Agenda

In 2018, we redeveloped AerospaceDefenseChain to create the DefenseChain Conference and integrated the Program Excellence initiative. This combines two valuable events in one, both of which will provide attending Delegates with valuable and actionable business intelligence.

The preliminary agenda for the 2020 Aviation Week DefenseChain Conference will be available in July. In the meantime, please refer to the agenda for the event held in October of 2019.

For details contact Joanna Speed or call +1-310-857-7691.

 

Day 1: Tuesday October 22, 2019 

8:00-9:00 AM 
Registration, sponsored by L3Harris Technologies 
Breakfast
Salon II

9:00-9:15
Welcome Address, Salon III
AVIATION WEEK NETWORK
Joanna Speed, Managing Director, A&D Conferences
Michael Bruno, Senior Business Editor & Content Manager

9:15-10:00
Opening Address
RENAISSANCE STRATEGIC ADVISORS - Jeffery J. Roncka, Senior Partner

10:00-10:45 
Interactive Chat: Moderated by Joseph C. Anselmo, Editor-in-Chief, Aviation Week & Space Technology, Aviation Week Network 
L3HARRIS TECHNOLOGIES - William M. Brown, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer 

10:45-11:15
Morning Coffee & Tea Break, Salon III Foyer, sponsored by Siemens Digital Industries Software 

11:15-12:15 PM
PANEL: THE FOUR HORSEMEN - OUTLOOK AND TRENDS WITHIN THE A&D INDUSTRY 
Amidst major disruption in personnel, highly targeted technology requirements, and major changes to acquisition policies, the Four Horsemen reunite this year to provide their inside perspective on the topics and trends you need to know. These industry experts help us look ahead, with a more clarity around the political, business and strategic issues that will affect programs and businesses in the coming months. 

Moderated by Michael Bruno, Senior Business Editor & Content Manager, Aviation Week Network
CANACCORD GENUITY - R. John Stack, Managing Director, Head of A&D Investment Banking
CAPITAL ALPHA PARTNERS - Byron K. Callan, Managing Director
GRUNDMAN ADVISORY AND THE ATLANTIC COUNCIL - Steven Grundman, Principal & Senior Fellow 
RENAISSANCE STRATEGIC ADVISORS - Pierre Chao, Founding Partner
Interactive Discussion and Question Crossfire

12:15-1:15 
Lunch, Salon II

1:15-2:00 
Afternoon Keynote 
Moderated by Lee Hudson, Pentagon Editor, Aviation Week & Space Technology, Aviation Week Network
U.S. AIR FORCE - Dr. William Roper, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics

2:00-3:00 
DEFENSE ACQUISITION 
The Pentagon has recently embraced many types of acquisition reform including a rapid prototyping and fielding efforts. The services have implemented those to varying degrees. How are they faring, what lessons are being learned and how can the program management community draw on these tools? 

Moderated by Jen DiMascio, Executive Editor, Defense & Space, Aviation Week Network
CENTER FOR STRATEGIC AND INTERNATIONAL STUDIES - Andrew P. Hunter, Director, Defense-Industrial Initiatives Group & Senior Fellow
COVINGTON & BURLING - Samantha L. Clark, Special Counsel, Public Policy Practice
GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE -  Shelby S. Oakley, Director, Contracting & National Security Acquisitions
Interactive Discussion and Question Crossfire

3:00-3:30
Afternoon Coffee & Tea Break, sponsored by Siemens Digital Industries Software

3:30-4:30
PANEL: SUPPLIER PRESSURE 
The past year has seen new levels of pressure on the space and defense supply chains as requirements increase, schedules tighten up and production volumes reach new highs. This panel of industry leaders will review the state of change and how these challenges are affecting the supply chain, from consolidations to encroachment from OEMs.

Moderated by Kenneth Herbert, Managing Director, Canaccord Genuity
BOYD CORPORATION - Daniel Goodwin, Vice President, Aerospace & Defense
KELLSTROM DEFENSE - Chris Celtruda, Chief Executive Officer
L3HARRIS TECHNOLOGIES - Janice Lindsay, Vice President, Supply Chain Integration  
Interactive Discussion and Question Crossfire

5:00-6:30
Cocktail Reception, Old Dominion, 4th Floor

 



Day 2: Wednesday October 23, 2019

8:00-8:30 AM
Registration, sponsored by L3Harris Technologies 
Breakfast
Salon II

8:30-8:45
Welcome Address, Salon III
AVIATION WEEK NETWORK
Carole Rickard Hedden, Executive Editor-Program Excellence and Aviation Week Executive Intelligence 

8:45-9:30
PANEL: GAUGING THE TECHNOLOGY CAPACITY OF AEROSPACE AND DEFENSE
Working with KPMG, Aviation Week Network has developed the Technology Innovation Index as a benchmark on the technology capacity of the industry. The results are in, highlighting where the industry is strong, which companies are shaking things up in the technologies destined to change everything, and how the academic world is actively involved with industry.

Moderated by Carole Rickard Hedden, Executive Editor-Program Excellence and Aviation Week Executive Intelligence, Aviation Week Network
AVIATION WEEK NETWORK - Graham Warwick, Executive Editor-Technology
KPMG ADVISORY - Jim T. Adams, Partner, Industrial Manufacturing Strategy and Aerospace & Defense
KPMG ADVISORY - Jono Anderson, Principal, Strategy & Innovation 

9:30-10:00 
PANEL: PROGRAMS TO WATCH - MODEL-BASED ENGINEERING DESIGN SETS THE TEMPO FOR T-X/T-7A 
Rapid prototyping, rapid response, rapid program speed. That's the quest for today's program leaders, and no program has more publicly used Model-Based Engineering Design to propose and win a new effort than Boeing's T-X/T-7A Advanced Pilot Training System. But what are the implications – for the program team, but also for the extended program team suppliers? 

Moderated by Jen DiMascio, Executive Editor, Defense & Space, Aviation Week Network
BOEING DEFENSE, SPACE & SECURITY - Paul W.  Niewald, Senior Director & Chief Engineer, T-X/T-7A Program  

10:00-10:30 
Coffee & Tea Break, Salon III Foyer, sponsored by Siemens Digital Industries Software  

10:30-11:30 
PANEL: PROGRAMS TO WATCH - PRODUCTION RAMP UPS AND WHAT MAKES THEM WORK
The aerospace and defense industry is adapting to an environment that places pressures on speed, quality, and execution all at once. Three programs from each stage – development, production, aftermarket – provide some insight into lessons learned as this transformation takes place – from shaping a team that includes employees and suppliers, to developing innovative ways of working based on processes and technologies. 

Moderated by Barry Chapman, Vice President, A&D, Siemens Digital Industries Software 
NORTHROP GRUMMAN - Raina Smithley, F-35 Center Fuselage IPS Lead 
NORTHROP GRUMMAN - Nathan Noble, Senior Principal Manufacturing Engineer/PGK IPT Lead
ONEWEB SATELLITES - Steve Diamond, Director

11:30-12:15 PM
PANEL: HYPERSONICS: CREATING A SUPPLY CHAIN FROM SCRATCH
When breakthrough technologies take shape – from hypersonics to next-generation platforms – there isn't always an expert supply chain waiting for the contracts to drop. We'll look at how this situation is being addressed, from creating the requirement to its execution. 

Moderated by Graham Warwick, Executive Editor-Technology, Aviation Week 
DYNETICS - Stephen Cook, President, Dynetics Technical Solutions
LOCKHEED MARTIN - Scott Keller, Vice President & General Manager, Strategic and Missile Defense Group  
RAYTHEON – Major General (Ret.) David Scott, Deputy Vice President, Advanced Missile Systems

12:15-1:15 
Lunch, Salon ll

1:15-2:00
DEFYING RISK: THE NEW SPACE RACE
It's been said there is no tougher arena for starting a new business than in the space sector – regulations, tussles over intellectual property, and the lengthy timelines that can kill a startup. Add in the dramatically harsh environment of space and there’s a recipe for high risk. We'll hear from three companies that are working to beat the odds. They'll share what their companies are attempting, what they've confronted over the last five years, and their insights about what they will face in the coming months.

Moderated by Michael Bruno, Senior Business Editor & Content Manager, Aviation Week Network
BRIDGECOMM - Barry A. Matsumori, Chief Executive Officer
PLANET FEDERAL - Rich Leshner, Executive Vice President, Operations 

2:00-2:45
PANEL: WHAT MAKES A GOOD PROGRAM TICK?  Members of the 2019 Program Excellence Evaluation Team will recap the strengths and "opportunities" exhibited by the 2019 Program Excellence finalists, while sharing who the program manager of 2020 will be. 

Moderated by Dr. Mark Husband, Center Director, Executive Programs, Defense Acquisition University 
GENERAL ATOMICS AERONAUTICAL SYSTEMS - Chris Seat, Senior VP, Special Programs 
HONEYWELL AEROSPACE - Michelle Drage, Vice President CORE & Program Management 
LOCKHEED MARTIN - Sam C. Yakulis, Director, Engineering & Program Excellence 
NORTHROP GRUMMAN - Catherine Meyn, Director, Programs 

6:30-7:15
Program Excellence Cocktail Reception, Salon Ill Foyer

7:15-9:30
Program Excellence Awards Banquet, Salon IIl,  sponsored by Siemens Digital Industries Software