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After Action Report - UAV Workshop 2: COMPLIANCE



for Unmanned Vehicle Workshop for Mississippi Government Agencies



Workshop #2:





Event date:

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center

Headquarters Building

Building 1001 – Room 226/227


Event activities conducted in association with

the Open Technology Center:

Unmanned Remote and Autonomous Vehicle Planning Systems Program




Executive Summary

On Thursday, August 18, 2016, the Open Technology Center hosted the second Unmanned Vehicles Workshop for Public Sector Agencies at Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center.  The half-day event was attended by 70 representatives of more than 40 federal, state and local public sector agencies from across the state of Mississippi.

The primary topic for the workshop was compliance of FAA regulation and maintaining the integrity of information collected by public sector agencies using unmanned vehicle systems.


Getting a bird in the air is easy.  Collecting information is simple.  However, public sector agencies CANNOT simply disregard existing FAA regulations regarding UAV operations.  Nor can they ignore laws and practices regarding how information is collected and handled.

The Unmanned Vehicle Workshops are hosted by the Open Technology Center as part of the Open Source Unmanned Remote, Autonomous Vehicle Systems (URAVS) program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Science & Technology Directorate (DHS S&T) and U.S. Department of Defense, Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office (CTTSO).

The objective of this program is to help facilitate adoption of unmanned vehicle systems by public sector agencies in rural and under-served communities.  Initial program activities focus on Public Safety (law enforcement and emergency management), Public Service (critical infrastructure protection), and Public Administration (state, county, municipal administration) agencies within the 13 counties in south Mississippi that make up the State's Fourth Congressional District.  The program, however, is open to all public sector entities and eventually seeks to support agencies in rural communities nationwide.