AFCEA Acquisition Research Symposium

"Creating Synergy for Informed Change"

May 14-15, 2014

Monterey, CA



“Communicate as fully with industry as the rules allow… The more we communicate our intent and priorities to industry, and the more we listen to industry concerns, the better.”
Frank Kendall, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics
Defense AT&L: November-December 2013


"The department will continue its efforts to operate as affordably, efficiently, and as effectively as possible," McFarland said. "We are evolving our approach to acquisition for IT and recognize the distinct challenges that come with it."

Katrina McFarland, Assistant Secretary of Defense (Acquisition)
February 26, 2014


This 11th annual symposium serves as a forum for the exchange of ideas among scholars and practitioners of public sector acquisition. It features papers and presentations on recently completed and on-going projects conducted by researchers from universities and institutions from around the world, as well as remarks by a distinguished slate of guest speakers and panelists.

We seek a diverse audience of influential attendees from academia, government, and industry who are well placed to shape and promote future research in acquisition. If you know someone who might also like to attend please forward the invitation.

Register early as seats will go quickly – attendance is capped at 350.

We hope to see you in beautiful Monterey for what is sure to be an exciting and productive symposium.


See the Symposium Summary




Sponsored by AFCEA International, with support from the AFCEA Monterey Chapter

Founded in 1972 at the Naval Postgraduate School


Breaking News!


Recently Confirmed Opening Keynote Speaker

The Honorable Frank Kendall

Under Secretary of Defense Acquisition, Technology and Logistics


Registration: Email Scott Amos or call 703-631-6128

Exhibits/Patrons/Sponsors: Contact
Connie Shaw or Paul doCarmo

All other questions: Email Daniel Lama or call 703-631-6209

The first annual Defense Acquisition Modernization Symposium will be hosted by AFCEA in Washington, DC on August 5-6, 2014, and will highlight “Better Buying Power” as it is applied to government, industry, and academia.  Features of this event will include leaders from the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics (OUSD(AT&L)), Assistant Secretary of the Navy (ASN) (Research, Development & Acquisition (RDA)), along with Industry leaders to provide updates and exchanges among scholars and practitioners of public sector acquisition. Participants and attendees will represent a broad range of acquisition expertise from academe, government, and industry that are shaping acquisition modernization. Speakers will include acquisition leaders from across the spectrum of leadership.  The format will include plenary speakers, panels, and breakout sessions to meet the needs of all attendees.  Attendees will leave with not only a greater understanding of “Better Buying Power”, but also some of the changes and challenges within the acquisition facing government and industry.  This conference will be one of a kind and limited to the first 700 attendees.


Thanks to our Acquisition Research Symposium Sponsors!





Join us as an exhibitor, patron or sponsor!

Contact Connie Shaw or Paul doCarmo