Celebrating 50 years in Space and Missile Defense

The 10th Annual Space and Missile Defense Conference and Exhibition will take place Aug. 13-16, 2007, at the Von Braun Center. The theme for this year's event is "Celebrating 50 Years in Space and Missile Defense."

The SMD Conference is widely attended by professionals and individuals from throughout the United States and our allies around the world. Event sponsors include the National Defense Industrial Association-Tennessee Valley Chapter (NDIA-TVC), Air Space and Missile Defense Association (ASMDA), and the Air Defense Artillery Association-Huntsville Chapter (ADAA).

Conference highlights include presentations from internationally recognized experts in the areas of global ballistic missile defense systems development and operation, as well as integration, synchronization, and capability development to meet new threats. The conference also will include a training and technology track focused on emerging technologies. Sessions will also cover space support to the warfighter, homeland defense, and the integration of cruise missile defense. Confirmed speakers include Gen. James E. Cartwright, commander, U.S. Strategic Command: Gen. Kevin P. Chilton, commander, Air Force Space Command; Lt. Gen. Henry A. "Trey" Obering III, director, Missile Defense Agency; LTG Kevin T. Campbell, commanding general, SMDC/ARSTRAT; Lt. Gen. Michael A. Hamel, commander, Space and Missile Systems Center, Air Force Space Command; Lt. Gen. (R ) Ed Anderson, former vice commander of NORAD; Lt. Gen. (R) James A. Abrahamson, first director of the Strategic Defense Initiative Organization; Lt. Gen. (R) Thomas Stafford, former astronaut; and many more.

There will be exhibit displays throughout the entire VBC and daily attractions in each hall, including celebrity authors, the Liberty Bike, and-displayed for the first time in a public forum-the Liberty Guitar. The conference will also have a technology trek, a scavenger hunt, and a theater projection of the Army's video game. Many of these attractions, along with the viewing of all exhibits, are free and open to the general public.