REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Registration for the Army Materiel Command's fourth quarter Advanced Planning Briefing to Industry is now open.

The briefing will be hosted by the Aviation and Missile Command at Redstone Arsenal on Dec. 6-7 at the Sparkman Center's Bob Jones Auditorium.

Symposium registration will close on December 1, 2016. Registration for the No-Host Social will close 21 November, 2016. To register, go to .

The APBI will begin at 8 a.m. on Dec. 6 with opening comments from AMC and AMCOM leadership and will continue with two days of briefings focused on government contracting opportunities. There will be a No Host Social from 5 to 7 p.m. on Dec. 6 at The Overlook on Redstone Arsenal.

AMC designates that each of its four Centers of Excellence -- AMCOM at Redstone along with the Tank and Automotive Command at Warren, Michigan; the Communications-Electronics Command at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland; and the Army Sustainment Command/Joint Munitions Command at Rock Island Arsenal, Ill. -- host an installation-wide APBI once a year. APBI's are hosted once a quarter to bring industry together with AMC leaders to promote defense contracting opportunities that support Army interests, and to provide an open venue for collaboration and networking.

The theme for the Dec. 6-7 APBI is "Partnering for Optimized Readiness." Industry invitations to the event were sent to defense contractors through a FedBizOpps announcement from AMCOM commander Maj. Gen. Douglas Gabram.

APBI Registration

Besides AMC's and AMCOM's involvement in the APBI, other government agencies at Redstone Arsenal and within a 50-mile radius have been invited to participate in the event. Expected presenters/exhibitors include the Space and Missile Defense Command, Missile Defense Agency, Program Executive Office for Aviation, Program Executive Office for Missiles and Space, the Logistics Support Activity and NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center. AMCOM's participation will include the Security Assistance Management Directorate; Test, Measurement and Diagnostic Activity; Corpus Christi Army Depot, Texas; Letterkenny Army Depot, Penn.; Army Contracting Command-Redstone and the Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center.

The event will allow government agencies and industry to consolidate resources, gain synergy and maximize the return on investments by providing a venue through which to discuss all government contracting opportunities within Redstone Arsenal's geographic area.

The industry representatives attending the fiscal year 2016 APBI at Redstone Arsenal represented 19 states. Fifty-seven percent of attendees were from Alabama. Thirty-two percent of attendees identified themselves as business developers.