Due to the ongoing conditions surrounding COVID-19, AUSA has determined that it would be in the best interests of the community not to host an in-person Global Force Symposium in Huntsville, Alabama this March. The health and safety of our attendees, exhibitors, partners, and staff remain our top priorities. We are committed to returning to Huntsville for a live event when we can do so safely and responsibly. We will certainly miss being in Huntsville this March, but will work with our great partners at the Von Braun Center on possible dates for a live event later in 2021 or early 2022.
In the meantime, we are pleased to announce Global Force Next.This important three-day virtual event, from 16-18 March 2021, will focus on Army modernization efforts and the Army Futures Command’s eight Cross Functional Teams (CFTs):
- Long Range Precision Fires
- Next Generation Combat Vehicles
- Future Vertical Lift
- Air & Missile Defense
- Army Network
- Assured Position, Navigation, and Timing
- Soldier Lethality
- Synthetic Training Environment
Eight CFT panels will provide updates and future endeavors they are undertaking to continue the Army’s drive to modernize the force. A ninth panel is planned to provide updates on related topics for foreign military sales. AUSA is developing this forum based on feedback from our annual meeting AUSA Now, and with the realization that March 2021 presents a key opportunity for the Army to share additional information about their future modernization plans.
“While it may not replace the full experience of the in-person event, Global Force Next will serve to keep us connected with Army senior leaders and messages, with industry partners and academia, and with AUSA members around the globe. We are planning for a forum that will resonate with our industry partners and provide them important updates about the future of the Army,” said retired US Army GEN Carter F. Ham, President and CEO of the Association of the United States Army.
Global Force Next will also include keynote presentations from Army leaders, including the Secretary of the Army, Chief of Staff of the Army, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology, Army Futures Command (AFC), and Army Materiel Command (AMC).
Although we do not plan to include virtual exhibits, we will have a very robust sponsorship program for this very important event. We’ll provide our sponsorship prospectus in early January, and registration for this event will open in the second half of January.
Please stay tuned for more updates.