Preliminary 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.

For details about the 2019 Aviation Week DefenseChain Conference 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, sponsorship available
Salon II

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

9:15-10:00
Opening Address
Speaker (TBC)

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
Coffee & Tea Break, Salon I 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, sponsorship available

1:15-2:00 
Afternoon Keynote 
U.S. AIR FORCE - Dr. William Roper, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics

2:00-2:45 
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, Managing Editor, Defense & Space, Aviation Week Network
ATLANTIC COUNCIL - SCOWCROFT CENTER FOR STRATEGY AND SECURITY - William Greenwalt, Senior Fellow & Consultant
CENTER FOR STRATEGIC AND INTERNATIONAL STUDIES - Andrew P. Hunter, Director, Defense-Industrial Initiatives Group & Senior Fellow
GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE -  Shelby S. Oakley, Director, Contracting & National Security Acquisitions
Interactive Discussion and Question Crossfire

2:45-3:00
Refresher break, sponsored by Siemens Digital Industries Software

3:00-4:00
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, sponsorship available

 



Day 2: Wednesday October 23, 2019

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

8:30-8:45
Welcome Address, Salon I
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, Managing Editor-Technology
KPMG ADVISORY - Jim T. Adams, Partner, Industrial Manufacturing Strategy and Aerospace & Defense

9:30-10:00 
PANEL: PROGRAMS TO WATCH - MODEL-BASED ENGINEERING DESIGN SETS THE TEMPO FOR T-X 
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 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, Managing Editor, Defense & Space, Aviation Week Network
BOEING DEFENSE, SPACE & SECURITY - Paul W.  Niewald, Director & Chief Engineer, T-X Program  

10:00-10:30 
Coffee & Tea Break, Salon I 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 – Kevin Mikey, Sector Vice President & General Manager - F-35 Center Fuselage Production Ramp-Up 
NORTHROP GRUMMAN - Nathan Noble, Senior Principal Manufacturing Engineer/PGK IPT Lead
ONEWEB SATELLITES - Christopher Winslett, Program Director

11:30-12:15 PM
PANEL: CREATING A PROGRAM'S 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, Managing 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 - Dr. Thomas R. Bussing, Vice President, Advanced Missile Systems 

12:15-1:15 
Lunch, Salon ll, sponsorship available

1:15-2:00
THE "NEW SPACE" FUTURE
With more than 116 startups and billions in venture capital funding, the new space era is shaking things up and out – as programs take off and crash to the ground. We'll look at the most promising aspects of this new space frontier – the programs that are destined to make it, what they need from suppliers to succeed, and why they are the ones that will succeed.

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 Acquisiton University 
GENERAL ATOMICS AERONAUTICAL SYSTEMS - Chris Seat, Senior Vice President, Programs 
HONEYWELL AEROSPACE - Michelle Drage, Vice President CORE & Program Management 
LOCKHEED MARTIN - Sam Yakulis, Director, Engineering and Program Excellence 
NORTHROP GRUMMAN - Catherine Meyn, Corporate Director, Program Performance

Members of the Program Excellence Evaluation Team 

6:30-7:15
Program Excellence Cocktail Reception, Salon l and ll Foyer, sponsorship available

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