Aerospace & Defense Leaders to Review $500 Billion In Programs At Aviation Week Conference
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Aerospace & Defense Leaders to Review $500 Billion In Programs At Aviation Week Conference

V-22 Osprey, JSF, 787 and Airbus Program Leaders to Present Status and Challenges

NEW YORK, Oct. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Executives, program managers, engineers and planners from commercial and military aerospace and defense organizations will gather November 14-16 in Phoenix for Aviation Week Group's Aerospace & Defense Programs and Productivity Conference, where attendees will obtain firsthand information on more than $500 billion worth of current and future programs.

The A&D Programs and Productivity Conference presents a complete examination of the state of the industry and a look at the top 25 programs, as defined by budget and development status, as well as the opportunities they bring to the industry's supply chain. The November 16 keynote address will discuss initial findings of the Quadrennial Defense Review, and the recent production approval for the V-22 Osprey will make the Rotorwing Challenges session particularly timely.

     The conference will be highlighted by keynote addresses by:

     - The Honorable Ken Kreig, Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition,
       Technology and Logistics
     - Doug Cooke, NASA Associate Administrator for Exploration Systems
       Mission Directorate (Acting)
     - Capt. Mike Carriker, 787 Chief Project Pilot

     Executive-level discussions focused on A&D programs and issues include:

     - Boeing 787 Dreamliner
     - Airbus Procurement Strategy
     - Future Combat Systems
     - F-35 Joint Strike Fighter
     - Eurofighter
     - Unmanned Combat and Reconnaissance Vehicles
     - Missile Defense
     - Apache Longbow, V-22 Tiltrotor and Army Aviation Transformation
     - SpaceShipOne: Lessons Learned from Pioneering Programs
     - Next Generation Avionics/Systems
     - Engineering Score Card: New Metrics for Productivity and Performance

The conference will open with a special one-day workshop, focused on program leadership excellence. This workshop will identify best practices in the areas of risk management, managing technical complexity, and establishing organizational processes to launch and maintain program peak performance. Program leaders will share how the best practices were developed, lessons learned, and the next steps to assuring continued excellence. The workshop will open with keynote speaker ADM (Ret) Mike Sharp, VP-Program Management, The Raytheon Co.

Additional information and online registration for A&D Programs and Productivity and the Program Excellence Best Practices Seminar are available at or by calling (212) 904-4483.

A&D Programs and Productivity is produced by Aviation Week Group in association with IBM. Gold level sponsor is PerkinElmer Fluid Sciences, and bronze level is PTC. The workshop is sponsored by The Boeing Company, Honeywell Aerospace, Lockheed-Martin, Northrop Grumman Corp., and the Raytheon Company.

About Aviation Week Group

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