HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - The 12th Annual Space and Missile Defense Conference and Exhibition will take place August 17-20, 2009, at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville, Alabama. The theme for this year's event is "Space & Missile Defense...the Path Forward."

The SMD Conference is widely attended by more than 6,000 professionals from throughout the United States and our allies around the world. Event sponsors include the National Defense Industrial Association-Tennessee Valley Chapter (NDIA-TVC), Air Space and Missile Defense Association (ASMDA), and the Air Defense Artillery Association-Huntsville Chapter (ADAA).

This year's SMD Conference will have an international emphasis, including information on ballistic missile defense in Europe and China. The conference will also emphasize a "Joint" nature. Exhibits and presentations on topics such as future technologies, Army Way Ahead, tactical perspectives, operational perspectives, increasing roles in each of the services, and operationally responsive space will explore these issues with attendees.

Confirmed speakers include Gen. James E. Cartwright, vice chairman of Joint Chief of Staff; Gen. Kevin P. Chilton, commander, US Strategic Command; LTG Kevin T. Campbell, commanding general, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command; Lt. Gen. Larry D. James, commander, 14th Air Force; Maj. Gen. (ret.) Charles Bolden, NASA Director; RADM (ret.) David Altwegg, executive director, MDA; Ambassador Dr. Richard G. Harrison; and Alabama Congressman Parker Griffith.

In addition to the main presentations, there will also be a technology program featuring a space panel and a panel focused on leveraging the laboratories.

There will be multiple outdoor exhibits this year, including an Avenger, a SLAMRAAM, and a Sentinel, among others. There will be exhibit displays throughout the entire VBC and daily attractions in each hall, including presentations from local and celebrity authors. The viewing of all exhibits are free and open to the general public.

To register for the conference, visit the website at

For additional information, please contact Giselle Bodin at 256-955-3889 or

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