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BRIEFING: Getting To Know You

The ability to learn allows mankind to adjust to situations of the most important kind, those of personal and business growth and, yes, even survival! Within the military, governmental, organizational and commercial worlds, the capability to adjust one’s ideas based upon absorption of new information enables personal and professional development. Isn’t that is what it’s all about?

To assist with your endeavors in this regard, we present a list of upcoming conferences and expositions to help you acquire additional information to support your path toward even further successes...

September 15th through 17th, 2008
Air & Space Conference and Technology Exposition
Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, Washington, D.C.

The Air Force Association blends Air Force leadership, industry experts, academia, and current event specialists from around the world together to discuss the issues and challenges currently facing the U.S. and aerospace community. Among the invited speakers and attendees are the Secretary of the Air Force, the U.S.A.F. Chief of Staff, and other Air Force, government, and aerospace industry leaders. More than 130 aerospace exhibitors will be in attendance.

September 22nd through 25th, 2008
Asia-Pacific Satellite Communications Council (APSCC) Annual Satellite Conference & Exhibition
Hotel Lotte, Jeju, Korea
It’s a first — Asia-Pacific Satellite Communications Council (APSCC) conducts a Military Satellite Services Workshop. Much history takes place over a decade, and the APSCC 2008 Satellite Conference and Exhibition is no exception. Known as APSCC’s flagship contribution to the satellite industry, the conference has been providing a globally integrated platform that covers every sector of the satellite industry as well as a unique briefing and networking opportunity to the participants of the event. This year the APSCC 2008 event, scheduled for September 22-25 in Jeju Island, at the Lotte Hotel, will be launched on a bigger platform covering more issues than ever regarding the Asia-Pacific satellite industry.

October 6th to 8th, 2008
Strategic Space and Defense 2008
Qwest Center in Omaha, Nebraska
This is the sixth year for this annual global security conference for the space and defense industry and includes the strong support and participation of the U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM), defense industry, and the Omaha community to present timely and relevant insights into the global missions of this vitally important command. The leaders of USSTRATCOM, as well as component and supported commands, will address a number of panel topics that range from strategic deterrence, cyberspace, and national defense. Attendees will gain awareness about USSTRATCOM’s mission, global activities, relationships, international perspectives, as well as developments in national security policy and trends from aerospace leaders.

October 6th to October 7th, 2008
Military Data Links and Situational Awareness
Crowne Plaza St. James Hotel, London, U.K.
This is the 11th annual conference that examines the latest developments in data links, all designed to help you improve situational awareness for the modern warfighter. Learn about current, salient issues and engage in networking and partnering opportunities. Updates include tactical data links on a platoon level, data link management and planning, cost of ownership, Blueforce tracking and situational awareness, advanced data links, integrating air and ground data links, and using data links to accurately target and engage.

November 3rd to 5th, 2008
Global MilSatCom
Millennium Conference Center, London, U.K.

This is the 10th year for this SMI featured event where attendees will discuss national developments, international cooperation and current operational changes. The latest programs from Europe, the U.S., Australia and the United Arab Emirates will be revealed. And the speaker list is MOST impressive… see the information regarding this event in the INCOMING editorial notes at the start of this issue of Milsat Magazine.

November 3rd to 6th, 2008
TechNet Asia-Pacific 2008
Sheraton Waikiki Hotel, Honolulu, Hawaii
TechNet Asia-Pacific is the AFCEA’s 23rd Annual Conference and Exposition and presents “Beyond Joint — Connecting Mission Partners”. The conference brings attendees up to date on IT developments in the Pacific and offers dynamic panel sessions and key military commands present insider perspectives as well as critical issue discussions.

November 11th to November 13th, 2008
Asia Pacific Defence and Security
Adelaide Convention Centre, Adelaide, South Australia
Supported by the Government of South Australia, this exhibition encompasses tri-service and security products and services. The event’s aim is to results-driven and fully focused on exhibitors and visitors. High-level discussions will occur regarding national, regional, and international defense and security issues. Additionally, a number of global defense firms have selected Adelaide as their base to pursue Australian and regional business opportunities, with more than U.S. $14 billion worth of new defense and security projects coming online.

November 17th to November 19th, 2008
MILCOM 2008: “Assuring Mission Success”
San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, California

For 27 years, MILCOM has been a must-attend event for members of the government, military, scientific, and engineering communities. This year’s conference will showcase new products, breakthrough technologies, and exciting industry trends through special exhibits, interactive tutorials, keynote speeches, and panel discussions.

November 19th to November 20th, 2008
Aerospace & Defense Finance Conference
Credit Suisse Headquarters, New York, New York
This event is for VPs of business development, commercial/military suppliers/ contractors, and anyone looking to expand their market share and increase their presence in this community! The conference will offer higher level government representation, increased opportunities to meet with speakers and panelists, and analysis of the impact of the U.S. Presidential election. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear forecasts and get guidance and detail regarding the upcoming financial year.

January 19th through 21st, 2009
Armed Forces Club, Abu Dhabi, UAE
GULF C4ISR is the only event for the Military Communication C4I/ C4ISR/NCW community, bringing together more than 200 government, industry, and military leaders, together with leading suppliers and industry experts, across an information packed three days of accurate, timely and cutting-edge military case studies. With speakers and research experts from across the Middle East and the world, you’ll be able to meet many senior defense communication experts from the Gulf region. The purpose of the conference is to bring together practitioners, strategic heads of C4i, integrated project leaders, and technology leaders from defense organizations internationally to review the latest developments in this area. The conference will deliver a program with more than 30 case study presentations from GCC MoDs, international defense agencies, and other security organizations, covering all aspects dealing with advanced communications technologies, NCW, advanced SATCOM technologies, network management, and interoperability of systems among coalition forces in a deployed situation.

January 26th to January 29th, 2009
Network Centric Warfare 2009
Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, Washington, D.C.
NCW 2009 offers the world’s largest and most respected event focused on netcentric operations. Institute for Defense and Government Advancement’s (IDGA) NCW is the premier forum for an exchange of ideas on network centric innovation, and the most trusted event for information on the latest operational experiences and the most groundbreaking and significant government and industry initiatives to date. Some of the topics to be discussed include network enabled capabilities for improved command, control, and communications; battle command migration and future combat systems integration; interoperability solutions for multi-level security networks training and doctrine establishment of netcentric capabilities; and leveraging architectures for secure service-oriented systems.

February 10th through February 12th, 2009
WEST 2009
San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, California
Co-sponsored by AFCEA International and the U.S. Naval Institute, West 2009 is the largest event on the West Coast for communications, electronics, intelligence, information systems, imaging, military weapon systems, aviation, shipbuilding, and more. Engage the military and industry leaders, who are designating warfighting strategies and operational platforms. Their theme for this event is “Defense — Reset, Redesign or Reinvent?”

February 10th to February 12th, 2009
National Space Symposium (25th annual)
The Broadmoor Hotel, Colorado Springs, Colorado
The National Space Symposium is the premier U.S. space policy and program forum, a true opportunity for information and interaction on all sectors of space — civil, commercial, and national security. The push for space continues in all sectors, and “Our Expanding Universe...50 Years of Space Exploration” sets the tone for the event. As we push forward, the many accomplishments in space will also be examined, as 2007 marked the 50th anniversary of space exploration. Also highlighted will be the Orion/Ares program and how it’s moving manned space exploration forward through further expeditions to the moon, Mars and other destinations; and how the shuttle program continues to bring the International Space Station closer to completion. The role of entrepreneurs will be included on how they continue to push the edge of the envelope, providing more funding for new and innovative research in the “new space” industry leading to affordable space tourism. National security issues will broach on continuing to understand the central role of space and using the opportunities it has to offer for defense purposes.