2020 Southwest Defense Contracting Summit


San Antonio, Texas

From: Defense Leadership Forum

Date: Monday, March 16, 2020 - 3:00 PM EST


The Southwest Defense Contracting Summit, scheduled for April 20 - 21, 2020 in San Antonio, TX is being rescheduled.


As you know, the COVID-19 national emergency has suddenly disrupted life and work in the United States. Even though we hope this is a temporary situation, nevertheless it requires acceptance and proper adjustments of business and personal plans.


Due to multiple local/regional event bans, the Pentagon travel ban (which affects many of our speakers), and CDC's urging all Americans to stop traveling and not to hold meetings with 50 or more people, it became socially irresponsible and potentially illegal to push forward with the Summit. We also listened to many Summit participants who contacted us and urged that we reschedule the Summit to new dates.


To be clear, the Summit is not canceled. It is being rescheduled. We are looking at dates after June 1 and will let you know the new dates as soon as possible.


Current Summit registrations:

  • All registrations will be transferred to the new date and all benefits honored.

  • For those who are unable to fit the new dates into their calendars -- we will offer a virtual conference option or a credit for a future Defense Leadership Forum Defense Summit.


On behalf of the Defense Leadership Forum team, we hope you, your families and colleagues stay healthy and safe.


We look forward to reconnecting with you soon and serving the defense business community to the best of our abilities. Thank you.



You are invited to attend the 2020 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 marketing@defenseleadershipforum.org or call (202)552-0179.

To register, please click the "Register" button or contact us at Marketing@defenseleadershipforum.org 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 info@defenseleadershipforum.org.

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 Leaders 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!