National Summit on Hypersonic Weapons Systems 2023

Outlining the path forward in the development of cutting edge Hypersonic Weapon Technology

April 25-26, 2023- Washington, DC, United States

We Proudly Announce the 2nd Annual National Hypersonic Weapons Systems Summit - A Flagship National Defense "Must Attend" Program for DoD - Government & Industry.

Why attend?

As the evolution of U.S. development of Mach 5 + weaponry has evolved over the past twenty years as part of the conventional prompt global strike program, rocket launched hypersonic glide vehicles capabilities equipped with air breathing powerplants with scramjet technologies have been at the forefront of a Joint Staff focus to develop a time critical threat for a national & global response. As funding has increased and R&D and testing has grown, maintaining overmatch for US and Allied nations has been a race against time. China and Russia continue to test and deploy. Pentagon and Congressional lawmakers are on the move to rachet up even more spending. FY2023 Pentagon requests for funding and R&D is $4.7 billion, approximately 1 billion over FY2022 and likely to go higher FY2024 and beyond.

We have designed a very special delegate experience with a highly comprehensive agenda that will enable engagement with key Hypersonic Weapons Guest Speaker Experts and delegates alike. Guests will be provided unparalleled access to the cutting-edge in Hypersonic Weapons emerging capabilities and with DoD/Government and leading Industry perspectives. Topics will range from defining mission requirements, advancements in R&D, emerging testing and fielding, necessary mission requirements and way forward as hypersonic weapons are further adopted into a joint operational doctrine.

April 2023 will include

  • Over 30 Guest Speakers found in no other setting offering delegates two days loaded with multiple Keynote & Panel sessions.
  • Over 4 hours of Networking – including Evening Reception, Breaks, Group Luncheons, Exhibiting Tables Available and Unlimited Industry Sponsorships available
This event is closed to members of the media, no recording of presentations will be authorized.

Please Note: Only United States Government, Contractors and Academia, NATO Nations and Allies will be allowed to attend this summit.

Top Reasons to Attend

  • The Latest DoD Hypersonic Weapon Systems Posture, Programs & Emerging Capabilities and Opportunities for Industry
  • Advancements in Hypersonic Glide Vehicles Design & Long-Range SCRAMJET Missile Technologies
  • Hypersonic Defense Modular System Architecture and Industrial Engineering Challenges
  • Latest Advancements in the Fielding and Testing of Hypersonic Weapons
  • Counter Hypersonic Technologies and Platforms - Challenging the Adversarial Threats
  • Government/DoD and International Cooperation Plans and Policies to Maintain a Global Defensive Superiority

2023 Speakers


  • General Neil Thurgood (USA-ret), Former Director, Army Hypersonics, Space, Directed Energy and Rapid Acquisition
  • LTG (USAF ret) Bruce “Orville” Wright

2022 Speaker Hall of Fame


  • Dr. Yvette S. Weber, SES, Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Science Technology and Engineering, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Acquisition, Technology and Logistics) (AT&L)
  • LTG Neil Thurgood, USA, Director, Hypersonics, Directed Energy, Space and Rapid Acquisition, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics and Technology), USA Rapid Capabilities Office
  • Dr. Gillian Bussey, Director, Joint Hypersonics Transition Office, Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (JHTO)
  • Dr. Victoria Coleman, Chief Scientist, United States Air Force, U.S. Department of Defense
  • Michael White, Principal Director for Hypersonics (PD, H), Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering/Modernization, U.S. Department of Defense
  • Dr. Lori Stiglitz, JHTO Workforce Development Lead, Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC), Naval Sea Systems Command
  • Robert Taylor, SES, J8 Director, Capability and Resource Integration, U.S. Strategic Command
  • Lt Col Jeffrey Komives, Office of the Undersecretary of Defense, Research & Engineering, OUSD(R&E), DDRE(M) PD, Hypersonics, USAF
  • CDR Rob Birchenough, Joint Innovation & Experimentation Division, USN, U.S. Indo-Pacific Command (INDOPACOM J81)
  • Dr. Eric Marineau, Program Officer, Hypersonics, Aerothermodynamics, High Speed Propulsion and Materials, Office of Naval Research (ONR), Aviation Force Protection, Integrated Defense Department
  • Jon Ludwigson, Director, Contracting and National Security Acquisitions, Government Accountability Office (GAO)
  • Dennis Helmich, Director of Integrated Military Systems, Sandia National Laboratories
  • Lt Col Gary Goff, USSF, Materiel Leader, Strategic Payloads, Space Systems Command, Development Corps, U.S. Space Force


  • Dr. Kevin Bowcutt, Principle Senior Technical Fellow & Chief Scientist, Hypersonics – Boeing
  • Dr. Rodney Bowersox, Director, Texas A&M National Aerothermochemistry and Hypersonics Laboratory, Texas A&M University
  • Dr. Tom Karako, Senior Fellow, International Security Program and Director, Missile Defense Project, Center for Strategic & International Studies
  • John “JV” Venable, USAF-(Ret), Senior Research Fellow for Defense Policy, Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy, The Heritage Foundation
  • Rex Jordan, SVP Indo-Pacific Global Enterprise Lead, Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Paul Wloszek, Director, Spectral Sensors & Missile Warning Program Manager, L3Harris Space & Airborne Systems
  • Dr. Erica Corral, Associate Professor and Distinguished Scholar of Materials Science and Engineering, High Temperature Ceramics, Manufacturing & Integration Laboratory, University of AZ
  • Dr. Luca Maddalena, Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Dept, The University of Texas at Arlington, Dir., of the Aerodynamics Research Center, UT Arlington
  • Dr. Kelly Stephani, Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering, Center for Hypersonics & Entry Systems Studies, (CHESS), University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • Dr. Graham Candler, Mcknight Presidential Chair, Aerospace Engineering & Mechanics, University of Mn
  • Dr. Steven Schneider, Professor, School of School of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Aerospace Sciences Lab, Lead Hypersonics SME., Purdue University
  • Eric Scherff, Vice President, Lockheed Martin Space Systems
  • Dr. Chris Combs, Dee Howard Endowed Assistant Professor, Aerodynamics, Mechanical Engineering Department, The University of Texas at San Antonio
  • CAPT David M. McFarland, (USN-ret), Senior Director, Programs, Integrated Defense Solutions, BAE Systems, Inc., Intelligence & Security
  • Dr. Jeffery Dickeson, Technical Director, Advanced Hypersonic Weapons, Raytheon Missiles & Defense
  • Timothy P. Wadhams, Sr. Research Scientist, VP, CUBRC Aerosciences Sector
  • Dr. Valerio Viti, Aerospace and Defense Team Lead, Ansys
  • Christopher Gettinger, Director, Advanced Propulsion and Systems, Northrop Grumman, Weapon Systems
  • Scott Speet, Senior Program Director, Spirit Defense
  • Capt. Jim Stein USN (Ret.), Director, Federal DOD Business Development, KMPG

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Event details
Organizer :American Conference Institute
Event type :Conference
Attendance :Physical Event
Reference :ASDE-23786