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03 Sep 13. Registration is now open for the Kansas Unmanned Systems Conference taking place at the Hilton Garden Inn, Manhattan, Kansas from October 14th -16th 2013. It is organised by the Consortium for Kansas Unmanned Systems – a self-forming statewide, national and international association of individuals, academic institutions, companies, organizations and government entities. This Kansas Unmanned Systems Conference is intended to be an action oriented venue aimed at identifying and discussing critical challenges and opportunities that are evidenced in the emerging unmanned systems industry at the local, regional, state, national and international levels. This conference will provide an interactive and experiential agenda with topics to include airspace, policy, applications and industry perspectives. (Source: UAS VISION)

03 Sep 13. Some of the most prominent CEOs and other influential figures in the aerospace and defense industry will visit the Reuters bureau in Washington, D.C. to discuss the outlook for aerospace and defense in a series of exclusives interviews. The stories and videos from the closed on-the-record sessions at the Reuters Aerospace and Defense Summit will be posted online at www.reuters.com/summits. Booming commercial demand and escalating pressures on U.S. defense spending will be among the key topics at the annual Reuters Aerospace and Defense Summit. Airlines and aerospace companies are riding high while defense companies are girding for sharp cuts in the Pentagon’s $500bn plus core budget. Top industry and government officials will map out what challenges and opportunities the current environment presents for industry, government and big-ticket arms programs such as the $382bn-plus F-35 fighter aircraft, the Pentagon’s costliest weapons program. The Pentagon’s top weapons buyer and the admiral in charge of international arms sales are among the high-level guests who will help Reuters subscribers make sense of the expected impact of a decade of mandatory U.S. budget cuts, joined by top executives from Lockheed, Boeing and BAE. On the commercial side, senior executives from United Continental and JetBlue will weigh in on changes in the airline industry and the consequences of U.S. Justice Department’s attempt to block the planned American-US Airways merger. The Summit willl generate exclusive stories and investable insights, as well as online videos and blog postings. These can be seen at http://www.reuters.com/summit/Aero13. Some key interviews will be broadcast on Reuters.com and Insider (etv.thomsonreuters.com) – the single source for financial multimedia content. Guests speaking at the Reuters Aerospace and Defense Summit will include:
*Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Frank Kendall;
* EADS North America CEO Sean O’Keefe;
*Lockheed Mission Systems and Training (MST) Executive Vice President Dale Bennett;
*United Continental CFO John Rainey;
*JetBlue CEO David (Dave) Barger;
*Boeing Defense, Space and Security CEO Dennis Muilenburg;
*AlixPartners Managing Director David Fitzpatrick;
*Aerospace Industries Association President and CEO Marion Blakey;
*BAE Systems CEO Linda Hudson;
* Janus Funds Research Analyst Kristopher Kelley; and
* PwC Aerospace and Defense Leader Scott Thompson.
Reuters Summits bring together top executives from key industries in exclusive sessions with Reuters News global teams of specialist journalists. During the course of Reuters Summits, exclusive news stories and video interviews are posted on Reuters.com, providing valuable insight into specific companies, business sectors, and economies.

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