About Us

Our Mission & Goals

 

To establish Oklahoma as a national leader in the research, development, test, evaluation and commercialization of unmanned systems and related technology is our primary mission.

Our Story

 

The Unmanned Systems Alliance of Oklahoma (USA-OK) was created in February 2009 in order to promote the emerging unmanned systems industry in Oklahoma.

USA-OK was created as a result of Oklahoma’s first UAS Summit held in Guthrie Oklahoma where representatives from Oklahoma industry, government and academia all met to establish the framework for supporting Oklahoma’s UAS industry and networking with the state’s UAS stakeholders.  As interest in Oklahoma’s UAS industry grew, a second state-wide UAS summit was held in Lawton Oklahoma in the early spring of 2010.  The 2009 Oklahoma Aerospace strategy report recommended that Oklahoma create a state chapter of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI).  A core group of leaders begin the effort to create the bylaws, develop a proposal and obtain the necessary signatures to obtain state chapter status from AUVSI.  In May 2011, the AUVSI board of directors approved Oklahoma’s application and USA-OK became a chapter of AUVSI.

USA-OK is only one part of Oklahoma’s UAS efforts.  In the summer of 2011, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin signed an executive order to create the Governor’s Unmanned Aerial Systems Council.  Members were selected from the UAS industry, state government, academia, and the defense industry and each was appointed by the Governor to serve in an advisory capacity.  The council is chaired by Oklahoma’s Science and Technology Secretary, Dr. Stephen McKeever.

Oklahoma has a rich history and legacy in aerospace.  Many aviation and aerospace innovations have occurred within the state.  USA-OK represents the continued work of many Oklahomans to ensure that Oklahoma remains a leader in the aerospace industry.

Geographic Scope

 

USA-OK is limited in scope to the State of Oklahoma.  The aerospace industry has been a cornerstone of Oklahoma’s economy for decades; Oklahoma’s position as one of the major worldwide centers for maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) of aircraft has provided well-paying jobs for a variety of skill levels. However, the industry’s position in Oklahoma is now challenged by global competition, changes in technology, national and worldwide economic conditions, and U.S. national policies that are impacting defense, civilian and commercial aviation. To maintain this important sector of Oklahoma’s economy, the state’s economic development leaders have taken on the challenge of increasing the industry’s competitiveness.