2024 AIAA DEFENSE Forum to Focus on Accelerating Technology Transition for Battlespace Dominance Written 22 March 2024


DEFENSE SocialcardMarch 22, 2024 – Reston, Va. – The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) has announced its three-day program for the 2024 AIAA DEFENSE Forum, 16–18 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 dominate the battlespace. This Secret/NOFORN event provides the ideal venue for leaders from government, military, industry, and academia to advance and accelerate innovation. Registration for the 2024 AIAA DEFENSE Forum is open to the national security community. 

“We believe it’s more important than ever for the science and technology community to gather for the 2024 AIAA DEFENSE Forum for discussion and debate on the most pressing strategic, programmatic, and technical topics and national security policy issues. The intimate, classified discussions and interaction among sectors are crucial to developing and fielding solutions for the warfighter,” said AIAA CEO Dan Dumbacher. 

The speakers and panelists participating in the 2024 AIAA DEFENSE Forum are proven leaders and innovators within the industry. Confirmed speakers include:

  • Angela Ambrose, GM Defense
  • Samuel Bendett, CNA
  • Kimberly Caldwell, Spirit AeroSystems
  • Anthony Di Stasio, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment
  • Jay Dryer, Strategic Capabilities Office
  • Col. Edward Ferguson, USAF, U.S. Space Command
  • Shawn Fetterolf, Intel Federal
  • Mark Glenn, Joint Hypersonic Transition Office, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Science and Technology (OASD(S&T))
  • Maynard A. Holliday, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering
  • Marcia Holmes, U.S. Department of Defense
  • George Ka'iliwai III, U.S. Indo-Pacific Command
  • Aaron Kofford, DARPA
  • Khoi Nguyen, U.S. Cyber Command
  • Heidi C. Perry, MIT Lincoln Laboratory
  • Col. Ryan Simms, USAF, Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of the Air Force, International Affairs
  • Sonny Tahiliani, RTX Ventures
  • Robert Taylor, U.S. Strategic Command
  • Lt. Gen. L. Neil Thurgood, USA (Ret.), Anduril Industries

The forum technical sessions will provide an in-depth discussion of technical topics, including Strategic Missile Systems; Digital Engineering; Guidance, Navigation, Control and Estimation; High-Maneuverability and Hypersonic Systems and Technologies; and Autonomy, Collaborative Engagement, Machine Intelligence, and Robotic and Uncrewed Systems.

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

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