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  • 0800 – 0930
    Accelerating Technology Transition
    Description

    Within OUSD R&E, the Directorate of Research and Technologies sets the strategic technical direction and investment strategy for DoD, while the Directorate of Defense Research and Engineering for Advanced Capabilities accelerates and prototypes more mature technologies. In this session, the leaders of each office will discuss what it means to accelerate technology transition to ensure technical dominance on the battlefield.

    To Be Confirmed
    • James Faist
      Director of Defense Research and Engineering for Advanced Capabilities, Office of the Secretary of Defense
    • Mark_Lewis_Photo Mark Lewis
      Director, Defense Research and Engineering for Modernization, Office of the Secretary of Defense
    • Milan Nikolich
      Director, Defense Research and Engineering for Research and Technology, Office of the Secretary of Defense
  • 1000 – 1200
    Technical Sessions
  • 1300 – 1530
    Technical Sessions
  • 1600 – 1730
    USD R&E Enterprise
    Description
    In 2018 and 2019, DEFENSE Forum attendees heard Dr. Mike Griffin, Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering, describe his top modernization priorities. In the past two years he has built and staffed his department to address each of these critical technologies, with the goal of fostering technological dominance across the Department of Defense. The DoD R&E Assistant Directors will provide an update on their respective technology development and the critical roles government, industry and academia play in getting these technologies to the warfighter.
  • 0800 – 0845
    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?

  • 0845 – 0930
    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? Hear from a Combatant Commander (invited) on his operational needs as well as near- and long-term requirements.
  • 1000 – 1200
    Technical Sessions
  • 1300 – 1530
    Technical Sessions
  • 1600 – 1730
    Technological Overmatch: The Critical Role of DoD Labs and DARPA
    Description

    “Innovation without execution is hallucination.” The DoD Labs and DARPA are 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.

    Panelists
    To Be Confirmed
    • RADM David Hahn, USN
      Chief of Naval Research, Director of Innovation, Technology Requirements and Test & Evaluation (OPNAV N94), Office of Naval Research
  • 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.

    Panelists
    To Be Confirmed
    • David Steffy
      Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems
    • John Zolper
      Vice President, Research and Innovation, Raytheon Company
    • David Miller
      Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, The Aerospace Corporation
    • Naveed Hussain
      VP and General Manager, Boeing Research & Technology
  • 1000 – 1200
    Technical Sessions
  • 1300 – 1530
    Technical Sessions
  • 1530 – 1700
    Afternoon Panel: AI-Enabled Autonomy
    Description

    “Incorporating these technologies in military systems that collaborate with warfighters will facilitate better decisions in complex, time-critical, battlefield environments; enable a shared understanding of massive, incomplete, and contradictory information; and empower unmanned systems to perform critical missions safely and with high degrees of autonomy.” (DARPA: https://www.darpa.mil/work-with-us/ai-next-campaign)

  • 0800 – 1700
    Course: Trusted Autonomous Systems

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Raytheon
Lockheed Martin