FINAL PROGRAM : September 9th, 2015 | National Press Club | PDF Version | Conference Booklet

Co-moderators Beth M. McCormick, Director, Defense Technology Security Administration (Confirmed) & MG. Finn Kristian Hannestad, Defense Attaché, Embassy of Norway, Washington, DC (Confirmed)


0800-0810 Introduction of Moderators


0810-0855 Better Buying and Capability Development

  • Hon. Frank Kendall, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition Technology & Logistics, DoD  (Confirmed)


0855-0915 International Perspective

  • Morten Tiller, National Armaments Director, Norway (Confirmed)


0915-1030 International Engagement & Nurturing Capability

  • VADM Joseph W. Rixey, USN, Director, DSCA (Confirmed)
  • Ann Castiglione-Cataldo, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Defense Exports & Cooperation (Confirmed)
  • Heidi Grant, DUSD, International Affairs, Office of the Under Secretary of the Air Force (Confirmed)
  • RADM. James J. Shannon, USN, DASN(IP)/Director, Navy International Programs Office (Confirmed)

Moderator: Matthew Warren, Director, International Armaments Cooperation, OUSD (AT&L) (Confirmed)


1030-1045 BREAK


1045-1130 A Conversation about Defense Budgets, Programs and Future Enablers

  • Mackenzie Eaglen, Resident Scholar, AEI (Confirmed)
  • Todd Harrison, Director of Defense Budget Analysis and a Senior Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (Confirmed)
  • Michael E. O'Hanlon, Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution (Confirmed)

Moderator: Vago Muradian, Editor, Defense News (Confirmed)


1130-1220 Future Technology Drivers and Creating Capability

  • Johnny Bardal, Director of Air and Space Systems Division, Norwegian Research Establishment (Confirmed)
  • Earl Wyatt, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Emerging Capability & Prototyping (Confirmed)

Moderator: Tim Sneek, Defence Cooperation Attaché, Royal Netherlands Embassy, Washington, DC (Confirmed)


1230-1400 Lunch: JSF Update

  • LtGen. Christopher C. Bogdan, USAF, Program Executive Officer, F-35 Lightning II Joint Program Office (Confirmed)

Introduction: Simon Gadd, Counselor, Defence Acquisition and Tech., British Embassy, Washington, DC (Confirmed)


1415-1445 BMD Update

  • Richard Matlock, SES, Program Executive for Advanced Technology, Missile Defense Agency (Confirmed)


1445-1545 Forging Exporting Reform

  • Craig Healy, Director, Export Enforcement Coordination Center “E2C2” (Confirmed)
  • Brian H. Nilsson, Director Non-Proliferation & Export Control, National Security Council (Confirmed)
  • Kenneth Oukrop, Director, Licensing Directorate, DTSA (Confirmed)
  • Ed Peartree, Director, Office Of Defense Trade Controls Policy, State Department (Confirmed)
  • Kevin J. Wolf, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Administration (Confirmed)

Moderator: Dan Fankhauser, Counselor, Defence Materiel, Embassy of Australia, Washington, DC (Confirmed)


1545-1615 M&A and Innovative Industry Arrangements

  • Byron K. Callan, Director, Capital Alpha Partners LLC (Confirmed)
  • Frank Finelli, Managing Director, The Carlyle Group (Confirmed)
  • Grant Rogan, Founder, Blenheim Capital Partners, LLC (Confirmed)
  • John Stack, MD, Aerospace Leader, McLean Group Investment Banking (Confirmed)

Moderator: Robert Levinson, Senior Defense Analyst, Bloomberg Government (Confirmed)


1615-1700 Global Industrial Partnerships

  • Morten Brandtzæg, CEO, Nammo (from Aug 24th) (Confirmed)
  • Patrick M. Dewar, Executive Vice President, Lockheed Martin International (Confirmed)
  • Robert Fitzpatrick, Vice President, Raytheon Missile Systems (Confirmed)
  • RADM (Ret) Mark Heinrich, CEO and President, AAMSI (Confirmed)

Moderator: Steve Grundman, M.A. and George Lund Fellow for Emerging Defense Challenges, Atlantic Council (Confirmed)

1715-1900 Conference Reception 

The organizers reserve the right to change the program based on speaker availability and world events