Main Day 1

April 1, 2020

8:50 - 9:00 Chairperson's Opening Remarks

8:00 - 8:50 Registration and Morning Networking

There is a widespread and rapid effort to guide the necessary S&T and engineering initiatives across the Air Force to enable future hypersonic dominance. With a strategic level overview, this session provide an understanding of the ongoing USAF S&T initiatives to enable the utilization of hypersonic weapons across the enterprise.

-Enabling future USAF hypersonic capability fielding
-Hypersonic policy guidance for USAF’s $2 billion S&T program
-Immediate engineering challenges to meet in the near-term
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Dr. Yvette Weber, SES

Associate Deputy Assistant Director, Science, Technology & Engineering
Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition and Logistics

The US Navy is developing a hypersonic weapon able to launch from underwater to be used in a Prompt Global Strike Program. The weapon is being developed within the US Navy’s Strategic Systems Program, increasing Naval operational accessibility and mission success. 

-       Developing prompt global strike hypersonic weaponry capabilities: SSP necessary next steps
-       Guiding expanding mission into conventional hypersonic capabilities
-       Collaborative efforts to deliver prompt global strike weaponry for the Joint Force
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Vice Admiral Johnny Wolfe

Director, Strategic Systems Program
Research, Development & Acquisition, United States Navy

10:30 - 11:15 Networking Break and Demo Drive

11:15 - 12:00 Developing and Fielding Transformative Hypersonic Capabilities

Mike E. White, SES - Assistant Director, Hypersonics, Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering
The Department of Defense is rapidly building up their investment level into transformative hypersonic capabilities on both the offensive and defensive side. With $2.6 billion allocated for all hypersonic-related research, it is clear the age of hypersonic capabilities is rapidly approaching, a race that US cannot and will not lose.

- Offensive and defensive hypersonic Department-wide priorities
- Ensuring hypersonic technological superiority: necessary next steps
- Efforts to spur partnerships for improved and rapid results
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Mike E. White, SES

Assistant Director, Hypersonics
Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering

12:00 - 12:45 Rapidly Fielding Hypersonic Capabilities to Deter and Defeat Rapidly Modernizing Adversaries

Robert K. Strider, SES - Deputy Director, Army Rapid Capabilities and Critical Technologies Office, Secretary of the Army
In order to address ongoing near-peer hypersonic capability development, the Army is accelerating the fielding of its own long-range hypersonic weapon. As part of the overall Army modernization strategy, the Rapid Capabilities and Critical Technologies Office is tasked with expediting the delivery of hypersonic capabilities to the Warfighter, and this discussion will highlight these efforts to deliver this game-changing capability.
 
-       Critical needs to bolster delivery of Army hypersonic weapon system
-       Roadmap to hypersonic fielding by FY2023: necessary next steps
-       Production efforts of the Common Hypersonic Glide Body
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Robert K. Strider, SES

Deputy Director, Army Rapid Capabilities and Critical Technologies Office
Secretary of the Army

12:45 - 13:45 Networking Lunch

13:45 - 14:30 Keynote Remarks: USNORTHCOM Priorities to Defense Our Homeland from Hypersonic Threats

General Terrence J. O’Shaughnessy - Commander, United States Northern Command & North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD)
USNORTHCOM and NORAD share a common goal of providing advanced homeland defense for North America. With the proliferation and ongoing development of hypersonic weaponry capabilities from our near-peer adversaries, the role of aerospace control and warning Homeland defense has grown to level of importance we haven't seen before.

- USNORTHCOM Homeland Defense strategy as it relates to the future of hypersonics
- Efforts to bolster aerospace warning in defense of North America
- Critical capabilities needed to effectively protect the Homeland today and tomorrow
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General Terrence J. O’Shaughnessy

Commander
United States Northern Command & North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD)

14:30 - 15:15 Efforts to Integrate Autonomous and AI Capabilities into Hypersonic Systems: Developing Artificially Intelligent Aerospace Systems

Dr. Alex Roesler - Deputy Director, Integrated Military Systems, Strike & Aerospace Systems, Sandia National Laboratories
The incredibly fast nature of hypersonic flight provides a strategic capability that could potentially alter current force structure as we know it. However, this speed comes with a price; it leaves little room for human intervention regarding changes or path correction. Our partners at Sandia are researching the application of autonomy and AI capabilities into hypersonic systems to address this challenge.

-       Efforts to integrate autonomous system capabilities into hypersonic systems: near-term engineering challenges
-       Addressing challenges of path planning, perception, localization, and flight control
-       Ongoing collaborative efforts
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Dr. Alex Roesler

Deputy Director, Integrated Military Systems
Strike & Aerospace Systems, Sandia National Laboratories

15:15 - 15:45 Afternoon Networking Break

In order for the DoD and Military Services to achieve their hypersonic mission goals, it will require a combination of collaboration, partnership development, and dynamic research across multiple sectors to ensure a timely delivery of capabilities needed. Whether academia, private sector, DoD, or non-DoD Government Agencies, spurring hypersonic advancement through effective research and S&T collaborative efforts is a must.

-Means to foster improved collaboration despite sensitive nature of hypersonic research
-Outlook on DoD hypersonic delivery timelines: where is additional research needed?
-Developing avenues for future S&T and research collaboration
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Dr. Phillip Ligrani

Eminent Scholar in Propulsion, Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
University of Alabama at Huntsville

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Austin K. Yamada

President & CEO, The University of Arizona Applied Research Corporation
Former DASD, Special Operations and Combating Terrorism, Office of the Secretary of Defense

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Dr. Thomas Corke

Director, Hypersonic Systems Initiative
Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, University of Notre Dame

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Dr. Rodney Bowersox

Department Head of Aerospace Engineering
Texas A&M University

16:30 - 16:45 Chairperson Closing Remarks

16:45 - 16:45 Post-Conference Networking