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Author: Abby Sanders

Next day Fireside Chat

vSMD media partner Defense News will host a virtual fireside chat on 5 August after the Symposium.
This event is not part of but complimentary to vSMD on 4 August. They will interview a series of technology leaders that spoke during the symposium and take a deeper dive into their presentations. This will be a valuable add to your vSMD experience. More to follow about this event.

vSMD 2020

Good afternoon,

Our executive committee appreciates your support and patience as we have worked to plan for the 2020 Space and Missile Defense Symposium. With the ongoing uncertainty and spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), our committee wanted to ensure whatever path we chose maintained the health and safety of all involved.

We now have a strong path forward, and we are excited to bring you vSMD Symposium 2020: Integration of Space and Missile Defense Capabilities Across All Domains, a virtual professional development symposium.

vSMD will virtually deliver government and industry updates from the space and missile defense community beginning Tuesday, August 4 at 8 a.m. Invited session speakers will include the Commanders of the U.S. Strategic Command and U.S. Space Command, the Commanding General of the Space and Missile Defense Command, Directors of Missile Defense Agency and U.S. Army Rapid Capabilities and Critical Technologies Office and PEO Missiles and Space.

Patrons and exhibitors will have the opportunity to sponsor this year’s vSMD, with updated sponsorship costs and benefits. A new benefit we are adding this year will be allow for our attendees to view our sponsors’ messages both during and after the virtual symposium. The sponsorship levels, ranging from $1,000 – $3,500, are posted on our website,

There will be no exhibit component to this virtual forum. Exhibitors will have the opportunity to seamlessly roll their purchase over to next year’s symposium or receive a full refund for the price of their exhibit space.

Attendees can visit the website to register for the virtual forum at the new cost of $100 for industry attendees and $50 for those in academia. Attendees who have already submitted paid registrations can opt to keep their registration in place and receive a partial refund.

We will be issuing a press release on Monday morning with the details to the public.

Again, we appreciate your support, and look forward to a successful virtual symposium on Tuesday, August 4.


Executive Committee

The MDA Wargames are back for 2019!

The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) Warfighter Operational Support Directorate is please to announce the Space and Missile Defense (SMD) Symposium Interactive Wargame 2019, presented at the Von Braun Center East Ballroom.  There will be fourteen sessions offered between 6-8 August 2019.  Each session will last 50 minutes.  The MDA SMD Symposium Wargame is an unclassified interactive simulation based on a notional representation of the 2029 Ballistic Missile Defense System.  Link available upon completion of registration.

Join Defense News for cocktails and heavy hors d’oeuvres before SMD

Dr. Tom Karako will lead a conversation with missile defense experts about the reality of missile threats and executing on a definitive defense strategy.  As a senior fellow with the International Security Program and the director of the Missile Defense Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), his research focuses on national security, U.S. nuclear forces, missile defense, and public law. He was selected to be an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow, during which time he worked with the professional staff of the House Armed Services Committee on U.S. strategic forces policy, nonproliferation, and NATO.

  • Monday, August 6, 2018
  • 4:00 – 6:00 PM
  • Embassy Suites Hotel  (Across the street from the Von Braun Center)
    800 Monroe Street
    Huntsville, AL 35801