Unmanned systems and robotics are fundamentally changing the trajectory of warfare. A study by the Teal Group predicts that worldwide spending on Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) alone is expected to top $89 billion over the next ten years, and this growing technology sector is estimated to create 23,000 new U.S. jobs by 2025.
Indiana is strategically and geographically positioned to become a leader among states in the UAV market. Acting as a one-stop- shop facilitating collaboration between state, federal, and private interests, the National Center for Complex Operations (NCCO) allows both public and private entities “best-value” access to Indiana’s unique wealth of real operating environments for UAV research and development, testing and evaluation, and training. The NCCO, serving as the Heartland’s center of excellence for unmanned systems, actively promotes the success of both government and industry clients by providing cost-saving opportunities for innovation in this emerging marketspace. Indiana boasts a significant collection of restricted airspace over a broad range of landscapes and terrain, and is the proud home of a true national asset, the Muscatatuck Urban Training Center. MUTC is America’s only brick and mortar, full-scale urban environment allowing Unmanned Aerial Systems to operate with full-spectrum capabilities.
And while the Hoosier State is well-equipped to support UAV operations, it enjoys expansive R&D, T&E, and training capabilities for all types of unmanned systems and robotics and their associated technologies. NCCO not only promotes the defense-related growth of these technologies, but encourages collaboration for their use in crossover markets, to include agriculture and emergency management.
Given all of these attributes and more, Indiana is the perfect location for the Mid-America Defense Conference, “The Future—Unmanned Systems and Robotics”. By bringing together distinguished, senior- level government and military officials, industry leaders and subject matter experts from academia to discuss the future of this dynamic growth sector, this conference will spark new ideas, technological innovation and collaborative relationships. The NCCO welcomes you to participate in this foundational event focused on a rapidly growing sector that is so critical to our great nation’s defense, security and economy.