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14 Sep 21. AUSA Annual Meeting Update. The Association of the United States Army looks forward to seeing you during our in-person Annual Meeting and Exposition, which is now less than 30 days away. This year’s event, 11 – 13 October at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, may be different, but we will still deliver the same quality you have come to expect from AUSA. Here’s a sneak peek:
- People First: This year’s theme, America’s Army and its People, Transforming for the Future, will highlight the herculean efforts of our great men and women in the Army.
- Key addresses from Army senior leaders including the Secretary of the Army, Chief of Staff and Sergeant Major of the Army, to name just a few. We have a full commitment once again from the Army’s senior leadership.
- Quality connections, access to world-class education, and cutting-edge technologies and solutions on the show floor that will support the force of today and tomorrow. Exhibits are almost sold out! There are more than 650 exhibitors in five halls on both levels of the Convention Center.
- Contemporary Military Forums focused on People, Readiness and Modernization, the backbone of our Army:
- Revisiting the Readiness Balance
- People First: Now and into the Future
- Project Convergence: A Campaign of Linked Experimentation and Learning
- Sustainment Transformation in Support of the MDO Force
- Enhancing National Resilience
- Transforming Land Power to Meet Global Challenges
- Character: The Building Block for Cohesive Teams
- Lessons Learned from Army’s Pandemic Response: Accelerating All-of-Nation Response
- Climate Change and Impacts on the Army Mission
- Full Life-Cycle Acquisition, Sustainable Army Modernization to Win Great Power Competition
- The Army Exhibit featuring daily presentations in the Warriors Corner.
- The Army’s xTech Program highlighting breakout small businesses that are looking to do business with the Army and highlight their innovative technologies.
- Key representation from across the Total Army including TRADOC, AMC, USARPAC, USARCENT, HQDA, PEO Aviation, G-6, FORSCOM, Futures, ASA(ALT), MEDCOM, INSCOM and much more!
What’s different this year is driven by COVID-19 and our commitment to the health and safety of everyone participating. We are continuously monitoring recommendations from DC health authorities, Convention Center leaders and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Understandably, we’ve received several questions about this year’s event. Here’s the latest:
- Will proof of vaccination be required as part of registration? Yes. Proof of vaccination will be required to attend the in-person event at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. In consultation with the Army and given the recent trends in COVID-19 transmission levels in the National Capital Region, we have determined that in the best interest of all attendees only vaccinated people participate. We are partnering with Safe Expo to assist with providing a very safe event.
- Are there any Food and Beverage restrictions? The Convention Center is requiring that all food and beverage be consumed either sitting down or standing at a table. Food and beverage cannot be consumed while moving around the center. If you are hosting any events with food or beverage this year, please plan accordingly. In addition, we’re adjusting several events where we traditionally serve food to large audiences to ensure the health and safety of everyone participating. This requires us to get creative and redesign our Program this year. Here’s a few notable changes:
Monday, October 11
- MG Robert G. Moorhead Guard and Reserve Breakfast – Modified to a forum.
- SMA Forum and Awards Breakfast – Modified to a forum and awards presentation.
- Community Partner Luncheon – Canceled. Awards will be presented at the AUSA Regional Breakfasts.
- SMA Awards Luncheon – Modified to an awards presentation.
- Army Cadet Luncheon – Modified to a forum and awards presentation.
- President’s Reception – Canceled.
Tuesday, October 12
- Warrant Officers Breakfast – Canceled. The Warrant Officer Forum will occur as planned.
- Congressional Breakfast – Canceled. AUSA will provide shuttle buses from Capitol Hill to the Convention Center (schedule TBD).
- Eisenhower Luncheon – Modified to a presentation from the Chief of Staff of the Army. Awards presented as scheduled.
Wednesday, October 13
- Army Civilian Luncheon – Canceled. Civilian forums continue as planned.
- National Partners Luncheon – Canceled.
- Marshall Reception & Dinner – Modified to an award presentation. We’re working on the details and additional information will be shared in the next few days.
All other events will continue as planned with adjustments for social distancing as well as food and beverage in some cases. If you purchased tickets to any affected event, please stand by for additional guidance next week.
These changes were made with our attendees’ health and safety in mind while keeping the program’s vibrancy and relevance for the Army, industry, AUSA members and the public. I assure you that our core mission to Educate, Inform and Connect will be accomplished at this year’s Annual Meeting, and we will have some fun along the way.
- Are there restrictions or guidelines on the number of people on the show floor, in session rooms or during networking events? Social distancing is highly encouraged and will be implemented where possible. We will space out the seating at all our events so that everyone feels comfortable.
- Will there be a virtual platform like what was offered in 2020? AUSA, in coordination with the Army, will livestream the main events (Opening Ceremony, Contemporary Military Forums, Family Readiness Forums, etc.). Though there will not be a full, facilitated virtual program like you saw in 2020, visit our website ( www.ausa.org ) starting on October 11 to view select portions of the program. Additional livestreaming viewing areas will also be added inside the Convention Center.
- What can I expect at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center? The host venue of AUSA’s Annual Meeting is one of the country’s premier facilities leading the way in health, safety and technology investments for a safe return to in-person events. Here’s what you can expect:
- Vaccination Credentialing: Vaccine screening will take place for those attendees who have not previously uploaded proof of vaccination.
- Masks: Masks are required. We ask that you bring your own mask. Extras will also be available at registration.
- Hand Sanitizing Stations are available throughout the Center.
- Preeminent Cleaning & Disinfection.
- Kogniz No-Contact System: Kogniz measures the body temperature of groups of people entering the Convention Center and uses artificial intelligence to factor in environmental effects on individuals. It measures tens of thousands of readings per hour from up to 16 feet away.
- The Highest Quality Air Filtration and Purification.
- Contactless Food & Beverage Outlets, QR Code Ordering and More.
To learn more about what the Convention Center has done to reopen responsibly, please read “Back to Business: Our Guide to Cleanliness, Health & Safety,” found here: Health & Safety Guide
The agenda is coming together nicely! To view the latest Program, please click here: https://info.ausa.org/e/784783/annual-2021-program-cfm/9nkfq/565205199?h=bZ_QZhwanfHp-HnJpSgJf6DiHLbzhL_Xxff0yEz3kXs
08 Sep 21. ComDef 2021, the 50th conference in the Common Defense series, will have the theme, “Accelerating Capability and Resilience”. Headlined by Gregory M. Kausner, and featuring Canada, the online event is scheduled for September 28th. The program is now set and most speakers are confirmed.
There is a big effort underway to enhance the defense industrial base to ensure accelerating technology shifts are incorporated into defense equipment and doctrine. This ComDef will look at the various initiatives ongoing.
- The new Administration has focused on near peer competition as well as R&D, defense industrial capability rebuilding, infrastructure improvements, climate change, Covid recovery, and equity. What new acquisition approaches should be expected? Will these approaches be legislated? How will these impact older defense programs? What programs are likely to be impacted? What will be the outlook for the Defense Budget?
- What strategies will be given emphasis in exporting?
- Which agencies will be given more authority?
- What will be the impact of the new Buy American Executive Orders? How will these dovetail efforts to utilize allied defense industrial bases?
- What domestic and foreign candidates are there for future international cooperative programs?
- How fast will industry adjust to the new realities? Will there be a frenzy of mergers and acquisitions? What will the Administration’s stance be on M&A in the defense sector?
- Will defense industry quickly integrate commercial technology into their offerings? What role will commercial firms play in defense to speed up the technology refresh?
- What new procurement approaches will be tested to bring in commercial/non traditional entities?
- How will NATO adjust to evolving imperatives?
- Can NATO rise to the challenge?
- What changes are needed? Will the Artic play an outsize role? A changed security situation in Europe, in particular in the Baltic Sea area, have created new challenges and operating environments.
- Future operating environments – Space and Cyber
- How will Space and Cyber shape the future defense posture?
- How can Cyber be made more resilient? What is the future for CMMI? How will international supply chains shape the response?
- Where are the low hanging fruit of cooperation and capability?
- Will Exportability be baked into security cooperation? Where should friends and allies invest their capability? In what technologies and capabilities should governments invest? What will be the impact of cancelled programs on arms exports? How can industry partner internationally for success?
- How potent are existing and envisaged export control regimes? Are major changes needed?
Government and industry representatives from more than 35 countries will be participating. Over 30 speakers will provide their insight and perspectives. Network with Government and industry leaders from all US Services and Agencies at this premier international event held online this year.
- Rutha Astravas, Director Continental Materiel Cooperation, DGIIP/ADM(MAT), DnD Canada (Confirmed)
- Frederico Bartels, Senior Policy Analyst for Defense Budgeting, The Heritage Foundation (Confirmed)
- Matthew S. Borman, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Export Administration (Confirmed)
- Edna Conway, Vice President, Chief Security & Risk Officer, Azure at Microsoft (Confirmed)
- Troy Crosby, Assistant Deputy Minister (Materiel), Department of National Defence, Canada (Confirmed)
- Paula Folkes-Dallaire, Director General Defense Procurement, Embassy of Canada, Washington, DC (Confirmed)
- Donald R. Davidson Jr., Director Cyber-SCRM Programs, Synopsys, Inc. (Confirmed)
- Colonel Nathan P. Diller, USAF, Director, AFWERX (Confirmed)
- Eric Fournier, Director General Innovation, Department of National Defence, Canada (Confirmed)
- McKenzie Eaglen, Resident Fellow, AEI
- Anita Friend, Head of the Defence and Security Accelerator, UK
- Christopher Haave, Vice President, International Operations and Disclosure, Raytheon Technologies (Confirmed)
- Aaron Harding, Assistant Director, Office of Business Operations, DSCA (Confirmed)
- Gregory M. Kausner, performing the duties of Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment (PTDO USD(A&S)) (Confirmed)
- Bobby Kwon, President and Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC) (Confirmed)
- Brett B. Lambert, Managing Director, The Densmore Group, LLC (Confirmed)
- Michael Laychak, Director, DTSA (Confirmed)
- Sandra E. Long, Office of Assistant Secretary of the Army for Defense Exports and Cooperation, ASA(ALT) (Confirmed)
- Robert S. Metzger, Partner, Rogers Joseph O’Donnell, PC. (Confirmed)
- Mike Miller, DAS, Bureau of Political Military Affairs, DDTC (Confirmed)
- Michael E. O’Hanlon, Ph.D, Senior Fellow and Dir., Research in Foreign Policy, The Brookings Institute (Confirmed)
- Rear Admiral Anthony Rossi, Director, Navy International Programs Office (Confirmed)
- Vago Muradian, Editor, Defense & Aerospace Report (Confirmed)
- Omer Haim, Ministry of Defense Representative in Washington D.C., Embassy of Israel (Confirmed)
- Alison Petchell, Minister-Counselor Defence Materiel, Embassy of Australia, Washington, DC (Confirmed)
- Mr. Jesse Salazar, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Industrial Policy, DoD
- Pieter-Henk Schroor, Defense Cooperation Attaché, Royal Netherlands Embassy, Washington, DC (Confirmed)
- Kelli L. Seybolt, Deputy Under Secretary of the Air Force, International Affairs (Confirmed)
- Håkan Söderstedt, Counselor for Defense Procurement, Embassy of Sweden, Washington, DC (Confirmed)
- Gary Stanley, President, Global Legal Services, P.C. (Confirmed)
- Michael J. Vaccaro, Director, International Armaments Cooperation, DoD (A&S) (Confirmed)
More speakers to be confirmed.
Government and industry representatives from more than 35 countries will participate. Over 35 speakers will provide their insight and perspectives.
Participate with Government and industry leaders from all US Services and Agencies at this premier international event held in Washington.
Confirmed speakers are marked with confirmed after their names.
The organizers reserve the right to change the program based on speaker availability and world events.
DSEI 2021 – POWERING PROGRESS, DEFINING YOUR FUTURE
DSEI connects governments, national armed forces, industry thought leaders and the entire defence & security supply chain on a global scale. With a range of valuable opportunities for networking, a platform for business, access to relevant content & live-action demonstrations, the DSEI community can strengthen relationships, share knowledge and engage in the latest capabilities across the exhibition’s Aerospace, Land, Naval, Security & Joint Zones.