2018 Defense Manufacturing Conferences: The 50 Best Industry Events to Learn the Latest Best Practices in Defense Manufacturing

Defense manufacturing involves creating and manufacturing defense systems. Often, government, industrial, and academic organizations collaborate to ensure that best practices are implemented in developing and delivering advanced technologies, methodologies, and defense systems to equip the world’s fighting men and women with the most innovative and effective defense materials and technologies available.
Developers, suppliers, manufacturers, and researchers involved in advanced defense manufacturing technology work toward manufacturing innovations and advancements in defense. Defense manufacturing conferences serve as the platforms for bringing together experts, thought leaders, and innovative companies to achieve that goal of equipping fighters with advanced defense materials and technologies. We have searched for defense manufacturing conferences that lead the pack in innovation and expertise, and we have rounded up our top 50 picks based on their themes, keynote speakers, educational opportunities, expositions of advanced defense technologies, and networking opportunities.
Please note, our top defense manufacturing conferences for 2018 are listed here, in chronological order, to make it easier for you to find those that best fit your calendar.
1. Joint Tactical Networks Summit
January 18-19
San Diego, CA
Joint Tactical Networks Summit
Defense Strategies Institute presents the Joint Tactical Networks Summit in January 2018 at the Parma Payne Goodall Alumni Center at San Diego State University. Join C2 and network community members, military leaders, and critical organizations in working to enhance tactical data linkage tools and networks to support the advanced communication capabilities that are critical to the joint force’s success at the Summit. 2018 topics include improving networks and services for fixed and enterprise level systems, delivering IW readiness to the PACOM AOR, and protecting information in transit through wireless networks and devices, among others. The Summit features senior-level discussions on updates and developments in wireless communications for military advantage and strategies for enhancing tactical data links.
Cost to Attend: Registration fee includes breakfast, lunch, morning and afternoon refreshments, access to networking receptions, WiFi, and access to the business center

  • Industry/Contractor Early Registration: $795 by November 24 or $895 by December 22
  • Non-Profit & Academia Standard Registration: $595
  • Active Military & Government: Complimentary

2. ICDMT 2018
January 22-23
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
ICDMT 2018
From the World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology (WASET), the 20th InternationalConference on Defence Manufacturing and Technology (ICDMT 2018) will be held in Amsterdam in January 2018. The ICDMT joins academic scientists, researchers, and research scholars to share their insights, experiences, and research results on defense manufacturing and technology. This conference also provides a platform for delving into leading-edge innovations and trends in addition to challenges and solutions for defense manufacturing.
Cost to Attend:

  • Non-Student Oral/Poster Presenter Early Registration:  €450
  • Student Oral/Poster Presenter Early Registration:  €350
  • Listener Early Registration:  €250

3. International Armoured Vehicles 2018
January 22-25
London, United Kingdom
International Armoured Vehicles 2018
Billed as “the world’s premier armoured vehicles forum,” the International Armoured Vehicles conference focuses on the fact that the changing landscape of combat requires innovation in modernizing medium-weight wheeled vehicles that ensure operational readiness and swift strike capabilities with minimal logistical burden. Attendees share their experiences and network with global colleagues at this event, which also features more than 70 speakers, 50 sponsors, 200 senior military decision makers, and representatives from more than 50 nations.
Cost to Attend: 

  • International Military/Government/Public Sector Pricing
    • Platinum Package: £799 + 20% UK VAT
    • Gold Package: £699 + 20% UK VAT
    • Silver Package: £650 + 20% UK VAT
    • Bronze Package: £599 + 20% UK VAT
  • Industry Pricing
    • Platinum Package: £2,599 + 20% UK VAT
    • Gold Package: £2,499 + 20% UK VAT
    • Silver Package: £2,099 + 20% UK VAT
    • Bronze Package: £1,999 + 20% UK VAT

4. SPIE Photonics West
January 27-February 1
San Francisco, CA
SPIE Photonics West
SPIE Photonics West consists of three conferences and two exhibitions, making it the world’s largest photonics technologies event. Not to be missed by manufacturers dealing in infrared sensors, laser radar, light direction and ranging, digital signal processing, or rugged mobile computers, SPIE Photonics West welcomes more than 20,000 attendees looking to hear about the latest research, devices, and systems using technologies that enable advancements in new lasers for manufacturing and applications of 3D technologies.
Cost to Attend:

  • SPIE Member Conference Registration Fees
    • Full-Time Student: $360 by January 12
    • Non-Author Attendee: $745 by January 12
    • Program Committee: $670 by January 12
    • Session Chair: $670 by January 12
    • Speaker/Author: $670 by January 12
  • Non-Member Conference Registration Fees
    • Full-Time Student: $380 by January 12
    • Non-Author Attendee: $805 by January 12
    • Program Committee: $730 by January 12
    • Session Chair: $730 by January 12
    • Speaker/Author: $730 by January 12

5. Mobile Deployable Communications
February 1-2
Warsaw, Poland
Mobile Deployable Communications
A professional, independent, and global event production company specializing in B2B conferences, workshops, and masterclasses, SMi Group presents the 11th annual Mobile Deployable Communications conference. This defense manufacturing conference considers the growing demand for flexible, protected, and interoperable CIS capabilities. The conference features expert-led presentations from leading authorities from around the globe and addresses topics including mobile SatCom, cyber electronic warfare interference, the need to procure new systems that will collaborate with existing systems, and allied collaboration.
Cost to Attend:

  • Deployable Communications 2018 Registration: £1299 by Nobemer 30, £1399 by December 15, and £1499 after December 15
  • Government Personnel Rate: £699 by Nobemer 30, £799 by December 15, and £899 after December 15
  • Acting Military Personnel Rate: £699 by Nobemer 30, £799 by December 15, and £899 after December 15

6. Military Additive Manufacturing Summit
February 1-2
Tampa FL
Military Additive Manufacturing Summit
Defense Strategies Institute presents the 2nd Annual Military Additive Manufacturing Summit. Held at the Chester H. Ferguson Law Center, this defense manufacturing event joins The Department of Defense, federal government agencies, academia, and solution provides for a collaborative discussion centering on the role that additive manufacturing plays in the US defense industry.
Cost to Attend: Contact for attendance cost
7. 2018 WEST
February 6-8
San Diego, CA
2018 WEST
In its 28th year, WEST is the premier naval conference and exposition on the West Coast that brings military and industry leaders together and features a town hall discussion among the Chief of Naval Operations, the Marine Corps Commandant, and the Cost Guard Commandant. Join equipment, weapons, communications, and technical systems designers and manufacturers at WEST, which is co-sponsored by AFCEA International and the U.S. Naval Institute. 2018 WEST features two Engagement Theaters, or intimate venues that provide a venue for military, government, and industry professionals to take a deep dive into various topics and issues.
cost to Attend:

  • Full Conference
    • Active Military/Government: FREE – Includes all three days except luncheons; meals are available for separate purchase
    • AFCEA or USNI Small Business Members (Must be employed by a company with 49 or fewer employees): $355 – Includes all three days, luncheons, and reception
    • AFCEA or USNI Industry/Contractor/Academia/Other Member: $425 – Includes all three days, luncheons, and reception
    • Non-Member, Industry/Contractor/Academia/Other: $625 – Includes all three days, luncheons, and reception
  • Exhibit Hall Only:
  • Active Military/Government: FREE
  • AFCEA or USNI Small Business Members: FREE
  • AFCEA or USNI Industry/Contractor/Academia/Other Member: FREE
  • Non-Member, Industry/Contractor/Academia/Other: $150

8. AUVSI Unmanned Systems – Defense
February 6-8
National Harbor, MD
AUVSI Unmanned Systems – Defense
The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) is the world’s largest nonprofit devoted to advancing the unmanned systems and robotics community. AUVSI Unmanned Systems – Defense is a comprehensive military- and government-focused event in the industry. This inclusive forum joins government program managers, decision makers, and technology experts for three days of collaboration, networking, and learning. 2018 program themes include investment, innovation, sustainment.
Cost to Attend:

  • AUVSI Member
    • Early Bird Full Conference Pass, Industry: $679 before November 20
    • Early Bird Full Conference Pass, Government: $539 before November 20
    • Early Bird Full Conference Pass, Active Duty Military: $339 before November 20
    • Early Bird Expo Hall Only, One Day Pass: $89 before November 20
  • Non-member
    • Early Bird Full Conference Pass, Industry: $799 before November 20
    • Early Bird Full Conference Pass, Government: $599 before November 20
    • Early Bird Full Conference Pass, Active Duty Military: $399 before November 20
    • Early Bird Expo Hall Only, One Day Pass: $119 before November 20

9. Automated ISR Symposium
February 13-14
Alexandria, VA
Automated ISR Symposium
Presented by the Defense Strategies Institute, the Automated ISR Symposium focuses on “operationalizing intelligence in support of war fighting and dominance.” Attendees will hear the latest from critical organizations requiring advanced tools and techniques that empower analysts to improve their usage of increased ISR data.
Cost to Attend: Contact for attendance cost
10. Air Warfare Symposium
February 21-23
Orlando, FL
Air Warfare Symposium
The Air Force Association (AFA) is a non-profit, independent, professional military and aerospace education association that promotes public understanding of aerospace power the the critical role it plays in the nation’s security. AFA’s Air Warfare Symposium 2018 is a professional development event with the theme Innovation: The Warfighter’s Edge. In its 34th year, this defense manufacturing symposium will include two days of discussions, sessions full of industry insight and forward-thinking outlooks, influential keynotes, networking opportunities, and dozens of exhibitors showcasing their new technologies and solutions.
Cost to Attend: Contact for attendance cost
11. Defence Supply Chain and Logistics
February 27-March 1
London, United Kingdom
Defence Supply Chain and Logistics
Defence Supply Chain and Logistics is a Defence IQ defense manufacturing event. Co-located with Defence IQ’s Military Engineering Summit, Defence Supply Chain and Logistics is part of the inaugural Combat Support Week. Attendees will get an opportunity to revolutionize the supply chain and take advantage of the joint networking space, cross-service audience, and senior joint-plenary sessions that highlight opportunities for logisticians and engineers to collaborate and support missions.
Cost to Attend: 

  • Silver Package
    • Industry: £2,249 + 20% UK VAT
    • Military/Government: £799 + V20% UK VAT

12. Precision Strike Annual Review 
March 2018
Springfield, VA
Precision Strike Annual Programs Review
The Precision Strike Association, a world-class organization dedicated to advancing the art and science of precision engagement concepts and technologies, presents the Precision Strike Annual Review (PSAR-18). Previous PSAR events have encouraged government and industry to collaborate. This defense manufacturing conference features distinguished leaders, acquisition experts, and rocket scientists addressing critical topics and challenges, such as precision strike challenges, intelligence threat, rapid acquisition to support the warfighter, precision engagement strategies, and much more.
Cost to Attend: Contact for attendance cost
13. Aerospace & Defense Manufacturing & R&D Summit 2018
March 1-2
Westlake Village, CA
Aerospace & Defense Manufacturing & R&D Summit 2018
A premium forum joining leading manufacturing and engineering executives from global aerospace and defense manufacturers and solution providers, the Aerospace & Defense Manufacturing & R&D Summit, will be held at the Four Seasons Hotel is Westlake Village. The summit establishes an intimate environment for discussion of the latest technology, strategy, and implementation of solutions for those aerospace and defense companies that want to stay ahead of the market. Please note, this defense manufacturing conference is an invitation-only event taking place behind closed doors.
Cost to Attend: Contact for attendance cost
14. IWCE 2018
March 5-9
Orlando, FL
IWCE 2018
The International Wireless Communications Expo (IWCE) is a leading event for communications tech professionals. Featuring more than 370 exhibitors and the latest products and trends in the industry, IWCE 2018 offers a week’s worth of educational opportunities and is co-located with two other conferences. IWCE includes keynote addresses, the general session, town hall meetings, and a networking reception in addiction to an exhibit hall featuring more than 400 exhibitors showcasing leading-edge products and trends in the industry. Individuals in government and the defense manufacturing industry attend IWCE 2018 to connect with peers and see the latest products and services that support the industry and military missions.
Cost to Attend:

  • Exhibit Hall: FREE through November 8
  • One-Day Package: $549 through November 8
  • Short Course Package: $749 through November 8
  • Premium Package: $1,099 through November 8
  • Super Pass: $1,699 through November 8

15. Security & Counter Terror Expo
March 6-7
London, United Kingdom
Security & Counter Terror Expo
The Security & Counter Terror Expo (SCTX 2018) provides counterterrorism and security solutions and joins together the entire security supply chain. Formerly known as Counter Terror Expo, SCTX 2018 is an event for anyone responsible for protecting assets, business, people, and nations from terrorism. Approximate 10,000 people from around the world attend SCTX to view the latest technology, learn about the latest developments, and share best practices to help ensure the effectiveness of their threat mitigation strategies. SCTX 2018 is the UK’s leading event for national security professionals and showcases the capabilities, strategies, and intelligence that keeps nations, infrastructure, business, and people safe.
Cost to Attend: FREE
16. NDIA Human Systems Conference
March 13-14
Springfield, VA
NDIA Human Systems Conference
The National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) is America’s leading defense industry association promoting national security. Their Human Systems Conference will be held in March and engages government, academic, and industry leaders in exploring how the Human Systems community “can quantify the effect of HSI throughout the personnel and system development lifecycles.” This conference fosters collaboration between technology and government to help service members and military leaders outthink adversaries and more efficiently understand and act on information through the use of advanced technology. The theme of the 2018 NDIA Human Systems Conference is Human Systems in Emerging Domains: Autonomy, Human Augmentation and Cyber.
Cost to Attend: Contact for attendance cost
17. AUSA Global Force 2018
March 26-28
Huntsville, AL
AUSA Global Force 2018
AUSA Global Force 2018 is a professional development forum presented by the Association of the United States Army, a professional association for soldiers, family members, and concerned civilians. Specifically, the Association of the United States Army Institute of Land Warfare (AUSA ILW) produces this defense manufacturing event as an unclassified symposium for members of industry and the military community. This three-day event features presentations from the United States Army Materiel Command, the United States Army Training and Doctrine Command, and the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology).
Cost to Attend: Contact for attendance cost
18. AeroDef
March 26-29
Long Beach, CA
An annual event and conference offering manufacturing solutions for aerospace and defense manufacturers’ unique needs, AeroDef Manufacturing takes place in March. AeroDef features an exposition, main conference, workshop, tour, and networking receptions. This defense manufacturing conference is produced by the SME in partnership with industry OEMs and exists to “foster innovation across the extended enterprise to reduce costs, expedite production times and maintain manufacturing competitiveness in the global economy.” Attendees of AeroDef get an up-close look at advanced technologies in an environment that fosters interaction and business relationships between exhibitors and buyers seeking integrated solutions.
Cost to Attend:

  • Full Conference Pass Early Bird: $950 through February 23
  • Full Conference Pass Plus 1 Workshop: $1,050 through February 23
  • 1-Day Conference Pass: $600 through February 23
  • 1-Day Conference Pass Plus 1 Workshop: $750 through February 23
  • Workshops, if purchased separately: $250 through February 23
  • Exhibit Floor: FREE through February 23

19. ShipTech 2018
March 27-28
Charleston, SC
ShipTech 2018
ShipTech 2018 is sponsored by the Office of Naval Research – Navy Manufacturing Technology (ManTech) Program and supported by the Accelerated Development & Support (ADS) Corporation and the Navy Metalworking Center. A two-day defense manufacturing event for the domestic shipbuilding industry, its supplier base, the U.S. Navy Program Offices, and the U.S. Navy-sponsored shipbuilding research programs, ShipTech 2018 features the advancements made in shipbuilding initiatives. The goal of the conference is to work toward reducing total ownership cost of naval ships while enhancing the competitiveness of the domestic shipbuilding industry. Please note, registration is limited to the first 335 applicants.
Cost to Attend: Contact for attendance cost
20. SeaAirSpace 2018
April 9-11
National Harbor, MD
Sea Air Space 2018
SeaAirSpace: The Navy League’s Global Maritime Exposition is the world’s largest maritime exposition. This defense manufacturing conference brings together the U.S. defense industrial base, private-sector U.S. companies, and key military decision makers for an annual innovative, educational, professional, and maritime-based event. SeaAirSpace delivers cutting-edge technology and the latest information relevant to maritime policy. As they put it, “if the product is intended to enhance and advance the quality of America’s Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, or U.S.-flag Merchant Marine, then it is on display at the Navy League’s Sea-Air-Space Exposition!”
Cost to Attend: Contact for attendance cost
21. Future Armoured Vehicles Situational Awareness
April 11-12
London, United Kingdom
Future Armoured Vehicles Situational Awareness
Future Armoured Vehicles Situational Awareness is a defense manufacturing conference that invites program managers, operational flag officers, senior engineers, and technical directors, and others who are responsible for increasing platform capability in armored vehicles. Attendees of Future Armoured Vehicles Situational Awareness will gain valuable insight through operational case studies, key programs, and vetronics architectures and advanced sensor development, optronics, and communication equipment presentations and discussions. Extensive networking opportunities also are a highlight of this defense manufacturing event. Future Armoured Vehicles Situational Awareness is designed for armored vehicle experts focused on C2, C4i, sensors, and optronics.
Cost to Attend:

  • Early Bird Conference Rate: £1099 by December 15
  • Early Bird Government Personnel Rate: £499 by December 15
  • Early Bird Acting Military Personnel Rate: £1099 by December 15

22. SPIE Defense + Commercial Sensing
April 15-19
Orlando, FL
SPIE Defense + Commercial Sensing
SPIE Defense + Commercial Sensing is a leading global sensing, imaging, and photonics technologies event. This defense manufacturing conference features two collocated technical programs covering a variety of photonics technologies for defense and commercial applications. 2018 featured speakers include Dr. Morley O. Stone, chief technology officer of the Air Force Research Lab, and Dr. Ray O. Johnson, executive in residence at Bessemer Venture Partners.
Cost to Attend: Contact for attendance cost
23. Combat Logistics
April 17-19
Warsaw, Poland
Combat Logistics
A premier international gathering for armed forces and industry, Combat Logistics 2018 calls upon both civilian and military experts to collaborate and shape the future of military logistics. This defense manufacturing conference will explore performance based logistics and begin with a Pre-Conference Mobile Forces Focus Day. The two-day conference will center on reducing future demand to optimize logistics footprints, reduce logistic drag, and enhance fighting power and give military forces, OEMs, and support contractors the opportunity to collaborate to to modernize military supply chains.
Cost to Attend:

  • Serving Military & Public Sector Personnel: FREE
  • 2 Day Conference: £1,798.00 + VAT before January 19

24. Embedded Systems Conference Boston
April 18-19
Boston, MA
Embedded Systems Conference Boston
The Embedded Systems Conference Boston (ESC Boston) will take place in April 2018 at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center. The conference joins embedded engineers and purchase leaders with active next-generation projects and gives you the opportunity to put your cutting-edge products and services in front of leading embedded systems professionals.
Cost to Attend: Contact for attendance cost
25. The Aircraft Airworthiness & Sustainment Conference
April 23-26
Jacksonville, FL
The Aircraft Airworthiness & Sustainment Conference UPDATED
The Aircraft Airworthiness & Sustainment Conference (AA&S 2018) will take place in Jacksonville, Florida, at the Hyatt Regency Riverfront. This defense manufacturing conference addresses the “sustainment and airworthiness concerns that have dramatically escalated in the military and aviation community during the past decade.” AA&S 2018 includes training courses, keynotes, concurrent technical sessions, poster sessions, a distinguished lecture and keystone panel on additive manufacturing, a keystone panel on sustainment technology, group luncheon with a featured speaker, and much more.
Cost to Attend: Contact for attendance cost
April 30-May 3
Denver, CO
XPONENTIAL is the largest gathering of global leaders in intelligent robotics, drones, and unmanned systems. The educational program runs from April 30-May 3, and the exhibits are open May 1-3. More than 8,500 industry leaders and thought leaders from the defense and commercial sectors attend AUVSI XPONENTIAL, and more than 725 manufacturers showcase the latest technology in the exhibit space. Hear daily keynotes from tech visionaries and business experts and choose from more than 200 world-class sessions in three tracks at XPONENTIAL 2018.
Cost to Attend: Contact for attendance cost
May 8-10
Laurel, MD
Held at the Kossiakoff Center at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, the AIAA Defense Forum is a SECRET/NoFORN forum for classified discussion of technical programmatic and policy issues relating to aerospace in national security. Government, military, industry, and academic leaders attend AIAA DEFENSE Forum to explore innovative technological breakthroughs to integrate with current and next-generation defense systems. Topics include advanced prototypes, hypersonic systems and technologies, missile defense, robotic and unmanned weapon systems, and more.
Cost to Attend: Registration opens December 3

  • Full Conference
    • Conference Rate: $1,149 December 3-May 10
    • Early Member Rate: $649 December 3-April 29
    • Standard Member Rate: $999 April 30-May 10
  • Government Employee (AIAA Membership not required)
    • Conference Rate: $1,149 December 3-May 10
    • Early Member Rate: $649 December 3-April 29
    • Standard Member Rate: $999 April 30-May 10
  • One Day Rate (Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday): $395

28. NCDMM Summit 2018
May 9-10
Blairsville, PA
NCDMM Summit 2018
The National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining Summit (NCDMM Summit 2018) is a premier defense manufacturing conference that fosters collaboration among government, industry, and academia. Summit 2018 will feature an interactive day of presentations, networking, and technology displays on May 9, followed by an evening reception. End the conference on a fun note May 10 with golfing and networking.
Cost to Attend: Contact for attendance cost
29. ITEC
May 15-17
Stuttgart, Germany
ITEC 2018
Europe’s largest military defense, training, simulation, and education event, ITEC presents a world-class exhibition that is free to attend, plus a defense manufacturing conference that showcases the latest products and services from leading organizations. ITEC is an annual forum for military, industry, and academic representatives to meet and share their knowledge and experience with the international training, education, and  simulation sectors. ITEC provides attendees with a platform for discussing developments in the evolving market and for exchanging ideas about future requirements for military training and simulation.
Cost to Attend: Contact for attendance cost
30. 2018 SOFIC
May 21-24
Tampa, FL
2018 SOFIC
NDIA presents the 2018 Special Operations Forces Industry Conference & Exhibition (2018 SOFIC) in Tampa in May 2018. Providing a forum for military, including partner nations, government, academia, and industry stakeholders, this defense manufacturing conference enables attendees to network and discuss the best practices for supporting SOF and adapting the SOF network to address present and future threats. Attendees also will have the opportunity to witness a live tactical capabilities exercise jointly conducted by U.S. and international SOF that highlights SOF sea, land, and air capabilities, during the International SOF Capabilities Demonstration.
Cost to Attend: Contact for attendance cost
31. MegaRust 2018
May 22-24
San Diego, CA
MegaRust 2018
MegaRust is an annual conference centering on Navy corrosion issues and the ways in which to control it. The conference provides a forum for government representatives, commercial organizations, and providers of coatings and corrosion control products, processes, technologies, and solutions to meet and discuss the programs, policies, standards, and Fleet experience related to corrosion. It also covers all segments of the naval services including sea, air, Marine Corps, vehicles, and facilities.
Cost to Attend: Contact for attendance cost
32. Canada’s Global Defence & Security Trade Show (CANSEC 2018)
May 30-31
Ottawa, Canada
Canada's Global Defence & Security Trade Show
Canada’s Global Defence & Security Trade Show, CANSEC 2018 is the place for leading-edge technology, products and services for land-based, naval, aerospace, and joint forces military units. Be one of more than 11,000 attendees and visit defense and security exhibits, scheduled B2B/B2G meetings, and more at CANSEC 2018.
Cost to Attend: Contact for attendance cost
33. International Microwave Symposium
June 10-15
Philadelphia, PA
International Microwave Symposium
The International Microwave Symposium (IMS2018)is a premier gathering of RF, microwave, and millimeter-wave researchers, technologists, and practitioners from academia and industry. The flagship conference of the Microwave Theory & Techniques Society (MTT-S) of the Institution of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the IMS2018 includes the 2018 Radio Frequency Integrated Circuits Symposium and the 2018 Automatic Radio Frequency Techniques Group Conference. The conference themes are microwaves, medicine, and mobility, and it is an ideal forum for discussing the challenges of mitigating interference on military platforms.
Cost to Attend: Contact for attendance cost
34. 2018 Eurosatory
June 11-15
Paris, France
2018 Eurosatory
Eurosatory is the world’s largest international land and airline defense and security exhibition. This defense manufacturing conference addresses all aspects of land and airline defense, with a strong civil and homeland security focus. Eurosatory also addresses the entire supply chain, including operational systems, raw materials, and prime contractors’ finished products, in all defense and security areas. Attendees will enjoy life-size presentations of equipment and weapons systems during live demonstrations and engage in meetings, talks, and purchasing between major industrial prime contractors and subcontractors, as well as those between buyers and suppliers.
Cost to Attend: Contact for attendance cost
35. Cyber Security for Defense 2018
June 25-27
Washington, DC
Cyber Security for Defense 2018
Cyber Security for Defense is in its fourth year. This conference presents the hottest, most critical topics within cyber defense. Become part of the conversation on cyber security solutions to protect the country and support the military in defending the US from cyber attacks. Topics include collaboration between the military and private sector, future investments in cyber security, implementing robust cyber defense capabilities, and more.
Cost to Attend: Contact for attendance cost
36. Undersea Defence Technology
June 26-28
SEC, Glasgow
Undersea Defence Technology
Undersea Defence Technology (UDT 2018) is a dedicated exhibition and conference that joins professionals from the military, industry, and academia. This global event for undersea defense and security centers on cutting-edge technologies and developments in the harsh undersea environment. This defense manufacturing conference hosts 1,100 industry-specific attendees and more than 100 international VIPs. UDT 2018 also features four conference streams.
Cost to Attend:

  • Industry 3 Day: £1,100 until April 20
  • Industry 2 Day: £1,000 until April 20
  • Academic/Public Sector/Government 3 Day: £900 until April 20
  • Academic/Public Sector/Government 2 Day: £700 until April 20
  • Military, Industry Exhibition Visitor, or Press Pass: FREE
  • Networking Evening Ticket: £120
  • Networking Pass: £500

37. Serious Play Conference
July 10-12
Manassas, VA
Serious Play Conference
The Serious Play Conference is designed “for those who create, teach or train using serious games and SIMS.” Held at George Mason University Science & Technology Campus in the Hylton Performing Arts Center, the Serious Play Conference is hosted by the Virginia Serious Game Institute. The conference provides a forum for educators, chief learning officers, and heads of training in health care, government, and military to improve the effectiveness of their program and use data to maximize effectiveness.
Cost to Attend:

  • 3-Day Conference Passes, Super Early Bird
    • Company, Vendor, Training Professional/Consultant: $500 by March 1
    • Military, Government, Non Profit, NGO, Medical Staff, Developer 25+: $400 by March 1
    • Director of University Game Programming, K-12 Admin, Studio 2/10+td>: $300 by March 1
    • Higher Ed, K-12 Faculty, Indie Studio: $200 by March 1
    • College, PhD, or High School Student: $100 by March 1

38. 2018 IEEE Nuclear & Space Radiation Effects Conference (NSREC 2018)
July 16-20
Waikoloa, HI
2018 IEEE Nuclear & Space Radiation Effects Conference (NSREC 2018)
The 2018 IEE Nuclear & Space Radiation effects Conference will take place at the Hilton Waikoloa Village in July 2018. Attendees attend a one-day short course, Variability in Environments, Devices, and Radiation Effects – From Average to Extreme, and 3.5 days of technical sessions including 8-10 sessions of contributed papers, a poster session, and a data workshop. Technical sessions include but are not limited to Basic Mechanisms of Radiation Effects, Radiation Effects in Devices and Integrated Circuits, Single Event Effects: Devices and Integrated Circuits, Space and Terrestrial Environments, and Photonic Devices and Integrated Circuits.
Cost to Attend: Contact for attendance cost
39. Department of the Navy Gold Coast Small Business Procurement Event
August 7-8
San Diego, CA
Department of the Navy Gold Coast Small Business Procurement Event
Presented by the San Diego Chapter of NDIA, the Department of the Navy Gold Coast Small Business Procurement Event provides a forum for educating, guiding, and assisting businesses in working with the government. Hear from informative, motivating speakers on topics regarding working with the government, with a focus on the Department of the Navy. Attend general/plenary and break-out sessions and vision more than 250 industry and government exhibitors and dozens of posters sharing company information and opportunities.
Cost to Attend:

  • Industry – Conference Attendee/Booth Staff: $199 by December 31
  • Industry – Exhibit Space: $499 by December 31
  • Government Attendee: FREE

40. IMTS2018
September 10-15
Chicago, IL
The International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS2018) is America’s largest manufacturing show, as well as one of the largest industrial trade shows in the world. This defense manufacturing show boasts more than 2,400 exhibiting companies and 115,000 registrants. Attendees will see a broad range of manufacturing technology solutions in 10 pavilions and enjoy attending four co-located shows: Integrated Automation, Motion & Drives (IAMD) USA; Surface Technology USA; ComVac USA; and Industrial Supply USA.
Cost to Attend:

  • Visitor (Individual): $45 through August 10
  • Visitor (Group of 5 or more): $30 through August 10
  • AMT Member: Complimentary
  • International Visitors: Complimentary

41. Air, Space & Cyber Conference
September 17-19
National Harbor, MD
Air, Space & Cyber Conference
The Air, Space & Cyber Conference hosts more than 9,000 attendees over three days. Hear from expert speakers, visit exhibitor booths, and explore 100,000 square feet of space at the technology exposition. Previous conference topics have included acquisition affordability challenges, strategic modernization, the logistics barrier, and cyber security.
Cost to Attend: Contact for attendance cost
42. Precision Strike Technology Symposium (PSTS-18)
October 2018
Laurel, MD
Precision Strike Technology Symposium
The Precision Strike Technology Symposium is held in October. Attendees experience a forum joining government, industry, and academia interests and classified interactions regarding precision strike weapons. Speakers include military leaders and civilian leaders from OSD, defense agencies, and industry and academia. Previous topics include global intelligence assessments, support for future warfare engagement, strategic capability development, next-generation strike capability and the Navy’s future anti-ship capability, and the geo-strategic security environment, among others. Look for a specific 2018 date after PSTS-17 concludes October 26, 2017.
Cost to Attend: Contact for attendance cost
43. Defense Maintenance and Logistics Exhibition
Date TBD
Location TBD
Defense Maintenance and Logistics Exhibition
SAE International is a global association committed to being a knowledge source for mobility engineers. They present the Defense Maintenance and Logistics Exhibition, co-located with the DoD Maintenance Symposium. The event is designed for companies involved in military and commercial maintenance technology, information systems, and management processes. The 2018 date for Defense Maintenance and Logistics Exhibition has not been announced, but you can for more information at the conclusion of the 2017 conference, which will take place December 4-6.
Cost to Attend: Contact for attendance cost
44. CyberCon 2018
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Location TBD
CyberCon 2018
CyberCon is presented by Fifth Domain, Defense News, Federal Times, and C4ISRNET. This conference focuses on defending cyberspace with a holistic approach, technology, policy, and people. Join military, intelligence community, and homeland security leaders to discuss the hottest topics in cyber defense and offense, including how to pursue the cyberwar. Please note, CyberCon 2017 will take place November 28, 2017, and the date for CyberCon 2018 should be announced at the conclusion of the event.
Cost to Attend: Contact for attendance cost
45. DMC 2018
Date TBD
Location TBD
DMC 2018
The Defense Manufacturing Conference (DMC 2018) focuses on creating innovative paths toward game-changing results in defense manufacturing. DMC 2017 is taking place December 4-7, 2017, and details for next year’s event will be released soon after. The Defense Manufacturing Conference features concurrent sessions, receptions, exhibits, keynotes, poster sessions, and other sessions with thought leaders and industry experts. The DMC Conference also is conducted simultaneously with the Diminishing Manufacturing Sources and Material Shortages (DMSMS) Conference, so attendees can experience both conferences at no additional charge. Enjoy the expanded Exhibit Hall and networking opportunities at next year’s DMC Conference.
Cost to Attend: Contact for attendance cost
46. UAS West Symposium
Date TBD
Location TBD
UAS West
Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) West Symposium is a defense manufacturing conference that includes special presentations from top military officials and covers themes such as DoD and government needs and requirements, cutting-edge mission opportunities, and emerging platforms needs. Attendees will have the opportunity to closely examine current programs and gain first-hand experience with UAS at the symposium. UAS West Symposium also offers a UAS networking reception so that attendees may join guest speakers and fellow attendees to continue their discussions about the emerging opportunities in the military, commercial, and civil markets for UAS. The date for UAS West Symposium 2018 has not yet been announced, so check back for updates.
Cost to Attend: Contact for attendance cost
47. AerospaceDefenseChain Conference
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Location TBD
AerospaceDefenseChain Conference
The Annual AerospaceDefenseChain Conference (ADC 2018) centers on the content requirements and future programs needed “to balance changing customer demands, global markets, macroeconomic challenges and A&D industry consolidation.” Thus, the conference emphasizes the pursuit of sustainable growth opportunities and new initiatives. Join aerospace and defense leaders from key industry segments at the AerospaceDefenseChain Conference in 2018.
Cost to Attend: Contact for attendance cost
48. American Aerospace & Defense Summit
Date TBD
Location TBD
American Aerospace & Defense Summit
The American Aerospace & Defense Summit explores news and developments in aerospace and defense, covering everything from supply chain to manufacturing, innovation, cost optimization, and workforce management. Join more than 150 industry peers for discussion on strategies for optimizing manufacturing and R&D in American aerospace and defense, hear first-hand case studies, and gain strategic insights into aerospace and defense manufacturing. Please note, American Aerospace & Defense Summit 2017 will takes place December 5-6, 2017, and we expect details about the 2018 installment of this defense manufacturing conference soon after.
Cost to Attend: Contact for attendance cost
49. Best Defence Conference
Date TBD
Location TBD
Best Defence Conference
Best Defence Conference is a must-attend defense and advanced manufacturing event held annually in Canada. Join Canadian and international companies to learn more about Canadian defense procurement and supply chain opportunities in addition to networking and attending B2B/B2G sessions. Event organizers strive to create a forum that fosters strategic partnerships and market entry into Canada. Please note, details about Best Defence 2018 should be released after the 2017 event takes place November 1-2, 2017.
Cost to Attend: Contact for attendance cost
50. Integrated Air & Missile Defence
Date TBD
Location TBD
Integrated Air & Missile Defence
Integrated Air & Missile Defence is the gathering of the world’s air defense community. This defense manufacturing conference features discussions of best practice, new technologies and TTPs implementations in addition to innovative methods for increasing cooperation between international partners. IAMD includes a pre-conference workshop day, two main conference days, distinguished speakers, exhibits, and much more. While details for IAMD 2018 have not yet been released, we expect them to be available soon.
Cost to Attend: Contact for attendance cost

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