Friday, September 23, 2022 from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM EDT
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CNA National Security Seminar 

Drones Over Ukraine:

Commercial Technologies in Combat 

(a Virtual Seminar)

September 23, 2022

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM ET


Samuel Bendett, Advisor, Russia Studies Program, CNA

Heather M. Roff, Senior Research Scientist, Special Activities and Intelligence Program, CNA

Faine Greenwood, Owner, Tarentum Consulting, LLC 

Moderated by:

Jeffrey Edmonds, Senior Research Scientist, Russia Studies Program, CNA

Please join us for a discussion of the war in Ukraine as a proving ground for the use of commercial unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in combat. We will be joined by Samuel Bendett, an advisor to CNA’s Russia Studies Program and an adjunct Senior Fellow at the Center for a New American Security; Heather M. Roff, a senior research scientist with CNA’s Special Activities and Intelligence Program, and an expert in emerging military technologies; Faine Greenwood, owner of Tarentum Consulting, LLC, which specializes in civilian UAVs, and a senior spatial data scientist at the Massachusetts Department of Transportation. The discussion will be moderated by Jeffrey Edmonds, a senior research scientist with CNA’s Russia Studies Program, and a former Director for Russia on the National Security Council. The event will build on two recent CNA reports on the use of unmanned systems in Ukraine.

The war in Ukraine has been a real-world laboratory for the use of commercial UAVs in warfighting, with both the Russian military and Ukrainian defenders having used commercial UAVs to an unprecedented degree. In addition to military-grade UAVs, both sides have deployed commercially-available quadcopters and multirotor remote-piloted aerial systems for intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and to support combat and information operations. Through hard-won experience, the war has become a proving ground for the development of tactics, techniques, and procedures for the use of commercial UAVs in combat.  What security partners and private sector entities have helped Ukraine and Russia field these capabilities? What innovations have these partnerships yielded, and what vulnerabilities have been exposed? What are the implications for future military operations in complex environments, and what lessons should the United States and its allies and partners draw?

This event is open to the public but registration is required. The event will occur on Zoom for Government. Those with access to any version of Zoom will be able to dial in using the link. If you prefer not to click on the Zoom web link, you can simply dial in to the number provided to listen in to the session.

Please register or email CNA_NSS@cna.org no later than close of business on September 22, 2022 if you would like to attend. We will send instructions for accessing the event the day before. If you have any questions, please contact CNA_NSS@cna.org.

The CNA National Security Seminar series is an initiative to bring together thought leaders from across the U.S. government, academic and research institutions, the private sector, and U.S. partner nations to share their expertise, facilitate discussions, and contribute to an on-going dialogue about critical national security issues. CNA is uniquely positioned to examine the range of these issues through the Center for Naval Analyses, which supports the Department of Defense, and the Institute for Public Research, which supports homeland security, public safety, and emergency operations at all levels of government.