Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center
Orlando, Florida, United States
15 - 19 April 2018
Plenary Events
Symposium-wide Plenary Session
Date: Monday 16 April 2018
Time: 5:00 PM - 6:55 PM
Welcome and Announcements
5:00 pm to 5:10 pm


Air Force Research Laboratory: Reflections of a Century, Projections for the Future
5:10 pm to 5:45 pm



Dr. Morley O. Stone
Chief Technology Officer,
Air Force Research Lab. (USA)




On December 4, 2017, the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) celebrated its 100th birthday. What started out at McCook Field in Dayton, Ohio, as an Army Air Corps center to research the use of airplanes in the military and seek improvements in airplane technology has morphed and grown over the years to the largest single aerospace research laboratory under a single command. Through those 100 years, scientists and engineers at AFRL and its predecessor laboratories have provided monumental accomplishments across a wide spectrum of technologies that have had dramatic impact on both the U.S. Air Force and the scientific and technical community at large. SPIE and its members, which include numerous Air Force and DoD scientific and technical professionals, have played a key enabling role in assisting with many of those accomplishments through its collective expertise, national and international conferences, exhibitions and scientific publications. This Defense Plenary presentation will look back at a few of those areas of key AFRL accomplishments, like electro-optical, infrared and radio frequency sensing and imaging, laser radar and precision munitions. It will look forward to identify some of the key technologies needed for the Air Force and the nation to maintain technological superiority in areas, like autonomy, human-machine teaming, and directed energy projection and protection.

Dr. Stone, a member of the U.S. Air Force’s scientific and technical cadre of senior executives, is the Chief Technology Officer for Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) headquartered at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, Ohio. As the primary adviser to the AFRL commander, he is responsible for assisting with the planning and execution of the Air Force's $2.1 billion science and technology program and an additional $2.3 billion of customer funded research and development. He also serves as the corporate-level science and technology interface for a government workforce of nearly 6,000 in the laboratory's nine technology directorates and the 711th Human Performance Wing (711 HPW).

Prior to assuming his present position, Dr. Stone served as the Chief Scientist of AFRL’s 711 HPW 2008-2014. There he was responsible for the technical direction of a broad, multi-disciplinary research and development portfolio focused on understanding and improving human performance. He also served as the Chair of the Department of Defense’s Autonomy Community of Interest 2011-2014. He was the Senior Scientist of Molecular Systems Biotechnology for AFRL 2007-2008, and 2003-2006 he was a Program Manager with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). He joined government service in 1992 and served more than 15 years as a research engineer, research biologist and research manager in AFRL’s Materials and Manufacturing Directorate.

He earned his Ph.D. in biochemistry from Carnegie Mellon University in 1997 and has 25 years research experience in the areas of biotechnology, materials science and human performance. He is a recipient of the Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Service, the Office of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Civilian Service, the Fed100 Award and Carnegie Mellon University’s Alumni Merit Award. Dr. Stone is a Fellow of Air Force Research Laboratory and of the International Society of Optical Engineering.


Innovation for a Secure Future
5:45 pm to 6:20 pm



Ray O. Johnson
Bessemer Venture Partners, Executive in Residence
and former Sr. VP and CTO of Lockheed Martin




Ray O. Johnson, an American executive focused on business, innovation, and diversity, is the former Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of the Lockheed Martin Corporation. Johnson guided the Corporation’s technology vision and provided corporate leadership in the strategic areas of technology, engineering, production operations, supply chain, program management, and sustainment, which included more than 72,000 people working on more than 4,000 programs that provided some of the nation’s most vital security systems. Johnson has a proven track record in managing large P&L organizations, developing and executing growth and technology strategies, and achieving operational excellence in diverse business environments.


Directed Energy
6:20 pm to 6:55 pm



Henry A. "Trey" Obering III
Executive Vice President
Directed Energy Innovation Services Officer
Booz | Allen | Hamilton

Past Director, Missile Defense Agency
and
Lieutenant General, U.S. Air Force (Retired)



Few today doubt the efficacy and impact of precision strike kinetic weapons delivered under wing of a US warplane. The threat alone is often sufficient to cause bad actors almost anywhere to withdraw and rethink overt hostility. At its face value this outcome must be considered a US foreign policy win; clearly precision strike has had many PR wins, most recently on depowering the ISIL fighters entrenched in Syria and Iraq.

Such a show of air dominance, even used with the highest level of restraint is costly. Non-state actors, vanquished on the battlefield, meld back into the indigenous population without a formal capitulation, reconciliation and cessation of hostile intent. If they do not re-group into a formal fighting force smaller scale guerrilla attacks from the formerly overt combatants and their sympathizers often ensue. Furthermore, IEDs and small weaponized UXX’s including those used for reconnaissance are affordable and proliferate. Militaries such as the USA challenged to engage need a higher precision lower cost per shot tool to hit smaller, softer, targets.

Lasers have promised precision strike & low cost almost since the 1960’s. High levels of investment over the years have yielded incredible results, ABL for example. However, these lasers designed for boost phase intercept at incredible range are still emerging technologies. The disruption over the past decade driven by industrial acceptance and need has been the fiber laser, spectral, and coherent beam combination technology, and the emergence of low cost pump diodes. Lasers made from these components promise to be both useful, at lower powers and shorter ranges, and affordable in the very near term. The Ponce deployment showed us that the warfighter is ready to embrace the technology with enthusiasm. We in the defense world see and encourage development & maturation of the myriad components and technologies necessary for the deployment of fiber lasers. Not just the new but also existing components in terms of higher efficiency, smaller size and greater life expectancy for both the industrial & defense markets.

Trey Obering is a Booz Allen Hamilton Executive Vice President based in McLean, Virginia. He works with clients in the Directed Energy area across the DoD and Intelligence communities. An expert in acquisition and program management, he also works with clients in the Air Force Materiel Command, Air Force Space Command, and Missile Defense markets. He leads the Acquisition Program Management and Logistics Functional Community which develops and improves the skills of the hundreds of acquisition and logistics professionals across the firm. Based on his experience, he has led two National Academy of Sciences committees sponsored by the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Acquisition) to help the Air Force improve the management of their programs. Prior to joining Booz Allen, he led a comprehensive review of the National Reconnaissance Office for the Director, National Intelligence, which provided a new charter for that organization.

Mr. Obering retired from the US Air Force as a Lieutenant General with more than 35 years of experience in space and defense systems development, integration, and operations. He served as Director of the 8,500-person Missile Defense Agency, Office of the Secretary of Defense. He was the Department of Defense (DoD) Acquisition Executive for the nation’s $10 billion per year missile defense portfolio. In addition, he served as the program manager for the Ballistic Missile Defense System. Prior to his assignment at MDA, he planned and programmed 68 joint, Air Force and international programs with a $28 billion budget as Mission Area Director for Information Dominance on the Air Staff.

Mr. Obering entered the Air Force in 1973 after completing the University of Notre Dame's ROTC program as a distinguished graduate. He received his pilot wings in 1975 and flew operational assignments in the F-4E. Later, he was assigned to the Space Shuttle program and participated in 15 space shuttle launches as a NASA orbiter project engineer and was responsible for integrating firing room launch operations. Other assignments include tours with the Air Force Inspector General, the Defense Mapping Agency, and Electronic Systems Center.

Mr. Obering has twice earned the DoD’s highest non-combat award, the Defense Distinguished Service Medal for leadership. In 2008, he received the prestigious University of Notre Dame Rev. William Corby Award recognizing alumni who have led a distinguished military career. He was honored by the National Defense Industrial Association’s Missile Defense Division with the 2011 Kadish Award for Acquisition Excellence.

He received a B.S. degree in Aerospace Engineering from Notre Dame University and an M.S. degree in Astronautical Engineering from Stanford University.
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