IDGA’s Maritime Interdiction Summit will feature UAV Technology Development and Acquisition Initiatives

IDGA Editor

New York, NY, July 12, 2010-The Institute for Defense and Government Advancement (IDGA) announces its Maritime Interdiction Summit, taking place August 23-25, 2010 in San Diego, California.

The Summit addresses solutions to the wide spectrum of problems that plague maritime borders during a time of radical extremism and increasing international conflict. Specific themes include surveillance technologies, counter narcotic operations, curtailing illegal immigration, preventing terrorist attacks, intelligence, biometrics and identity management.

The event also features a Workshop Day on Monday, August 23, 2010. This in-depth series of discussions will focus on Maritime Operations and Technology Acquisition, Miniature Aerial Vehicle Research and Defining Needs in a System Development Cycle. The Focus Day also includes a Facility Tour of the Port of Miami which highlights Security and Surveillance measures.

Expert Speakers Include:

  • Rear Admiral Joseph Castillo, Commander, 11th Coast Guard District, US Coast Guard
  • CAPT Aaron Davenport, CGC Jarvis, US Coast Guard
  • CDR Jason Collins, Operations Directorate, Sector Los Angeles, US Coast Guard
  • Major Thomas "Brain" Heffern, UAS Requirements, USMC
  • James Dinkins, Director, Office of Investigations, ICE

Summit director Kristine Ortiz-Cortes noted that, "The US military and DHS must keep up with illegal smugglers who are becoming savvier and smarter. The Maritime Interdiction Summit will help keep all maritime ports of entry impermeable by bringing together the best minds in the industry and military to discuss advances in interdiction strategy and technology."

To learn more about the Maritime Interdiction Summit, visit, call 1-800-882-8684 or email You can also download the event brochureor visit the resource center pagefor complimentary maritime downloads including podcasts, webcasts, white papers, videos and articles.

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