Scottsburg to Host Defense Conference

  • Oct 2, 2012
  • News

Indiana will host the upcoming Mid-America Defense Conference, an event showcasing the rapidly expanding world of unmanned systems and robotics. This event will bring together senior-level government and military officials, industry leaders and academic partners to discuss the future of this dynamic growth sector. The conference will take place on Oct. 30-31 at the Mid-America Science Park in Scottsburg, Ind., and is presented by the National Center for Complex Operations (NCCO). Those interested in attending can register at

The two-day event will provide a comprehensive look at emerging and future unmanned systems strategies and applications, and ways the government, academia and industry are working closely together in an innovative and symbiotic manner. Unmanned systems and robotics is one of NCCO’s key focus areas.

“Unmanned systems and robotics are having a profound impact around the world well beyond the traditional defense sector,” said Matt Konkler, NCCO Executive Director. “We are seeing applications in law enforcement, disaster response, Homeland Security, weather forecasting and even agriculture.”

The conference will also emphasize Indiana’s unique set of defense assets. Most notably, Muscatatuck Urban Training Center (MUTC), a state of the art full-scale, real-world urban training center complete with trained human assets and a full spectrum of testing sensors. MUTC allows for the most realistic training possible with almost immediate feedback to validate or adjust capabilities.

The Mid-America Defense Conference agenda includes unmanned systems and robotics experts, industry and academic panel discussions, a Special Operations Command (SOCOM) brief and a tour of the Muscatatuck Urban Training Center. Speakers include:

• U.S. Senator Dan Coats, Remarks: “Future of National Security”
• U.S. Representative Todd Young, House Armed Services Committee
• Major General Omer “Clif” Tooley, Jr., U.S. Army, Assistant Adjutant General, ING – Camp Atterbury – Joint Maneuver Training Center/MUTC
• Grant Begley, Former Senior Advisor to the Office of the Secretary of Defense for Unmanned Aircraft Systems
• Chris Mailey, Robotics Expert, AUVSI, Washington, D.C.

This conference comes on the heels of NCCO’s recent announcement that BAE Systems’ Unmanned Aircraft Programs Group (UAP) in Tucson, Ariz., has signed on as its first customer. BAE intends to use Indiana airspace to test unmanned drones that the company produces.

Indiana’s NCCO also recently announced a new partnership with Ohio to pursue a designation as one of the six coveted Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) test sites. The two states see great advantages in leveraging their combined assets to compete against more than two dozen other states.

Please visit to register or for more information on how to become a sponsor or exhibitor.

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