2020 Air, Space, & Cyber Conference

AFA’S AIR, SPACE, & CYBER CONFERENCE RECAP

Over 12,000 attendees were treated to 3 days of informative speaker sessions and more than 149 exhibitor booths at AFA’s 2019 Air, Space, & Cyber Conference. The conference was themed “Expanding the Competitive Edge.” Check out audio recordings, videos, program guide, and photos of the 2019 conference and explore in-depth coverage by Air Force Magazine.

2020 Strike Challenge Mobility Demonstration

2020 Strike Challenge – Domestic Capabilities and Specialized Response Equipment Demonstration

For 2020, the Strike Challenge affords U.S. industry the opportunity to present current and evolving domestic capability (DOMOPS) and specialized response equipment/systems. The event encompasses tactile interactive demonstration of equipment specifically designed for emergency response, survivability, security, search and rescue (SAR), and “special” operations. Strike Challenge traditionally focuses on compact (man-pack and/or light mobility), efficient, and advanced support systems/equipage developed by industry to provide a force multiplier to the light responder/specialized unit or government agency conducting high-consequence, critical success missions.

Objective: 

Strike Challenge 2020 provides opportunity for participants to assess products from various U.S. suppliers in a series of scenarios and/or tactile interactions focusing on U.S. government response.

Equipage involving response and recovery during chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear; manmade; and natural disaster events will be on hand. Participants will have the capability to participate in demonstrations on products that will allow detection, identification, decontamination, and protection while operating in a contaminated environment. Use of high-mobility platforms (ground and water) will provide the participants with various methods to transport personnel into the scene and extract first responders and victims in austere environments, such as land and maritime.

Command, control, and sustainment are essential during the response and recovery phases of disaster events. Participants will be able to view and assess traditional and nontraditional equipage unique to responders within a common operating picture, such as minimized infrastructure. Aspects include remote power generation/restoration, critical communications, SAR and security team extended sustainment, human survival condition, and other related capabilities to enhance and multiply first response.

The innovative tactical systems on hand during Strike Challenge share common utility with Special Operations components. These shared applications allow parallel evaluation of the equipage from the unique perspective of the specialized operator.

In order to maximize collection of scientific and technical information on the systems undergoing evaluation and help transition knowledge on the systems into the U.S. Department of Defense and other agencies, the DTIC Defense Systems Information Analysis Center (DSIAC) will be supporting the 2020 Strike Challenge Demo. Event organizers and DSIAC representatives will be on-site to capture user feedback of demonstrated functionality through after-action reports. This information is the onus behind participating industry elements to evolve, develop, and eventually propose new and/or emerging Warfighter capabilities. (NOTE:  There is no implied or expected government acquisition at Strike Challenge.)

Minimum Salient Requirements/Characteristics of Strike Challenge Demonstration:

All products available under the auspices of Strike Challenge shall fundamentally demonstrate the salient, physical, functional, or other characteristics desired as a future or current capability set forth by experienced end users. The resultant after action may eventually be relied upon to generate or meet the future essential needs of the mobilized Warfighter and/or government agent.

Period of Performance:

Period of performance for this dynamic demonstration shall be from September 1 through September 3, 2020. Exhibitors will be required on-site for setup by August 31, 2020. Attendee travel dates will be August 31 and September 4, 2020.

During the event, all exhibitors are freely encouraged to conduct demonstrations at their assigned Virginia International Raceway (VIR) or Hyco Lake location. Each exhibitor who purchases a demo will be scheduled (program) to conduct their demo to benefit all attendees at a set-aside location.

Special Considerations and Amenities:

  1. On-Site Logistics & Safety
    • Limited shuttle transportation will be available for demonstrating site-to-site movement (travel between VIR and Hyco Lake is ~15 minutes).
    • Lodging and camping are available at VIR. Lodging is also available in nearby Danville, VA, and Roxboro, NC.
    • First responders and ambulance will be available or onsite during the 3-day demonstration.
  2. Direct Interactive Participant Activity
    • As part of Strike Challenge, attendees may choose to operate tactical land vehicles, watercraft, mounted weapons, and specialized DOMOPS/SAR equipment. Operations will involve traversing difficult terrain and obstacles; temporarily occupying, entering, and egressing through VIR buildings that may be in a variety of physical conditions; handling sensitive electronic devices; entering, exiting, riding, and using military support vehicles; and navigating a semi-autonomous vehicle and other unique advanced equipment. Instruction will be provided, and specialists will be on hand to monitor/assist all activity. Attendees that opt to do so must sign a mandatory event waiver and freely and voluntarily assume any and all risk of injury that such activities may potentially involve.

Assessors:

DSIAC is soliciting personnel with DOMOPS, Expeditionary Forces, First Responder, Special Operations Forces, and/or technology RDT&E experience and expertise to assist in the assessing demonstrated products. If you would like to be considered, when registering, please select “Assessor” in the “Participation” drop-down list. You will then be asked to provide additional information related to your practical experience.

NOTE:  The sponsors recognize that assessors are providing support on a “voluntary” basis. As such, assessor activities will be accomplished during normal event hours. Although a “Hotwash” opportunity will be provided at the end of each day to review assessment forms, this is not mandatory. Assessment forms can be turned in to an IAC representative and reviewed at any time during the day.

Rain-Out Information:

This is an all-weather demonstration. Exercises may be conducted in inclement weather; however, covered/protected areas are limited. Therefore, plan accordingly and bring a poncho or other appropriate clothing.

Food/Drink:

Continental breakfast with pastries, fruit, and a coffee bar will be included at the event site. Unlimited, no-fee specialty coffee drinks will be available from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. (Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday).  Two no-fee socials will occur on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings.

MegaRust 2020 – Naval Corrosion Conference

MegaRust is conducted annually to provide a consolidated focus on Navy corrosion issues. Corrosion is a major factor in the readiness and total ownership cost of naval systems. This conference is intended to provide updated information on programs, policies, standards, and fleet experience related to corrosion and promote discussion and sharing of information on technologies and strategies for controlling corrosion.

The conference provides an impartial forum for dialogue between government and commercial organizations and providers of coatings and corrosion control products, processes, technologies, and solutions. Participants include representatives from military, industry, and government organizations involved with research and development, design, engineering, construction, maintenance, modernization, and operation of naval systems that are potentially affected by corrosion. The conference covers all segments of the naval services, including sea, air, Marine Corps, vehicles, and facilities.

“New Technologies are sometimes difficult to introduce to DoD. MegaRust and ASNE have created a platform for businesses from other industries to come together with the DoD to share information on corrosion and best work practices. In May 2018, VSM Group arrived in San Diego to our first MegaRust feeling skeptical about attending. Two hours after our arrival, we engaged in in-depth conversations and meetings with key stakeholders of the U.S. Navy and DoD. One month after attending, MegaRust VSM Group was conducting its very first demo for the U.S. Navy, and in 2019, we have traveled to several Navy installations conducting demos and inspections. The methods used by MegaRust and ASNE staff to bring companies and like-minded individuals together in the same room gave our company the products exposure and created an interest within all attending participants and the DoD, which, to us, was immeasurable.” – Paul Townsend and Walter Hudson III, VSM Group, LLC

2020 International Armored Vehicles USA

The world’s leading armored vehicle conference brand is coming to the United States in June 2019. The inaugural International Armored Vehicles (IAVs) USA event will take place in Austin, TX, the new home of U.S. Army Futures Command HQ, as it transitions to full operational capability. We are also delighted to announce the participation of General John M. Murray – Commanding General of Futures Command – as a keynote speaker at the event.

One of the six key priority areas for the Futures Command – and established as a cross-functional team at inception – is the Next Generation Combat Vehicle portfolio.  The portfolio encompasses the complete future maneuver capability for the U.S. Army, and its contingent programs offer a number of opportunities for industry to shape its strategic direction. International Armored Vehicles USA will provide a forum through which these opportunities can be explored in a meaningful way.

The Armored Multipurpose Vehicle and the Mobile Protected Firepower (MPF) programs are at competition and approved purchase stages, respectively. But the jewel in the crown for the priority area is the Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle (OMFV) program, which is currently at the requirements definition stage. The operational concept for the OMFV features heavily in the IAVs USA 2019 agenda, as Futures Command and its partners also work through the artificial intelligence and MUM-T technology enablers that will allow the vehicle to reach its maximum potential as a lethal and decision-making platform. The outcomes of these discussions will define the direction that the next generation of fighting vehicle will take and, ultimately, the team that will build it.

The agenda for this world-class event will also feature a thorough analysis of – and partnership opportunities in – the following areas:

  • Vehicle protection suites and active protection systems.
  • The MPF program.
  • Robotics and autonomous systems – including the Robotic Combat Vehicle or “Robotic Wingman.”
  • Foreign military sales opportunities for light tactical and legacy platforms.

“Introduction to Brawler” 2020 Training Course

Brawler is a U.S. government-owned, comprehensive simulation tool which provides a detailed representation of air-to-air combat engagements involving multiple flights of aircraft in both the visual- and beyond-visual-range (BVR) arenas. Because of the importance of cooperative tactics and the critical role of human factors (such as surprise, confusion, situation awareness, and the ability to innovate tactical responses in unexpected situations), special emphasis has been placed on simulating these command and control aspects of the engagement process. Brawler is the standard for high-fidelity, air-to-air engagement modeling within the Air Force, Navy, airframe manufacturing, and avionics communities.

This course is designed for individuals who may be involved in studies that use Brawler, including any analysts and engineers who may be running Brawler, generating input data, and/or analyzing results. The course includes instruction and hands-on experience with using the simulation. Computers will be provided to all students.

Course “prerequisites”: This course teaches the principles and use of the Brawler simulation. It assumes the student already understands basic principles of modeling and simulation and has some knowledge of air combat principles and systems. It also assumes the student has some familiarity with the Linux environment. These topics are not taught in this course but are required in order to fully understand the material and complete the exercises.

The course will be offered by ManTech on 16-19 June 2020 at their office located at 46610 Expedition Drive, Lexington Park, MD.

To register for this course or for additional information, please contact Mark Brown, mark.brown@mantech.com. Deadline for registration is 29 May.