Past event: Advanced Materials for Defense Summit

Leveraging Material Innovation for Sustained Defense Readiness

Our 4th Annual Advanced Materials for Defense Summit will discuss current and future research and development initiatives to discover, engineer, and deliver advanced materials and manufacturing processes to develop more innovative, resilient, durable, lighter-weight equipment, weapons, vehicles, and uniforms for combat. With this, the 2021 Summit will examine how the DoD is working to boost the affordability, life cycle sustainability, recyclability, readiness, and logistical operations of military systems and platforms.

Current Health and Safety Protocols

Topics to be covered at the 2021 Summit:

  • Guiding DoD Policy for Maintenance Management of Advanced Materials and Military Equipment
  • Acquiring Advanced Materials to Enable a Robust and Healthy Defense Industrial Base
  • Developing and Delivering Advanced Materials and Technologies to Sustain Army Overmatch
  • Envisioning the Air Force's Research & Development of Cutting-Edge Air & Space Capabilities
  • Exploring NRL Research and Development to Provide New Defense Materials to the Fleet
  • Researching the Global Supply Chain of Advanced Materials to Enable Operational Capability
  • Facilitating Corrosion Prevention and Control: Mitigating Costs and Maximizing Material Sustainability and Readiness

Why You Should Attend This Summit:

Our 4th Annual Advanced Materials for Defense Summit will focus on integrating advanced materials and manufacturing processes to positively enhance the operational effectiveness of military applications by increasing the durability and survivability, reducing the weight, and improving the sustainability of weapons, equipment, and platforms. The 2021 Summit will bring together speakers from the DoD Labs, military, and academia to discuss how to continually implement modernized technological solutions to deliver advanced materials science and manufacturing processes for increased functionality, efficiency, strength, and operational readiness.

As near-peer adversaries gain capabilities in cutting-edge weapons and platforms, the need for materials science research and engineering grows. Attendees at the event will have the unique opportunity to discuss the continued need to engineer and integrate advanced materials to maintain an operational advantage on the battlefield. Speakers will address the vitality of maximizing the sustainability and readiness and of improving the size, weight, and power (SWaP) of defense weapons, uniforms, and vehicles. The agenda will address specific topics including developing advanced materials to withstand extreme environments, reducing U.S. dependency on foreign Rare Earth Elements, ensuring a healthy industrial base, and facilitating the logistics of advanced materials to ensure combat readiness. This year's panel will discuss the constant challenges of preventing and protecting material from corrosion to improve the life cycle sustainability and reduce maintenance costs.

Join us at this year's forum to learn and discuss the opportunities and challenges facing the advanced materials science, acquisition, logistics, and sustainment communities as the DoD, industry, academia, and military work together to improve the operational readiness of the warfighter.

Exhibit and Sponsorship Information:

The Advanced Materials for Defense Summit provides opportunities including exhibit space, round table discussions, product demonstrations, and networking receptions

Download the Sponsorship and Exhibiting Prospectus Here.

2021 Confirmed Speakers:

  • Dr. Vic S. Ramdass, SES, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Materiel Readiness, OUSD A&S
  • Dr. Jeffrey Zabinski, SES, Director, Weapons and Materials Research Directorate, Army Research Laboratory
  • Dr. Peter Matic, SES, Associate Director of Research, Materials Science & Component Technology Directorate, Naval Research Lab
  • Dr. Richard Vaia, ST, Chief Scientist, Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory
  • Matthew Zolnowski, Special Advisor, Strategic Materials Sector Lead, OUSD A&S/DASD, Industrial Policy
  • Col Kirk Spangenberg, USMC, Director, Weapons Systems Management Center, Marine Corps Logistics Command
  • Robert Herron, Director, Corrosion Policy and Oversight Office, DoD

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Mary M. Gates Learning Center
701 N Fairfax St, 22314
Alexandria, VA, USA

There is NO parking available at the Conference Center, and street parking is limited to 2 hours.

Parking is available for a fee nearby at:
Waterfront At Old Town (One block away)
226 Montgomery St
Alexandria, VA 22314, US
$11 Daily Max – CASH ONLY

Canal Center (Three blocks away)
44 Canal Center Plaza
Alexandria, VA 22314
$10 Daily Max

Washington Square (Four blocks away)
652 Wythe St
Alexandria, VA 22314
$13 Daily Max

Please Note: Parking is NO LONGER AVAILABLE at the former Crowne Plaza Hotel (901 N. Fairfax St., Alexandria, VA)

Hotel Rooms are available at a discounted rate at:
801 North St. Asaph Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
Hotel Discount Reservation Link
(Two walking blocks to venue)
Event details
Organizer : DSI
Event type : Conference
Reference : ASDE-23113