Last updated: October 19, 2010
|Monday, November 1|
|7:30 a.m.||Registration/Continental Breakfast|
|8:30 a.m.|| Welcome
|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.
|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.
|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.
|12:00 p.m.||NETWORKING LUNCHEON|
|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.
|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.
|3:30 p.m.|| Cocktail reception
sponsored by Celestica
|Tuesday, November 2|
|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.
|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?
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
| 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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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
|8:35 a.m.|| 2010 Program Excellence Chairman – Challenges Ahead
|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.
|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.
|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.
|1:00 p.m.|| Session III: Integrating the Supply Team
|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.
|4:00 p.m.||Seminar Adjourns|