Main Day 2

April 2, 2020

8:00 - 8:50 Registration and Morning Networking

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

One of the key challenges in enabling next-generation hypersonic weaponry is that of positioning, navigation and guidance capability development. The challenges and demands of the space domain amplify these challenges more so, requiring diligent study of the effect space has on hypersonic assets.

- USAF Space Vehicle sensor technology development
- Technologies needed to bolster position, navigation and guidance capabilities for AFRL hypersonic research
- Understanding the space domain's effect on hypersonic threats

Dr. Gretchen Phelps

Program Manager, Consolidated Options for Nuclear Deterrence Operations Research (CONDOR) Program
United States Air Force Research Laboratory

9:45 - 10:30 Establishing USSTRATCOM Hypersonic Requirements for Strategic Deterrence & Global Strike Missions

Mr. Robert W. Thomas, Jr., SES - DJ8 Deputy Director, Capability and Resource Integration, United States Strategic Command
USSTRATCOM deters strategic attack and employs Forces, as directed, to guarantee the security of our Nation and Allies. Above all else, USSTRATCOM will provide strategic deterrence, a decisive response, with a properly equipped and trained combat-ready force. The integration and research of hypersonic capabilities will undoubtedly shift USSTRATCOM's approach to strategic deterrence, and our speaker will highligh the integration challenges and resource needs to lead USSTRATCOM into the next chapter of missile defense.

-USSTRATCOM capability and resource needs to fully integrate hypersonic technology
-Efforts to support and advance global strike capabilities: necessary next steps
-Identifying USSTRATCOM hypersonic mission capability needs

Mr. Robert W. Thomas, Jr., SES

DJ8 Deputy Director, Capability and Resource Integration
United States Strategic Command

10:30 - 11:00 Networking Break and Demo Drive

11:00 - 11:30 Event Keynote Remarks: Ensuring Hypersonic Capabilities for Total Force Utilization

General Mark A. Milley - Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff
General Mark Milley, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will provide a strategic overview of the United States Military's approach and utilization of Hypersonic capabilities as a means to develop the Joint Force of the future. 

General Mark A. Milley

Joint Chiefs of Staff

11:30 - 12:15 Guiding Aerospace Science Research to Enable Advanced Hypersonic Aerothermodynamics and High-Speed Propulsion

Dr. Knox Millsaps, SES - Director, Division of Aerospace Science, Air Warfare and Weapons, Office of Naval Research
Hypersonic flight provides an unprecedented capability by simultaneously extending range and reducing transit time, enabling rapid reach and global targeting. The Office of Naval Research is making tremendous leaps in high performance hypersonic offensive and defense weapons, which will ultimately enable future Naval hypersonic utilization.

- Current hypersonic research concentration efforts
- Ongoing research to expand power, propulsion and thermal management of hypersonic systems
- Guiding development of aero-thermal optimized hypersonic bodies

Dr. Knox Millsaps, SES

Director, Division of Aerospace Science, Air Warfare and Weapons
Office of Naval Research

12:15 - 13:15 Networking Lunch

13:15 - 14:00 Improving Knowledge and Control of Theoretical and Experimental Hypersonic Viscous Flows

Dr. Rodney Bowersox - Department Head of Aerospace Engineering, Texas A&M University
Texas A&M’s Hypersonics Laboratory plays an important role guiding the future of hypersonic flight, but also plays a major role in providing critical research and facility capabilities to bolster ongoing DoD and Service hypersonic development.
-       Temperature consideration when managing hypersonic flow
-       Ongoing high-speed aerodynamics research and initiatives
-       Efforts to collaborate with DoD partners

Dr. Rodney Bowersox

Department Head of Aerospace Engineering
Texas A&M University

14:00 - 14:45 The Evolving Threat Environment: Addressing Challenging Geostrategic Realities of Emerging Hypersonic Threats

Dr. Peter Huessy - Director for Strategic Deterrent Studies, Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies
The National Defense Strategy emphasizes that today’s security environment is more complex and volatile than any we have experience in recent memory. With adversaries investing heavily in advanced hypersonic missile capabilities that can travel at exceptional speeds with unpredictable flight paths, it will require a heightened response for improved US strategic deterrence.

-       Necessary technological next steps for improved hypersonic defense capabilities
-       Impacts on current nuclear deterrence strategies and posture
-       Informing the national security on the case of hypersonic: what does this mean for overall US defense

Dr. Peter Huessy

Director for Strategic Deterrent Studies
Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies

14:45 - 15:15 Afternoon Networking Break

With weaponry capable of speeds above 10,000/MPH, hypersonic capabilities present a bevy of engineering challenges to be met to enable operational utilization. Such understandings of these challenges is a pre-requisite to making hypersonic flight routine, an effort that is highlighted across the Armed Services
- Guiding high-speed aerothermodynamic capability development to support near-term utilization
- Developing understanding of high-speed, high temperature non-equilibrium flows around flying vehicles
- Academic partnership efforts to facilitate aerothermodynamic capability development

Dr. Ivett Leyva

Program Officer, Engineering and Complex Systems
Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Air Force Research Laboratory

16:00 - 16:15 Chairperson’s Closing Remarks

16:15 - 16:15 Post Conference Networking