Events

Embracing Digital Acquisition for Agility and Resilience

March 7, 2024

The National Press Club | In-Person Only

This year’s AIRC Research Review (ARR) will be held on March 7, 2024, at The National Press Club (in-person only). The ARR will feature senior national security leaders committed to acquisition innovation, including HON. William “Mac” Thornberry and HON. Dr. William LaPlante (invited). The ARR expects to involve over 200 individuals from across academia, government, and industry and will be AIRC’s premier event of the year. Selected research faculty will highlight major AIRC research initiatives with sponsors in the Department of Defense (DoD) and gain perspective on defense acquisition challenges and initiatives from DoD’s most senior acquisition leaders. Embracing Digital Acquisition for Agility and Resilience is our theme of this year’s ARR. We hope to see you there.

Speakers

Mac Thornberry
HON. William “Mac” Thornberry
Former Chairman, House Armed Services Committee
William LaPlante
HON. Dr. William LaPlante (Invited)
Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment (USD(A&S))
Doug Bush
HON. Douglas R. Bush
Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics
Nickolas Guertin
HON. Nickolas H. Guertin
Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development, and Acquisition
Hon Andrew Hunter Bio (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Chad Trujilo)
HON. Andrew P. Hunter
Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics
Kristen Baldwin_sq_1
Ms. Kristen J. Baldwin, SES
Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Science, Technology, and Engineering, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics
Mr. Mark E. Krzysko, SESPrincipal Deputy Director for Acquisition Data and Analytics within OSD
Mr. Mark Krzysko, SES
Deputy Director, Acquisition Policy and Innovation
Sandra Hubson
Dr. Sandra Hobson, SES
Operational Test and Evaluation, Office of the Secretary of Defense
Dr. Dinesh Verma
Dr. Dinesh Verma
Executive Director, AIRC
Dr. Philip S. AntonChief Scientist, Acquisition Innovation Research Center​
Dr. Philip Antón
Chief Scientist, AIRC
Dr. Laura Freeman
Dr. Laura Freeman
Virginia Tech
Philomena Zimmerman
Ms. Phil Zimmerman
Stevens Institute of Technology

Agenda

7:00 AM

Registration and Light Breakfast

8:00 AM

Kickoff and Opening Remarks

8:15 AM

Fireside Chat on Opportunities for Acquisition Innovation
HON. William “Mac” Thornberry, Former Chairman, House Armed Services Committee

9:15 AM

Networking Break

9:30 AM

AIRC Research Initiatives

Defense Civilian Training Corps (DCTC)
Mr. Mark Krzysko, SES, Deputy Director, Acquisition Policy and Innovation
Dr. Dinesh Verma, Executive Director, AIRC

T&E in a Digital Context
Dr. Sandra Hobson, SES, Operational Test and Evaluation, Office of the Secretary of Defense
Dr. Laura Freeman, Virginia Tech
Dr. Philip Antón, Chief Scientist, AIRC

Digital Materiel Management
Ms. Kristen Baldwin, SES, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Science, Technology, and Engineering
Ms. Phil Zimmerman, Stevens Institute of Technology

10:30 AM

Networking Break

10:45 AM

Goals for Digital Acquisition Innovation
HON. Dr. William LaPlante, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment (USD(A&S)) (Invited)

11:15 AM

Senior Acquisition Executive Panel: Practical Issues and Insights for Embracing Digital Acquisition
HON. Douglas R. Bush, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics
HON. Nickolas H. Guertin, Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development, and Acquisition
HON. Andrew P. Hunter, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics

12:30 PM

Closing Remarks

Location

The National Press Club
529 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20045

The National Press Club is just east of the White House. From the Pentagon: 14 minutes on the DC Metro to Metro Center, or 10-minute drive with pay parking nearby.

Lodging

A discounted room block at the Hamilton Hotel is available until February 9, 2024.

Contact

 For more event information, please contact Jessica Pascual.