Panel to discuss the use of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) in homeland security

Penn State Harrisburg’s School of Public Affairs will host a panel discussion on the use of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) – commonly known as drones – in domestic space for issues of law enforcement and homeland security on Thursday, December 5 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the Olmsted Building auditorium.

The panel of speakers is composed of industry and academic experts, UAS operating personnel, and government contractors and will examine issues related to UAS – including criticisms, risks, and future challenges. Remarks will include commentary on private industry contracting trends, civilian applications for UAS, and future developments in the use of unmanned systems.

Confirmed speakers and sessions include:

  • John “JC” Coffey, Vice President of the Unmanned Systems Division, TriVector Services Inc.: Use of UAS in Emergency Preparedness – the Example of NOAA
  • Peter Forster, Penn State College of Information Sciences and Technology: Drones as a Counter-terrorism Strategy: Implications for Homeland Security
  • Matt Parker, Director of UAS Operations at Precision: Practical Aspects of Procurement Relating to UAS-based Security Technology
  • Paul Thompson, Penn State Harrisburg School of Public Affairs:  The Legal and Moral Case for UAS as the Newest Instrument of Statecraft

The event will also include information about Penn State’s Master of Professional Studies in Homeland Security.

The event is FREE and open to the public.  Those interested in attending are encouraged to register at

For more information, contact Dr. Alexander Siedschlag, professor of homeland security and chair of the Master of Professional Studies in Homeland Security at or 717-948-4326.