International Military Helicopters USA Summit

Washington, DC, United States

Delivering Rotary Capability Overmatch via Asset Modernization & FVL Acquisition

Our 4th Annual International Military Helicopter Summit will provide a means to discuss the ongoing efforts to meet the next generation of innovative rotary winged assets to bolster air and battlefield overmatch. Continued rotary wing asset modernization, coupled with the US Future Vertical Lift (FVL) directive is driving helicopter capability development on a global scale, ushering in a new age of rotorcraft capability.

Following Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, the DoD called for an inquiry into the US Armed Forces' rotorcraft fleet's capabilities, as it did not meet the Commander's and Warfighter's need for speed, range, automation, maintainability, among other critical capability sets. Emphasis had long been placed on modernizing and maintaining existing platforms, while emphasis on new platform development was not as high. However, the FVL directive aims to provide a new family of military helicopters, one that will ensure the United States' dominance in the vertical lift domain throughout the 21st century and beyond.

The International Military Helicopter Summit will also provide an in-depth viewpoint as to the rotary wing capability development efforts of our NATO and Allied Partners. Join our Summit for a senior-level understanding of the modernization and new platform development challenges experienced by our international partners in order to drive future collaborative initiatives for helicopter operations, capabilities, and programs.

Join our 4th Annual International Military Helicopter Summit for the unique opportunity to collaborate and network with key leaders, international partners, solutions providers, and subject matter experts across the Military rotorcraft community. Don't miss out on your opportunity to network, share, and learn to drive the next generation of Military helicopters!

By attending this valuable conference, you will:

  • Get face to face with senior Military officials and industry leaders to drive real-time feedback and actionable discussions
  • Build collaborative partnerships with Military and industry representatives in our workshops and networking breaks
  • Examine new technologies being developed and explore the ramifications for the industry
  • Gain a broader perspective of the current challenges to rotary aviation, an understanding of the FVL Directive, and our International Allies challenges


  • Brigadier General Walter Rugen, Director, Future Vertical Lift Cross Functional Team, US Army Futures Command
  • Brigadier General Thomas Todd, Program Executive Officer, PEO Aviation
  • Lieutenant General Steven Rudder, Deputy Commandant for Aviation, USMC Headquarters
  • Jeffrey White, Principal Deputy to the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology, US Army
  • Air Commodore Robert Adang, Commander Defence Helicopter Command, Royal Netherlands Air Force
  • Layne Merritt, Acting Director for Aviation Development, Combat Capabilities Development Command, Aviation and Missile Center
  • Mr. James Giunta, Executive Director, Army Contracting Command - Redstone
  • Rear Admiral Michael Johnston, Assistant Commandant for Acquisition and Chief Acquisition Officer, Deputy Commandant for Mission Support, United States Coast Guard
  • Colonel Stephen (Steve) A. Barnes, Chief, Medical Evacuation Proponency Division, U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence
  • Colonel Rudolf Straka, Chief of the Combat Training Department (A7), The Czech Air Force HQ
  • Randy Rotte, Director of Business Development for Cargo Helicopters and Future Vertical Lift Programs, Boeing
  • Captain Scott Starkey, Chief of Staff, Chief of Naval Air Training (CNATRA)
  • Colonel Mark McPherson, Incoming Commander, United States Army Aeromedical Research Laboratory (USAARL)
  • Colonel George Ferido, Director of Training and Doctrine, 110th Aviation Brigade
  • Lieutenant Colonel Miedema, Deputy Commander of Operations, 128th Aviation Brigade
  • Dr. Gerry Graves, Managing Director, Vertical Lift Consortium
  • Marilyn J. Smith, PhD, Professor, Daniel Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Director, Vertical Lift Research Center of Excellence
  • Inder Chopra, Director, Alfred Gessow Rotorcraft Center, University of Maryland
Pre-Conference Focus Day - July 29, 2019

Conference Day One
- July 30th, 2019

Conference Day Two - July 31st, 2019


Venue to be confirmed
Washington, D.C

More information to follow...

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Event details
Organizer : IDGA
Event type : Conference
Reference : ASDE-20408