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Close Air Support 2017 Conference

23 May, 2017 - 24 May, 2017, Alexandria, VA, United States

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Advancing Close Air Support Operations, Requirements and Capabilities

Close Air Support 2017 will bring together over 50 Chiefs of Staff, Commanders of Operations, Heads of Air Procurement, JTACs and industry executives from across the US and International Partners to discuss the challenges and success shaping close air support for now and the future.

In doing so it provides a rare platform to share lessons learned and best practice in current CAS requirements, operations, capabilities and programs, engaging in international collaboration on a very real level with key allies and strengthen the message of cooperation with counterparts across the world.

Close Air Support 2017 is organized with the support and direction of Senior Leaders from across the military and industry sectors of this extensive community. With this in mind, each presentation topic and guest speaker has been specifically selected inline with the priorities and recommendations of the community to ensure it provides attendees with the critical information they need to solve their daily CAS challenges.

Key Reasons to Attend:

  • In-depth insight into the US Armed Forces current and future acquisition and upgrade priorities, including outlooks for A-10, F-35, F/A-18, Apache, OA-X and JTAC systems and training
  • Essential market intelligence on the latest CAS challenges and solutions gained through face to face discussions with 125+ domestic and international policy makers, Chiefs of Staff, Operational Commanders, Program Executive Officers and industry directors
  • Participate in domestic and international engagement and partnerships with military leaders from the US Armed Forces, NATO allies and wider partner nations
  • Increase market opportunities through the negotiation of new business partnerships with the leading OEM’s vying for lucrative contracts worth up to $10 billion across the US and international markets


Hilton Alexandria Mark Center
5000 Seminary Road
Alexandria VA 22311
United States
Phone: 703-845-1010

Please note: We will never recommend, approve or appoint any third party rooming service to act on our behalf. Please be extremely wary if you are approached by any such companies. We will always endeavour to negotiate the best available rates for you so please use the Hotel's website link provided.Conference Day One: May 23, 2017
  • Including: Morning Refreshments & Demo Drive, Networking Lunch, Afternoon Refreshments & Networking Break
Conference Day Two: May 24, 2017
  • Including: Morning Refreshments & Demo Drive, Networking Lunch, Afternoon Refreshments & Networking Break

The agenda is available as PDF under downloads at the right side of the page.

Meet the Speakers

  • Lieutenant General Lieutenant General Helmut Schütz, Commander, Air Force Forces Command, German Air Force
  • Lieutenant General L. Scott Rice, Commander, Air National Guard
  • Major General Scott A. Vander Hamm, Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff, Operations, US Air Force
  • Brigadier General Michael Schmidt, PEO Fighters & Bombers, US Air Force
  • Brigadier General Michael S. Groen, Vice Deputy Director for Intelligence, Joint Staff J2, US Armed Forces
  • Colonel Michael Trey Rawls, F-35 Joint Strike Fighter 3F Capabilities Manager, F-35 Joint Program Office, US DoD
  • Colonel Colonel Jim "Jinx" Jenkins, Director of Science, Technology and Experiment Divisions
  • Major Major Justin Banez, Chief, CAS Branch, US Air Force
  • Senior Executive, Textron Aviation


Event details

23 May, 2017
24 May, 2017
Hilton Alexandria Mark Center
United States


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