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 3410 - 50th Annual Targets, UAVs & Range Operations Symposium & Exhibition 

3410 - 50th Annual Targets, UAVs & Range Operations Symposium & Exhibition 


"The Future of Testing and Training"

Event Number

Event Date

 to 10/4/2012

Event Location
Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport

Event Contact
Mrs. Meredith Hawley, CMP at or (703)247-9476


This year's 50th Annual Symposium & Exhibition theme is, “The Future of Testing and Training.”  The goal of this three day, unclassified event will be to foster the technical exchange of information on current and future requirements for testing and training in a funding-short, threat-rich environment.  Air systems will include piloted and remotely-piloted fixed and rotary-wing aircraft.  In addition, land and waterborne robotic vehicles and vessels will be included as focus areas.

Willis Howard Award

The Willis Howard Award is presented annually at the symposium to the person, either corporate or military, who in the view of the Executive Board, has demonstrated both sustained superior service within the communities now represented by the NDIA Targets Division, as well as active service to the Division.

Named after Mr. Willis Howard, one of the founding owners of Cartwright Electronics (now a division of Meggitt Defense Systems, Inc.), it is the highest award presented within the targets community.  Mr. Howard was also one of the founding corporate members of the NDIA Targets Division, which was originally the Aerial Targets Division of the American Ordnance Association.  He was an extremely active member of the Division who presented papers, chaired Sessions, and was Chairman of the Annual Symposium on two occasions. 

Mr. Howard was killed in an auto accident while working with the USAF Weapons Evaluation Group at Tyndall Air Force Base.  He was so well respected throughout the Targets community that the Division implemented an award in his honor.  

Hubert D. Harris Scholarship Program

The Hubert D. Harris Scholarship Program was established in 1991 to memorialize Mr. Hugh Harris for his many contributions to the Targets community in both Government and Industry.  The NDIA Targets Division has been joined by NDIA’s Gulf Coast Chapter as a co-sponsor of the scholarship program.

Mr. Harris was a longtime member and leader in various professional organizations including IEEE, AOC, and ADPA (forerunner of NDIA).  He served two years as the national chairman for the Aerial Targets and RPV Section, working closely with all three military services.  Subsequent to his death on June 9, 1991, Mr. Harris was the posthumous winner of the Division's Willis Howard Award for outstanding service.

The Hugh Harris Scholarship is presented annually to a deserving high school senior who will be entering an accredited four-year university in pursuit of a math, engineering, or hard science degree.


Download/Print/View the current Agenda
- As of 9/27/12

We are pleased to announce the following confirmed Keynote Speakers:

  • Mr. James Amato, SES, Executive Director, U.S. Army Operational Test Command
  • Maj Gen Michael C. Kostelnik, USAF (Ret), Assistant Commissioner, Office of CBP Air & Marine, U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Agenda at a Glance


11:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Registration and Exhibit Hall Move-in

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Networking Reception


8:00 AM - 5:20 PM
General Session - Keynote and Speaker Presentations

12:20 PM - 1:40 PM
Networking Lunch

5:10 PM - 6:45 PM
Networking Reception


8:00 AM - 3:05 PM
General Session - Keynote and Speaker Presentations

12:20 PM - 1:30 PM
Networking Lunch

Symposium events will commence on Tuesday, October 2, 2012 and run through Thursday afternoon, October 4, 2012. Tuesday will be devoted to Symposium registration, exhibitor move-in, and an evening Networking Reception.

Wednesday and Thursday will feature the General Session program, consisting of technical oral presentations and status briefings from Industry, DoD and Military Presenters. The Symposium will include extended breaks and luncheons, all specifically structured to facilitate relaxed dialogue and continuous networking opportunities among Attendees and Exhibitors.

In addition, outstanding individual contributions to the NDIA Targets Division and the Industry will be recognized through a presentation of the Division’s highest honor, the Willis Howard Award.


Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport
9300 Jeff Fuqua Blvd.
Orlando, FL 32827
(407) 825-1234

Regency Ballroom Foyer

General Session
Regency Ballroom

Exhibit Hall
Intercontinental Ballroom

Lodging - Room Block Closed

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport.  To make your reservation, you may book online here (note to specify "Attendee" for Industry and "Government ID" for per diem).  In order to ensure the discounted NDIA rate, you must make your reservations early and ask for the "National Defense Industrial Association" room block.  Rooms will not be held after Friday, September 14, 2012 and may sell out before then.  Rates are also subject to increase after this date.

Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport
9300 Jeff Fuqua Blvd.
Orlando, FL 32827
(407) 825-1234
Reservations: (888) 421-1442

Government Rate (specify "Government ID")*: Prevailing government per diem (Single/Double)

Industry Rate (specify "Attendee"): $139/$164 (Single/Double)

All guests within the group block will receive complimentary in-guest room high speed wired Internet.

*ID will be required upon check-in.
*Any active U.S. military Attendee with ID and travel order will be tax exempt (subject to state’s regulation of tax exemption).  Any U.S. Government employee paying with U.S. government check or credit card will be tax exempt (with supporting documentation as required by some states).  Check with Hotel for specific state and local requirements when booking hotel reservations.


Online registration is now closed, but onsite registration will be accepted!

Registration Fees






Before 08/25/12

08/25/12 - 09/28/12

After 09/28/12





Industry NDIA Member




Industry Non-NDIA Member




With your purchase of full symposium registration, you are entitled access to:

  • General Sessions
  • Exhibit Hall
  • Continental Breakfasts, Networking Breaks, Networking Luncheons, Networking Receptions
  • Onsite Agenda and Meeting Materials
  • Post-event Online Speaker Proceedings (if releasable by Speaker)

Cancellations received by Friday, September 21, 2012 will receive a refund minus a $75 cancellation fee.  No refunds will be given for cancellations received after Friday, September 21, 2012.  Cancellations must be made in writing to  Substitutions to this event are welcome in lieu of cancellations.  Please note: This policy does not apply to exhibit booth cancellations.


Please visit the exhibits webpage for information.  Please contact Ms. Cassandra Stewart, Exhibits Manager, at or (703) 247-2582 for information.

No photography is allowed in the exhibit hall.  Cameras and cell phones will be confiscated by security if they are used to photograph any exhibit without prior consent from NDIA management.
No one under the age of 18 will be permitted in the exhibit hall.

Attendee Information

Appropriate dress for this symposium is business casual for civilians and Class B uniform or uniform of the day for military personnel.

ID Badge
During symposium registration and check-in, each Attendee will be issued an identification badge.  Please be prepared to present a valid picture ID.  Your badge must be worn at all symposium functions.
Proceedings will be available on the web through the Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC) two weeks after the symposium.  All registered Attendees will receive an email notification once the proceedings are available.

Special Needs
NDIA supports the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.  For more information, please contact Ms. Meredith Geary, CMP, Associate Director, at or (703) 247-9476 and reference Event #3410. 

National Defense
Advertise in National Defense and increase your organization’s exposure at this event.  National Defense will be distributed to Attendees of this symposium, as well as other NDIA events.  For more information, please contact Mr. Dino Pignotti, VP Advertising, at or (703) 247-2541.

Discount Coupons
This year, we have teamed up with Orlando Convention Aid to help you make the most of your time in Orlando.  Available discounts include restaurants, golf, attractions, nightlife, shopping and much more.  Each listing offers detailed information and discount coupons that can be printed.  Orlando Convention Aid can also make your dinner reservation, book your group dinner party or event.  Click on the below icon to start planning your time in Orlando.  
Orlando Coupons 

Sponsorship Information 

Lunch Sponsor: Meggitt

Many of the NDIA events offer category exclusive sponsorships to fit your budget.  By enhancing your brand with a sponsorship at our events, you'll build a stronger perception from the audience and stand out from the crowd.

Download/Print/View the Sponsorship Menu.

Please contact Ms. Cassandra Stewart, Exhibits Manager, at or (703) 247-2582 or Ms. Laura Hoover, Sponsorship Services for NDIA, at or (804) 437-3773 for information.

Contact Info/Inquiries/Questions

Symposium POC: Ms. Meredith Geary, CMP, Associate Director, or (703) 247-9476

Exhibits POC: Ms. Cassandra Stewart, Exhibits Manager, or (703) 247-2582

Sponsorship POC: Ms. Laura Hoover, Sponsorship Services for NDIA, or (804) 437-3773


Affiliate Associations

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