David Smith

David Smith

Technical Surveillance Agent/Unmanned Aerial & CUAS, Virginia Department of State Police
United States

DJ Smith is a Technical Surveillance Agent for the Virginia State Police, and he has worked in the area of Covert Technical/Tactical Surveillance for almost 30 years. Several areas of specialty are GPS Installs, Video-Audio Clarification, Technical Surveillance Counter Measures (TSCM), Title III Intercepts, Mesh-Node Camera Deployments, Technical/Tactical Lock Bypass & Safe Penetration including GSA locks & containers, Cellular Tracking and Geo-Locating, Covert Audio/Video deployments, sUAS & Counter UAS deployment operations to name a few.

In the area of sUAS and Counter UAS Operations:

  • He is the statewide Unmanned Aerial & CUAS Systems Program Coordinator for the Virginia State Police
  • He is the Deputy Director for DroneResponders Public Safety UAS Alliance for CUAS
  • Currently serves on the Federal Aviation Administration CUAS Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC).
  • He served on the Virginia Safe and Secure Commonwealth Sub-Panel dealing with UAS/Counter UAS implementation and legislative issues for the Commonwealth of Virginia.
  • Has served as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) on various technologies for the DHS office of Electronic Surveillance, Law Enforcement Technology Board (SPAWARS Atlantic & Saver program).
  • As a representative of the Virginia State Police, he is a stakeholder on the Mid-Atlantic UAS Partnership group (Google Wing) at Virginia Tech for Commercial/Enterprise UAS deliveries.
  • He has served on the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate First Responder Robotic Operational System Test (FFROST) assessment & evaluations of sUAS for Public Safety.
  • He has presented and moderated discussions at: Security Summit Norway, Semi-Annual Counter UAS Summit in Washington DC, AUVSI Xponential, Commercial UAV Expo, Annual CUAS Systems Congress, Virginia Innovation Partnership Corporation, and various agencies across the US & around the world.
  • He also provides technical advice to Legislative groups in Washington, DC assisting in getting the legislative carve-outs for SLTT agencies to obtain sUAS mitigation technology.
  • He is also licensed part 107 pilot and has been flying sUAS for over 13 years.