2020 Hypersonic Weapons Summit

​​An Air Force Magazine illustration of a hypersonic conventional strike weapon (HCSW) or “Hacksaw” after launch from an airborne platform (staff illustration by Mike Tsukamoto).

​​An Air Force Magazine illustration of a hypersonic conventional strike weapon (HCSW) or “Hacksaw” after launch from an airborne platform (staff illustration by Mike Tsukamoto).

Event Date: 
March 31, 2020 to April 2, 2020
Source: 
Institute for Defense and Government Advancement (IDGA)
Location: 
Washington, DC

The age of hypersonic weapons is upon us. In light of ongoing efforts to rapidly enable next-generation hypersonic capabilities, IDGA‘s Hypersonic Weapons events series has been established to comprehensively analyze and enable the realization of next-generation hypersonic technology and weaponry. Building on the success of our inaugural summit, the 2nd Annual Hypersonic Weapons Summit will provide a continuation and more thorough review of ongoing hypersonic capability development in order to capitalize on military advancements and initiatives. 

A hypersonic weapon fired from Washington, DC could reach Micronesia in just 30 minutes, which emphasizes the need to rapidly secure this capability as fast as possible. We are seeing swift developments across multiple hypersonic technologies that endanger current levels of battlefield overmatch for U.S. multidomain superiority. Of these challenges, the ones we cannot see, detect, or track provide the greatest level of threat, and that is why the development of hypersonic weapons is imperative.

As this capability and community continues to evolve from research and development (R&D), to the labs, and to the battlefield, it will require constant discussion and ongoing reviews to assure development of hypersonic weaponry continues at the speed of sound! Join IDGA’s Hypersonic Weapons International Summit for the unique opportunity to not only learn from those leading the technology revolution, but also to stake your own place in this rapidly evolving community.

Topics Covered Include:

  • • Efforts to Rapidly Field Hypersonics Across the Total Force 
  • • Service Roadmaps and Hypersonic Strategy
  • • Guiding Science and Technology (S&T) Efforts to Meet Extreme Hypersonic Engineering Challenges
  • • Advancing Partnership Development to Ease Unity of Efforts
  • • Testing Opportunities and Cross-Service Initiatives to Bolster Integration