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Event Description

On May 14 -15, 2014, AFCEA will host the 11th Annual Acquisition Research Symposium at the Embassy Suites, Seaside in Monterey, California.  This symposium serves as the only recurring convocation of an emerging community of scholars and practitioners with interests in defense acquisition research.  The Symposium provides a forum for the presentation of scholarly acquisition research conducted by scholars from around the world, including Naval Postgraduate School faculty and students; and provides a focused dialogue between those scholars and the defense acquisition policy-makers and practitioners who are the customers of their research.

The Acquisition Research Symposium is a “one of a kind” opportunity for the acquisition research community to develop and present papers on a wide variety of acquisition topics and issues to a group of experts in government, industry, and academia.  Two full days are dedicated to the professional delivery and discussion of a broad array of topical acquisition issues, challenges, and emerging processes. The format will consist of plenary speakers, panels, and breakout sessions to focus on delivery and discussion of professional papers within panel sessions.

If you are an acquisition professional and if you would like to meet many of the top leaders and research professionals within government, industry, and academe, you will not want to miss this event, and in fact, put it on your calendar for each year.


Event Attendance Guidelines for Government and Military Employees

All Government employees (including military personnel) may attend this event at no cost and may accept meals and refreshments available to all Government employees at a nominal charge. This opinion is based on the fact that the conference is open to all Federal employees with an interest in the subject matter.

Employees who wish to attend this conference should seek approval from their supervisor or ethics counselor and ensure that free attendance and nominal meal charges at this conference have been approved.


Registration Fees:

Academia/Government/Military/Federally Reimbursed Contractors FREE (does not include conference luncheons)
Industry - AFCEA Member $495
Industry - AFCEA non-Member $595

Luncheon Tickets for Military/Government:

Wednesday Luncheon

Thursday Luncheon $15


Top Reasons Why You Should Attend

Learn about:

    • Achieving an Effective National Security Posture in an Age of AusterityImproving Acquisition Workforce Quality and Effectiveness Enabling Affordable Programs through Informed Early DecisionsContract Design for Successful Public Private Partnerships
    • Acquisition Jointness and Its Effect
    • And more…..
  • Expand your horizon by participating in Acquisition Research
    • Learn from and challenge the experts
    • Build your resume
    • Develop critical contacts for professional growth


Engage and network with speakers, panelists, industry representatives, and other attendees