August 21, 2008

Aerospace & Defense Leaders Tackle Complex Programs at the AVIATION WEEK A&D Programs Conference in San Diego, Nov. 13-14

NEW YORK, Aug. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- AVIATION WEEK will present its Aerospace & Defense (A&D) Programs Conference on November 13-14, 2008 at the Paradise Point Hotel in San Diego, CA, an opportunity for program and project managers, engineers, and supply chain leaders to discuss the highly complex A&D programs of the 21st century and learn best practices for managing programs for optimal success.

The theme of the conference is "Complex Programs: Too Hot to Handle?" and alludes to both the sunny event location and the high-pressure environment of A&D programs today. Presenters will identify pain points in program performance and the best ways to lead complex programs around them by effectively analyzing technological, financial and logistical challenges. Special sessions on the election's impact on A&D, one week after the U.S. has chosen its next president, and a look at emerging defense programs, such as the Broad Area Maritime Surveillance Unmanned Aircraft System and Joint Cargo Aircraft, will provide crucial information for anyone involved in A&D program management, development or implementation.

Tom Ridge, senior advisor to Deloitte LLP and former Secretary of Homeland Security, will deliver the opening keynote address, "World Events and Impact on Aerospace/Defense/Security Sectors," followed by a Q&A session. Other prominent speakers include representatives from:

   Boeing Commercial Airplanes          Honeywell   CRA International                    IBM   Dassault Systemes/Enovia             L-3 Communications Integrated Systems   Deloitte Consulting LLP              Lockheed Martin Aeronautics   Forerunner Foundation                Northrop Grumman   GE Infrastructure/Aviation Systems   PricewaterhouseCoopers   Goodrich                             Rockwell Collins    

AVIATION WEEK, the largest multimedia information and services provider to the global aerospace and defense industries, will kick off the A&D Programs Conference with the Program Excellence Best Practices Seminar, offering lessons learned from the industry's top program managers, on November 12 at the same location. Combined pricing is available.

Additional information and registration are available at, or by calling +1-800-240-7645 or +1-212-904-4682. Register by October 3 for a discount. Special rates apply for government, military, airlines, partners, sponsors, and groups of three or more.

A&D Programs is produced by AVIATION WEEK Conferences & Exhibitions, in association with IBM, and with support from Forecast International. Dassault Systemes and Deloitte LLP are silver sponsors. Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) and Parametric Technology Corporation (PTC) are bronze sponsors. The Program Excellence Awards Luncheon is sponsored by PricewaterhouseCoopers, and CSC is the breakfast sponsor. Media sponsors include Aviation Week & Space Technology and Defense Technology International.


AVIATION WEEK, a division of The McGraw-Hill Companies, is the largest multimedia information and services provider to the global aviation, aerospace and defense industries, and includes the publications Aviation Week & Space Technology, Defense Technology International, Business & Commercial Aviation, Overhaul & Maintenance, ShowNews, Aviation Daily, The Weekly of Business Aviation, Aerospace Daily & Defense Report and the World Aerospace Database. The group's website,, offers the industry's most reliable news, information, search and online community tools. Premium content services include the Aviation Week Intelligence Network, MRO Prospector, and the new Top-Performing Companies Benchmarking Tool. The group also produces prominent conferences, exhibitions and management forums around the world.

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