Advanced Materials for Defense Summit

“Guiding the Future of Materials and Manufacturing Processes for Mission Success”

July 11-12, 2018 | Mary M. Gates Learning Center, Alexandria, Virginia

DSI’s Advanced Materials for Defense Summit will detail DoD initiatives to facilitate and implement technology-based options for advanced materials and manufacturing processes. The program will discuss the utilization of strategic materials and manufacturing processes and how they significantly alter the cost, sustainability, and readiness capabilities of DoD logistics operations.


Confirmed Speakers Include:


Dr. Timothy J. Bunning, SES, Chief Scientist, Materials and Manufacturing Directorate (RX), Air Force Research Laboratory


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Dr. Peter Matic, SESSuperintendent, Materials Science and Technology Division, Naval Research Laboratory


Dr. Mark Vanlandingham, Chief, Materials and Manufacturing Sciences Division, Army Research Laboratory


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COL Stephen Thomas, USA, PM, Soldier Protection and Individual Equipment (SPIE), PEO Soldier, US Army


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Col Howard Marotto, USMC, Lead for Additive Manufacturing/3D Printing Development and Implementation, HQMC (Installations and Logistics)



Tracy Frost, Acting Director, OSD ManTech Program, Director, DoD Manufacturing USA Institutes


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Dr. Kristian OliveroTech Director, OC-ALC, Air Force Materiel Command




Why You Should Attend this Year’s Summit:

DSI’s Advanced Materials for Defense Summit will serve as an educational forum for personnel from DoD, Military Services, Federal Agencies, and Industry to discuss the efforts to facilitate and implement technology-based options for advanced materials and manufacturing processes. The utilization of these strategic materials and engineering processes will help to drive down manufacturing costs and improve sustainability and readiness capabilities for the Warfighter.

Strategic materials and manufacturing processes are helping to advance current and future DoD logistics operations. Developing intuitive technologies to assist these operations is essential. With additional funding being designated to develop these advanced processes, there has come a greater push to ensure life cycle management for all major weapons systems and service platforms across the Military. Critical materials and manufacturing processes maintenance is vital to the maintaining and developing of US defensive capabilities.

To maximize the end products and enhanced capabilities these strategic materials and engineering processes have to offer, increased research and understanding of their knowledge gaps must occur. This will in turn provide the U.S. Military with greater operational flexibility and assist in the overall readiness capabilities of the Warfighter going forward.

Join us for this year’s Advanced Materials for Defense Summit to discuss the DoD’s plan to address the opportunities and challenges it will face, in trying to enhance the defensive industrial base with advanced materials and manufacturing processes.

Topics to be Covered at the 2018 Summit

-Advancing innovative materials research for critical defense needs

-Providing support to global logistics operations through enhanced manufacturing capabilities

-Developing high performance structural materials for Warfighting capabilities

-Developing materials and manufacturing sciences to ensure the development of affordable advanced materials

– Integrating high reward strategic materials that provide higher levels of combat power

– Ensuring material readiness and maintenance for major weapons systems

– Guiding 3D printing processes to accelerate Army manufacturing processes

– Integrating strategic materials onto soldier clothing and equipment to defeat and reduce threats of fragmentation and heat

– Assessing the impact of foreign investments into acquisition materials in the US

– Managing the utilization of Rare Earth Elements across the DoD


At our Summit you will 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 and Federal Government priorities by providing a conduit for officials to efficiently reach audiences outside of their respective offices that directly impact their department’s 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 employees and is considered an educational and training forum

(Industry and academia members are charged a fee of attendance)



Participating Organizations at Last Year’s Iteration Included:

BAE Systems, Jeco Plastics, Jenoptik, Light Weight Innovations Institute, 3M Company, SAMPE, Carnegie Mellon University, American Elements, SMI, Inc., Alion Science and Technology, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, Empire State Development, Defense Logistics Agency, Center for Joint & Strategic Logistics, Hexagon / NSIG, SPAWAR Systems Center Atlantic, ORNL Advanced Manufacturing Office, US Army RDECOM, UTARI, Argonne National Laboratory, BN Nano, ASM International, HQ-USAF, OUSD AT&L, Army Research Laboratory-Power and Energy Division & Weapons and Materials Research Directorate, DARPA, PEO Ground Combat Systems, PEO Soldier, Missile Defense Agency, ARCIC, DTRA, ODASD – Maintenance Policy and Programs, MolyWorks Materials Corporation, Materials Science and Engineering Division-NIST, Materials and Manufacturing Directorate-AFRL, HQMC-Installations and Logistics, NASA, DoD Corrosion Policy and Oversight Office, ASD L&MR, Air Force Materiel Command, APT Corporation , Army Materiel Command, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, John Hopkins University, and many more!


Exhibit and Sponsorship Information

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

Download the Sponsorship and Exhibiting Prospectus Here.

Advisory Board

DSI strives to provide the most up to date, mission relevant, topics and discussion points for our meetings.  In order to assure that we are providing the best subject content possible, our Advisory Board Members have volunteered to share their respective insight and expertise with us. We are truly grateful to have their support and guidance as we strive to continually create truly effective meetings and events for all.  Learn more about our Advisory Board Members.