November 16-17, 2022 | Mary M. Gates Learning Center | Alexandria, VA

All details below pertain to 2022, 2023 dates coming soon!

The 5th Annual Advanced Materials for Defense Summit will discuss initiatives towards researching and developing advanced materials and manufacturing processes that will significantly shape future operational effectiveness through lighter, more powerful, and cost-effective military and defense systems. The 2022 Summit will aim to advance the affordability, readiness, sustainability, and logistical effectiveness of U.S. Defense capabilities necessary for the future fight. 

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2022 Confirmed Speakers Include:

Leigh E. Method, SES
Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Logistics
Department of Defense

Dr. Peter Matic, SES
Associate Director of Research, Materials Science & Component Technology Directorate
Naval Research Laboratory

Brian Gabriel
Deputy Chief Technology Officer
Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment, DoD

Dr. Adam Rawlett
Senior Research Scientist – Material Science
U.S. Army Research Laboratory

Dr. Charles D. Ormsby
Chief, Manufacturing and Industrial Technologies Division, Materials and Manufacturing Directorate
Air Force Research Laboratory

Col Gary D. Thompson, USMC
Director, Weapons Systems Management Center
Marine Corps Logistics Command

Download the 2022 Agenda


Why You Should Attend This Summit:

DSI’s 5th Advanced Materials for Defense Summit will convene senior level experts from across the Military Services, DoD Labs, Federal Government, Academia, & Industry for a ‘Town-Hall’ type forum to discuss initiatives towards researching and developing advanced materials and manufacturing processes that will significantly shape future operational effectiveness through lighter, more powerful, and cost-effective military and defense systems. Attendees at the 5th Annual Advanced Materials for Defense will have unique opportunity to examine the current and future technologies and strategies designed toward developing and implementing advanced materials and manufacturing into military and defense systems and platforms to maximize Warfighter readiness.

Rapid shifts to the global security environment are presenting significant new challenges to the U.S. military as adversaries are quickly modernizing and highly adaptive, consequently, the need for materials science research and engineering is growing. Advanced materials provide important benefits to military and defense capabilities such as improved functionality, enhanced survivability, greater ease of maintenance, and lower life cycle cost. The 2022 agenda will address specific topics including material science and technology research, corrosion policy, sustaining material readiness in support of the Warfighter, maintaining a secure and resilient defense industrial base, and innovative technologies and capabilities needed for the future fight. This year’s panel will discuss the advanced materials needed for the development of hypersonic weapons. In addition to innovative solutions to the challenges of developing functional and resilient hypersonic capabilities.

DSI’s team specializes in the extensive research and development of our Summit’s content and focus areas, and we will assemble the most respected minds in advanced materials science, acquisition, logistics, and sustainment communities as well as key policy makers across military and civilian offices. Our non-partisan approach allows us to reach across all services and organizations to bring together a truly holistic group of decision makers and solution providers.


*Summit is Closed to The Press / No Recordings*

Exhibit and Sponsorship Opportunities Available!

The Advanced Material for Defense Summit provides opportunities including space, round table discussions, product demonstrations, and networking receptions.

__________________________________________________________________________________ Topics to be covered at the 2022 Summit:

- Ensuring a robust, secure, and resilient defense industrial base to meet Warfighters needs

- Facilitating advanced materials science and technology research to ensure soldier superiority

- Delivering leading-edge capabilities to the Soldier to enhance combat overmatch against current and future threats

- Leading the research & development of advanced, next-gen air & space capabilities

- Supplying affordable and sustainable material readiness to support DoD warfighting capabilities

- Preventing and controlling corrosion to maximize the sustainability of advanced materials across the DoD

- Solving the strategic and critical material needs for national defense

- Innovative research and development in advanced materials


At Our Summit You Have the Ability To:

Gain Education & Insight: Walk away with knowledge gained from our senior level speakers on some of the complex challenges facing our advanced materials community.

Build Partnerships: The agenda is designed to allow for ample networking opportunities and the ability to engage in constructive dialogue among all in attendance.

Influence: Help foster ideas! Share your own insight and knowledge during our interactive sessions. All attendees are encouraged to address our speaker faculty and each other with their questions, comments or ideas. __________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________

Operating Guidance for Government Attendees:

DSI’s Summit directly supports DoD & Federal Government priorities by providing a conduit for officials to efficiently reach audiences outside of their respective offices that directly impact their organization’s overall mission success, at no charge to the government, and in an efficient expenditure of time.

DSI’s Summit will provide a forum to address and improve internal and external initiatives, meet with and hear from partner organizations, disseminate vital capability requirements to industry, increase visibility within the larger community, and generally support their mission.

The Summit is open and complimentary to all DoD and Federal Government employees and is considered an educational and training forum. ________________________________________________________________________________________

Past Participating Organizations:

Naval Research Laboratory, U.S. Army Counterintelligence, Air Force CCPE, USAF Sustainment Center, Naval Surface Warfare Center, Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Haynes International, Institute for Defense Analyses, Naval Sea Systems Command, Hexagon MI, Hill AFB, Air Force CCPE, Hexcel, David Beckerman Air Transport Consultant, SCHOTT North America, Defense Logistics Agency, US Geological Survey/National Minerals Informations Center, The Mozolic Group, Mantis Composites, LIFT, Raytheon Missiles and Defense, Northrup Grumman, Huntington Ingalls Industries, SINTX Technologies, and more. ___________________________________________________________________________________