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 Detailed Agenda/Technical Program

Below is the notional program:


  • 0800 – 0845
    The Warfighter Perspective: Operational Needs and Military Requirements
    Description
    The 2018 National Defense Strategy is clear that a more lethal force and technological innovation are key to generating a decisive and sustained advantage. What do our warfighters need from the aerospace community in order to become a “more lethal, resilient, and rapidly innovating Joint Force” in an era of multi-domain warfare?
  • 0845 – 0930
    Leveraging Innovation to Advance Missile Defense
    Description
    The United States must outpace existing and potential rogue state and rogue actor offensive missile capabilities. To do so, the country will continue to sustain, modernize and expand the Missile Defense System and pursue the rapid, yet measured, development of advanced missile defense concepts and technologies for homeland and regional defense.” (Missile Defense Agency Director’s Vision and Intent, p. 3) How can government, industry and academia work together to advance critical missile defense capabilities? 
    Speakers
  • 0930 – 0935
    2021 AIAA Missile Systems Award
    Description
    Ralph H. Klestadt  – "For over four decades of technical contributions and outstanding leadership in the advancement of missile systems technologies."
    Session Participants
    • Ralph-Klestadt Ralph H. Klestadt
      Principal Engineering Fellow, Chief Engineer, Hypersonics Advanced Technologies, Raytheon Missiles & Defense
  • 1600 – 1730
    DoD Digital Engineering Strategy and Implementation
    Description
    As we enter into the fourth industrial revolution, this new digital era offers the opportunity to transform warfighting technologies and their development. To do so requires a new approach to systems engineering. More than two years after the Digital Engineering Strategy was released by DoD, hear how the Services are embracing digital tools and techniques, and what the next steps are for implementation.
    Moderator
    • Dan-Heller Dan Heller
      Vice President, Corporate Engineering, Lockheed Martin
    Panelists
    • Thomas-C-Fu Thomas C. Fu
      Head, Mission Capable, Persistent and Survivable Naval Platforms Department, Office of Naval Research
    • Stephanie-Possehl Stephanie L. Possehl
      Deputy Director for Engineering (Acting) and Director for Engineering Policy and Systems Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering
  • 1730 – 1830
    AIAA Wright Brothers Lecture in Aeronautics Award
    Description

    “Hypersonics for National Security: Conventional Prompt Strike"

    Keynote
  • 1830 – 2000
    Networking Reception
    Description
    Relax and enjoy conversation, drinks and food with attendees and speakers. Great way to miss the DC traffic!
  • 0800 – 0930
    Technological Overmatch: The Critical Role of DoD R&D
    Description
    “Innovation without execution is hallucination.” DoD Research and Development (R&D) is charged with taking fundamental research and applying it to technologies for the warfighter. Hear about current and future projects, upcoming opportunities, and how these organizations enable the research community to transition ideas to technological advantages.
    Moderator
    • Laura-McGill Laura J. McGill
      Deputy Laboratories Director, and Chief Technology Officer, Nuclear Deterrence, Sandia National Laboratories; AIAA President-Elect
    Panelists
  • 1530 – 1600
    Defense Industry Leadership Series
    Keynote
  • 1600 – 1730
    Space Asset Protection
    Description
    While the Interim National Security Strategic Guidance released in March calls for ensuring the “safety, stability and security of outer space activities” (p. 17), much work remains to be done to protect our space assets. The panel moderator and one of the panelists argue that “It's time to protect our nation’s space-based systems by designating them as critical infrastructure. Without adequate security, cyberattackers can cause them to malfunction, send false information or collide, potentially creating a debris field that could linger for decades. Worse, cyberattackers could simulate an attack on military systems, sparking an international — possibly nuclear — confrontation” (Edward Swallow and Samuel Visner, “It’s time to declare space systems as critical infrastructure,” POLITICO, April 2, 2021, https://www.politico.com/news/2021/04/02/its-time-to-declare-space-systems-as-critical-infrastructure-478848).How do the various commands, agencies, and organizations involved cooperate; how can the defense community support; and what new policies, products, and solutions are needed to secure space assets? 
    Moderator
    • Ed-Swallow Ed Swallow
      Senior Vice President, Civil Systems Group, The Aerospace Corporation
    Panelists
    • Col-David-Learned Col David Learned, USAF
      Chief, Capability Integration and Acting Director, Portfolio Architect, Space and Missile Systems Center, US Air Force
    • RONALD-L-KEEN-200 Ronald Keen
      Senior Advisor, National Risk Management Center, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, Department of Homeland Security
    • Samuel-S-Visner Samuel S. Visner
      Director, National Cybersecurity Federally Funded Research and Development Center, MITRE; Board Member, Space Information Sharing and Analysis Center (ISAC)
  • 0800 – 0930
    Advanced Technology: Industry Prime Contractors Panel
    Description

    Maintaining the Department’s technological advantage will require changes to industry culture, investment sources, and protection across the National Security Innovation Base.” (National Defense Strategy [Unclassified], p. 3) The sense of urgency is driving a new environmental dynamic in industry, but how can we accelerate through the “valley of death”? Industry leaders respond to DoD modernization priorities and address requirements for fielding technologies at the speed of relevance.

    Moderator
    • David-W-Miller David W. Miller
      Vice President and Chief Technology Officer (CTO), The Aerospace Corporation
    Panelists
    • James_Carlini_Photo James Carlini
      Chief Technology Officer, Leidos
    • Naveed-Hussain Naveed Hussain
      Chief Technology Officer, Vice President, and General Manager, Boeing Research & Technology
    • Tom-Pieronek Tom Pieronek
      Vice President and Chief Technology Officer Research, Technology and Engineering, Northrop Grumman Aeronautics Systems
    • Steven-Walker Steven Walker
      Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Lockheed Martin Corporation
    • John-C-Zolper John C. Zolper, Sr.
      Defense Technology Strategy, Principal Engineering Fellow, Raytheon Technologies
  • 1530 – 1830
    Air Force Futures Agile Gaming Demo: Hypersonics 2030
    Description
    The Air Force Futures Agile Wargaming Team will be providing a modified demonstration of a strike game. The demo game will examine how to prosecute various targets using different combinations of platforms and munitions. The demo has been modified to account for a larger group of participants, as agile games typically average 6-9 players for 3-hour sessions. This game and the surrounding conversation is meant to highlight the quick-turn development and execution key for successful agile games through the lens of conceptual hypersonics. Players do not need to have any prior experience in wargaming or hypersonics.

Sponsors

Founding Sponsor
Raytheon Technologies
Lockheed Martin
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