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 4410 - 51st Annual Targets, UAVs & Range Operations Symposium 

4410 - 51st Annual Targets, UAVs & Range Operations Symposium 


“Overcoming Technical Challenges and Budget Constraints”

Event Number

Event Date

 to 8/14/2014

Event Location
College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center

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


This year’s 51st Annual Symposium theme is, “Overcoming Technical Challenges and Budget Constraints.”  The goal of this two day, unclassified symposium is 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. Land and waterborne robotic vehicles and vessels will be included as focus areas, as well.

This year's event will be co located with the Ground Robotics Capabilities Conference & Exhibition.

Call for Abstracts

The Symposium Planning Committee is currently seeking abstract submissions! Technical presentations and program updates will be the principal focus of this Symposium. General Sessions will provide the opportunity for individuals to offer their perspectives on key topics to a broad spectrum of influential observers and key decision-makers, including practicing Engineers, Analysts and Evaluators of all levels in Government and Industry. Abstract submissions are requested from Government, Industry and Academia to enhance the Symposium and to broaden the understanding of efforts being made in each of the Division’s areas of interest, including the test and evaluation of air-to-air and ground-to-air weapons systems.

Abstracts must be submitted by Friday, May 2, 2014.

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The Symposium will bring together recognized experts from Government, Military and Industry to showcase the latest developments in Targets, UAVs and Range Operations and discuss future requirements in these areas as threats and weapons systems evolve and robotics become ever more prominent in warfare, training and testing. Co location with the Ground Robotics Capabilities Conference & Exhibition is a bonus feature of this year’s event as Attendees will be able to view exhibits from both the Targets and Robotics events.

A common focus of Military/Industrial symposia today is the paucity of funding and uncertainty of program continuation. We will build on this with presentations which look to the future of existing programs while also including the latest information from senior program officials as to which upcoming programs are likely to make the budget cut line.

This Symposium will address these realities through presentations on cutting-edge developments as diverse as targets and control systems that can deal with air and sea swarm threats in a credible way, to current usage and future requirements relative to use of robotic vehicles in the national air-space. 

Symposium events will commence on Wednesday, August 13, 2014 and run through Thursday, August 14, 2014, featuring a General Session with technical oral presentations, as well as status briefings from Industry, DoD and Military presenters. In addition, extended breaks and luncheons structured to enhance networking opportunities are included. Further, 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.


2014 agenda information is not yet available. However, we invite you to review the 2012 agenda to gain a better understanding of the event goal and subject matter.

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Agenda At-A-Glance

Wednesday, August 13, 2014
7:00 AM – 8:00 AM, Continental Breakfast
8:00 AM – 4:30 PM, General Session
9:30 AM – 10:00 AM, Networking Break
12:00 PM – 1:15 PM, Networking Luncheon
4:30 PM – 6:00 PM, Networking Reception

Thursday, August 14, 2014
7:00 AM – 8:00 AM, Continental Breakfast
8:00 AM – 3:00 PM, General Session
9:45 AM – 10:15 AM, Networking Break
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM, Networking Luncheon 
3:00 PM, Conference Adjourns


College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center
3501 University Blvd., E
Hyattsville, MD 20783-7998
(301) 985-7300


Registration information is not yet available.


Don't miss the opportunity to display your organization's unique capabilities in the joint exhibit hall! This year's event will be co located with the Ground Robotics Capabilities Conference & Exhibition. Attendees will be able to view exhibits from both the NDIA Targets and Robotics events.

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Please note that only booths 1-5 are reserved for Targets companies. Spaces will be assigned on a first paid, first served basis. For more information, please contact Mrs. Meredith Hawley, CMP, Associate Director, Operations, at or (703) 247-9476.

Cost: $3,000 per 10’x10’ space
Included Items: Two complimentary exhibitor registrations, one 6’ table, two chairs, a wastebasket, and an exhibitor description listing in the onsite conference brochure (50 words max).

Exhibit Hours:
Additional information will be posted as it becomes available.

Exhibitor Move In
Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Exhibit Hall Hours
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Thursday, August 13, 2014 

Exhibitor Move Out
Thursday, August 13, 2014

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 Mrs. Meredith Hawley, CMP, Associate Director, Operations, at or (703) 247-9476 and reference Event #4410.

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.

Sponsorship Information

The Targets sponsorship menu offers many categories to fit your budget. By enhancing your brand with a sponsorship at this event, you'll build a stronger perception from the audience and stand out from the crowd. Additionally, sponsor recognition and benefits will be extended to the co located Ground Robotics Capabilities Conference & Exhibition!

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Contact Info/Inquiries/Questions

NDIA POC: Mrs. Meredith Hawley, CMP, Associate Director, Operations, or (703) 247-9476


Affiliate Associations

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