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:

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. 

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.

State-Federal Policy Initiative – A group of AUVSI members who advocate on issues impacting our industry before state legislatures and local governments.

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.

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

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: 

Tom McMahon
Vice President, Advocacy and Government Relations

Drew Colliatie
Director, Government Relations

Mike Smitsky
Manager, Advocacy and Government Relations