The Air Force Association’s Air, Space & Cyber Conference is virtual for 2020 and DSJ is there.

AFA’s virtual Air, Space & Cyber Conference (vASC) will continue AFA’s long tradition of hosting the premier event for defense and aerospace professionals around the world. The conference will offer the same exceptional line-up of speakers, world-class (virtual) exhibits, professional development opportunities, and important interaction between and among industry, government, the media, academia, and the public.

vASC 2020 is intended to provide Airmen, Space Professionals, and industry leaders direct insights into the plans, policies and vision of Air Force and Space Force leadership, and emerging trends and developments in aerospace and cyber technology. vASC 2020 Participants can expect:

  • The multi-day conference to include updates from Air and Space Force senior leaders as well as on-demand sessions covering topics on air, space, and cyber forces in the fight. The vASC Agenda is here – https://www.afa.org/events/vasc-2020/agenda
  • A virtual exhibit hall with options to meet with exhibitors and learn about the latest developments in aerospace and cyber technology (free and open to the public – registration required) – Exhibitor Listings are here – https://www.afa.org/events/vasc-2020/exhibitor-listings
  • A robust event platform offering attendees the opportunity to engage through virtual meetings with other attendees.

DSJ Take-Aways

vASC speakers and their vASC messages, courtesy of Air Force Public Affairs, include:

  • SECAF unveils new “eSeries” classification in nod to Department’s digital future – Secretary Barrett hailed the eT-7A Red Hawk trainer – where Boeing embraced model-based engineering and 3D design tools to reduce assembly hours by 80% and cut software development time in half – as the first system in this important new series and said that “aircraft, satellites, weapon systems and more that are digitally engineered will receive an ‘e’ prefix.”
  • Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Charles Q. Brown, Jr., readies the Air Force, wants to ‘go fast’ – In his first major public address since being confirmed as Chief of Staff, General Brown outlined his plan to reshape the service’s culture, hardware and practices. “If we don’t change, if we fail to adapt, we risk losing. We risk losing in a great power competition; we risk losing in a high-end fight; we risk losing quality Airmen; we risk losing budget dollars and our credibility and aspects of our national security.”

vASC-associated industry press releases include:

U.S. Air Force debuts ‘eSeries’ future of development at Air Force Association conference

The U.S. Air Force’s Undergraduate Pilot Training 2.5 initiative will build on the Pilot Training Next experiment to help the USAF continue to streamline pilot training by leveraging new digital technologies. (photo by Jennifer Spradlin)