November 15, 2022

National Press Club, Washington DC | Hybrid

This event unites a national network of defense practitioners and researchers across government, industry, and academia to discuss issues of national and global significance and share updates and progress on research addressing the most challenging issues facing the Department of Defense.

Welcome & Opening Remarks

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Dr. Jianmin Qu
Provost, Stevens Institute of Technology

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HON. Dr. Paul Kaminski
Chairman, SERC & AIRC Advisory Board; Chairman and CEO of Technovation, Inc.

Dr. Dennis McBrideDirector of Acquisition Innovation Research Center in the Office of the Secretary of Defense

Dr. Dennis McBride
AIRC Director, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment (OUSD(A&S))

Mr. Mark E. Krzysko, SESPrincipal Deputy Director for Acquisition Data and Analytics within OSD

Mr. Mark Krzysko, SES
Principal Deputy Director, Enterprise Information, Acquisition Data and Analytics, OUSD(A&S)

Plenary Panel

Innovation in Acquired Systems: Opportunities and Systemic Impedance Factors to Boosting Innovation

Moderator: Mr. Christopher C. O’Donnell, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Acquisition (Acting)

Industry Perspectives

Mr. Ron Keesing, Senior VP for Technology Integration, Leidos Corp.
Brig. Gen. (Ret.) R. Scott Stapp, VP & Corporate Chief Technology Officer, Northrop Grumman Corp.
Dr. Steven Walker, VP & Chief Technology Officer, Lockheed Martin Corp.


Legislative Session Panel

Professional Staff Member Panel: Legislative Priorities and Perspectives on Acquisition Innovation

Moderator: Mr. David Drabkin, Esq., AIRC Fellow
Mr. Kevin Gates
, Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC)
Ms. Karen Thornton, House Armed Services Committee (HASC)

Commercial Industry Panel

Emerging Industrial Perspectives to Enable the National Defense Strategy

Moderator: Mr. Matthew Rose, Adobe; AIRC Innovation Panel (AIP) member 
Mr. Jeff Ryder
, VP Growth & Strategy, General Motors Defense; AIP member
COL (Ret.) W. Mark Valentine, Head of Federal, Scale AI 

Research Presentations

AIRC Research
Dr. Mo Mansouri, Stevens Institute of Technology
Dr. Michael McGrath, AIRC Fellow


AIRC Research: Engineering Model Tools to Inform Portfolio Management
Dr. Dan DeLaurentis, Chief Scientist, SERC; Purdue University


Dr. Philip S. Antón, Chief Scientist, AIRC; Stevens Institute of Technology


COL. (Ret.) Stoney Trent, Virginia Tech
Dr. Hoong Yan See Tao, Stevens Institute of Technology


Dr. Philip S. Antón, Chief Scientist, AIRC; Stevens Institute of Technology


Establishing a Foundation for Digital Acquisition Innovation
Dr. Laura Freeman, Virginia Tech
Dr. Maegen Nix, Virginia Tech Applied Research Corp.


Dr. Laura Freeman, Virginia Tech


Dr. Amanda Girth, The Ohio State University
Dr. Mike Rayo, The Ohio State University


Dr. Daniel Selva, Texas A&M University


Lt. Col. Daniel Finkenstadt, Naval Postgraduate School
Dr. Robert Handfield, North Carolina State University
Dr. Arnav Jhala, North Carolina State University


Mr. David Drabkin, Esq., AIRC Fellow
Mr. Christopher Yukins, Esq., AIRC Fellow



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Contact Us

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