2023 AIAA DEFENSE Forum to Focus on Winning the Strategic Competition Written 28 March 2023

defense23-795x350March 28, 2023 – Reston, Va. – The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) has announced its three-day program for the 2023 AIAA DEFENSE Forum, 11–13 April at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, Maryland. This year’s program will explore the critical role of the science and technology community in providing innovative and operationally relevant capabilities to win the strategic competition. This Secret/NOFORN event provides the ideal venue for leaders from government, military, industry, and academia to advance and accelerate innovation. Registration for the 2023 AIAA DEFENSE Forum is open for the national security community.

“We are pleased to welcome the science and technology community to the 2023 AIAA DEFENSE Forum. We believe it’s more important than ever for this community to gather for discussion and debate on the most pressing strategic, programmatic, and technical topics and national security policy issues. The intimate classified discussions and cross-pollination among sectors are crucial to developing and fielding solutions for the warfighter,” said AIAA Executive Director Dan Dumbacher.

The speakers and panelists participating in the 2023 AIAA DEFENSE Forum are proven leaders and innovators within the industry. Confirmed speakers include:

  • Thomas Browning, Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Mission Capabilities, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering
  • Timothy Bunning, Chief Technology Officer, Air Force Research Laboratory
  • Glenn Case, Founder and Chief Technology Officer, Hermeus
  • Kevin Cohen, Special Advisor, U.S. European Command
  • CAPT Randy Cruz, USN, Assistant Chief of Naval Research
  • Dennis Helmich, Director, Integrated Military Systems, Sandia National Laboratories
  • David Honey, Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering
  • Marty Hunt, Vice President, Strategic Programs, Dynetics
  • Mark Lewis, Executive Director, Emerging Technologies Institute, National Defense Industrial Association
  • Martin Lindsey, Science and Technology Division Chief (J85), U.S. Indo-Pacific Command
  • Christine Michienzi, Senior Technology Advisor to the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment
  • John Otto, Senior Director, Advanced Hypersonic Weapons, Raytheon Missiles and Defense
  • Kerri Phillips, Chief Scientist, Air and Missile Defense Sector, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
  • Katherine Rink, Head of the Air, Missile, and Maritime Defense Technology Division, MIT Lincoln Laboratory
  • Robie Samanta Roy, Senior Advisor, Stratolaunch
  • Lisa Sanders, Director, Science and Technology for Special Operations Forces, Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, U.S. Special Operations Command
  • Donna Cowell Senft, Chief Scientist, Air Force Global Strike Command
  • Thomas Wiley, Senior Director, Advanced Integrated Mission Solutions, Raytheon Missiles & Defense

The forum technical sessions will cover research topics including: Strategic Missile Systems; High-Maneuverability and Hypersonic Systems and Technologies; Autonomy, Collaborative Engagement, and Machine Intelligence; and more.

During the forum, the AIAA Missile Systems Technical Committee will present the 2023 AIAA Missile Systems Award to Mark A. Weiner, MIT Lincoln Laboratory, “For significant national contributions to the development of surface-to-air and air-to-air missile systems and countermeasures through rigorous analysis and testing of radar and seeker technologies.” AIAA is committed to ensuring that aerospace professionals are recognized and celebrated for their achievements, innovations, and discoveries that make the world safer, more connected, more accessible, and more prosperous.

AIAA is offering the Aerospace Survivability Course following the forum on 14 April, 0800–1700 hrs ET USA, at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, Maryland. This classified one-day course is intended to introduce the concept of survivability, including the basic concepts of susceptibility and vulnerability and how these concepts affect aerospace design. Registration is available.

For the most up-to-date program and registration information, visit aiaa.org/defense.

Media Contact: Rebecca B. Gray, RebeccaG@AIAA.org, 804-397-5270 cell

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