Navy Contracting Summit

June 24-25, 2021

Norfolk, Virginia


About the Summit

Join defense contractors nationwide and attend one of the top military contracting events of 2021. The Summit includes the latest mission and contracting priorities for the U.S. Navy and its many commands. Other services, military agencies, and government agencies are also participating. 


The 2021 Navy Contracting Summit will provide defense contractors and businesses nationwide with the latest information on:


  • Navy 2021 and 2022 Budgets

  • Navy Innovation Priorities & Contracts

  • Navy Mission Priorities for Weapons, Ships, Facilities, Technology, Energy, and more

  • Navy and Department of Defense Contracting Priorities

  • New Contracting Opportunities for Prime Defense Contractors

  • New Contracting Opportunities for Defense Subcontractors

  • Details on specific new military contracts in all areas of procurement, including but not limited to: ships, submarines, aircraft, missiles, ammunition, vehicles, R&D, electronics systems, communications systems, information systems, information warfare, cyber-security, installations, military construction, energy, intelligence, infrastructure modernization, military medicine and health, and much more.


This 2-Day Summit will consist of General Session presentations; Contracting Presentations from Military Contracting Officials and Contracting Experts; the latest details on new Contracting Opportunities; a Networking Lunch with exhibitors; an invitation-only Defense Leadership Roundtable; a Small Business Resources Session; Matchmaking Sessions with Prime Contractors and Government Agencies; and an invitation-only VIP Reception for VIP Business Attendees, Exhibitors, Sponsors, Speakers, and Special Guests.


Venue & Recommended Lodging 

Sheraton Norfolk Waterside

777 Waterside Dr, Norfolk, VA 23510

Ph (757)314-1157

A Special Lodging Rate will be available. Please check back soon for more details. 


Summit Schedule:
Schedule subject to change. Check for updates prior to the event.

June 23, 2021

Exhibit Move-In: TBD


June 24, 2021

7:00AM – 8:00AM: Exhibit Move-In

7:30AM: On-Site Registration & Networking

with Exhibitors

8:30AM: 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 (Invitation-Only)

1:00PM - 4:00PM:  General Sessions

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

4:00PM - 5:00PM:  Networking w/ Exhibitors

5:00PM - 7:00PM:  VIP Networking Reception (Invite Only)

                                Reception is invite-Only: Exhibitors, Sponsors, Speakers & Special Guests 


June 25, 2021

8:00AM:  Networking Breakfast with Exhibitors

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


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 

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

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.



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