West Coast Defense Contracting Summit 

December 16-17, 2020

San Diego, California


Join defense contractors nationwide and attend the 4th Annual West Coast Small Business Defense Contracting Summit which will be held in San Diego, CA.


The Summit will consist of morning and afternoon general sessions; the latest details on new contracting opportunities; and a networking lunch with exhibitors. A VIP Networking Reception will be held for all VIP Business Attendees, Exhibitors, Sponsors, Speakers, and Special Guests. Summit participants include Military Contracting Officials, Federal Government Officials, both Large and Small Defense Contractors and Businesses, and often Members of Congress and Senior Congressional Staff.


December 15, 2020

3:00 PM - 6:00 PM: Exhibit Move-In


December 16, 2020
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM: Exhibit Move-In
8:00 AM: On-Site Registration & Networking with Exhibitors
8:00 AM: Sign-Up for Matchmaking Session I
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM: General Session
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM: Networking Lunch with Exhibitors
1:00 PM - 3:30 PM: General Sessions
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM: Matchmaking Session I
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM: Networking with Exhibitors
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM: VIP Networking Reception

December 17, 2020
8:00 AM: Networking Breakfast with Exhibitors

8:00 AM: Sign-Up for Matchmaking Session II
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM: General Sessions

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM: Matchmaking Session II
12:00 PM: Exhibitor Move-Out


Hilton San Diego Bayfront

1 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA

Phone: (619)564-3333



Room Block

Group Rate: $175 (available from Mon, Dec 14 through Fri, Dec 18)

Cut-Off Date: Nov 20, 2020

Group Code: WCDCS

Reservations can be made using the link below or by calling 1-800-Hiltons and mention the group code.

Urban Destination Charge OPTIONAL for purchase


Parking: Garage Self Parking available for $30 ($10 off the regular rate of $40)

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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