Program Management Corner


Opening Trio Widens the Aperture on the Future of A&D Programs

Aviation Week Network’s Program Excellence Symposium provides participants with information on what is driving the demand for today’s programs across the defense, commercial and space sectors, as well as what is driving the programs of the future.

The Oct 23 symposium opens with USAF Secretary Heather Wilson who is riding herd over the service during a time of major shifts in priorities and policies. During her keynote at the Program Excellence Symposium, Secretary Wilson will share her concerns and priorities:

Managing and advancing the U.S. defense space capabilities
Modernizing the nation’s nuclear capabilities
Prioritizing future aircraft requirements

Next up is the Pentagon’s Director of Defense Pricing, Shay Assad. Mr. Assad has led efforts to improve program performance and affordability for over five years. He returns to the Program Excellence symposium to look at how industry and the Pentagon will move forward as new technologies and requirements dramatically change what programs must deliver in the future. And appropriately, moderator for the session is Mark Husband, director of executive programs for Defense Acquisition University.

And closing out this opening volley will be Alex Vacca. While Alex’s title is Business Assessment for Northrop Grumman, he is a nationally known speaker on how technologies and cultural changes are driving change across the aerospace and defense industry. It’s more than mere disruption as the infrastructure surrounding the systems and platforms A&D produces is changing.


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Program Excellence Initiative

Gather, analyze, learn, apply.

Aviation Week’s annual Program Excellence Symposium unites leaders from across aerospace and defense companies, from program/project leaders and engineers to the IT experts, supply chain managers and strategic planning executives who together create performance success. This year’s program —to be held Oct. 23 in McLean, Virginia — will include: 

Insight about the future of critical programs
Analyze where the industry stands in setting strategies for the near and long term
Three best practices that will improve your program performance today 



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Continuing Education Units

0.5 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are awarded to delegates of the 2017 Program Excellence Symposium by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University


Program Excellence Resources

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