2023 Defense Conference Agenda

  Networking Lunch
12:00 p.m. ET
Opening Remarks
1:00 p.m. ET

David J. Berteau,  President and CEO, PSC

  Keynote Address
1:10 p.m. ET
The Honorable Frank Calvelli, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Space Acquisition and Integration
  The Future of Space: Capturing Today’s Solutions for Tomorrow’s Capabilities
1:40 p.m. ET
With the increasing importance of space as a strategic domain for global competition in military, exploration, and commercial functions, industry must position itself to meet growing demands from both federal and private sector entities. What cutting-edge technologies might prove critical to military and civilian missions going forward?  How does the Intelligence Community approach space?  How can the defense industry best straddle the line between government and commercial requirements?

In this session, hear from current and former government executives from both civilian and military space components discuss:
•         Challenges faced by the different communities in the space domain; 
•         Capabilities needed to meet those challenges; 
•         Emerging technologies that could prove pivotal; and 
•         Ways in which market disruptors and startups are influencing the landscape.
Dr. Anthony Calomino, Space Nuclear Technology Portfolio Manager, NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate
Kari Bingen, Director, Aerospace Security Project and Senior Fellow, International Security Program, CSIS
William McHenry, Senior Engagement Advisor to the Director, DIU
2:30 p.m. ET
  Microelectronics – A Case Study on Industrial Base Security and Resilience
2:50 p.m. ET
As reflected in the 2022 National Defense Strategy, strengthening domestic sources and working with U.S. allies and partners to secure critical resources is critical to U.S. national and economic security. Using the microelectronics market as a case study, this panel will explore ways in which the CHIPS Act is impacting the defense market; the shape and scale of current domestic mining operations; strengthening relations with allies and partners for critical supplies; and “Whole of Government” policy initiatives that are underway to balance near-term requirements with a longer-term goal of supporting domestic production capacity. 

In this session, hear from government and industry representatives on how best to address known domestic shortfalls in critical materials.  Learn about:
U.S. commercial and partner nation fabrication efforts; 
Intellectual property ownership and challenges, and 
Strategies employed to leverage the commercial market for DoD needs. 

Dr. Jack Groppo, Professor/Director of Undergraduate Studies, Department of Mining Engineering, University of Kentucky
Dr. Nicholas Martin, Director, Defense Microelectronics Activity (DMEA)
Dr. Dev Shenoy, Principal Director for Microelectronics, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering
Joe Cole, Vice President, Aerospace & Government, Synopsys
3:40 p.m. ET
   Building and Sustaining the Pacific Theatre – Lessons in Contested Logistics
4:00 p.m. ET
Understanding how to work with allies and partners to prepare for, and overcome, contested logistics around the globe remains a focal point.  What are the Indo-Pacific region’s challenges and what industry efforts are supporting DoD in the contested logistics space?  How will AUKUS re-shape both the U.S. domestic and the global Defense Industrial Base? How are U.S. officials working to incorporate ally and partner perspectives?  

In this session, hear from senior leaders on:
Preparations underway for today’s engagements; 
Pre-positioning efforts in advance of tomorrow’s need; and 
What regulatory or policy revisions are underway, or necessary, to support best use and alignment of our foreign partners and allies.

Michael Owens, Executive Director - Project Management, RPS | Australia, Asia, Pacific
Christopher Rose, Counsellor Defence Acquisition Policy and Trade British Defence Staff, British Embassy 
Will Johnson, Senior Vice President, Defense Group, Leidos (moderator)
  Closing Keynote Address
4:50 p.m. ET

  Wrap-up and Summary
5:20 p.m. ET

  Networking Reception
5:30 p.m. ET