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The AIAA Defense and Security Forum (AIAA DEFENSE Forum) is a Secret/NOFORN event providing a venue for leaders from government, military, industry, and academia to advance and accelerate modernization, informed by the  Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering’s priorities. The 2020 forum, to be held 5–7 May at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, MD, will use the National Defense Strategy as a framework to discuss the strategic, programmatic, and technical topics and policy issues pertaining to the aerospace and defense community.

The forum’s program consists of two main parts: a technical program offering a deep analysis on research and technologies geared to solve specific problems, and high-level plenary sessions tackling the most pressing issues impacting the future of national security.

Highlights from previous AIAA DEFENSE Forums can be found in the Archives.

Executive Steering Committee

Ali Raz, Purdue University     
David Denhard, Missile Defense Agency
Dean Gehr, Raytheon Missile Systems (Forum General Chair)
John Troup Hemenway, Special Assistant to the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering
Laura McGill, Raytheon Missile Systems (Forum Executive Chair)
Tony Mitchell, Leidos Innovations Center     
Peter Montgomery, Jacobs
Robie Samanta-Roy, Lockheed Martin
Ed Swallow, The Aerospace Corporation
David Van Wie, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

Forum Technical Chair

Anjaney Kottapalli, Lockheed Martin Corporation 

The Technical Program Committee is listed on the Call for Technical Briefings page.


Raytheon Technologies
Lockheed Martin