Past event: Hypersonic Weapons Summit

Guiding Hypersonic Development to Operationalize Capabilities for US National Security Goals

Since the early 2000s, the United States has supported the ongoing development of hypersonic missiles to capitalize on what has been recently coined as an, Advanced Capability Enabler. These high priority assets can fly at speeds of at least Mach 5, and present a unique opportunity for the United States Military to expand its global reach even more so than typical operations.

The proliferation of efforts, funding, and initiatives across the Military, Federal Government, academia and industry to enable this capability is nothing short of rapid and all encompassing; there is a wide understanding that this capability is one that must be capitalized by the United States as promptly as possible.

Both the Pentagon and Congress have displayed a growing interest in pursuing the development and near-term operationalization of hypersonic weapons and systems. Near-pear hypersonic technology, programs of record, and capability development are at an all-time high, with some claims that United States adversaries are expected to field an operational hypersonic glide vehicle as early as 2022.

With the Pentagon's recent successful test of a hypersonic glide body in 2020, the path to hypersonic deployment seems closer than ever for the United States. However, there are many technological and operational decisions to be made before fielding an operational weapon. Meeting the pace at which the Services wants to test and field a hypersonic offensive capability will be a challenge, but doing so is critical to the National Defense Strategy of the United States Military.

Join our Hypersonic Weapons Summit for the unique opportunity to understand US Military senior leadership approach to the ongoing global proliferation of hypersonic weapons and capabilities for FY2021 and beyond!

Please Note
: Due to the critical nature of the development of hypersonic weapons, we must state that only U.S. Government, Contractors and Academia can attend this event.

Meet the Hypersonic Weapons Speakers

Conference Chair

  • Major General (ret.) Al Shoffner, US Army, Conference Chair


  • Mike E. White, SES, Principal Director, Hypersonics, Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering
  • Major General Kevin Huyck, Director of Operations for HQ, U.S. Northern Command
  • Major General Patrick Carpentier, Director of Operations, Royal Canadian Air Force, NORAD
  • Mr. Robert S. Taylor SES, J8 Director, Capability and Resource Integration, USSTRATCOM
  • Robert K. Strider, SES, Deputy Director, Army Rapid Capabilities and Critical Technologies Office, Secretary of the Army
  • Dr. Gillian Bussey, Director, Joint Hypersonics Transition Office, Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering
  • Captain Gregory Zettler, Conventional Prompt Strike Program Director, Strategic Systems Program, US Navy
  • Dr. Brian Kantsiper, Chief Engineer, Space Development Agency (SDA), Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering
  • Colonel (ret.) Ross Guieb, Executive Director, George H.W. Bush Combat Development Complex, Texas A&M University Engineering Experiment Station
  • Rodney Bowersox, Department Head of Aerospace Engineering, Associate Dean for Research, College of Engineering; Ford I Professor of Aerospace Engineering, Texas A&M University
  • Dr. Nathan Tichenor, Director of Hypersonic Facilities, Bush Combat Development Complex, Texas A&M University
  • Dr. Alex Roesler, Deputy Director, Integrated Military Systems, Strike & Aerospace Systems, Sandia National Laboratories
  • Dennis Helmich, Director, Integrated Military Systems,, Sandia National Laboratories
  • Dr. Scott McEntire, Senior Manager, Sandia National Laboratories
  • Matt Lewis, Senior Manager, Next Generation Systems and Analysis, Sandia National Laboratories
  • Austin Yamada, President and CEO, University of Arizona Applied Research Corporation
  • Erica Corral, Professor, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Arizona

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Event details
Organizer : IDGA
Event type : Conference
Reference : ASDE-23085