Our Impact

AUVSI represents the views of the unmanned systems and robotics community to elected officials, regulators, media, industry analysts, and other decision makers, influencers, and opinion leaders. We are committed to advocating globally for public policy that encourages the advancement and deployment of unmanned technology. AUVSI members and staff regularly testify at congressional hearings, participate in rulemaking committees, and collaborate with government agencies and industry organizations to achieve the goals and objectives of the association.

AUVSI has organized these outreach programs to engage its membership in advocacy initiatives:

Member Committees

UAS Advocacy Committee – A group of AUVSI members that advocate on behalf of our industry concerning legislation before Congress and regulation at federal agencies. 

UMS Advocacy Committee – A group of AUVSI members that advocate on behalf of the unmanned maritime industry concerning acquisition policy before the Department of Defense, funding priorities before Congress, and integration regulation at federal agencies.

State Advocacy Working Group – A group of AUVSI members who advocate on issues impacting our industry before state legislatures and local governments.

Political Action Committee AUVSI PAC supports congressional candidates who understand the issues facing unmanned systems and robotics and share our views on public policy to advance the industry.


Hill Day – An annual event at the U.S. Capitol for AUVSI members to meet with their congressional representatives and discuss legislation affecting the unmanned systems and robotics community. 

State Capitol Days – AUVSI, in collaboration with the Aerospace States Association, organizes meetings and exhibits at state capitols to inform lawmakers on key policy issues and technology developments.

Welcome Back Congress – An annual reception on Capitol Hill that is hosted by AUVSI and attended by members of Congress and their staff at the beginning of the session.


For questions about AUVSI’s advocacy initiatives, or to engage with us on policy issues, please contact: 

Michael Robbins
Executive Vice President, Government & Public Affairs

Mike Smitsky
Senior Manager, Advocacy & Government Relations

Jackie Beckwith
Manager, Advocacy & Government Relations