June 17 – 21, 2019

Arena Training Facility, Blakely, Georgia

Registration Closes April 1, 2019


Extensive piloting time with a broad set of UAS platforms including DJI, Parrot, X-Wing, Talot, and others


Every student goes home with the UAS that they build during evening chop-shop sessions


Price includes lodging, meals, DYI drone kit, and even more flight time.


The proliferation of highly capable, commercial unmanned air systems pose a significant threat to military, homeland security, and law enforcement operations.

This course provides practical instruction on understanding the capabilities and operating principles of commercial drones, methods and tools for detecting a UAS threat; RF methods for defeating UAS; UAS forensics; and integrating counter-UAS tactics, techniques, and procedures into your core mission profile. In addition, students will explore the capabilities of both commercial

and custom-built UAS through a series of exercises designed to push the limit on employment of small UAS into the mission profile.

During the 5-day training course, students will explore all aspects of the most common commercial drones including those manufactured by DJI, Parrot, Talot, X-Wing.

This an immersive, hands-on course with nearly 50% on the range.  The learning objective is straightforward, you will leave this course with an extensive understanding of commercial unmanned air systems.


The 5-Day POI

DAY 1: UAS Fundamentals

Classroom: Students will learn about the major components and subsystems of a UAS, system architecture, capabilities and operational limitations.

Specific Topics Include: Airframe and Payloads, Flight Controllers, Communications, and Internal and External Data Stores

Practical Exercises: Students will assemble, initialize, and operate a set of fixed- and rotary-wing commercial drones to become more familiar with component and subsystem functionality and performance.


DAY 2: SIGNATURES AND DETECTION

Classroom: Students will learn about the audio, thermal, and RF signatures of the most common commercial drones and how those signatures are affected by geography and environmental conditions.

Specific Topics Include:  Physics of Sound, light, and RF propagation, multi-path, and attenuation from UAS.  Employment and effectiveness of commercial sensors and recorders for detecting a UAS threat.  Isolating a threat signature from other point sources and background noise.

Practical Exercises: Students will configure and employ various optical, acoustic, and RF systems and devices to collect UAS signature under different conditions.


DAY 3: UAS DEFEAT

Classroom: Students will receive instruction on the use RF methods for defeating UAS threats.

Specific Topics Include: Disrupting UAS flight operations using advanced radio technology and the exploitation of C2 protocols for precision jamming and real-time “highjacking” of the UAS controller.

Practical Exercises: Teams will attack and defeat UAS advanced RF technologies.


DAY 4: UAS FORENSICS

Classroom: Students will learn the fundamentals of recovery data and information from commercial UAS. Students will also given instruction on the basic use of a CFID and other select tools.

Specific Topics Include:  Recovery of flight, ISR, communications, and GPS data from a downed UAS. Employment of CFID devices for effective and reliable data recovery.

Practical Exercises: Students use commercial tools to probe and collect, filter, and organize data and information.


DAY 5: “DRONE DECATHLON”

Classroom: This ’round-table’ session will recap the information presented during the prior four days.

Specific Topics Include: TTPs and best practices for employing and defeating commercial UAS.

Practical  Exercise:  Students will build custom UAS throughout the course and then compete to perform a series of mission-specific tasks.