2021 Acquisition Analytics for Counter UAS Workshop


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Dr. Michael Hieb

Senior Operations Research Analyst, DHS


Counter Unmanned Aircraft Systems (C-UAS) protect critical assets and events against UAS threats. UAS are being used in various conflicts around the world and have the potential to be used domestically in the US. An important objective of Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Defense (DoD) is to cost- effectively field C-UAS capabilities that will protect these critical assets against UAS threats.

This workshop will host a keynote speaker and sponsor plenaries who will create a foundational understanding of the C-UAS threat profile and ongoing efforts to field C-UAS capabilities. From this, our workshop will share information and analysis used in support of C-UAS requirements development, acquisitions, and deployment, concentrating on how to address 1) mission effectiveness estimation and assessment, 2) cost estimation, and 3) development of UAS risk analysis measures and techniques. This workshop will target DoD and DHS Requirements, Acquisition, Risk Analysis, Program Analysis and Operational Analysis communities.


Mr. Brent Cotton
Mr. Brent Cotton

C-UAS PMO (Program Management Office),

Brent assumed the role of Director for the Counter Unmanned Aircraft Systems (C-UAS) Program Management Office (PMO) in March of 2020. The Counter-Unmanned Aircraft Systems (C-UAS) Program Management Office (PMO) drives the implementation and management of the statutory requirements found in the Preventing Emerging Threats Act of 2018 (“the Act”) and is the Department’s single Point of Contact for Congressional and Interagency C-UAS issues. The PMO develops policy and guidance, enables operational and support missions, manages Interagency partnerships, and integrates strategic-level planning into daily workstreams. The PMO vision includes a fully integrated National Airspace System (NAS) enabling recreational and commercial UAS operations through an Interagency approach to air domain awareness, threat discrimination, and the ability to counter noncompliant and nefarious actors posing risk to the Homeland.

Prior to joining DHS Headquarters, Brent was Acting Deputy Assistant Administrator (DAA) for the Office of Inspection (OOI), after holding several positions within OOI, including Senior Advisor and Branch Manager in the Special Operations Division (SOD).

Mr. Cotton’s security career began during the TSA rollout in 2002, where he trained the first federalized screeners. After the rollout, Brent played an active role in developing and implementing the On-Screen Alarm Resolution Protocol (OSARP) for checked baggage. After arriving at headquarters in 2010, Mr. Cotton was part of the Operations Improvement Branch (OIB) where he helped TSA solve problems associated with rolling out new equipment and procedures. Identified as an unconventional thinker willing to challenge assumptions, Mr. Cotton was recruited as a member of the Risk Based Security Team to create new and innovative approaches to airport security, including TSA Precheck.

Mr. Al Sciarretta
Mr. Al Sciarretta

Chair of ASA(ALT)’s Board on Army RDT&E,
Systems Acquisition, and Logistics (BARSL),
“Challenges in Assessing Counter-sUAS Systems for DoD and DHS”

Mr. Albert A. Sciarretta, PE, is President of and sole performer within CNS Technologies, Inc. In this position, he works primarily as an independent consultant to various organizations. For more than 35 years, as a U.S. Army officer (retired as a Lieutenant Colonel) and civilian contractor, he has used his operational, research and development, operations research, prototyping and experimentation, mechanical engineering, and human performance assessment experience to assess the military benefits of technologies and develop technology investment strategies.

As a consultant to the DoD Test Resource Management Center (TRMC), he has served more than 17 years as a subject matter expert (SME) for advanced test technologies. Most recently, he is assisting TRMC in identifying test range infrastructure needs for testing counter-small aircraft system (C-sUAS) systems. In another consulting job, the U.S. Bureau of Prisons has asked Mr. Sciarretta to design and execute two tests at Federal Correctional Complexes: 1) a test of C-sUAS systems and 2) a test of devices designed to remotely detect cell phones in federal prison facilities.

Mr. Sciarretta chaired the 2017 National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) ad hoc study on “Counter-Unmanned Aircraft System (CUAS) Capability for Battalion-and-Below Operations.” The committee report has been downloaded all over the world and is in the top 8 percent of National Academy Press downloads. He previously served as a committee member for six separate NASEM studies, including “Technology Development for Army Unmanned Ground Vehicle,” “Advanced Energetic Materials,” and “Making the Soldier Decisive on Future Battlefields.” He is currently a member of the NASEM Board on Army Research and Development (BOARD), a member of the NASEM Intelligence Science and Technology Experts Group (ISTEG), and the Chair of the ASA(ALT) Board on Army RDT&E, System Acquisition, and Logistics (BARSL).


  • Working Group 1: Mission Effectiveness Estimation and Assessment
  • Working Group 2: Cost Estimation
  • Working Group 3: Development of C-UAS Risk Analysis Measures and Techniques


Working Group #1: Mission Effectiveness Analysis

Chair: Mr. Mike Lehocky
Co-Chair: Ms. Amy Cutting

WG #1 will focus on metrics to determine which C-UAS are most effective for different missions such as protecting a fixed facility or protecting a mobile platform. This will involve determining which C-UAS technologies and capabilities fit best for various requirements such as fixed versus mobile versus transportable the number of systems needed to provide sufficient protection, and the best way to leverage test data in performing assessments.

Working Group #2: Cost Estimation

Chair: Ms. Emily Foglia
Co-Chair Mr. John Moskowitz

WG #2 seeks to explore best practices for the development of cost estimates for C-UAS as well as any lessons learned from related efforts. Discussions will focus on tools such as models, techniques, and methodologies, and products such as work breakdown structures with the goal of identifying a repeatable process for generating consistent, credible estimates.

Working Group #3: Development of C-UAS Risk Analysis Measures and Techniques

Chair: Mr. Christopher Adams

WG #3 is focused on analysis to understand the risks of UAS capabilities to US government priorities. This includes approaches for considering how different UAS platforms’ capabilities (e.g., endurance, speed, maneuverability, payload capacity, visibility both to the naked eye and to various sensors) enable different threat approaches for a malicious actor. This also includes approaches for understanding and categorizing the vulnerabilities of US government facilities and assets to UAS threats and for measuring and assessing the potential consequences of such threats (in terms of economic damages, loss of life, or other measures of damage). It will also examine methods for risk assessment that combine threat information This WG also will consider the potential risks from UAS operated by non-malicious actors (e.g., the risks to commercial aircraft from hobbyists).


The workshop committee is currently seeking abstracts which fall under three main topics:

  • WG #1: Mission Effectiveness Analysis
  • WG #2: Cost Estimation
  • WG #3: Development of C-UAS Risk Analysis Measures and Techniques

To submit an abstract you will need:

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  • Working Group(s) for which the abstract will be submitted to
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  • Presentation classification
  • Presentation Distribution Statement
  • Additional author's names and email addresses


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March 2021 C-UAS Workshop 30% Discount 3 Day Meeting
MORS Government Sponsor Member $315
MORS Government Sponsor Non Member $415
US Federal Government Member $350
US Federal Government Non Member $450
IDA Member $366
IDA Non Member $466
All Others Member $385
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