Focus Day - Day Three

October 30, 2020

9:00 - 11:50 Webinar Begins / Meeting Setting

11:50 - 12:00 Chairperson’s Opening Remarks

12:00 - 12:30 Keynote Remarks: Strategic Overview of DoD Acquisition and Sustainment Efforts for Future Hypersonic Dominance

The Honorable Ellen M. Lord - Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment, Office of the Secretary of Defense

In order to meet the next-generation of hypersonic capabilities, it will take a streamlined acquisition roadmap that integrates high-level service and DoD priorities. Under Secretary Ellen M. Lord, USD for Acquisition and Sustainment, will provide a strategic overview of DoD acquisition efforts as it relates to future hypersonic dominance. 

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The Honorable Ellen M. Lord

Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment
Office of the Secretary of Defense

12:30 - 13:00 Accelerating Hypersonic Technology Development and Transition to Advanced Capability

Dr. Gillian Bussey - Director, Joint Hypersonics Transition Office, Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering
  • Guiding DoD strategy and roadmap for hypersonic S&T
  • Establishing and running a National University Consortium for Applied Hypersonics
  • Workforce development efforts in the space 
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Dr. Gillian Bussey

Director, Joint Hypersonics Transition Office
Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering

13:00 - 13:30 Morning Networking Break & Meetings

13:30 - 14:00 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
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Mr. Robert W. Thomas, Jr., SES

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

The Hypersonic Vehicle Simulation Institute is a national effort aiming to bring together DoD, DoE, NASA, academic and industry hypersonic research to address current shortcomings and advance the state-of-the-art in hypersonic vehicle simulation. With the overall goal of accelerating technology development to transition superior defense capabilities for the US, HSVI’s efforts in the hypersonic flight are tangential to this total Force effort.

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Dr. Russ Cummings

Managing Director, DoD HPCMP Hypersonic Vehicle Simulation Institute
United States Air Force Academy

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Scott Morton

DoD HPCMP CREATE Air Vehicles Project Manager
US Army ERDC Information Technology Laboratory

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Dr. Graham Candler

Associate Department Head, Aerospace Engineering & Mechanics Department
University of Minnesota

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Ralph Klestadt

Level One Chief Engineer, Engineering
Raytheon Missiles & Defense

14:30 - 15:00 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

15:00 - 15:30 Improving Knowledge and Control of Theoretical and Experimental Hypersonic Viscous Flows

Rodney Bowersox - Department Head of Aerospace Engineering, Texas A&M University
  • Temperature consideration when managing hypersonic flow
  • Ongoing high-speed aerodynamics research and initiatives
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Rodney Bowersox

Department Head of Aerospace Engineering
Texas A&M University

15:30 - 15:45 Chairperson’s Closing Remarks

15:45 - 19:30 Post Conference Networking Opportunities

19:30 - 19:30 End of Hypersonic Weapons Summit