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Aerospace & Defense Programs

Aviation Week’s A&D Programs
November 19-20, 2014
Litchfield Park, AZ



Aerospace & Defense Programs Conference Agenda

Last updated: March 26, 2014

November 19, 2014

8:30 a.m.


  • Greg Hamilton, President, Aviation Week
  • Joe Anselmo, Aviation Week Editor-in-Chief

Strategy & Forecast

8:40 a.m.

Pivots, Priorities, Programs

Department of Defense Budget

9:15 a.m.

Commercial Space – an Industry/Agency Future

NASA Budget

9:45 a.m.


10:15 a.m.

Now … What Did You Just Hear?

Our panel of analysis experts returns again this year to provide their perspectives on strategy, innovation, in-side thinking and Wall Street.

  • Byron Callan, Director, Capital Alpha Partners
  • Pierre Chao, Managing Director/Co-Founder, Renaissance Strategic Advisors
  • Steven Grundman, George Lund Fellow, Atlantic Council
  • The Honorable Kenneth J. Krieg, former Undersecretary of Defense/AT&L andFounder, Samford Global


By the Numbers

Aviation Week’s editorial team provides insight into the 2015 production numbers and forecasts – for programs and for MRO.

  • Speakers:
  • Michael Bruno, Aviation Week Sr. Business/Supply Chain Editor
  • Jim Mathews, Exec. Dir., Aviation Week Intelligence Network
  • Graham Warwick, Aviation Week Managing Editor-Technology



Program Performance


Lessons Learned: EVM as an Agile Tool

Earned Value Management has never been associated with agility or speed, but in this session we’ll see how a team of industry and government leaders have worked to recast EVM as a more agile, responsive gauge of program progress.

Speakers for this session will be chosen as part of the annual Aviation Week Program Excellence evaluation process; the honorees will be announced September 5.

2:15 p.m.

Lessons Learned: Including Exportability in Development

As governments worldwide reset budgets to reflect a new defense and security posture, foreign military sales have gained importance – as have global partnerships that go beyond selling product “into” a country. Important to success is building in exportability to avoid pitfalls in terms of technology transfer, intellectual property, and the nuances of working with governments who are building indigenous A&D capabilities.

Speakers for this session will be chosen as part of the annual Aviation Week Program Excellence evaluation process; the honorees will be announced September 5.


End of Day

6:30 p.m.

Program Excellence Reception

7:00 p.m.

Program Excellence Banquet

November 20, 2014

8:30 a.m.

Notes from Industry Leaders

In a review from the Supply Chain, Program Management and Executive Roundtables, the key challenges and some possible solutions will be examined.

  • Speakers:
  • Joe Anselmo, Editor-in-Chief, Aviation Week

Program Reviews

9:00 a.m.


9:45 a.m.


10:30 a.m.


11:00 a.m.




Engineering & Innovation


Transferring Expertise to a New Generation

If there is one thing that keeps engineering leaders awake at night it’s the rate of retirement eligibility among key leaders who created the materials, computing power, designs, electronics and components that comprise the space and defense systems of the future. Here are some of the key lessons learned in successfully transferring knowledge and expertise for one generation to another.

  • Moderator:  Ed Hoffman, Chief Knowledge Officer, NASA
  • Speakers:
  • Jeff Wilcox, VP Engineering, Lockheed Martin
  • Gene Fraser, VP Engineering, Northrop Grumman

1:45 p.m.

Engineering the Future

Aviation Week’s engineering leaders look to the future and why today’s digital design tools need a major overhaul to enable the age of supercomputing and design.   

  • Moderator:  Graham Warwick, Aviation Week Managing Editor-Technology
  • Speakers:
  • Nan Mattai, SVP Engineering & Technology, Rockwell Collins
  • Daryl Pelc, VP Engineering & Technology, Boeing Phantom Works
  • Randy Robertson, Corporate Fellow, Honeywell
  • Peter G. Smith, VP Engineering, UTC Aerospace Systems

2:30 p.m.

Case Study: Quantum Computing and Innovation

There’s no quick shift from today’s computing power to quantum computing and where its capabilities allow scientists and engineers to shift their focus. In this scenario, Lockheed Martin, University of Southern California and UnderArmour teamed to use the new computing capability to identify new materials and harness creativity into a sleek, new racing suit that caught the world’s attention at Sochi.

  • Moderator:  Jennifer Byrne, VP Corporate Engineering  & Technology, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co.


Conference Ends