Mike Toscano

  • Mr. Michael Toscano is the President and CEO of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI). AUVSI is the world’s largest non-profit organization devoted exclusively to advancing the unmanned systems community. AUVSI is committed to fostering, developing, and promoting unmanned systems and related technologies. AUVSI’s 7,000 plus members worldwide come from government organizations, industry and academia.

    Prior to joining AUVSI, Mr. Michael Toscano was the Program Manager for Research and Development for Nuclear Security in the Office of the Deputy Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Nuclear Matters. He was responsible for leading a physical security equipment RDT&E program that supports the protection of tactical, fixed and nuclear weapons systems, DOD personnel and DOD facilities.

    He was also the Chairman of the Physical Security Equipment Action Group (PSEAG). Within this capacity, he provides oversight to the administrative execution of the joint Department of Defense (DoD) Physical Security Equipment Research, Development, Test and Evaluation (PSE RDT&E) program. Oversight responsibilities includes programmatic and technical reviews of selected conventional and nuclear DoD developmental and procurement programs in the areas of physical security (PS), antiterrorism (AT), and force protection (FP). He was the DoD centralized coordinator of research, development, and test and evaluation of the PSE program.

    Previously, Mr. Toscano was a staff specialist in the System Engineering Directorate within the Under Secretary of Defense (Acquisition, Technology and Logistics (AT&L)). In this capacity, he served as a systems engineer in the Assessment & Support office, which supported the Director, Defense Systems. Mr. Toscano was a team leader for systems engineering reviews of major weapon systems in support of the Overarching Integrated Product Team.

    Prior to that, Mr. Toscano coordinated three Department of Defense (DoD) Joint programs as a member of the Under Secretary of Defense (AT& L) staff. He served as the Coordinator, Joint Robotics Program (JRP) from 1990 to 2003. He served as the Chairman of the PSEAG from 1991 to 2003 and provided DoD oversight responsibility for the Joint Unexploded Ordnance Coordination Office from 2001 to 2003. He has served as the Executive Secretariat to the 2002 Defense Science Board on Combating Terrorism, Advisory Member to the 2003 Army Science Broad on Force Protection and Manpower Reduction, and Advisory Member to the 2002 Naval Research Advisory Committee study on the Roles of Unmanned Vehicles.

    In his earlier duties, Mr. Toscano was responsible for the day-to-day oversight of RDT&E budgets that exceed $90 million annually. He prepared and coordinated program master plans, worked closely with the Services, other DoD components, academia, national laboratories and private industry in the development of unmanned and Force Protection equipment and systems for the DoD.

    Mr. Toscano began his career in 1976 as a junior engineer supporting the David Taylor Research and Development Center, Annapolis, MD. In 1979, he joined the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) where he held several key position culminating in selection to Test and Evaluation (T&E) engineer for Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) RDT&E programs. In this position, Mr. Toscano was responsible for overseeing the test and evaluation efforts of 30 NAVSEA ASW programs

    Mr. Toscano holds Bachelor of Science degrees in both Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Rhode Island.



    Policies & Regulations of Operations
    •National Air Space Integration
    •COA Success Stories – How they did it
    •Frequency Deconfliction & Management
    Modularity & Interoperability
    •Common Architectures
    •Payload Integrations

    •Levels of Autonomy
    •Autonomy, Navigation, Sense & Avoid
    •Multi-Aircraft Control & Swarming

    UAS Applications
    •Coastal & Environmental
    •Police and Security

    R&D of Future UAS
    •Synergistic Materials
    •Morphing Structures
    •Multi-Aircraft Control & Swarming
    •Propulsion via Biofuels & Heavy Fuels

    Flight Demonstrations