Rigid Inflatable Boats.
Captain Plew reported for his third sea tour as the Weapons Officer in USS DECATUR (DDG 73) prior
to fleeting-up and assumed the duties as the Combat Systems Officer. His tour culminated in the
completion of Flight Test Missile Twelve (FTM-12) in which USS DECATUR became the first
Destroyer to successfully search, track, and engage a ballistic target with the Standard Missile Three (SM3).
2013 - 2016, Captain Plew had the distinct pleasure to be the Executive Officer and then Commanding
Officer of Beachmaster Unit ONE – Any Beach, Any Time!
His shore tours include assignment as:
- Flag Aide and Administrative Assistant to the Commander, Naval Sea Systems Command
- Advanced Radar Requirements Section Head, Chief of Naval Operations, Surface Warfare
Directorate (OPNAV N86)
- Ballistic Missile Defense Operations and Readiness Officer, Space and Naval Warfare System
Center, Pacific
- Zumwalt Class Program Office (PMS500) Program Manager Representative in San Diego, CA
executing the USS ZUMWALT (DDG 1000) Post-Delivery Availability
- Director, Large Surface Combatant, Program Executive Office SHIPS
From April 2019 – April 2022, Captain Plew proudly served as the Commanding Officer of Naval
Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division. In September 2022, he became the Director, NavalX.
Captain Plew is a Surface Warfare Officer, holds Acquisition Professional membership, and is certified
DAWIA Program Management level III.
Captain Stephen “Casey” Plew
Director, NavalX
Captain Casey Plew from Weaverville, CA, is a 1997 graduate of
Oregon State University, where he earning a Bachelor of Science
degree in History prior to his commission as an Ensign in the United
States Navy through the Reserve Officer Training Corps program. In
October 2009, he completed his Master of Arts degree in National
Security and Strategic Studies at the Naval War College while also a
Gravely (formerly Halsey IIIC) “Warrior-Scholar” studying Ballistic
Missile Defense plans and operations. In 2016, he earned a Master of
Business Administration degree from the Naval Post Graduate School.

Captain Dennis Monagle

Program Manager, Tactical Unmanned Aerial Systems, US Navy
Captain Dennis Monagle

 Captain Dennis Monagle is a native of Athens, Georgia. He graduated from Indiana University in 1994 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Science. He earned his Master of Science degree in Management from the University of Maryland. He was designated a Naval Aviator in May 2000. He has accumulated nearly 2000 flight hours in various Navy aircraft.


Captain Monagle’s operational tours include two tours with Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron FOURTEEN (HM-14) first as an Airborne Mine Countermeasures (AMCM) Mission Commander, and later as a Department Head and the Maintenance Officer. As ship’s company, Captain Monagle served in the Air Department as the V-2 Division Officer and as a Catapult and Arresting Gear Officer (“Shooter”) aboard USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN-71). Captain Monagle commanded the Blackhawks of Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron FIFTEEN (HM-15) in Norfolk, VA.


Captain Monagle’s shore assignments include the MH-53E Fleet Replacement Squadron as a Flight Instructor and Evaluator. Captain Monagle has completed multiple acquisition tours with Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) in Patuxent River, first as an Assistant Program Manager for Systems Engineering (AMPSE), followed later as the H-60 Sustainment Integrated Product Team (IPT) Leader. He reported to the Defense Information Systems Agency’s (DISA) in Fort Meade, MD to serve as Military Deputy PEO for Command and Control (C2). He led a team of Joint Service military members and DoD Civilians in modernizing C2 software systems for use by the Joint Services and Coalition Partners. He returned to NAVAIR to serve as the Deputy Program Manager for Unmanned Carrier Aviation Mission Control System (UMCS).
Captain Monagle is DAWIA certified as a Level III Program Manager. He is designated as an Acquisition Professional, and assumed command of the Multi-mission Tactical Unmanned Aerial Systems Program Office in March of 2022.

Chris Trelawny

Deputy Secretary General, INTERPORTPOLICE
Chris Trelawny

Colin Bettis

Director of Outreach, Commercial Systems Program Office, National Reconnaissance Office
Colin Bettis

 Mr. Colin A. Bettis is the Director of Outreach, Commercial Systems
Program Office (CSPO), National Reconnaissance Office, Chantilly,
Virginia. In this role, Colin leads two distinct lines of effort supporting
the Director of CSPO and Director of NRO, the first being the
identification of emerging commercial space products & services for
potential integration into the NRO’s portfolio of capabilities, and
second being the assessment of U.S. government stakeholders and
mission needs which can be enhanced through the introduction &
integration of commercial space capabilities.
Mr. Bettis received his commission as a U.S. Air Force officer from the
University of Saint Thomas in Saint Paul, Minnesota in 2012, and
transferred to the federal civilian service in 2019, joining the U.S.
government’s premier hypersonic missile program office, Conventional Prompt Strike, with the U.S. Navy.
Throughout his career, he gained extensive hands-on experience in flight test operations, engineering,
and acquisitions for both unmanned aircraft and ballistic missile systems, as well as technical intelligence
collection, operations, and analysis methods & processes across the intelligence community.

Command Sergeant Major Thomas Baird

Senior Enlisted Advisor, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
Command Sergeant Major Thomas Baird

 As the National Geospatial-Intelligence agency’s senior enlisted advisor, he advises the NGA director on the effective use of all military service members; carries the director’s vision, mission and intent to the workforce; focuses on NGA’s “People First” philosophy; builds partnerships across the joint, interagency, multi-national environment and serves as the liaison to senior enlisted leaders assigned to the National Capital Region, other combat support agencies, and the combatant commands.

Baird previously served as the training, readiness and mobilization sergeant major at the U. S. Army Training and Doctrine Command at Fort Eustis, Virginia, where he supported the commander in developing, integrating and managing training operations requirements, concepts, policies and plans.

During Baird’s 29-year military career, he deployed multiple times in support of National Command Authority-directed missions in various combatant commands

and previously served as the command sergeant major of the 504th Military Intelligence Brigade.

Commander Aidan Riley

Commanding Officer, Merlin Helicopter Force, Royal Navy
Commander Aidan Riley

Commander Antonio Mourinha

Director of the Naval Operational and Experimentation Centre , Portuguese Navy
Commander Antonio Mourinha

 Commander António Mateus Anjinho Mourinha is a Portuguese Navy officer currently serving as Director for the Portuguese Maritime Operational Experimentation Centre and the first Portuguese Free Technology Zone at Troia and Setubal Bay. He is also Innovation Adviser to the Chief of Portuguese Naval Staff.
Commander Mourinha was born in Elvas, Portugal, in 1972. He joined the Portuguese Navy by entering the Naval Academy in 1990, having completed his degree in Naval Military Sciences in 1995.
He is a Navigation Officer by trade, getting his specialization in 2003. In his naval training CDR António Mourinha completed several other courses mainly related to MSO, like the Royal Navy’s “British Sea Fisheries Officers Enforcement Course” (2008) or the U.S. Coast Guard “Advanced Boarding Officers Course” (2009).
In his tours at sea, from 1995 to 2005, he embarked in several naval units namely, FS “Honório Barreto”, Sail Training Ship “Creoula”, FF “Cte. Hermenegildo Capelo”, FF “Cte. João Belo” and in USS “Nashville”, as Staff Officer for the mission “Africa Partnership Station 2009”, off the west coast of Africa.
Commander Mourinha got also three commands at sea: he was the first commander of the FPB “Oríon” from 2001 to 2002, later, between March 2005 and August 2006, he commanded the patrol vessel “Cuanza”, and later, from 2013 to 2015 he commanded the FS “João Roby”.
Ashore Commander António Mourinha served at the Patrol Boat Squadron between 2007 and 2010, being the head of the Maritime Enforcement Office. During this first commission ashore, he keep embarking often as sea rider for maritime enforcement training of the fleet assets.
After, he served at the Fleet Command Staff, from 2010 to 2013, as head of Subsurface and Maritime Enforcement Section of the Operations Division, being responsible for the constabulary operations of the fleet. At the Fleet Command he was also leading the operational experimentation of Maritime Unmanned Systems and the planning of the related exercises of the REPMUS series.
Later Commander António Mourinha served at the Portuguese Naval Staff, as Head of Concept, Development & Experimentation Section, being responsible for developing concepts of employment, operational requirements and related operational experimentation. He was also the secretary of the Portuguese Navy Maritime Unmanned Systems (MUS) working group. In this duty he was the Portuguese Navy representative in the NATO Joint Capability Group on Unmanned Air Systems, in the NATO Maritime Tactical Unmanned Air Systems Working Group (being the secretary) and in the NATO MUS Initiative Steering Board.
In his last appointment he served at the Allied Maritime Command (MARCOM) as Planner of Operation Sea Guardian and subject matter expert for Maritime Security and Maritime Unmanned Systems (MUS) being involved in the development of the new NATO MUS Exercise Dynamic Messenger
His main hobby is spearfishing, being international judge for the World Underwater Confederation, he participated in several International Championships.
António is married and has two children.

Commander Dave Bigay

Commanding Officer, Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 40
Commander Dave Bigay

 Commander Bigay is a native of Elizabethtown, Kentucky and graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 2002 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Economics.

He served in a variety of training and operational squadrons including Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light FOUR SIX (HSL-46), Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light FOUR ZERO (HSL-40), Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron EIGHT FOUR (HSC-84), Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron SEVEN TWO (HSM-72), and Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron FOUR EIGHT (HSM-48) where he served as Executive and Commanding Officer from April 2019 until August 2021.

He has deployed aboard USS STEVEN W. GROVES (FFG-29), USS SIMPSON (FFG-56), ashore at Naval Support Activity Souda Bay, Crete, and in various forward locations in the U.S. Central Command Area of Responsibility (USCENTCOM AOR) in support of Special Operations Forces (SOF). He has served as Detachment Operations Officer, Detachment Maintenance Officer, Squadron Assistant Operations Officer, Squadron Quality Assurance Officer, Squadron Training Officer, Squadron Maintenance Officer, and Detachment Officer in Charge.

Assignments to shore and staff billets include, Joint SOF Planner at U.S. Special Operations Command – Central (SOCCENT), and Maritime ISR Weapons School (MISRWS) department head at the Naval Aviation Warfighting Development Center (NAWDC).

Commander Bigay assumed command of the east coast MH-60R Fleet Replacement Squadron, Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron FOUR ZERO, Mayport, FL in July of 2023.

His military decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Air Medal, Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal (four awards), Sikorsky Rescue “S” and various unit, campaign, and service awards.

Commander Bigay is a graduate of the SEAHAWK Weapons and Tactics Instructor (SWTI), and Maritime ISR Weapons and Tactics Instructor (MISR WTI) programs. He has accumulated over 3,000 mishap-free flight hours in eight different variants of Naval Aircraft.

Commander Timothy Bierbach

Department Head, Naval Aviation Warfighting Development Center
Commander Timothy Bierbach

 CDR Bierbach is a native of East Greenville, PA. He joined the Navy in 1994 and attained the rank of Chief Petty Officer before he was commissioned in 2005 through the Officer Candidate School in NAS Pensacola, FL. Following his commission he reported for flight training in March 2005 and finished his flight instruction at the P-3C Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) at NAS Jacksonville August 2007.

CDR Bierbach began his operational flying in August 2007 with Patrol Squadron FOUR FIVE (VP-45) Pelicans. While a “Pelican”, he made a split deployment to EUCOM 2007 and SOUTHCOM ,a second deployment to INDOPACOM 2009, and a ASW detachment in 2010.

March 2011, he reported for instructor duty to Patrol Squadron THIRTY (VP-30) the P-3C Fleet Replacement Squadron. After finishing his Qualification as a FRS instructor in August 2011, he was selected to attend the Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Weapons School (MPRWS). Upon graduation in November 2011, he was selected to transition to the P-8A Poseidon. While at the MPRWS CDR Bierbach Qualified in the P-8 January 2012, stood up the P-8A Department and lead the Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) and Surface Warfare (SUW) weapons integration teams.

In November 2013, CDR Bierbach reported to Patrol Squadron SIXTEEN (VP-16) and served as the first Squadron Maritime Tactics Instructor (SMTI). There he deployed on the P-8A’s inaugural deployment to INDOPACOM and was selected to the Chief of Naval Operation’s Rapid Innovation Cell (CRIC) where he lead an innovative ASW search program.

In November 2015, CDR Bierbach reported to the Naval War College and joined the Gravely Advance Research Program for innovative warfare. He graduated in November 2016 and reported to VP-30 for a quick refresher before returning to the Fleet as a Department Head.

In January 2017, CDR Bierbach rejoined the VP-45 Pelicans for his department head tour. With the Pelicans, he made the P-8’s maiden deployment to the EUCOM, deployment to INDO-PACOM, led several major ASW detachments and was awarded the Copernicus Award in 2018.

Following his department head tour in August 2019, CDR Bierbach served as Future Operations officer and Theater Security Cooperation Officer on Combined Task Force 72. While on the Staff, he directly supported INDOPACOM requirements and C7F Campaign Plan for Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Force. CDR Bierbach has accumulated over 3,500 flight hours in P-3C and P-8A. His awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Medal, Navy Commendation Medal and Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal and various service awards and ribbons. He selected for squadron command in March 2020 and reported to VP-47 as Executive Officer in May 2021.

Lieutenant Colonel Bob Oostrom

Commandant Helicopter Warfare Centre, Royal Netherlands Air Force
Lieutenant Colonel Bob Oostrom

Lieutenant Commander Adam Patterson

Fleet Experimentation Officer, US Navy
Lieutenant Commander Adam Patterson

Lieutenant General Michael J. Schmidt

Program Executive Officer, F-35 Lightning II Program, Department of Defense
Lieutenant General Michael J. Schmidt

 Lt. Gen. Michael J. Schmidt is the Program Executive Officer and Director for the F-35 Lightning II Program. In this capacity, he leads the F-35 Joint Program Office in the life-cycle program management of the F-35A, F-35B, and F-35C, the fifth-generation strike fighter of choice for the Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, seven international partners, and seven current Foreign Military Sales customers.

Lt. Gen. Schmidt entered the Air Force in 1991 after graduating from Iowa State University as an Industrial Engineer and ROTC distinguished graduate. He served in numerous engineering, program management, and leadership positions. He worked as a Lockheed Martin program manager via the Education with Industry program. He served as Aide-de-Camp to the Commander of Air Force Materiel Command, both an Air Force Legislative and Appropriations Liaison, the F-35 Program Element Monitor, an advisor to the Afghan National Army, and commanded the 696th Armament Systems Squadron. Lt. Gen. Schmidt then served as Deputy for Tactical Aircraft Systems in the Office of the Secretary of Defense and as Senior Materiel Leader for Contractor Logistics Support Division at Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center. He also served as Program Executive Officer for Fixed Wing Programs at U.S. Special Operations Command; Program Executive Officer for Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance and Special Operations Forces at Air Force Materiel Command; Program Executive Officer for Fighters and Bombers; and, most recently, as Program Executive Officer for Command, Control, Communications, Intelligence, and Networks. He is a graduate of the Air Force Legislative Fellows Program and the National War College

Rear Admiral (Ret.) Lance Scott

Former Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Group, US Navy
Rear Admiral (Ret.) Lance Scott

 Lance Scott’s naval career of over 31 years culminated in 2022 as Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Group, located in Norfolk, Virginia where he was responsible for manning, training, and equipping the U.S. Navy’s Maritime Patrol Forces consisting of nearly 6,500 personnel, five variants of patrol aircraft including unmanned vehicles, and mobile tactical operations equipment. He has served on the Navy and Joint Staff in the Pentagon, at U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, and U.S. Transportation Command. Mr. Scott is currently consulting in the maritime, defense, and logistics sectors and sits on the board of the Maritime Patrol Association.

Rear Admiral Adam Kijek

Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Group, NAVAIR, US Navy
Rear Admiral Adam Kijek

Rear Adm. Adam Kijek is a native of Richmond, Virginia. He graduated with merit from the United States Naval Academy in 1995 and was designated a naval aviator in 1997. He earned a Master’s degree in National Security and Strategic Studies and graduated with distinction from the Naval War College in 2006.

His sea duty assignments include an operational tour with Patrol Squadron (VP) 47; flag lieutenant to Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet; department head, VP-46, where he deployed to U.S. 5th Fleet conducting combat missions in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom; executive officer and then commanding officer of VP-46, during which the squadron deployed to Bahrain in support of operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility and won the Battle “E”, Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Safety Award, and Golden Wrench Maintenance Award; and the 43rd Commanding Officer of VP-30, earning the Ellyson Award.

Shore assignments include duty as an instructor pilot, evaluator, and formation instructor with VP-30; Assistant Washington D.C. Placement officer and then Washington D.C. Placement branch head with Navy Personnel Command (PERS-441); deputy executive assistant and executive assistant to the 18th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (CJCS); executive assistant to the 19th CJCS; and executive assistant to the Commander, U.S. Indo-Pacific Command.

Kijek's first flag officer assignment was as director, Operations and Plans (OPNAV N3) Office of the Chief of Naval Operations. He assumed the duties of Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Group on 26 August 2022.

Kijek’s personal awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, and various campaign and service awards. However, he is most proud of those awards that recognize unit operational excellence.

Rear Admiral Todd Weeks

Program Executive Officer, Undersea Warfare Systems
Rear Admiral Todd Weeks

Rear Admiral Weeks graduated with Merit from the United States Naval Academy in May 1993 with a Bachelor of Science in Naval Architecture. In June 2006 he graduated Cum Laude from Norwich University with a Master of Arts in Diplomacy. He is also a graduate from the Naval Command and Staff College at the Naval War College.

A submarine officer; Rear Admiral Weeks has served at-sea on USS SEAWOLF (SSN 21), as Engineer Officer onboard USS LOS ANGELES (SSN 688), Executive Officer onboard USS HELENA (SSN 725), culminating in command of USS ALEXANDRIA (SSN 757) from January 2011 until August 2013. He has deployed to the North Atlantic, Mediterranean, the Western Pacific and the U.S. Southern Command area of operations.

Ashore, Rear Admiral Weeks served as Flag Lieutenant to the combined Commander, Submarine Group 2 and Commander, Navy Region Northeast, Material Officer for Commander, Submarine Squadron 22 in La Maddalena, Italy, and at the Submarine Warfare Division on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations. From July 2005 to May 2006, he was a Federal Executive Fellow at RAND Corporation in Santa Monica, CA. While at RAND, Rear Admiral Weeks co- authored “Sustaining U.S. Nuclear Submarine Design Capabilities,” a study analyzing the viability of the Submarine design base. Following command, Rear Admiral Weeks was the Director of the Nuclear Propulsion Examining Board on the staff of Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command.

An Acquisition Professional, Rear Admiral Weeks served as the Major Program Manager for Undersea Defensive Warfare (PMS 415), as the Major Program Manager for Advanced Undersea Systems (PMS 394), as the Executive Assistant and Senior Naval Aide to the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Research Development, and Acquisition) and most recently as the Major Program Manager for VIRGINIA Class Submarines (PMS 450).

Currently, Rear Admiral Weeks is the Program Executive Officer for Undersea Warfare Systems (PEO UWS) responsible for a portfolio of programs that include submarine combat, sonar and electronic warfare systems as well as undersea weapons.

Robert Leigh

Acting Director, National Air Security Operations, US Customs and Border Protection
Robert Leigh

Ross McKenzie

Officer, Unmanned Aircraft and Automated Systems, Aerospace Capabilities, NATO
Ross McKenzie

Sean Trevethan

Director, NATO Maritime Unmanned Systems Innovation and Coordination Cell/Maritime Portfolio Lead in Defence Investments, NATO
Sean Trevethan

 Sean Trevethan is a former Royal Navy Commander and a graduate of the UK’s Advance Command and Staff Course. He has seen service in the Arabian Gulf as part of several Carrier Strike Groups, in Afghanistan within Joint Force Support and more recently as the Royal Navy’s Fleet Robotics Officer. In his role as Fleet Robotics Officer he was charged with cohering the future capability development of all Unmanned Systems within the Royal Navy, with the specific challenge of accelerating capability into service, rising to the challenge of delivering this across the full DOTMILPFI Spectrum. He also served as the Co-Chair of the NATO Maritime Unmanned Systems Initiative – developing new technologies with allies.

He was the UK Exercise Director for REP 19 in Portugal where the UK contributed a full Maritime Operations Centre and the UK and US led NATO’s largest Operational Experimentation Exercise with conventional and Unmanned Assets – developing tacdev at pace, exploiting several systems such as armed USVs for the first time. In the UK he led 2 Amphibious Operational Experimentation Exercises (Autonomous Advance Force 1.0 and 2.0 respectively), again blending cutting edge technologies with conventional force elements to deliver an enhanced operational effect. Trevethan took up his latest post as the Secretary for the NATO Naval Armaments Group in 2020 where he is charged with coordinating the efforts of 1100 Maritime SME’s, both Military and Civilian to develop capability cooperatively and produce technical standards that are key to NATO interoperability moving forward.

The Maritime Capability focus areas of NATO involve a Digital Transformation to enhance situational awareness, exploiting new systems and sensors augmented by AI. A fresh look at high end warfare including innovative techniques for Anti-Submarine Warfare and Surface Force Protection.

When out the office, Sean is a father to 3 beautiful children who make sure he is up to date with the latest trends on tik tok! In order to keep up with his children he has to undergo an intense ‘fitness’ regime for his health and sanity.

 

Senior Representative

Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command, US Navy
Senior Representative

 The 2024 conference will bring you face-to-face with an unparalleled line-up of experts.

This year includes speakers from:

  • F-35 Program,
  • CPRG,
  • NRO,
  • NGA,
  • NATO,
  • NavalX,

and a host of other domestic and international authorities.

Engage in thought-provoking discussions across both days, delving into the very heart of projects that are reshaping the Maritime Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (MISR) landscape, guided by the insights of those leading the charge.

 Who Should attend?

If your day to day role encompasses Maritime ISR then this conference was designed for you.

On the military and government side, attending will provide you with unparalleled access to a range of experts from across the MISR ecosystem including PEO F-35, PEO UWS, CPRG, NRO, NATO, NGA, NMOC and many more offering invaluable benchmarking opportunities.

For an industry representative, this conference is your opportunity for a seat at the table as the US military responds to an evolving threat landscape in the maritime domain with approaches designed to enhance capabilities, leverage emerging technologies, and streamline acquisition procedures.

British Embassy (US) - “That was really really good! Fantastic presentations."

Key discussions will revolve around the imperative to establish a robust seabed-to-space architecture. Witness the strategic integration of emerging technologies, including the groundbreaking impacts of Artificial Intelligence (AI). Moreover, discover the rising demand for interoperability and effective multilateral cooperation, essential in navigating the evolving complexities of modern maritime operations.

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Windward – “A great conference, it’s been very beneficial for us”

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Conference agenda

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8:00

Registration & Coffee

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8:50

Chair's Opening Remarks

Rear Admiral (Ret.) Lance Scott, Former Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Group, US Navy

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9:00

The Role of the F35 Lightning II Program in Supporting Maritime Reconnaissance and Surveillance

Lieutenant General Michael J. Schmidt, Program Executive Officer, F-35 Lightning II Program, Department of Defense

  • How the F-35C supports US Navy operations as an intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance asset and force multiplier
  • Effectively sharing information to all networked ground, sea and air assets in the battlespace to enhance situational awareness and facilitate carrier strike action
  • Leveraging advanced and rapid aircraft for rapid ISR acquisition and transmission to get inside the enemy’s OODA loop
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    9:30

    Session Reserved for Sponsor

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    Deploying Aerial Assets to Ensure Maritime Domain Awareness

    Rear Admiral Adam Kijek, Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Group, NAVAIR, US Navy

  • MPRF: providing long-range airborne Anti-Submarine Warfare, Anti-Surface Warfare, and Maritime ISR forces
  • Evaluating the successes and challenges of moving from the P-3C Orion to the P-8A Poseidon
  • Deploying the unmanned MQ-4C Triton to provide maritime ISR support to operations
  • Ensuring optimum and uniform training, readiness and effective command, control and coordination of the patrol squadrons
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    Morning Coffee

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    Improving Maritime ISR Capabilities through the Development of Advanced Multi-Mission UAS

    Captain Dennis Monagle, Program Manager, Tactical Unmanned Aerial Systems, US Navy

    Integrating unmanned systems into maritime missions to enhance situational awareness and critical decision-making
    Latest updates on the expeditionary capabilities of the MQ-8 Fire Scout
    Key insights into the emerging role of vertical lift systems
     

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    11:30

    Session Reserved for Sponsor

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    REPMUS: Testing Different UAVs, USVs & UUUVs to Bolster NATO Capability

    Commander Antonio Mourinha, Director of the Naval Operational and Experimentation Centre , Portuguese Navy

  • The Portueguese Navy's efforts to support innovation within NATO
  • Facilitating the transition towards greater unmanned systems deplyoment
  • Future objectives for REPMUS exercises
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    12:30

    Networking Lunch

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    Supporting the Delivery and Development of Innovative Maritime Capabilities at NavalX

    Captain Casey Plew, Director, NavalX

  •  Key insights into the role of NavalX in accelerating the pace of discovery, learning and experimentation
  • Upskilling the naval workforce to rapidly deliver high-impact capabilities
  • The role of "tech bridges" in catalzing allied innovation and deepening Naval collaboration
  • Fostering interagency collaboration to better serve warfighter need
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    14:00

    Session Reserved for Sponsor

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    Training the Next Generation of Combat Ready 6th Generation Officers- NAWDC MISR & HSM-40 Airwolves

  • Changing the culture of how ISR is used and C2 redesigned as a foundation to ensure maximum efficacy of new ISR platforms and capabilities
  • Integration of operations and intelligence disciplines in order to facilitate kill web execution in peer competition
  • Fully equipping MISR Officers, Fleet Replacement Pilots and Aircrew with the necessary skills to prevail in a new era of strategic competition
  • Commander Timothy Bierbach, Department Head, Naval Aviation Warfighting Development Center

    Commander Dave Bigay, Commanding Officer, Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 40

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    15:00

    Afternoon Tea

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    15:30

    Session Reserved for Sponsor

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    Interagency Collaboration at Port Level: Enhancing Security and Awareness to Protect Seaports

    Chris Trelawny

    Chris Trelawny, Deputy Secretary General, INTERPORTPOLICE

    • Inter-agency cooperation to enhance awareness and improve security
    • Collaborating with government, military and NGOs to ensure effective ISR measures are in place
    • Implementing an array of techniques and new technologies to protect vital infrastructure
    • Areas for deeper collaboration and projected trends in Maritime ISR through 2030
     

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    Establishing NATO's Common Framework for Unmanned Aerial Systems and Supporting MISR Across the Alliance

    Ross McKenzie

    Ross McKenzie, Officer, Unmanned Aircraft and Automated Systems, Aerospace Capabilities, NATO

  • Achieving standardisation of UAS within the alliance
  • Incorporating new and emerging technologies including autonomy and artificial intelligence
  • Delivering NATO-wide sense-and-avoid capabilities for UAS
  • Leveraging UAS within the maritime domain to supplement manned missions
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    Panel Discussion: Accelerating the Exploitation of Emerging and Technologies through Digital Ocean: NATO’s Work to Enhance Maritime Situational Awareness from Seabed to Space

  • Transforming Allied maritime domain awareness by enhancing coordination between national and joint maritime surveillance capabilities
  • Deploying a wide range of assets from satellites to autonomous systems below, on, and above sea
  • Achieving effective integration of capabilities across the alliance and operationalizing the initiative following formal political endorsement in October 2023
  • Sean Trevethan, Director, NATO Maritime Unmanned Systems Innovation and Coordination Cell/Maritime Portfolio Lead in Defence Investments, NATO

    Andrea Bell-Miller, Director of International Programs, PEO Unmanned and Small Combatants, NAVSEA, US NAVY

    Commander Antonio Mourinha, Director of the Naval Operational and Experimentation Centre , Portuguese Navy

    Ross McKenzie

    Ross McKenzie, Officer, Unmanned Aircraft and Automated Systems, Aerospace Capabilities, NATO

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    Chair’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    Rear Admiral (Ret.) Lance Scott, Former Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Group, US Navy

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    8:00

    Registration & Coffee

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    Chair's Opening Remarks

    Rear Admiral (Ret.) Lance Scott, Former Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Group, US Navy

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    Improving the Cybersecurity and Resiliency of Submarine Platforms to Enhance Combat Capability and Support MISR Efforts

    Rear Admiral Todd Weeks, Program Executive Officer, Undersea Warfare Systems

     

  • Ensuring undersea sensors and warfare systems are integrated into the Navy Operational Architecture in support of distributed maritime operations
  • Modernizing sensors, combat systems and weapons, while improving cybersecurity and platform resiliency
  • Supporting the long term military and economic stability of the United States and her allies in an era of renewed strategic competition
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    Session Reserved for Sponsor

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    Supporting the US Navy's Mission at Meteorology and Oceanography Command

  • Defining and applying the physical environment from seabed to space
  • Ensuring the US Navy has the freedom of action to deter aggression and maintain freedom of the seas
  • Acting as the DoD's authoritative source for characterization and data application
  • Leveraging gathered intelligence to enhance operational decision making and provide a cutting edge in the battlespace
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    Morning Coffee

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    Session Reserved for Sponsor

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    Providing Decisive Advantage to Policymakers, Military Service Members, Intelligence Professionals and First Responders through World-Class Geospatial Intelligence

    Command Sergeant Major Thomas Baird, Senior Enlisted Advisor, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency

  • Enabling warfighters to effectively plan missions and gain battlefield superiority
  • Monitoring, analyzing and reporting threats in the maritime domain to enhance situational awareness
  • Collaborating with a host of military and government partners to protect national security
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    Acquiring Space Based based Commercial Remote Sensing Data for Defense, Intelligence, and Federal Civil Communities at The NRO’s Commercial Systems Programs Office

    Colin Bettis, Director of Outreach, Commercial Systems Program Office, National Reconnaissance Office

  • Working closely with organizations like NGA, NSA, and Space Force, to ensure commercial space-based sources satisfy their requirements
  • Conducting the largest commercial imagery contract effort ever by NRO worth more than $4B over the next decade
  • Releasing three Strategic Commercial Enhancements (SCE) Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) focus area RFPs resulting in 17 contracts, 5 for commercial radar, 6 for commercial radio frequency remote sensing; and 6 for commercial hyperspectral imaging
  • Launching the NRO Acquisition Research Center's next SCEBAA Focus Area, Commercial EO Capabilities, to continue to broaden the scope of commercial engagement
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    12:30

    Advancing Improved ISR Technologies to Protect US Maritime Borders

    Robert Leigh

    Robert Leigh, Acting Director, National Air Security Operations, US Customs and Border Protection

  • Overview of Air and Marine Operation's (AMO) capabilities 
  • Deploying unmanned assets to the maritime domain to improve border security
  • Coordinating situational awareness with international, federal, state, local and tribal partners to enable detection, identification, classification and tracking of land and maritime threats
  • Detecting and deterring illicit maritime border crossings, interdicting illicit threats and collecting law enforcement intelligence to safeguard US Homeland Security
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    13:00

    Networking Lunch

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    Session Reserved for Sponsor

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    Merlin Helicopter Force: Advancing Merlin Capabilities for Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) and Airborne Surveillance and Control (ASaC) Operations

    Commander Aidan Riley

    Commander Aidan Riley, Commanding Officer, Merlin Helicopter Force, Royal Navy

    Naval Aviation capabilities of the Royal Navy
    Merlin HM Mk2 ASW and ASAC crewed rotorcraft
    Improving airborne surveillance and control to enhance maritime domain awareness
     

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    The Helicopter Warfare Centre- Advancing the RNLAF's Joint Helicopter Airpower Capability

    Lieutenant Colonel Bob Oostrom

    Lieutenant Colonel Bob Oostrom, Commandant Helicopter Warfare Centre, Royal Netherlands Air Force

  •  Current rotary wing capabilities of RNLAF DHC
  • Introducing and integrating rotary wing UAS into the arsenal
  • Future technoligical developments for DHC
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    15:30

    Session Reserved for Sponsor

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    16:00

    Afternoon Tea

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    Integrating Battlespace EW into the EMU MISR Project

    Lieutenant Commander Adam Patterson

    Lieutenant Commander Adam Patterson, Fleet Experimentation Officer, US Navy

  • EMU development as a QRC and rapid development utilizing Government-Off-the-Shelf technology
  • Basic system capabilities and limitations including comparisons to the current MH-60R EW suite (ALQ-210)
  • Cross-domain geolocation capabilities and incorporation using JCID
  • Future development and fleet employment to include FVEY partners
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    Chair’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

    Rear Admiral (Ret.) Lance Scott, Former Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Group, US Navy


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