By Buddy Blouin
Every year, some of the greatest minds in air & space come together to discuss the future of aerospace and cyber technology at the Air, Space, and Cyber Conference. America continues to grow its endeavors in space, online, and in other important ways to maintain peace around the world. By bringing together some of the leading experts within the aerospace field, our country continues to set the standard for cutting-edge technology. Organized by the Air Force Association, while the 2022 rendition of this conference has already passed, we’re here to get you caught up on what you missed and get you ready for 2023.

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5 Major Highlights of the Air, Space, and Cyber Conference 2022

The 2022 Air, Space, and Cyber Conference took place September 19-21, 2022, bringing together major aerospace names such as Boeing, Honeywell, and Spirit AeroSystem, and there are a lot of positives to take away. Here are some of the highlights you’ll want to catch up on:

1. Autonomous Aircraft Systems

Autonomous systems took center stage at AFA, but we’re not talking about drones. The idea has been floating around for several years, and now it looks like concrete steps to have robotic components do tasks such as actually flying for pilots have been taken, though Airmen will still be in charge of using lethal force.

2. Next Generation Air Dominance (NGAD)

Despite still somewhat lurking in the shadows due to being in its early stages as well as its classified nature, NGAD continues to steal the show. It’s encouraging that there was some talk of development, as the early steps are starting to come together to replace the F-22 Raptor.

3. Fanfare for the U.S. Air Force

It’s hard not to celebrate the USAF at a conference about aerospace defense, especially one held a day after its birthday. This wasn’t just about commemorating the past but using it as inspiration for the future of both warfare and capabilities for Airmen.

4. U.S. Space Force Growth

A major highlight was seeing how far the USSF has come in such a short time. Remember, Guardians play an important role that will only expand, but this is still the youngest branch in the U.S. military. Great strides have been taken, and the future looks great both here on Earth and up in space.

5. Evolving Nuclear Threats

It should be no surprise that in the wake of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, talks of nuclear war came into play. The need for faster responses than old-fashioned nuclear deterrents was mentioned, as pressure from both China and Russia continues to change the way we address nuclear threats.

What Is the Air, Space, and Cyber Conference?

The Air, Space & Cyber Conference is an annual expo bringing together the U.S. military, leading names in aerospace, defense experts, cybersecurity experts, and civilians into one cohesive networking showcase. There are exhibits, reports, presentations, and a wide range of networking chances for those in aerospace and cybersecurity to collaborate on the necessary tech to keep American interests safe today and tomorrow.

The Air Force Association Promotes American Aerospace Defense

Since 1946, the Air Force Association (AFA) has been working to help promote the U.S. Air Force and now the U.S. Space Force. This non-profit organization headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, continues to be an advocate for Airmen and Guardians. The Air, Space, and Cyber Conference is a prime example as the AFA delivers on bringing in top names in aerospace with civilians and military personnel to celebrate the past, acknowledge the present, and strive towards the future of American defense.

2023 Air, Space, and Cyber Conference Dates Announced

While registration is still a ways away, if you’re looking to attend the AFA Air, Space, and Cyber Conference in 2023, you can begin making plans today. Aerospace, cyberspace, and defense enthusiasts will be heading to Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, Washington, D.C. (National Harbor, MD) on September 11-13, 2023. More details and events will be announced as time goes on, but for now, it’s safe to say that you can expect the expo to provide plenty of cutting-edge technology and information showcasing the future of our nation’s aerospace and cyber capabilities. It’s an exciting time for the United States but also a critical time for the Armed Forces. A shift has occurred in warfare that is constantly evolving; technology is growing rapidly, and space exploration continues to become more and more accessible. The U.S. has plenty of interests in communication that require a focused plan and the best technology to defend. Organizations such as the AFA and its Air, Space, and Cyber Conference continue to be shining examples of benchmarking success while collaborating with experts for an even more efficient future.

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