2021 Air Force Contracting Summit

February 8-9, 2021

Destin-Miramar Beach, Florida


In its eighth year, the Summit will be held at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa, a magnificent resort on the sugar white beaches of Northwest Florida's Emerald Coast. Close to Eglin AFB, Tyndall AFB, and USAF Hurlburt Field. The Summit brings together Members of Congress, Pentagon Officials, Military Base Commanders, Contracting Officers, Contracting Experts, and Business Leaders nationwide. Over 600 prime contractors, subcontractors, military officials, contracting officials, financing experts, and defense agencies from throughout the country registered for the 2020 Air Force Contracting Summit in Destin-Miramar Beach, Florida.


View the Previous Year's 2020 Summit Agenda here: AFCS 2020 - Event Agenda
View the Video Summary of the 2020 Summit here: AFCS 2020 - Highlights


The 2021 Air Force Contracting Summit will provide defense contractors,
subcontractors, and small businesses nationwide with the latest information on:

  • Historic Defense Budget Spending – FY2021 & 2022

  • Air Force Base Mission, Operations & Contracting Priorities

  • Federal Rapid Innovation Programs & Acquisition Strategies

  • Government Contract Financing

  • Military Construction & Reconstruction Contracting Priorities

  • Air Warfare & Armaments Mission & Contracting Priorities

  • Electronic Warfare & Cyber Capabilities

  • U.S. Space Force Mission & Contracting Priorities

  • Resilient Bases & Community Partnerships

  • Subcontracting Opportunities with Prime Defense Contractors

  • Teaming, Joint-Venture & Mentor-Protégé Arrangements

  • Government Small Business Contracting Resources


This 2-Day Summit will consist of General Session Presentations; Contracting Presentations from Senior Military Contracting Officials and Contracting Experts; the latest details on new Contracting Opportunities; a Networking Lunch with Exhibitors; a Small Business Resources Session; Matchmaking Sessions with Prime Contractors and Government Agencies; and an invitation-only VIP Networking Reception for VIP Business Attendees, Exhibitors, Sponsors, Speakers and Special Guests. The Summit will also provide an excellent opportunity for companies to explore teaming arrangements, plus extensive networking opportunities. 


Take Advantage of Early Registration Rates!


Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa
4000 Sandestin Boulevard South

Miramar Beach, Florida 32550-4214

Special Lodging Information: TBD


Day 1

7:00AM - 8:00AM: Exhibit Move-In
8:00AM: Networking Breakfast in Exhibit Hall
8:00AM: On-Site Registration & Networking with Exhibitors
8:00AM: Sign-Up for Matchmaking Session I

8:30AM - 12:00PM: General Sessions

12:00PM - 1:00PM: Networking Lunch with Exhibitors

12:00PM - 1:00PM:  Defense Leadership Roundtable*

1:00PM - 3:30PM:  General Sessions

3:30PM - 5:00PM:  Matchmaking Session I

3:30PM - 5:00PM:  Networking with Exhibitors in Exhibit Hall

5:00PM - 7:00PM: VIP Networking Reception in Exhibit Hall*
*The Leadership Roundtable is invitation-only.

*The VIP Reception is for all VIP Business Attendees, Exhibitors, Sponsors, Speakers & Special Guests.


Day 2

8:00AM: Networking Breakfast in Exhibit Hall
8:00AM - 12:00PM: Exhibit Hall Open
8:00AM: Sign-Up for Matchmaking Session II
8:30AM - 12:00PM: General Sessions
12:00PM - 1:00PM: Matchmaking Session II

12:00PM: Exhibit Move-Out

*Schedule subject to change.

Matchmaking Session Details:

The Matchmaking Sessions are a structured networking opportunity to participate in one-on-one meetings with representatives from various government agencies, contracting services, prime contractors, and other resources. The purpose is to facilitate targeted information exchange and match needs with resources and solutions. Space is limited and is first-come, first-serve. Sign-up will occur at the times mentioned below near the registration area. Advanced sign-up is not available.

VIP Networking Reception:

  • All VIP Business Attendees, Matchmaking Table Hosts, Speakers, Exhibitors, and Sponsors are invited to attend the Invitation-Only Networking Reception on the evening of Day 1 from 5PM to 7PM. Business Attendees may upgrade to "VIP Business Attendee" in order to receive access to the invitation-only VIP Networking Reception. 


Defense Leadership Forum Policies:

By completing this registration, you agree that no refunds will be issued. Event credit requests or attendee transfers must be received and confirmed no less than (10) business days prior to Day 1 of the Summit. If you would like to receive an event credit for a future event, please contact Marketing@Defenseleadershipforum.org. 

Coronavirus Policy Statement: By completing your registration, you agree that no sponsorship package, exhibit package, or attendee registration refunds will be given due to cancellations relating to the Coronavirus. Instead, an event credit may be applied towards a future Defense Leadership Forum event.

Complimentary registration is available to Active Duty Military, Government Officials, and Credentialed News Media only. You are required to present a valid ID or credential card to the registration staff in order to receive complimentary access. Please contact us after you register to confirm you are credentialed. Send an email to marketing@Defenseleadershipforum.org.

By completing this registration, you agree to be photographed/recorded at the Summit and agree that all photography/videos are the intellectual property of the Defense Leadership Forum.


Please note that payments will be processed by Ultimate Events, LLC, the events management firm for the Defense Leadership Forum.



For all questions regarding your exhibit or sponsorship registration, email us at marketing@defenseleadershipforum.org or call (202)552-0179. Thank you!

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