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

Main Conference Day 2

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 Detailing the Required Investments, Procurements and Research into Navigation and Guidance for Hypersonic Missions

The navigation and guidance technologies within a hypersonic weapon are key to making them successful in an operational capacity. The demands of space amplify the challenges of tracking at high speed as the extreme temperatures can compromise these assets.
  • Ensuring that Current Sensors are Fast Enough to Handle Hypersonic Speed
  • Space Proofing Existing Technology
  • Cultivating Existing Seeking Tools to Help Track Hypersonic Weapons
Dr. Iain Boyd, James E. Knott Professor at University of Michigan

Dr. Iain Boyd

James E. Knott Professor
University of Michigan

9:45 am - 10:30 am Understanding the Possibilities for AI in Guidance Technology Required for Maneuverable Hypersonic Munitions

Without controllability, hypersonic munitions are effectively useless. Understanding the challenges involved in guidance, and how AI can provide a solution to these
issues. Autonomy has become the leading solution to challenges in the maneuverability of hypersonic weapons.
Detailing the Possibilities of Hypersonic Weapons Guided By AI
Allowing for a Mix of Computer and Human Command Decisions
Creating Software that Will Specifically Enable Missileers to Achieve their Missions
Dr. Jeff McMullen, AFRL Munitions Directorate at United States Air Force

Dr. Jeff McMullen

AFRL Munitions Directorate
United States Air Force

10:30 am - 11:00 am Coffee & Networking Break

11:00 am - 11:45 am Hypersonic T&E Capability Challenges and Infrastructure Enhancements


Col. Jeff Geraghty, Commander, Arnold Engineering Development Complex at US Air Force

Col. Jeff Geraghty

Commander, Arnold Engineering Development Complex
US Air Force

11:45 am - 12:30 pm Utilizing Cooling Systems to Counter Astro & Aerothermodynamics

Dynamic cooling systems have long been a proposed alternative to specifically manufactured materials in the development of hypersonic vehicles and munitions. Powered cooling systems and heat pipes are being readily explored as alternatives to combined materials.
  • Engineering Heat Pipes to Protect Leading Edges from Overheating
  • Designing Systems with Survivability in Mind
  • Utilizing Highly Conductive Materials to Protect Vehicles and Weapons in Flight
Dr. Eric Marineau, Hypersonic Aerodynamics, Heat Transfer & Materials Program Officer at Office of Naval Research

Dr. Eric Marineau

Hypersonic Aerodynamics, Heat Transfer & Materials Program Officer
Office of Naval Research

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Lunch

1:30 pm - 2:15 pm Building a Counter Hypersonic Mission into Homeland Defense Doctrine

For years MDA has honorably defended the American homeland against tactical threats from abroad. In light of modern technology, new plans, technologies and procedures are needed to continue defending the homeland from hypersonic weapons.
  • Adopting New Constellations of Sensors to Detect Hypersonic Launches
  • Harnessing the Latest Sensor Technology to Ensure Accuracy
  • Hardening Targets to Protect for Hypersonic Strikes
Thomas Karako, Director, Missile Defense Project at Center for Strategic and International Studies

Thomas Karako

Director, Missile Defense Project
Center for Strategic and International Studies

2:15 pm - 3:00 pm Chasing the Future: Detailing the Future of Hypersonic Development for the DoD to Ensure Global Competitiveness

Hypersonic technology represents an opportunity for a paradigm switch in military technology, threats and doctrine. It is imperative that DoD, Industry, Academia and Political Leadership are able to align goals, benchmarks and strategies to properly achieve these missions and bring the new wave of hypersonic capabilities into reality.
  • Seizing the Urgency to Ensure Buy-In Across all Stake Holders in Hypersonic Weapons Development
  • Dominating the Hypersonic Realm Through the Development of Military, Government and Industry Functions
  • Detailing Procurement Strategies That will Help to Develop Hypersonic Options

3:00 pm - 3:15 pm Chairman's Closing Remarks