A key part of the AUVSI’s advocacy mission is to inform congress about the Unmanned Vehicle Systems domain, issues that affect the industry and about the AUVSI itself. As you may know Congress is composed of House of Representatives made of 435 members each serving a two year term, and the Senate made up of 100 Senators (two from each state) serving six year terms. These term periods mean that there is a lot of change of the members, at least every two years, so it is necessary to meet the new members and their staff as they may not know much about the industry.
The AUVSI convenes a Hill Day annually to serve as a centralized approach to meeting with new and existing members. For 2019, this took place on Sept. 25, where 114 AUVSI members participated in a total of 123 congressional meetings. Of those meetings, 37 were with congressional members and 54 were with senior-level staff. Additionally, U.S. Representatives Daniel Lipinski and Sam Graves spoke to members about their support of the unmanned systems industry during the breakfast and luncheon programs.
Waseem Naqvi, AUVSI New England and Raytheon, and Todd Busch, Sea Machines, at Capitol Hill
The AUVSI New England chapter was represented by Waseem Naqvi, Chapter President and at Raytheon. The focus of the meetings was to promote the AUVSI’s agenda, and also issues and support requests from our New England members. Requests included support for a Massachusetts wide test corridor for small UAS, larger urban air mobility, and counter UAS initiatives; Maritime UxV leadership; and support for the AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2020 convention which will be held in Boston May 4-7.