November 3-4, 2021 | Alexandria, VA

DSI’s 4th Annual Advanced Materials for Defense Summit will discuss current and future research and development initiatives to discover, engineer, and deliver advanced materials and manufacturing processes to develop more innovative, resilient, durable, lighter-weight equipment, weapons, vehicles, and uniforms for combat. With this, the 2021 Summit will examine how the DoD is working to boost the affordability, life cycle sustainability, recyclability, readiness, and logistical operations of military systems and platforms.


2021 Confirmed Speakers:

Dr. Vic S. Ramdass, SES
Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Materiel Readiness

Dr. Jeffrey Zabinski, SES
Director, Weapons and Materials Research Directorate
Army Research Laboratory

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

Dr. Richard Vaia, ST
Chief Scientist, Materials and Manufacturing Directorate
Air Force Research Laboratory

Matthew Zolnowski
Special Advisor, Strategic Materials Sector Lead
OUSD A&S/DASD, Industrial Policy

Col Kirk Spangenberg, USMC
Director, Weapons Systems Management Center
Marine Corps Logistics Command

Robert Herron
Director, Corrosion Policy and Oversight Office

Download 2021 Agenda Here


Why You Should Attend This Summit:

DSI’s 4th Annual Advanced Materials for Defense Summit will focus on integrating advanced materials and manufacturing processes to positively enhance the operational effectiveness of military applications by increasing the durability and survivability, reducing the weight, and improving the sustainability of weapons, equipment, and platforms. The 2021 Summit will bring together speakers from the DoD Labs, military, and academia to discuss how to continually implement modernized technological solutions to deliver advanced materials science and manufacturing processes for increased functionality, efficiency, strength, and operational readiness.

As near-peer adversaries gain capabilities in cutting-edge weapons and platforms, the need for materials science research and engineering grows. Attendees at the event will have the unique opportunity to discuss the continued need to engineer and integrate advanced materials to maintain an operational advantage on the battlefield. Speakers will address the vitality of maximizing the sustainability and readiness and of improving the size, weight, and power (SWaP) of defense weapons, uniforms, and vehicles. The agenda will address specific topics including developing advanced materials to withstand extreme environments, reducing U.S. dependency on foreign Rare Earth Elements, ensuring a healthy industrial base, and facilitating the logistics of advanced materials to ensure combat readiness. This year’s panel will discuss the constant challenges of preventing and protecting material from corrosion to improve the life cycle sustainability and reduce maintenance costs.

Join us at this year’s forum to learn and discuss the opportunities and challenges facing the advanced materials science, acquisition, logistics, and sustainment communities as the DoD, industry, academia, and military work together to improve the operational readiness of the warfighter.



Topics to be covered at the 2021 Summit:

– Guiding DoD Policy for Maintenance Management of Advanced Materials and Military Equipment

– Acquiring Advanced Materials to Enable a Robust and Healthy Defense Industrial Base

– Developing and Delivering Advanced Materials and Technologies to Sustain Army Overmatch

– Envisioning the Air Force’s Research & Development of Cutting-Edge Air & Space Capabilities

– Exploring NRL Research and Development to Provide New Defense Materials to the Fleet

– Researching the Global Supply Chain of Advanced Materials to Enable Operational Capability

– Facilitating Corrosion Prevention and Control: Mitigating Costs and Maximizing Material Sustainability and Readiness


At our Symposium 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.


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.


Participating organizations at last year’s Summit:

Advanced Technology International (ATI), AFRL, Air Force Materiel Command, Air Mobility Command, Argonne National Laboratory, BAE Systems, Bell Flight, BNNano, Canadian Armed Forces, CCDEVCOM ARL, Cornerstone Research Group, Cree, DHS HIS, DLA, Ellwood Group, GAO, GINER, Government of Israel, Harper International, Innegra Technologies, Israel Ministry of Defence, KAIROS, Kyocera International, LIFT, Materion, MIT Lincoln Lab, NASA Glenn Research Center, NASA Langley Research Center, Naust Marine USA, Naval Surface Warfare Center, NCS Technologies, NIST, Northrop Grumman, NRL, OUSD (A&S)/DASD Industrial Policy, PEO Soldier, Sandia National Laboratories, Technology Center RAFAEL, The Mozolic Group, Timken Steel Corporation, Tinker AFB, University of Alabama, University of Dayton Research Institute, University of Michigan, University of Pittsburg, University of Southern Mississippi, USA, USAF, US Army Construction Engineering Research Laboratory, Virginia Tech, Wagstaff Applied Technology, II-VI Optical Systems, 167th TSC, and more.


Operating Guidance for Government Attendees:

– DSI’s Summit directly supports Military Labs, DoD, Government, & Industry priorities by providing a conduit for officials to efficiently reach audiences outside of their respective offices that directly impact their department’s mission success 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.

– The Summit is open and complimentary to all DoD and Federal employees and is considered an educational training forum, and a widely attended gathering.