Advanced Materials for Defense Summit to be held in Virginia

April 26, 2017

The American Defense Strategies Institute (DSI) has announced a summit, “Leveraging Advanced Materials and Processes to Strengthen America’s Defense”, to be held at the Mary M. Gates Learning Center, Alexandria, Virginia, USA, from July 18-19, 2017. The summit will focus on current efforts to develop and integrate technology-based options for advanced materials and manufacturing processes that alter the affordability, survivability, lifecycle cost and readiness capabilities to maintain current, and propel future, US Defensive capabilities.

Attending will be personnel from the US Department of Defense (DoD), Military Services, Federal Agencies, Academia and Industry, who will discuss the various opportunities and challenges that the DoD faces as it develops and integrates advanced materials and manufacturing processes within the defence industrial enterprise. Some of the key topics at on the agenda will be:

  • Materials processes for increased platform survivability and life extension
  • Increasing affordability of military equipment through adoption of advanced materials and manufacturing processes
  • Materials development for use in extreme environments
  • Developing civil engineering capabilities for enhanced force protection and sustainment
  • Leveraging advanced materials to meet the size, weight and power needed without sacrificing performance
  • Integrating materials development methodology guided by platform-level design intent
  • Developing 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing capabilities for enhanced material use
  • Advancing ICME capabilities for accelerated material discovery and development
  • Developing best practices in the management of materials data

As the cost and complexity of the military landscape grow exponentially, reports the DSI, US National Leadership must explore innovative technologies that provide a multitude of advanced capabilities at a reduced production cost. To achieve the full potential of advanced materials, emphasis is placed on researching and developing materials sciences and materials engineering capabilities to provide the US Military with the opportunity to integrate advanced capabilities throughout its enterprise, providing greater operational flexibility to the Warfighter and National Leadership.

The Advanced Materials Summit will provide opportunities including exhibit space, round table discussions, product demonstrations and networking receptions. Early-bird registration will be open at a discounted rate until May 26, 2017.

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