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 3720 - 14th Annual Science & Engineering Technology Conference/Defense Tech Exposition 

3720 - 14th Annual Science & Engineering Technology Conference/Defense Tech Exposition 


Evolving the Defense S&T Program to Support “Sustaining U.S. Global Leadership: Priorities for 21st Century Defense”

Event Number

Event Date

 to 4/26/2013

Event Location
Gaylord National Hotel

Event Contact
Ms. Brant Murray at or (703)247-2572


Mark your calendars! The 14th Annual Science & Engineering Technology Conference/Defense Tech Exposition is coming to the Gaylord National Hotel, National Harbor, MD on April 24-26, 2013! The Hotel is conveniently located in the Washington, DC area and easily accessible via Ronald Reagan National Airport.

Learn about RD&E priorities going forward.... 
     Learn how Sequestration is impacting current and future S&T efforts....
          Learn how RDE funding was treated in the FY 13 Defense Appropriation....

Join us so you can be a part of the discussion!


Evolving the Defense S&T Program to Support “Sustaining U.S. Global Leadership: Priorities for 21st Century Defense”

History has shown that science and technology is a force multiplier and can be leveraged to produce new or enhanced military capabilities.  The identification of which capabilities will be required to meet the challenges of the rapidly changing global security environment and which technologies will enable development of these capabilities is becoming increasingly important, especially during the time of a declining Defense budget.

The U.S. Military has concluded operations in Iraq and will significantly reduce its presence in Afghanistan over the next 2 years.  In the recently published "Sustaining U.S. Global Leadership: Priorities for 21st Century Defense," U.S. Armed Forces are directed to rebalance operational forces from Iraq and Afghanistan to the Asia-Pacific region and develop the capability to "Project Power Despite Anti-access/Area Denial Challenges."  This direction supports the national desire to provide a secure environment in the Asia-Pacific region that will encourage economic prosperity. The DoD S&T program will play a critical role in developing the enabling technologies for the required military capabilities in the Asia-Pacific region and the challenges associated with anti-access/area denial.

The challenges associated with irregular warfare and counter-insurgency operations that the U.S. Military encountered in Iraq and Afghanistan are not likely to go away.  The conventional military capabilities that were developed during the Cold War surprised many state and non-state actors when they were employed during the Gulf War with amazing effectiveness.  Advanced technologies gave the U.S. Military advantages in surveillance, precision targeting, communications, and navigation.  The advent of information-based warfare feed the emergence of irregular and insurgency warfare by non-state actors.   Irregular warfare and counter-insurgency operations will remain the doctrine of choice for potential adversaries and the U.S. Military must prepare for this threat.  It is anticipated that small units specializing in innovative, low-cost, and small-footprint operations will have increased utility in irregular warfare and counter-insurgency operations.  Selecting the right irregular warfare/counter-insurgency capabilities is a critical first step in determining which technologies should receive investment priority.

U.S. Armed Forces have frequently been called upon to conduct humanitarian and disaster relief operations, both at home and abroad.  Our military possesses rapidly deployable capabilities including airlift and sealift, medical evacuation and care, surveillance, and communications that can provide great assistance to relief agencies, tasked with providing aid to victims of natural or man-made disasters.  The application of “soft power” can often be more effective in achieving national security goals than the application of “hard power.”  The Department should identify those technologies, contracted for or commercially available, that will provide new and enhanced capabilities to support this mission. 

At this year's conference the Services and Combatant Commands will describe what capabilities will likely be needed for the Joint Force to be successful in the evolving global security environment, with a focus on the Asia-Pacific region.  Additionally, OSD, the Services, and Agencies will present their priorities for focusing technology initiatives, while maintaining the balance between conventional and irregular warfare/counter-insurgency capabilities.  Given the realities to also reduce lifecycle costs, Service and Agency speakers will discuss which technologies must be matured in the near term and the future. They will also highlight areas of synergy across technology disciplines which can be mined to maintain operational effectiveness during reduced budget years. 


We are pleased to announce the following confirmed Keynote Speaker:

  • Mr. Alan R. Shaffer, Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense, Research & Engineering, OASD (R&E)

Download/Print/View the agenda (as of 4-22-13)

Agenda at a Glance

12:00 PM – 6:00 PM  

Conference & Exhibitor Registration

7:00 AM – 6:30 PM  
Conference Registration

8:15 AM – 9:15 AM 
Keynote Address: Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense, Research & Engineering

9:15 AM – 2:00 PM  
FY 2013 President’s Budget Request and Opportunities for Collaboration Session

9:45 AM – 7:00 PM  
Exhibit Hall Open

2:00 PM – 5:00 PM  
Air Force Science & Technology Program Session

5:00 PM – 6:30 PM        
Networking Reception (Hosted Beer & Wine)

7:00 AM – 5:00 PM  
Conference Registration

8:00 AM – 12:00 PM  
Army Science & Technology Program Session

10:00 AM – 3:30 PM  
Exhibit Hall Open

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM        
Networking Buffet Lunch

1:00 PM – 5:00 PM  
Naval Science & Technology Program Session

FRIDAY, APRIL 26, 2013
7:00 AM – 12:00 PM 
Conference Registration

8:00 AM – 10:50 AM   
Capabilities Needed by the Combatant Commanders Session

10:50 AM – 11:30 AM
IR&D Marketplace Presentation

11:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Poster Paper Winner Announcement

12:00 PM – 12:30 PM
Boxed Lunch
Conference Adjourns

Location - New Venue

Gaylord National Hotel
201 Waterfront St.
National Harbor, MD 20745
(301) 965-2000

Directions & Parking
Gaylord National Hotel is just a 15-minute drive from Reagan National Airport and within a 45-minute drive from Dulles and Baltimore Washington International Airports. Shuttle service and car service are available from either airport to the hotel. Hertz is a Gaylord Hotels preferred partner for car rentals. And for a unique day trip, take a water taxi across the Potomac to historic Old Town Alexandria.

Please note that the prevailing parking fee is currently $22.00 for self-parking and $32.00 for valet parking.

For more information on parking and directions, please click here.

Lodging - Room Block Closed!

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Gaylord National Hotel.  To make your reservation, please call the hotel directly at (301) 965-2000** or reserve a room online by clicking here.  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, March 25, 2013 and may sell out before then. Rates are also subject to increase after this date.

Gaylord National Hotel
21 Waterfront St.
National Harbor, MD 20745
Tel: (301) 965-2000

Government Rate*: Per diem rate
Industry Rate: $235
For an additional $40.00 per night, you can upgrade to an "Atrium View" room, based on availability.

Please note that a daily resort fee, currently $15.00 plus tax, will be added to the guest room rate. This fee will cover several in-room amenities.

*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.

**Please note the call center requests a credit card to guarantee a reservation, however, that card is not charged for the 1 night deposit until 3 days prior to arrival. The credit card on file will not be charged at the time of reservation.

Please note that the prevailing parking fee is currently $22.00 for self-parking and $32.00 for valet parking.


Online registration is now CLOSED. Only onsite registrations will be accepted.

Registration Fees




After 4/18/13

Government/Academia Fees



Industry Fees

Industry NDIA Member


Industry Non-NDIA Member


With your purchase of full conference 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)

Please register with a complete and accurate e-mail address. You will receive an e-mailed confirmation as soon as your registration has been processed.

Payment must be made at the time of registration. Registrations will not be taken over the phone.

Please register with the correct form of payment. A $25 fee will be applied to those wishing to switch forms of payment.

Online registration will close at 5:00 PM EST on Thursday, April 18, 2013.  You must register onsite after this date.

Cancellations received by Friday, April 12, 2013 will receive a refund minus a $75 cancellation fee.

No refunds will be given for cancellations received after Friday, April 12, 2013. 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. Allison Hitchner, CEM, CMP, Exhibits Manager, at with any questions.

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 conference is coat & tie for civilians and Class A uniform or uniform of the day for military personnel.

ID Badge
During conference 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 conference functions.
Proceedings will be available on the web through the Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC) two weeks after the conference.  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. Brant Murray, Meeting Planner, at or (703) 247-2572 and reference Event #3720. 

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


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. Allison Hitchner, CEM, CMP, Exhibits Manager, or (703) 247-2573

Contact Info/Inquiries/Questions

Conference POC: Ms. Brant Murray, Meeting Planner, or (703) 247-2572 

Exhibits POC: Ms. Allison Hitchner, CEM, CMP, Exhibits Manager, or (703) 247-2573


Affiliate Associations

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