April 17-18, 2019 | Mary M. Gates Learning Center, Alexandria, VA

The 2019 DoD Hypersonic Capabilities Symposium brings together members of the DoD and Industry for an open dialogue about the various challenges and opportunities that exist in developing and employing hypersonic systems across the military. This educational forum will provide US military commands, government agencies, academia, and technology providers the chance to more effectively and efficiently pursue opportunities to harness the power of hypersonic technology.

2019 Confirmed Speakers:


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  • Gen Timothy Ray, USAF, Commander, Air Force Global Strike Command




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  • VADM Johnny Wolfe, USN, Director, Strategic Systems Programs


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  • LTG Neil Thurgood, USA, Director of Hypersonics, Directed Energy, Space and Rapid Acquisition, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics and Technology)


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  • Michael E. White, Assistant Director, Hypersonics, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense Research and Engineering


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  • Maj. Gen. Kirk S. Pierce, USAF, Deputy Director of Operations, Headquarters North American Aerospace Defense Command



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  • BGen Christian Wortman, USMC, Commanding General, Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory,
    Vice Chief, Office of Naval Research



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Why You Should Attend This Year’s Symposium


  • This educational symposium will bring together senior DoD officials, military leaders, academia, and solution providers to explore emerging concepts and capabilities in hypersonic weapons and systems in both offensive and defensive measures. The hypersonic market is predicted to be have sales of over $5 billon by the mid 2020’s and is the main priority of development for the Pentagon according to Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering Michael Griffin. hypersonic technology has the potential to be a ground-breaking technology that changes the way future wars are fought and the balance of global power.


  • DSI’s 2019 DoD Hypersonic Capabilities Symposium will emphasize the pressing need to develop offensive and defensive hypersonic technologies to counter and gain a lead on Russian and Chinese technological advances in this field. Hypersonic Missiles and Glide Vehicles can bypass conventional missile defense systems and pose a threat to US Forces across ground, air, and sea. Developing counter measures, as well as missiles of our own will provide the United States with the deterrence needed to prevent an attack against its forces and help maintain its place as the dominant global force.


  • This symposium will feature senior level discussions that emphasize the critical need for the rapid acquisition and development of hypersonic capabilities across all services. This program will allow for open and honest dialogue to solve the nation’s most difficult technical and strategic challenges.



Topics to be Covered at the Symposium:

  • – Developing and Fielding Transformative Hypersonic Capabilities
  • – Providing Strategic Deterrence and Global Strike Capabilities Through Hypersonic Weapons
  • – Impact of Hypersonic Capabilities on Future United States Marine Corps Operations
  • – Developing and Deploying A Next Generation Hypersonic Missile for Navy Ships
  • – Utilizing Hypersonic Technology to Improve Long Range Fires Capabilities
  • – Defending American Assets from Hypersonic Strikes
  • – Effects of Hypersonic Weapons On Global Security
  • – Efforts Towards Developing Efficient Hypersonic Engines


At Our Symposium 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 the hypersonics 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.



Operating Guidance for Government Attendees:

  • DSI’s Symposium directly supports DoD, IC, DHS, and 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 Symposium 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 Symposium is open and complimentary to all DoD and Federal employees and is considered an educational and training forum.
  • (Industry and academia members are charged a fee for admission)













Exhibit & Sponsorship Information

  • The 2019 DoD Hypersonic Capabilities Symposium provides opportunities including exhibit space, round table discussions, product demonstrations, and networking receptions.

Advisory Board

DSI strives to provide the most up to date, mission relevant, topics and discussion points for our meetings.  In order to assure that we are providing the best subject content possible, our Advisory Board Members have volunteered to share their respective insight and expertise with us. We are truly grateful to have their support and guidance as we strive to continually create truly effective meetings and events for all.  Learn more about our Advisory Board Members.