Past event: Hypersonic Defense 2021 Conference

A new era of ballistic missiles is imminent with a rapid race to develop the latest hypersonic weapons systems. There is also a pivotal issue to develop hypersonic defence systems to protect against the potential threat.

NATO members are working to make sure the right capabilities are in place if the research becomes a reality with hypersonic weapons. With the hypersonic era looking set to become a reality it has shown shortcomings in missile defence systems that are not capable to detect and protect from a hypersonic weapon.

During the 2-day Hypersonic Defense conference and exhibition we will look at the current ballistic missile defence capabilities of leading nations and the importance to fast track modernisation of the current systems. The event will also review the future of missile defence in a hypersonic era and how agencies are researching a new type of weapon and the challenges of simulation tests with hypersonic vehicles.


  • Vice Admiral Jon Hill, Director, U.S. Missile Defense Agency
  • Major General Frederic Parisot, Deputy Chief of Staff, Plans and Programmes, French Air Force
  • Mike White, Assistant Director, Hypersonics, Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering
  • Brigadier General Paul Murray, Deputy Director of Operations, North American Aerospace Defense Command
  • Tay Fitzgerald, Vice President, Strategic Missile Defense, Raytheon Missiles & Defense
  • Eric Johnson, Technical Director, Sea-Based Weapons Systems, U.S. Missile Defense Agency
  • Dr. Jeffrey C. Boulware, Technical Director, Joint Integrated Air and Missile Defense Organization (JIAMDO)
  • Denis Vandensavel, Ballistic Missile Defense and Hypersonics Expert, NATO
  • Steven Adler, Plasma Applications Development – Americas, Tekna
  • Eric Bouchard, Senior Advisor – Product Line Manager – Systems, Tekna
  • Dr. Eric Marineau, Program Officer, Hypersonic Aerodynamics, Office of Naval Research, U.S. Navy
  • Dr. Russ Cummings, Managing Director, DOD HPCMP Hypersonic Vehicle Simulation Institute, U.S. Air Force Academy
  • Eric Johnson, Technical Director, Sea-Based Weapons Systems, U.S. Missile Defense Agency
  • Dr. Sarah Popkin, High-Speed Aerodynamics Program Officer, U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR)
  • Thomas Karako, Senior Fellow, Director, Missile Defence Project, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
  • Peter Huessy, Director of Strategic Deterrent Studies, Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies
  • Professor Rodney Bowersox, Director, Texas A&M National Aerothermochemistry and Hypersonics Laboratory
  • Dr. Phillip Ligrani, Eminent Scholar in Propulsion, Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of Alabama, USA

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Le Meridien Arlington Hotel
1121 19th Street N, VA 22209
Arlington, VA, USA

Event details
Organizer : Intelligence-Sec
Event type : Conference
Reference : ASDE-22674