Program Management Corner


Next Generation Aircraft Dominate Defense Discussions

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.

While industry leaders continuously lament the lack of new programs, in reality there are new program challenges to keep test pilots busy for the Pentagon for another generation. The Defense Department has its sights on a range of new aircraft programs, from a sixth-generation fighter to UAVs to trainers to OAX. Those responsible from developing these new capabilities will share their views of what is needed.

Panelists are Dave Bujold, Director Fixed Wing Programs, Phantom Works, Boeing Defense Space & Security; Gene Fraser, EVP Engineering, Northrop Grumman; and JD McFarlane, VP F-35 Test & Verification, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co.Jennifer DiMascio, Managing Editor-Defense & Space, Aviation Week, will moderate the session.


Top Weapons Buyer Looks To Shift Most Programs To Services 

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 



Program Excellence Evaluation Team

Past Program Excellence Submissions

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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

View summaries, photos, supplier information and recent articles about important aircraft, engine, satellite, UAV and other programs.


Gain an inside look at the processes and methods used by the industry’s top programs.

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