Autonomous & Hypersonic Weapons Systems for Defense & Government

Hypersonic Weapons are accelerating the pace at DoD for the evaluation of potential weapon system concepts and mission sets. As DoD is preparing for $10 billion to enable fielding of Hypersonic Glide Vehicles (HGV) within the next five years, this has created a surge of a rapid R&D for Hypersonic Technologies. Hypersonic Glide Vehicles (HGV) are launched from a rocket before gliding to a target and alternatively, Hypersonic cruise missiles are powered by high-speed, air-breathing engines, or commonly referred to as “scramjets,” after acquiring their target.

The FY21 President’s Budget dedicates serious funding ($1.7 billion) into R&D of Autonomy and Intelligent Robotics and $841 million into A.I. Emerging technologies that can perform autonomously, make intelligent decisions based on what they “sense.” and carry out successful missions (with or without a human in the mix), reflect the critical funding for these Advanced Capabilities Enablers to DoD’s strategy over the next decade and will rely on Industry innovation to provide solutions for the high end fight.

This three day technical symposium targets DoD/Government and Industry Senior-level program managers, project leaders, technical directors, business development personnel, aerospace engineers, electrical engineers, scientists and others who must become familiar with emerging opportunities, needs and challenges within Autonomous Systems and Hypersonic Weapon Systems technologies. The audience will be comprised of about 40% industry and 60% government, primarily at the program Manager/director level and above. We hope to provide an agenda that will focus on systems, requirements, and technical challenges/capabilities, rather than deal with the technical "nuts and bolts."

All briefings will be at the unclassified level. No media will be permitted, no recording of talks and no distribution of materials will take place except to conference participants with prior approval from each Guest Speaker. All Guest Speakers are asked by TTC to follow the standard protocols for approval procedures for clearing their presentation materials.


Program Themes Include:

  • DoD Hypersonic & Autonomous Systems: Plans, Programs and Emerging Opportunities for Industry
  • Space Based Hypersonic Tracking Sensors & Ground Based Interceptor Capabilities and Requirements
  • Ground Launched/Ground Based Strategic Deterrents
  • Advancements in Hypersonic Glide Vehicles (HGV) & Long-Range SCRAMJET Missile Technologies
  • Hypersonic Defense Modular System Architecture and Industrial Engineering Challenges
  • Position, Navigation (PNT) Needs & Requirements
  • AI and Machine Learning: Needs, Requirements and Future Potential Capabilities
  • Autonomous Weapon Platforms (UAS/UGV/USV& UGV’s), Needs and Opportunities

Why attend? Attending this Program will provide each virtual attendee the opportunity to obtain invaluable information on the emerging opportunities within DoD, Government and Industry Markets found nowhere else in an intimate live virtual setting. Each Hypersonic & Autonomous Systems program representatives will closely examine emerging technologies and present in 30-minute sessions over three days while also thoughtfully interacting with attendees during their dedicated Q&A sessions.

Speaker and Presenter Information

The Honorable Katharina McFarland, Commissioner Chair, National Academies of Science Board of Army Research and Development, Former Assistant Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Acting Secretary of the Army for Acquisitions, Logistics and Technology and Army Acquisition Executive


Mike White, Principal Director, Hypersonics, Office of the Undersecretary of Defense, Research & Engineering USD(R&E)


Major General Mark E. Weatherington, USAF, Commander, Eighth Air Force, and Commander, Joint-Global Strike Operations Center, Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana


Robert W. Thomas, Jr., Associate Director, Capability and Resource Integration Directorate, United States Strategic Command, Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska


Dr. Gillian Bussey, Inaugural Director, Joint Hypersonics Transition Office (JHTO), Office of the Undersecretary of Defense, Research, and Engineering, Advanced Capabilities, USD(R&E)


Michael J. Burns, Associate Labs Director, National Security Programs, Sandia National Laboratories


Dr. N. Andrew Browning, Program Director of Autonomy, AeroVironment


Tim Keeter, Missile and Aviation Systems Division, Program Manager, DARPA Gremlins Program, Dynetics


Tom Karako, Senior Fellow, International Security Program and Director, Missile Defense Project, Center for Strategic & International Studies


Gilman Louie, Commissioner, National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence, Consultant to the Defense Innovation Board, DoD


Joseph W. Kirschbaum, PhD
Director, Defense Capabilities and Management U.S. Government Accountability Office

Relevant Government Agencies

Air Force, Army, Navy & Marine Corps, Intelligence Agencies, DOD & Military, Dept of Agriculture, Dept of Energy, Dept of Homeland Security, Dept of the Interior, Dept of State, Dept of Transportation, GSA, NASA, State Government, County Government, City Government, Municipal Government, CIA, FEMA, Coast Guard, FAA, National Guard Association, Federal Government, State & Local Government, Foreign Governments/Agencies, NSA

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Wed-Fri, Nov 4-6, 2020, 9:00am - 2:00pm PT

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