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 1610 - International Infantry & Joint Services Small Arms Systems Symposium, Exhibition & Firing Demonstration 

1610 - International Infantry & Joint Services Small Arms Systems Symposium, Exhibition & Firing Demonstration 


"Enhancing Small Arms Effectiveness in Current and Future Operations"

Event Number

Event Date

 to 5/26/2011

Event Location
JW Marriott Indianapolis

Event Contact
Kelly A. Seymour at or (703)247-2583


This symposium is a premier event where the Small Arms communities come together for technical paper presentations, informational speakers, and exhibits of the hardware used by current and future defense organizations. A firing demonstration is scheduled during the conference for all registered attendees and exhibitors. Information for companies interested in participating in the live fire demonstration will be provided in the symposium brochure, which will be distributed in early 2011. The symposium is expected to draw government, industry, law enforcement, and international participants, in addition to a strong representation from all braches of the military.


Download/Print/View the current conference agenda (PDF) (5/19/11)

Download/Print/View the abstract descriptions (4/11/11)


Hathcock Award
The Hathcock Award is presented to recognize an individual who, in the opinion of the Small Arms Committee Executive Board, has made significant contributions in operational employment and tactics of small arms weapons systems which have impacted the readiness and capabilities of the U.S. military or law enforcement. A significant contribution is considered to be a superior performance of duties in an operational environment or the development of tactics or training.

The Hathcock Award is named in honor of Gunnery Sergeant Carlos N. Hathcock, II, USMC, a career Marine who dedicated his life to the service of this country in both the military and law enforcement communities. He was honest, tactful, considerate, courageous, quietly proud and determined in all things and all places from the range to the battlefield.  “The Gunny” not only distinguished himself in combat as a scout-sniper, but also as a competitive marksman and trainer.   In his capacity as a trainer, he not only significantly impacted the current United States Marine Corps Scout-Sniper Program, but also influenced the sniper programs of the other military services and similar law enforcement programs nationwide.

Chinn Award
The Chinn Award is presented annually to honor a government or industry individual who, in the opinion of the Small Arms Committee Executive Board, has made significant contributions to the field of small arms and/or infantry weapons systems. A significant contribution is considered to be a creative invention, new design or innovative concept in small arms weapons, ammunition or ancillary equipment that provides an advancement in the state-of-the art or capability enhancement that clearly benefits the warfighting or general military capability of the U.S.  The Chinn Award may also be conferred as recognition to an individual who has performed sustained superior service in a career field of science, engineering, test and evaluation, manufacturing program management, academic study and research, publishing or maintenance relating to military small arms or infantry weapons.

The Chinn Award is named in honor of LtCol George M. Chinn, USMC, a career Marine who dedicated his life to the study, development and refinement of machine gun mechanisms.  LtCol Chinn is remembered for his work as a gun designer and for having compiled a five volume reference work entitled, “The Machine Gun.”

Ambrose Industry Award
The Ambrose Award is established and presented periodically to recognize an Industrial Firm which, in the opinion of the Small Arms Committee Executive Board, has made outstanding contributions to the field of small arms systems.  An outstanding contribution is characterized by exemplary commitment and contribution to the Armed Forces by delivering superior materiel that meets required operational capabilities and supports a high level of force readiness in the conduct of warfighting activities or homeland defense.  Such contributions may be shown through a record of continual demonstration of emerging technologies, development of products and systems, establishment of enhanced production capabilities and integration of innovative weapons systems and supporting products and services required by the DoD and Allied countries.  Such contributions would be easily recognized as “excellence” in industry leadership and responsiveness in cases where National security priorities require attention to meet urgent needs in either peace or war time.

The Industry Award is named in honor of former Under Secretary of the Army, James R. Ambrose because of his recognition of the value and contribution of industry in meeting the needs of our National Defense.  This was made unmistakably clear during his tenure from 1981-1988 as Under Secretary of the Army during the Presidency of Ronald Reagan.  He was a major force in the post Vietnam modernization of all small arms weaponry where new and improved versions of the M16, M249 and M9 were purchased in large quantities as a result of industry competitions.  Under Secretary of the Army Ambrose was a strong supporter of investing in the Future Rifle Program, later known as the Advanced Combat Rifle (ACR) Program.  His emphasis on the need for competition could not be clearer here, as there were as many as six contractor systems in various phases of the program and 4 firms ultimately participated in the 9-month long ACR Field Experiment, the premier rifle evaluation of all time.  For his support of small arms development and procurement and his strong emphasis and actions in involving industry at every step of the way, the NDIA Small Arms Committee believes it entirely appropriate to name this award in his honor. 


JW Marriott Indianapolis
10 S. West Street
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204
Tel: (317) 822-8554


A block of rooms has been reserved at the JW Marriott Indianapolis.  To make your reservation, please call the hotel directly. In order to ensure the discounted NDIA rate, you must make your reservations early and ask for the "NDIA" room block. Rooms will not be held after Monday, May 2, 2011 and may sell out before then. Rates are also subject to increase after this date.

JW Marriott Indianapolis
10 S. West Street
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204
Tel: (866) 704-6162

  • Government Rates*: Single: $91/Double: $114
  • Industry Rates: Single: $159/Double: $179

* The government per diem rate is available only to active duty or civilian government employees.  ID will be required upon check-in.  Retired military ID's do not qualify.

If you choose to reserve your hotel room online via the Marriott weblink below:

Government Block

Industry Block 


From the Airport:
The Green Line and taxi cabs are the best options.

The Green Line Downtown/Airport Express: $7.00 each way, 7 days/week, 5 am - 9 pm

Cab: $35.00/one way

Hotel Parking:
Self parking is $27.00
Valet parking is $30.00 


Online Registration is now CLOSED!

Registration Fees






(Before 04/16/11)


(After 05/13/11)





Industry NDIA Member




Industry Non-NDIA Member




Download/Print/View the registration form (PDF)
You may either fax to 703-522-1885 OR Mail to 2111 Wilson Blvd., Suite 400, Arlington, VA 22201.  Please do not fax/mail the registration form after May 13, 2011.

Cancellations received by May 13, 2011 will receive a refund minus a $75 cancellation fee. Please note that no refunds will be given for cancellations received after May 13, 2011. Substitutions are welcome in lieu of cancellations. All cancellations and substitutions must be made in writing to

* Please be sure you are registering with the correct credit card or form of payment, as a $25 fee will be applied to registrations switching credit cards or forms of payment.*



Exhibit rate includes:

  • Networking social functions in the exhibit hall
  • Two Complimentary conference registrations for exhibit personnel, per 10' x 10'
  • Scheduled meal events including receptions and breaks
  • Conference attendee list (onsite) - Name and company
  • Company profile online
  • 24-hour security
  • Fabric back and side walls and 7"x 44" ID sign

Cost to Exhibit:

Corporate Member Rate*: $25.00/sq. ft. (Note - your corporate member dues must be current to be able to get the member rate)
*Rate also applies to bona-fide government agencies

Non-Corporate Member Rate:  $30.00/sq. ft
Membership Discount:  To qualify for the member rate on booths, or the small business package, your company has to join NDIA first as a Corporate Member,  Contact Zoila Martinez, Assistant Director, Membership, at 703-247-2565

Purchase your booth in real time:

For more information, please contact Dennis Tharp, CEM, Exhibits Manager, at (703) 247 - 2584 or

Firing Demonstration:

The Small Arms Committee will be conducting a firing demonstration on Thursday, May 26, at Camp Atterbury, Columbus, Indiana.  If interested in demonstrating a weapon system or new technology, please contact Sal Fanelli,

Attendee Information

Attire: Conference attire is business casual for civilians and Class B uniform or uniform of the day for military.  In addition, your identification badge, received upon conference check-in, must be worn at all times.

Special Needs: NDIA supports the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Attendees with special needs should contact Kelly Seymour at

Sponsorship Information


For more information or to sign up, please contact Alden Davidson, Associate Director of Exhibits, at (703) 247-2582 or

Contact Info/Inquiries/Questions

NDIA POC: Kelly Seymour, or (703) 247-2583.


Affiliate Associations

The Association for Enterprise Information    National Training and Simulation Association    Precision Strike Association    Women in Defense