Hypersonics Forum

Hypersonics Forum

July 12th, 2022 9:00am EST   Virtual, ON24

Advanced hypersonic weapons and vehicles have emerged as some of the highest priorities for defense agencies and military branches as the nation works to combat significant adversarial pacing threats, bolster deterrence power and remain at the forefront of global competition. 

Currently, the U.S. Army and Navy are working to enhance their strike capabilities in contested environments through the joint development of two hypersonic weapons, the intermediate-range Conventional Prompt Strike capability and the Long Range Hypersonic Weapon. As these two weapons undergo testing, analysis and further development, they lay the foundation for consequential advancements on the horizon in next-generation hypersonic defense technology.

With speeds more than five times the speed of sound, hypersonic weapons are expected to increase the range, efficacy and speed of air and missile defense capabilities, but factors like high cost, lack of funding and maneuverability pose challenges for the Department of Defense in the research, development and implementation of these cutting-edge hypersonic technologies.

Join ExecutiveBiz Events for the platform’s Emerging Technologies: Hypersonics Forum to hear from distinguished federal and industry officials as they discuss the increasingly crucial role of public-private partnerships in the next level of hypersonics development as it pertains to paramount issues including national security, military capabilities and strategic competition in today’s constantly evolving threat landscape.


  • Ralph Klestadt
    Ralph Klestadt - Moderator
    Hypersonics Chief Engineer, Raytheon Missiles and Defense

  • Michael White
    Michael White - Keynote
    Principal Director, Hypersonics (OUSD R&E), U.S. Department of Defense (DOD)

    Michael E. White is the Principal Director for Hypersonics (PD,H) in the Office of the Director of Defense Research and Engineering (Modernization) within the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (OUSD(R&E)). In that capacity, Mr. White is responsible for leading the Nation's vision and strategy for developing offensive and defensive warfighting capability enabled by hypersonic systems. This includes establishing the roadmap for the DoD-wide developments being pursued to field transformational warfighting capability enabled by hypersonic systems. The roadmap includes air, land and sea based hypersonic strike capabilities as well as the systems required to enable comprehensive layered defeat of adversary hypersonic capability. The efforts also include future developments based on reusable hypersonic systems. The portfolio of activity he is responsible for is in excess of $3B annually across the Services, OSD, MDA, DARPA, and SCO. SDA also has a key role in developing space as an enabler. Before his current position, Mr. White was Head of the Air and Missile Defense Sector at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory where he led over 1,100 staff members developing advanced concepts to enhance the Nation's air and missile defense capability. Prior to this 2016 appointment as Sector Head, and starting in 2005, Mr. White served as the APL Mission Area Executive for Air and Missile Defense where he was responsible for a program portfolio that included AEGIS, STANDARD Missile, Ship Self Defense System, Cooperative Engagement Capability, the Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program, and Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense, along with numerous other Navy and Missile Defense Agency programs. Mr. White earned both his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Maryland.

  • 9:00am - 9:05am EST

    Welcome & Opening Remarksu00a0

  • 9:05am - 9:45am EST

    Keynote Speaker: Michael White

  • 9:45am - 10:45am EST


  • 10:45am - 10:50am EST

    Closing Comments

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