Advanced Materials for Defense Summit: July 17-18, 2019 | Alexandria, VA 

DSI’s 3rd Annual Advanced Materials for Defense Summit will bring together members of the Military Services, DoD Labs, Federal Government, Academia, and Industry for a ‘Town-Hall’ type forum to discuss current and future initiatives to enable the integration of innovative, technology-based solutions for advanced materials and manufacturing processes. The development and implementation of strategic materials and manufacturing processes will aid in reducing cost, as well as provide sustainability and readiness capabilities for DoD logistics operations.


2019 Confirmed Speakers:


David Stapleton, SES, Director, Global Markets & Investments, DoD



Ross R. Guckert, SES, Deputy Program Executive Officer, PEO Soldier



Timothy J. Sakulich, SES, Director, Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory



Dr. Peter Matic, SES, Associate Director of Research, Materials Science and Component Technology Directorate (Code 6000), Naval Research Laboratory  



Leigh Method, SES, Deputy Director, Logistics, Engineering and Force Protection, Air Mobility Command HQ  



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



Col Timothy D. West, USAF, Acting Director, Aerospace Systems Directorate, AFRL



Dr. Bryan Love, Chief (A), Materials and Manufacturing Science Division, CCDEVCOM Army Research Laboratory



Download Agenda for Full Speaker List


Why You Should Attend this Year’s Summit:

DSI’s 3rd Annual Advanced Materials for Defense Summit will discuss current and future initiatives that are helping to assist with the implementation of modernized and innovative technologies for advanced materials and manufacturing processes. The facilitation and integration of strategic materials and manufacturing processes will enable reduced cost, as well as provide increased sustainability and readiness capabilities for DoD logistics and maintenance operations.

 As critical new DoD initiatives and funding efforts are being proposed for Hypersonics and Space, the emphasis on how to utilize these materials to assist in improving the performance and durability of various platforms and vehicles will be crucial. This agenda will further delve into how the various Military branches and Labs are striving to improve the size, weight, and power (SWaP) of these systems by using advanced materials. 

 The 2019 Summit will detail how continued R&D efforts are needed to understand the knowledge gaps with strategic materials and engineering processes. This will in turn provide greater operational flexibility and enhanced readiness capabilities for the Warfighter moving 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 propel the defense industrial base with advanced materials and manufacturing processes.

Topics Covered at the 2019 Summit:

  • – Developing affordable material solutions for current and future operating environments to ensure a
    decisive overmatch for the Warfighter
  • – Facilitating a sustainable and innovative defense industrial base in support of the Warfighter
  • – Delivering efficient policy on materiel readiness and maintenance for major weapons systems across the DoD
  • – Utilizing advanced materials to better enhance the performance of Soldier systems 
  •  – Advancing the full-spectrum of materials and manufacturing processes for USAF air superiority
  • – Using innovative materials & processing to improve the affordability and reliability of Naval platforms
  • – Ensuring material readiness across the Marine Corps for operational success
  • – Leveraging strategic materials to help keep hypersonic vehicles from overheating
  • – Implementing innovative material solutions for corrosion prevention and control 


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.



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


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 training forum, and a widely attended gathering.
  • (Industry and academia members are charged a fee for admission)