2018 RAAF Air Power Conference
2018 RAAF Air Power Conference
Date: March 2018 - Wednesday 21 March 2018
Location: National Convention Centre, Canberra ,

The Royal Australian Air Force will be conducting its biennial Air Power Conference on the theme of Air Power in a Disruptive World over the period 20-21 March 2018 at the National Convention Centre in Canberra.

The Conference attracts more than 1000 delegates drawn from national and international Air Forces and other military Services, Government, Defence Industry, academia and think tanks. The biennial Air Power Conference has grown into a regionally and internationally respected forum which has engaged a number of important and relevant air power themes.

The 2018 Conference will provide another opportunity for the defence and security community to come together to explore how air forces are able to fully shape and exploit strategy, tactics and technology within joint military, national security and coalition operations in the emergent security environment.

Led by top international and Australian experts, we will explore how geo-political strategy, environmental change and technology-based innovation are both disrupting and driving change across every level of national security. Some military organisations are well equipped to capitalise on disruption, whilst others struggle to define what the implications may be for their organisations. In this fast paced new world of innovation, increased global instability and new technology, we are seeking to offer a fresh perspective from which military forces might consider disruptors and drivers effecting that environment. 

Themes for the 2018 Air Power Conference viewed through the lens of air power, military and national strategy include:

  • AI, Cyber, Simulation
  • Energy, Climate and Nuclear Security
  • Geo-Political Interests and security policy
  • Space and Uninhabited Aerial Systems
  • Industry Collaboration
  • People, Machines and the military in the digital age


Date: Thursday 12 - Thursday 12 April 2018
Location: Washington, DC
The fifth annual G’Day USA Dialogue on Defence Industries will be delivered in partnership with Team Defence Australia, and presented by Northrop Grumman. The day-long event will bring together US and Australian industry experts to explore future projects, mutual investment and advanced manufacturing skills. Featuring keynote addresses by senior Australian and US representatives, as well as expert panel discussions and a networking lunch, the event attracts attendees from defence industry and Fortune 500 companies, policy makers, academics, investors, economists and national security experts. For the first time, the Dialogue will be complemented by a separate event focussed on progressing discussion and collaboration on Defence Innovation.
Date: Monday 17 - Wednesday 19 September 2018
Location: International Convention Centre, Sydney
Join the worlds leading engineering professionals and discover how our industry will transform in the years ahead. Accelerating technological change is transforming our world by the minute. Smart homes and self-driving cars are already shaping our daily lives. Automation is radically changing the way we work. How can you future-proof your career in the face of these changes? This year’s conference will tackle the impacts of engineering challenges, from the ethics and limits of artificial intelligence to the role of robots in our daily lives. We’ll introduce you to leaders in the field, and concrete applications of emerging technologies. Explore how you can prepare for the opportunities in our future.
Date: Monday 30 - Wednesday 2 May 2018
Location: International Convention Centre, Sydney
SETE 2018 is an annual conference organised by of the Systems Engineering Society of Australia* (SESA) and the Southern Cross Chapter of the International Test and Evaluation Association (ITEA). The theme for SETE 2018 is: Unlocking the Future through Systems Engineering
Date: Monday 11 - Friday 15 June 2018
Location: Paris
Eurosatory is the major Western European event of 2018 addressing the needs of the defence sector. The event will showcase leading-edge capabilities in sophisticated weapons systems and technologies, hardware and electronic warfare, including AI and robotics, battlefield healthcare products/technology, training, simulation systems, defence and security peripherals. 
Date: Monday 21 - Thursday 24 May 2018
Location: Tampa Convention Center
The Special Operations Forces Industry Conference is the premier conference for the SOF community to interact with industry and to collaborate on the challenges, initiatives and way-ahead in delivering the most cutting-edge capabilities into the hands of SOF operators.  SOFIC provides educational sessions, demonstrations, interaction with exhibitors and many networking opportunities during the event - SOFIC is the single most important opportunity for developing, nurturing and exercising the growing network across industry, government, academia and international partners. By leveraging the depth, breadth and diversity of this network the SOF community can boost its velocity, multiply its iterations and increase the variety of capabilities to meet the changing demands of its operators.For industry participants, SOFIC provides a multitude of significant opportunities for networking, business intelligence, brand promotion and product demonstration.  Participants are offered detailed insights and tips on how to do business with the U.S. Special Operations Command, and information on what capabilities are most desired by the community.Highlights of SOFIC include: keynote speakers, led by U.S. Special Forces Command and government experts, Senior Industry Executive Forums, panel discussions and educational sessions, exhibits and demonstrations, the USSOCOM Marketplace, Innovation Showcase, the Capabilities Demonstration and Operation SOFTalk.
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