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Aerospace & Defense Programs

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Aerospace & Defense Programs
November 1-3, 2010
Phoenix, AZ
Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa


Last updated: October 19, 2010

Monday, November 1
7:30 a.m. Registration/Continental Breakfast
8:30 a.m. Welcome
  • Greg Hamilton, President, Aviation Week
8:45 am DoD – The Road Forward
Over the past two years, the Defense Dept. has gone through iterations of budget cuts while waging war in both Iraq and Afghanistan. The pressure has never been greater on programs to perform, avoid costs and stay on track -- despite significant issues. Have sat in the chair and having considered some of these issues, our keynote speaker will look at the tradeoffs the Defense Dept. is facing, how the realities may play out and what some of the proposed transformation activities could mean to the industry.
  • Moderator: Tom Captain, Vice Chairman, Global and U.S. Aerospace & Defense Sector Leader, Deloitte
  • Speaker: Kenneth J. Krieg, former Undersecretary of Defense, Acquisition Technology & Logistics and currently founder of Samford Global Strategies and Executive-in-Residence at Rennaissance Strategic Advisors
9:30 a.m. A&D TOP PROGRAMS
AVIATION WEEK and a panel of research experts will look at how money will be earned on programs across every sector.
  • Richard Aboulafia, VP Analysis, The Teal Group
  • Joe Anselmo, Sr. Business Editor, Aviation Week & Space Technology
  • Steve Grundman, VP and Director, CRA International
10:45 am Break
11:00 am Dealing with the Complexity of Programs
Over the past five years, the aerospace and defense industry has seen the launch, cancellation, restructuring and retirement of major programs. In this session, we’ll hear from three leaders about all three – and how to harvest the best of these efforts for the long-term health and strategy of an organization.
  • Howard E. Chambers, VP Program Management, The Boeing Co.
  • E.J. “Gene” Fraser, VP Strike & Surveillance Div., Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems
  • Edward Hoffman, Director Academy of Program/Project Engineering Leadership, NASA
1:30 p.m. Flight Tests: Advances Push Future Projects
Programs are relying on test beds and laboratories to test the new technologies enabling all new levels of performance. As key programs -- from the F-35 to the 787 to missiles -- move through flight tests, what is being learned, how are the new test beds and laboratories assisting in program success.
  • J.D. McFarlan, VP F-35 Test and Verification, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co.
  • Ron Rich, VP Propulsion, Honeywell Aerospace
  • Joseph T. Vogel, Director-Hypersonics/X-51 SED-WR, Boeing Phantom Works
2:30 p.m. Break
2:45 p.m. Global Industry: Restructuring ITAR and Export Licensing
The United States and Europe no longer stand alone in terms of producing aircraft. Top quality suppliers can be found around the globe, and capabilities are resurging in Russia and forming in China and India. The industry must be cautious about protecting intellectual property while moving quickly and with agility to form alliances, partnerships and collaboration. This session provides an update on the regulations and policies that define the global network of aerospace and defense companies and agencies.
  • Moderator: Mike Adami-Sampson, VP A&D Strategy, Dassault Systemes
  • Kevin Maloney, Dir of Licensing, U.S. Dept of State
  • Remy Nathan, Assistant VP for International Affairs, Aerospace Industries Assoc.
  • Brian Nilsson, NSS, Exec Office of the President
3:30 p.m. Cocktail reception
sponsored by Celestica
Tuesday, November 2
  Government Commercial
8:30 a.m. Welcome Welcome
8:40 a.m. Rotorcraft Update
While the operating tempo for helicopters in current security and defense theaters has been intense, so too has been the mounting pressure on development of a military rotorcraft strategy for the future. Here’s an overview of the work of the Rotorcraft Task Force.
  • Phil Dunford, VP/GM Rotorcraft, Boeing Defense Security & Systems
  • Nick Lappos, VP XworX, Bell Helicopter Textron and Chairman-Future Vertical Lift Industry Consortium
From the Flight Deck
The voice of the customer is the voice that counts first in air transport. As the airline industry mounts its own transformation, what are the key requirements for the aerospace industry in terms of technology and service?
  • Moderator: Barry Eccleston, CEO, Airbus N.A.
  • Speaker: Captain Ed Bular, SVP Flight Operations, US Airways
9:15 a.m. New Engines for Single Aisle
Tackling the new engine for single-aisle aircraft is a priority for the air transport segment of the industry. The key issues include fuels, sound, safety, and lifecycle cost. Here is how the players are lining up in this new line of competition.
  • Benjamin Boehm, VP Adv Programs, Bombardier Aerospace
  • Paul Finklestein, Director - Next Gen Product Family, Pratt & Whitney
9:30 am Growth and Deficit: How to Balance for the Future
Shareholders reward growth, and growth is difficult when your primary customer must drive out program costs. In this session, key A&D leaders will talk about growth when defense spending is focused on warfighting and people and trimming costs wherever possible.
  • Tom Bell, VP Business Strategy, Boeing Military Aircraft
  • John Burke, VP LUH, EADS N.A.
  • Dan Korte, President-Defense, Rolls-Royce
10:00 a.m. Break
10:30 am Break Continuous Improvement to Meet Deliveries
While the economy has wreaked havoc on the industry for two years, the need for new aircraft continues to mount and the pressure is on to produce high volume, high quality, low cost as quickly as possible. If there’s one thing that’s been learned, it’s that there is no out-sourcing that will provide the total equation. Here’s how several teams are hearken back to the fundamentals of continuous improvement.
  • Larry Loftis, VP Everett Site and 777 Programs, Boeing Commercial Airplanes
  • Benjamin Boehm, VP Adv Programs, Bombardier Aerospace
11:15 a.m. Shifting Space Mission to Industry
Now that NASA has shifted directions, the pressure is on for industry to provide the way into space. Here’s an overview of how some experts think this new generation of space travel will take.
  • David W. Thompson, CEO, Orbital Sciences
Voice of the Customer
If ever an airline has challenged the industry to deliver stable, cost-effective and service-oriented solutions, it is Southwest Airlines. Captain Jeff Martin, Asst. Dir. of Operations, provides an overview of what’s next for the regional airline that took on the majors and established the model for low-cost carriers around the globe.
  • Capt Jeff Martin, Asst Dir. of Operations, Southwest Airlines
11:45 am Aviation Week Innovation Challenge
In its first year, the Innovation Challenge involved a variety of unique new technologies and ideas, from companies small and large. The overall winner was Aurora Flight Sciences for its Phantom Eye Wing Design and Build. The wing and materials contributed to a structure that is stable, flexible and reduces mass.
  • Moderator: Jeff Meredith, Editorial Producer, Aviation Week Conferences & Events
  • Speaker: Clint Church, Manager, Structural Engineering, Aurora Flight Sciences
12:00 p.m. AVIATION WEEK Program Excellence Awards Luncheon,
Sponsored by PricewaterhouseCoopers
1:30 p.m Complex Programs/Systems Engineering
In a partnership between AVIATION WEEK and IBM, research was undertaken with leaders across the aerospace and defense enterprise to determine key issues driving performance in systems engineering. From the critical need for a workforce that understands the allocation of functionality, complex certification requirements to model-based design approaches that then change slightly when integration takes place on the aircraft … all create an environment on the front-end of our business that can’t replicate the series production we tend to do so well in the factory. In this session, we’ll hear about the results of the research and analysis from some of the industry’s leaders in systems engineering concerning a way forward for developing this critical talent pool.
  • Moderator: Tony Velocci, Editor-in-Chief, Aviation Week & Space Technology
  • Tom Kilkenny, VP/GM Global A&D Market, IBM
  • Chris Pascale, VP Systems Engineering and Applications, Honeywell Aerospace
  • Jeff Wilcox, VP Engineering, Lockheed Martin Corp.
2:45 p.m. Break
3:00 pm Integrating the Supply Chain a Matter of Definition
Of all the issues that has distorted the integration of the supply chain on major defense and commercial programs, defining the roles/responsibilities/authority/accountability in the contract document leads the list of troubled issues. The dynamic of partnering with competitors and spreading risk and critical tasks across the supply chain has changed over the past decade, but the business terms have not. In this session, leaders will look at what has been learned over this decade, and the changes that are being put in place to build a better contract for the future.
  • Moderator: Michael Fleishman, VP and Head-N.A. Engineering Sales, Infotech Enterprises America Inc.
  • Katherine Kawamoto, VP Research, International Association for Contract and Commercial Management
  • Michael A. Labeau, F-35 Sr. Manager Sustainment Business Execution, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co.
  • Bettyann Lemire, General Manager, Military Aftermarket & Logistics, Hamilton Sundstrand
4:00 p.m. Adjournment
Wednesday, November 3
AVIATION WEEK'S Program Leadership Seminar will focus on development of program and project leadership skills and capabilities, based on expert presentations and case studies.
8:30 a.m. Welcome
  • Carole Rickard Hedden, AVIATION WEEK Special Projects Editor/Pres-TWS
8:35 a.m. 2010 Program Excellence Chairman – Challenges Ahead
  • Jack H. Jacobs, VP Program Management-US Defense Customers, Honeywell Aerospace
9:00 a.m. Complex Program Leadership
Effective complex program leadership relies on more than excellence in systems engineering, supply chain integration, team development and business acumen. Hear about the leadership competencies that move toward a broader, more nuanced leadership capability.
  • Bob O'Connor, Director of Corporate Education, Queensland University of Technology and partner in International Center for Complex Program Management
9:30 a.m. Session I - The Customer
Program leadership begins and ends with delivering value to the customer, with major processes, people and expertise in between. In this session, Program Excellence Award nominees will discuss lessons learned in assuring the customer relationship is strong.
  • Craig Boyd, Director Targeting, Northrop Grumman Litening Program
  • Mike Turner, Program Manager, Broadband Satcom Network, Boeing
10:30 a.m. Break
10:45 a.m. Session II: Leading the Program
Setting the tone, the culture, the processes and how people will work together consumes program leadership. Nominees discuss what they have found that keeps people ready, aligned and focused on only what creates value.
  • Michael Cannon, Program Manager- MQ-9, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems
  • William F. Regan, Program Manager-Thule Upgraded Early Warning Radar, Raytheon
11:45 a.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. Session III: Integrating the Supply Team
  • Mark H. Norris, Program Manager-Joint Tactical Radio System, Lockheed Martin
  • Tom Belisle, Program Director, Joint STARS Support Programs, Northrop Grumman /Diminishing Material Supply Program, Northrop Grumman
2:00 p.m. Closing Session: Leading Programs During Dynamic, Dramatic Times
There’s no doubt the A&D industry is program-centric, sometimes to a fault. Major programs bring about all new duties — from legislative liaison to Wall Street relations to global policy/economics, they are now responsible for issues and situations that in the past were separated from the complexity of their program performance. In this unique session, seminar participants will rotate through a team of senior program leaders to ask questions and hear what the top learning experiences were as their careers advanced. It's kind of like speed dating, kind of like locker room pep talk. What's important is that seminar attendees come ready for frank, candid, fast-track ideas and guidance.
  • Coaches:
    (Our coaches are members of the Program Excellence Evaluation Team and this year's nominees)
  • Craig Boyd, Director or Targeting, Northrop Grumman
  • Harold “Skip” Burns, Director Program Development, The Raytheon Co.
  • Dale Burton, VP ISR/BMC2, Northrop Grumman
  • Michael Cannon, Program Manager, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems
  • Dennis Connolly, Hubble Service/Repair Program Manager, Lockheed Martin Space Systems
  • Edward L. Gussin, Program Manager, Raytheon
  • Ed Hoffman, Director-Academy for Program/Project Engineering Leadership, NASA
  • Ron Hornish, VP/GM Government Systems, Rockwell Collins
  • Jack Jacobs, VP Program Management US Defense Customers, Honeywell Defense & Space
  • Robert H. Koelling, Program Manager, Rockwell Collins
  • Warren Nechtman, Program Manager, F-35 PTMS, Honeywell Aerospace
  • Mark H. Norris, Program Manager, Lockheed Martin
  • Lewis Peach, NASA
  • Jesse Stewart, Professor/Program Management, Defense Acquisition University
  • Mike Turner, Program Manager Boeing Broadband SatCom Network
  • Joseph T. Vogel, Director of Hypersonics/X-51A, Boeing
  • Nick Yorio, VP Program Management, Northrop Grumman Corp.
4:00 p.m. Seminar Adjourns