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COMDEF 2022 returns to Washington D.C. Sept 27th

Updated: Sep 20, 2022

Common Defense

September 27th, 2022

Convene, Arlington

After two years of virtual events ComDef 2022 returns to in person with the world in a very different place.

While the long-term defense planning focus will be on the aspirations of China, near term attention will rightly return to Europe to deter the expansionist efforts of Russia. The theme of Integrated Deterrence will address the collective efforts of NATO and friendly countries to preserve the peace.

Norway is the partner nation and will provide a Scandinavian perspective. What new acquisition approaches should be expected? Will these approaches be legislated? How will these impact older defense programs? What programs are likely to be impacted? What will be the outlook for the Defense Budget?

How will NATO adjust to evolving imperatives?

  • Can NATO rise to the challenge?

  • What changes are needed? Will the Arctic play an outsize role? A changed security situation in Europe, in particular in the Baltic Sea area, have created new challenges and operating environments.

Will the evolving situation in Europe impact US Pacific efforts? Future operating environments - Space and Cyber

  • How will Space and Cyber shape the future defense posture?

  • How can Cyber be made more resilient? What is the future for CMMC? How will international supply chains shape the response?

Where are the low hanging fruit of cooperation and capability?

  • Will Exportability be baked into security cooperation? Can Exportability be pushed to the left in the procurement process? Will there be export help for companies with non programs of record in the US? What forms could these possibly take?

  • Where should friends and allies invest their capability? In what technologies and capabilities should governments invest? What will be the impact of cancelled programs on arms exports? How can industry partner internationally for success?

  • How potent are existing and envisaged export control regimes? Are major changes needed?

  • What strategies will be given emphasis in exporting? Which agencies will be given more authority?

  • What will be the impact of the new Buy American Executive Orders? How will these dovetail efforts to utilize allied defense industrial bases? What domestic and foreign candidates are there for future international cooperative programs?

  • How fast will industry adjust to the new realities? Will there be a frenzy of mergers and acquisitions? What will the Administration's stance be on M&A in the defense sector?

  • Will defense industry quickly integrate commercial technology into their offerings? What role will commercial firms play in defense to speed up the technology refresh?

  • What new procurement approaches will be tested to bring in commercial/non traditional entities?

Government and industry representatives from more than 35 countries will be participating. Over 30 speakers will provide their insight and perspectives. Network with Government and industry leaders from all US Services and Agencies at this premier international event held in person this year.


  • Government/Services Acquisition community

  • Government Industrial policy staff

  • Government/Services international agreements staff

  • Government/Services FMS staff

  • Government/Services R&D community

  • Embassy officials

    • Procurement

    • R&D

    • Defense Cooperation Attaches

    • Service Attaches

  • Industry government relations executives

  • Industry business development executives

  • Industry sales and marketing executives

  • Industry Offset and Countertrade executives

  • Industry merger and acquisition staff

  • Aviation and defense financial analysts

  • Think Tanks

  • Defense media

  • Academia

  • Hill Staffers

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