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.

2020 Global Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Symposium & Exhibition

The 2020 Global Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Symposium & Exhibition team continues to monitor the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. Currently, the 2020 Global EOD Symposium & Exhibition is scheduled to occur as published. The health and safety of our event participants, members, and partners remains our top priority, and we are committed to following the guidelines and precautions as outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) is fully prepared to adjust any and all plans if the situation changes. We are following – and will remain in compliance with – all city, state, and federal guidelines. If the direction from the federal, state, or local official public health authorities changes between now and the conference, we will adhere to that guidance, act upon it immediately, and update everyone.

The NDIA team recognizes the importance of convening the national security and defense communities to promote the best policies, practices, products, and technology for Warfighters and others who ensure the safety and security of our nation. Thank you for your continued support, and we hope to see you soon.

2020 LANPAC Symposium & Exposition

The Association of the United States Army’s 2020 LANPAC Symposium & Exposition is a world-class, international event highlighting the role of land forces in the Indo-Pacific theater and their contributions to the Joint Force in peace and war. The strategic location of Hawaii brings together government and industry representatives from our allies in the Indo-Pacific theater.

Over the course of 3 days, industry and the U.S. interagency team examine:

Land Forces Contributions in the Indo-Pacific

Strategic Environment
Multi-Domain Operations
Land Force Increased Interoperability With Allies and Partners
Strengthening and Building Alliances and Partnerships

Setting the Theater
Agile Land Forces – Black Swans and Pink Flamingos
Ballistic Missile Defense
Innovation and Agility Across the Indo-Pacific

Leader Development in Synthetic Training Environments
Innovation: AI and Autonomous Capabilities
Modernization and the Evolution of Fundamentals

2020 Joint Army-Navy-NASA-Air Force (JANNAF) meeting

Join us for the May 2020 JANNAF meeting held Monday through Friday, 18 – 22 May 2020, at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh in downtown Pittsburgh, PA. The meeting will include the Joint Meeting of the 46th Structures and Mechanical Behavior, 42nd Propellant and Explosives Development and Characterization, 33rd Rocket Nozzle Technology, 31st Safety and Environmental Protection, and 14th Modeling and Simulation subcommittees, as well as the 67th JANNAF Propulsion Meeting and meeting of the Programmatic and Industrial Base. Mr. Paul J. Conroy from the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (Combat Capabilities Development Command), Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD, is the meeting chair.