Southwest Defense Contracting Summit

April 6 - 7, 2021

San Antonio, Texas

You are invited to attend the 2021 Southwest Defense Contracting Summit in San Antonio, Texas. 


This 2-Day Summit will consist of General Session presentations; Contracting Presentations from senior military contracting officials; the latest details on new Contracting Opportunities; a Networking Lunch with exhibitors; a Small Business Resources Workshop; Matchmaking Sessions with Prime Contractors and Government Agencies; an invite-only VIP Reception for VIP Business Attendees, Exhibitors, Sponsors, Speakers, and Special Guests.


If your company will be sending more than one representative, please consider participating as a Summit Sponsor. Sponsorship packages start at $1,500 with multiple VIP Passes. For more details on Sponsorship & Exhibiting Opportunities, email or call (202)552-0179.

To register, please click the "Register" button or contact us at for a manual registration form. If you have any additional questions, please call our customer service center at (202) 552-0179 or email us at

General Schedule:

Day 1

8:00AM – 5:00PM Exhibit Areas Open

7:00AM – 8:00AM: Exhibit Move-In

8:00AM – 3:00PM: On-Site Registration
8:00AM – 8:30AM: Networking with Exhibitors

8:00AM – 1:00PM: 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 with Exhibitors

5:00PM – 7:00PM: VIP Networking Reception. Reception is open to Exhibitors, Sponsors, Speakers, VIP Attendees, and Invited Guests


Day 2

8:00AM – 12:00PM Exhibit Areas Open

8:00AM –8:30AM: Networking Breakfast with Exhibitors

8:00AM–10:00AM: Sign-Up for Matchmaking Session II

9:00AM–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 

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.



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

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