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Future Opportunities for Advanced Materials and Manufacturing Processes Within the Defense Industry

Defense Strategies Institute is pleased to announce the Advanced Materials for Defense Summit, occurring on July 18-19, 2017, at the Mary M Gates Learning Center, Alexandria, VA. This summit will focus on the efforts to develop and integrate technology-based options for advanced materials and manufacturing processes that drastically alter the affordability, survivability, lifecycle cost, and readiness capabilities to maintain current, and propel future U.S. Defensive capabilities.

Alexandria, VA, May 10, 2017 --( The integration and introduction of advanced manufacturing technologies has fundamentally transformed the methods in which the United States Government conducts acquisition, lifecycle management, supply chain management, and fabrication. The goal of advanced manufacturing is to provide greater operational flexibility to Warfighter and National Leadership, but this goal cannot be met without the strategic materials that make manufacturing processes possible. The US military, DoD, S&T organizations, academics and industry alike have taken an incredibly active role in developing additional capabilities for advanced materials that have, and will go on to supplement the U.S. defensive industrial base.

On July 18 & 19, Defense Strategies Institute will host the Advanced Materials for Defense Summit at the Mary M Gates Learning Center in Alexandria, VA. This summit will bring together personnel from DoD, Military Services, Federal Agencies, Academia, and Industry to 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.

Keynote Speakers to Include:
- Dr. John G. (Jerry) McGinn, Acting DASD, Manufacturing and Industrial Base Policy, OUSD AT&L
- Gregory Kilchenstein, Director, Enterprise Maintenance Technology, ODASD Maintenance Policy and Programs
- Dr. Timothy Bunning, Chief Scientist, Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, AFRL, Materials and Manufacturing Process Community of Interest Chair
- Dr. Mark VanLandingham, Division Chief, Materials and Manufacturing Science, U.S. Army Research Laboratory
- Kelly Morris, Chief of Research and Development, DLA Logistics Operations, Defense Logistics Agency

Keynote Panelists to Include:
- LtCol Howard Marotto, USMC, Lead for Additive Manufacturing/3D Printing Development and Implementation, HQMC (Installations and Logistics)
- William C. Harris, Technical Fellow, Manufacturing Technology, America Makes
- Dr. Mark Benedict, Senior Materials Engineer, Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory

New Topics For This Year's Summit
- 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
- Advancing ICME Capabilities for Accelerated Material Discovery and Development
- Developing Best Practices in the Management of Materials Data

Full agenda can be found at

DSI welcomes any questions to have posed during the forum: questions should align with the topics of the sessions.

Seating is limited –
In order to allow for actionable discussion and dialogue amongst speaker and attendees, seating will be limited. Early Registration has now begun. Register now to reserve your seat. Active military, government and State personnel attend complimentary. Those interested in participating in the 2017 Advanced Materials for Defense Summit can visit Defense Strategies Institute's website at

Anyone interested in learning more or sending questions contact Morgan at, 1-201-266-0058.

**Summit is closed to press / No Recordings**
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