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Defense, Military, and Aerospace Conferences That’ll Help You Grow Your Professional Network

Whether you already work in the United States defense, military and aerospace industries, or wish to explore your opportunities in this landscape, you can’t go wrong joining military and defense conferences. These events are not only designed to give everyone updates on the latest industry challenges and developments, they’re the perfect venue for you to expand your professional network. Some events also offer specialized training, allowing you to acquire or improve your skill set.

With that being said, we’ve put together a brief list of important defense, military and aerospace conferences worth checking out in 2018 and 2019.

1. Cyber Security for Defense 2018

June 25 - 27, 2018

Washington, DC

As cybersecurity threats continue to evolve and originate from a wide range of sources, including state-sponsored groups, terrorists, criminal syndicates and hacktivist movements among others, the federal government finds itself in the difficult position of having to stay one step ahead of these entities.

These issues will be at the heart of Cyber Security for Defense, which will provide a face-to-face forum for military leaders, program executive officers, industry executives, academics and researchers from across the United States, in an effort to further knowledge gathering and networking.

2. MilSatCom USA 2018

June 27 - 28, 2018

Arlington, Virginia

The third installment of SMi Group’s successful MilSatCom USA series returns to Arlington Virginia and will tackle the pressing issues surrounding the FY18 National Defense Authorization Act (NDA Act). The conference is expected to bring together representatives from both the government and private sector in the United States and allied forces, as well as senior military members.

There will also be discussions on how Air Force Space Command and Strategic Command are responding to new threats, as well as new MilSatCom programs from allies.

3. NDIA Navy Gold Coast

August 7 - 8, 2018

San Diego Convention Center

The National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) Department of the Navy Gold Coast Event is the country’s foremost Navy procurement conference, providing an interactive forum to educate, guide, and help all kinds of businesses interested in working the with Navy and Department of Defense. It’s an opportunity to attend workshops and join networking sessions participated by professionals from over 200 government agencies and industry organizations.

4. Modern Day Marine 2018 September 25 - 27, 2018

Quantico, Virginia

Modern Day Marine is one of the industry’s leading military equipment, technology, systems and services expositions, co-sponsored by Marine Corps Base (MCB), Quantico, the event’s base of operations. MCB Quantico, home to the Combat Development Command and the Marine Corps Systems Command, is responsible for establishing requirements, innovating existing technology, and purchasing the very equipment and systems used by the United States Marine Corps.

5. 2019 IEEE Aerospace Conference March 2 - 9, 2019 Big Sky, Montana

The 40th installment of the international IEEE Aerospace Conference is organized to further interdisciplinary knowledge sharing of aerospace systems, their underlying science and technology, and potential applications in both the private and government sector. The week-long conference is expected to be stimulating and thought-provoking, made possible by the presentations of industry professionals, eager to share their innovations and discoveries in the world of science and engineering.

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