October 28 - 30, 2019
Washington, D.C.

Main Conference Day 1

8:00 am - 8:45 am Registration & Refreshments

Mr. Jess Sponable, Former DARPA and AFRL Program Manager at Chair of the 2019 Hypersonic Weapons Conference

Mr. Jess Sponable

Former DARPA and AFRL Program Manager
Chair of the 2019 Hypersonic Weapons Conference

9:00 am - 9:45 am Building Hypersonic Weapons into American War Doctrine to Outline Strategy for Years to Come

Hypersonic strike weapons represent a unique change to American capabilities. The development of an operational manufactured hypersonic weapon will present military planners with entirely new dynamics that they must work with. In this session:
  • Contemplating how Hypersonic Weapons will Change the Dynamics of Global Power
  • Build an American Military That Will be Operationally Capable of Deploying These Weapons
  • Redefining Regional Strategies in Light of Hypersonic Capabilities
Brig Gen Andrew Gebara, Director of Strategic Plans, Programs and Requirements, Headquarters Air Force Global Strike Command at US Air Force

Brig Gen Andrew Gebara

Director of Strategic Plans, Programs and Requirements, Headquarters Air Force Global Strike Command
US Air Force

9:45 am - 10:30 am Developing the Needed Infrastructure to Build and Test Hypersonic Weapons

As the space race ended the American landscape for testing and developing the tools and materials for hypersonics declined. As we are once again ramping up development for extra terrestrial governmental operations, the infrastructure, both commercial and governmental, required to building this capability in need of revitalization.
  • Developing New Wind Tunnels Capable of Testing Hypersonic Flight
  • Revitalizing Existing Facilities for Testing and Development
  • Rebuilding Supply Chain Mechanics to Keep Testing Facilities Operational
Col Timothy West, Senior Materiel Leader, Aerospace Systems Directorate Air Force Research Laboratory at United States Air Force

Col Timothy West

Senior Materiel Leader, Aerospace Systems Directorate Air Force Research Laboratory
United States Air Force

10:30 am - 11:15 am Coffee & Networking Break

11:15 am - 12:00 pm Developing Ground Based Hypersonic Weapon Capabilities to Enable our Army

Hypersonic munitions represent an opportunity for ground based units to deliver strike capabilities with near impunity. Developing both of these technical and tactical capabilities is an important mission of the United States Army.
  • Addressing the Possible Operational Capabilities of Hypersonic
  • Exploring How Hypersonic Will Impact Maneuver Warfare
  • Theorizing How Hypersonics Can Improve Long Range Fires

12:00 pm - 12:45 pm Enabling Sea-Based Surface and Subsurface Components to Deploy Hypersonic Weapons to Optimize Navy Strategy

The world’s oceans represent multiple opportunities for hypersonic capabilities. With the United States Navy’s multi-domain capabilities, our seafaring Warfighters can capitalize on these emerging technologies.
  • Quantifying the Strategic Advantage that Seafaring Hypersonic Capabilities Will Have
  • Understanding Naval Requirements for Hypersonic Weapons
  • Discussing the Possible Naval Platforms and the Challenges Needed to Utilize Them

12:45 pm - 1:45 pm Lunch

1:45 pm - 2:30 pm Optimizing Air Breathing Technology to Power Hypersonics into Operational Reality

Air breathing technologies have long been viewed as the number one option that will enable hypersonic vehicles. RAMJET/SCRAMJET Technologies still hold their place as the most realistic and operational type of hypersonic vehicle.
  • Detailing the Advantages that Utilizing Air breathing Technology Has
  • Approaching Current Air Breathing Technology in the Context of Technological History
  • Discussing Current Theories on Trajectories and Angles
Mr. Jess Sponable, Former DARPA and AFRL Program Manager at Chair of the 2019 Hypersonic Weapons Conference

Mr. Jess Sponable

Former DARPA and AFRL Program Manager
Chair of the 2019 Hypersonic Weapons Conference

2:30 pm - 3:15 pm Exploring the Various Methods and Possibilities of Hypersonic Launch Systems to Create Multi-Domain Weapons

Initial launch possibilities are a unique strength of hypersonic munitions. Be they air, ground, sea or booster rocket launched, there is a true aptitude for these technologies to serve as conventional strike munitions across all services in all theaters.
  • Debating the Advantages of Both Vertical and Horizontal Launch Systems
  • Exploring the Various Launch Platforms a Munition Can Utilize
  • Expanding on the Various Service Needs to Realize Hypersonic Technology
Dr. Iain Boyd, James E. Knott Professor at University of Michigan

Dr. Iain Boyd

James E. Knott Professor
University of Michigan

1:15 pm - 1:45 pm Coffee & Networking Break

3:45 pm - 4:30 pm Investing in Materials Research to Help Protect Hypersonic Vehicles from Thermal Damage

The heat of hypersonic travel is one of the lead challenges that researchers have had over the past 50 years in the development of hypersonic vehicles and munitions. Thankfully America has consistently had some of its best engineers to work on this problem.
  • Cultivating the Best Film Technologies to Protect Hypersonic Vehicles
  • Utilizing Complex Materials to Ensure the Integrity of Leading Edge
  • Revitalizing Older Technologies to Solve Today's Hypersonic Challenges
Mr. Jess Sponable, Former DARPA and AFRL Program Manager at Chair of the 2019 Hypersonic Weapons Conference

Mr. Jess Sponable

Former DARPA and AFRL Program Manager
Chair of the 2019 Hypersonic Weapons Conference