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

Dr. Yvette Weber, SES

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

9:45 - 10:30 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


Robert K. Strider, SES

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

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


Mike E. White, SES

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


Douglas R. Graham

Vice President, Advanced Programs Development
Lockheed Martin Space

12:45 - 13:45 Networking Lunch

13:45 - 14:30 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.


  • 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


Major General (Ret.) John Horner

Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems


Erin Riley Kocourek



Eric R. Scherff

Vice President, Hypersonic Strike Programs
Lockheed Martin Space


Scott Stanfield

Director, Strategic Programs
Dynetics, a Leidos Company

15:15 - 16:00 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


Dr. Phillip Ligrani

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


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


Dr. Thomas Corke

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


Dr. Rodney Bowersox

Department Head of Aerospace Engineering
Texas A&M University

16:45 - 17:00 Chairperson Closing Remarks

17:00 - 17:30 Post-Conference Networking