REGISTER NOW: Patrons Exhibitors Attendees

Author: Abby Sanders

Mask up!

As the 2021 Space and Missile Defense Symposium approaches, the health and safety of our attendees, staff, speakers and exhibitors remains our top priority. The Centers for Disease Control and Preventionrecommends all individuals wear a mask indoors, in public, in areas of substantial or high transmission levels to maximize protection and prevent spreading to others. In consultation with our industry and government stakeholders, the SMD Executive Committee requires all individuals to wear a mask at the 2021 SMD Symposium, regardless of vaccination status. You must wear a mask to enter. Masks must be worn for the duration of the symposium, unless you are eating, drinking or speaking on stage at the podium. Please frequently sanitize your hands and practice social distancing where possible. We look forward to hosting you safely in Huntsville, and we will continue to monitor guidance from the CDC and the Alabama department of Public Health to maintain the health and safety of our guests.

SMD Small Business Showcase call for presentations!

Join Huntsville Association of Small Businesses in Advanced Technology (HASBAT) as we host the first-ever, SMD Small Business Showcase! The event will be held August 10-12, 2021, at the Von Braun Center (VBC) East Hall as part of the 2021 Space & Missile Defense Symposium. Participating companies will have the opportunity to present their innovative solutions to all SMD Symposium Government and Industry Attendees.

SMD-HASBAT Small Business Showcase Call for Presentations - AR edits

Your Next Mission hiring event!

Your Next Mission™ Huntsville SMD 2021 (formerly Warriors To The Workforce) is part of the American Freedom Foundation’s nationwide initiative to help our Veterans, transitioning military service members and military spouses find meaningful employment and receive assistance transitioning from military to civilian life Focusing on hiring and networking, Your Next Mission™ Huntsville SMD 2021 will be  held on Wednesday, August 11 at the Von Braun Center – East Hall #1 in conjunction with the Space & Missile Defense Symposium. Register at


SMD Debrief: Modernizing Missile Defense

A discussion with military leadership after the Virtual Space & Missile Defense Symposium

The U.S. space and missile defense community’s challenge is simple: stay ahead of the threat from nations such as China, North Korea and Russia. Across the Department of Defense, leaders are adapting existing systems to better counter the current threat, moving forward on major programs of record that improve nearly every element of the kill chain, and investing in next-generation technologies, such as radars, hypersonics and counter technologies. Defense News and C4ISRNET will host a virtual event on Wednesday, August 5 immediately following, and in partnership with, the Virtual Space & Missile Defense Symposium. In this special session they will explore the major lessons learned from SMD and hear from military leadership about their procurement and technology priorities to modernize missile defense.