As those who follow DSJ’s Industry Events calendar know, with U.S.-based defense and aerospace industry trade shows cancelled or postponed since mid-March, and with a host of events — including next week’s V-SOFIC — going virtual, the question is when in-person events might be held again.
While any plans will be contingent on COVID-19 developments, today DSJ received a “we’re on” e-mail invitation from the Air Force Association regarding its annual Air, Space, and Cyber Conference to be held from 14-16 September outside of Washington DC.
We also received news today from the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) that the organization would be shifting its show — previously scheduled for Boston in May — to Dallas in October.
AUVSI had previously hoped to hold their event in Boston in mid-August, but determined that that was too early given COVID-19 status. Wrote AUVSI Chairman and CEO Brian Wynne to members today:
“For the health and safety of our community, and recognizing the importance of XPONENTIAL to the advancement of your business and technologies, XPONENTIAL 2020 is now confirmed for October 5-8, 2020. In our assessment, August was too early for large gatherings and the shift will also allow additional time for restrictions to be safely lifted and some economic recovery to begin.”
This week was to be the original week for XPONENTAIL and AUVSI is staging some nifty webinars of its own in the afternoon all week.
For its part, the Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA) has postponed a number of events, including its March Global Forces Symposium (Huntsville, AL), its May AI-Robotics Hot Topic Conference (Pittsburgh, PA) and LANPAC Symposium (Honolulu, HI). For now, AUSA has kept on its event calendar the Annual AUSA 2020 Meeting & Exposition — still scheduled to be held in Washington DC from 12-14 October.
Emerald LLC, which runs the Marine Corps expos — including Modern Day Marine, Marine South, and Marine West — has postponed or cancelled all of its events through early June 2020 but has made no decisions beyond that time that would impact the three Marine Corps expos.