3rd Annual Advanced Materials for Defense Summit

Advanced Materials for Defense Summit: July 17-18, 2019 | Alexandria, VA


DSI’s 3rd Annual Advanced Materials for Defense Summit will bring together members of the Military Services, DoD Labs, Federal Government, Academia, and Industry for a ‘Town-Hall’ type forum to discuss current and future initiatives to enable the integration of innovative, technology-based solutions for advanced materials and manufacturing processes. The development and implementation of strategic materials and manufacturing processes will aid in reducing cost, as well as provide sustainability and readiness capabilities for DoD logistics operations.

2019 Confirmed Speakers:

David Stapleton, SES, Acting DASD, Industrial Base Policy, DoD


BG Anthony Potts, USA, Program Executive Officer, PEO Soldier


Timothy J. Sakulich, SES, Director, Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory


Dr. Peter Matic, SES, Associate Director of Research, Materials Science and Component Technology Directorate (Code 6000), Naval Research Laboratory


Leigh Method, SES, Deputy Director, Logistics, Engineering and Force Protection, Air Mobility Command HQ


COL Stephen Thomas, USA, PM, Soldier Protection and Individual Equipment (SPIE), PEO Soldier


Col Timothy D. West, USAF, Acting Director, Aerospace Systems Directorate, AFRL


Dr. Bryan Love, Chief (A), Materials and Manufacturing Science Division, CCDEVCOM Army Research Laboratory


Why You Should Attend this Year’s Summit:

DSI’s 3rd Annual Advanced Materials for Defense Summit will discuss current and future initiatives that are helping to assist with the implementation of modernized and innovative technologies for advanced materials and manufacturing processes. The facilitation and integration of strategic materials and manufacturing processes will enable reduced cost, as well as provide increased sustainability and readiness capabilities for DoD logistics and maintenance operations.

As critical new DoD initiatives and funding efforts are being proposed for Hypersonics and Space, the emphasis on how to utilize these materials to assist in improving the performance and durability of various platforms and vehicles will be crucial. This agenda will further delve into how the various Military branches and Labs are striving to improve the size, weight, and power (SWaP) of these systems by using advanced materials.

The 2019 Summit will detail how continued R&D efforts are needed to understand the knowledge gaps with strategic materials and engineering processes. This will in turn provide greater operational flexibility and enhanced readiness capabilities for the Warfighter moving forward. Join us for this year’s Advanced Materials for Defense Summit to discuss the DoD’s plan to address the opportunities and challenges it will face, in trying to propel the defense industrial base with advanced materials and manufacturing processes.


Topics Covered at the 2019 Summit:

- Developing affordable material solutions for current and future operating environments to ensure a decisive overmatch for the Warfighter

- Facilitating a sustainable and innovative defense industrial base in support of the Warfighter

- Delivering efficient policy on materiel readiness and maintenance for major weapons systems across the DoD

- Utilizing advanced materials to better enhance the performance of Soldier systems

- Advancing the full-spectrum of materials and manufacturing processes for USAF air superiority

- Using innovative materials & processing to improve the affordability and reliability of Naval platforms

- Ensuring material readiness across the Marine Corps for operational success

- Leveraging strategic materials to help keep hypersonic vehicles from overheating

- Implementing innovative material solutions for corrosion prevention and control

At our Summit You Will Have the Ability to:

Gain Education & Insight: Walk away with knowledge gained from our senior level speakers on some of the complex challenges facing our advanced materials community.

Build Partnerships: The agenda is designed to allow for ample networking opportunities and the ability to engage in constructive dialogue among all in attendance.

Influence: Help foster ideas! Share your own insight and knowledge during our interactive sessions. All attendees are encouraged to address our speaker faculty and each other with their questions, comments or ideas.

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Relevant Government Agencies

Air Force, Army, DOD & Military, Dept of Homeland Security, NASA, County Government, Coast Guard, The Mary M Gates

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Wed-Thu, Jul 17-18, 2019, 9:00am - 5:00pm

Exhibit Dates
Wed-Thu, Jul 17-18, 2019

Mary M. Gates Learning Center
701 N. Fairfax St.
Alexandria, VA 07070
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