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01 Dec 20. AUSA Announces Global Force Next – 16-18 March 2021.

Due to the ongoing conditions surrounding COVID-19, AUSA has determined that it would be in the best interests of the community not to host an in-person Global Force Symposium in Huntsville, Alabama this March. The health and safety of our attendees, exhibitors, partners, and staff remain our top priorities. We are committed to returning to Huntsville for a live event when we can do so safely and responsibly.  We will certainly miss being in Huntsville this March, but will work with our great partners at the Von Braun Center on possible dates for a live event later in 2021 or early 2022.

In the meantime, we are pleased to announce Global Force Next.  This important three-day virtual event, from 16-18 March 2021, will focus on Army modernization efforts and the Army Futures Command’s eight Cross Functional Teams (CFTs):

  1. Long Range Precision Fires
  2. Next Generation Combat Vehicles
  3. Future Vertical Lift
  4. Air & Missile Defense
  5. Army Network
  6. Assured Position, Navigation, and Timing
  7. Soldier Lethality
  8. Synthetic Training Environment

Eight CFT panels will provide updates and future endeavors they are undertaking to continue the Army’s drive to modernize the force. A ninth panel is planned to provide updates on related topics for foreign military sales. AUSA is developing this forum based on feedback from our annual meeting AUSA Now, and with the realization that March 2021 presents a key opportunity for the Army to share additional  information about their future modernization plans.

“While it may not replace the full experience of the in-person event, Global Force Next will serve to keep us connected with Army senior leaders and messages, with industry partners and academia, and with AUSA members around the globe. We are planning for a forum that will resonate with our industry partners and provide them important updates about the future of the Army,” said retired US Army GEN Carter F. Ham, President and CEO of the Association of the United States Army.

Global Force Next will also include keynote presentations from Army leaders, including the Secretary of the Army, Chief of Staff of the Army, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology, Army Futures Command (AFC), and Army Materiel Command (AMC).

Although we do not plan to include virtual exhibits, we will have a very robust sponsorship program for this very important event. We’ll provide our sponsorship prospectus in early January, and registration for this event will open in the second half of January.

Please stay tuned for more updates.

30 Nov 20. Abu Dhabi to Host International Defence Conference Ahead of IDEX-NAVDEX 2021. The International Defence Conference (IDC 2021) will take place on the 20th of February 2021, under the theme of:

The Prosperity and Development of Artificial Intelligence and Advanced Technology and the Protection in the Era of the 4IR.

The International Defence Conference – IDC 2021 – is organised by the Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC) and Tawazun Economic Council, in cooperation with the Ministry of Defence and the General Command of the UAE Armed Forces.

The conference will be held at ADNOC Business Centre & Virtually (In-Person & Hybrib) from 08:00 – 14:00 and will tackle the following issues:

* Exploring innovative opportunities in supply- chain ecosystem management beyond Covid-19 Pandemic

* Protecting AI and other 4iR technologies in the age of collaboration and diffusion

* Strengthening the Defence industries R&D in an increasingly complex dynamic context

* A holistic view on Cyber Security Resiliency during the era of Digital Transformation

The conference is scheduled one day ahead of the International Defence Exhibition (IDEX 2021) and the Naval Defence Exhibition (NAVDEX 2021) which will both run from 21-25 February 2021 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre.

The previous edition of IDEX and NAVDEX welcomed a large number of local and international companies and visitors. During the five-day period, 124,400 visitors attended, alongside 1,213 international media representatives from 42 countries. AED 20bn worth of deals were signed during the exhibitions. (Source: Al Defaiya)


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