SMi Group are proud to announce the 4th annual MilSatCom East Coast conference will return to Washington from the 26th – 27th June 2019. With growing emphasis on the need to provide protected and resilient communications for terrestrial operations, the importance of space as a key enabler – as most recently demonstrated by the announcement of a $13 billion US Space Force – has never been higher.

Hosting in depth presentations from military representatives across all branches as well as supporting government agencies and industry, this year’s forum will analyse the impact of new LEO constellations, SATCOM-on-the-move redundancy for ground forces, the growing utilisation of COMSATCOM, development of the Wideband Global SATCOM constellation and the exploitation of new hybrid systems and architectures.

MilSatCom USA remains the premier event for any industry professional looking to explore the next generation of American communications capability.

At this years conference there will once again be an array of networking opportunities:

  • Meet and network with over 140 attendees from defence agencies, militaries and governments and industry over 4 hours of breaks, as well as an anticipated post-conference drinks reception
  • Engage with an array of vendors, with leading solution providers Airbus, Hughes, Northrop Grumman, LuxGovSat, JSAT, Inmarsat, Lockheed Martin, SES GS, XTAR, Smiths Interconnect, Isotropic Systems and Leonardo DRS among those sponsoring last year’s meeting
  • Join key industry and military thought leaders shaping the future of SATCOM architectures and develop future space partnerships

Key reasons to attend:

  • Listen to critical updates from Air Force Space Command, SMC, US Army and other key divisions on how space systems are being developed
  • Learn about key MilSatCom programmes from allied partners and how closer interoperability and space partnerships can be developed moving forward
  • Explore key topics set to revolutionise the US approach to space including what the new Space Force announcement means for SATCOM provision and developments in the WGS following the Wideband AoA

53rd Signal Battalion; Airbus; Airbus Defence & Space; Australian Department of Defence; BAE Systems Inc; boeing; British Defence Staff; British Embassy; Canadian Armed Forces; Canadian Defence Liaison Staff; Comtech Command and Control Technologies; Comtech Telecommunications Corp; DARPA; Datapath; Defence Information Systems Agency; Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) ; Defense Information Systems Agency/IE22; Department for International Trade; Dept. of Commerce-ITA; DISA; General Dynamics Satcom Technologies; GSA; HQ SACT - NATO; Hughes Network Systems; IDIRECT GOVERNMENT; Inmarsat, Inc; Innovation, Science & Economic Development Canada; Intelsat General; Intelsat General Corporation; Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency; Knight Sky; L3 Technologies; LinQuest; Lockheed Martin Space System Company; Lockheed Martin Space Systems; Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company; Luxembourg Directorate of Defense; MACOM; MEXICAN SPACE AGENCY; NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCI Agency); Northern Sky Research, LLC; Northrop Grumman; Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems; Northrop Grumman Australia; Northrop Grumman Mission Systems; Object Management Group; Orbital ATK; Orbital Research; PDSA Staff; Radiance Technologies; RT Logic; SAF/SP; Semper Fortis Solutions; SES Government Solutions; SES Networks; SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation; SMC; SMC/MCI; SpaceNews, Inc; Spectra Group; Thales Alenia Space; The Aerospace Corporation; The Avascent Group; The Joint Staff; The Traville Group; U.S North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and Northern Command; U.S. Air Force; U.S. Air Force Cost Analysis Agency; U.S. Air Force Global Strike Command; U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory; U.S. Army; U.S. Centcom; U.S. Department of Defence; U.S. Department of Defense; U.S. Headquarters Department of the Army; U.S. Naval Research Laboratory; U.S. Space and Missile Systems Center; U.S. Special Operations Command; U.S. Strategic Command; ViaSat; White House Office Of Science And Technology Policy; World Teleport Association; XTAR;





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SES Government Solutions


SES Government Solutions, a subsidiary of global satellite operator SES, is exclusively focused on meeting the satellite communications needs of the U.S. Government. Leveraging more than four decades of experience in the government SATCOM market, SES Government Solutions offers robust and secure satellite-based communications solutions. Supported by SES’s fleet of over 60 satellites offering comprehensive global coverage, SES Government Solutions provides highly reliable fixed and on-the-move capacity. Further information can be found at www.ses-gs.com.




XTAR, LLC is a privately owned satellite operator delivering X-band services to U.S. and Allied government users. XTAR’s two satellite payloads, with high-powered global, fixed and steerable spot beams, are WGS-compatible and readily support mobile applications in the harshest environments. Available coverage is from Denver east to Singapore.

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CPD is a common requirement of individual membership with professional bodies and Institutes. Increasingly, employers also expect their staff to undertake regular CPD activities.

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