2024 Speakers

Dr. Mark Lewis
President & CEO
Purdue Applied Research Institute

Dr. Rodney Bowersox
Deputy Director, Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station
Senior Associate Dean for Research, College of Engineering
Holder, Ford Motor Co. Design Professorship I
Regents Professor,
Executive Director, University Consortium for Applied Hypersonics

Dr. James Weber
Principal Dir., Hypersonics
Office of the Director of Defense Research and Engineering (Modernization) (OUSD(R&E))
(Keynote Speaker)

Lieutenant General, (USA-ret) Neil Thurgood
Senior Vice President

William “Mac” McHenry ll
Senior Advisor to the Director, Defense Innovation Unit, Office of Secretary of Defense Director
Defense Engagement

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Participating Companies

Immerse yourself in cutting-edge discussions and gain valuable insights from industry leaders at the forefront of hypersonic technology.

About the Conference

With the proliferation of hypersonic systems increasing with both emerging and near peer adversaries the speed at which the U.S. needs to research, develop and advance U.S. hypersonic weapon technologies is at a critical stage. This summit will address these critical needs in advancement as well as how to use these technologies to further develop & enhance our global posture.

ACI’s interactive event will not only give you unprecedented close-up access to hypersonic experts each discussing the DoD’s approach to the ongoing global proliferation of hypersonic weapons, but will also give you opportunities for one-on-one networking with the people you want to learn and hear from the most.

The Conference runs under Chatham House rule with no media or press in attendance. Participants are strictly vetted; certain citizens are not admitted to the conference.

Enhance your understanding on Government/DoD and International Cooperation Plans and Policies to Maintain a Global Defensive Superiority

Learn about the Latest DoD Hypersonic Weapon Systems Posture, Programs & Emerging Capabilities and Opportunities for Industry

Meet policymakers, subject matter experts, and strategy leaders to inform your policy, transform concepts of operation, and enhance operational effectiveness

Understand Counter Hypersonic Technologies and Platforms – Challenging the Adversarial Threats

Top Organizations that have Attended

  • Aerojet Rocketdyne
  • BAE Systems
  • Battelle
  • Boeing
  • Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Defense Threat Reduction Agency
  • GE Edison Works
  • Jacobs
  • Kratos Defense and Security Solutions
  • Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
  • Leonardo DRS Land Systems
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Microsoft
  • Mitsubishi International Corporation
  • Moog Inc
  • NASA
  • National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
  • Northrop Grumman
  • Office of Naval Intelligence
  • OPNAV N81
  • OUSD R&E
  • Parsons Corp
  • Pratt & Whitney
  • Rafael advanced defense systems ltd.
  • Raytheon
  • Spirit Defense
  • Stanley Black and Decker
  • State Department PM/RSAT
  • Sweden Patriot Office, Huntsville AL
  • Texas A&M
  • Textron, Inc.
  • The Joint Staff
  • The National Air & Space Intelligence Center
  • U.S. Air Force
  • U.S. Army
  • U.S. Department of Defense
  • U.S. Navy
  • UK MOD
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Key Features of the 3rd National Summit on
Hypersonic Weapons Systems

Expert Led
Panel Discussions

Explore the forefront of innovation by participating in our panel discussions on Hypersonic Weapons Propulsion Systems, Hypersonic Ground Test Capabilities at Purdue University: From Low Disturbance to High Enthalpy, Hypersonic Propulsion Materials R&D, Advancements in Computational Simulation for Design, Analysis, and Virtual Flight Testing, High Cadence, Reusable, Hypersonic Flight Testing and more.


Discover the future of Hypersonic at our exclusive Keynote presentations. Delve into the insights and perspectives provided by the OUSD regarding the current state of Offensive and Defensive Hypersonic Weapons Needs & along with our 2nd Keynote focusing on cutting-edge RPA Collaborative Combat Aircraft Initiative.

Unmatched Networking Opportunities

Seize the opportunity to expand your professional network where like-minded individuals and industry trailblazers come together to foster connections, share insights, and explore collaborative possibilities in the ever-evolving landscape of innovation.

“This was a fantastic opportunity to engage with the leading minds in hypersonic research! I loved the panels and discussions on current challenges and progress, and I thoroughly enjoyed the dialogue and questions from the group during the Warfighter Integration panel. I look forward to attending this conference again next year!”
—Joint Innovation & Experimentation Division U.S. Navy, U.S. Indo-Pacific Command (INDOPACOM J81)
“The conference was exceptionally beneficial to me because of the many subject matter experts and thought leaders in hypersonic technology speaking and participating on the panels. The keynote speakers were thought provoking and informative.”
—Senior Director, Programs, Integrated Defense Solutions, BAE Systems, Inc., Intelligence & Security
“A perfect balance of government’s vision, industry’s leadership and networking opportunities.”
—Aerospace and Defense Team Lead, Ansys