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Event Overview:

As part of its new slate of forums, AIAA is organizing a classified and unclassified U.S.-only event for technical, programmatic, and policy issues pertaining to aerospace in U.S. national security. The objective of the AIAA Defense and Security Forum (AIAA DEFENSE) is to create a non-biased, non-partisan forum for defense officials to interact with industry partners, aerospace R&D community, and government decision- and policy-makers.

The AIAA DEFENSE Forum will bring together government officials, the contractor community, and the acquisition and R&D communities to address critical topics from a policy, program, and technology perspective.

Three AIAA long-standing classified conferences—AIAA Strategic and Tactical Missile Systems Conference, the AIAA Missile Sciences Conference, and the AIAA National Forum on Weapon System Effectiveness—will combine to lay the foundation of the new AIAA DEFENSE Forum.

  • The AIAA Strategic and Tactical Missile Systems Conference featured senior Department of Defense officials and other noted authorities from the strategic and tactical missiles community speak about the issues and challenges that face the United States. Past program topics have included national defense strategy, defense acquisition, missile programs, homeland security, missile defense, research and development, and the industrial base.
  • The AIAA Missile Sciences Conference provided a venue the presentation and discussion of classified and unclassified technical material related to missile system and subsystem technologies. The program addresses an array of topics including Air Force and Navy strategic missiles, tactical air-to-surface, surface-to-surface, anti-air missile systems, missile defense systems, targets and countermeasures, cruise missile defense, interceptors, weapon system effectiveness, hardware-in-the-loop testing of smart weapons, mission planning, mission assurance, system safety and insensitive munitions, and innovative technologies and concepts.
  • Last held in 2009, the AIAA National Forum on Weapon System Effectiveness was focused on promoting and sharing knowledge about the complex nature of modern weapon systems. This event provided a SECRET/U.S. ONLY venue for the discussion of weapon system effectiveness, including the technology, design, development, engineering, and operational considerations important to the successful employment of modern ground, sea, air, and space weapon systems and platforms.

What to Expect

More than 400 participants from government, industry, academia involved in policy, acquisition, disciplinary research, product development, system operation, and maintenance.

More than 300 papers focused on missile and weapons systems, testing, and defense.

About AIAA:

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) is the largest aerospace professional society in the world, serving a diverse range of more than 35,000 individual members from 80 countries, and 100 corporate members. AIAA members help make the world safer, more connected, more accessible, and more prosperous.

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Conference/Event Dates: 03/08/2016 - 03/10/2016
Classification: B2B
Primary Industry: Aviation and Aerospace
Other Industries: Aviation and Aerospace, Federal Government, Government, Manufacturing, Military, Technology
Estimated Attendance: 450
Cost to Attend:
Audience: More than 400 participants from government, industry, academia involved in policy, acquisition, disciplinary research, product development, system operation, and maintenance.
Notes: Attendees:
59% Corporate
40% Government
1% Academia
Venue: Applied Physics Laboratory APL Education Center
Venue Phone: (800) 548-3647
Venue Type: Indoor - Other
Official Conference Hotel:Hotel Information:
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Show Owner:American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)
Show Manager:AIAA
Sponsorship: Yes
Sponsorship Details: Sponsorship Opportunities

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