Aviation Week will take its annual Program Excellence Awards and DefenseChain Conference to a virtual platform in October. To accommodate this change, the conference will now run Oct. 19-21, with the annual Program Excellence Awards to be presented by category and interspersed during the actual conference.
Aviation Week’s editorial team –Jen DiMascio, Carole Hedden, Michael Bruno, Lee Hudson and Graham Warwick – has developed the program with four primary content areas:
- Aerospace and Defense coming out of the pandemic
- Pentagon acquisition guidance coupled with supply chain strategies
- The Edge of Innovation to examine next generation innovation
- Program Deep Dives
“This annual meeting of strategy and business executives from throughout the aerospace and defense value chain, as well as engineering, technology and program management leaders, brings together a community this is essence of the industry – the people who execute the products and services,” said Greg Hamilton, Aviation Week Network president. “While we have always celebreated the tight relationship that exists among this community, this year we will do so virtually – in a way that assures the continued quality content our attendees have come to expect while also recognizing the current issues around health and safety.”
Speakers at this year’s event include Roger Krone, president and CEO at Leidos; Michael Madsen, president and CEO at Honeywell Aerospace; and Wes Kremer, president of Raytheon Missile Systems. Bob Leduc, retired Pratt & Whitney president and the winner of Aviation Week’s 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award, will also be featured.
As the conference looks at future strategy for contractors and suppliers, it will feature acquisition chiefs for the U.S. Navy-Hondo Guerts; US. Army-Patrick Mason; and U.S. Air Force -Shawn Barnes.
Commentary about the current volatile environment will come from the four Horsemen, the conference’s annual conversation with legendary industry analysts Byron Callan, Pierre Chao, Steven Grundman and R. John Stack.
In addition to the Program Excellence Awards, the conference will include a look at advanced technologies with Aviation Week’s Graham Warwick and Mark Cherry of Boeing Phantom Works; Jeff Babione of Lockheed Martin Skunk Works; Art Morrish of Raytheon Technologies Advanced Programs and Concepts; and Scott Winship of Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems Advanced Programs.
Leading the conversation about Supply Chain Pressures will be Rick Nagel of Acorn Growth, Chris Celtruda of Destiny Equity Partners, Raanan Horowitz of Elbit Systems of America and Sheila Kahyaoglu of Jefferies Equity Research.
Attendees will also receive deep dive program briefings on model-based engineering from Huntington Ingalls Newport News Shipbulding and Northrop Grumman, as well as the 2024 lunar landing with Kim Doerhing of Dynetics and Astrobotics, which is building a Moon rover.